Sample records for chokokoritsu taiyo denchi

  1. Solar cell module. Taiyo denchi module

    Nakano, Akihiko; Matsumoto, Hitoshi.


    In the conventional solar cell module, the cell cost is elevated because the cross sections of the cell edge is surrounded with frames of various shape and the gap is filled with a sealant. In additionn, the top end of the module frame is placed roughly 1 mm above the glass surface; the photoelectromotive force part is covered with such deposits as soils and sands, thus badly affecting the photovoltaic generation. In this invention, weather-proof opaque paint is coated around the surface glass to interrupt the light irradiation to the adhesive resin layer between the glass and the back sheet, thus preventing the degradation of the resin layer. Cost is low because of using a thin film. The light interruption by the deposits can be prevented. The photoelectromotive force element is a n-type CdS film or CdS/CdTe. The resin layer around the glass is a thermoplastic polyolefin which is modified with acid anhydrides. 5 figs.

  2. Sollar cell module; Taiyo denchi mojuru

    Komori, A.; Mori, T.; Shiotsuka, H.; Kataoka, I.; Yamada, S.


    This invention relates to a solar cell module composed of a photovoltaic device with at least one layer of a semiconductor photoactive layer as a photoelectric conversion material and a covering material, in which thermoplastic transparent organic polymer resin of a gel fraction more than 80% is used as the covering material. This polymer resin has a diminution rate of ultraviolet absorption between 5 and 50% when exposed to an atmosphere of a temperature of 150{degree}C for 72 hours. The thermoplastic transparent polymer resin of a gel fraction more than 80% is cross-linked sufficiently and is hard to deteriorate. Therefore, the adhesion between the thermoplastic transparent polymer resin and the uppermost resin film is secured owing to no emergence of the glass fiber and moreover, reinforcement of the thermoplastic transparent polymer resin with glass fiber enable to reduce the thickness of the thermoplastic transparent polymer resin while securing the scratch resistance. 6 figs., 1 tab.

  3. Manufacturing facility of solar cell. Taiyo denchi no seizo hoho

    Takahashi, Makoto; Takagi, Akira; Ban, Noriji; Ishihara, Mikiji.


    When a p-n junction type CdTe solar cell is manufactured by the metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) , dislocation of the position of its p-n junction interface from the specified position and dislocation of the distribution of impurities in the direction of depth at the p layer and the n layer occur, inhibiting the manufacture of the p-n junction. In order to eliminate the above problem and manufacture a p-n junction type CdTe solar cell with high energy conversion efficiency by the MOCVD, this invention proposes to form a n type CdTe layer as the first layer on a substrate at the first substrate temperature, form a non-dope CdTe layer as the second layer at the second substrate temperature lower than the first substrate temperature, form a p type CdTe layer as the third layer at the third substrate temperature lower than the first substrate temperature and from the thickness that the second layer does not remain as an i layer due to diffusion of the impurities from the first and third layers and yet mutual diffusion of the impurities between the first and third layers is controlled. 2 figs., 1 tab.

  4. High efficiency photovoltaic system with LSC. LSC wo mochiita taiyo denchi no kokoritsuka ni kansuru kenkyu

    Honda, T.; Takazawa, M.; Fujii, T.; Horigome, T. (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo (Japan)); Hane, T. (Institute of Technology Shimizu Corporation, Tokyo (Japan)); Maejima, M. (National Science Museum, Tokyo (Japan))


    This paper presents a study of the application of Luminescent Solar Concentrator (LSC) conducted in order to increase the conversion efficiency of the photovoltaic system. LSC is a solar concentrator whose structure is very simple, which is a transparent material doped with fluorescent paint. It is already confirmed that the 4 terminal devices which is a conbined LSC and Cds/CdTe solar cells are effective regardless the weather conditions. The output power of CdS/CdTe solar cells with LSC which have some superficial contents were measured experimentally using natural solar radiation as a light source. In the case that LSC {prime} s superficial contents make a slow enlargement, the total conversion efficiency of the cells with LSC decreased. However, if the geometrical condenser percentage of LSC is increased to a level above that of the fixed superficial contents, the total conversion efficiency of the cells with LSC tend to increase. However, because the conversion efficiency decreases accompanied with the size increase of the LSC, it is necessary to improve the ratio of solar concentration by controlling the light distance. 3 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab.

  5. To the partnership in Kanegafuchi Chemical Industry and solar cell; Kaneka, taiyo denchi de teikei he



    Kanegafuchi Chemical Ind. clarified that the consultation was advanced in the direction in which the business cooperates with BP Amoco Corp. in international oil majors on the solar cell business on 11 th capital. In full amount fund subsidiary of the bell pool chemistry, the solar cell making and selling company is established in the joint venture in Europe and America, Asia, when the BP Amoco Corp. does capital participation in money mosquito solar tech which is the production marketer of solar cell. The plan which develops the amorphous solar cell of low cost which the bell pool chemistry developed in the world. The consultation of the partnership is also arranging prospect in the end June, and it seems to greatly jump by uniting with the BP Amoco Corp. of the largest hand. (translated by NEDO)

  6. Installation mechanism of solar cells for an airship. Hikosen'yo taiyo denchi sochaku kiko

    Ouchi, K. (Tokyo (Japan)); Tanaka, K. (Yokohama (Japan))


    This invention aims to present an installation mechanism to equip solar cell units on the envelope of the hull of an airship and the mechanism follows easily expansion and contraction of the envelope material of the hull of the airship and is detachable. This invention presents the installation mechanism of solar cells for an airship, in which a suitable number of supporting connectors are installed on a front part, a back part and both sides of number of elastic supports fixed to each solar cell unit, lead connectors are equipped on the leads of the solar cell units, a solar cell extensible module is formed by mutual connection of the elastic supports and the leads via the supporting connectors and lead connectors in a detachable way, and the solar cell extensible modules are installed on the envelope of the hull of the airship so that the solar cell extensible modules cover the envelope without direct fixation of the elastic support to the envelope. 7 figs.

  7. Amorphous semiconductor solar cell and manufacturing method. Hishoshitsu handotai taiyo denchi oyobi sono seizo hoho

    Sanjuku, T. (Taiyo Yuden Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan))


    This invention provides a manufacturing method of a transparent conductive film for an amorphous semiconductor soler cell, which can be easily molded with less cost without using a vacuum film formation process. In other words, in this invention, an ITO, which is practical for use with low ilumination intensity, is obtained by thinly coating a solution mixture of organic indium and organic tin compounds on an amorphous semiconductor layer followed by a heat treatment. In an amorphous semiconductor solar cell comprising a back electrode, amorphous semiconductor layer, a transparent conductive layer and a protective layer laminated sequentially on a surface insulated metal substrate, the said transparent conductive film is one wherein a solution mixture of organic indium and organic tin compounds is thinly coated on an semiconductor layer by means of a dipping process, dried, and heat-treated to form a film.

  8. Present situation and perspective of space solar cells. Uchuyo taiyo denchi no genjo to kongo no tenkai

    Suzjki, A.; Saga, T.; Hisamatsu, T. (Sharp Corp., Osaka, (Japan))


    The following items are descrided: (1) Although CdTe and GaAs are the excellent meterials for solar cells in terms of conversion efficiency, no candidates superior to Si has been discovered when they are judged comprehensively from manufacturing techniques and prices; (2) Space solar cells are demanded of such characteristics as being high in output, hard to deteriorate because of rediation, light in weight and high in reliability. The materials that have reached the level of practical use are those three, namely, Si, GaAs, and InP. The two kinds other than Si have higher conversion efficiency and less rediation-induced deterioration, but disadvantages in weight and price. Monocrystal silicon is currently the mainstream for space solar cell use, and the other two kinds are believed to be used in satellites for some special applications in the form of complementing the silicon crystals. Descriptions are given also on various space solar cells underdevelopment in laboratory stages and the development of the solar power generating satellte technology to begin under the auspices of the Ministry of International Trede and Industry. 33 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Estimation of the charge quantity from solar cell to battery; Taiyo denchi ni yoru chikudenchi eno juden yosoku

    Tsutsumi, K.; Nishitani, M. [Daiichi University, College of Technology, Kagoshima (Japan)


    In performing an experiment of running a small electric vehicle by installing solar cells in it and by charging the storage battery at a specific voltage, an estimation was made on the charge quantity to the battery for each solar altitude and inclination of a module at different hours. The solar altitude was determined at Daiichi University, College of Technology, according to the month and the time of day from a formula using day-declination and time equation of a chronological table of science. The quantity of global solar radiation was determined by resolving the solar radiation into its direct and diffuse components on the basis of the extra-terrestrial solar radiation quantity with the change in radius vector taken into consideration; and then, the global solar radiation on the inclined face was obtained from the angle of inclination and incidence. On the roof of a Daiichi University building, solar cell modules were installed facing north and south at 0{degree}, 30{degree}, 45{degree}, 60{degree} and 90{degree} each, so that a short-circuit current was measured for each differently inclined angle. As a result of the experiment, shown in an regression formula is a relation between the temperature conversion value of the maximum output of the solar cell at the standard temperature of 25{degree}C and the quantity of solar radiation on the inclined surface. Consequently, it enabled the prediction of a charging quantity, in the case of running a small vehicle with solar cells installed, from the quantity of solar radiation on the inclined surface in the clear weather. 2 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. 28th Solar Energy Promotion Committee Meeting - 3rd Solar Cell Liaison Meeting. Report for fiscal 1990; Dai 28 kai taiyo energy suishin iinkai dai 3 kai taiyo denchi renrakukai. 1980 nendo hokoku



