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Improving Quality of Life after Demining

Land mine clearing equipment
at work in Cambodia

The land mine cleaning equipment that Yamanashi Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd.* developed in 2000 is operating in civil war-ravaged Cambodia. However, engineers from Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. who were in Cambodia realized that cleaning land mines alone would not resolve difficulties in the communities.
People who lost their homes and work during the civil war set about cultivating the cleared land and rebuilding their lives. However, such work is tough without basic infrastructure such as roads and water, or even farming techniques. As a result, engineers noticed that people frequently abandoned their land.
This situation prompted former Hitachi Construction Machinery employees to establish the non-profit Good Earth Japan in March 2007.
Since its creation, this non-profit organization has provided agricultural training and plowed paddy fields. It has also built schools to help planters get back on their feet. Hitachi Construction Machinery and the rest of the Hitachi Group are fully funding these efforts, with numerous employees assisting.

Paddy field developed following
agricultural training

Children studying at a school that
was built with support from Hitachi

An exclusive dealer and authorized factory for Hitachi Construction Machinery since 1980, Yamanashi Hitachi Construction Machinery developed the world's first remote-controlled landmine removal machine, which is based on a Hitachi Construction Machinery hydraulic excavator. Currently, 70 units operate in Cambodia as well as six other countries (Vietnam, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Angola, Thailand, and Colombia).

Brightening Communities with Electricity

Around 230 million people live on Indonesia's more than 17,000 islands. Yet, only about 60 percent of the population has access to electricity.
Approximately 60 percent of Indonesians live on Java, which represents 7 percent of the nation's land area and accounts for 80 percent of its energy consumption. The population density of Jakarta is similar to that of Tokyo's 23 wards. But there the comparisons end, as Jakarta residents suffer from constant planned and unplanned power outages.
The Indonesian government takes this social issue seriously, but it has experienced significant delays in its plans to deliver 95 percent electricity access by 2025.
So, Hitachi High-Technologies joined hands with a local business partner that makes storage batteries to electrify districts with photovoltaic power systems.
Indonesia gets around double Japan's sunshine hours and solar radiation. The government has already installed compact solar systems to power homes without access to the grid, but the need to place such systems in each home caused power efficiency to deteriorate and made it hard to set up a proper maintenance and management structure.

Hitachi High-Technologies therefore chose to set up large photovoltaic power systems to serve entire villages by charging residents' batteries as needed. Villages without electricity traditionally comprise 50 to 100 households, so the company concluded that coordinating closely with these communities would improve the generating, maintenance, and management efficiency of these systems.
Another benefit is that residents can take advantage of stable electricity supplies to do business. Ventures under consideration include Internet cafes offering refrigeration and access to mobile communication-equipped PCs and the industrial production of silk and tapioca.
In response to strong demand from Indonesia's central and local governments, Hitachi High-Technologies plans to install battery recharging stations in three villages in fiscal 2010. Training teams of residents to maintain and manage the equipment will be crucial to ensuring that villages widely adopt these systems.

Village without electricity (Indonesia)

Battery recharging station

Indonesian Village Electrification

[Image]Indonesian Village Electrification

(Publishing in Julys 2010)