MacGregor’s youngest son at heart of a secondary demerger of family businesses

MacGregor’s youngest son at heart of a secondary demerger of family businesses

Last year Inverness-based Global Energy Group (GEG) split in two, with about 40% of its business becoming subsidiaries of a new investment company, Envoy and Partners, owned by two of his sons and a Japanese investor.

QUT - News - Science and Engineering

QUT - News - Science and Engineering

Professor Ian MackinnonProfessor Ian Mackinnon, from QUT’s Institute for Future Environments, said FEnEx would build on the extensive work QUT had already done in the green hydrogen sphere, including partnering with Japanese company JXTG to produce and export green hydrogen to Japan and leading a $7.5 million research project to establish a renewable energy pilot plant producing green hydrogen at the Redlands Research Facility.

Japan begins solar powered hydrogen production at Fukushima plant

Japan begins solar powered hydrogen production at Fukushima plant

The 10MW solar-powered Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) project has been completed, according to Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation, which oversaw the construction and will oversee the hydrogen energy management system in the former nuclear powered prefecture.

CSIRO spin-off, Windlab, looks to Africa after “year of frustration” in Australia

CSIRO spin-off, Windlab, looks to Africa after “year of frustration” in Australia

The company already has offices in Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania and last year secured a A$14 million investment from its Japanese partner Eurus Energy to help fund the company’s expansion into Africa .Windlab operates as both a wind farm developer, as well as an asset management service provider on behalf of third-party project owners.

New perovskite promises 38.7% efficient tandem cells

New perovskite promises 38.7% efficient tandem cells

Scientists from Japan’s Gifu University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have identified a chalcogenide perovskite material with light absorption attributes strong enough to offer the potential for a theoretical maximum conversion efficiency of 38.7% in a silicon perovskite tandem solar cell.

Simec Atlantis looks to Japanese expansion with new Nagasaki office

Simec Atlantis looks to Japanese expansion with new Nagasaki office

Edinurgh-headquartered tidal firm Simec Atlantis Energy confirmed today that it was creating a new entity called Atlantis Operations Japan (AOJ),.Tim Cornelius, chief executive of Simec Atlantis Energy, said: “This is an important step in the continuing growth of the Atlantis Group into new and expanding Asian markets.

Kyocera to launch world first SemiSolid lithium-ion battery

Kyocera to launch world first SemiSolid lithium-ion battery

With an higher energy density, lower manufacturing costs and improved safety, the companies involved claim SemiSolid will become the new standard for lithium-ion cells.The Japanese electronics company in June piloted a battery manufacturing process together with U.S. start-up 24M, which has championed a new approach to lithium-ion battery production developed by MIT researcher Yet-Ming Chiang.

UK climbs world rankings for green energy attractiveness, EY says

UK climbs world rankings for green energy attractiveness, EY says

The UK is now the seventh most attractive destination globally for investment in renewable energy, a new report said.Britain has overtaken Japan, which drops to eighth, while China remains top of the rankings and the US keeps second place in EY’s biannual renewable energy country attractiveness index (Recai).

Moixa claims storage record with 10,000-strong, Japanese battery fleet

Moixa claims storage record with 10,000-strong, Japanese battery fleet

It launched its GridShare software program in Japan a year ago, partnering with Japanese trading company ITOCHU.This is now used to manage over 10,000 home battery systems, with an aggregated capacity of 100MWh. The company is hoping that its storage systems will help people switch to cleaner sources of energy such as solar.

Q3 solar pricing is down – call your corporate customers now!

Q3 solar pricing is down – call your corporate customers now!

Level Ten also asked where growth was projected to come from – and the northeast PJM region led, with Texas following, with everyone seeing some growth everywhere (even in Japan) – along with that aforementioned corporate+utility+price deductions.

$71 billion in Japanese coal assets at risk from cheaper renewables

$71 billion in Japanese coal assets at risk from cheaper renewables

It found that Japan’s planned and existing coal capacity could be jeopardized by low utilization rates and cheaper renewable energy, namely onshore and offshore wind and large-scale solar photovoltaics (PV).

Toyota betting on solar car for future of transportation

Toyota betting on solar car for future of transportation

Sharp, one of Japan’s largest makers of solar panels, is developing the solar-cell technologies with NEDO funding, while Toyota is responsible for making the system to convert energy into driving power.

New report warns Japan that era of nuclear decommissioning looms

New report warns Japan that era of nuclear decommissioning looms

The Japan Atomic Energy Commission has urged plant operators to plan ahead to lower safety risks and costs requiring decades of work and billions of yen.

Electricity from ocean currents: Japanese company to begin experiment

Electricity from ocean currents: Japanese company to begin experiment

TOKYO -- Japanese engineering company IHI said Thursday it will soon conduct an extended pilot test on a turbine system that catches ocean currents and turn them into electricity, the first large-scale attempt to harness such ocean energy.

BYD and Toyota join forces to develop electric cars and batteries

BYD and Toyota join forces to develop electric cars and batteries

This latest deal with BYD shows at the very least another example that it is finally seeing the light, with a recent deal that will see Toyota also develop battery electric vehicles with fellow Japanese carmaker Subaru announced in June.