    The above events took place in Tokyo in the period May 14-17, 1991, when a total of 89 essays were presented. In relation with the thin film/a-Si systems, 55 presentations were given, which were 'Novel preparation technique termed Chemical Annealing for making a-Si:H with a rigid and stable Si-network,' 'Interface characteristics of a-Si:H films prepared by VHF (very high frequency) plasma CVD (chemical vapor deposition),' 'Preparation of amorphous superlattices by continuous method and characterization of the interface,' etc. In relation with the thin film/compound systems, 8 presentations were given, which were 'Preparation of CuInSe{sub 2} solar cells by selenization method,' 'Deposition of CuInSe{sub 2} films by ICB (ionized cluster beam) technique and their optical characterization,' 'Large-area CdS/CdTe solar cells,' etc. In relation with the crystal/compound systems, 8 presentations were given, which were 'Lattice strain relaxation processes in GaAs grown on Si,' 'Optical transmission studies of tandem solar cells,' etc. In relation with the crystal/Si systems, 18 presentations were given, which were 'Effect of electric field on effective minority carrier lifetime,' 'Computer analysis of surface recombination velocity for high efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells,' etc. (NEDO)

  11. Development of measurement device for evaluation of solar cell module output. 2; Taiyo denchi module shutsuryoku hyokayo sokuteiki no kaihatsu. 2

    Minoda, M.; Itsumi, J. [Kumamoto Institute of Technology, Kumamoto (Japan)


    Enhancement in design efficiency may be attained as well as utilization in maintenance if on-the-spot data is made available, for the purpose of flexibly dealing with changes in design or matching with a house structure, in calculating the power generation output of a solar cell (PV) module. Under the circumstances, a small-sized compound measuring device was produced as a prototype which, using an I-V curve tracer, measured output and condition of a roof at the time of installation, compared with the optimum operation and predicted the power generation. The device was structured with the main body consisting of a computing part, measurement controller and power supply and with various sensor modules. The electron load control method was employed in order to measure I-V characteristics of the PV module, since it was desirable to use a variable load and to cover the range from the release voltage of a solar cell to the short-circuit state through the maximum output point. The reference module method was used for the system evaluation. The device was presumably applicable to a PV system design by incorporating a sensor module for measuring design environment data, which was essential at the time of a system design, in addition to those for measuring output. 9 refs., 4 figs., 3 tabs.

  12. Indirect solar-pumped laser diode using a solar cell; Taiyo denchi wo mochiita taiyoko kansetsu reikigata handotai laser no kaihatsu

    Kanamori, Y.; Yugami, H.; Naito, H.; Arashi, H. [Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    This paper describes the operating characteristics of a stabilizing circuit using commercial electricity, those of a stabilizing circuit using solar cells, relation between the quantity of solar radiation and the maximum output of a semiconductor laser diode (LD), and simulation results of annual LD output in Sendai City. The stabilizing circuit for the solar-cell driven LD was structured such that the output of the solar cell panels was guided to a DC/DC converter, that the voltage was set at a prescribed value and that the current was stabilized with the use of power MOSFET. The solar cells used in the experiment were monocrystal silicone solar cells with the maximum output of 53W each. In the experiment, the LD was protected by stabilizing the current at a set value when an excess current was supplied to the stabilizing circuit. As a result of the simulation of the annual LD output from the meteorological data of Sendai City, it was predicted that a solar cell of approximately 1kW was able to provide an annual output of 102MJ and that the efficiency was highest with four sheets of the solar cell. Consequently, consistency proved to be essential between the LD and the solar cell output. 3 refs., 7 figs.

  13. Effect of PV module output power on module temperature; Taiyo denchi no shutsuryoku henka ga module hyomen ondo ni oyobosu eikyo

    Hongo, T.; Kitamura, A. [Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc., Osaka (Japan); Igaki, K.; Mizumoto, T. [Kanden Kako Co. Inc., Osaka (Japan)


    Effect of the photovoltaic (PV) module output power variation on the module surface temperature has been investigated by field measurements. PV modules with capacity of 54 W were used for the temperature measurements. Three 2 kW-class PV systems were operated. T-type thermocouples were used for measuring temperatures. Measurement time intervals were 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and 24 hours. Measurement period was between May 25, 1995 and June 25, 1996. The surface temperature increased during non-loaded PV output, and decreased during load-carrying PV output. Difference of the surface temperature between non-loaded PV output and load-carrying PV output was 3.5{degree}C at maximum through a year. The surface temperature was saturated within 30 minutes. When PV output was changed in 30 or 60 minutes interval, the variation of surface temperature was distinctly observed. When PV output was changed in 15 minutes interval, it was not observed distinctly. There was no difference of the surface temperatures during the time zones with less solar radiation, such as in the morning and evening, and at night. Except these time zones, difference of the surface temperatures was 3.5{degree}C at maximum. 4 figs.

  14. Control method for light deterioration of amorphous solar cell. Temperature effect method; Amorphous taiyo denchi no hikari rekka yokuseiho. Ondo kokaho

    Fujimoto, H.; Yokoyama, S.; Itsumi, J. [Kumamoto Institute of Technology, Kumamoto (Japan)


    This paper describes a proposed method for suppressing light deterioration (temperature effect method), in which an annealing effect was always expected by laminating an NEM element and a heat insulation material on the back side of a-Si solar cell module and thereby raising the temperature in the back side of the module, and also describes an outdoor exposure test device completed for the method. The NEM element consisted of conductive potassium titanate and high molecular polymer and was a self temperature-controlling organic exothermic body that required no outside temperature control device. It was provided with a heat generating temperature of 45-75{degree}C as the exothermic property of the element and capable of generating heating temperature arbitrarily according to the purpose. The NEM element varied a resistance value against the ambient temperature and kept the element temperature constant. Measurement was commenced starting April 19, 1996, using the completed outdoor exposure test device and a measuring circuit. The deterioration phenomenon was and from then on continuously examined under the following conditions: (1) measurements were those of clear days only, and (2) measurements to be used were those between 10:00 and 14:00 with the quantity of solar radiation on a constant level. 4 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Achievement report for fiscal 1997. Technological development for practical application of a solar energy power generation system/development of technology to manufacture thin film solar cells (development of technology to manufacture applied type thin film solar cells with new construction) (development of technology to manufacture micro light collection type solar cells); 1997 nendo taiyoko hatsuden system jitsuyoka gijutsu kaihatsu seika hokokusho. Usumaku taiyo denchi no seizo gijutsu kaihatsu, oyogata shinkozo usumaku taiyo denchi no seizo gijutsu kaihatsu (micro shukogata taiyo denchi no seizo gijutsu kaihatsu)



    These technological developments are intended to demonstrate module efficiency of a micro light collection type solar cell of 15% by fiscal 2000, and obtain prospect on the module manufacturing cost of 140 yen per watt. Discussions given during fiscal 1997 are as follows: development has been performed on a design method to decide construction of a non-tracking micro light collection type module; in the state of cells being integrated on the module, the cells are arranged minutely and discretely, whereas, with discussions on a method to form them and assessment of the optical system as the main objective, single crystal silicon solar cells with a size smaller than 5 mm were fabricated on a trial basis; problems of forming micro cells by using the wafer cutting process were clarified; micro cells operating on light collection were fabricated trially to extract technological problems in light collecting operation and discuss technical problems in mass production; and development was performed on an evaluation method to analyze the cells' light collecting operation, and discussions were given on a method to estimate power generation amount from the light collection type modules. (NEDO)

  16. Valuation of the quantity of electric output from photovoltaic generation system in case of PV module applied to installing to vertical direction; Taiyo denchi wo suichoku ni haichishita baai no hatsudenryo hyoka

    Miyajima, K. [Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc., Osaka (Japan)


    In general, it is most efficient and economical to install photovoltaic (PV) modules with proper slope. There are room spaces on the wall except ground or roof. The PV modules were installed on the vertical wall, to consider the compensative method for this weak point. When modules were installed vertically, there is an advantage that reflecting solar light as well as incident solar light can be utilized compared with the installation with slope. The PV modules were installed on the roof of building with inclination of 90{degree} facing to south using the roof material as a reflecting material (S90), and with inclination of 15{degree} facing to south (S15), to compare their output. The output ratio, S90/S15 was 0.42. When it was very fine, this value increased to 0.60. When using plated steel plate as the reflecting material, this value increased to 0.74, which provided 10 to 30% larger output than the roof material. From these results, about 50% of module output of S15 can be expected for S90. If receiving larger reflection, there would only a slight difference in the module output between S15 and S90. 3 figs., 1 tab.

