Increasing Amounts of Renewable Energy Used
Introduction of Solar Panels (FY2019)
At Fujitsu Consulting India (FCI) Private Limited in India, we introduced solar panels with an electric power generation capacity of 350kW, in order to reduce electricity use and control peak electricity. The panels began generating electricity from January 2019.
Joint Research with Kawasaki City for a Renewable Energy Regional Cooperation Model (FY2017)
With the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions amount, the entire Fujitsu Group has worked to achieve a low-carbon society. However, it is difficult to expect significant results by merely extending existing measures in which corporations work individually to reduce environmental load. It is necessary to evolve future environmental activities in order to realize collaboration and co-creation that will overcome various barriers such as industrial regions.
Therefore, in July 2017, we started research on a “renewable energy regional cooperation model” in collaboration with Kawasaki city, which is the location of the Fujitsu Main Office. The research is aimed at efficient usage of renewable energy in the region. In FY 2017, in addition to creating a map of renewable energy generation sites in the city, we used an environmental energy simulator developed with a British corporation to review the energy supply and demand balance in seven districts of Kawasaki city. In FY 2018, by constructing a precision model of areas around Kawasaki Station and Musashi-Kosugi Station and simulating the effect of implementing solar and wind power generation facilities, we plan to conduct even more detailed review for implementation of renewable energy.
Results of energy simulation in Kawasaki city
100% Renewable Energy Usage in Finland Data Centers and Offices (FY2015）
At Fujitsu Finland, we have been using 100% renewable energy from hydroelectric power since April 2014 in our 4 data centers, a distribution center, offices and some other facilities.
The amount of renewable energy purchased in FY 2015 was 28,000 MWh.
Concluding an Agreement to Purchase Solar Generated Electricity in the U.K. (FY2014)
Fujitsu UK & Ireland has concluded an agreement to purchase electric power generated by a photovoltaic system installed on the roof of their office building by LCPF. The panels were installed in February and March 2014 and have been operating since April of the same year.
In the half-year up to September 2014, the system generated 34,907 kWh of electricity, which was equivalent to 3.5% of the total power consumption on site.
Microgrid Verification Tests at the Kawasaki Plant (FY2013)
Solar power generation that has rapidly spread in recent years has the advantage of addressing peak periods of power consumption because it generates more power during the high demand times of mid-day and during the summer. However, power output changes greatly with fluctuations in the weather, making it difficult to effectively use solar power to meet demand. With this challenge in mind, Fujitsu developed technology for optimizing battery usage so that solar power can be effectively used to mitigate peak periods of power consumption.
This technology predicts over 10,000 scenarios simulating a variety of possible supply and demand situations based on the weather. Using these scenarios, plans for optimum battery usage are created in advance and stored in a database that selects and changes plans in response to supply and demand for power. In verification tests of the system at the Kawasaki Plant, peak periods of power consumption were mitigated an average of 23% during the operation period from July 2012 to June 2013. We were also able to confirm that repeatedly altering battery usage plans can steadily improve the effects of mitigating peak periods.
This battery optimizing and control technology is one of the results of projects that Fujitsu has quickly adopted in-house as part of our effort to effectively utilize a microgrid for bringing about local production and local consumption of green energy. The microgrid makes use of small, dispersed power sources, combined with batteries and other technology. Going forward, we will strive to develop further technology for effectively utilizing inherently intermittent natural energy.
Installing Solar Power Generation Facilities(Fujitsu Wireless Systems Limited) (FY2013)
In October 2013, we installed solar power generation facilities with generation capacity of 200 kW at the Kumagaya Plant, Fujitsu Wireless Systems Limited, in order to reduce our amount of power consumption and limit peak periods of consumption. We are trying out various approaches, such as spreading water on the solar panels to keep their surfaces from overheating, to maintain maximum power generation efficiency. As a result of installing the facilities, we have been able to reduce power usage at the entire plant by approximately 10%.
Geothermal Heat Extraction System (FY2011)
Renewable energy has been garnering increasing attention not only for reducing CO2 emissions but also for lessening energy supply-related risks. The Group has deployed and is evaluating the performance of its first geothermal heat extraction system at the Nagano Plant in Japan.