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Solar Frontier KK (Minato-ku, Tokyo) announced April 19, 2016, that its CIS (copper, indium, selenium)-based thin-film solar panel has been employed for 16 solar power generation projects of Staten Solar.
Shizen Energy Inc (Fukuoka City) announced April 26, 2016, that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with five companies to cooperate in the promotion of the development of renewable energy in Butuan City, Mindanao (island), the Philippines, April 22, 2016.
Mazda Motor Corp unveiled the new "CX-4" crossover SUV (sport utility vehicle) April 25, 2016, at Beijing Motor Show 2016.
The mass of the new "Boon/Passo" compact car, which Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd and Toyota Motor Corp released April 12, 2016, was reduced by about 50kg by applying technologies used to reduce the weight and improve the rigidity of Daihatsu's "Move" and "Cast" light cars.
Sparx Group Co Ltd announced March 30, 2016, that it will invest about 500 million yen in Exergy Power Systems Inc (Meguro-ku, Tokyo) as the first investment of Future Creation Fund in the field of energy storage.
Toyota Motor Corp announced April 24, 2016, that it will employ its 1.2L direct-injection turbo engine and driving assistant system for vehicles to be launched in China within 2016.
Kokusai Kogyo Co Ltd announced April 19, 2016, that it has completed the construction of an 832kW solar power plant in Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.
Orix Corp and Chudenko Corp announced March 31, 2016, that a solar power plant with an output of about 4.7MW has started operations in Tamano City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
Lixil Corp announced April 4, 2016, that it has started operation of a 5.2MW solar power plant in Chita City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
Looop Inc announced April 1, 2016, that it has completed a solar power plant with an output of 5.61MW in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
Kyocera TCL Solar LLC announced March 30, 2016, that it has started to construct a solar power plant with an output of about 21.1MW in Hagi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
Alps Electric Co Ltd showed a computer mouse that enables to check mental stress level at workplace.
Daiso Co Ltd, which has its headquarters in Miyakojima-ku, Osaka City, has grown through its "Sub-lease System" for logistics warehouses. Following the implementation of the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme in July 2012, it started considering proposing a business model to real estate owners in which it sets up solar panels on the roofs of warehouses they manage and boosts their business performance.
Energy Solutions Inc announced April 21, 2016, that it will release a service to detect solar panel defects by using a drone.
Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) Ltd equipped the new "Impreza" with a system that enables to continuously change the direction of light from the LED headlights from high to low beams.
Tohoku-Electric Power Co Inc announced April 20, 2016, that it has developed the "solar power generation forecasting system" with an enhanced accuracy of forecasting the amount of solar electricity generated and started operation of the system in April 2016.
Honda Motor Co Ltd procured 980MPa-class high-tensile steel plates from Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp and JFE Steel Corp for the body frame of the "Clarity Fuel Cell" fuel-cell vehicle (FCV), which it started to lease in Japan in March 2016.
Sekisui Chemical Co Ltd started to test a temperature difference power generation sheet that uses a special thermoelectric conversion material and can be attached to a chimney.
Honda Motor Co Ltd employed Lanxess AG's laminated GFRP (glass fiber reinforced plastic) for the rear bumper beam of its "Clarity Fuel Cell" fuel-cell vehicle (FCV).
A ceremony to celebrate the completion of the "Pacifico Energy Kumenan Mega Solar Power Plant" took place in Kumenan-cho, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, April 15, 2016.
Suzuki Motor Corp announced April 15, 2016, that a solar power plant with an output of about 20MW is scheduled to be completed in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, at the end of July 2016.
Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) announced a list of "precautions required to deal with solar panels broken by an earthquake" including items such as "Do not touch panels with bare hands and wear cotton or rubber gloves" and "Pulling out a cable connector" April 15, 2016.
The "Clarity Fuel Cell" fuel-cell vehicle (FCV), which Honda Motor Co Ltd started to lease in Japan March 10, 2016, features a lightweight body realized by using a large amount of high-tensile steel plates, aluminum (Al) alloys, etc.
Thanko Inc released the "Vibrating Cushion for Eye-catch Precrash Alarm" to be combined with an external doze warning device sold by the company April 12, 2016.
Automakers are paying attention to fuel-reforming engines because they can greatly improve fuel efficiency with a relatively low cost. Nissan announced that it improved thermal efficiency by about 6% in an experiment with a single-cylinder engine. It seems to take time for Honda to commercialize its unique fuel-reforming engine, but the company aims to improve efficiency by 20% or more.