Will the earth of 100 years from now still have blue skies?
Gaia Power was launched from this sense of crisis.
Here is the story of Gaia Power,
Tackling this issue enthusiastically using engineering power and human talents.
Starting Point of the Company’s Establishment
Meeting Professor John D. Sterman at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate School
John D. Sterman is America’s leading expert in system dynamics. He has shown simulation results in which the global population will reach ten billion in the middle of the twenty-first century, then rapidly shift into a decline, and proposes that a “wait-and-see” stance will be too late.
2011: Establishment of the Company
“A strong, continuous desire that penetrates the subconscious” = Gaia Power was established by the current CEO Koji Fujisaki to commence actions towards making the construction of natural-resource energy plants in regions all around the world into a reality. Taking inspiration from the Gaia (the earth as a life-form) hypothesis proposed by James Lovelock in the 1960s, Gaia Power was chosen as the company’s name.
Words and thoughts that have influenced the formation of a business perspective within the natural-resource energy business.
James Lovelock, UK Scientist
The earth is akin to a single life-form, and all inorganic and organic matter that forms its cells mutually interfere to maintain the optimum environment for living species as the result of self-regulating system functions.
However, one of the cells of this life-form, humankind, a higher organism that appeared at the end of evolution, is continually disturbing these controlling functions.
The ratios of atmospheric composition that were maintained for many billions of years by Gaia’s regulatory functions have dramatically altered in the last 100 years, and the earth’s average temperature continues to increase.
Perhaps global warming is the intention of Gaia to regulate the constantly increasing numbers of human beings and return the earth to its normal state, or perhaps humankind has mutated into cancerous cells; if global warming continues to progress like this, it will cause abnormal weather and food crises, and eventually, a tragic situation. Humans must be returned to normal in order for Gaia and humanity to coexist.
We understand intellectually that global warming is a problem and that we need to do something, but even so, the vast majority of people take no action.
Fritjof Capra, US Physicist
In his book “The Turning Point”, Capra states that “We live today in a globally interconnected world. (...) The beginnings of this change, of the shift from the mechanistic to the holistic conception of reality, are already visible in all fields (...) This change is likely to result in a transformation of unprecedented dimensions, a turning point for the planet as a whole.”
Lester Russell Brown, US Thinker and Environmental Activist
Brown proposes that in order for humans to survive in perpetuity, the global population needs to be suppressed at a figure below eight billion, the current fossil fuel-centric economy must shift to one based on sustainable, renewable energy, and CO2 emissions need to be reduced by 80%.
Edward Norton Lorenz, US Meteorologist
From the fact that slight alterations made to the initial values of a weather simulation triggered major changes, Lorenz discovered that extremely minor phenomena, for example “the flapping of a butterfly’s wings”, has the potential to drastically change global weather.
Although we each consider our own life to be an insignificant existence, the butterfly effect suggests that by carrying out our own actions, we can cause major changes in the world.
2012: Regional Contribution via Solar Power Plant Construction
When Gaia Power was first established, with only four employees, we were constantly traveling around Tokushima Prefecture with the task of satisfying our local customers.
Our members had various career backgrounds. Formerly, we were a secretary to a member of the National Diet, an IT system design engineer, and a salesperson for electrical construction. Power plant construction was an unknown field for each of us, and while all employees worked in unison to complete construction and fulfilled our respective roles wisely, more than anything we were grateful for the extraordinary support we received from the clients, local residents and landowners, government officials, and representatives of financial institutions.
Carrying out planning and development of power plants for local residents, local companies, and municipalities
2013: Expanded Business Development through New Connections
Through being introduced to out-of-prefecture clients by our existing clients in Tokushima, and from opportunities created by our track record of satisfying clients within Tokushima, we began to work on many projects based outside the prefecture.
Encounters in Kagoshima
We visited the Osumi Peninsula, thanks to an introduction from a party who we were fortunate to meet soon after the company’s foundation.
We encountered various people, and developments of new projects in Kagoshima were agreed in succession. From there, business development further accelerated to regions all over Japan.
In June 2014, we built Tasaki Power Plant in Kanoya City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Gaia Power’s first self-owned power station, launching our power generation business.
In September 2015, we constructed a power plant on the surface of a pond in Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture, utilizing float technology. It also helps to maintain the pond by suppressing the growth of algae in the water.
2015: Establishing a Vertically-integrated Business Model
The conventional way to proceed with solar energy projects is generally to establish a special-purpose company (SPC) to undertake the power generation business, invest capital in the SPC, and procure the remainder of the necessary capital through project finance. It is safe to say that construction of power plants using a small amount of capital is a considerably difficult task.
At Gaia Power, we developed a method for reducing the capital ratio via extensive negotiation with various financial institutions, intensifying senior loans, or increasing the borrowing ratio by expanding the hierarchy of borrowing (senior, junior, mezzanine).
Gaia Power and Fujisaki Electric undertake the construction work with the financed SPC, so that all aspects from the development phase to planning, design and construction, management, maintenance, and the various electromechanical equipment and software to be utilized is provided in a one-stop service, allowing us to offer optimum power plant proposals.
2016: Provision of O&M Service by Engineers with Power Plant Expertise
We undertake the maintenance of sixteen power plants nationwide, at a total of 26MW of energy, and our seven Chief Electrical Engineers (Class I, Class II, Class III) and external cooperating engineers provide observation 365 days a year and on-site response. As Gaia Power’s engineers are involved in the design of all the power plants they undertake maintenance for, and have extensive power plant expertise, we provide not only long-term stable operation, but also contribute to minimized electricity loss and optimized power generation performance on a daily basis.
2017: Taking on the Challenge of a Large-scale Solar Power Project, 100MW
We are aiming towards the 2019 completion of “Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills”, ranging across 220ha of land in Osaki, Kanoya City, Kagoshima Prefecture; at 100MW, the largest-scale solar power plant in West Japan.
The project is a joint undertaking by four corporations: our own company, Kyocera Corporation, Kyudenko Corporation, and Tokyo Century Corporation, and the construction will be carried out as a joint venture by Kyudenko Corporation and Gaia Power.
Making the Impossible Possible with Creative Technology
By utilizing spider machines to enable construction on steep hillsides, large-scale site engineering works have become unnecessary, and optimized price performance has become possible.
New Natural Energy Power Business
Fujisaki Electric Co., Ltd., part of the Fujisaki Group, is progressing with plans for the world’s first biomass power plants using bamboo as a biomass fuel, in Anan City, Tokushima Prefecture, and Sanyo-Onoda City in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Until now, there have been no precedents of using raw bamboo as a fuel within Japan, which led us to carry out the development jointly with the German manufacturer Lambion. At present, the plant is progressing with OEM manufacturing, and we are aiming to start construction in the first half of the current fiscal term.
We are currently planning a 25MW project in the Shikoku region, as well as multiple projects in the Tohoku region.
Wind is a plentiful resource in Japan due to its position as an island nation, and in order to utilize it, we are progressing with the development of wind power plants.
Using AI-linked technology to create future services
Fujisaki Electric Co., Ltd. launched Fujisaki AI Research FKAIR in February 2016 in Kyoto to carry out artificial intelligence research, which is indispensible for future social development. FKAIR works on the development of AI applications aimed at the actualization of a sustainable society, as well as AI research. Gaia Power. offers the knowledge accumulated from our performance of O&M at 16 power plants nationwide, totaling 26MW, and we are tackling the development of new services.