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Provision of Safe and Secure Living Spaces through a Combination of Next-generation Wind Turbines and Satellite Communication Services

In a partnership with Challenergy Inc., a company known for wind power generation, SKY Perfect JSAT is conducting collaborative activities aimed at operationalizing services that combine stable wind power generation with satellite communications in digitally divided areas of the world, such as Southeast Asia and Pacific island countries, where both power generation and communication infrastructure are underdeveloped, within FY 2019.
The Magnus Vertical Axis Wind Turbine that Challenergy is currently developing has excellent environmental flexibility, with fewer environmental concerns in terms of noise pollution and bird strikes than conventional propeller-type wind turbines, and the capacity to achieve stable power generation both during favorable weather conditions and when there are typhoon-level winds or turbulence. Satellite communication offers the advantage of providing high-level communications service to digitally divided regions, such as remote islands and mountainous regions, and disaster recover communication platforms for use after a large-scale disaster, and this is expected to be the first technology in the world to succeed in harnessing electric power and communication to help the people living in these areas achieve a more modern way of life, instead of using unstable diesel-type power generation infrastructure, which is expensive and places a greater burden on the environment.
Moreover, in September 2017, Challenergy and SKY Perfect JSAT were jointly selected for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's FY 2017 Feasibility Study Project for the Visualizing the Contribution of Japanese Businesses to Adaptation Measures in Developing Countries,* through which we began a business feasibility study in the Republic of the Philippines. In the future, through the successful development of this joint project, we will integrate knowledge gained through accumulation and analysis of operating data and meteorological data from the Magnus wind turbines with data from other applications in order to expand our business into new areas, including meteorological businesses and measures for adapting to climate change, while actively working toward the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

  • The purpose of this project is to conduct studies on the feasibility of using outstanding technologies developed by Japanese businesses to contribute in the adaption field in developing countries, and the feasibility of methods and indicators for measuring the results of these contributions. The project has been underway since FY 2012.

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Eliminating the Digital Divide

Through wide coverage, multi-destination distribution, and mobility, satellite communication makes it possible to secure means of communication, including the internet, in areas such as mountainous regions and remote islands where terrestrial lines cannot be installed, using antennas that are capable of receiving electric power and electric waves. Through this system, what was once inconvenient becomes comfortable, and this helps to reduce information gaps among regions. As well as securing internet access for all during a disaster, this expansion of the communication environment contributes to the elimination of disparities in areas such as education, economy, and technologies in the least developed countries.

Image of a joint demonstration project to connect a SKY Perfect JSAT satellite communication system to Challenergy Magnus wind turbines.