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Lexus LS Comes With New V6 Engine (1)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:24
The Lexus "LS" luxury sedan, which Toyota Motor Corp released in October 2017, comes not only as a hybrid vehicle but also as a vehicle equipped with a newly-developed 3.5L V-6 direct-injection twin-turbo gasoline engine.

Ciel Terre Japan Completes 2.5MW Floating Solar Plant in Mie

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:14
Ciel Terre Japan KK (Chuo-ku, Tokyo) completed the construction of a solar power plant on the water surface of a pond in Mie Prefecture, Japan, in January 2018.

'Smart Bus Stop' Comes With Solar Panel, E-paper

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 21:09
Michinori Holdings Inc, Aizu Bus Co Ltd, etc started a verification test for commercializing a next-generation smart bus stop in Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Feb 17, 2018.

Infini Aims to Enter Global Market With 'Fukushima Pride' (1)

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:24
"Because of the teamwork of the employees recruited in Fukushima Prefecture, stable operation of the new factory was finally achieved after a series of problems," said Naoto Kotera, managing director of Infini (Naniwa-ku, Osaka City) and factory manager of the Fukushima Factory, impressed by the "efforts" of the employees at the Fukushima Factory.

Solar Plant Faces Reality of Output Control in Nagasaki

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:37
Iki is a remote island of Nagasaki Prefecture roughly 80km offshore in the Sea of Genkai to the northwest of Kyushu. The island stretches about 17km from north to south and 15km from west to east. Most of the island is a lava plateau with little difference in altitude.

SB Energy to Build 1MW Solar Plant in Shizuoka

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:10
SB Energy Corp will build a solar power plant with an output of about 1.0MW in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, planning to start operation in August 2018.

Nissan's Infiniti Concept Expected to Have Variable-compression-ratio Engine

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:20
Nissan Motor Co Ltd showed "Q Inspiration Concept," a concept model of a mid-size sedan of the Infiniti brand, at NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) 2018, which was open to the public from Jan 20 to 28, 2018.

Honda's New "Acura RDX" Comes With 2.0L Direct-injection Turbo Engine

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:19
Honda Motor Co Ltd exhibited a prototype of the new "RDX" crossover SUV (sport-utility vehicle) of the Acura brand at NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) 2018, which was open to the public from Jan 20 to 28, 2018.

Security Sensor Powered by Film-type Dye-sensitized Solar Cell

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 20:28
Secual Inc (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) and Sekisui Chemical Co Ltd co-developed the "Secual Next-generation Security Sensor" by using Sekisui Chemical's film-type dye-sensitized solar cell (film-type DSC).

SHI Receives Order for 112MW Coal/biomass-fired Power Plant

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 20:27
Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd (SHI) announced Dec 22, 2017, that it has received an order for coal/biomass-fired power generation facilities to be built on the premises of the Kaita Base of Hiroshima Gas Co Ltd.

NEDO: Solar Cell-equipped EVs Might Not Have to Be Charged

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 19:46
"Depending on how they are used, electric vehicles (EVs) equipped with solar cells do not have to be charged at all throughout the year," according to a report published by New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

Farmland Transformed to 27MW Solar Plant, Consideration Given to Goshawks

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 16:54
Mount Daisen (1,709m above sea level) in Tottori Prefecture, the highest mountain in the Chugoku region, is sometimes called Hokifuji, because of its appearance (like Mt. Fuji) and the former name of the local administrative area (Hoki-no-kuni).

'Expert Training' Provided at Solar Plant in Fukushima

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 20:30
Tohoku Electrical Safety Inspection Association provided "Expert II Training," through which knowledge about mega (large-scale) solar power plants and knowhow to manage them are learned, in Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, from Jan 9 to 11, 2018.

Showa Shell Sekiyu Develops Biomass Liquid Fuel by Using Inedible Materials

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 20:25
Showa Shell Sekiyu KK announced Dec 7, 2017, that it has succeeded in using inedible biomass materials to generate hexene that can be used as gasoline base material in cooperation with Tohoku University.

Semi-transparent Perovskite PV Cell Claims 9.7% Efficiency

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 20:24
The University of Tokyo announced Nov 29, 2017, that it has developed a semi-transparent perovskite solar cell with an energy conversion efficiency of 9.7%.

Japanese Companies Show Robots, PV Inverters at ADSW 2018

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:40
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2018, an annual event that aims for a sustainable society utilizing environmental technologies, was held from January 13 to 20 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Weathernews Launches New Service to Predict Amount of PV Generation

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 17:13
Weathernews Inc announced Jan 31, 2018, that it has started to offer the "new solar power generation forecast" service to energy-related companies, providers of their services and IoT platform-related firms.

Thai Firm to Begin Construction of 32MW Solar Plant in Nagano

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 17:10
BCPG Japan Corp (Minato-ku, Tokyo), a Thailand-based firm that develops and operates solar power plants, will build a solar power plant with an output of about 32MW in Komagane City, Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Assembly of 'Aibo' Robot Dog (6)

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:13
The assembly of the aibo's jaw has been half completed. This time, an exterior part will be attached to the lower jaw unit, which has already been put together. It will become the lower half of the aibo's head. In this part, four microphones are asymmetrically located. They three-dimensionally detect the directions of voices and recognize the voice of the owner talking to the aibo.

Assembly of 'Aibo' Robot Dog (5)

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:03
The assembly of the aibo entered the next stage: the jaw. It is the lower half of the head. When the jaw is attached to the upper part of the neck, which has already been assembled, a half of the head will be completed.