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27 May
The revised Act on Special Measures for Renewable Energy, which is for revising the feed-in tariff policy for renewable energy, passed through the plenary session of the House of Councilors and was enacted May 25, 2016.
27 May
Honda Motor Co Ltd will release an electric version of the Super Cub motorcycle in 2018.
27 May
Pattern Energy Group, the US-based firm running a renewable energy-related business, announced April 26, 2016, that it has completed a solar power plant with an output of about 14MW in Shimane Prefecture, Japan.
27 May
Lixil Corp announced April 28, 2016, that it will release a monocrystalline silicon solar panel with an output of 300W (standard size) and a conversion efficiency of 18% June 1, 2016.
26 May
Sharp Corp announced a comment that was made by Terry Gou and Tai Jeng-Wu, chairman and vice chairman of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, which will purchase Sharp, on Sharp's energy solution business May 25, 2016.
26 May
Japan Asia Group Ltd announced May 20, 2016, that Kokusai Kogyo Co Ltd (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) has completed a 950kW solar power plant in Sapporo City, Hokkaido, Japan.
26 May
Toko Electrical Construction Co Ltd announced April 22, 2016, that it has completed a solar power plant with an output of about 10MW in Iitate-mura (village), Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, and had a ceremony to celebrate the completion.
26 May
Hitachi Capital Corp announced April 15, 2016, that it has started the construction of a solar power plant with an output of about 36.4MW in Niimi City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
25 May
For the future, the research group is planning to realize a display using an OLED light source on the super-flexible photonic skin. It will be a device that is directly attached to human skin, measures oxygen saturation and pulse rate without making the wearer feel discomfort and shows measurement results on the display in real time.
25 May
The OLED light source with excellent optical properties can be stably operated in the atmosphere for the following three reasons. First, it became possible to form ITO electrodes on an ultra-thin polymeric material (parylene). The group reduced surface roughness by stacking a smoothed layer on parylene and optimized the energy that generates plasma at the time of sputter-depositing an ITO film.
25 May
A wearable sensor that uses a human arm to display biological information has come much closer to realization.
25 May
Hyogo Prefecture's Public Enterprises Agency started generating power at two mega- (large-scale) solar power plants at different dams in February 2016. At both plants, solar panels were attached to "dam bodies" that hold back water at dams.
24 May
Toyota Motor Corp exhibited the Lexus LC500h sport coupe May 19, 2016, for the first time in Japan.
24 May
Tomioka Fukko Solar, a general incorporated association organized by residents of Tomioka-machi (town), Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, announced May 19, 2016, that it will build a solar power plant with an output of 33MW on 350,000m2 of agricultural land in an agricultural promotion area of the town by converting its land category.
23 May
Rimono, a Tokyo-based company that develops ultra-small electric vehicles (EVs), will employ plastics for the body of its vehicle to be released in the summer of 2017 to reduce the vehicle weight by 35% or more.
23 May
Sharp Corp announced that it has achieved a module conversion efficiency of 31.17% with a triple-junction compound semiconductor photovoltaic (PV) cell at the time of not concentrating light.
23 May
SB Energy Corp (Minato-ku, Tokyo) announced May 20, 2016, that it will test a weeding method using sheep and goats at a solar power plant with an output of about 43MW in Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.
21 May
Next Energy & Resources Co Ltd (Komagane City, Nagano Prefecture) has been engaged in the sale of solar power generation systems since before the start of the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme. The company cultivated new solar power businesses with unique ideas such as the sale of used panels and promotion of off-grid systems.
20 May
Orix Corp announced May 17, 2016, that it has started operation of a solar power plant with an output of about 51MW in Hakusan-cho, Tsu City, Mie Prefecture, Japan.
20 May
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) launched a project to commercialize a new storage battery with a performance higher than that of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.
20 May
NXP Semiconductors NV and Wayv Technologies Ltd co-developed a portable microwave oven.
20 May
Japan Gymnastics Association, Fujitsu Ltd and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd announced that they will conduct a joint research for the development of the technology and system to support the scoring of gymnastics.
20 May
Infineon Technologies AG exhibited the "EDT2" automotive IGBT (insulated gate bipolar transistor) formed on a 300mm-diameter silicon (Si) wafer and an automotive power module using the IGBT at PCIM Europe 2016.
19 May
Shizen Energy Inc (Fukuoka City) announced that it has completed the refinance of "Kunisaki Daini Shizen Energy Solar Power Plant" in Kunisaki City, Oita Prefecture, Japan, May 1, 2016.
18 May
Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) announced May 11, 2016, that Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has asked it to call attention for preventing damages caused by scattered solar panels, etc.
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