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Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd developed a film-like temperature sensor using a surface-mounted NTC thermistor and a flexible printed circuit (FPC) board.
The government of Karumai-machi (Iwate Prefecture) announced that it is planning to construct a solar power plant with an output capacity of about 125MW at a town assembly in September 2014.
Rokkashomura is located at the base of Shimokita Peninsula to the east of Aomori Prefecture. Construction is steadily progressing here on a mega- (large-scale) solar power plant, which is the largest project in Japan among ones already being constructed. It is the "Eurus Rokkasho Solar Park." The capacity of the solar panels and PV inverters that convert direct current generated by the panels to alternate current is 148MW and 115MW, respectively.
Honda Motor Co Ltd and Iwatani Corp developed the "Smart Hydrogen Station," the world's first hydrogen station unit containing hydrogen production equipment, hydrogen charging system, etc.
Four companies including Kyudenko Corp and Orix Corp and the government of Soma City (Fukushima Prefecture) announced Sept 12, 2014, that they will build a 50MW solar power plant in about 70ha of tsunami-hit disaster danger area.
Blows off dust without using water, intended for mega solar power plants in dry regions
The Chinese University of Hong Kong developed a robot that learns calligraphy from demonstrations performed by a human.
Kitasanriku Renewable Energy, a company based in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan, completed the construction of a 1,360kW solar power plant in Kuji-machi, Kuji City, Sept 5, 2014, planning to start power generation at the plant Sept 26, 2014.
Energia (Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture), a venture firm dealing with renewable energies, and the government of Kawauchi-mura, Fukushima Prefecture, concluded a basic agreement to install a mega (large-scale) solar power plant with an output of about 2MW Sept 10, 2014.
Toray Industries Inc developed a material that enables to lower the manufacturing cost of SiC-based power devices, which feature lower loss but are more expensive than Si-based power devices.
Tamagawa Holdings Co Ltd announced Aug 29, 2014, that it has acquired a construction site (about 15,000m2) for a mega (large-scale) solar power plant for 125 million yen (approx US$1.15 million) in Sodegaura City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
Nippon Light Metal Co Ltd commercialized a new model of its "Alsol Mega" mounting system made of aluminum for solar panels.
Fujifilm Corp developed a digital camera that automatically tracks a person and takes his/her pictures.
Nittofc Co Ltd will enter the solar power generation business by utilizing the feed-in tariff (FIT) policy.
Technical University Munich of Germany developed a drone (compact unmanned helicopter) that can be stabilized by using SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) technology and is as light as 25g including a camera mounted on it.
OSJB Holdings Corp announced Sept 12, 2014, that it will build a 1.5MW solar power plant on the property of its "Nishiwaki Plant" in Nishiwaki City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
Yoshikazu Tanaka of Toyota Motor ZF Product Planning Group took the podium at "Beyond 2020 Future Created by Cars," a seminar organized by Nikkei Automotive Technology, Sept 12, 2014.
Hiroshima Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) for Promotion of Renewable Energy (Hiroshima City), which is financed by the government of Hiroshima Prefecture, etc, will start to build a 0.6MW solar power plant in November 2014, in Nika-chou, Takehara City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.
Kurita Water Industries Ltd developed a new material that slows down deterioration and prevents ignition of lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable batteries.
Ogawarako Lake is located to the east of Aomori Prefecture. Blessed with rich fishery resources such as icefish, gobies, fresh water clams and eels, in winter, the lake is crowded with people who enjoy fishing for lake smelts from holes made on the frozen surface of the lake. Built in Misawa Oyamada District, Misawa City, and facing the lake is the "MSM No. 1," a mega- (large-scale) solar power plant with an output of about 2MW.
A large-scale solar power system was installed on the site of Sakura Solar Energy Center responding to the start of the feed-in tariff (FIT) system in July 2012. A power generation system with 450kW of output started operation in March 2014.
Sohgo Security Services Co Ltd announced Sept 12, 2014, that it will start to provide a check-up service using an unmanned flying robot (drone) for mega (large-scale) solar power plants.
Tokyo Energy & Systems Inc announced that it has performed a ground-breaking ceremony for a 2.57MW solar power plant in Tome City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Sept 3, 2014.
A new sensing technology might realize a system that determines whether the driver of a vehicle is nodding off at the wheel, drunken or under the influence of an illegal drug and whether abnormalities such as cardiac arrest and irregular pulse are occurring to a patient lying on a bed in need of nursing care.
The government of Iwate Prefecture carried out competitive bidding to choose a buyer of the electricity to be generated by a mega (large-scale) solar power plant that the Enterprise Bureau of the government of Iwate Prefecture is building in Aisari-chou, Kitakami City, Iwate Prefecture.