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CCUS/Carbon Recycling Study Tour for Diplomatic Corps

February 28, 2020

1. On March 2nd and 3rd, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organize a Study Tour to visit energy facilities in Chiba Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture for Diplomatic Corps in Tokyo in cooperation with the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Tokyo University of Science and Iwaki City.

2. This Study Tour aims at introducing and disseminating Japan’s efforts for realizing de-carbonized society based on the “5th Strategic Energy Plan” and “Japan’s Long-term Strategy under the Paris Agreement” to the world.

3. In Chiba Prefecture, participants will visit the Photocatalysis International Research Center (PIRC) at Tokyo University of Science, which is an international research base for photocatalysis which are key for artificial photosynthesis, as well as Hitachi Zousen Corporation which has world’s leading research base for methanation technology. Also, a seminar regarding the CCUS and carbon recycling will be held at Tokyo University of Science, with the participation of representatives from Embassies, industry, academia, and government.

4. In Fukushima Prefecture, the participants will visit a tomato farm which utilizes the technology of CO2 and Integrated coal Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC). The participants are expected to deepen their understanding of most advanced IGCC technology and carbon recycling technology.

[Note 1] CCUS (Carbon dioxide Capture, Utilization and Storage) is a technology to capture CO2 from factories or power plants before they are emitted to the atmospheric diffusion, to transport the CO2 to the stratum, which is suitable for underground storage, and to store it stably for a long period of time. Technologies to transform and recycle CO2 into new products or energy by means of methanation and artificial photosynthesis are under development.

[Note 2] Study Tour Schedule (tentative)

Monday, March 2, 2020

  • Tokyo University of Science, Noda Campus
  • Hitachi Zosen Corporation

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

  • Tomato Land Iwaki
  • Fukushima Fisheries and Ocean Research Center
  • Joban Joint Power Co., Ltd and Nakoso IGCC Power

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