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News Article | December 15, 2016
Site: www.greencarcongress.com

« car2go Europe CEO presents six assumptions on the future of car sharing | Main | VanDyne SuperTurbo using NuVinci technology in next-gen variable speed SuperTurbo; diesel OEM, Class 8 demonstrator » Toyota Motor Corporation and its fully owned subsidiary Daihatsu Motor intend to officially establish their internal company responsible for compact vehicles for emerging markets (announced on 4 October 2016) on 1 January 2017. The new internal company is to be called the “Emerging-market Compact Car Company”. The new internal company’s objective is to establish work processes untethered by conventional practices and rules and to introduce competitive cars based on Daihatsu’s approach to manufacturing affordable, high-quality products. The new internal company will comprise three divisions: the Emerging-market Compact Car Product & Business Planning Division; the Emerging-market Compact Car Product Planning Division; and the Emerging-market Compact Car Quality Planning Division. Furthermore, Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Engineering and Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TMAP-EM) is to be renamed Toyota Daihatsu Engineering and Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (TDEM) and become an entity under the new internal company. The Emerging-market Compact Car Product & Business Planning Division, which is to span both Toyota and Daihatsu, is to conduct overall planning for products and business operations, including making proposals for the Toyota-brand vehicle product lineup for emerging markets and for overall strategy. Although Daihatsu will basically have responsibility for product development for emerging-market compact cars, the new internal company’s Emerging-market Compact Car Product Planning Division and Emerging-market Compact Car Quality Planning Division will be responsible for final product development and quality for Toyota-brand vehicles. With the establishment of the new company, TMAP-EM, which has hitherto specialized in providing Toyota development, logistics and production preparation support for locally produced vehicle models, is to also be responsible for supporting the production of Daihatsu-centered compact vehicles for emerging markets. Daihatsu President Masanori Mitsui is to be appointed chairman and Toyota Managing Officer Shinya Kotera is to be appointed president of the new internal company.


Watanuki M.,Planning Division
Japanese Railway Engineering | Year: 2011

The Hachinohe-Shin-Aomori section of the Tohoku shinkansen entered commercial service on December 4, 2010. It is an embodiment of technological ingenuities-represented by structures utilizing various civil engineering technologies including the Hakkoda Tunnel and Sannai Maruyama Viaduct; a water sprinkler snow melting system designed for cold and snowy regions such as Aomori Prefecture; station designs that reflect the communities' design concepts; new technologies for tracks and electrical facilities; and so on. This article follows the construction of the Hachinohe-Shin-Aomori section and gives details of each development.


Headrick J.,Planning Division | Uddin W.,University of Mississippi
Advances in Transportation Studies | Year: 2014

The transportation modal share and the traffic volume demand data on a road network are essential for planning an efficient traffic management system. Traffic demand largely impacts congestion, air quality, public health, and public safety. Accurate and timely collection of traffic attributes is imperative for traffic management and performance evaluation of transportation systems. This paper presents the results of microsimulation models for evaluating traffic flow performance of stop-controlled intersections compared to the alternative roundabouts at each end of the South Lamar Blvd overpass at SR 6 highway interchange in Oxford, Mississippi. The roundabouts were constructed in 2007 and have been in operation since then. Traffic volumes and movement data were projected at 2.5% annual growth for 2016 using 2009 field data collected for the highway overpass site. The simulation results using the 2016 projected peak hour traffic data showed that converting the stop-controlled intersections to roundabouts improved traffic flow by: reducing delay by 24%, reducing idling time by 77%, and increasing average speed by 67%. The roundabouts manage the average speed of traffic traveling through the overpass better than stop-controlled intersections, therefore, reducing traffic crash risk and improving overall traffic flow. The simulation results were also used to evaluate impacts on reducing fuel wastage and emissions. 2014 Aracne Editrice.All Rights Reserved.


