May 19, 2020

Canadian Solar: reshaping the Japanese energy market

Canadian Solar
solar power
Japan
Solar PV
Knackles
2 min
Canadian Solar: reshaping the Japanese energy market

Canadian Solar has begun construction on a new 26.6MWp solar power project in Japan, its second in quick succession.

Headquartered in Guelph, Ontario, the company is fast becoming one of the foremost solar PV (photovoltaic) manufacturers in the world - currently employing over 12,000 people and holding a US$1.3bn market cap on NASDAQ. 

The project will involve the construction of two separate sites: one in Ibareki Prefecture in the Kant%u014D region of Honshu (13.6MWp) and another (13MWp) in the Fukuoka Prefecture on Ky%u016Bsh%u016B Island.

Once operational (estimated as mid-2021), the solar plants are expected to generate 15,901MWh and 15,250MWh of power respectively. 

A country embracing energy’s future

Dr. Shawn Qu, Canadian Solar’s Chairman and CEO, remarked that the company hoped to continue its work in Japan by offering superior-quality solar PV units and compelling feed-in-tariffs. 

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“We entered the Japanese market in 2009, and since 2014, we have established ourselves as one of the leading foreign developers in the market, having cumulatively developed and connected over 290 MWp in utility-scale power plants.”

“While new subsidized programs are set to expire by 2021, we have a robust pipeline of high feed-in-tariff projects and continue to see opportunities given the Japanese government's continued efforts to increase the penetration of renewable energy," he said.

Japan represents the perfect market for this growth. Representing the third-largest uptake for solar PV in the world (after China and the US), the country is showing very promising potential to become a leader in the sector.

Creating value through solar

Canadian Solar recently sold its 56.3MWp Yamaguchi Shin Mine solar power plant for ¥22.3bn (CA$273mn).

The site was brought to operational status in May 2018 and has been sold to Chugoku Electric Power Company, Inc in a sale expected to close in Q1 of 2020. 

Commenting on the sale, Dr. Qu said, “We expect to grow this business as we work to enhance and retain a greater share of the value creation throughout the life cycle of solar power plants."

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.

 

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