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Chiyoda Corp announced Aug 27, 2014, that it has concluded a partnership agreement with the government of Akita Prefecture in the aim of realizing a society where hydrogen is widely used.
Mitsubishi Electric Corp announced Aug 25, 2014, that it will commercialize a self-commutated static VAR compensator (SVC) using a method called MMC (modular multilevel converter).
The Wako Group (Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture), which is engaged in entertainment facility management and real estate business, is operating two mega- (large-scale) solar power plants at industrial parks in Hiroshima Prefecture. They are the "Hiroshima By-Airport Industrial and Distribution Park Solar Power Plant" with 1.99MW output and the "Ujigami Industrial Park Solar Power Plant" with 2.98MW output.
A research group at Osaka City University succeeded in treating a skin ulcer infected with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by (1) the systemic administration of natural amino acid (5-aminolevulinic acid: ALA) and (2) a photodynamic therapy (PDT) using LED light.
Shobara Solar Power Plant in Shobara City, Hiroshima Prefecture, has an output of 2MW while SoftBank Nagasaki Koyagi Solar Park in Koyagimachi, Nagasaki Prefecture, features 2.6MW output. The two mega (large-scale) solar power plants have something in common. Both of them incorporate monocrystalline silicon solar panels manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corp and PV inverters manufactured by Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC).
Kyocera Corp announced Aug 29, 2014, that it will install one of the world's largest floating solar power plants in Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
TDK Corp announced Aug 26, 2014, that it has developed a piezoelectric actuator whose displacement is 20% larger than that of its previous piezoelectric actuator.
Daiken Corp announced Aug 26, 2014, that it will release the "Grass Buster" weed proofing sheet using high-density fabric for solar power plants and residences.
Kankyo Hatsuden (Hiroshima City), which runs mega (large-scale) solar power plants and provides consulting services, announced Aug 19, 2014, that it has started the operation of the "Sasebo Mega Solar Power Plant" in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.
A Japanese research group developed an all-solid-state lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery using a sulfur (S) positive electrode and metal lithium (Li) negative electrode.
Suzuki Motor Corp equipped the "Carry" light truck with the "AGS (auto gear shift)," the company's latest transmission, and released it Aug 26, 2014.
announced Aug 25, 2014, that it has concluded a contract with Hergo Sun Japan KK to lease land to the company for a mega (large-scale) solar project.
Sankyo Tateyama Inc released a new louver product equipped with tilted solar panels.
Suzuki Motor Corp partially improved the "Wagon R" and "Wagon R Stingray" light cars and released them Aug 25, 2014.
The government of Atsugi City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, announced Aug 22, 2014, that it has concluded an "agreement on the use of clean energy for public facilities (local production/local consumption model) in cooperation with solar power plants" with Kanagawa Denryoku and Orix Corp.
Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC) released a machine that can form a transparent conductive film for solar cells in a non-vacuum process.
Fuji Xerox Co Ltd tested a printer that not only prints documents on paper but autonomously moves around a room like the Roomba robot cleaner for delivering it.
The Japanese market for solar power generation systems grew to about 2.5 trillion yen (approx US$24 billion) in fiscal 2013, which is equivalent to the scale of the Japanese market for white goods, according to data announced by Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).
Toshiba Lifestyle Products & Services Corp will start to release three models of the "Torneo Robo" robot cleaner equipped with 27 sensors including infrared and ultrasound sensors in late September 2014.
Tokushima Prefecture boasts one of the highest amounts of sunshine in Japan. Awa City, facing the south side of the Asan Mountains, in particular, seldom gets shaded by the mountains. The "Awa-Nishi Solar Hills Power Plant," located in an optimum place for solar power generation, is a mega- (large-scale) solar power plant with an output of about 2MW.
The Nishikinohama Plant of Panasonic Corp is positioned as the mother plant that controls the production process of the company's solar cell business.
Toda Corp announced Aug 21, 2014, that it has introduced a "direct-current power supply system" into its Institute of Construction Technology in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
NTT Facilities Inc announced Aug 7, 2014, that it will build a mega (large-scale) solar power plant in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.
Sharp Corp developed two kinds of LED devices that adjust color in accordance with brightness by using only one circuit system.
Nangoku Corp (Kagoshima City), a general trading company based in Kagoshima Prefecture and the Kyushu region of Japan, published an "environmentally-conscious project plan" about the "Iriki Power Plant" and "Ei Power Plant" to be constructed in the prefecture on its website July 31, 2014.