While promoting the PSS business, we have found new needs and ideas related to how electricity is used. People living in the project areas have shared their opinions, including one suggestion regarding using machines to dry and apply heat treatment to harvested agriculture and marine products. Furthermore, tourism companies, banks, and other service providers want to grow their businesses in these regions, but they often face challenges with power generation. We are currently approaching various business users while pondering the applicability of sixth-sector industrialization in these regions, or even larger industrial applications. Besides regions without electricity and poor areas, there are regions that have challenges even though they have electricity. The PSS can certainly contribute to these regions, either as a renewable energy power generation system or as a system for stabilizing the electric power supply. We would like to approach a wide range of regions facing electric power issues.
To expand this project into various locations, it is vital that we accurately assess conditions and needs in each location and remember to continually follow up with all relevant parties. We would also like to pick up new ideas about how to use electricity in each of the regions we serve. For this reason, we need to have a structure that allows us to strengthen relations with NGOs, NPOs, system integrators, and other local partners, and to transfer the control of operations to these partners.
The PSS is a solution that can dramatically contribute to the increased access to electricity, thanks to its compact size and its ease of transport. We would like to make it a complete product by considering how to make it smaller and how to apply lithium-ion batteries. There are still hurdles to overcome in terms of improving technology, establishing business models, and investing capital, but we would like to expand our vision beyond Asia and to Africa and the rest of the world.
In addition to the PSS business activities discussed here, Panasonic launched its Off-Grid Solutions Project as a part of its corporate citizenship activities, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the company’s founding in 2018. Through this project, Panasonic is working to raise awareness, provide education, and develop human resources, all related to electricity, while donating solar power generation and storage systems to regions throughout the world that do not have electricity.