  17. Changes of the temperature coefficients of the characteristics which accompany degradation and recovery of a-Si solar cells; A-Si taiyo denchi no hikari (denryu) rekka oyobi kaifuku ni tomonau tokusei ondo keisu no henka

    Yanagisawa, T.; Koyanagi, T.; Nakamura, K.; Takahisa, K.; Kojima, T. [electrotechnical Laboratory, Tsukuba (Japan)


    Pursuant to the measuring of temperature dependency of the characteristics such as conversion efficiency, during the process of degradation in a-Si solar cells due to light and electric current and the process of recovery by annealing, this paper describes changes in temperature coefficients, correlation between the characteristic parameters and the degradation, and the results of the examination of their characteristics. The conversion efficiency {mu} degraded approximately by 45% of the initial value each by the irradiation under a light intensity with 3 SUN accelerated and by the infusion of current at 20mA/cm{sup 2}; and then, the efficiency recovered to 70-75% of the degradation by subsequent annealing. In addition, in the temperature dependency at 80{degree}C against at 20{degree}C, Isc slightly increased while Vcc greatly decreased. This slight increase in Isc was mainly due to the decrease in the width of the forbidden band, while the decrease in Vcc was due to the increase in the reverse saturation current. The temperature dependency of {mu}N was negative, becoming small in accordance with the degradation. The temperature dependency of FF/FFO was negative initially both in light and current, but it decreased with the degradation and turned to positive. The temperature coefficients of I-V parameters reversibly changed corresponding to the degradation and recovery of these parameters and stayed in a good correlation. 7 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  18. Development of technology of the practical use of the photovoltaic power generation system. ; Studies on the practical use of new type solar cells (studies on the manufacturing technology of layer built solar cells (manufacturing technology of amorphous/compound layer cells)). Taiyoko hatsuden system jitsuyoka gijutsu kaihatsu. ; Shingata taiyo denchi no jitsuyoka kenkyu (sekisogata taiyo denchi seizo gijutsu no jitsuyoka kenkyu (amorphous/kagobutsu sekiso cell seizo gijutsu))


    To develop the layer built solar cell combined the amorphous silicon with the compound semi-conductor of which conversion efficiency is over 13%, its structure and the techniques to paint the large area are studied. In the a-Si pseudo-cell integrated patterning, the bottom cell power is higher when it is placed parallel. The reliability test of the module of CdS/CdTe cell is done, result of this test shows that the performance does not change after 2400 h. By raising CdTe firing temperature and thinning porous layer, the conversion efficiency is 11.3% in 1.07 cm{sup 2} CdS/CdTe cell. By examining the screen printing in 10 cm{sup 2} substrate, the conversion efficiency is 6.7% when the optimum CdS width is 2.95mm. The forming experiment by the painting machine is done. As the result of this, CdS film is smoother than by screen printing and the conversion efficiency does not change. As the cell becomes largeer the firing case is improved to reduce the temperature difference in the substrate to 31 centigrade. The sub module which is 30*40cm{sup 2}is designed and manufactured, its conversion efficiency is 6.2%. 7 figs., 1 tabs.

  19. Development of solar, fuel, storage, alcoholic, and biomass technologies. (Part 1. Development of coal and geothermal energies). (Part 3. Research and development of industrial technologies); Study on practical application of amorphous solar cell (1). Study on practical application of amorphous solar cell production technology. (Study on practical application of high quality production technology). Taiyo ko hatsuden system jitsuyo ka gijutsu kaihatsu (4); Amorphous taiyo denchi no jitsuyo ka kenkyu (1). Amorphous taiyo denchi seizo gijutsu no jitsuyo ka kenkyu. (ko hinshitsu seizo gijutsu no jitsuyo ka kenkyu)


    The objective of this study is the estabilishment of elemental technologies for high efficient cells by employing tandem structure of compound semiconductor and amorphous silicon/compound semiconductor, and the targets are the cell area of 1 cm{sup 2} and the efficiency of 13% or more. The research and deveopment of tandem structure were carried out using only the a-Si solar cell as the top cell. Computer simulation was adopted for the study of the output of the tandem cell to elucidate the optimum condition. Tandem cell efficiency of 10.69% was achieved by combining with a permeation type a-Si solar cell. The optimization of sintering conditions for improvement was studied to improve the characteristics of CdS/CdTe cell for use as the bottom cell. In the basic studies on CuInSe{sub 2}, monofilm formation technology and juction formation with CdS were investigated. As regards elemental study on common film formation technology, elemental studies on common film formation technology for CdS, CdTe and CIS were performed. 3 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Fuel cell; Nenryo denchi

    Nakayama, T. [New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, Tokyo (Japan)


    More than 100 sets of phosphoric acid fuel cells (PAFC) have been installed by now, and accumulated operation performance exceeding 40 thousand hours, which is regarded as a development target, has been achieved. Further, there are also PAFCs that have achieved continuous operation performance exceeding 9,000 hours, thus being most approachable to practical use. On the other hand, developments of the solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and the molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFC), which operate at high temperatures, have high power generation efficiencies due to the capability of operating associatively with gas turbines or vapor turbines, and may use coal gasified gases as fuels, are carried out for an aim of realizing the practical use at the begging of the 21st century. Further, in recent years, researches and developments of the polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC) have been accelerated mainly in vehicle business for the purpose of using PEFC as power sources for movable bodies, and researches and development for accelerative development of cell stacks and power generation systems are executed. In this paper, situations of the researches and developments in respect to the above-mentioned four kinds of fuel cells are summarily introduced. (NEDO)

  1. Achievement report for fiscal 1997 on developing a silicon manufacturing process with reduced energy consumption. Investigation and research on analyzing practical application of a technology to manufacture solar cell silicon raw materials; 1997 nendo energy shiyo gorika silicon seizo process kaihatsu. Taiyo denchi silicon genryo seizo gijutsu no jitsuyoka kaiseki ni kansuru chosa kenkyu



    This paper describes the achievement in fiscal 1997 of analyzing practical application of a technology to manufacture solar cell silicon raw materials. Silicon consumption for solar cells in fiscal 1997 has increased to 2000-ton level, and the supply has been very tight. For drastic improvement in the demand and supply situation, development of SOG-Si manufacturing technology and its early practical application are desired. The development of the NEDO mass-production technology using melting and refining has completed constructing the process facilities in fiscal 1998, and will enter the stage of operational research. However, insufficiency in the basic data about behavior of impurities is inhibiting the development. In the substrate manufacturing technology, discussions have shown progress on use of diversifying silicons outside the standard by using the electromagnetic casting process. For slicing and processing the substrates, development of a high-performance slicing equipment and automatic rough rinsing machine is under way. Properties required on silicon raw materials vary considerably widely because of difference in cell making systems and conditions, which is attributable to unknown impurity behavior. When 1GW production is assumed, the cell module manufacturing cost is calculated as 137 yen/W, for which low-cost mass production for its realization, slicing productivity enhancement, and cost reduction are required. The paper also describes site surveys in overseas countries. (NEDO)

  2. Method for estimation of the output electric power of PV module with considering environmental factors. Method for estimation of output using I-V curves; Kankyo inshi wo koryoshita taiyo denchi module no shutsuryoku keisanho. I-V tokusei curve ni yoru keisan

    Yamagami, Y.; Tani, T. [Science University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)


    Based on the basic quality equation of photovoltaic (PV) cell, a quality equation of PV module has been constructed by considering the spectral distribution of solar radiation and its intensity. A calculation method has been also proposed for determining the output from current-voltage (I-V) curves. Effectiveness of this method was examined by comparing calculated results and observed results. Amorphous Si (a-Si) and polycrystal Si PV modules were examined. By considering the environmental factors, differences of the annual output between the calculated and observed values were reduced from 2.50% to 0.95% for the a-Si PV module, and from 2.52% to 1.24% for the polycrystal Si PV module, which resulted in the reduction more than 50%. For the a-Si PV module, the environmental factor most greatly affecting the annual output was the spectral distribution of solar radiation, which was 3.86 times as large as the cell temperature, and 1.04 times as large as the intensity of solar radiation. For the polycrystal PV module, the environmental factor most greatly affecting the annual output was the cell temperature, which was 7.05 times as large as the spectral distribution of solar radiation, and 1.74 times as large as the intensity of solar radiation. 6 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  3. Improvement of the efficiency characteristics on the photovoltaic generation system based on a generation control circuit. Part 3. Research on architectural systematization of energy conversion devices; Dosaten seigyo kairo wo mochiita taiyo denchi hatsuden koritsu no kaizen. 3. Energy henkan no kenchiku system ka ni kansuru kenkyu

    Shimizu, T.; Ito, N.; Kimura, G.; Fukao, S.; Sunaga, N.; Tsunoda, M.; Muro, K. [Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo (Japan)


    In introducing a photovoltaic power generation system to urban homes, the general practice is to install a large number of solar cell panels on the roof. However, as is often the case, a part of the solar cell panels is in the shadows (partial shadows) of neighboring homes, electric poles, cables and trees. Under the circumstances, studies were made on the numerous changes in the lowered generating capacity of individual solar cells by the partial shadows. Developed by the authors were the generation point control principle, in which the generation point was individually controlled on serially connected plural solar cell modules, and a practical circuit system based on that principle with the effects verified in a field test. In the test, the generated power of the system was 476W without partial shadows, and was 323W with partial shadows and without the operation of the generation point control circuit, increasing to 406W with partial shadows and with the operation of the circuit. As a result, compared with the case where no generation point control circuit was employed, the effectiveness of the proposed circuit was evident. 3 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  4. New Sunshine Program for fiscal 2000. Development of photovoltaic system commercialization technology - Development of thin-film solar cell manufacturing technology - Development of low-cost/large area module manufacturing technology (Development of high-reliability CdTe solar cell module manufacturing technology); 2000 nendo New sunshine keikaku seika hokokusho. Taiyoko hatsuden system jitsuyoka gijutsu kaihatsu, Hakumaku taiyodenchi no seizo gijutsu kaihatsu, Tei cost dai menseki mojuru seizo gijutsu kaihatsu (Koshinraisei CdTe taiyo denchi mojuru no seizo gijutsu kaihatsu)



