Friday, July 16, 2010
No. 104: Mitsui and Omron jointly mass produces a new storage system (July 17, 2010)
Mitsui, one of Japan’s largest general trading companies, and Omron, one of leading electric device makers, will mass produce the new large power storage system through the subsidiary they jointly founded. Toyota and GE decided to introduce the new system called electric double layer capacitor. The capacitor of this system has smaller capacity than the secondary battery, but it allows for quick charge and lasts long. It helps to increase energy efficiency by 30-40% should it be used for the power source of cranes and automated guided vehicles inside the plant. Toyota decided to introduce it to the production system inside the plant, while GE decided to use it as the power sources of its environment-friendly products. The storage system that can store power enjoys rapidly growing demand because it allows for efficient energy utilization and leads to reduced environment load. The subsidiary plans to achieve sales of five billion yen by 2015.