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  • NGK INSULATORS, LTD. has introduced a Sodium Sulfur Battery System technology -- NAS® battery -- that is currently the only commercially mature, large-scale energy storage technology that can be installed anywhere. NAS battery can be used for a variety of clients, including:

    ・Power plants

    With output/capacity of 530 MW/3700 MWh effectively stored worldwide, NAS battery offers its capacity for peak shaving, load leveling, and emissions reductions. Backed by a reliable design and safe operation, NAS battery is the most effective battery to store large amounts of electric energy (six hours at rated output).
    NAS batteries comprise sulfur at the positive electrode and sodium at the negative electrode, with the electrolyte being a sodium ion conductive ceramic made up of beta-alumina. From large capacity and high-energy density to long life and small size, there are many advantages to this technology.
    • Goal09
  • With two million children dying around the world due to unclean water, according to UNICEF, the need for purified water is more important than ever. A third of the world’s population still doesn’t have access to clean water.
    Cycloclean by Nippon Basic Co., Ltd. aims to change all that. Part of the problem to this is that there are still some areas of the globe, in isolated rural areas and villages, with no power source. This makes it difficult to use any type of equipment that cleans water.

    Cycloclean can produce five liters of clean drinking water per minute from raw water. Affixed to the rear seat of a custom-made bicycle, this unit is operated by simple pedal use, with no electricity or fuel required. It can turn water from the rivers, lakes, and swimming pools into drinkable water. Raw water can be dirty but not gassy or rotten. Cycloclean has been used in the past seven years throughout Japan in many cities, condos, retirement homes, labs, municipal offices and private companies.
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  • Film decomposing ethylene gas

    Nissan Steel Industry Co., Ltd.
    Efficient adsorption, decomposition, and discharge of ethylene gas, a cause of spoilage generated from fruits and vegetables
    New technology sheet that can be stored for a long time
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    • Goal08
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    • Goal17
  • Through the collection of mercury, one Japanese company says it can prevent environmental pollution and corresponding health concerns. Nomura Kohsan Co., Ltd. is marketing a technology that allows for the proper collection and recycling of mercury, an extremely poisonous element to humans. You’ll find mercury in many common items, from fluorescent lamps and batteries to blood pressure devices and thermometers. If inhaled, ingested, or contracted through an open wound, it can damage the nerves, liver and kidney, with symptoms such as muscle weakness, poor coordination, rashes, anxiety, memory problems, and difficulty seeing, hearing or speaking.

    Recovered through a roasting process, mercury can be vaporized from the waste it is contained in. This roasting process involves hearting an object so much that its physical or chemical properties change. However, even at such high heats, it’s important not to melt the substance. Nomura Kohsan roasts the mercury to a temperature between 600℃ and 800℃ to vaporize the mercury in waste. Then, the mercury vapor is recovered after it is encouraged to flow through a cooling tower and scrubber. There is a concern that small traces of mercury can get into the atmosphere, something that researchers have always been conscious of. However, to prevent this from happening, Nomura Kohsan uses a mercury adsorbent in the final process.
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  • Panasonic Corporation has created a rechargeable solar LED lantern designed for use as a ceiling, desk and torch light all in one. This multifunctional lantern is portable and can be used in a variety of settings and circumstances. From homes and schools to hospitals and outdoor activities, this lantern can meet many needs. You can even use it when walking at night to guide your way. It’s easy to use and extremely portable.
    Included in the lantern is a 3.5W solar photovoltaic panel for recharging purposes. The lantern can reach its full charge within six hours through connection to the solar panel.

    This solar LED lantern doubles as a charger for those living in areas without electricity. Thanks to a built-in rechargeable battery, the lantern can store solar energy during the day, provide light at night and provide power to charge small mobile devices such as cell phones.
    • Goal09
  • Water Treatment Facility: "Desalion"

    Sanso Electric Co., Ltd.
    Desalion is the desalination apparatus based on RO(Reverse Osomosis) method, which treat sea water and produce purified water(drinkable). The concepts of Desalion meet the guideline of small water supply system by WHO. Desalion is a movable equipment, has high durability and can supply high reliable drinking water.
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  • Created by Shinko Tecnos Co., Ltd., this plastic to oil machine is used to make liquid fuel, combustible gas and carbonized products – all from waste plastics and products originating from crude oil. As such, these recycled energy resources are ideal for use in industries where energy is in high demand as well as for generation of power in developing countries.

    In addition to waste plastics, this system can also treat the following: E-waste, Tire waste, Toner waste, Medical waste.

    Shinko Tecnos. Co., Ltd. is leading the march in recycling renewable resources. The company is trying to educate the public on the enormous amount of waste we generate. Why throw trash away when we can recycle it for good use? Turning waste into fuel is at the heart of this technology.
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  • Shinko Tecnos Co., Ltd.’s Hydrothermal Treatment processes waste materials by making it react with high-temperature and high-pressure steam (Max 230℃/ 3Mph) inside the reactor. After about a half hour of treatment, the result is a germ-free, useful output ranging from solid fuel and fertilizer to liquid fertilizer or livestock food.

    This is an ideal product for use in developing countries, where they rarely have the opportunity to turn waste into fuel or other usable product. This technology is a solution to convert waste into a resource. Using only water and nothing else, the simple process uses heat to cause decomposition. The final result does not cause pollution.

    While the final product depends on the processed material, there is no disputing the usefulness of this technology. Here are the types of applicable waste: Municipal solid waste, Household garbage, Sludge, Animal droppings.

    The process essentially starts by mixing food waste, then the mixed food waste will be loaded into the reactor, undergoes 30 minutes of treatment, and emerges as the desired product.
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  • Soil hardening agent STEIN

    STEIN is a soil hardening agent wich can harden any type of soils by mixing with best rate.
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  • Featuring a low running cost and easy maintenance, Stella Environment Corporation’s Radiation Gas-Burning Small-Type Medical Waste Incinerator is ideal for areas where the energy supply is not stable or even available. It is an efficient small-type incinerator with chimney-top structure with the following characteristics:• Low concentration of dioxin emissions in compliance with Japanese (Dioxin) Emission Standards
    • Extremely safe to operate
    • Easy to deposit waste
    • Low fuel consumption
    • Easy maintenance
    • Solar powered
    • Highly efficient
    • Compact design

    The incinerator is able to burn 5kg max (wet waste 40%) per one-hour cycle at 800-900˚C. The burning capacity will vary depending on the materials that are contained in the waste batch.
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