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Department of Energy and Environment

Promoting green innovation

To promote green innovation, AIST is developing technologies for increased use of alternative energy technologies, such as renewable energy sources that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (energy creation), high-density storage of energy (energy storage), highly efficient conversion and use of energy (energy saving), effective utilization of energy resources, and evaluation and reduction of environmental risks.

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New Research Results

Demonstration of a Hydrogen Supply Chain and a Hydrogen Co-firing Engine Generator System

AIST has demonstrated supply chain technology for producing hydrogen using renewable energy power promoted by Fukushima Prefecture, chemically converting into methylcyclohexane (MCH), a hydrogen energy carrier, storing and transporting it, and generating power with a hydrogen co-firing engine generator system.

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The hydrogen supply chain of Fukushima Prefecture

Development of Standard Reference Module with High Durability and Reliability for Thermoelectric Power Generation Tests

AIST, TherMAT, and NEDO have developed a thermoelectric power generation module that uses nickel alloys with excellent mechanical durability. The module is stable with respect to repeated tests and long-term tests and can be used as a standard reference module for thermoelectric power generation tests.

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(a) The developed thermoelectric power generation module that uses nickel alloys
(b) Evaluation of power generation characteristics of the developed module using testing equipment of AIST

Research Unit

Open Innovation Laboratory

Since FY 2016, as a part of the “Open Innovation Arena concept” promoted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), AIST has created the concept of “open innovation laboratories” (OILs), collaborative research bases located on university campuses, and has been engaged in their provision. We are planning to establish more than ten OILs by FY 2020.

AIST will merge the basic research carried out at universities, etc. with AISTʼs goal-oriented basic research and applied technology development, and will promote bridging research and evelopment and industry by the establishment of OILs.


Cooperative Research Laboratories

In order to conduct research and development more closely related to strategies of companies, we have established collaborative research laboratories, bearing partner company names.

Partner companies provide their researchers and funding, and AIST provides research resources, such as its researchers, research facilities, and intellectual property. The loaned researchers of companies and AIST researchers jointly conduct research and development.

By setting up cooperative research laboratories, we will accelerate the commercialization of our goal-oriented basic research and application research with partner companies.

  • Shimizu-AIST Zero Emission Hydrogen town Cooperative Research Laboratory

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