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Strategic Innovation Program for Energy Conservation Technologies

Project overview

Project period: FY2012 to FY2024, budget: 6.5 billion yen (FY2023) (Including the adopted portion of the next program, "Program to Develop and Promote the Commercialization of Energy Conservation Technologies to Realize a Decarbonized Society.")

In this project, NEDO aims to achieve sustainable energy conservation compatible with economic growth. Focusing on key technologies in the industrial, residential (household and business), transportation, and other sectors as outlined in the "Energy Conservation Technology Strategy, (Available only in Japanese) " NEDO provides seamless support for the development of technologies that are expected to have a significant energy-saving effect by 2030, leading to their commercialization.

■ Scheme overview

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    Scheme Overview Diagram

Research and Development

Phase for
Research and Development
Basic scheme Theme-based Scheme
for Business Collaboration
Incubating Research and Development Developing Practical Application Developing Verification
Project period Within two years Within three years Within three years Within five years
Maximum Cost on
Technological Development (*)
(subsidy rate)
20 million yen per project per year
(NEDO burden ratio: 2/3)
300 million yen per project per year
(2/3 or 1/2)
1 billion yen per project
(1/2 or 1/3)
1 billion yen per project
Overview Conduct preliminary research for developing practical application and verification to establish specific methods for addressing challenges, clarify the prospects for commercialization, and formulate development and implementation scenarios. Technology development that utilizes existing technologies, know-how, and other relevant assets owned by companies, universities, and similar entities as a basis to achieve applications and adaptations contributing to energy conservation. Projects under this category generally aim for commercialization within 3 years after the completion of the development. Technical development focused on overcoming obstacles hindering commercialization and acquiring verification data that facilitates more reliable commercialization. Projects under this category generally aim for prompt commercialization after the completion of development. Development of unified evaluation methods for innovative technologies development and new technologies aimed at addressing common challenges within an industry and challenges spanning different industries. This involves collaboration and cooperation among multiple entities to set themes (technologies development challenges) that should be addressed collectively. The goal is to achieve energy savings through the practical implementation and widespread adoption of the developed technologies. Projects under this category generally aim for commercialization within three years after completion of development.

* The maximum cost on technological development is the total annual project cost (the NEDO subsidy amount + the amount paid by the implementer).

Adoption results

In this project, NEDO supports the development of a wide range of energy-saving technologies. In the industrial sector, this includes technologies for energy-efficient manufacturing processes, energy-saving systems, processing technologies, and acceleration technologies for energy-efficient products. The residential and commercial sectors focus on Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB) and Zero Energy Houses (ZEH), energy-efficient information equipment and systems, and comfortable and energy-efficient human factors. In the transportation sector, the emphasis is on next-generation vehicles, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), and Smart Logistics Systems. In the energy conversion and supply sector, NEDO focuses on high-efficiency thermal power generation, next-generation power distribution technologies, Cogeneration, and heat utilization systems. As cross-sectoral technologies, NEDO supports innovative energy management technologies, power electronics, next-generation heat pump systems, and more.

