Oct 12, 2021 13:31 JST

Source: Toyota Motor Corporation

AIST, Toyota, and Toyota Central R&D Labs to Consider Joint Research on Advanced Energy and Environment Technologies
About the joint research on advanced energy and environment technologies

- The three parties believe that providing a choice of energy forms and usage methods holds the key to achieving carbon neutrality, which entails achieving net-zero CO2 emissions for the entire life cycle of a product in a recycling-based society--from its production, transportation, and use--followed by ensuring that it is recycled.
- They will consider wide-ranging lifestyle and corporate perspectives on central questions: what type of energy is being used, who is using it, where is it being used, how much is being used, and in what manner is it being used?
- The goal is to provide choices, by examining them broadly from the perspective of consumers and companies, and ensure technologies are implemented across society in the future.

Toyota City, Japan, Oct 12, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota), and Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc. (Toyota CRDL) announced today that they have commenced discussions on joint research aimed at accelerating development and implementing advanced technologies in the field of energy and the environment.

The three parties each possess a strong desire to contribute to the realization of carbon neutrality; With a focus on energy, which plays an important role in reducing volumes of CO2 emissions, they will seek to ensure that society has access to energy that is environmentally friendly and that can be used perpetually with peace of mind.

Carbon neutrality means achieving net-zero CO2 emissions for the entire life cycle of a product in a recycling-based society―from its production, transportation, and use―followed by ensuring that it is recycled. Critical questions to achieving carbon neutrality include: what type of energy is being used, who is using it, where is it being used, how much is being used, and in what manner is it being used?

Since energy conditions differ according to country and region, it follows that net-zero CO2 emissions can be achieved in different ways. Rather than limiting options to one form of energy or a single technology, the three parties will research ways to expand choice in the energy forms and technologies available, which cater better to individual lifestyles and different corporate activities.

More specifically, AIST, Toyota, and Toyota CRDL, will discuss joint research on the following four topics:

Establishing energy scenarios for achieving carbon neutrality

Using energy models developed by AIST, the three parties will analyze the impact on energy use systems occasioned by future trends in energy-related technologies, energy environment policies, and other societal changes. Considering various aspects such as predicted clean energy consumption, implementation of new technologies, impact on the environment, and costs, they will develop energy scenarios to achieve carbon neutrality.

Establishing energy urban networks that realize both carbon neutrality and economic rationality

The three parties will propose a carbon neutral and cost-minimizing optimal urban energy structure that utilize renewable energies, and will also propose high-quality yet affordable energy infrastructure that makes use of electrification technologies developed for automobiles.

Developing high-efficiency in-vehicle solar power generation systems

The three parties will seek to popularize vehicles equipped with solar power generation systems, which convert light energy into electrical energy. To this end, they will pursue improvements in conversion efficiency and reductions in cost for both solar batteries and solar power generation systems.

Developing elemental technologies for the production, transportation, and use of hydrogen

The three parties will develop elemental technologies capable of resolving various issues related to the realization of a hydrogen society: technologies to produce hydrogen, technologies to transport hydrogen safely and at low costs (hydrogen carriers), and technologies to use hydrogen as energy.

AIST is one of the largest national research institutions in Japan. At its Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute and Global Zero Emission Research Center, it carries out advanced research aimed at the realization of carbon neutrality, including research into solar power and other forms of renewable energy, and into the production and use of hydrogen.

Toyota and Toyota CRDL wish to see advanced technologies aimed at carbon neutrality implemented across society at the earliest opportunity. They believe that collaboration between industrial, public, and academic sectors is crucial, and for this reason they are exploring joint research with AIST.

Going forward, AIST, Toyota, and Toyota CRDL, intend to work closely together to explore, from a variety of different perspectives, the possibility of various technologies capable of contributing to the realization of carbon neutrality by 2050. At the same time, they will openly consider collaborating with other like-minded partners, and seek to ensure that the results of their joint research come to be implemented, widely adopted, and established in society.

Source: Toyota Motor Corporation
Sectors: Automotive

Copyright ©2021 JCN Newswire. All rights reserved. A division of Japan Corporate News Network.

Related Press Release

Toyota Releases Sales, Production, and Export Results for October 2021
November 29 2021 12:48 JST
Ogier, Ingrassia and TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Crowned 2021 Champions
November 22 2021 11:03 JST
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Subaru, Toyota, Mazda, and Yamaha Take on Challenge to Expand Options for Producing, Transporting, and Using Fuel Toward Achieving Carbon Neutrality
November 15 2021 08:00 JST
Celebrations for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing in Bahrain
November 12 2021 16:17 JST
Toyota Announces Production Plans in December 2021, as of November 12
November 12 2021 13:40 JST
Celebrations for Toyota Gazoo Racing in Bahrain
November 08 2021 10:57 JST
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing to Reproduce and Sell Spare Parts for the AE86 Corolla Levin / Sprinter Trueno
November 01 2021 12:37 JST
HISTORIC Hypercar Title for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing
November 01 2021 10:06 JST
Toyota Announces Details of All-New bZ4X BEV
October 29 2021 12:30 JST
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Launches the All-New GR86
October 28 2021 08:05 JST
More Press release >>

Latest Press Release

More Latest Release >>