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Inpex to conduct survey for Japan’s 1st gas project in decades

Tokyo, Jan. 17 (Jiji Press)–Inpex Corp. <1605> said Monday that it will conduct an exploratory drilling survey off Japan’s western coast from March to July, expecting natural gas production from around 2032 if sufficient reserves are discovered.   It would be Japan’s first full-fledged natural gas production in some 20 years and the first in an offshore field in about 30….Read more

  • January 17, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 9:08 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Environment

Japan’s ammonia push in Southeast Asia seen as aiding coal

JUNTARO ARAI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japan bolstered cooperation with Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore on ammonia and hydrogen fuel under new agreements clinched by Japan’s trade minster this week, but the approach has raised international criticism as helping coal power.   Japan aims to develop technology for ammonia-exclusive firing — generating electricity using just ammonia — by 2030,….Read more

  • January 14, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 3:07 p.m.
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Huawei bolts into Japan with renewable power storage, chasing Tesla

MAMORU TSUGE, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Huawei Technologies will begin selling large-scale battery systems for renewable energy storage in Japan in March, Nikkei has learned, seeking to tap growing demand as the nation transitions away from fossil fuels.   Huawei will buy small battery packs from manufacturers including Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL). These will be bundled into shipping-container-sized units that….Read more

  • January 15, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 3:03 p.m.
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Next-gen reactor to adjust output in 17 minutes: Mitsubishi Heavy

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will develop a new nuclear reactor in the mid-2030s that will be able to fine-tune its power output in minutes, enabling it to respond to fluctuations in power generation from renewable energy sources, Nikkei has learned.   The technology will make nuclear as nimble as thermal power as a supply source, and is expected to facilitate greater use….Read more

  • January 14, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:17 p.m.
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Editorial: Map out measures to get through cold spells amid tight power supply

As the severe cold spell continues, the balance between supply and demand for electricity is again becoming strained this year. The public and private sectors, including consumers, must reexamine measures to avoid a shortage of electricity, which is essential for daily life.   The usage rate — the proportion of demand against supply capacity — in the service areas of….Read more

  • January 16, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 2:16 p.m.
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Kishida vows to achieve carbon neutrality in first policy speech

All national dailies reported on Tuesday on Prime Minister Kishida’s first policy speech at the start of the 208th ordinary Diet session on Monday. Nikkei reported that Kishida stressed the need to “drastically reform economic society” to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The premier also said combating the coronavirus is his top priority and announced that the government….Read more

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Japan’s next-gen electricity cable promises zero transmission loss

TOKYO — Superconducting power transmission technology, which promises to deliver electricity while leaking almost none along the way, has entered the practical stage in Japan, offering a potentially less costly way to operate trains and a possible countermeasure to global warming.   A Japan Railway-affiliated research institute has laid a 1.5-km superconducting transmission line — the world’s longest practical-use cable….Read more

  • January 12, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:05 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Environment

Small reactor development gathers speed for decarbonization

Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)–Small modular reactors, which have lower power output than conventional nuclear reactors, are attracting attention as next-generation technology suited for a decarbonized society.     With government aid offered in the United States and other major countries, manufacturers have stepped up the development of SMRs, which generate 300,000 kilowatts or less of electricity, or under one-third of the….Read more

  • January 12, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 7:05 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Environment

JBIC heeds calls for engaging in EU decarbonization rule-making through assistance to Central and Eastern Europe

By Matsumoto Yuko, ESG editor   Dealing with climate change is becoming an urgent task for businesses, and they are also facing intense global competition. Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) Governor Maeda Tadashi noted in a recent interview with Nikkei that Japanese companies “must have a ‘geopolitical vision,’ which is aimed at solving geopolitical issues by using the economy….Read more

  • January 6, 2022
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Survey at Fukushima Plant No. 1 reactor container halted

Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)–Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> halted its investigation of the inside of the containment vessel of the No. 1 reactor at its stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Wednesday.   The move came after an issue was found during preparation work for the display of data such as radiation levels from dosimeters….Read more

  • January 12, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 7:38 p.m.
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