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Creation of Innovative Technologies to Control Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Research Supervisor
Itaru Yasui
President, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation; Vice Rector Emeritus United Nations University
Year Started


This research area was chosen for the purpose of developing innovative technologies to be used chiefly to reduce CO2 emissions, with roughly twice the efficiency of existing technologies. The resulting technologies are to contribute to halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, which is in line with the proposals of the Japanese Government at Heilingendamn Summit, 2007. The research projects in this Area shall aim to create a low-carbon society, using new concepts and principles to achieve direct or indirect means of CO2 emission reduction, for example, technologies to realize dramatic performance improvements in renewable energy and technologies to dispose CO2 in an innovative manner.
 In specific terms, the research area covers all new energy technologies with the exception of nuclear power. Such technologies include: energy production and storage technologies that can fundamentally improve the efficiency of conventional products, technologies that bring innovative reductions in energy consumption - such as those utilizing new-concept solar cells, CO2 processing technologies, ocean energy and bio-energy technologies. Included also are carbon capture and sequestration technologies on the assumption that fossil fuels will continue to be used. Though the research area concentrates on the supply side of the energy chain, demand-side technologies are also considered to enable enhancement of energy efficiency. Therefore, projects in this area will be accepted if they are innovative and promise high social impact.
 We expect to receive research proposals of fundamental research with definite targets that would bring innovation to the industrial structure and energy infrastructure of future society. When making the proposal, the applicant must provide a quantitative scenario in terms of the expected emission reduction in million tons if the technology concerned is to be commercialized in about 2020 to 2030 or so.

Strategic Sector

Creation of Innovative Technologies Related to Reducing Global warming in an Effort to Realize a Sustainable Society

Research Projects

Year Started : 2010
Research Director Affiliation Research Project
Masahiro Tatsumisago Professor, Osaka Prefecture University Fabrication of All-Solid-State Rechargeable Batteries with Controlled Solid Interfaces
Miho Yamauchi Associate Professor, Hokkaido University Development of Carbon-Neutral Energy Cycle by Highly Selective Catalysis
Takeo Yamaguchi Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology Development of high performance OH ion conducting membrane and fuel cell technology platform for the advancement of novel all solid-state alkaline fuel cells.
Satoshi Yamasaki Principal Research Scientist, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Research for Ultra-Low Loss Power Devices
Year Started : 2009
Research Director Affiliation Research Project
Ken'ichi Ogawa Director, Research Institute for Biological Sciences, Okayama (RIBS Okayama) Innovation and Development of New CO2-Fixation-Promoting Technology for Increasing Bio-Material Production
Akihiko Kondo Professor, Kobe University Development of bioethanol production process from marine algae
Tsuyoshi Tanaka Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture & Technology Biodiesel Production by Marine Microalagae Using Multistoried Cultivation System
Tamotsu Hashizume Professor, Hokkaido University Next-generation power inverter based on interface-controlled GaN high-electron-mobility transistors
Masaru Miyayama Professor, The University of Tokyo Investigation of Protonic Electrochemical Capacitors
Year Started : 2008
Research Director Affiliation Research Project
Yoshiharu Uchimoto Professor, Kyoto University Innovation of s-Block Metal Batteries towards Low-Carbon Societies
Kunihito Koumoto Professor, Nagoya University Development of Highly Efficient Thermoelectric Materials and Systems
Katsumi Kojima Professor, The University of Tokyo Sustainable Production of Woody Biomass in Tropical Peatlands
Keiichi Tomishige Professor, Tohoku University Catalyst Development for Conversion of Wood Biomass to Liquid Fuels Via Gasifi cation
Susumu Yoshikawa Specially Appointed Professor, Kyoto University Investigation of Highly Effi cient Organic Thin Film Solar Cell
Makoto M. Watanabe Professor, University of Tsukuba Sophisticated Utilization of Alkaliphilic Strains of Oil-producing Green Alga, Botryococcus
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