Message from the President
My name is Kenji Aiso and I would like to say a few words as the current President and Representative Director of OSAKI CoolGen Corporation.
Coal is a valuable primary source of energy, with high provision stability and outstanding economic feasibility. Japan is a country with a low energy self-sufficiency rate, and energy policies aiming for a mix of energy sources place coal-fired power as an important base-load power supply comprising 26% of the total amount of generated power (as of 2030). Also, looking overseas, coal is the driving force behind the economic development in developing countries, and it is expected that coal-fired power will continue to cover over 30% of the generated power. On the other hand, with the Paris Agreement in effect, the effectiveness of global warming countermeasures is under examination. There is an urgent need for realistic measures that significantly cut CO2 emissions from coal-fired power, which has large amounts of CO2 emissions.
Our Corporation was founded through joint funding by the Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc. and Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER) in order to achieve revolutionary low carbon coal-fired power generation in accordance with the government's clean coal policy. In light of the result of the joint research project implemented with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) since FY 2010, we have been implementing an "Integrated Coal Gasification Fuel Cell Combined Cycle (IGFC) Demonstration Project," subsidized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry since FY 2012 and subsidized by NEDO since FY 2016. The demonstration project is planned in three steps. In the first step, we will scale up the gasification equipment verified in the pilot test to perform a demonstration test for "oxygen-blown integrated coal gasification combined cycle (IGCC) technology" - the base technology for integrated coal gasification fuel cell combined cycle (IGFC) technology. In the second step, we plan to promote a demonstration project of a CO2 separation and capture-type IGCC system equipped with a CO separation and capture unit, and in the third step, a demonstration project of a CO2 separation and capture-type IGFC system equipped with a fuel cell.
By successfully carrying out this demonstration project, we aim for the "revolutionary low carbon technology" born in Osakikamijima to be applied in commercial facilities. By expanding it within Japan and exporting it for infrastructure overseas, we expect to significantly contribute to environmental issues on a global scale.
We will continue to do everything we can to make this project a success, and would like to ask for your continued guidance and encouragement in the times ahead.
Kenji Aiso, President and Representative Director
OSAKI CoolGen CorporationWe named our company with a desire to achieve the Cool Gen Plan that is the clean coal policy of Japan and to showcase clean coal technology to the world from Osakikamijima in the center of the Seto Inland Sea.
|Founded||July 29, 2009|
|Location||6208-1 Nakano, Osakikamijima-cho, Toyota-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture 725-0301
TEL: +81-846-67-5250 (main), FAX: +81-846-67-5251
|Capital||490 million yen|
|Investing enterprises||The Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc. and Electric Power Development Co., Ltd.|
|Line of business||Conducting large-scale demonstration tests related to oxygen-blown integrated coal gasification combined cycle technology, carbon dioxide separation and capture technology, and fuel cell technology|
|Project schedule||August 2009 to November 2012 - Implementation of environmental assessment
March 2013 onward - Start of construction work
March 2017 onward - Start of demonstration tests
6208-1 Nakano, Osakikamijima-cho, Toyota-gun, Hiroshima Prefecture 725-0301