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SB Energy Installs 2MW Solar Plant in Mie

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 14:03
SB Energy Corp announced Dec 25, 2017, that it will build a solar power plant with an output of about 2MW in Shima City, Mie Prefecture, Japan.

Yamaha Motor to Show Cart-type Concept Car at CES

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 09:43
Yamaha Motor Co Ltd announced Nov 30, 2017, that it will exhibit a cart-type concept car featuring autonomous driving capability at CES 2018, the US largest-scale trade show of consumer electronics, which will take place from Jan 9 to 12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Toyota Unveils Lexus RX SUV With 3 Rows of Seats

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 09:40
Toyota Motor Corp unveiled an SUV with three rows of seats in the Lexus brand of luxury cars at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, which was open to the public from Dec 1 to 10, 2017, in Los Angeles, Calif, the US.

IHI to Produce Algae-derived Jet Fuel in Thailand

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 14:54
IHI Corp announced Nov 6, 2017, that it will construct facilities for a test to produce jet fuel from algae in Thailand.

Toyota Tsusho Completes 12.5MW Woody Biomass Power Plant in Ehime

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 14:52
Toyota Tsusho Corp announced Nov 6, 2017, that it has completed a 12.5MW woody biomass power plant in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.

Gunei Sets Up 5MW Solar Plant in Gunma

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:09
Gunei Ltd completed a solar power plant with an output of about 5.4MW in Tomiwaka-cho, Ota City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, and started full operation of the plant in December 2017.

Panasonic Demoes Tomato-harvesting Robot

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 15:02
Panasonic Corp exhibited a "tomato-harvesting robot" at International Robot Exhibition 2017, which took place from Nov 29 to Dec 2 at Tokyo Big Sight.

Sumitomo et al to Develop Pantograph-powered EV Bus

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 15:00
Sumitomo Corp, Saitama Railway Corp, etc aim to realize an electric bus (EV bus) that can be charged by using a pantograph.

17MW Solar Plant Begins Operation in Coastal Area of Yamaguchi

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 14:50
Taiyo Oil Co Ltd announced Nov 1, 2017, that a solar power plant with an output of about 17.3MW has started commercial operation in a coastal area of Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

Yabu City to Build Biomass Power Plant Using Livestock Manure

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 14:48
Toyo Yabu Bio Energy started the construction of a biomass power plant using methane fermentation gas in Yabu City (national strategic special zone), Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, and had a ground-breaking ceremony Oct 28, 2017.

Farming Solar Plant Survives Earthquake in Kumamoto

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 14:14
A farming-style solar power plant with an output of about 900kW is located in a corner of an agricultural area in Kumamoto City. Solar panels were spaced apart from each other and set up on farmland, so farm products and power generation could share the sunlight. Such a structure is generally called "solar sharing."

[Interview] Renova Focusing on Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects (1)

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 10:29
Renova Inc, a venture company that develops renewable energy power generation projects, was listed on the Mothers Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in February of this year. The company has been operating or constructing mega (large-scale) solar power plants with about 270MW of output in total at 10 locations and a biomass power generation plant with an output of 20MW.

AGC to Build Zero-energy Facility at Its Factory in Ibaraki

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 15:35
Asahi Glass Co Ltd (AGC) announced Dec 13, 2017, that it has started to build a net zero energy building (ZEB) at its Kashima Plant in Kamisu City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.

Fujikura, NTT Docomo Test Fuel Cell at Solar-powered Base Station

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 15:32
Fujikura Ltd and NTT Docomo Inc jointly started a test to apply a fuel cell system (rated power: 1kW) using a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) method being developed by Fujikura to NTT Docomo's "green base station."

Toyota Showcases SUV Concept for Outdoor Use

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 14:05
Toyota Motor Corp exhibited the "FT-AC" concept compact SUV (sport utility vehicle) at 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, which was open to the public from Dec 1 to 10, 2017, in Los Angeles, Calif, the US.

JPEA Makes Guidelines for Treatment of Substances Contained in Solar Panels

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 17:43
Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) publicized the "Guidelines for Proving Information for Proper Treatment of Used Solar Cell Modules (first edition)" Dec 11, 2017.

Isuzu Plans to Release Small EV Truck at End of 2018

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:13
Isuzu Motors Ltd will launch a small electric (EV) truck in the Japanese market by the end of 2018.

Solar Frontier Sets Efficiency Record With Thin-film PV Cell

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 14:10
Solar Frontier KK (Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo) announced Dec 20, 2017, that it has achieved a conversion efficiency of 22.9% with a CIS-based thin-film solar cell in a joint research with New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO, national research and development agency).

New Black Stainless Steel Features High Corrosion Resistance

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 13:30
Abel Co Ltd (Yao City, Osaka Prefecture) showed the "Abel Black," which is a black stainless steel material whose corrosion resistance was improved by forming a thick passive film.

Solar Panel Cleaning Robots Designed Even for 10MW+ Plants

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 16:21
Miraikikai Inc of Takamatsu City is a venture company started by researchers at Kagawa University. The company develops solar panel cleaning robots and other products.