How energy choices after Fukushima impacted human health and the environment

How energy choices after Fukushima impacted human health and the environment

Credit: Kharecha and Sato, 2019 Now the not-so-positive news: Our hypothetical scenarios show that if Japan and Germany had reduced coal instead of nuclear after Fukushima, they could have together prevented about 28,000 air pollution-induced premature deaths and 2.6 billion tons of CO2 emissions between 2011 and 2017.

Japan utility takes stake in Genex, to fast-track Kidston pumped hydro project

Japan utility takes stake in Genex, to fast-track Kidston pumped hydro project

Genex said this week it had signed a “milestone” share subscription agreement with the Tokyo-listed J-Power, that would secure the equity funding required for the pumped hydro component of the world-first solar and pumped hydro storage project.

UK Battery Startup Moixa Lands $11M From Honda and Itochu

UK Battery Startup Moixa Lands $11M From Honda and Itochu

U.K. startup Moixa, which has megawatts' worth of behind-the-meter batteries in the U.K. and Japan running on its distributed energy management software, has landed an £8.6 million ($11.1 million) venture capital round led by EV-as-grid-asset partner, Honda.

Proterra Rolls Out $200 Million Electric Bus Battery Leasing Program with Mitsui

Proterra Rolls Out $200 Million Electric Bus Battery Leasing Program with Mitsui

The credit facility is backed by Japanese investment giant Mitsui & Co., potentially signaling an influx of capital by global infrastructure investors into the slow-to-takeoff U.S. electric bus market.

Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant

Nuclear fuel removed from crippled Japan plant

The withdrawal of nuclear fuel is a delicate operation for the Tokyo Electric Power Co The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima power plant on Monday began removing atomic fuel from inside a building housing one of the reactors that melted down in 2011.

Mitsubishi plans two-way traffic – between homes and electric cars

Mitsubishi plans two-way traffic – between homes and electric cars

A new system that will allow a homeowner to capture energy from the sun and then share it as needed between their house and battery electric car – and back again – is being offered by Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi.

Hanergy joins rooftop solar tile market, in partnership with Australia’s CSR Group

Hanergy joins rooftop solar tile market, in partnership with Australia’s CSR Group

China-based thin-film solar specialist Hanergy has unveiled a new solar tile offering with a firm eye to the Australian market – and a design hat-tip to a bizarre Queensland landmark – through a collaboration with local industrial giant CSR.The two companies said on Wednesday that they had agreed to begin pre-sales of the Thin Film Flat SOLARtile in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Japan and United States markets, ahead of an official global launch later this year.

Bold thinking needed to dig Australia out of self-inflicted energy import-export dilemma

Bold thinking needed to dig Australia out of self-inflicted energy import-export dilemma

Renewable hydrogen links Australia’s unlimited renewable energy resources with the 21stcentury needs of the transport, agriculture, industry and power generation sectors right across the Asia-Pacific region, especially with our key partners including Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan and Singapore.

Big Tesla battery to provide back-up for trains in Japan

Big Tesla battery to provide back-up for trains in Japan

Tesla says it has completed the installation of its largest battery storage project in Asia to date, a 4.2MW/7MWh project using 42 of its Powerpack battery storage units to provide emergency backup power for a Kintetsu train line in Osaka, Japan.

Japan to oppose new or expanded coal-fired power plants in blow to Australian exports

Japan to oppose new or expanded coal-fired power plants in blow to Australian exports

Japan’s environment minister has announced he will “in principle” oppose any new plans to build or expand coal-fired power stations, as further signs emerge of a dramatic energy pivot by Australia’s top export market for thermal coal.

Tesla Installs 7 Megawatt-Hour Battery for Emergency Power at a Japanese Railway

Tesla Installs 7 Megawatt-Hour Battery for Emergency Power at a Japanese Railway

According to Tesla, the 7 megawatt-hour installation in Osaka, Japan is intended to provide emergency backup power for a Kintetsu train line, with enough power to get a train safely to the next station in the event of a grid outage.

Train Service in Tokyo Powered Fully by Renewable Energy

Train Service in Tokyo Powered Fully by Renewable Energy

<9005> began on Monday a train service on its Setagaya Line in Tokyo that uses electricity generated 100 pct from renewable energy sources. According to the railway operator, this is the first urban train service in Japan that relies entirely on renewable energy.

Wilson: Japan’s Energy Transition – This Time It May Be For Real

Wilson: Japan’s Energy Transition – This Time It May Be For Real

Japan’s energy policy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster eight years ago has been offering a mixed bag of support for renewables but also providing heavy, almost enthusiastic, support for conventional sources of energy such as oil, gas and coal.

Renewable hydrogen could help solve Australia’s lack of fuel reserves

Renewable hydrogen could help solve Australia’s lack of fuel reserves

A sound strategy for Australia would be to take active, even urgent, steps to collaborate with Japan and Korea to create the right market (and IEA Agreement) conditions so that renewable hydrogen can be used to meet fuel reserve requirements, and so that renewable hydrogen rapidly achieves true industrial scale in production, shipping and use.

Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos-backed fund invests in a global geothermal energy project developer

Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos-backed fund invests in a global geothermal energy project developer

Through its investment into Baseload Capital, Breakthrough Energy Ventures will help finance and develop these small-scale power plants globally (Baseload has already formed special purpose vehicles that are developing projects in Japan).