    Research and development was conducted for reliable CdTe solar cell modules, large in area and high in efficiency. In the study of large-area CdS thin film fabrication, a conversion efficiency of 12.5-14.2% was achieved in a cell in a large-area substrate using a mist method-aided process of continuous CdS film fabrication. In the study of large-area CdTe thin film fabrication, the optimization was studied of the base-forming CdS film fabrication conditions and of the CdTe film fabrication conditions in a method using a CdTe powder processed by dry kneading, and a conversion efficiency peak was found to exist when the CdS film thickness was in the range of 700-900 angstrom. In the fabrication of large-area submodules, a large-area substrate was taken up, and TCO (transparent conducting oxide) film was fabricated by the mist method, CdTe film by the normal pressure CSS method, electrodes by the screen printing method, and CdTe film patterns by the blast method. As the result, a conversion efficiency of 11.0% was achieved. In a cost estimation for large-area CdTe solar cell modules, 140 yen/Wp (conversion efficiency: 11.0%, annual production: 100 MW) was obtained. (NEDO)

  5. Space photovoltaic power generation. Uchu taiyo hatsuden ni tsuite

    Kudo, I. (Electrotechnical Laboratory, Tsukuba (Japan))


    Introduction is made of space photovoltaic power generation which is the ultimate clean energy source. This is a system to obtain electric energy from the solar cells placed on a geostatic orbit and transmit the power onto the earth by microwave. The US formulates a plan of placing 60[times]5GW power generation satellites to obtain 300GW power on the earth in 2000. As for the scale of space structure, the array of solar cells is dimensionally 10km[times]5km and the power transmitting antenna is 1km in diameter. The electric energy is amplified to microwave and power-transmitted by wireless onto the earth. The ground rectenna which receives it is dimensionally 10km[times]13km. The biggest difficulty consists in transportation of construction materials onto the orbit. In Japan, activity comprises three matters, which are research committee organized three years ago by the Agency of Industrial Science and technology, 10MW class model conceptually designed by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, and experiment conducted by Kyoto University on the power transmission by wireless. Pertaining to the research on the space power generation, the following two points are judged still unclarified: Reason for which the electric power companies did not apply the power transmission by wireless regarded as high in transmission efficiency. Influence of the microwave on the ionosphere and biosystem. 7 refs., 4 figs.

  6. Automatic vending machine using solar cells. Taiyo denchishiki jido hanbaiki

    Sano, H.


    An object of the invention is to save the electric power used in an automatic vending machine supplied from a commercial power source and to provide an automatic vending machine of energy saving efficiency. The invention concerns an automatic vending machine using a solar cell panel, in which solar cells are installed on the outside box and a part of electric power consumed in the automatic vending machine is supplied from the photovoltaic power generated by the light in the solar cells and the other part of the consumed electric power is supplied from a commercial power source or the whole consumed electric power is supplied from the solar cells. Monocrystalline or polycrystalline solar cells of high conversion efficiency are preferable in the solar cell panel installed on the upper surface of the automatic vending machine while amorphous solar cell with transparency of about 30% is preferable in the solar cell panel installed on the front signboard side of the machine. The invention usually enables a saving of about 16% of the consumed electric power compared with an automatic vending machine with a similar specification. 3 figs.

  7. Survey on commercial use of fuel cells; Nenryo denchi ni kansuru jitsuyoka no tame no chosa



    The basic survey was carried out for the future approach to R & D of fuel cells. Phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) is in the stage of demonstration research and field test supported by subsidy after the end of Sunshine project. Its reliability and durability problems are being solved, and its cost reduction is only one problem for practical use. Distributed systems or on-site systems will be used utilizing its excellent environmental characteristics. Molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC), solid oxide one (SOFC) and polymer electrolyte one (PEFC) under development were thus surveyed. The following are surveyed: (1) Contribution to a human society such as improvement of energy demand/supply structure and environmental protection, (2) Technological items such as outlook for R & D, validity of developmental issues, comparison between various R & D and significance in industrial promotion, (3) Economic items such as profitability and feasible period, and (4) Social items such as sociability, compatibility to needs, possibility of locations, international meaning, market scale and promotion scenario. 90 refs., 67 figs., 96 tabs.

  8. Housebuilders` concept of photovoltaic power generation system; Jutaku meka ga kangaeru taiyo hikari hatsuden system

    Ishikawa, O. [Misawa Homes Institute of Research and Development Co., Tokyo (Japan)


    The author of this article is an executive of a consolidated research institute of a big house building company. Hence he requests readers strongly not to consider solar batteries for housing from the viewpoint of profitability to be applied to the commercial photovoltaic generation system. Since those who purchase houses decide their purchase after judging comprehensively the performance such as heat insulation and earthquake resistance, plan, design, the function such as agreeableness and safety, comfort of living, cost, etc. of a house, he stresses that the photovoltaic power generation system for housing is to be developed as one of the systems composing a house. Besides he also stresses importance of considering solar batteries as roofing material. Taking into account several conditions to be considered in case when solar batteries are introduced into housing, development of a roofing type photovoltaic power generation module is desirable. Also electric power generated by solar batteries can be sold to power supply companies, when it becomes surplus. The annual power consumption by a single house, 3,600 KWh, can be taken care of by photovoltaic power generation. The problem is cost, but its big reduction is expected by introduction of amorphous solar batteries into the market. 3 figs., 3 tabs.

  9. Prospects to solar energy power generation in space. Uchu taiyo hatsuden eno tenbo

    Kudo, I. (Electrotechnical Laboratory, Tsukuba (Japan))


    Solar energy power generation in space uses large arrays of solar cells developed on a geosynchronous orbit to obtain electric energy, which is transmitted to the earth using microwaves. The idea had already been advocated in 1968, which was followed a decade later by joint discussions done by NASA and DOE. The concept intended to take care of the U.S. power demand by using 60 power plant satellites, each having an output of 5 GW. This expanse of the scale, regarded reasonable even today, calls for the solar cell arrays in space spreading over an area of 10 km [times] 5 km if silicon solar cells with a conversion efficiency of 15% are used, and rectenna on the ground (a received wave converting facility) forming an ellipse of 10 km [times] 13 km (assuming a location at the north latitude of 36[degree]). Although there are a number of problems in the idea such as transportation means to lift construction materials into the space and effect of microwaves on the ionosphere and the ecosystems, the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology organized a 'committee for investigating and studying the space power generation systems' in the fiscal year 1991, and has been moving discussions forward since then. 7 refs., 5 figs.

  10. Observation of solar hydrogen Lyman α line with the satellite TAIYO

    The solar hydrogen Lyman α line (HLy-α line) was observed to study the density of oxygen molecules in the atmosphere. The data of the present observation were compared with the profile of absorption obtained by simulation using the data of CIRA 72 Mean Atmosphere. The position of the satellite was calculated with orbit elements and some minor correction was made. The profile by simulation is shown in a figure in relation to the minimum height. The observed absorption profiles at the time of sunrise and sunset are also shown in other figures. Also, the data was obtained when the altitude of the satellite was about 2,200 km. The data by simulation and observation were in good agreement. The gradients of the profiles at sunrise and at sunset were different from each other. It may be said that the present observation supports the data of CIRA. (Kato, T.)

  11. Proceedings of JSES/JWEA Joint Conference (1996); Taiyo/furyoku energy koen ronbunshu (1996)



    The proceedings has 10 papers on photovoltaic power systems, 9 on characteristics of solar cells, 5 on residential use photovoltaic power systems, 3 on solar cars, 6 on solar hybrids, 9 on solar energy storage, 5 on passive solar energy, 4 on power generation/hydrogen production, 5 on wind power, 5 on wind power/wave power, 7 on insolation/meteorology, 3 on heat collection, 9 on air cooling/conditioning, 4 on hot water supply systems, 6 on heat pumps, and 5 on the application to biotechnology. As a special lecture, `The development of a new electric vehicle, EcoVehicle, and the environment` was given by National Institute for Environmental Studies. This was taken notice of as a new concept of electric vehicles. Namely, technologies were collected which are useful for improving electric vehicle performance, and technologies which can use due to the electric vehicle were adopted. The vehicle was so designed as to make good use of characteristics of electric vehicles. As a result, born was `EcoVehicle,` a two-seater having a car width of 1.2m and a car length of 3.3m. The vehicle was installed with polycrystalline solar cells on the roof and spoiler, and has a maximum output of 60W. It can travel 1000km per year when assuming annual duration of sunshine to be 1800 hours.

