Japanese firm eyes Zambia’s energy sector


A JAPANESE company, Yuasa Battery, is looking for Zambian partners to invest in the Zambian energy sector by using its solar light kit which comes with a rechargeable battery.

Embassy of Japan first secretary for general & political affairs and economic cooperation Masahiro Yamao said that the company has had contacts with local companies in Angola, Ethiopia and other countries and now wished to do business with Zambian partners.

Mr. Yamao said the solar kit used a rechargeable battery which could last about three years (1,000 cycles rechargeable); 20 years for the solar panel, 13 years for the bulb if used for 10 hours per day (50,000 hours life), and had a quick mobile phone charger function.

“After the battery dies, you can change the inside. The kit is renewable. You are able to use the kit for more than a decade,” he said.

He explained that Yuasa Battery was trying to expand its services in Zambia with a view of mitigating the current power shortages and supply electricity by using its solar kit especially in rural areas where there is no electricity.

“As embassy staff, we are doing a survey on their behalf and trying to introduce Japanese high quality products to Zambia,

“The company is also dealing in other products which have more functions, such as power for television, small refrigerator, among other appliances. They are looking for partners in Zambia and some companies which have already shown interest are under negotiation.

“We hope the company will come to Zambia this year or early next year. This product is not disposable but durable, and thereby, ecological and economical. You can use it for more than a decade. We shall continue to support Japanese companies coming to Zambia and introduce our high quality products and services”, said Mr Yamao.