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NEDO Technology Development Fields(Energy Conservation and Environment)

Energy Conservation and Environment

Energy conservation technologies

Innovative energy conservation technologies, unutilized thermal energy, high-efficiency thermal power generation, carbon capture, effective use and sequestration, and environmentally-friendly steel production processes

  • Real-grid operation of high-temperature superconducting cables of photo
    Real-grid operation of high-temperature superconducting cables

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's "Long-Term Energy Supply and Demand Outlook" requires extensive energy conservation that will reduce energy consumption to 50.3 million kiloliters of crude oil equivalent by 2030.NEDO is therefore conducting technology research and development to further enhance Japan's energy conservation systems. This entails supporting research and development on innovative technologies including thermal management materials and technologies, high-temperature superconductivity,and others.

  • Demonstration facilities for oxygen-blown IGCC (Osaki CoolGen Project) of photo
    Demonstration facilities for oxygen-blown IGCC (Osaki CoolGen Project)

Use of fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas has a problem in that they emit more carbon dioxide (CO2) than other energy sources. NEDO is working to develop high-effi ciency thermal power generation technology and steel production technology using hydrogen in order to reduce CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. By using these technologies together with CO2 capture,utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies, further reductions in CO2 emissions are expected.

Environment and resource conservation technology

3R, fluorocarbon countermeasures, and water circulation

  • Showcases using non-fluorocarbon refrigerants of photo
    Showcases using non-fluorocarbon refrigerants
  • Environmentally-friendly waste oil recycling system demonstration plant (Indonesia) of photo
    Environmentally-friendly waste oil recycling system demonstration plant (Indonesia)

In the field of en­vi­ron­ment and re­source con­ser­va­tion technology, NEDO aims to build an effective system for recycling metals through urban mining. In addition, NEDO hopes to accelerate the reuse of resources throughout the world.

Hydro­fluoro­carbon (HFC) green­house gas e­mis­sions are ex­pected to increase in the future. NEDO is com­mit­ted to reducing green­house gas e­mis­sions by developing technologies that accelerate the transition away from refrigeration and air conditioning equipment that use HFC refrigerants to those that use refrigerants which do not contribute significantly to the greenhouse effect. In addition, NEDO is working to demonstrate Japan's water treatment technologies and systems, such as energy-saving and low environmental impact water circulation systems and seawater desalination technology, overseas. NEDO is striving to strengthen the international competitiveness of Japan's water-related industries.

Last Updated : July 22, 2019