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Dr. Michio Kondo
Dr. Michio Kondo Professor Michio Kondo is the Supervisory Innovation Coordinator at the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute,
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. His research is focus on semiconductor physics and semiconductor engineering.

Biography

Professor Michio Kondo is the Supervisory Innovation Coordinator at the Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, 
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. His research is focus on semiconductor physics and semiconductor engineering.

He received his PhD in engineering from Osaka University on 1987 and joined The Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo as a Research Associate. On 2001, he joined the Research Initiative for Thin Film Silicon Solar Cells National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) as Deputy Director. From 2015 until now, he holds the position of Supervisory Innovation Coordinator, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). On 2016, he is also appointed as the Chair of Technical Committee 82 (Solar Photovoltaic Power Systems), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Prof. Kondo received a number of academic awards including the Japan Business Federation Chairman's Prize on 2008, JJAP Fellow Award on 2014 and PVSEC Special Award also in the same year.


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  • Day 2Monday, February 26th
Conference
4:50 pm

Challenge of PV Standardization for Exploring New Applications and Markets

Renewable energy share of global electricity production in 2016 was 24.5% and PV share was 1.5 % (1.2% in 2015). The global capacity of PV has increased at a growth rate around 30% in the last decade and reached 303 GW at the end of 2016 (probably approaching 400 GW at the end of 2017). The cost of PV electricity has continuously come down to 2~3 US cents/kWh in MENA regions thanks to high solar irradiance.

In the developed countries, high penetration of renewables into the grid requires new technologies to avoid grid instability by means of curtailment, energy storage, demand response and so on. Another issue is an integration of various renewable energy sources into the grid. In order to overcome these issues, new standards are needed.

Self-consumption including storage is a possible option to overcome the conflict between renewable energy sources and the utility grid. Building integrated (BI) PV system is attracting attentions as a new market in urban area. Although building attached systems including rooftop systems have long history, building integrated systems including rooftop and façade systems are new industries and the market is still small. Since BIPV systems are interdisciplinary area between electronic technology and construction technology, a gap between two different areas has been an obstacle for exploring the new market. IEC has recently launched a new project upon international standardization of BIPV to remove the obstacle.

PV is simply suitable in sunny areas. A huge potential of PV is expected in MENA regions. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) stated a target of 9.5 GW in the policy paper “Vision 2030”. Although PV market in the KSA will be opened soon, we need to consider technical requirements, i.e. technical standards specific to the KSA environment. Desert climates in the KSA could cause higher energy generation as well as higher stress to PV systems including PV modules and inverters due to high irradiance, higher UV intensity, higher temperature, wider thermal cycle, high humidity in coastal areas, sand deposition, sand abrasion and so on. International standards for PV components are designed for moderate climates and sometimes more stringent requirements are needed. PV standards adapted to the KSA environments should be considered for sustainable growth of the PV market and industry in the KSA.

In this presentation, outlook of potential PV market and its relevant challenge of standardization of renewable technology are discussed. Several example of recent activities upon international standards adapting various application and various environments are introduced.

Auditorium between Building 4 and 5 16:50 - 17:20 Details