Learn from Innovation Cases
"Innovation Cases" is an activity to introduce the latest cases of technology development and diffusion which are expected to contribute to climate change in the fields of energy and environment. The activity helps us to understand the state and trends of innovations, and also provides useful information for creating new innovations in the fields of energy and environment.
Sustainable Food System for 2050
“Farmlogs LITE”, a farm management software with satellite data
“Farmlogs LITE” provide advises to farmers on the appropriate amount of crops to be planted and the right amount of fertilizer to used according to soil conditions by analyzing soil/crop conditions collected from satellite images and comparing it with accumulated data.
Initially, only data from the National Weather Service and the U.S. Department Of Agriculture was used, but now more accurate data analysis is possible by combining it with satellite images.
“OLIO”, a mobile app for food-sharing aiming to reduce food waste
The application helps people share food by connecting those with surplus food to those who need or wish to consume such food. And those donating surplus food can be individuals or companies such as food retailers, restaurants, corporate canteens.
The application was first launched in 2015 and it has 5 million users in over 59 countries as of August 2021.
Portions of food have been shared on OLIO are already about 25 million and the environmental impact of the portions is equivalent to taking over 80 million car miles off the road and 4 billion liters of water saved.
Organization: RT Corporation
Foodly is a dual-armed humanoid robot which is developed and produced by RT Corporation.
With the AI Vision System utilizing deep learning, Foodly can recognize and pick bulked foods one by one then arrange them on the lunch box.
And the robot also can work safely next to each other on the same belt conveyor line as people.
Now some units of Foodly are being tested in several food factories in Europe and Japan.
Energy System Integration
“Next Pool”, 10,000 units aggregated in Virtual Power Plant by Next Kraftwerke
Organization: Next Kraftwerke
The VPP (Next Pool) built in November 2020 has reached 10,000 units.
Next Kraftwerke digitally aggregates distributed power sources from renewable energy owned by consumers via the gateway Next Box, and sells the aggregated power with added value in the trading market.
“HySTRA”, developing technologies for liquefied hydrogen supply chain
HySTRA is working towards creating a CO2 free hydrogen energy supply chain comprised of hydrogen production effectively utilizing brown coal, transportation, storage and utilization of hydrogen, and establishing and demonstrating the technologies to commercialize the supply chain around 2030.
Nuclear Power as a Power Source for Decarbonization
“NuScale”, emission-free & flexibility with safety & cost competitiveness
Organization: NuScale Power
NuScale is a small modular reactor (SMR) with 77MWe capacity for each reactor module. The modules can be incorporated in a multi-module nuclear power plant.
The simple design eliminates reactor coolant pumps, large bore piping and other systems and components found in large conventional reactors.
Modules safely shut down and self-cool, indefinitely, with no need for AC or DC power, operator or computer action, or additional water.
“HTTR Hydrogen production”, alternative for renewable
Organization: Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)
High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor (HTGR) is a helium gas cooled reactor with outlet coolant temperature of 950ºC.
JAEA combine “IS process” (Iodine and Sulfur chemical reaction process) with HTGR to produce hydrogen without emitting CO2.
The test facility was developed, and continuous hydrogen production was achieved at the rate of 30 L/h for 150 hours.（January 2019）
Negative Emission Technologies
“Orca”, The world’s largest climate-positive direct air capture plant
The Orca plant in Iceland is the world’s largest plant capturing CO2 from air launched by Climeworks with Icelandic carbon storage firm ’Carbfix’.
The plant consists of eight large containers similar in looks to those used in the shipping industry, which employ high-tech filters and fans to extract carbon dioxide.
The plant sucks out up to 4,000 tons of CO2 per year which is the equivalent of the annual emissions from about 790 cars.
Digital Technology to achieve Efficiency and Decarbonization
"Project Natick", An underwater datacenter which is reliable, practical and sustainable
In 2018, a data center was set up on the seabed at a depth of 35 meters, and tested for two years, demonstrating that it consumes less energy, generates less waste, consumes less fresh water, and experiences fewer failures.
It was also shown to be less prone to failure and more reliable than onshore.
“Metron-EVA", AI-driven energy management platform to help manufacturers realize Industry 4.0
Metron-EVA is an AI-driven energy management platform that helps manufacturers to optimize energy consumption in factories, to cut costs and reduce their environmental footprint.
The solution combines the use of big data, artificial intelligence and the expertise of our energy engineers to allow customers visualize energy usage.