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Celebrating the Opening of an Intensive Research Institute for Urban Mining: CEDEST

June 21, 2018

As part of a NEDO project, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has established an intensive research institute called CEDEST* within its Tsukuba Center in Ibaraki Prefecture by introducing a series of testing devices for a system that automatically separates the metallic resources contained in waste products. NEDO and AIST held a ceremony on June 20 to celebrate the opening of this facility.

CEDEST aims to make effective use of "urban mines" (i.e., waste products such as electric and electronic appliances) as artificial resources by pursuing the concentrated development and construction of the world's first automated and autonomous recycling plants.

At the ceremony, NEDO Executive Director Mr. Shoji Kukita and AIST Executive Director Mr. Tetsuhiko Kobayashi both delivered addresses. NEDO will continue to promote the development of innovative fundamental technologies that are designed to facilitate low-cost recycling that is highly efficient with the aim of making effective use of the rare metals and other metallic resources contained in small appliances and other waste products.

* CEDEST: Center for Developing Separation Technology

  • Photo of NEDO Executive Director Mr. Shoji Kukita speaking at the opening press conference
    NEDO Executive Director Mr. Shoji Kukita speaking at the opening press conference
  • Photo of AIST Executive Director Mr. Tetsuhiko Kobayashi speaking at the press conference
    AIST Executive Director
    Mr. Tetsuhiko Kobayashi
  • Photo of the press conference
    CEDEST's opening press conference