Research and development support for automotive exhaust gas purification catalyst that reduces minor metals
Financially supported by the NEDO, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, the Tokyo Institute of Technology and The University of Tokyo started a research and developing project of catalysts which does not use (or greatly reduced usage of) minor metals. It's not us who develop so there is no subsidy from NEDO, but we supported the coordination of the overall management of this project.
Organized under our hosting once a month, convention which all the relevant institutions participate in was held, research and development progress reports and coordination for future developing plans were on board. We have finally reported the results to NEDO in March 2012: There is the possibility to reduce certain amount of minor metals. Suzuki Motor Corporation and Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co. continue developing under the support of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, toward the pragmatic use of this project.
Radioactive decontamination operations
TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident and the subsequent earthquake that occurred on 11 March 2011 caused a great damage to the affected areas. In particular, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has left lots of radioactive material over the surrounding area.
Decontamination work has been done so far led by government, stripping the soil surface with water (seems applied to schools, parks and some houses) still leaves a certain amount of pollution in the area. This is not enough, people who have escaped from disaster still don't have places to return. We insist the necessity of isolation of radioactive material in addition to the recent decontamination, for the residents to be back home as soon as possible.
Chiba Prefecture and surrounding cities of Tokyo* also have problems. The operations of waste incinerator are disrupted, because the incinerator ashes contain high concentrations of radioactive material and this ash cannot be processed. The bulk of ash is only kept in incinerators. In view of this situation, we have launched a project team among industry and academy, combining the latest technology, are trying the separation of active radioactive substances, volume reduction, removal and the isolation of it.
Kobe Steel, Ltd., highly skilled in this field of post-processing of nuclear fuel and nuclear power, stands mainly and manufacturers of high-spec melting furnace with high mileage and other companies with unique technologies of adsorption of radioactive material gathered, with the advice of Seizo Miyata the former president of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, we build the entire system efficiently and are negotiating with local governments and the Ministry of the Environment towards the early implementation of the full-scale decontamination activities. Since January 2012 "Law on Special Measures addressing radioactive contamination" is enforced. The outline of solution in compensation for the damages of the nuclear accident is in sight, decontamination work starts in earnest.We continue working also for governments that have difficulty of this kind of processing.