Energy Management and CO2 Zero Emission

The construction of plants that emit zero CO2 is a high-priority issue for future society. We want to build a comprehensive energy flow design capability that factors in local renewable energy and variations in demand at vehicle plants. Examples include technologies to convert renewable energy such as solar and wind power to hydrogen highly efficiently, as well as technologies to store surplus power as hydrogen. We are also researching technologies that can isolate the CO2 emitted by plants and reform or convert it into fuel such as methane or methanol.
Reducing plant energy consumption is another key field. Focusing on casting, heat treatments, and other processes that require heat and consume large amounts of energy, we are researching innovative manufacturing methods with dramatically shorter process times and no heat treatments, as well as chemical heat storage technologies that collect, transport, and re-use waste heat energy.

Noble Metal Sintering Suppression Technology in Exhaust Catalyst

Suppression of noble metal sintering based on the support anchoring effect has been practically achieved using a three-way catalyst, which yields high catalytic activity with a smaller amount of noble metal.

Noble Metal Sintering Suppression Technology in Exhaust Catalyst

Creating Multi-Functional Structures by 3D-AM

3D-AM* technology is capable of creating solid objects directly from CAD data. The development of innovative green manufacturing processes that require fewer steps to complete are a vital part of efforts to eliminate CO2 emissions and save energy. We are aiming to realize higher quality multi-functional structures by combining and advancing AM techniques using metals, laser technologies, and powder metallurgy.
(* AM: Additive Manufacturing)

Creating Multi-Functional Structures by 3D-AM
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