  12. Elongation of lifetime of photosynthetic biofuel-cells containing immobilized algae; Koteika aiso wo mochiita kogosei biseibutsu denchi no chojumyoka

    Yagishita, T.; Sawayama, S.; Inoue, S.; Ogi, T. [National Institute for Resources and Environment, Tsukuba (Japan)


    An experimental study is performed for elongation of lifetime of photosynthetic biofuel-cells using the living blue-green algae and a mediator. In the experiment, correlation between a current generated from cultured Anabaena and the life of the cells is investigated. Anabaena is recovered from the cells after the cells are operated for 10 hours in the dark and is cultured for 10 hours under irradiation with a Xe lamp and ventilation of 3 % CO2. Thereafter, immobilized Anabaena is returned into the cells and the cells are again actuated in repetition. Three load resistances 1 K ohm, 700 ohm, 400 ohm are employed and operation time of the current is lengthened under any conditions compared with the case where the cells are continuously operated. Further, provided a generated current is limited to 0.6 mA or lower, the current is not lowered even if the cells are operated for 90 hours. It is concluded that provided Anabaena is cultured after the electricity of 6.4 mA/h per the amount of chlorophyl in Anabaena is taken out, an output of the cells is kept unchanged for a long time. 7 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  13. Achievement report for fiscal 1998. Leading research and development of MGC-built superhigh-efficiency turbine system technology; 1998 nendo MGC chokokoritsu turbine system gijutsu sendo kenkyu kaihatsu kenkyu seika



    To further enhance energy efficiency by improving on the gas turbine system, it is necessary, first of all, to develop superhigh-temperature materials to allow the system to operate at higher temperatures. Described in this report are studies on the application of MGC (melt-growth composite) materials which retain strength and plastic deformation capability even at high temperatures. Various compositions are explored for improvement on fracture toughness and thermal shock resistance. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/YAG system is investigated for the study of relations between microstructural control and fracture toughness. Literature on the development of nanocomposites is surveyed, and a preliminary experiment is discussed for improvement on purity by zone melting crystallization. In a study for an advanced manufacture of larger crystals, technologies of crystal growth condition setting and optimization, quality stabilization, productivity improvement, and crystal size enlargement are taken up. Casting and machining technologies are studied to enable crystals to assume complicated shapes. For the purpose of elucidating the mechanism of the occurrence of properties proper to high temperatures, a study is made on the evaluation of mechanical and physical properties and on the mechanism and control of crystal growth. Also studied are systems (gas turbine cycle, combustor, etc.) to which MGC materials may be applied. (NEDO)

  14. FY 1998 result report on the leading R and D of MGC ultra-high efficiency turbine system technology; 1998 nendo MGC chokokoritsu turbine system gijutsu sendo kenkyu kaihatsu seika hokokusho



    One of the main subjects for further conserving energy by enhancing efficiency of gas turbine system for power generation, etc. is the heightening of operation temperature. The development is urgently needed of heat-resistant ultra-high temperature members which make high-reliable operation under ultra-high temperature possible. Therefore, an introductory study was made aiming at using MGC materials which does not reduce strength even at high temperature and also has plastic deformability as large-size structure members of gas turbine system for power generation use. In FY 1998, the following were studied: (1) basic study to get material design guidelines for making efficiency of MGC materials higher; (2) construction of the basic data for elucidating the manifestation mechanism of high temperature characteristics of MGC materials; (3) setting of gas turbine specifications which are to be the basis of study work in and after FY 1999; (4) setting of parameters to be evaluated, evaluation criteria, etc., and definition of the evaluation criteria for possibility of establishing an MGC ultra-high efficiency gas turbine system. (NEDO)

  15. Sony Co., Ltd.: An outlook is made for merchandising of the manganese acid lithium ion battery; Mangansan richiumuion denchi no shohinka ni medo



    Sony Co., Ltd. sells the manganese acid lithium ion battery that a battery is 1 by 2 as to the next generation lithium ion during 99 years. It is characteristics that a price is restrained because manganese is used for the proper pole material instead of cobalt of the rare metal. It becomes mass production by Koriyama factory where a lithium ion battery is being manufactured improving an existent production line. It is seen when some percents of manufacture cost goes down more than cobalt acid battery of news file before. A manganese acid lithium ion battery uses manganese acid lithium for the proper pole of the battery. The efficiency of the charge of the usual lithium ion battery is good, and composition is easy, and uses cobalt acid lithium, which is easy to produce. One side where a material fee is cheap, the stability at the high temperature of manganese acid is low, and composition is difficult. Only NEC Moli Energy corporation who is the subsidiary company of NEC succeeds in the mass production. NEC Moli Energy corporation is extending market share by the price competition power. It seems to have the possibility that manganese acid becomes the main force with a battery by two by new entering of Sony Co., Ltd. of the lithium ion battery extreme big enterprises. (translated by NEDO)

  16. Study on property-gradient polymer electrolyte for rechargeable lithium batteries; Lithium niji denchi no tame no keisha tokusei kobunshi denkaishitsu no sosei ni kansuru kenkyu

    Kokumi, Z.; Kanemura, S.; Inaba, M.; Takehara, Z.; Yao, K.; Uchimoto, Y. [Kyoto University, Kyoto (Japan)


    This paper describes the fundamental experiments for creating property-gradient polymer electrolyte for rechargeable lithium batteries. The rechargeable lithium battery is composed of an anodic composite agent section with high ion conductivity, a separator equivalent section with high mechanical strength (high bridging degree), and a section surpressing the precipitation of metal lithium by contacting with it. The continuous property-gradient polymer electrolyte was tried to be synthesized by means of the plasma polymerization method. As a result, plasma polymerization electrolyte with high ion conductivity could be prepared from the liquid phase by using a monomer with low vapor pressure. Porous material simulating the anodic composite agent was impregnated by the monomer, which was plasma-polymerized. As a result, it was found that the bridging degree decreased from the surface towards the inside of the plasma-polymerized porous material. In addition, polymer was prepared using fluorine-base monomer. Thus, LiF thin film could be prepared through the reaction between the polymer and metal lithium. 3 figs.

  17. Solar cells and thin film LED using amorphous SiC. Amorphous SiC wo mochiita taiyou denchi oyobi usumaku LED

    Hamakawa, Y. (Osaka Univ., Osaka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering Science)


    This paper introduced the photoelectric properties of amorphous SiC (a-SiC), application to highly efficient solar cells, application to wide area emitting elements such as LED (light emitting diode) and application to OEIC (optoelectronic integrated circuit) which is expected in near future. The light sensitizing effect in which photoconductivity of a-SiC:H film increases 2-3 figures by B dopping, was found. Flexible and wide area thin film LED has been able to manufacture by this discovery. In addition, highly efficient conversion rate has been able to get by the technical development such as solar cells made of a-SiC/ a-Si hetrojunction. Further, wide area sollar cells has been able to manufacture on any substrate by the development of TFLED (thin film light emitting diode). The application of TFLED made of SiC to OEIC is also investigated. 18 refs., 15 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. Development of a high temperature solar receiver for high-efficient thermionic conversion systems; Fukugo netsuden henkan system yo chokoon taiyo junetsuki no kaihatsu

    Umeoka, T.; Naito, H.; Yugami, H.; Arashi, H. [Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    For thermionic conversion systems (TIC) using concentrated sunlight as heat source, the newly developed solar receiver was tested. Concentrated sunlight aims at the inner surface of the cavity type solar receiver. The emitter of TIC installed in the rear of the solar receiver is uniformly heated over 1700K by thermal radiation from the rear of the solar receiver, emitting thermion. Electric power is generated by collecting the thermion by collector. Mo is used as emitter material, however, because of poor heat absorption of Mo, high-absorptive TiC is used for heat absorption surface to heat Mo by thermal conduction from high-temperature TiC. Functionally gradient material (FGM) with an intermediate layer of gradient TiC/Mo ratios between TiC and Mo is used as emitter material. The emitter is thus uniformly heated at high temperatures of 1723{plus_minus}12K. As a result, the developed solar receiver is applicable to heat the emitter of TIC. Heat flux measurement at the graphite cavity clarified that cavity temperature of as high as 1780K and heat flow of 50W/cm{sup 2} are obtained at 4.7kW in input. 6 figs.

  19. Impressions on being awarded with the fiscal 1995 prizes from the Japan Solar Energy Society; Nihon taiyo energy gakkai jusho shokan



    Studies have been made on a microorganism battery which converts solar energy directly into electric energy by utilizing photosynthetic reactions in micro-algae. Electric energy is drawn out from an end of the electronic transmission system for photosynthesis when light is irradiated, and from decomposition of glycogen in organisms when light is shut off. An amorphous solar cell was made capable of restoring output deterioration by annealing. Annealing cycle is important in addition to annealing temperature and time. Investigations were conducted on the relationship between a long-time integral error in irregularly varying insolation intensity and sampling time for the purpose of establishing a measuring method to incorporate it into the Japan Industrial Standard. Development was made on a high-efficiency Fresnel prism having a skylight function, but having no light carrying duct. Awards were given to a solar battery charger applying a counter-flow preventing relay, a solar light/heat hybrid heat pump system, and development of hybrid of hydrogen generation by photovoltaic power (power storage using hydrogen absorbing alloys) with a fuel cell. Cold and hot waste heat recovery by using a seasonal heat storage tank, a water pumping wind mill for irrigation, and water facilities and environmental effects in urban areas also won awards. 3 figs.

  20. General report on the results of the development of fuel cell technology such as urban energy center. Evaluation study of life of phosphoric acid fuel cells (fiscal 1995 and 1996); Toshi energy center nado nenryo denchi gijutsu kaihatsu kenkyu seika sogo hokokusho. Rinsangata nenryo denchi jumyo hyoka kenkyu (1995 kara 1996 nendo)



    Receiving subsidies from MITI, NEDO carried out this project in fiscal 1995 and 1996 as a joint research with Technology Research Association for Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell Power Generation System and others. The project aimed at developing the accelerated test method which can evaluate in a short time the cell life of phosphoric acid fuel cells (PAFC) and the lowering of characteristics. The accelerated test method of PAFC life is thought to be a tool indispensable for the promotion of commercialization, but the accelerated test method like the usual material evaluation has not yet been established. To solve this problem, procedures were developed to rationally plan the accelerated test on short stacks of full scale based on the small cell test data. Here, to rationally estimate the operational state under actual conditions based on the data on the accelerated test, it is necessary to fully understand the mechanism of deterioration of PAFC. By conducting in parallel the element study for the basic elucidation of cell deterioration phenomena, obtained was the useful information/knowledge which back up the results of the accelerated test scientifically. 168 figs., 33 tabs.

