Independent Power Supply Type Photovoltaic Charge/Discharge Control LED Lamp Receives Kagoshima Prefecture Invention Association Chairman's Award

November 10, 2016

Okano Electronics Co., Ltd.

Okano Electronics Co., Ltd. (100% funded by Okano Cable Co., Ltd.; HQ: Satsumasendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture; Representative: Hiroshi Tanaka), a member of the Furukawa Electric Group, has received the Kagoshima Prefecture Invention Association Chairman's Award during the 2016 Regional Invention Awards held by the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, in recognition of its design for an independent power supply type photovoltaic charge/discharge control LED lamp ("Smart Community Light" hereafter).

The award ceremony will be held this year on Friday, November 18 in Oita Oasis Tower Hotel.


Smart Community Light is a street lamp for night-time illumination, which combines a lead storage battery and LED light in a single photovoltaic system. It does not require a constant supply of power, so it can help to curb installation expenses and will not be affected by power outages caused by natural disasters or the like.

The LED light section automatically lights up after sunset and provides the same brightness as the 20 W straight tube fluorescent lamps used in standard crime prevention lamps, while the bow-shaped display section can be used to post a variety of information.

This fiscal year, the product is given power supply functionality (AC100 V/USB output) that can be used during an emergency, in addition to its use as a display and light for disaster shelters. It also features functionality to charge cellphones during a power outage, allowing radios and other devices to be used.

Example of Smart Community Light installation

Example of Smart Community Light installation

About Furukawa Electric Group

Furukawa Electric (TSE; 5801, ISIN; JP3827200001) Group started business in 1884, when its copper-smelting facility and wire manufacturing factory was established. Since then Furukawa Electric has become pioneers in the latest technologies by addressing diverse technological issues. Furukawa Electric has released products in a number of areas, including telecommunications, electronics, automobiles, and construction, with the three types of materials it works with at their core, namely, optics, plastics, and metals. Many of these products have attained the top global market share, and all of its products have contributed to society in numerous business areas. Furukawa Electric reported consolidated revenues of JPY 874.9 billion (approximately USD 8.0B) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016.