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About NEDO

Japan has a unique technological capability

Following the two oil crises of the 1970s, the need for energy diversification increased. Against this backdrop, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) was established as a semi-governmental organization in 1980 to promote the development and introduction of new energy technologies. Research and development of industrial technology was later added, and today NEDO is active in a wide variety of areas as one of the largest public research and development management organizations in Japan.

NEDO’s Missions

NEDO plays an important part in Japan's economic and industrial policies as one of the largest public research and development management organizations. It has two basic missions: addressing energy and global environmental problems, and enhancing industrial technology.

■ Addressing energy and global environmental problems

NEDO actively undertakes the development of new energy (e.g., photovoltaic, wind power, biomass and waste, geothermal power, thermal utilization, and fuel cells) and energy conservation technologies. It also conducts research to verify technical results. Through these efforts, NEDO promotes greater utilization of new energy and improved energy conservation. NEDO also contributes to a stable energy supply and the resolution of global environmental problems by promoting the demonstration of new energy, energy conservation, and environmental technologies abroad based on knowledge obtained from domestic projects.

■ Enhancing industrial technology

With the aim of raising the level of industrial technology, NEDO pursues research and development of advanced new technology. Drawing on its considerable management know-how, NEDO carries out projects to explore future technology seeds as well as mid- to long-term projects that form the basis of industrial development. It also supports research related to practical application.

History of NEDO

  1974 Japan's long-term Sunshine Project to develop new energy technologies started
  1978 Long-term Moonlight Project to develop energy conservation technologies started
October 1980 New Energy Development Organization established under the Law Concerning the Promotion of the Development and Introduction of Alternative Energy
  1982 Alcohol production business activities transferred from the government
October 1988 Industrial technology research and development added; name changed to New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization
  1993 New Sunshine Project started
  1996 Coal Mine Damage Agency integrated; coal mine damage compensation program added
  2001 Based on the abolition of the Alcohol Monopoly Law, alcohol sales operations added
October 2003 Incorporated Administrative Agency New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization established under the Act on the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization
  2006 Alcohol production and sales operations transferred to a special corporation; Kyoto Mechanism Credit Acquisition Program added
  2007 Coal mine damage recovery transitional operation completed
April 2015 Redesignated and renamed National Research and Development Agency New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization to reflect the enforcement of a partial amendment of the Act on General Rules for Incorporated Administrative Agencies and the Act on the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization
  2016 Kyoto Mechanisms Credit Acquisition Program Discontinued

Positioning of NEDO

Positioning of NEDO

Last Updated : August 23, 2016