  1. Report on commissioned business for fiscal 1997. Development of new power storage system for cells and development of technology for distributed power storage (research for a zinc/air cell system for automobiles); 1997 nendo itaku gyomu hokokusho. Shingata denchi denryoku chozo system kaihatsu bunsangata denryoku chozo gijutsu kaihatsu (denki jidoshayo aen kuki denchi system chosa)



    Concerning the above, it is discussed whether such a system is feasible in Japan. A zinc/air cell system requires some special plants for zinc regeneration, etc. It is necessary to build a zinc refining plant and to install dozens of electrode replacing facilities in an area dozens of kilometers in diameter with the plant at the center. For such a system to be functional, there have to be several tens of thousands of automobile users in a limited area. In Japan, so large a number will not be found anywhere even if the appeal is directed to those in the postal service and electric utilities. There will be no economic success in Japan, different from in Germany. As for the economic comparison between a zinc/air cell system and natural gas system, the two will be equivalent to each other as far as the use of the quick filling stations for the natural gas automobiles remains as it is. When the number in consideration is so large as several tens of thousands, however, the natural gas system will turn out to be economically superior to the zinc/air cell system. 19 figs., 29 tabs.

  2. Fiscal 1998 research report. Survey on data collection for development of new energy technology (fuel cell); 1998 nendo chosa hokokusho. Shin energy gijutsu kaihatsu kankei data shu sakusei chosa (nenryo denchi)



    This report is composed of Part 1: the development trend of fuel cells in fiscal 1998, and Part 2: the collected data and appendices. Part 1 includes 4 chapters, (1) The outline of the development trend, (2) Stationary fuel cell, (3) The development trend of fuel cell vehicles, and (4) The development trend of small transportable fuel cells. The report newly includes the development trend of small-capacity fuel cells and the report on 1998 Fuel Cell Seminar notable as an international conference on fuel cell summarizing the trend of fuel cells in fiscal 1998, as compared with the fiscal 1997 report. Part 2 is the collected data on domestic and foreign demonstration operation results of fuel cells, and technical development of every fuel cell. In addition to various collected data on the whole of fuel cells and their use techniques, Part 2 includes the principle, features, system configuration, performance simulation technique, application and market analysis of fuel cells, and the national policy and concerned laws on a subsidy system for introduction of fuel cells, for example. (NEDO)

  3. FY1995 study on property-gradient polymer electrolyte for rechargeable lithium batteries; 1995 nendo lithium niji denchi no tame no keisha tokusei kobunshi denkaishitsu no sosei ni kansuru kenkyu



    Polymer electrolytes are essential materials to develop safe and reliable rechargeable lithium batteries. Nobel 'property-gradient' polymer electrolytes in which ionic conductivity distributes along with their thickness were synthesized by employing plasma polymerization technology. Vinyl monomers bound with oligo-ether side chains via siloxane bond were served as starting monomers for plasma polymerization. Ionic conductivity of formed polymers changed along with their thickness. Monomer solutions containing lithium salt which were impregnated into porous matrix were polymerized by exposing RF plasma and directly gave polymer electrolytes. The polymer electrolytes showed distributing ionic conductivity through its direction of thickness; 'property-gradient' polymer electrolyte were prepared. Metallic lithium surface were covered with thin plasma polymer layer containing fluorine to suppress dendritic lithium deposition during charging. The layer reacted so fast that suppression of the dendritic deposition was not satisfactory. (NEDO)

  4. New Sunshine Project for fiscal 1997 on the international cooperation project. Cooperation in solar energy technologies among Japan, Australia and other countries; 1997 nendo new sunshine keikaku kokusai kyoryoku jigyo. Nichigo nado taiyo energy gijutsu kyoryoku



    This paper describes the state of progress in the cooperation in solar energy technologies among Japan, Australia and other country, the memorandum concluded for the new project, and the activity report on the NEDO/MUERI project. The progress in the cooperation in solar energy technologies among Japan, Australia and other country is divided into that of the new project and that of the continued project. The former relates to the start of the long-term endurance test project for photovoltaic solar modules in Oman. The location of the endurance test is the Sultan Qaboos University in the suburb of Muscat. Modules subjected to the endurance test consist of ten modules of five types. The test will be performed on air temperature, humidity, wind directions, insolation on horizontal surface, insolation on slanted surface, ultraviolet ray intensity, module temperatures, and electric characteristics of the modules. The continued project is an outdoor endurance test for the photovoltaic solar modules begun in fiscal 1996, which is executed by the Murdock University Energy Research Institute (MUERI). The endurance test locations were selected at Darwin, Alice Springs and Perth. This paper reports the photovoltaic solar module endurance test and investigation, as well as the periodical consultations as the activity report of the NEDO/MUERI project. (NEDO)

  5. Study on the optimal control of the ground thermal storage system in the greenhouse. Part 4; Onshitsu ni okeru taiyo energy dochu chikunetsu system ni okeru saiteki seigyo ni kansuru kenkyu

    Zheng, M. [Sanko Air Conditioning Co. Ltd., Osaka (Japan); Nakahara, N. [Kanagawa University, Yokohama (Japan)


    Three types of weight in both energy saving and optimum room temperature environment were changed to obtain the optimal control solution of the ground thermal storage system in a greenhouse. The relation diagram between the optimal solution of a performance function, and the state constraints and control function constraints was created in consideration of the energy term in a control function value area and the room temperature environment. As a result, the whole image of the performance function could be grasped in consideration of the energy term with inequality constraints and the room temperature environmental term in this study. The rate of a weighting factor in the performance function significantly influences the optimal solution. The influence on the optimal solution also changes when the optimal room temperature schedule differs. The influence that three types of rising algorithm exert on the convergence and converging speed was investigated. Superiority or inferiority occurs according to the space properties of a performance function. A zigzag method is most disadvantageous. The constraints can be converged to the optimal solution using an SUMT outer point method irrespective of the initial value. 6 refs., 6 figs., 4 tabs.

  6. 1992 JSES (Japan Solar Energy Society)/JWEA (Japan Wind Energy Association) Joint Conference. 1992 nendo Nihon Taiyo Energy Gakkai Nihon Furyoku Energy Kyokai godo kenkyu happyokai koen ronbunshu


    The proceedings of the conference include the results of research and development of the photovoltaic power generation system, the wind power generation and biomass. As for the photovoltaic power generation system, reports are made on the following: power generation efficiency of the system, output characteristics of solar cell module, interconnected power system, optical properties of solar cells, solar cell array, development of intermittent flow redox batteries to be used for the photovoltaic power generation system. As to solar radiation utilization, studies on the following are made public: an optical/thermal hybrid heat collector which is designed to obtain light and heat at the same time using a solar cell as a heat collecting board, solar car, a silica gel layer used in a solar thermal utilization direct regenerating type adsorption tank, a solar greenhouse, a solar refrigerating system, solar pond, a solar energy ground thermal storage system, a solar-cell blade wind turbine as a composite system, photovoltaic-thermo composite pannels, solar house, passive solar heating. A small wind turbine generation system for mountanious regions is described. As biomass, production of tall-golden-rod is reported.

  7. Effects on annual cost of solar/air-heat utilization system of carbon tax and interest rate for a residential house; Jutakuyo taiyo/taikinetsu riyo system no nenkan keihi ni oyobosu tansozei kinri no eikyo

    Shen, Q.; Kenmoku, Y.; Sakakibara, T. [Toyohashi University of Technology, Aichi (Japan); Nakagawa, S. [Maizuru National College of Technology, Kyoto (Japan); Kawamoto, T. [Shizuoka University, Shizuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    In recent years, a system has been proposed that utilizes river heat, air-heat, exhaust heat from a cooler, etc., in addition to natural energy for the heat pump. With the introduction of such system, the amount of energy used and that of CO2 exhaust will be greatly reduced, but annual expenses will be increased as it stands. In order to improve the cost efficiency of the system, a proposal has been made for the introduction of an economic policy such as the carbon tax and a low interest financing system. With these matters in the background, the subject study predicts the production of solar cells in the future and, on the basis of this production, determines the price, conversion efficiency and equipment energy of solar cells in the future. Using these values and taking into consideration the introduction of the carbon tax and the low interest financing system, the optimum area was determined for solar cells and heat concentrators in a future residential solar/air-heat energy system. The carbon tax, being imposed on all CO2 discharges, had a large effect. Moreover, as the tax increased, annual expenses decreased for the solar/air-heat system. 3 refs., 6 figs.

