Joint Study Proposal Selected by New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization for Research and Development into CO2 Separation and Recovery

Tokyo, Japan—A research and development (R&D) proposal jointly submitted by Tosoh Corporation and National University Corporation Kyushu University was recently selected by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The proposal, “Research and development on energy-saving CO2 capture technology using an innovative CO2 separation membrane,” was in response to a public call for proposals by NEDO for the commissioning of the project, “Carbon capture, utilization, and storage in the industrial sector: CO2 separation and recovery technology that contributes to significant energy-savings in carbon recycling.” This project is part of NEDO feasibility study program on energy and new environmental technology and will be commissioned from June 2020 through March 2021.

The R&D proposal from Tosoh and Kyushu University adopted by NEDO involves CO2 separation hollow fiber membrane module technology incorporating an alkanolamine into a polymer matrix to transport CO2 efficiently. The polymer membrane shows excellent CO2 selectivity, resulting in recovery of high-purity CO2. NEDO’s program aims through industry-academia collaboration to develop this hollow fiber membrane module technology for the energy-efficient separation and recovery of CO2 from the exhaust gas of coal-fired power generation sources (post-combustion CO2 capture).

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are related to climate change, and Tosoh’s view is that initiatives to reduce emission volume will lead to medium- and long-term business growth. Tosoh, therefore, will continue to promote the development of technology to enable the effective use of energy through enhanced energy efficiency, the reduction of GHGs, and CO2 capture, recovery, and materialization. This, Tosoh believes, will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.


International Public Relations
Tosoh Corporation
3-8-2, Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8623
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Ikuo Taniguchi
Associate Professor
Platform for International Collaborations and Partnerships
International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER)
Kyushu University
744, Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken 819-0395
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Tosoh Corporation is the parent of the Tosoh Group, which comprises over 100 companies worldwide and a multiethnic workforce of over 12,000 people and generated net sales of ¥786.1 billion (US$7.2 billion at the average rate of ¥108.7 to the US dollar) in fiscal 2020, ended March 31, 2020.


Tosoh is one of the largest chlor-alkali manufacturers in Asia. The company supplies the plastic resins and an array of the basic chemicals that support modern life. Tosoh’s petrochemical operations supply ethylene, polyethylene, and functional polymers, while its advanced materials business serves the global semiconductor, display, and solar industries. Tosoh has also pioneered sophisticated bioscience systems that are used for the monitoring of life-threatening diseases. In addition, Tosoh demonstrates its commitment to a sustainable future in part by manufacturing a variety of eco-products.

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