New Energy and Smart Society

Building a society geared to make maximum use of clean energy, while simultaneously minimizing energy consumption, is a shared theme for the entire human race. At Nisshinbo Group, we utilize the supply of bipolar plates for fuel cells, development of platinum-substitute carbon alloy catalysts and other progress to help pave the way to greater progress in clean energy.

At the Nisshinbo Group, meanwhile, wireless telecommunications, sensing, semiconductors and other state-of-the-art know-how is strategically fused to help realize the advanced driving assistance system (ADAS), and otherwise profoundly contribute to today’s emerging super-smart society. Coming together as a tightly knit corporate group, Nisshinbo proudly spearheads the quest to develop groundbreaking new technologies.

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Electronics

As a leading maker of disaster-prevention systems, Japan Radio Co., Ltd. has been making efforts to build safe and secure communities. Utilizing technologies within the Nisshinbo Group, at present the company is promoting activities to realize a smart society in such fields as disaster prevention, transport, and shipping and to facilitate energy saving.
In recent years local governments have been hurrying to build new disaster-prevention systems, including distributed clean energy, in order to ensure energy sources in times of disaster. Utilizing its own test facility set up at the Tokushima Plant, Japan Radio is contributing to the building of safe and secure disaster-resilient communities.

The Smart Factory, a smart technology test facility
The Smart Factory, a smart technology test facility (Click to enlarge image)
Exterior of the Smart Factory
Exterior of the Smart Factory

Precision Instruments

Nisshinbo Mechatronics Inc. delivers photovoltaic module manufacturing equipment to leading module makers not only in Japan but around the world.
In addition, the company engages in the installation of photovoltaic generation systems and the development of photovoltaic cell materials in an attempt to solve the problems and issues of photovoltaic generation. As a result, Nisshinbo Mechatronics succeeded in developing a material to prevent the potential induced degradation (PID) phenomenon*, which greatly reduces solar cell output, and a material to prolong the life of solar cells.
The company intends to continue efforts to develop products that increase the reliability and reduce the cost of solar cells, the most representative clean energy.

* In an environment of high temperatures and high humidity, the output of photovoltaic modules is greatly reduced when high voltage is applied. The cause of this phenomenon is thought to be sodium ion leaking from the panel surface glass and seeping onto the surface and inside the silicon cells.

Photovoltaic module
Photovoltaic module

Chemicals

Nisshinbo Chemical Inc. produces bipolar plates for fuel cells, which are the main components in fuel cells. The company's bipolar plates for fuel cells have been used in the ENE-FARM residential fuel cell cogeneration system from the very start of sales. In addition, Nisshinbo Chemical is promoting joint development for automobile use with auto makers and stack makers.
The reduction of manufacturing costs is an important issue for the diffusion of fuel cells. Since the platinum used in catalysts is expensive and a finite resource, the Nisshinbo Group is endeavoring to develop a carbon alloy catalyst to replace platinum.

Bipolar plates for fuel cells
Bipolar plates for fuel cells