Overview of ALCA

Advanced Low Carbon Technology Research and Development Program (ALCA) is a project launched in 2010 with the aim of promoting competitive research and development of promising technologies for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions based on new scientific and technological findings, thereby resulting in achievements that lead successfully toward green innovations.


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As increases in greenhouse gas emissions have become a global issue, Japan has been addressing the issue with the policy of "developing innovative technologies against global warming and encouraging their worldwide popularization". Under this policy, we promote ALCA, through which we attempt to solve both issues of energy and greenhouse gas emissions at the same time.

At ALCA, we have traditionally adopted a bottom-up research and development approach where we encourage individual researchers to submit project proposals.However, as we operate under this system, we have come to strongly recognize the need to promote the "top-down research and development approach with predetermined target products and systems that enhance the probability of achieving a low carbon society", in addition to the "bottom-up approach encouraging researchers' freewheeling thinking".

In 2012, "Next Generation Batteries" were recommended by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI) joint panel as a collaborative theme that:

  1. will have a significant impact on the economy and society of our country,
  2. will involve high risk and require long-term effort before practical application and commercialization, and
  3. our country has an advantage and can contribute to the rest of the world.

In reaction to this recommendation, we at ALCA-SPRING have been pursuing research on next generation secondary batteries as teams, while at the same time providing our research findings to government ministries in a cross-departmental manner in order to accelerate the implementation of our findings.We have already begun to transfer our findings to the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) under METI. With regard to our intellectual property, which is an important issue in transferring our findings, our System Research and Strategy Review Team has been holding both open and closed discussions on our patent strategies.

Through these efforts, we will continue to operate our projects that will hopefully contribute to our country and ultimately to the world. We appreciate your continued support.

ALCA Program Director: Kazuhito Hashimoto

ALCA Operating Structure

Please refer to »the ALCA website for more details.

Program Director (PD)

Kazuhito Hashimoto

Advanced Low Carbon Technology Research and Development Project Promotion Committee

  • Chaired by the Program Director and consists of Program Officers and external experts and professionals.
  • Responsible for discussing important matters regarding the operation of ALCA, including determining the technological areas, selecting candidate projects, and deciding the continuation of projects based on the stage-gate evaluations.
  • Sectional Committees headed by respective Program Officers are set up under the Promotion Committee.
Program Officer (PO)
Project Title

Special Priority Research Areas

Kohei Uosaki
Yoshiharu Doi
White Biotechnology

ALCA Enabling Tech. Projects (Starting in year 2015)

Shigehito Deki
Next-Generation Smart Communities
Hiroyuki Ohsaki
Superconducting Electric Power Equipment Using Liquid Hydrogen Cooling
Kohmei Halada
New Heat Resistant Materials for Next-Generation Thermal Power Plants with Less CO2 Emission
Kohmei Halada
Innovative Light-Weight Materials for the Energy-Efficient Society
Akihiko Kondo
Production of Effective Biomass Materials with Bioresource Technology
Yoshiharu Doi
Highly Efficient Production Process for Biomass-Based Chemicals and Polymers
Kenji Taniguchi
High-Quality and Large-Diameter GaN Wafer

Innovative Technology Area

Atsuhiro Osuka
Solar Cell and Solar Energy Systems
Hiroyuki Ohsaki
Superconducting Systems
Tetsuya Osaka
Electric Storage Devices
Kohmei Halada
Ultra Heat-Resistant Materials and High Quality Recyclable Steel
Akihiko Kondo
Takashi Tatsumi
Innovative Energy-Saving and Energy-Producing Chemical Processes
Kenji Taniguchi
Innovative Energy-Saving and Energy-Producing Systems and Devices