MOL and TICT to Introduce Solar Power Generation System
-- First large-scale installation at a container terminal in Japan --
July 27, 2006
TOKYO - Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL, President: Akimitsu Ashida) today announced that MOL and MOL Group company International Container Terminal Co., Ltd. in Tokyo (TICT) will introduce a solar power generation system at the Ohi container terminal.
Protecting the environment is one of the MOL Group's corporate principles, and MOL and TICT are positioning the Ohi container terminal as a model eco terminal. The solar power system will be introduced at the Tokyo Bay Ohi container wharf berths No.3 and 4, which are leased by MOL from the Tokyo Port Terminal Corporation, and operated by TICT. This is the first large-scale solar power system installed at a container terminal in Japan, and it will have the highest capacity of any private solar power system in Tokyo.
The projected output of 185,000 kWh/year will be used mainly for terminal office operations. What's more, the environmental effect of the system will equal about 45,000 liters of crude oil consumption a year. That in turn will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 128 tons a year - the same amount that would be absorbed by a 36-hectare forest in a year.
The system will be installed as a part of the Field Test Project Programs on New Photovoltaic Power Generation Technology, implemented by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Installation work will start in October and be completed in January 2007. The system will start operation in April 2007.
MOL and TICT continue to take various environmental measures at this eco terminal, in cooperation with Tokyo Port Terminal Corporation and other concerned parties.
Outline of solar power generators
|Place to install||Tokyo International Container Terminal, berth No.4, roofs of gatehouse and container washing facility|
|Area of installation||1,634.21m2
→1,200 solar panels (1,323mm x 1,004mm)
→The largest private solar power generation system in Tokyo
|Annual output||185,000 kWh
→Equal to about 60 households
→Can supply about 20% of the terminal office's electricity needs.