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Effect of Cool Airflow On Comfort: More Than Just A Feeling

Effect of cool airflow on comfort more than just a feeling study uses both subjective and physiological measurements to show the influence of cooling airflow direction on comfort could improving comfort and productivity be as simple as changing the direction of your air conditioner vents during the summer?  Using a series of physiological measurements, a new study from researchers at Kyushu University provides new experimental evidence that this just might be the case. The flow of air in a room is known to influence comfort, but evaluations have so far been primarily based on assessments of feelings that are subjective, which can lead to discrepancies,” explains Tsuyoshi Okamoto, associate professor at Kyushu University’s Faculty of Arts and Science and leader of the new study in PLOS ONE. “In our study, we combined subjective assessments with physiological measurements of things such as heart rate and brain activity to obtain a more…

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MHI’s Spirit of Monozukuri

The spirit of Monozukuri sits at the heart of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group and is evident through the ideation and commitment to research, developing and producing innovative products. It’s a philosophy adopted across all MHI business globally and is apparent in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd’s (MHIAA) dedication in supplying award winning air conditioning products to the Australian and New Zealand market. The art of Monozukuri originated in Japan as far back as 2000BC. Whilst Monozukuri is rooted in the art of manufacturing, in contemporary times the idea heavily influences science and engineering, fueling scientific and technological innovation. Today, Monozukuri in Japan is the driving principle that drives design innovation that conforms the output of any successful manufacturing companies. Monozukuri is a compound word; mono, meaning product, item, or thing, and zukuri, which is the process of making. It is both a concept and a mindset…

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MHI Technology Shows Potential to Remove and Deactivate Novel Coronavirus

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, Ltd. (MHI Thermal Systems), owner of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioning Europe, Ltd., have confirmed its latest proprietary air purification technology has the ability to remove and inactivate the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The latest technology includes a proprietary air purification and an enzyme-urea formulation processor that exposes cells to UV-C LED (ultraviolet-C light-emitting diode) radiation to remove and inactivate airborne viruses. Holding the potential to remove and inactivate airborne viruses with a unique air filer trapping innovation. The results show the ability to control the novel coronavirus by air purification – marking a significant step towards MHI Thermal Systems tackling the worldwide pandemic with its expert technology. Tests also confirm efficacy in removing and inactivating traces of the coronavirus through commissioned research from the Satoshi Omura Memorial Institute of Kitasato University, led by Professor Kazauhiko Katayama. Before launching to its worldwide markets, MHI Thermal Systems will…

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From Food Stalls to Factories: The Concept of Yatai In Action

In today’s fast-moving world, flexibility is key for business success. And when it comes to finding agile ways of working, inspiration can come from the strangest places. The word “Yatai” describes the highly mobile street food stalls often found in clusters in Japan. It is also used to describe an agile system of factory workstations. These highly-mobile units embody the idea of flexibility, allowing manufacturers to quickly react to sudden changes or events in the global marketplace. Watch this short video to see how embracing the concept of Yatai is the key to flexible manufacturing. To learn more click here.

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MHI Receives 2020 Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Commissioner’s Award

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Thermal Systems, Ltd. (MHI Thermal Systems), a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has won an Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Commissioner’s Award (Energy Savings Sector) in the “Product & Business Model” category at the 2020 Energy Conservation Grand Prize Awards sponsored by the Energy Conservation Center, Japan (ECCJ). This award was presented for the MSV2 series of air-cooled heat pump chillers(Note1) in recognition of its industry-leading coefficient of performance (COP)(Note2) achieved through a combination of the newly developed “e-3D scroll” compressor and other proprietary technologies. The awards ceremony will be held on January 27. The MSV2 series comprises four models ranging from 40 to 70 horsepower (hp). These units incorporate the “e-3D scroll” compressor, a more advanced version of the “3D scroll” compressor that compresses the refrigerant from all directions. Modification to the scroll shape, from a step to a slope, has significantly reduced…

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MHI to Invest in Green Hydrogen & Green Ammonia in South Australia

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has agreed to make a capital investment in H2U Investments, the holding entity of the H2U Group. The H2U Group includes The Hydrogen Utility (H2U), the leading Australian developer of green hydrogen and green ammonia projects using power derived from renewable energy sources. The agreement also includes MHI’s support for H2U’s projects and business development initiatives, including supporting the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) study for H2U’s Eyre Peninsula GatewayTM project in South Australia. South Australia has a rich endowment of wind and solar resources, and is now the leading economy, globally, in the integration of variable renewable energy into its electricity generation mix. By leveraging abundant renewable energy resources in the region to produce green hydrogen and green ammonia as part of the State’s carbon-free energy solutions, the initiatives will help decarbonize mineral processing and agricultural industries in the region, and lay the foundation to…

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MHI Opens New Development and Testing Facility for Commercial-Use Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Systems

MHI Thermal Systems, Ltd., a part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, has completed construction of a new development and testing facility for commercial-use air conditioning & refrigeration systems at its Biwajima Works (Kiyosu City, Aichi Prefecture), the core research and development facility among centres throughout the world. The completion ceremony was held today. The establishment of this new facility, together with its existing development and testing centre, will accelerate development and commercialization of commercial-use air conditioning & refrigeration systems in global markets. MHI Thermal Systems is also expanding its development and testing facilities such as in Thailand, enhancing its development capabilities worldwide. The new development and testing facility at the Biwajima Works is a two-story building with 2,155m2 of total floor area. It is equipped with various types of testing rooms for commercial-use, high-capacity systems able to handle different weather conditions, environmental regulations, and other variables in countries around the…

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MHI Group Receives EcoVadis Silver Rating for Overall Sustainability Second Year In A Row

For the second consecutive year, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has been awarded a Silver rating for overall sustainability from EcoVadis, the independent French platform that regularly assesses corporate supply chains. At a time when pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has become a global focus of universal concern, EcoVadis gave high marks to MHI Group for its initiatives in promoting sustainability throughout its supply chain in all four criteria categories: Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics, and Sustainable Procurement. In receiving a Silver rating, which is second only to Gold, MHI Group places within the top 24% of all companies evaluated by EcoVadis. Among manufacturers of general-purpose machinery, the rating puts MHI Group in the upper 16%. EcoVadis, working through its cloud-based platform, provides buyer companies with evaluative data pertaining to suppliers’ SDGs initiatives. To date, it has evaluated more than 45,000 companies worldwide. Through the years, MHI…

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MHI Group Invests in HydrogenPro, Contributing to Creation of a Sustainable Society

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has made a financial investment in HydrogenPro AS of Norway, a company engaged in the development and manufacture of electrolyzers, devices that produce hydrogen by the process of water electrolysis. MHI subscribed to newly issued shares placed by HydrogenPro in an initial public offering (IPO) undertaken to fund expansion of its business operations. MHI already provides various decarbonisation technologies that allow for a realistic path towards net-zero and will form the strategic partnership with HydrogenPro to further expand its portfolio and provide green hydrogen production plants to the market going forward. HydrogenPro was established in 2013 based in the Norwegian city of Porsgrunn, Telemark County. The history of water electrolysis technology traces back to 1927, when a fertilizer and heavy water plant employing water electrolysis technology was launched in Telemark by Norsk Hydro, a Norwegian state owned conglomerate. HydrogenPro has already developed a 9 megawatt…

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