Horizon Nuclear Power acquired by Hitachi for £696 million

Hitachi Inspire the Next

Hitachi to build 6 GigaWatt of nuclear power in UK

E.ON and RWE to withdraw, Chinese consortium lost bid

In tune with Germany’s “Energiewende”, E.ON and RWE npower decided to sell Horizon Nuclear Power.

On October 29, 2012 Hitachi Ltd (株式会社日立製作所) announced the agreement to acquire Horizon Nuclear Power for £696 million (approx. US$ 1 billion), and the purchase was completed on November 26, 2012.

One of the bidders was a joint venture between China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group and China National Nuclear Corporation, however dropped out of the competition.

Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) will reportedly be undertaken by a joint venture of Hitachi Ltd (株式会社日立製作所), Babcock, Rolls-Royce, and SNC-Lavalin Group.

UK is planning to invest £110 billion to replace existing nuclear power stations with modern designs.

Horizon Nuclear Power

Horizon Nuclear Power was founded in 2009 as a joint venture between E.ON and RWE npower with the plan to build a nuclear power station with 6 GigaWatt capacity on a site close to the Oldbury and Wylfa nuclear power stations.

Wylfa nuclear power station is located near Wylfa Newydd (Isle of Anglesey) and can be found here on Google-Maps.

Oldbury nuclear power station is located about 23 miles from Bristol (UK), Oldbury (South Gloucestershire, on the banks of the Severn Estuary), and can be found here on Google-Maps.

Horizon Nuclear Power plans:

  • Wylfa Newydd (Isle of Anglesey): two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (WBWRs) planned delivering 2.7 GigaWatt
  • Oldbury (South Gloucestershire): 2.7 GigaWatt planned

Hitachi Ltd (株式会社日立製作所)

Hitachi Ltd (株式会社日立製作所) aims to grow its nuclear business to YEN 360 billion/year (approx US$ 3 billion) by 2021.

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Aquafadas SAS acquired by Rakuten via e-reader company Kobo

Rakuten 楽天

Kobo acquires French digital publishing tool company Aquafadas

Rakuten acquired e-reader manufacturer Kobo

Rakuten acquired 100% of e-reader manufacturer Kobo for US$ 315 million in cash in January 2012.

Kobo announced the acquisition of French digital publishing company Aquafadas on October 10, 2012.

Aquafadas

http://www.aquafadas.com was founded in Montpeller in 2004 by Matthieu Kopp (CTO) and Claudia Zimmer (CEO). Today headquarters are located in the Montpellier International Business Incubator’s (MIBI).

“Aquafadas” is the combination of “Aqua”, the name for Apple OSX’ graphical user interface and “fada”, which is the goddess of inspiration (Muse) in Occitan (the original language used in the Provence).

Tools include:

  • InDesign Authoring: publishing customer mobile apps for iOS and Android using Adobe InDesign
  • Cloud Authoring: conversion of print to interactive mobile apps, e-books and web applications
  • CreativeFlow: creating of digital magazine apps
  • ConversionFlow: importing print documents to smartphones, tablets and web
  • Aquafadas Viewer
  • AppFactory
  • ComicComposer
  • Cloud Connect
  • App Marketing Tools
  • SDK Packages

Desktop apps include:

  • MotionComposer
  • BannerZest
  • PulpMotion
  • KidsMotion
  • SnapFlow
  • iDive
  • Videopier

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Hitachi “inspire the next” Europe opens Rail Research Centre (ERRC)

Hitachi Inspire the Next

European Rail Research Centre (ERRC) to focus on rolling stock design, manufacturing, maintenance and traffic management systems

ERCC will be part of Hitachi Europe’s Transportation Energy & Environment Research Laboratory

Hitachi “inspire the next” announced on October 10, 2012 the opening of the new European Rail Research Centre (ERRC) in London, to support Hitachi’s many rail projects in Europe and globally.

Hitachi’s new European Rail Research Centre (ERRC) will conduct research into:

  • rolling stock design
  • manufacturing
  • maintenance
  • traffic management systems

Hitachi Rail Europe recent orders

  • UK Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme (IEP): 225 km/h Super Express Trains (SETs) to be financed, supplied and maintained by Agility Trains. Total number of trains: 122 trains
  • UK Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (“Network Rail”): prototype Traffic Management System

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