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Nuclear Decontamination in Fukushima Prefecture

The nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant resulting from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit Northeast Japan released large amounts of radiological material into the surrounding environment and led to the evacuation of most of the residents living within a 19-mile radius of the plant. The Government of Japan estimates that 770,000 Tera-Becquerels of radiological materials, mainly Cesium 134, Cesium 137, and Iodine 131, were spread in Fukushima Prefecture across a 63-mile radius from the plant—concentrated in the northwest. Since 2011, Japan’s Ministry of Environment (MOE) has been leading the effort to clean up the contaminated areas and restore them to a state in which those evacuated can return. The work to clean up the highly contaminated areas just outside the Fukushima Plant could take years.

Thus far, $7.5 billion has been spent to treat 11 high dose areas as well as local municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture, a total area of approximately 1,500 square miles. The MOE, as well as local governments in Fukushima Prefecture, are commissioning new nuclear remediation projects on a regular basis. This ongoing work presents business opportunities for U.S. firms looking to assist Japan in its clean-up effort, providing those firms take a long-term view. The U.S. Embassy works closely with the MOE to better understand the situation in Fukushima and offer suggestions concerning the remediation process.

Commercial Service Japan (CS Japan), as part of the U.S. Embassy team, is committed to providing U.S. firms with the latest updates on this remediation work and opportunities. We will use this page to provide critical information in the form of “Market Alerts” to U.S. firms with technologies and know-how that are ready to engage in the work of nuclear remediation and the storage and/or disposal of contaminated materials. [More…]


Smart Grid: TEPCO Seeks Suppliers on Next Generation Monitoring and Control System Development

April 28, 2015: TEPCO Announces Guidelines for Application of the RFP

The U.S. Commercial Service’s Market Alert service provides U.S. firms with important developments and notably new Requests for Proposal (RFP) on smart grid projects in Japan.

Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) newly established Power Grid Company (PGC) announced RFP application guidelines officially on April 28.  The RFP title is "Request for Proposal Relating to the Next Generation Monitoring and Control System Development".

The utility’s website noted that, since the inauguration of the new PGC, their new business plan stipulated that TEPCO needs to reduce “wheeling costs”; to secure the stable supply of electric power; to enhance the network environment; and to expand its business territory overseas.  The utility believes that they need to upgrade its monitoring and control system also in order to correspond to the aforementioned changes.

The RFP is to call for a "Next Generation Monitoring and Control System", which an improvement on their current "2-Layer Control System" that conducts two layers of monitoring and control of “regional transmission” and “distribution”.

By introducing the new system, TEPCO wants to achieve "Cost Reduction", "International Standardization" and "Secure Operation Quality"; thereby securing its "extensibility" for further operational efficiency and rationalization in the future.  The website asserts that their establishment of this new system is vital to the mission of PGC.

Please note that the goal of this RFP is to select a system integrator who is capable of carrying out the system development and its initial deployment.

PGC says it will deliberate and select the system integrator considering both technological aspects and the costs, based on the submitted RFP’s. [More…]


Ministry of Environment Funding Micro-grid Demonstration Projects

Japan’s Ministry of Environment (MOE) is initiating a new program to encourage domestic low-carbon emission micro-grid development by funding independent model projects.
These model projects aim to promote carbon dioxide emission reduction in the wide region by establishing advanced models and measurements in the region across multiple public facilities, by installing micro-grids and heat systems using renewable energy as well as upgrading energy savings.

The Environmental Technology Association, project organization designated by the MOE, has issued a formal Request for Proposal (RFP). Please see the link below for details:

The MOE has a budget of approximately USD $23.5 million per year for a maximum of five years to subsidize the development of these model projects (funding up to two-thirds of the total project costs). We anticipate that MOE will fund up to 10 projects in this program.

Project applicants in Japan are asked to put together proposals for submission to the Environmental Technology Association, the designated project organizer, from May 13 to June 10, 2016. Applicants will design grid systems by selecting and making arrangements with possible project sites. [More…]

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