Our company, with the participation of Ube Industries, Ltd., JGC Corporation, and several universities, established the "CCSU (Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage with Utilization) Study Group" as an industry-university collaboration to develop new technologies that convert CO2 emitted from thermal power plants and factories into resources by utilizing industrial waste containing a large amount of calcium. As the Japanese government promotes the development of technologies for CO2 recovery and other measures to combat global warming, we are working on the development of new technologies that utilize industrial waste containing high levels of calcium and other substances to react with CO2 for production of carbonate and added-value materials.
We have succeeded in the direct synthesis of methane and other hydrocarbons from water and CO2 using a gas diffusion electrode loaded with our original catalysts.
We will continue developing the gas diffusion electrode to advance research on artificial photosynthesis. By 2030, we will establish technology to produce valuable materials such as hydrocarbons and alcohols from water and CO2 using renewable energy sources with high efficiency. Through the reuse of CO2, we will contribute to realizing a sustainable society.