  8. System optimization of solar hydrogen energy system based on hydrogen production cost. 2; Suiso seizo cost wo hyoka shihyo to shita taiyo suiso energy system no saiteki sekkei. 2

    Ota, D.; Yamagami, Y.; Tani, T. [Science University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)


    In this paper, to evaluate the hydrogen production cost per unit volume, system optimization of solar hydrogen energy system is discussed. Based on the simulation of the I-V characteristics of amorphous Si (a-Si) photovoltaic array, the working point between the array and hydrogen generator was determined. The cost ratio of each design point was calculated. The optimum design points were 500 W/m{sup 2} for the single crystal Si system, and 600 W/m{sup 2} for the a-Si system. When the rating capacity of design point was constant, almost constant cost ratio was obtained independent of the type of photovoltaic cells. It was found that the photovoltaic cells can be fabricated in about 15% lower cost at maximum. It was also found that the optimum design point sifts to the lower insolation site due to reduction of the photovoltaic cell cost. Since the annual hydrogen generation quantity does not depend on the type of photovoltaic cells under the constant rating capacity of design point, hydrogen can be produced in lower cost by using photovoltaic cell of lower cost. 5 refs., 10 figs., 5 tabs.

  9. Museum of water, green and the sun - Marumori. New energy vision of the Marumori Town area; 2001 nendo Marumori machi shin energy vision hokokusho. Chiiki shin energy vision sakutei tou jigyo (Mizu to midori nto taiyo no hakubutsukan Marumori)



    In Marumori Town, Miyagi Prefecture, a 'new energy vision of the area' was worked out which indicated the assessment of the energy reserved in the town and the course of new energy to be determined in the future. The energy consumption amount of Marumori Town in FY 1999 was estimated at 47,535 kL in crude oil conversion. By sector, the energy consumption amount was the largest in the order of the industrial sector, the transportation sector and the commercial/residential sector. The availability of new energy in Maruyama Town was estimated at approximately 480,585 GJ, of which the solar energy utilization was the largest, 53.1%. The photovoltaic power generation was the next largest, 25.4%, followed by the temperature difference energy (underground water), 8.9%, clean energy car, 7.8%, etc. As a plan for the first introduction of new energy, the following were studied: introduction of photovoltaic power generation facilities to the Marumori Town Office, introduction of new energy to public facilities around the Fudoson Park, introduction of wind power generation facilities to the town-run pasture, construction of the Marumori-type biogas plant, construction of a mini hydroelectric power plant, introduction of clean energy car to public vehicles, introduction of new energy facilities to the area of Kawa-no-Eki (station of the river), etc. (NEDO)

  10. Fiscal 1997 report on the results of the international standardization R and D. R and D of the standardization of a method to test acceleration life of phosphorous acid fuel cells; 1997 nendo seika hokokusho kokusai hyojun soseigata kenkyu kaihatsu. Rinsangata nenryo denchi no kasoku jumyo shiken hoho no hyojunka ni kansuru kenkyu kaihatsu



    As for fuel cells, which are expected as a new clean energy, the R and D are being proceeded with in various fields of the world, but the standardization has not been made both in Japan and abroad. In Japan, the situation is that the information on technical terms, indication method, performance test method, and environment/safety test methods of the phosphorous acid fuel cell power generation is publicly spread. In relation to the international promotion of fuel cells to be predicted, it is necessary to internationally standardize cells themselves which are a key component of fuel cell power generation facilities. Phosphorous acid fuel cells are expected of the earliest commercialization of all, but the common test method to evaluate life characteristics of the cell stack has not been established yet. In the R and D, for the purpose of internationally standardizing test methods to evaluate life characteristics of the cell stack, a study on the acceleration life test method of phosphoric acid fuel cells was conducted in terms of the technical trend, data, standard, etc. A plan was prepared on general rules of the method to test acceleration life at the cell reaction part of the small cell, and activities also were started for setting up a technical committee for the fuel cell power system in President`s Advisory Committee on Future Technology. 29 figs., 20 tabs.

  11. Annual cycle solar energy utilization with seasonal storage. Part 7. Examination on design and control of the system partially recovering exhaust heat of heat pump; Kisetsukan chikunetsu ni yoru nenkan cycle taiyo energy riyo system ni kansuru kenkyu. 7. Bubuntekina hainetsu kaishu wo koryoshita baai no sekkei seigyoho no kento

    Tanaka, H.; Okumiya, M. [Nagoya University, Nagoya (Japan)


    The capacity and performance of the existing system that recovers the overall heating and cooling exhaust heat completely into a seasonal storage tank and the system that discharges the exhaust heat slightly to the outside and recovers it partially were compared and investigated. The system uses a central single-duct discharge system as an air-conditioning system. A heat pump and a flat-plate solar collector installed on the roof of a building are used as the heat source. The seasonal storage tank in the ground just under the building is a cylindrical water tank of 5 m deep with the concrete used as body. The upper surface of a storage tank is heat-insulated by a stylo-platform of 200 mm, and the lower side surface by a stylo-platform of 100 mm. Calculation when the difference in temperature used in a seasonal storage tank is set to 35{degree}C and 25{degree}C was performed for the system that has two control methods. The overall exhaust heat recovery system is almost the same in energy performance as the partial exhaust heat recovery system. The partial exhaust heat recovery system is more advantageous on the economic side. 4 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  12. Feasibility study of international cooperation in the research/development of a solar energy utilization system by the innovative solar thermochemical process; Kakushinteki solar netsukagaku process ni yoru taiyo energy riyo system no kaihatsu kenkyu ni kakawaru kokusai kyoryoku kanosei chosa



    At COP3 in 1997, an agreement was made to the innovative technical development/promotion by international cooperation, and the promotion of transfer of environmental technology to developing countries. Under the agreement, a feasibility study of international cooperation was made, and especially a study was conducted of the utilization/development of solar energy by the innovative solar thermochemical process. The main reason for global warming is emissions of a large amount of CO2 caused by the direct combustion of fossil fuels. Therefore, a CO2 recycle system taken up in the study enables a more substantial decline in CO2 emission (kg/kWh) per unit generation than the conventional thermal power system by composing solar methanol or solar dimethyl ether using fossil fuels including coal, water, CO2, etc. as raw materials and using solar energy as heat source, and by using this as fuel (solar fuel). CO2 can be reduced by 13% to 14% by substituting solar methanol or solar dimethyl ether produced from petroleum/methane equivalent-mol mixed raw materials for the equivalent mol coal and natural gas of the thermal power plant (CO2 recovery is not necessary). 34 refs., 47 figs., 34 tabs.

  13. Survey report on a regional new energy vision establishment in Ueki Township. Town of solar energy and energy conservation (vision to build the town by actively living and creating with environment); Uekimachi chiiki shin energy vision sakutei chosa hokokusho. Taiyo energy to sho energy no machi (kankyo to sekkyokuteki ni kyosei kyososuru machizukuri vision)



    Discussions were given on the new energy vision at Ueki Township in Kumamoto Prefecture. The total energy demand in Ueki Township is 898 x 10{sup 7} Kcal. of which about 44% is accounted for by the transportation department, 34.7% by the industrial department, and 21% by the consumer department. The total available regional new energy amount is estimated to be 52.1 x 10{sup 6} kWh/year, which is consisted of stockbreeding wastes energy at 44.1%, solar energy power generation at 33.2% and solar heat utilization at 22.6%. Introduction of wind energy was judged impracticable. The new energy introduction plan calls for introduction of solar energy power generation for lighting and air conditioning of the diamond shaped nursery school, the Yamamoto nursery school, the Ueki Township office building, the multi-purpose sports center, the Ueki Hospital operated by the national health insurance, the multi-purpose health and welfare center, Yoshimatsu Sports Park, and Tahara Sports Park. A subsidy institution by the local government was discussed as the proliferation plan of solar energy power generation systems to be installed in individuals' houses and enterprises, with which introduction to residential houses of about 30% was targeted by 2010. (NEDO)

  14. Fiscal 1993 international research cooperation project. Feasibility study of finding out the seeds of international joint research (technology for environmental preservation using biotechnology, technology for effective use unused hydrocarbon resource, technology of solid electrolyte fuel cells for high-efficient electric vehicles); 1993 nendo kokusai kenkyu kyoryoku jigyo. Kokusai kyodo kenkyu seeds hakkutsu no tame no FS chosa (biotechnology ni yoru kankyo taisaku gijutsu, miriyo tanka suiso shigen no yuko riyo gijutsu, kokoritsu denki jidosha no kotai denkaishitsu nenryo denchi gijutsu)



    This project is aimed at internationally cooperating in the R and D of industrial technology and improving industrial technology of Japan. For it, the following three technologies were investigated: 1) environmental preservation technology using biotechnology, 2) technology for effective use of unused hydrocarbon resource, 3) solid electrolyte fuel cell (SOFC) technology for high-efficient electric vehicles. In 1), bio-remediation is a choice as the result of trially using technologies for remediation of the environment polluted by pollutant, but it is not a technically completed one, but one which will be improved by trial and error. By the application of gene engineering, the use of gene recombination enables wide spread of decomposition genes. In 2), technical subjects were studied such as superheavy distillate, oil shale, coalhead methane and methane hydrate. In 3), designed were cylinder type and planar type SOFC of 850degC operation and 10kW output. Accumulation and weight of a total SOFC system are 81 liters and 100 kg in cylinder type and 136 liters and 200 kg in planar type. The vehicle can be equipped with the SOFC. 171 refs., 72 figs., 54 tabs.

