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Suzuki Showcases Compact EV for Off-road Use

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 19:31
Suzuki Motor Corp developed a concept model of an electric off-road compact SUV (sport utility vehicle).

1st Project Finance for Agricultural Mega Solar Plant Revitalizes Idle Farmland (1)

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 19:28
Kaihata District in Sosa City, Chiba Prefecture, is becoming one of Japan's major concentrations of solar sharing projects (agricultural solar power generation plants). The gently sloping district is covered with a vast range of fields.

Rooftop Solar Panels' Heat Barrier Effect Saves Energy

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 16:42
Unoke in Kahoku City, Ishikawa Prefecture, is located at the root of Noto Peninsula, about 30 minutes by JR Nanao Line from Kanazawa Station. In 1960, Unoke Electronics Industries was founded there by seven engineers. Later, the company joined the Fujitsu Group and continued to grow, changing its name to PFU Ltd in 1987.

Sekisui House Sells 'Net Zero Energy' Condominium Units

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:37
Sekisui House Ltd started to sell the condominium units of a luxury condominium building in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, Nov 11, 2017.

Toyota Sees All-solid Battery in Early 2020s (2)

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 10:02
All-solid battery is a general term for batteries made by replacing the liquid electrolyte of existing Li-ion rechargeable batteries with solid electrolyte. However, energy density cannot be improved just by employing solid electrolyte. It is also necessary to use next-generation positive and negative electrode materials.

Toyota Sees All-solid Battery in Early 2020s (1)

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 10:00
Toyota Motor Corp is developing an all-solid battery in the aim of commercializing it in early 2020s.

NEDO to Evaluate Technologies to Produce Methane Using CO2 From Coal, Green Hydrogen

Sat, 11/18/2017 - 09:57
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) announced Nov 14, 2017, that it has started to develop technologies to effectively use CO2 emitted from coal-fired thermal power plants.

JAIC, Smart Solar Install 1.5MW Floating Solar Plant in Kagawa

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:51
Japan Asia Investment Co Ltd (JAIC) and Smart Solar Corp announced that they have built a floating solar power plant with an output of about 1.52MW on a reservoir in Sanuki City, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan, and started to sell electricity.

Kyocera et al Build 5MW of Solar Plants in Kyoto

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:49
Three companies including Kyocera Corp announced that they have built solar power plants with a total output of about 5MW and had a ceremony to celebrate the completion of them Sept 26, 2017.

Yamaha Motor Shows Off 4-wheeled Series HEV (2)

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:30
Because the concept car is expected to be a series HEV, it stores electricity generated by an engine in a battery and runs on a motor. As an engine, Yamaha Motor plans to use a single-cylinder engine designed for two-wheeled vehicles, but the company said, "We are still considering engine performance and so forth."

Yamaha Motor Shows Off 4-wheeled Series HEV (1)

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:24
Yamaha Motor Co Ltd unveiled a concept model of a four-wheeled series hybrid vehicle (HEV) at Tokyo Motor Show 2017, which was open to the public from Oct 28 to Nov 5, 2017.

Toshiba to Release 'Low-reflection' Residential Solar Panel

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:20
Toshiba Corp will release a new product of the "GX Series" high-efficiency, low-priced residential solar panel Nov 20, 2017.

JAIC Completes 11MW Solar Plant in Shizuoka

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:47
Japan Asia Investment Co Ltd (JAIC) announced that it has completed a solar power plant with an output of 11.3MW in Kitaema, Izunokuni City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, in collaboration with Renewable Japan Co Ltd.

1.2MW Solar Plant Set Up on Roof of Daiwa House's Physical Distribution Facilities

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:44
Daiwa House Industry Co Ltd announced Sept 20, 2017, that the construction of physical distribution facilities for multiple tenants was completed in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, and the facilities will start full operation Oct 1, 2017.

NEXI Provides Loan Insurance for 455MW Solar Project in India

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:41
Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) announced Sept 12, 2017, that it will provide a loan insurance for a mega (large-scale) solar project in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Sony Develops 7.42-Mpixel Automotive Image Sensor (4)

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:40
The new image sensor can switch between the standard mode, in which images are taken with a pixel count of 7.42 million, and the binning mode for each frame. For example, at night, it is possible to use the binning mode to recognize an object in the dark for a frame and use the standard mode to recognize a bright object such as an illuminated billboard for another frame.

Sony Develops 7.42-Mpixel Automotive Image Sensor (3)

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:36
To reduce power consumption, Sony employed a laminated design that forms a logic circuit part under the imaging part. Laminated types are often used for image sensors designed for smartphones, but the IMX324 is the first laminated-type automotive image sensor, the company said.

Sony Develops 7.42-Mpixel Automotive Image Sensor (2)

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:35
However, the new product was developed not only for Mobileye. The specifications required by Mobileye are "commonly-required specifications," Sony said. So, the product is targeted at a wide variety of camera systems. Sony plans to start to ship samples in November 2017 and begin volume production in June 2018.

Sony Develops 7.42-Mpixel Automotive Image Sensor (1)

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:32
Sony Corp developed a new image sensor product, "IMX324," for cameras used for ADASes (advanced driver assistance systems), automatic braking systems and autonomous driving systems.

Solar Plant in Oita Coastal Industrial Zone Expands Using Former Golf Course

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 17:32
Heavy chemical industries such as iron manufacturing and petrochemical complexes are concentrated in the Oita Coastal Industrial Zone to the east of Oita City, Oita Prefecture, Japan.