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Many near-future sensing technologies were exhibited at Sensor Expo Japan 2014, which took place from Sept 17 to 19, 2014, in Tokyo.
Harima Science Garden City, which is in Tatsuno City, Hyogo Prefecture, and is located about a 15-minute drive from JR Aioi Station, has a number of research institutes. "SPring-8," the large-scale synchrotron radiation facility of the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, is also located in Harima Science Garden City.
The Chugoku Electric Power Co Inc announced an overview of the "Project for Verification of Technologies With Hybrid Storage Battery System," which will be carried out in the Oki Islands (Shimane Prefecture), Oct 15, 2014.
NGK Spark Plug Co Ltd decided to commercialize an "intake oxygen sensor" for controlling the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) systems of passenger cars for the first time in the world.
Kokusai Kogyo Co Ltd, which is affiliated with Japan Asia Group Ltd, announced Oct 14, 2014, that it was selected as a power producer for a solar power generation project using a final waste disposal site.
Japan's National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) succeeded in synthesizing a new magnet that contains less Nd (neodymium, rare earth material) and has higher magnetic properties than Nd2Fe14B (Nd magnet), which is currently the most powerful magnet in the world.
Kyushu Electric Power Co Inc announced Oct 21, 2014, that it has restarted replying applications for grid connection of small-scale renewable energy-based power generation facilities.
Fujimi Solar Energy, a joint venture between Sharp Corp and Orix Corp, started selling electricity generated at a solar power plant with an output of 8MW (direct current) in Fujimi-machi, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, Oct 1, 2014.
Japanese researchers developed a technology to measure the amounts of blood components such as fat without taking a blood sample anytime, anywhere.
Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC) announced Oct 20, 2014, that it has received an order for 230 units of its "Solar Ware 500" PV inverter (total capacity: 115MW) for a mega (large-scale) solar power plant being built in Rokkasho-mura, Kamikita-gun, Aomori Prefecture, Japan.
SB Energy Corp announced that it would start to sell electricity generated at its mega (large-scale) solar power plant in Shiraoi-chou, Hokkaido, Japan, Oct 16, 2014.
Sony Corp announced Oct 16, 2014, that it has developed a CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras and will focus on the automotive market.
A mega- (large-scale) solar power plant is being constructed on a site that was originally a golf course in Kumenancho, Okayama Prefecture. This is the "Pacifico Energy Kumenan Mega-Solar Power Plant" being developed by Pacifico Energy KK (Minato-ku, Tokyo).
Hitachi Zosen Corp established a microgrid system capable of powering a middle-scale manufacturing plant at its Chikko Plant (Taisho Ward, Osaka City) and started a verification test Oct 14, 2014.
Kintetsu Corp started the operation of one of the largest-scale solar power plants in Mie Prefecture, Japan, Oct 6, 2014.
MTI Ltd developed a pulse sensor using a MEMS microphone and exhibited it at Ceatec Japan 2014, which took place from Oct 7 to 11, 2014, in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
The government of Satsumasendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture, and Sumitomo Corp agreed on a joint project for introducing a large-scale storage battery system using recycled EV (electric vehicle) batteries in the Koshiki-jima island in the city and concluded an agreement Oct 10, 2014.
Aisin Seiki Co Ltd exhibited a transportation robot that can detect obstacles and automatically decelerate at Ceatec Japan 2014, which took place from Oct 7 to 11, 2014, in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
Ene Seed Hibiki KK, an SPC (special purpose company) formed by Saibugas Co Ltd and Asahi Glass Co (AGC) Ltd, showed a 20.5MW solar power plant built in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, to the media Oct 14, 2014.
Stanley Electric Co Ltd developed a high beam lamp that does not dazzle the drivers of vehicles running ahead or coming in the opposite direction.
SB Energy Corp announced Oct 10, 2014, that it will start to use goats for weeding at a mega (large-scale) solar power plant in Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture, Japan, on a trial basis.
JFE Engineering Corp built a 10MW solar power plant on the site of the former Shimizu Factory in Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, and started power generation at the plant Oct 1, 2014.
Nippon Electric Glass (NEG) Co Ltd exhibited glass materials including what it claims is the world's thinnest glass plate ("G-Leaf" glass plate with a thickness of 30 micrometers) at Ceatec Japan 2014, which runs from Oct 7 to 11, 2014, in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
Cainz Home is the home improvement chain that Cainz Co Ltd (Honjo City, Saitama Prefecture) operates at 194 locations across Japan (as of the end of February 2014). Partly because 29 of its stores are concentrated in Gunma Prefecture, Cainz opened the Ota Distribution Center, the distribution base of the chain, in Ota City in 2012.
In parallel with quality control at the production plants, the system for inspection of products delivered to Japan was strengthened. When product designs, production processes or materials are changed, acceleration tests where the products are left in a temperature and humidity testing chamber for a long period are performed in addition to EL inspection, I-V measurement and insulation testing.