  15. The Electrolytic Effect on the Catalytic Degradation of Dye and Nitrate Ion by New Ceramic Beads of Natural Minerals and TiO2

    We have developed a new hybrid ceramic material 'Taiyo' as a water processing catalyst. The porous ceramic has a core-shell structure. It decolorized completely the dye solutions as well as the wastewater output after primary water processing by microorganism in a pig farm. This new material showed the acceleration of water purification by applying electric voltage. The degradation of dyes and pig urine output from the primary treatments was accelerated by applying voltage. Nitrate in underground water was also decomposed only by applying voltage, while it was not decomposed without voltage

  16. Increase of body surface temperature and blood flow by theanine

    Suntheanine (Taiyo Kagaku Co.: Theanine) is the trade name for L-theanine which is a unique amino acid found almost solely in tea plants, responsible for the exotictaste of green tea. We investigated the effects of relate to relaxation, improves the taste of processed foods, radiation sensitization, and increase of body surface temperature in vivo study. The results of the present study confirmed, (1) Suntheanine is incorporated into the brain and induces the emission of α -waves an induced of relaxation. (2) Body surface temperature and blood flow on skin were increased after administration of Suntheanine. (3) There was effects of radiation sensitization in whole body irradiation of X-rays after Suntheanine IP injection on C3H mice. (4) Acute toxicity, subacute toxicity and mutagen testconfirm the safety Suntheanine in this study

  17. Increase of body surface temperature and blood flow by theanine

    Hasegawa, Takeo; Noguchi, Kenichi; Ando, Satoshi [Suzuka, Univ. of Medical Science, Suzuka (Japan)] [and others


    Suntheanine (Taiyo Kagaku Co.: Theanine) is the trade name for L-theanine which is a unique amino acid found almost solely in tea plants, responsible for the exotictaste of green tea. We investigated the effects of relate to relaxation, improves the taste of processed foods, radiation sensitization, and increase of body surface temperature in vivo study. The results of the present study confirmed, (1) Suntheanine is incorporated into the brain and induces the emission of {alpha} -waves an induced of relaxation. (2) Body surface temperature and blood flow on skin were increased after administration of Suntheanine. (3) There was effects of radiation sensitization in whole body irradiation of X-rays after Suntheanine IP injection on C3H mice. (4) Acute toxicity, subacute toxicity and mutagen testconfirm the safety Suntheanine in this study.

  18. Amla (Emblica officinalis Gaertn.) extracts reduce oxidative stress in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.

    Rao, T P; Sakaguchi, N; Juneja, L R; Wada, E; Yokozawa, T


    The antioxidant properties of amla extracts and their effects on the oxidative stress in streptozotocin-induced diabetes were examined in rats. Amla in the form of either the commercial enzymatic extract SunAmla (Taiyo Kagaku Co. Ltd., Yokkaichi, Japan) (20 or 40 mg/kg of body weight/day) or a polyphenol-rich fraction of ethyl acetate extract (10 or 20 mg/kg of body weight/day) was given orally for 20 days to the streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Amla extracts showed strong free radical scavenging activity. Amla also showed strong inhibition of the production of advanced glycosylated end products. The oral administration of amla extracts to the diabetic rats slightly improved body weight gain and also significantly alleviated various oxidative stress indices of the serum of the diabetic rats. The elevated serum levels of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, which is a glycosylated protein that is an indicator of oxidative stress, were significantly reduced dose-dependently in the diabetic rats fed amla. Similarly, the serum level of creatinine, yet another oxidative stress parameter, was also reduced. Furthermore, thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances levels were significantly reduced with amla, indicating a reduction in lipid peroxidation. In addition, the decreased albumin levels in the diabetic rats were significantly improved with amla. Amla also significantly improved the serum adiponectin levels. These results form the scientific basis supporting the efficacy of amla for relieving the oxidative stress and improving glucose metabolism in diabetes. PMID:16176148

  19. Development of Mo recycle technique from generator materials

    The domestic 99Mo production by the (n,γ) method is proposed in JMTR because of low amount of radioactive wastes and easy 99Mo/99mTc production process. For the development of domestic production, it is necessary to use the enriched 98MoO3, which is very expensive, for high specific activity of 99Mo. A large amount of used PZC/PTC embraced 98Mo is also generated after the decay of 99Mo. JAEA and Taiyo Koko is proposed to recover molybdenum from the used PZC/PTC for an effective use of resources and reduction of radioactive wastes. Preliminary experiments of Mo recycling with un-irradiated MoO3 were carried out by the elution and sublimation methods. From the results, Mo recovery rate from the PZC/PTC was more than 95% by two kinds of methods. The prospects are bright for Mo recycle and reduction of radioactive wastes using these methods. (author)

  20. PREFACE: International & Interdisciplinary Workshop on Novel Phenomena in Integrated Complex Sciences: from Non-living to Living Systems

    Yoshimura, Kazuyoshi; Ohta, Hiroto; Murase, Masatoshi; Nishimura, Kazuo


    (Institute for Complex and Adaptive Matter, USA), Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics (Kyoto University), Institute of Economic Research (Kyoto University) and Kyoto University GCOEs (Global Centers Of Excellence: Physics, Chemistry, and Economics). The workshop was also supported by Niki Glass Company Ltd., THAMWAY Corp., TAIYO NIPPON SANSO, and Quantum Design Japan. The Editors and the Organizing Committee, Masatoshi Murase Kyoto University, Japan Kazuo Nishimura Kyoto University, Japan Kazuyoshi Yoshimura Kyoto University, Japan: Conference Chairman and Chief Editor Hiroto Ohta Kyoto University, Tokyo University of A&T, Japan: Conference Secretary Conference Photograph, 14 October 2010 Conference Photograph Conference Poster Conference Poster

  1. Ionospheric data for two solar cycles available online

    We report about a project that has as its goal to make a large volume of ionospheric satellite insitu data from the sixties, seventies and early eighties easily accessible for public use The original data exist in various machine-specific, highly compressed, binary encoding on 7- or 9-track magnetic tapes. The intent is to decode the data format and convert all data sets to a common ASCII data format and add solar and magnetic indices for user convenience. The original intent of producing CD-ROMs with these data has meanwhile been overtaken by the rapid development of the internet. Most users now prefer to obtain the data directly online and greatly value web-interfaces to browse, plot and subset the data. Accordingly, the focus has shifted to making the data available online on the anonymous ftp site of NASA's National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) at data/ and on the development of a web-interface (ATMOWeb, atmoweb/) to help users study the data and select interesting time periods. The data considered by this project include data sets from the Alouette I, BE-B (Explorer 22), Alouette 2, DME-A (Explorer 31) , AE-B (Explorer 32), AE-C, -D, -E, OGO-6, ESRO-4, ISIS-I, -2, AEROS-I, -2 Taiyo, ISS-b, Hinotori and DE-2 satellites. The data are primarily electron and ion densities and temperatures measured by Langmuir Probes (LP), Retarding Potential Analyzers (RPA), and Ion Mass Spectrometers (IMS) flown on these satellites. The time resolution of the measurements is typically seconds to minutes. This data base covering almost two solar cycles is a unique asset for studies of the variation and variability of ionospheric parameters. It will be an important element in the quest for a better understanding of ionospheric plasma processes and for improved predictions of ionospheric Space Weather. Current models are still very limited in their predictive capabilities especially at equatorial and auroral

  2. PREFACE Preface

    Takahashi, Migaku; Saito, Hitoshi; Yoshimura, Satoru; Takanashi, Koki; Sahashi, Masashi; Tsunoda, Masakiyo


    IgarashiHitachi, CRL, JapanK TajimaAkita Univ., Japan H ItoKansai Univ., JapanM TakedaJAEA, Japan H IwasakiToshiba, JapanY TakemuraYokohama Nat'l Univ., Japan H KatoYamagata Univ., JapanM TanakaUniv. of Tokyo, Japan M KonotoAIST, JapanA TsukamotoNihon Univ., Japan H KubotaAIST, JapanS YabukamiTohoku Gakuin Univ., Japan Treasury Committee of ISAMMA 2010 M SahashiTohoku Univ., Japan, ChairS SaitoTohoku Univ., Japan K IshiyamaTohoku Univ., JapanT TanakaEhime Univ., Japan K NakagawaNihon Univ., JapanN TezukaTohoku Univ., Japan T OgawaTohoku Univ., Japan Executive Committee of ISAMMA 2010 M TakahashiTohoku Univ., Japan, ChairS SaitoTohoku Univ., Japan K TakanashiTohoku Univ., Japan, Vice-chairY SakurabaTohoku Univ., Japan K MiyakeTohoku Univ., JapanT ShimaTohoku Gakuin Univ., Japan T OgawaTohoku Univ., JapanN TezukaTohoku Univ., Japan S OkamotoTohoku Univ., JapanM TsunodaTohoku Univ., Japan M OoganeTohoku Univ., Japan We are grateful to all the participants for their valuable contributions and active discussions. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from 17 Japanese companies (ASAKA RIKEN CO., LTD, Fujikin Incorporated, Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd, Hitachi Metals, Ltd, IZUMI-TEC CO., LTD, Miwa Electric Industrial CO., LTD, MIWA MFG CO., LTD, NEOARK Corporation, Optima Corporation, PRESTO CO., LTD, SHOWA DENKO K.K., TAIYO YUDEN CO., LTD, TDK Corporation, TEIJIN LIMITED, Ube Material Industries, Ltd, ULVAC, Inc, and V TEX Corporation) and 7 foundations (SENDAI TOURISM & CONVENTION BUREAU, The Iwatani Naoji Foundation, Tohoku University Electro-Related Departments Global COE Program 'Center of Education and Research for Information Electronics Systems', The Murata Science Foundation, Research Foundation for Materials Science, Nippon Sheet Glass Foundation for Materials Science and Engineering, and Aoba Foundation for The Promotion of Engineering).