Tokyo Gas has unveiled the world’s largest underground liquefied natural gas storage tank to media. In Japan, demand for the resource has been rising as most of the country’s nuclear power stations were shut down after the 2011 disaster. Tokyo gas began building the tank four years ago in Yokohama City, near Tokyo. The underground liquefied natural gas storage tank measures 72 meters in diameter and is nearly 62 meters deep. The tank can store up to 250,000 kiloliters, enough to meet the average annual needs of about 360,000 households.
Nissan will unveil the Note at the Geneva Motor Show next month and will bring some higher-end features to the economy car. Blind-spot warning systems, lane-departure sensors and a multi-camera "helicopter view" parking assistant will all be part of the package, as well a stop-start idling system. Nissan says much of the Note's development work was done in the UK and Spain. The new Note has not yet been priced.
Mitsubishi Motors were the first mainstream manufacturer to the global market with the pure-EV Mitsubishi i-MiEV in 2009 and are proud to be first to market again with their pioneering plug-in hybrid technology. The global premiere of the Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid), which will offer the most sophisticated technology currently available, took place at the Paris Motor Show last month and is due to go on sale in the UK in 2013.
Honda Motor announced it will begin sales of a new model for its household MCHP (Micro Combined Heat and Power) gas engine cogeneration unit in November 2012, through gas utilities across Japan. Building on its well-received predecessors that have served as the core unit in the ECOWILL household cogeneration system*1,which runs by burning natural gas or LPG (liquefied propane gas) for electricity generation and using the exhaust heat for hot water supply and heating, the new model has an autonomous operation function that enables system use in a power outage or other emergencies.
TDK Corporation presents a new EPCOS gas-filled surge arrester. This component consists of a stack of five individual arresters and was developed specifically to protect the power supplies of telecommunications equipment. Its rated DC operating voltage is 48 V DC plus 20 percent according to IEC 61643-11. The special feature of this arrester is its reliable quenching of an applied DC voltage.
Honda presented the keys to a 2012 Civic Natural Gas to Anaheim Ducks NHL star George Parros at the American Honda campus yesterday in Torrance, Calif. Under an agreement with American Honda, Parros will drive the Civic Natural Gas to create awareness of the vehicle amongst his Ducks teammates and fans.