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Kobe city quarter: hydrogen only for 2 days, a next step towards Japan’s „hydrogen society“

On April 19th and 20th, hydrogen was used as the only fuel to provide 2800 kW of heat and 1100 kW of electricity to the two facilities of Kobe Port Island central civic hospital, to Port Island sports center, and to Kobe International Exhibition Hall. The performance of each device and system in actual supply based on hydrogen only operated without problems. Thermoelectric supply by a 1 MW class gas turbine capable of burning hydrogen and natural gas was provided by Obayashi Co. and Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. under a NEDO contract. Japan makes great efforts to establish a „hydrogen-based society“ by about 2030, see Schmid, Nachrichten aus der Chemie, Oktober 2017: „Japan setzt auf Wasserstoff“.

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NEDO news release, April 20, 2018

Smart drones in a 4G LTE network as airborne police: Japan

NEDO, KDDI, Teradrone and SECOM, utilizing a 4 G LTE standard, conducted security experiments on multiple autonomously flying drones in Kanagawa Prefecture and succeeded in remote patrol security. By remote monitoring of camera images installed in the drones from the...

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Dai Nippon Printing: thin and stretchable skin displays

Based on developments at the University of Tokyo (JST ERATO Someya Project*) the company is developing a thin and stretchable skin display which it plans to market within 3 years**. In this device, 16 × 24 px micro light emitting diodes and stretchable wires are...

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Low-pressure ammonia synthesis makes progress

The group around Hideo HOSONO at Tokyo Institute of Technology has succeeded to further optimize a catalyst which permits to produce ammonia from molecular nitrogen and hydrogen at relatively mild conditions (400 C, 0.1 MPa = 1 bar). The best catalyst found so far is...

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Japan revitalisiert seine Seiden-Industrie

Japan hat eine lange Tradition für die Herstellung qualitativ sehr hochwertiger Naturseiden („Japanseide“), die z. B. zur Herstellung von Kimonos verwendet werden. Die japanische Seiden-Industrie, vor allem in den Präfekturen Gunma und Kumamoto beheimatet, erlebte...

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Japans Überalterung wird dramatische Folgen haben…

Die Überalterung der japanischen Gesellschaft wird enorme Auswirkungen auf Industrie, medizinische Versorgung, Pflege usw. haben. Ein von der Chiba University durchgeführtes Projekt erlaubt eine Computer-gestützte Vorschau auf die Folgen des Bevölkerungsrückgangs für...

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Solarenergie für Sensoren und Displays im T-Shirt

Ein Team des RIKEN und der Universität Tokio haben ultradünne organische Solarzellen entwickelt, die sich dehnen und waschen lassen. Eine nur 3 µ dicke Siegelfolie besteht aus einem Thiazolothiazol-/Naphthobisthiadiazol-Halbleitercopolymer, der beidseitig in Parylen...

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NAIST devvelops compact camera for self-diagnosis of retina

The group of Professor Atsushi OTA of the Advanced Science and Technology has presented a compact ocular fundus camaer that allows laymen to take a retina image using NIR light. It is expected to be used as a home healthcare device that can check not only one’s eyes but also detects lifestyle diseases such as hypertension and atherosclerosis. The system combines a high-speed camera that processes 1,000 images per second and a peripheral device that can realize functions and performances far beyond human vision such as controlling car driving. It uses sufficiently strong near-infrared light which does not burden the eye. The black-and-white image obtained by near-infrared light illumination is transformed by a technique which reproduces a color image from 3 near-infrared wavelengths into a retinal image of the eye fundus.

JST news release, June 18, 2018

J-TEC develops autologous CART therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia

With a license from Nagoya University and Shinshu University, J-TEC plans to develop, manufacture and market its own CART for CD19 positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The CART developed uses the piggyBac transposon method, a non-viral vector which introduces the CAR gene into T cells. Because the piggyBac transposon method does not use a virus, manufacturing cost may be reduced because existing facilities can be used.

J-TEC news release, June 21, 2018

Organ Technologies raises 590 million Yen from ITOCHU and Mitsui Co. for R&D on regenerative medicine

Organ Technologies, a spin-out of RIKEN, has received 3d party investment in the framework of open innovation. Organ Technologies is aiming to regenerate hair follicles from mesenchymal stem cells and explores tooth germ and stem cells to regenerate periodontal tissue from iPS cells. In addition, the company has developed a human skin model for research that can be used by cosmetic companies and pharmaceutical companies. The Advanced Skin” consists of a total of six layers, four layers of epidermal tissue including horny and epithelial basal cells, and two layers of dermal tissue with cell densities that mimic the actual dermis.”

Organ Technologies news release, June 20, 2018

NEDO and Toshiba develop world’s largest perovskite solar cell module

The film type module 703 cm2 in size has a conversion efficiency of 11.7. It is flexible and lightweight and can be installed in buildings with low load bearing capacity, e. g., on walls. The consortium now aims at 900 cm2 films which are comparable in size to crystalline silicon solar cells. Ultimately, the aim is to realize solar energy generation cost of 7 yen/kWh by 2030.

