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SERL is developing various technologies to assist customers, including new distribution technologies (autonomous demand area power system technologies) to allow large-scale penetration of various small-capacity distributed generation, power electronics technologies, and design support technologies to achieve a good balance between energy-saving and amenity in city, building, and housing fields.
To help create a low-carbon society, SERL proposes advanced infrastructure for the supply and demand of electric power (next-generation grids: TIPS). As part of this work, it is developing technologies for the smooth and efficient large-scale penetration of distributed power generation such as photovoltaic system into the distribution systems (Autonomous demand area power system). The project aims to maximize the use of renewable energies while ensuring the stability and safety of the power system by controlling not only distributed power generation but also customer loads and other equipments such as heat and electricity storage devices.
*TIPS: Triple I Power System
In the low-carbon society in the future, power electronics will play an increasingly important role. SERL is conducting R&D for reducing the loss, decreasing the size and improving the control capability of power electronics system by using silicon carbide (Sic) devices. This will improve the energy efficiency of electrical equipment and reduce the life cycle cost.
SERL is conducting R&D for improving the benefits from energy utilization such as amenity and productivity while improving the efficiency of energy utilization (particularly by switching to electricity). Specific examples include developing a design tool for indoor thermal environments in all-electric residential houses, a design support tool for energy-saving and amenity in all-electric commercial kitchens, and a comprehensive evaluation tool for benefits from energy utilization.