Results Examples

(1) News Release

Release date Grantor Title (Available only in Japanese)
Nov 1 ,2022 Microwave Chemical Co The first large-scale, versatile verification facility for chemical recycling technology using microwaves has been completed in Japan.
― Contributing to the realization of a circular economy through the recycling of waste plastics ―
Jun 21, 2022 Panasonic Holdings Corporation Developed heat-resistant nano solder bonding material (new solder) that can be bonded at low temperatures, with a heat resistance of up to 200°C
― Widely applicable in the assembly process of power devices to promote energy conservation ―
May 31, 2022 Hirotec Developed a new high-strength direct bonding technology for fluoro resin and metal
― Contribution to energy conservation through improved efficiency in the transportation of soil and other materials in the civil and construction industries ―
Mar 14, 2022 Novel Crystal Technology, Inc. Third-generation gallium-oxide 100-mm epitaxial wafer with ten times fewer killer defects
Mar 1, 2022 Nippon Sanso Holdings Corporation World's first success in depositing gallium oxide on a 6-inch wafer using the HVPE (Hydride Vapor Phase Epitaxy) method
Feb 21, 2022 SteraVision World's first development of a solid-state LiDAR for autonomous driving with no moving parts
Feb 1, 2022 Asahidenka Research Institute
Successful development of thin and compact new electronic components using MEMS technology
Dec 24, 2021 Novel Crystal Technology, Inc. The world's first ampere-class 1200-V breakdown-voltage gallium oxide Schottky barrier diode
Dec 6, 2021 SWCC Showa Cable Systems Co., Ltd. The World’s First Verification Test to Install a Tri-axial Superconducting Cable System into a Commercial Plant Grid Completed
Nov 19, 2021 Japan Steel Works
Mitsubishi Chemical Group
Confirmation of the growth of 4-inch GaN crystals in the world's largest GaN substrate manufacturing verification facility
Jul 15, 2021 DIC Corporation Developed carbon fiber-reinforced prepreg sheets, achieving the world's fastest curing time and storage at room temperature
Jun 17, 2021 Takasago Chemical Kakegawa Plant
Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma
Konica Minolta
Yokogawa Co-innovating tomorrow
TEC Project Services Corporation
Taisei Corporation
Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha
Commenced practical application of pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities using batch continuous production methods
-Launch of Verification Experiment for the Realization of Smart Buildings-
May 19, 2021 Takenaka Corporation Developed new features for a data platform utilizing big data and AI
-Launch of Verification Experiment for the Realization of Smart Buildings-
News releases before FY2020 can be found here

(Available only in Japanese)

Release date Grantor Title (Available only in Japanese)
Nov 11, 2020 SWCC Showa Cable Systems Co., Ltd. World's first: Installed a three-phase coaxial superconducting cable in a private plant
Jan 27, 2020 Sustainable Engine Research Center Co., Ltd. Achieved world-class ultra-high output operation with a cogeneration gas engine
Jul 25, 2019 Takasago Thermal Engineering Co., Ltd.
TEPCO Energy Partner, Incorporated
Commenced full-scale verification testing of a heat storage system that utilizes waste heat below 100°C
Jun 12, 2019 SWCC Showa Cable Systems Co., Ltd. World's first: Commencement of verification testing for three-phase coaxial superconducting cables in a private plant
Mar 14, 2019 Toray Industries Development of the world's first waterless offset printing press for flexible packaging
Jan 29, 2019 Denso Wave The world's first basic evaluation test of the "Aircraft Departure Delay Suppression System" conducted at an airport
Jan 28, 2019 INOAC Developed a mass production process for high-performance composite thermal insulation material with high flexibility, moldability, and processability
Jan 15, 2019 Toray Industries Developed an innovative heat-insulating film that combines high transparency with the world's highest level of heat insulation
Mar 22, 2018 Kawasaki Heavy Industries Developed a 30MW-class high-efficiency gas turbine with the world's highest level of high-speed load responsiveness. Sales as a combined cycle power generation plant started in March
Oct 21, 2016 Gigaphoton Demonstrated the world's highest emission efficiency of 5% with an EUV pilot light source, significantly advancing the realization of state-of-the-art semiconductor manufacturing lines
Oct 20, 2016 ASTER Developed mass production technology for an innovative, high-density, energy-efficient coil with a copper wire packing density of 90% or more, contributing to the downsizing and high output of various motors
Jun 3, 2015 Obayashi Corporation Added blind control function to the lighting environment control system using brightness perception index
—Achieving improved comfort and energy savings through integrated control of blinds and lighting
Oct 7, 2014 Shikoku Instrumentation Co., Ltd. Developed energy-efficient LED lighting with ultra-high brightness and large luminous flux
—Achieving over 53% energy savings compared to HID lamps
Aug 6, 2014 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Developed a high-efficiency gas engine in the 2,000 kW class
—World-class efficiency verification through demonstration power generation tests starting from September

(2) NEDO Channel (Theme introduction through videos)

Available only in Japanese

Basic information

Technical field Energy conservation
Cross-sectoral proposal-based activities
Project code P12004
Department in charge Energy Conservation Technology Department (TEL: +81-44-520-5180)

Last Updated : December 15, 2023