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Toyota Motor Corp announced that it will release a new MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) in the IMV series of world cars designed for emerging countries at Delhi Motor Show 2016.
The key to dealing with the high cost of storage batteries, one of the issues with this system, is utilization of "used storage batteries" that were mounted on EVs. Sumitomo and Nissan Motor jointly established 4R Energy (based in Yokohama City), which is engaged in the reuse business of storage batteries from "Leaf" models. The used storage batteries used in the validation at Koshikishima Island were purchased through 4R Energy.
Shizen Energy Inc (Fukuoka City) announced Feb 1, 2016, that it will promote a wind power generation project in Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture, by using a process based on the Act for the Promotion of Renewable Energy in Rural Areas.
Sony Corp made an announcement about the development of a GNSS (global navigation satellite system) reception chip at ISSCC 2016, an international academic conference on semiconductor integrated circuits.
Japan Asia Group Ltd announced Feb 8, 2016, that it will raise about 6.7 billion yen for multiple mega (large-scale) solar projects by using a "project bond."
Suzuki Motor Corp unveiled the "Vitara Brezza," a compact SUV (sport utility vehicle) that the company developed in India, at Delhi Motor Show 2016, which runs from Feb 3, 2016, in India.
Waseda University announced Jan 26, 2016, that it has formed the industrial-academic "Energy Resource Aggregation Business Forum (ERABF)" and had the first meeting of the forum on the same day.
Honda President Takahiro Hachigou announced the company's plan to release new vehicles at Delhi Motor Show 2016, which runs from Feb 3, 2016, in India.
West Energy Solution Inc will start to sell a solar power generation system at Yafuoku!, Japan's largest Internet auction site run by Yahoo Japan Corp Feb 12, 2016.
Panasonic considers that the new method is superior when pictures are taken from the inside of a moving vehicle. Also, it is possible to prevent "LED flicker," which is becoming a problem as more and more LEDs are being used for traffic signals and lighting apparatuses, by increasing exposure time within a frame.
This time, to further improve the performance of the organic thin-film CMOS image sensor, Panasonic expanded the dynamic range by making each pixel with two types of cells (high- and low-sensitivity cells).
Panasonic Corp developed an image sensor with a dynamic range of 123dB, which is 100 times higher than that of the company's previous product.
Kuni Umi Asset Management Co Ltd (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) announced Feb 1, 2016, that it has constructed a marshy area for ecosystem preservation on the site of Japan's largest-class solar power plant.
The "Solar Park Shinmaiko" is a mega- (large-scale) solar power plant with an output of about 12.9MW on the coast of Chita City, Aichi Prefecture, to the south of Nagoya Station. Chubu Electric Power Co Inc's subsidiary C-Tech Corp (Nagoya City) is the power producer.
Toshiba Corp announced Feb 1, 2016, that it has started a retail electricity business to supply electricity to utility customers in Kanagawa Prefecture by procuring electricity from on-roof solar power generation facilities in the prefecture.
Nissan Chemical Industries Ltd exhibited a prototype of a "durable super-hydrophilic coating liquid" at nano tech 2016, which took place from Jan 27 to 29, 2016, at Tokyo Big Sight.
Mitsubishi Electric Corp announced that it has succeeded in using a column of seawater as an antenna to receive the signals of terrestrial digital broadcasting for the first time in the world.
Fukushima Hatsuden (a company based in Fukushima City) announced Jan 27, 2016, that it has completed a solar power plant with an output of about 2MW in Okuma-machi, Fukushima Prefecture, and had a ceremony to celebrate the completion.
Orix Corp and Chudenko Corp announced Jan 25, 2016, that it will start to build a 2.525MW solar power plant in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
Delta Electronics Inc announced Jan 15, 2016, that it has built a solar power plant with an output of about 4.6MW in Ako City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
Toyota Motor Corp and Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd announced Jan 29, 2016, that they have agreed to make Daihatsu a wholly-owned company of Toyota through stock swap.
Japan Display Inc (JDI) announced Jan 22, 2016, that it will start volume production of its OLED display in 2018 at JDI Technology Exhibition.
The isolated Koshikishima Islands are about 45km off the coast of Satsumasendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture. The islands consist of Kamikoshiki Island, Nakakoshiki Island and Shimokoshiki Island. They feature a number of untouched natural landscapes including various marshes blocked from the sea by sandbanks and towering cliffs.
Smart Energy Co Ltd announced that it has completed one of the world's largest-scale floating solar power plants in Kawajima-machi, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
Vitec Holdings Co Ltd announced Dec 25, 2015, that it has built a solar power plant with an output of about 21MW in Takizawa City, Iwate Prefecture, and started to sell electricity generated at the plant.