The Italian Embassy in Tokyo organised a seminar on 2 March 2012 on “Renewable Energy and the Feed-In Tariffs System in Italy”. The event took place during World Smart Energy Week, the main Japanese event in the renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart grid sector. Participants included representatives of Gestore Servizi Energetici GSE (the public company that supports the development of renewables in Italy). The seminar was intended to examine the potential of the Japanese energy market and to highlight and internationalise the Made in Italy brand and support the Italian “supply chain” in the sector. A small, select group of 17 major Japanese companies operating in the sector, including Toshiba, Sharp, Panasonic, NEC, Itochu and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, took part in the event. The Italian incentive system for solar energy, especially photovoltaic, was illustrated, with a view to attracting inward investment. The seminar also showcased our energy companies’ technical expertise and know-how in the area of renewables and energy efficiency.
The seminar also provided an opportunity to illustrate the important role played by research in our country. This has paved the way for a growth in the number of installations and total installed power, and for notable results in the distribution system. The system of smart grids and smart networks has made it possible to achieve greater flexibility in our storage facilities and energy use.
During World Smart Energy Week, the Italian Embassy and the Italian Trade Institute promoted numerous B2B meetings attended by companies involved in the GSE’s “Progetto Corrente” and taking part in the mission. “Progetto Corrente” was set up to foster the internationalisation of Italian operators in the renewables sector. To date, 20 Italian operators are working with the “Corrente Japan Desk”, designed as an Italian-Japanese interface for commercial, industrial and scientific relations. Read full article, in Italian