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MAR
05
2020

Responding to COVID-19

A statement from EKO Instruments President, Toshikazu Hasegawa


On the 26th of February, EKO Instruments Japan were due to begin exhibiting at Smart Energy Week 2020; ...

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FEB
13
2020

EKO Instruments Pledge to Cut Bad Plastics

PRESS RELEASE: 

2022 Challenge to phase out all single-use plastics

EKO Instruments Co., Ltd (Tokyo, Japan) have issued a public pledge to phase out all possible single-use, ...

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FEB
10
2020

Kogakuin University Complete the World Solar Car Challenge 2019

Supported by EKO Instruments

EKO Instruments Co., Ltd. supported Kogakuin University at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019 (BWSC 2019) in Australia, held from the 13th to the 20th of October 2019, with a set of EKO designed and manufactured Pyranometers.

The Bridgestone World Solar Car Challenge (BWSC) is one of the toughest races in the world. Held every two years since 1987, the 2019 event saw 44 teams from 21 countries attempt to travel 3,000km (about 1900 miles) in intense conditions across Australia, from Darwin to Adelaide, in solar-powered vehicles.

Despite crashing twice due to adverse weather conditions and strong winds, the Kogakuin University team finished in 5th and won the ‘CSIRO Technical Innovation Award’ for their unique hydro-pneumatic suspension system; the first time that such technology has been applied to solar-powered vehicles.

 

Why does a Solar Powered Car need Pyranometers?

A solar-powered car has only one source of power, the sun. To stand a chance of finishing, let alone winning, the BWSC teams must optimise energy management in their vehicles. In other words, they need to know precisely how much energy they are generating and using during the race. Measuring solar radiation and checking weather conditions via satellite data helps them to calculate how much energy will be generated.

At BWSC 2019 the Kogakuin University Solar Team used two EKO pyranometers; one installed on the accompanying ‘Scout car’ driving 200 to 300km ahead of the race car, and another on the ‘Strategy car’ driving close behind.

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JAN
23
2020

Benefits of A Single Dome in A Secondary-Standard Pyranometer

 

It’s true that two of anything is almost always better than one. From double glazed windows, through 2-ply tissues, and ‘Buy One Get One Free’ special offers; ...

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JAN
10
2020

What is Bifacial PV?

Why is it Gaining Momentum?

Bifacial Photovoltaic (PV) modules have nothing to do with face creams, skincare, or tanning; and everything to do with the future of ...

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DEC
09
2019

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2020 is shaping up to be a big year in Japan with the upcoming Tokyo Olympics already driving major advances in technology, and workstyles across both industry ...

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JUN
17
2020

Intersolar EUROPE

Messe München exhibition center
Munich - Germany
17 - 19 June 2020
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JUN
11
2020

ASEAN SUSTAINABLE ENERGY WEEK

BITEC
Bangkok - Thailand
11 - 13 June 2020
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APR
07
2020

Solar Asset Management - North America

Oakland Marriott City Center
Oakland, CA - United States
07 - 08 April 2020
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FEB
26
2020

PV & Wind Expo 2020

Tokyo Big Sight, South / West Exhibition Building
Tokyo - Japan
26 - 28 February 2020
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JAN
29
2020

Nanotech 2020

Tokyo Big Sight, West / South Halls & Conferences Tower
Tokyo - Japan
29 - 31 January 2020
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JAN
13
2020

World Future Energy Summit (WFES)

ADNEC
Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
13 - 16 January 2020
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