Huan N.H.,University of Science | Hai,University of Science | Yem,University of Science | Tuan N.N.,Planning Division
ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences | Year: 2013

In this paper, the water quality index (WQI) was used as an indicator to assess the pollution level of the water quality in the To Lich River. The comparison of most important factors on the sulfide generation in the open channel and pipe sewers system was presented. The result also denoted that the close relationship between Oxygen - Redox Potential (ORP) values and log {[S2-]/ [SO4 2-]} by correlation coefficient R2 = 0.6369. And surface water layer was the main source of To Lich River to produce sulfide by Sulfate Reducing Bacteria (SRB). The factors to affect the sulfide generation rate in the To Lich River (open channel) were organic matter (BOD5), and environmental conditions such as ORP, pH, and temperature (T). The found model in this study for estimating the sulfide generation from the To Lich River depended on the variables such as: ORP, T, pH, BOD5, with the correlation coefficient R2 = 0.9619, as follows: [S2-] = 0.0063 * ORP + 0.0427 * T - 4.371 * pH - 0.0012 * BOD5 + 31.87. © 2006-2013 Asian Research Publishing Network (ARPN).


Huan N.H.,Hanoi University | Hai N.X.,Hanoi University | Yem T.,Hanoi University | Tuan N.N.,Planning Division
ARPN Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences | Year: 2012

This paper assessed the water quality in To Lich River through contaminated indicators such as DO, COD, and BOD5. The emission of H2S from the river water had impacted the ambient air quality in the riparian areas of To Lich River in Hoang Liet Ward, Hoang Mai District, Ha Noi City. The measured concentration of H2S in ambient air in the riparian area varied within the range of 48.7 ± 23.1μg/m3. The H2S emissions rate from wastewater in the To Lich River was estimated about 2, 828.0 mg/m/h. METI-LIS model can be applied to forecast H2S emission rate from To Lich River. The predicted results showed the close relationship with the measured values by correlation coefficient R2 = 0.9197. © 2006-2012 Asian Research Publishing Network (ARPN).


News Article | January 25, 2016
Site: cleantechnica.com

Intelligent energy storage leader Stem, Inc. has been selected as a partner by Hawaiian Electric Companies to help the utility integrate distributed resources and improve grid planning. The partnership is part of a research program funded by DOE SHINES to the tune of $2.43 million, with another contribution of the same amount by the utility. (Actually, there were 6 total awardees which received funds from the program.) SHINES is the first DOE funding effort which is only about the union of energy storage and renewable electricity. The Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV program is sort of self-explanatory. It is a DOE program that supports adding energy storage to solar PV projects for the obvious reason that sunlight is not available 24 hours a day, so any excess electricity that can be stored would be beneficial. “The distribution grid today is trying to cope with rapid increases in bi-directional flow of distributed generation resources. Because of limited point-to-point visibility and controls to grid operation centers on distribution grids, a sudden influx or drop off of DG in local pockets can have adverse and costly impacts,” explained Dora Nakafuji, the Director of Hawaiian Electric’s Renewable Energy Planning Division. O’ahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island are the locations of some of the local businesses that Stem will work with to manage electricity more efficiently during the three year project, and Stem will develop a unified management platform for the utility as well. Stem systems include battery storage, which is used to provide auxiliary electricity when peak demand is occurring, in order to avoid peak demand charges. In fact, Stem has already successfully installed its technology for a different O’ahu project. Software and analytics provide the ability to more efficiently manage electricity consumption, which can also save money. Hawaiian Electric Industries supplies electricity to about 95% of the Hawaiian population, with the exception of the island of Kauai which has its own utility, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. HEI employs over 2,000 people. Hawaii wants to achieve 100% renewable electricity, so integrating new electricity management technologies is an important piece of the puzzle. Image Credit: Stem    Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.”   Come attend CleanTechnica’s 1st “Cleantech Revolution Tour” event → in Berlin, Germany, April 9–10.   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.  


TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.: Consolidated Summary Report under Japanese GAAP for the six months ended September 30, 2016 Company name:   Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.   Stock exchange listings:   Tokyo, Nagoya, New York Code number: 8306 URL http://www.mufg.jp/ Representative: Nobuyuki Hirano, President & Group CEO For inquiry: Kazutaka Yoneda, General Manager - Financial Planning Division / Financial Accounting Office   TEL (03) 3240-3110 Quarter


News Article | December 3, 2015
Site: phys.org

Helsinkians take great pride in their relatively small, maritime capital with a population of just over 600,000. But the city is anticipating a dramatic population boom over the next few years and needs to be able to comfortably accommodate its new arrivals. Parks and clean air are a source of civic pride in this city where green areas already make up 47 percent of space, so urban planners are devising a cityscape that also features fewer cars and thus cleaner air through lower carbon emissions. While cars will not be banned, the city will do what it can to discourage people from using them, introducing better public transport, walkable green neighbourhoods brimming with services, and higher costs for parking. City dwellers will be able to ditch their wheels as shops, schools and services will be grouped together within walking distance of their apartments. And those who need to travel further to work will be able to hop on the city's swift network of metros, trains and tramways. The head of Helsinki's Strategic Urban Planning Division, Rikhard Manninen, and his team are calling their new concept "boulevardisation", under which busy inner-city motorways are transformed into green residential boulevards. "We will keep the green spaces by channelling most new construction projects into areas where highways now stand," Manninen told AFP. Reducing the number of cars, and replacing them with public transport, will go a long way toward improving air quality. The new plan will also help the city cope with an anticipated population boom of 40 percent, or a quarter of a million residents, by 2050. Helsinki aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, which means the city cannot discharge any more carbon into the atmosphere than its vast surrounding forests are able to absorb. "Helsinki has already managed to cut down its emissions significantly... but in order to become carbon neutral by 2050 we need to gear up," said Alpo Tani, one of Helsinki's urban planners. A key part of the solution is to address traffic, which accounts for around 20 percent of Helsinki's emissions. The city estimates that without its plan, traffic emissions would be up to 30 percent higher by 2050. Not everyone in Helsinki is thrilled to see car use discouraged. But the city centre sits on a small peninsula jutting out into the Baltic Sea, and while it makes for a pretty backdrop, it also slows traffic and stymies growth. "It's a very bad idea (to cut down driving). I don't have anything against public transport but nothing can beat having my own car," Johan, 50, told AFP sitting in his car, explaining that it takes him only 20 minutes to drive home to Helsinki's adjacent suburb of Espoo where he moved in search of more space. With all of its existing green areas, seascapes and roads, Helsinki is running out of space, planners argue. But the Helsinki Chamber of Commerce has called the new plan "oversized" and "unrealistic". "The goal to channel all traffic growth in means other than cars is unrealistic while the city is expanding," said the chair of the chamber's traffic committee, Heikki Kovanen. While some car owners moan, others welcome better public transport such as the extension of Helsinki's metro westwards to Espoo, due to open in 2016. "The plan seems good and practical. Public transport can carry more people than individual cars," said Matti, a pensioner from Espoo out walking in Helsinki with his brother Mikko, who advocated even tougher traffic restrictions. "We should adopt road tolls so that everyone doesn't pack into this small peninsula with their cars," he insisted. First skyscrapers under way Residents of Helsinki have for many years clung to the idea of keeping the city centre low and green. So it comes as no surprise that many people grow anxious at the mention of new office towers or tall apartment blocks, and plans to reduce green areas. Officials have promised not to take things too far. The city's cherished Central Park—a whopping three times the size of its New York namesake—and other green areas will be reduced only slightly to make space for new housing, leaving 40 percent of the city as green areas. And, Manninen vowed, "building upward will be permitted in some places, but not in the centre." The foundations for Helsinki's first skyscrapers are currently being laid in a former harbour dubbed Kalasatama (Fish Harbour), which is to house some 20,000 people and create 8,000 jobs by 2030. Kalasatama intends to showcase Helsinki's beautiful seashores with boardwalks and recreational areas. The city council is set to approve the draft plan in 2016.


