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Cooperatively with industry, academia and government, RITE has been working on development of the advanced technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emission as a key challenge to global climate change. At our headquarters in Kyoto, four research groups composed by experts in various fields have been proceeding with their leading-edge researches.

Assessment of Global Warming Mitigation
(Systems Analysis Group)

Computer models are developed and optimal scenarios are explored for both economic development and global warming mitigation; both short/mid-term(-2030) and long-term (-2100) scenarios.

Biorefinery
(Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology Group)

Technologies are being developed which will make use of microorganisms to efficiently produce biofuels and chemicals from the renewable resource of biomass.

CO2 Capture
Green Process
(Chemical Research Group)

Absorption, Adsorption, membrane separation, and other technology have been developed to reduce CO2 capture cost for coal-fired power plants, steel works, etc. Moreover, RITE aims at the development of the chemical process for less CO2 discharge, i.e. green process.

CO2 Storage
(CO2 Storage Research Group)

As a possible technological option for reducing CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants, R&D of CO2 storage in the deep saline aquifer is being conducted.

Inorganic Membranes
(Inorganic Membranes Research Center)

Activities are being carried out for the development of dehydrogenating processes, CO2 separation processes from CO2 and CH4 mixtures, alternative processes of distillation and the industrialization of inorganic membranes.

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