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  • Science Fiction Meets Fact with this Cyborg-Style Implant

    Science Fiction Meets Fact with this Cyborg-Style Implant

    It may seem like something straight out of science fiction, but this “cyborg-style” spinal implant may help paralyzed people walk again. Scientists have discovered a thin prosthetic ribbon that lies along the spinal cord. Embedded with electrodes, it delivers both drugs and electrical impulses to the patient. Called e-Dura, the device will soon be tested on humans, and it is expected that the ribbon could last inside the body for as long as 10 years. The implant’s most interesting innovation is that it is flexible and stretchy enough to be placed directly onto the spinal cord. 

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  • Wind Generation System Suited to Japanese Topography

    Wind Generation System Suited to Japanese Topography

    Along to serve towards low-carbon society, the number of solar and wind power plants are increasing due to the introduction of buy back scheme with a fixed purchase price. Surrounded by the sea, offshore wind power generation are expected to grown rapidly due to the advantage of the relatively fewer constraints, including on visual impact, noise, and acquiring sites. Hitachi has now completed it’s’ first HTW5.0-126 turbine construction, whose design has been optimized for offshore wind farms which are expected to have larger turbine installations in the future. The HTW5.0-126 turbine offers a rated output of 5 MW, approximately 2.5 times greater than the existing 2-MW wind turbine, and its 126-m rotor diameter is approximately 1.5 times larger.  

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    By Hitachi August 5th 2015
  • Exploring New Ideas at the First Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2015 in North America

    Exploring New Ideas at the First Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2015 in North America

    In April 2015, Hitachi held its first event dedicated to describing the vast potential of the Social Innovation Business in North America. Joined by a distinguished group of external speakers spanning a variety of industry sectors, senior Hitachi executives from both Japan and the U.S. provided insight into how the Social Innovation Business was poised to create new value, increased efficiency and improve the quality of life for people around the world. The Social Innovation Business is driven by a desire to find and develop innovative, inclusive and sustainable ways of doing things. 

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    By Hitachi August 3rd 2015
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    • This Energy Storage Container Helps Keep the Lights On

      This Energy Storage Container Helps Keep the Lights On

      The good news is that renewable energy sources like solar and wind power are now contributing to the electrical grids in many countries. The difficulty with these sources, however, is that they are dependent on the weather, and this can make the power grid unstable. In order to avoid negative consequences like power outages, it is very important to have a reliable energy storage system on hand to regulate the grid. Hitachi has developed a 1-MW container-type energy storage system and this integrated unit is optimized for frequency regulation.

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      By Hitachi August 20th 2015
    • New Computer Can Quickly Solve Combinatorial Optimization Problems

      New Computer Can Quickly Solve Combinatorial Optimization Problems*

      Finding combinations that offer total optimization is essential to solving large, complex social system issues, such as relieving urban traffic congestion, minimizing global logistics costs, and ensuring a stable energy supply with a next-generation power grid. A new computer prototype developed by Hitachi has capability comparable to a quantum computer and is able to quickly solve combinatorial optimization problems to find the best solution from a vast number of patterns (combinations) on the order of 1 trillion to the 500th power. Because the computer uses general-purpose semiconductors, it can also operate at room temperature without the cooling system quantum computers require.

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      By Hitachi August 12th 2015
    • The Biggest Project in UK’s Rail History is Underway

      The Biggest Project in UK’s Rail History is Underway

      In the intensely competitive railway market, Hitachi has been awarded the contract to manufacture and maintain high-speed trains for the new Intercity Express Programme (IEP) in the UK, the birthplace of railways. Large-scale railway projects like the IEP are becoming increasingly important in many countries. One reason is because trains are easier on the environment than other forms of transport, and they are able to safely and efficiently move large numbers of people and goods from place to place. The IEP is the biggest project in UK’s railway history. Hitachi’s Class 800/801 trains evolved from the concept of the “A-Train*.” The new trains are scalable and flexible enough to respond to fluctuating numbers of passengers, and they are able to run on mixed infrastructure, including non-electrified sections and older platforms and bridges. They also meet the stringent safety requirements of the EU and other standards.

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      By Hitachi July 31st 2015
    • A Day of Insightful Discussion at the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum in London

      A Day of Insightful Discussion at the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum in London

      On June 17, 2015, Hitachi and Frost & Sullivan held a lively Social Innovation Forum at the Royal Garden Hotel Kensington, London. Attracting over 150 leaders from industry, business and academia, the forum was a day filled with spirited debate, round-table discussions and noted speakers such as Joe Mitten, Special Advisor to the Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise; David Rowan, Editor of Wired; Dr. Martin Kohn, Chief Medical Scientist at Jointly Health and Klaus Dieter Rennert, Chief Executive for EMEA-CIS, Hitachi, Ltd. 

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      By Hitachi July 30th 2015
    • Welcome to the 21st Century: England and Wales Invest in Tech and Trains

      Welcome to the 21st Century: England and Wales Invest in Tech and Trains

      The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, has announced that by the year 2017, all trains in England and Wales will have free WiFi. He told Members of Parliament that this step is necessary to accommodate those who conduct regular business on trains. At a cost of £50 million, the free WiFi will cover more than 500 million journeys per year. This incentive is part of a bigger plan to ensure the UK has a railway that is fit for the 21st century.

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    • Everybody Wins By Lining the UK Railways with Solar Panels

      Everybody Wins By Lining the UK Railways with Solar Panels

      Installing solar photovoltaic panels alongside railway tracks in the UK could have a significant effect on the environment and save millions of pounds per year. Close to 895,000 tons of carbon could be reduced annually, along with a savings of £30 million. If only half the trackside land was lined with solar panels, about 40% of the electricity generated by Network Rail could be produced. This would mean big energy savings. And although it would be relatively expensive to install, this is the kind of project that would be very attractive to third-party investors.

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