Japanese Electronics Companies Help out in Tohoku
Sharp Corp. and Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co. produced a disaster-relief photovoltaic (PV) system and shipped their first cargo of the products to earthquake and tsunami disaster-stricken areas on March 31, 2011. This product is a stand-alone PV system combining Sharp solar cells with Shin-Kobe storage batteries and an alternating current (AC) power strip. With the electricity generated by the system, the people suffering in the areas can charge their cell phones, watch TV programs, and light up light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
With the cooperation of the Japanese Ministry of Defense, the PV systems are planned to be shipped by air from Komaki Air Base, Aichi Prefecture, to Matsushima Air Base, Miyagi Prefecture, and then by land transportation in Miyagi Prefecture. The plan is for the PV systems to be installed in the following locations: Kesennuma Fresh Produce Mart (Kesennuma City), Bayside Arena (Minami Sanriku Town), Higashi Matsushima City Hall (Higashi Matsushima City), Ishinomaki City Hall and others (Ishinomaki City). The companies intend to consider further support, appropriate to the local situations.