News Article | October 9, 2016
Site: cleantechnica.com

The new master plan for Tesla’s Fremont manufacturing facility, submitted by the company to the Fremont Planning Commission, suggests that Tesla may end up doubling the size of the facility over the coming years. To be more specific, the plans show that Tesla could end up adding as much as 4.6 million square feet of new space to the currently 4.5-million-square-foot facility. The plans don’t offer any in-depth details on what the functions of the new buildings would be, or the costs, and note that the company would not be bound to develop all of the buildings shown in the plans. The new buildings discussed in the plans would be: near the current paint shop, in the parking lot, and also on open land next to the test track. Tesla has also reportedly acquired a 25-acre lot north of the factory. With regard to the potential loss of parking lot space, the company is apparently banking on the increased use of mass transit, when a nearby rapid transit rail line station (Warm Springs Station) opens this fall. “The location of the factory offers unique opportunities to leverage mass transit to ferry our workforce,” commented a Tesla spokesperson. “Tesla’s factory is the only major automotive assembly facility in the United States that is located adjacent to a metropolitan rapid transit rail line.” Tesla also commented: “We are pleased to work with the City of Fremont on a plan that reaffirms our commitment to California and to eventually maximize the potential of our Fremont factory site. California continues to be the epicenter of Tesla’s manufacturing capabilities, and we are proud to be the state’s largest manufacturing employer.” The San Francisco Chronicle provides more: “The Fremont Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the master plan Thursday. If it is approved by both the commission and the City Council, Tesla would then submit permit applications for specific building projects on the site. … Although the new master plan does not preclude Tesla from building elsewhere, or snapping up other buildings in the Bay Area, it strongly suggests that Fremont will remain central to the company’s manufacturing operations for years to come. Continuing: “The master plan does not discuss how many people would eventually work in the expanded facility. But a Fremont Planning Division assessment, posted Friday on the division’s website, estimated the expansion could eventually add 3,100 jobs. Last year, California officials gave Tesla a $15 million tax credit to help hire 4,400 employees over five years. Those new jobs will be based in multiple locations, including Fremont and the company’s Palo Alto headquarters.” Tesla CEO Elon Musk has previously noted that the company may be able to achieve its production capacity goal of 1 million units a year by the end of 2020 simply through the use of the Fremont Facility, the Gigafactory, and it’s various other properties scattered throughout California — that is, without purchasing any more properties. Presumably, these plans were taken into account when those statements were made. Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store!   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.


News Article | November 16, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

Editor's note: There is one image associated with this news release. A new report shows increasing development and planning challenges in Toronto have brought City planners to a breaking point. CUPE Local 79 surveyed its members in the City's Planning Division and found that workloads are often unmanageable and overworked staff are sometimes unable to meet legislated requirements for development applications. "Our planners are passionate professionals who want to do great work," said Tim Maguire, President of Local 79, "but they are overworked and in many instances not able to review applications in detail or give proper attention to community planning needs." The report, called "Arrested Development: Staffing shortages threaten City Planning", includes troubling findings on overtime work and planners' concerns about keeping up with the development and planning needs of the City: Planners say that increasing staff levels in the Division would allow them to spend more time on files, reduce errors, and undertake more productive stakeholder relations. As one planner put it: "Additional staff in development review would allow everyone to spend more time reviewing all aspects of an application and more time negotiating better applications and communicating with the public. All of which will result in a better city." "It's important to make sure we have the staff levels we need to build a livable city," Maguire stated, "but we are also very concerned about the effect of overwork on our planners' health and morale. It just isn't sustainable." Maguire will be presenting the findings of the report to the City's Planning and Growth Management Committee this morning as part of the Committee's consideration of City Planning's Performance Metrics, the second item on the day's agenda. The survey was conducted through an online platform and included both open-ended and closed questions. Almost a third of the membership in City Planning responded. The report can be found at: http://www.cupelocal79.org/wp-content/uploads/Arrested-Development-Staffing-shortages-threaten-City-Planning-Report.pdf To view the image associated with this news release, please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20161115-1076703.png

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