Working with Industry, Government, and Academia

Promoting Joint Research Projects

The Mitsui Chemicals Group participates in joint research projects with governmental and academic bodies in an effort to develop innovative technologies and provide solutions as quickly as possible.

Participating in the Artificial Photosynthesis Project

We have signed up to participate in the Artificial Photosynthesis Project, launched by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in fiscal 2012. Following the establishment of the Japan Technological Research Association of Artificial Photosynthetic Chemical Process (ARPChem) in fiscal 2012, a technical development project was launched with the aim of (1) producing hydrogen utilizing photocatalysts, (2) separating hydrogen using membranes, and (3) manufacturing basic chemicals from hydrogen and carbon dioxide. In particular, we are working with three other private companies to develop hydrogen production technology (1) and are promoting work on a joint research project in conjunction with the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University and the Tokyo University of Science.

Participating in the Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) of Japan’s Cabinet Office

Mitsui Chemicals is a participant in the energy carrier project launched in 2014. The energy carrier project is one of the 10 core themes of SIP, an initiative that is being promoted by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation of Japan’s Cabinet Office. As one component of the energy carrier project, Mitsui Chemicals is also taking part in the ammonia energy carrier project together with four other private firms while engaging in joint research with Kyoto University. In advancing this project, consideration is being given to the three (1) direct, (2) internal decomposition, and (3) external decomposition (autothermal) power generation methods for solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that use ammonia. Mitsui Chemicals is working with Kyoto University and one other private firm to conduct joint research into (1) and (2).

Participating in the Development of a Non-Edible Plant-Based Chemical Manufacturing Process

Mitsui Chemicals is a participant in a joint research project between industrial, governmental and academic bodies administrated by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Participating since fiscal 2013, the Company is assisting in efforts to develop a non-edible plant-based chemical manufacturing process. Working with five other private companies as well as the Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences, energies are being channeled toward the development of an innovative process that will enable the manufacture of target chemicals at low cost.