Collaborating Japanese Research Institutions

For the experimental deployment QICS was joined by a number of high profile Japanese research institutions as self-funding partners, significantly enhancing the expertise, range of observations and impact of the project.

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) is a public research institution funded by the Japanese government to a large extent. AIST and its predecessor organizations have been contributing to society through continuous advancement in technologies and support of Japanese industries since 1882. Headquarters of AIST are located in Tsukuba and Tokyo. AIST has over 40 autonomous research units in various innovative research fields. The Research Institute for Environmental Management Technology (EM-TECH) is one of the AIST research units committing to comprehensive advancement of technological development and evaluation procedures required for environmental management from the emission source through to global scale scenarios (1. measurement of pollutants, 2. evaluation and estimation of the environmental impact of substances, and 3. environmental cleaning).

CRIEPI was established in 1951 as a Japanese nonprofit foundation to undertake research and development activities related to energy and the environment. CRIEPI is doing research and development related to energy and the environment for the solution of various problems in electricity utilities and the society.

I2CNER, Kyushu University
I2CNER conducts research on a global scale to realize an environmentally friendly and sustainable society, and to present scientific solutions in a variety of fields. Specifically, research activities are carried out on the challenges presented by the production, storage and use of hydrogen, and efficient CO2 capture and sequestration, to achieve a carbon-neutral society where the amount of CO2 emission will not increase from energy use. I2CNER is proceeding with research in active cooperation with international research institutes, including the University of Illinois.

Japan NUS (JANUS) was founded in 1971 by NUS Corporation in the U.S., JGC Corporation and Tokyo Electric Power Company in Japan to offer consulting services for development of nuclear energy in Japan. In the next year, or 1972, they obtained an opportunity to provide consulting services and analysed potential impacts of thermal effluents from nuclear power plants on coastal environment. JANUS subsequently expanded their services into the environmental field. The primary fields of their services are "Energy" --- engineering and consulting services for safety, operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants, "Environment" --- engineering and consulting services for protection of global environment, air and water quality, management of chemical substances, and sustainable use of biological resources.

The Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) is an organization dedicated to the mitigation of global warming. In 1990, Japan announced "New Earth 21", a 100-year plan to clean up our natural environment which has been degraded by human-induced activities over the past 200 years. RITE was established as an international centre of excellence which would work toward implementing this plan. The RITE CO2 Storage Research Group aims at the establishment of technologies for safe injection and stable storage of CO2 into deep aquifer formations.

The University of Tokyo
The University of Tokyo (Todai) was established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan. As a leading research university, Todai offers courses in essentially all academic disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels and conducts research across the full spectrum of academic activity. The University aims to provide its students with a rich and varied academic environment that ensures opportunities for both intellectual development and the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills.