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21 Aug
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.
21 Aug
Chiba Museum of Science and Industry has been hosting an event in which a planetarium is used to display video with the maximum horizontal pixel count higher than 12,000.
21 Aug
Sharp Corp developed a 12-Mpixel 1-inch CMOS image sensor supporting 4k video for digital camcorders and released it.
21 Aug
20 Aug
Quattroe Japan Co Ltd, a Japan-based solar panel manufacturer, will release an antifouling solar panel that sprinkles water on itself within 2014.
20 Aug
Kobe Bussan Co Ltd, which runs "Gyomu Super" food supermarkets in Japan, announced Aug 14, 2014, that it has started to operate two solar power plants in Kama City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.
20 Aug
Fukuda Crystal Laboratory Co Ltd succeeded in making ScAlMgO4 (SCAM) crystal with a diameter of 50mm (2 inches).
20 Aug
Cars aren’t just for driving around in; they can also supply power to the home. This new capability of the automobile, called Vehicle-to-Home (V2H), is now entering commercial use in electric vehicles. Development is also under way for use with plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles. This new dimension of utility, swapping energy with the home, is something the conventional gasoline engine vehicle simply cannot do, but it could mean significant new value for vehicles. The promise is reducing home electricity bills, and serving as emergency power in times of need.
19 Aug
Edison Power Co Ltd announced Aug 7, 2014, that it will build a 2MW solar power plant in Tokunoshima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.
19 Aug
The Toho Bank Ltd announced that it has provided a loan for the project finance for the "Eurus Yabuki Nakajima Solar Park," which Eurus Energy Holdings Corp (Minato-ku, Tokyo) is developing in collaboration with the governments of Yabuki-machi and Nakajima-mura, Nishishirakawa-gun, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
19 Aug
JFE Engineering Corp and its affiliate company, J Farm Tomakomai, announced Aug 11, 2014, that they have started to produce agricultural products at a vegetable plant in Tomakomai City, Hokkaido, Japan.
19 Aug
Oki Electric Cable Co Ltd developed the "ultra-thin flexible multilayer FPC" by reducing the thickness of a multilayer flexible printed circuit (FPC) board to improve its flexibility and released it.
19 Aug
Our business can be broadly divided into three major areas: powertrains, climate control, and information and safety. The rough revenue breakdown for fiscal 2012 was 35% for powertrains, 30% for climate control, and 16% for information and safety.
18 Aug
Recently, a growing number of Japanese manufacturers have started the operation of compact lines. The compact line is an unprecedented small-scale production line for which measures such as reduction, integration, and shortening of processes have been comprehensively taken. In addition to the aforementioned Honda' case, Toyota Motor Corporation has developed a compact line named Small-Scale Innovative Line, which can yield a profit even with monthly production volume reduced by half, and has been actively introduced into domestic and international plants.
13 Aug
Toshiba Corp will release a wristband-type activity meter that it claims can be used for two weeks without being charged.
12 Aug
The Marubeni Group started operating the "Tokachi Shimizu Solar Power Plant" in Shimizu-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan, in December 2013 to February 2014. The project consists of five solar power plants with an output ranging from 500kW to 1MW and forms a mega- (large-scale) solar power plant with a total output of 4.273MW. The power producer is Mibugawa Power Company (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), Marubeni Corp's wholly owned subsidiary engaged in small-scale hydroelectric power generation.
12 Aug
12 Aug
We opened the front unit of the DK2. The words "Oculus VR" were also printed on the main board. We decided to examine the parts mounted on the main board later. After removing the main board from the front unit, an OLED display module appeared. Its screen size was 6 inches. The module looked like a smartphone because it is equipped with a bezel-like part.
12 Aug
Nikkei Automotive Technology magazine evaluated low- and mid-speed recognition (vehicle and pedestrian) and braking functions in automobiles from nine manufacturers equipped with autonomous braking systems. This was the first comparative evaluation in Japan of autonomous braking for pedestrians. Overall, models from Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan (Subaru) and Volvo came out on top, with AAA ratings. We analyzed the data to see just what different manufacturers do differently, and probed their design philosophies.
11 Aug
The "DK2," the second version of the "Oculus Rift" head-mounted display (HMD) of Oculus VR Inc, was released in July 2014. Nikkei Electronics Teardown Squad obtained the HMD to look inside it.
10 Aug
juwi Shizen Energy Inc announced Aug 6, 2014, that it has started power generation at a 1.54MW solar power plant in Ikawa-machi, Akita Prefecture, Japan.
8 Aug
Fuji Xerox Co Ltd organized an event called "Shock-a-thon" Aug 2 and 3, 2014, in Yokohama, Japan. At the event, companies and universities lent haptic feedback devices to participants as "materials" so that they can make various systems and applications.
8 Aug
A 40.36MW solar power plant whose construction had been led by Renova Inc was completed in Futtsu City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
8 Aug
Japan Petroleum Exploration Co Ltd announced that it has completed a 2.4MW solar power plant on the property of its Hokkaido Mine in Tomakomai City, Hokkaido, Japan, and started to sell electricity Aug 1, 2014.
7 Aug
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp announced Aug 8, 2014, that it has started to offer the "SMBC Solar Loan," a loan product for solar power generation systems with an output capacity lower than 2MW.
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