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15-7 Japan plans for „dramatic expansion of fuel cell technology“

The program supported by METIs project house NEDO looks for an implementation in 2030 and beyond, but has organized another industry-academia consortia to improve fundamental technologies related to SOFC and PEFC fuel cells. It runs from FY2020 – FY2024 (planned), with a FY2021 budget of 6.67 billion yen (50 million €). The targets are

  • 6 projects on separator technologies
  • 7 projects on non-platinum electrocatalysis 
  • 4 projects on improved hydrogen storage
  • new applications of fuel cells in agriculture, coastal vessels, drones etc.

A detailed list of projects and project partners is available.

NEDO news release, July 15, 2021

 

6-7 NEDO tests Net Zero energy building in Yamagata

With Japan Groundwater Development Co., and General Heat Pump Industry Co. as contractors, NEDO had built a demonstration facility as „ZEB" (zero-emission building) in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture, to verify the ZEB adaptability of a total heat supply system...

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18-6 Nihon Shokubai develops catalyst for hydroxycarbonylation

Formic acid can be prepared through hydrogenation of CO2. The hydroxycarbonylation reaction of alkenes using formic acid has conventionally been catalyzed by a rhodium complex, Rh2Cl2(CO)4, and additives, triphenylphosphine (PPh3) and methyl iodide (CH3I), which have...

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