NEDO news release, June 18, 2018

NEDO initiates 2nd phase of R&D on improved Li batteries for EV applications

In this project, 23 automobile, accumulator, material manufacturers and 15 universities/public research institutes cooperate to solve bottleneck problems of all solid-state lithium ion batteries, evaluating the characteristics of new materials and mass production processes. The focus will be on all solid-state lithium ion batteries (LIB) using an inorganic solid electrolyte, which have high flame retardancy and stability even if the energy density is increased. There is the feasibility of ultra fast charging in less than 10 minutes.

NEDO news release, June 15, 2018

Tohoku University team develops a flexible, sensitive and highly durable type of robot hand

A team at Tohoku University has developed a bag-type robot hand which can grasp soft and hard objects equally well. Previous bag-like robot hands were able to grasp objects of various shapes, but with sharp objects, they were damaged, broken, and there was a problem in durability. It is expected that this new design will dramatically increases the practical use of flexible robot hands at factories as well as at disaster sites.

JST news release, June 14, 2018

NEDO consortium presents prototype of world’s largest high-speed railway substructures using flame-retardant magnesium alloy

The magnesium alloy used is unique in terms of improved flame retardancy, strength, processability, etc. As magnesium has 30% lower specific gravity than aluminum, it is expected that the weight of vehicle structures will be drastically reduced. The magnesium alloy is an alloy to which calcium is added to a general-purpose magnesium alloy (Mg – Al type alloy) by several %, thereby allowing melting and casting under standard concitions. Ignition temperature is increased by 200 to 300 ° C.

NEDO news release, June 12, 2018

Tokyo Institute of Technology team develops artificial photosynthesis based on common elements

Most highly efficient CO2 reduction photocatalysts that have been developed so far have been made of precious metals such as ruthenium and rhenium (rare metals). The catalyst developed by Profs ISHITANI, MAEDA and ROBERT (Paris) is based on the semiconductor carbon nitride in combination with an iron complex. It efficiently reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon monoxide (CO) in the presence of visible light. Carbon nitride absorbs visible light and drives the movement of electrons from the reducing agent to the iron complex as a catalyst. Using these electrons, the iron complex reduces CO2 to CO. Turnover number in CO generation, external quantum yield, and CO2 reduction selectivity reached 155, 4.2% and 99%, respectively.

JST news release, June 12, 2018

NEDO consortium develops high-efficiency aquifer thermal storate system at reduced cost

NEDO and Nippon Groundwater Development Co. have developed the first high-efficiency aquifer thermal storage system in Japan that stores cold energy and thermal energy in an underground aquifer and can effectively utilize it for cooling and heating . As a result of introducing this system into the air conditioning of an office building in Yamagata prefecture and conducting demonstration experiments, they achieved 23% reduction in initial installation cost and 31% reduction in operation cost for 1 year compared with conventional systems.

NEDO news release, June 11, 2018

Hitachi Zosen presents barge-type offshore wind power system

Under a NEDO contract, Hitachi Zosen has developed a small and lightweight barge type floating body as carrier for wind turbines which can be installed in shallow waters of about 50 m. It will be equipped with a wind turbine near Kitakyushu this summer and demonstration operation will start this autumn.

NEDO news release, June 8, 2018

JST opens TogoVar, a genomic diversity database

TogoVar (Japanese genomic diversity consolidated database) allows to search one-stop domestic and foreign databases and literature information on variants of Japanese individuals using genome sequences. Search targets includes frequency information of large variants tabulated from the genome data of Japanese registered in the NBDC human database.

JST news release, June 7, 2018

Fuji Clean Co. completes Japan’s first dry methane fermentation facility

Based on a NEDO contract, Fuji Clean Co. completed a biomass plant equipped with Japan’s first vertical dry methane fermentation facility in its premises in Ayagawa Town, Kagawa Prefecture. The methane fermentation tank of 3,000 m3 scale uses various waste materials such as household garbage, food residues, livestock manure urine etc, and produces ´heat and electricity. The dry methane fermentation technology (KURITA DRANCO PROCESS®) is based on a vertical type fermenter which does not require a stirrer, thus achieving space and energy saving, and high decomposition speed by high temperature fermentation. A major feature is that it does not require wastewater treatment.

NEDO news release, June 7, 2018

NEC and FiNC present wearable sensor with built-in inertia sensor

The sensor can be installed in shoes and insole, and record walking data of people such as stride, walking speed, etc. with high accuracy. It can be used for sports and for the elderly. Based on data analysis it is aimed to provide more advanced health advice

NEC news release, June 8, 2018

Bayer opens “CoLaborator Kobe” for venture support

The laboratory structure will support venture companies within the Kobe International Business Center (KIBIC) in the Kobe Medical Industry City. The first venture companies will be Epigeneron, an Osaka University venture, aiming for epigenetic drug discovery, and Myolidge, a Kyoto University venture aiming to develop drug discovery tools using iPS cell derived cardiomyocytes.

https://www.colaborator.bayer.com/en/locations/colaborator-kobe/