Initiatives to apply advanced ICT such as IoT, big data, and AI to manufacturing have begun in various countries of the world. By combining manufacturing capabilities with ICT, the IHI Group is working to create smart factories to provide a higher level of value from three perspectives: visualization, manufacturing process improvement, and further evolution of manufacturing.
The Group is striving to make its production sites smart by making the most of the IHI Group Lifecycle Partner System (ILIPS), a shared remote maintenance platform. At the same time, it will make proposals to encourage customers to make their factories smart regardless of whether they use the IHI Group's products for their factories' equipment or not. The IHI Group will contribute to the sophistication of manufacturing by working with customers to create smart factories.
Floating Underwater Ocean Current Power Generation
* The IHI Group has undertaken this development under contract from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) as part of its project "Ocean Energy Technology Research and Development—Research and Development of Next-Generation Ocean Energy Power Generation Technology."
Since there are stable ocean currents such as the Kuroshio Current along the coast of Japan, it is expected that new clean energy can be obtained in a stable manner if such huge natural energy is used. In order to generate electricity using these currents, IHI is developing a floating underwater ocean current power generation system. This system consists of a power generation device with two turbines whose blades rotate in opposite directions to each other. It can be installed at great depths as it is operated by mooring it to the ocean floor and letting it float in the ocean current like a kite. The excellent characteristics of the system include its efficient power generation device using stable ocean currents, power-generation cost reductions enabled by developing large-scale power generation farms, and easy maintenance.
IHI will push forward with this research and development project using the ocean's renewable energy with the aim of realizing a sustainable energy society.
Cryogenic Rotating Machinery Technologies
These machines operate in environments whose temperatures are close to absolute zero (-273.5°C). Only a few companies worldwide can design and manufacture such equipment, which maintains highperformance in minimizing heat inleak in cryogenic areas. The IHI Group is a world-class player in this fi eld, constantly exploring high-performance technologies for centrifugal turbo machines, design technologies for high-speed rotors, and component technologies for rotating machinery. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, adopted cryogenic rotating machinery in its Large Hadron Collider, contributing signifi cantly to the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle. The machinery is also used in ongoing research with the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, contributing to an international project that aims to harness the energy of fusion reactions as powerful as those of the sun.
International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor
© ITER Organization (www.iter.org/)
Cryogenic rotating machinery
Sectional view of super-critical pressure helium
High-temperature, high-pressure boiler and carbon dioxide capture technologies
IHI has helped alleviate global warming by working on advanced ultra-supercritical, or 700°C (A-USC) boiler technologies for high thermal generation efficiency and technologies to capture carbon dioxide from exhaust gases. We conducted tests on A-USC boilers with a view to commercialization, using new nickel-based alloys to withstand higher temperatures and pressures than conventional setups. IHI used a 20 ton-CO2/day pilot plant employing an amine solution to establish a proprietary carbon dioxide capture process. We manufactured a 0.5 ton-CO2/day emonstration plant applying our technologies, conducting long-term operational tests at an Australian power plant. IHI will continue to cultivate its development capabilities to maintain its technological prowess.
Installation for A-USC boiler test
Producing mock-up for A-USC boiler application
20 ton-CO2/day pilot plant for carbon dioxide capture and 0.5 ton-CO2/day demonstration unit at IHI’s Aioi Works before shipment to Australia
Development of Unmanned Ground and Maritime Systems
IHI is researching and developing and commercializing unmanned systems to eliminate human risks in dangerous places in resources, engineering, disaster response, security, defense, and other fields. Unmanned Ground Systems (including Unmanned Ground Vehicles) undertake research and other work in disaster zones and in contaminated and dangerous areas. Unmanned Maritime Systems (including Unmanned Underwater Vehicles and Unmanned Surface Vehicles) go venture where humans cannot remain for long periods to look for resources and objects and support operations by relaying communications on the sea surface. We are materializing such systems by drawing on mechanical and remote control technologies to enable operations in harsh environments while developing robotics that employ sensors to measure and recognize terrains and obstacles and to navigate along safe routes. We are working to apply robot technologies to regular industrial fields.
UGS：Unmanned Ground vehicle System
UMS：Unmanned Maritime vehicle System
UUV：Unmanned Underwater Vehicles
USV：Unmanned Surface Vehicle
A remotely controlled heavy carrier robot at
semi-underwater environment (UGV)
Note: This work was supported by Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, ”Crossministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP), Infrastructure Maintenance, Renovation, and Management”. (funding agency: NEDO)
Source: Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency website:(http://www.mod.go.jp/atla/kansouken.html)
IHI collaborates with businesses, national government bodies, universities, and other customer entities in the drive to build new value. In December 2012, we joined with Singapore’s national Agency for Science, Technology And Research (A*STAR) to launch a social experiment using 3DLR (3-dimensional laser radar) from intelligent transportation systems. The goal was to create a safe driving support system that would reduce traffic accidents. We have incorporated various ideas and requests in building advanced traffic information management systems in the lead-up to Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress 2019, which Singapore will host. We established the IHI Innovation Centre at our Yokohama Works in November 2014 to drive open innovation with technical attaches at three sites around the world. The facility has stepped up innovation efforts by engaging with visiting customers from Japan and around the world through its Collaboration Area and Inspiration Area.
Singapore social experiment
Safe driving support system confi guration
IHI Innovation Centre after renovation