Solar Air Conditioners: Brownout Insurance For Japan?

As the mercury climbs in Japan this summer, electric pow er companies may be in a cold sweat. Even in a good year, Japanese power supplies barely outstrip demand as families in crowded cities such as Tokyo and Osaka reach for the air-conditioner switch. This year, with a half-dozen nuclear power plants shuttered because of accidents or inspections, industry officials are predicting brownouts.

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