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Kyowa Exeo Corp installed mega-solar (large-scale solar) power generation facilities on the property of its Koushin Branch (Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture) and started to sell electricity as "Kose Solar Power Plant."
NOK Corp developed a gasket that enables to reduce fastening force for fuel cells.
Low-power Electronics Association & Project (LEAP) and the University of Tsukuba announced that they have co-developed a phase-change memory technology using a new film structure and operating principles at IEDM 2013.
Furukawa Co Ltd completed construction of a 1MW mega-solar (large-scale solar) power plant on the site of a former sulfuric acid plant of Ashio Smeltery (Ashio-machi, Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture) Nov 28, 2013.
Takasecho, Mitoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture, is well known as a tea-growing district. The completion ceremony of "Orix Mitoyo Mega-Solar Power Plant" took place there Oct 21, 2013.
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp (NSSMC) developed a stainless steel plate that can be used for ultra-slim springs and is suited for precision machining.
The construction of the "Okayasanso Solar Power Plant Suwaco Labo" of Okayasanso Co Ltd (Okaya City, Nagano Prefecture) has been completed, and a ceremony to celebrate the beginning of power generation was performed Dec 3, 2013.
Mitsubishi Materials Corp developed the "DBA (direct bonded aluminum) substrate with thick Cu," an insulated circuit board made by directly attaching copper (Cu) to aluminum (Al), for inverters that control the power supplies of hybrid electric vehicles' (HEVs') high-power motors.
Toshiba Corp announced Dec 4, 2013, that it will launch a retail electricity business based on solar power generation in Germany.
NEC Corp developed what it claims is the world's first technology to form a data distribution network without 3G/LTE or wireless LAN access points by using only mobile devices such as smartphones.
The government of Fukushima Prefecture will build and operate a mega-solar (large-scale solar) power plant with an output power of 1.2MW on the property of the Fukushima Airport.
Mutoh Engineering Inc will release its own 3D printer designed for personal use.
JAG Energy Co Ltd announced Nov 29, 2013, that it will securitize the project finance parts of its mega-solar (large-scale solar) projects at three sites to raise about 1.5 billion yen (approx US$14.5 million).
Renesas Electronics Corp demonstrated the "USB Power Delivery Specification (USB PD)," which enables to provide up to 100W of electricity to a device while transmitting data via USB, at Embedded Technology 2013, which took place from Nov 20 to 22, 2013, in Yokohama, Japan.
Futaba Industrial Co Ltd developed a new exhaust heat recovery unit and started production for Mazda Motor Corp's Mazda3 Hybrid.
Mitsui Fudosan Co Ltd started operation of two mega-solar (large-scale solar) power plants Dec 1, 2013.
Japan's largest solar power plant to date, the "Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega-Solar Power Plant" in Nanatsujima, Kagoshima City, built by Kagoshima Mega Solar Power Corp (Kagoshima City) led by the Kyocera Group, with about 70MW output has started generating power.
Photron Ltd released a light-weight high-speed camera that can take 1,280 x 1,000-pixel images at a frame rate of 5,000fps Nov 27, 2013.
Bridgestone Corp developed the second generation model of its air-less tire by improving load capacity and travelling performance and reducing rolling resistance and exhibited it at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013.
The municipal government of Nakanojo-machi, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, will start operations of two mega-solar (large-scale solar) power plants (total power generation capacity: 4MW) equipped with a system that monitors the operation of each solar panel by January 2014.
Bunka Shutter Co Ltd announced results for the first half of the fiscal year ending in March 2014 and forecasts for the full fiscal year.
Koichi Eguchi, professor at the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, announced the details of the research and development of ammonia fuel cells.
Sinfonia Technology Co Ltd announced Nov 26, 2013, that it has developed a robot that autonomously moves around and cleans solar panels at mega-solar (large-scale solar) power plants.
Toshiba Corp announced Nov 26, 2013, that it has received an order for a 40MW power storage system for the "Project to Test Storage Battery System for Dealing With Frequency Fluctuations at West Sendai Transformer Substation," which is conducted by Tohoku-Electric Power Co Inc.
Iris Ohyama Inc released a cordless, stick-shaped vacuum cleaner that changes suction power depending on the amount of dust measured by a sensor.