Tokuyama, Sojitz and NanoMist Technologies to Start Carbon Recycling Research and Development Project

Tokuyama Corporation

 Tokuyama Corporation ("Tokuyama"), together with Sojitz Corporation ("Sojitz")and NanoMist Technologies Co., Ltd. ("NanoMist Technologies"), has been notified that it will be selected for a New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization ("NEDO") consignment project designed to develop and propagate carbon recycling technologies: "Development of Technologies for Carbon Recycling and Next-Generation Thermal Power Generation / Development of Technologies for CO₂ Reduction and Utilization / Development of Technologies for CO₂ Utilization in Carbonates, Concrete Products, and Concrete Structures."

 This is a three-year project that will run through the 2022 fiscal year. The project seeks to achieve the cost reduction of CO₂ separation and capture, as well as its reuse, which are technological issues announced in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's roadmap*1 for carbon recycling technologies. Currently, CO₂ derived from limestone combustion is used as a raw material in the production process of carbonates (soda ash). But in this project, it is our aim that CO₂ in the combustion exhaust gas of coal-fired power plants can be absorbed by a technically developed NanoMist*2 and used as a replacement raw material for carbonate production, thereby reducing CO₂ emissions.

 Tokuyama is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit held in September 2015 with the aim of realizing a sustainable society through its business activities.  As a company that emits CO₂ from its own power plants and production activities, reducing CO₂ emissions is a most important issue that needs to be addressed in order to prevent global warming. Through the promotion of this project, we will endeavor to resolve this critical social issue.

※1)Announced in June 2019, the roadmap identifies cost reduction for separating and capturing CO₂ as a technological target to be reached by 2030 (1,000 to 2,000 JPY per ton of CO₂).

※2)Originally developed by NanoMist Technologies, ultrasonic waves are used to atomize an aqueous solution to a particle size of five micrometers or less. By making the solution into a 'NanoMist', the surface area is increased, thereby improving CO₂ absorption efficiency and reducing costs.

Roles of each company
Tokuyama: Development of CO₂ extraction technology, engineering work
Sojitz: Project management, feasibility evaluation, LCA evaluation
NanoMist Technologies: Development of CO₂ absorption technology using a fine mist
All three companies: Formulation of conceptual designs, development of CO₂ absorbent materials

Project Overview

Company Overview - Sojitz Corporation
Established April 1, 2003
Address 1-1, Uchisaiwaicho 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8691, Japan
Representative Masayoshi Fujimoto, Representative Director, President & CEO
Main Business
  • As a general trading company, Sojitz Corporation is engaged in a wide range of activities including the sale and trade of goods across a variety of automobiles, plants, aerospace, medical infrastructure, energy, mineral resources, chemicals, foodstuff resources, agriculture and forestry resources, consumer goods, industrial parks, and other sectors.
  • Among a host of endeavors, Sojitz Corporation also undertakes the manufacture and sale of products, the provision of services, as well as financial activities including the planning, coordinating, and investment in a variety of projects in Japan and overseas.
Company Overview - NanoMist Technologies Co., Ltd.
Established October 2002
Address 635-1 Kizu, Muya-cho, Naruto-shi, Tokushima
Representative Kazuo Matsuura, President & CEO
Main Business
  • Atomization and separation equipment
  • Sewage purification equipment
  • Hot spring concentrators
  • VOC recovery and recycling equipment
  • Fine powder manufacturing equipment
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