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1 Apr
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) announced that an energy conversion efficiency of 2% was achieved in hydrogen production using solar power, photocatalysts and water.
1 Apr
Mazda Motor Corp employed an electric power steering (EPS) for its fourth-generation "Roadster (MX-5, ND type)" in place of the hydraulic power steering used for the third-generation model.
1 Apr
Honda Motor Co Ltd employed a new turbocharger for the engine of the "S660" roadster to be released in April 2015.
1 Apr
Honda Motor Co Ltd formed an unusual development team for the "S660" roadster to be released April 2, 2015, by appointing a 26-year-old engineer as a chief.
1 Apr
Mazda Motor Corp focused on "jerk," a variable component of accelerated velocity, in the development of its fourth-generation "Roadster (MX-5, ND type)."
31 Mar
Toda Corp announced March 19, 2015, that it has started the construction of mega (large-scale) solar power plants for "Nagasaki Sakura-no-sato Mega Power Project" in Nagasaki City and "Miyazaki Kunitomi Mega Solar Project" in Miyazaki City.
31 Mar
Solare Datensysteme GmbH (SDS) announced March 12, 2015, that it will start to supply storage batteries and energy management systems (EMSes) for residential solar power generation facilities in Germany in cooperation with Kyocera Corp and Energetik Solartechnologie-Vertriebs GmbH.
30 Mar
Miyama City (Fukuoka Prefecture), Chikuho Bank Ltd and Kyushu Smart Community have invested in a PPS (power producer and supplier) that sells electricity as a retailer in the city and will launch a retail electricity business in cooperation with Epco Co Ltd April 1, 2015.
30 Mar
NTT Facilities Inc announced March 19, 2015, that it will improve the profitability of solar power plants and reduce their initial costs as part of its EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services.
30 Mar
Mazda Motor Corp changed the shapes of all the eight counterweights of the crank shaft for the engine of the company's fourth-generation "Roadster (MX-5, ND type)."
30 Mar
Fujisawa City in Kanagawa Prefecture is known for its sightseeing spots including Enoshima Island and Shonan Beach. The inland area of the city is an industrial site where secondary industry facilities are concentrated as well as many plants and research institutes of major Japanese manufacturers. Following relocation abroad of some of the plants in the area, redevelopment of the former plant sites is under way.
28 Mar
The "Tobu Shinrinkoen Solar Power Plant" was completed along a railway track about a five-minute walk from Shinrinkoen Station; its completion ceremony took place March 5, 2015. It is a mega- (large-scale) solar power plant with an output of about 2MW, which the Tobu Railway Group's Tobu Energy Management Co Ltd (Sumida-ku, Tokyo) constructed and operates, renting the land from Tobu Railway Co Ltd.
28 Mar
Gaiasystem Co Ltd announced March 6, 2015, that it will build a floating solar power plant with an output of about 1.5MW on an agricultural reservoir called "Nigo Ike" in Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
27 Mar
The Development Team for the zecOO Electric Motorbike announced March 25, 2015, that it has released the "zecOO" large-size specialty motorbike.
27 Mar
Japan Asia Investment Co Ltd (JAIC) announced March 20, 2015, that it has started the construction of a solar power plant with an output of about 1.02MW in Motoyoshi-chou, Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
26 Mar
NTT Facilities Inc announced March 19, 2015, that it has introduced a solar power generation system designed for tests on sloping land.
25 Mar
SB Energy Corp and Mitsui & Co Ltd announced that they have started commercial operation of "SoftBank Omuta Miikekou Solar Park" March 10, 2015.
25 Mar
Hitachi Ltd developed a new linear motor by using an "opposed electromagnet."
24 Mar
SunEdison Inc, the US-based solar power plant developer, announced March 11, 2015, that it will develop a 9.6MW solar power plant in Tarumizu City, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.
24 Mar
Solar Frontier KK announced March 17, 2015, that it has concluded a contract to supply about 100MW of CIS-based solar panels to Indian firm Welspun Renewables Energy Pvt Ltd.
24 Mar
Mazda Motor Corp will equip its fourth-generation "Roadster (MX-5, ND type)," which will be released in June 2015, with a newly-designed six-speed manual transmission (MT).
24 Mar
Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) Inc announced the expected demand for automobiles in Japan for fiscal 2015.
24 Mar
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) had a meeting of New and Renewable Energy Subcommittee March 19, 2015, and announced that the procurement price for fiscal 2015 was decided in accordance with opinions of the Calculation Committee for Procurement Price, etc and the impost was set at 1.58 yen/kWh.
23 Mar
The "Mito Newtown Mega Solar Park," a mega- (large-scale) solar power plant with east Japan's largest output of about 40MW, was constructed across the border of Mito City and Shirosatomachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
23 Mar
Toyohashi University of Technology announced that it has drastically improved the properties of a negative-electrode material using a titanium-niobium (Ti-Nb)-based oxide for lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable batteries.
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