Sample records for chikyu ondanka taisaku

  1. Investigational report on the trend of measures for global warming; Chikyu ondanka taisaku doko chosa hokokusho



    To know the trend of measures taken for global warming, conducted were overseas surveys, participation in academic society meetings, and literature surveys. The phaseout time of all ozone depleting substances responsible for the ozonospherial destruction was determined for both developed and developing countries in the 7th Meeting of countries which concluded the Montreal Protocol. As information on measures for protecting the ozonosphere, introduced was activities under United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). New fluorine containing ethers were introduced as cleaning solvent which causes no ozonospherial destruction and is low in global warming index. Toxicity data were obtained on HFC-236ea and HFC-236fa which are promising substitutes in HCFC foaming and refrigerant fields. The paper introduced an outline of the 1st Meeting of countries which concluded the Framework Convention on Climate Change held in 1995. According to the report on the National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection of the Netherlands, the amount of emission of fluorine containing greenhouse effect gas (in CO2 conversion) reached 8-14% of all the amount of greenhouse effect gas emitted in 1990 unless the control is reinforced. An outline of the TEWI-3 project was introduced which is useful for comparing effects of substitution technologies on global warming. 14 refs., 11 figs., 29 tabs.

  2. Measures to prevent global warming, and NEDO's energy-saving model projects; Chikyu ondanka boshi taisaku to NEDO sho energy model jigyo



    Described herein are United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the world AIJ (Activities Implemented Jointly) projects, and the Japan's measures and NEDO's energy-saving model projects therefor. NEDO has been inviting the public to join the contests for the projects to be implemented as part of the AIJ Japan program for the first time since April 1996. A total of 11 projects were adopted in July, including the model project for recovering heat from red-hot coke with inert gas, to be implemented by NEDO in China. After the first invitation, an individual proposal will be accepted and examined for which no time limit is set. The NEDO's model projects approved so far include demonstration studies on facilities for effective utilization of paper-making sludge, waste heat recovery at steel furnaces, energy-saving at electric furnaces for alloys, effective utilization of waste heat at garbage incinerators, and power saving at cement kilns. (NEDO)

  3. Fiscal 1997 survey report on the trend of global warming protection measures of substituting freons; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho (daitai freon no chikyu ondanka taisaku doko ni kansuru chosa hokokusho)



    The trend survey was conducted of global warming protection measures by participation in international conferences, scientific society meetings and lecture meetings, and by literature surveys. We participated in the international conference on ozonosphere protection measures. In the 9th meeting of the nations which concluded the Montreal Protocol, the strengthening of restrictions on methyl bromide was decided on. In the UNEP solvent technology selection conference and the OORG conference of the World Bank, reports were made on substituting solvents in Japan, activities supporting developing countries, and the developmental trend of urethane use foaming agent. In the international conference on ozonosphere protection measures, introduced were the present status of Japan`s ODA for developing countries and examples of success of the substitution in the solvent field. The paper included nine reports on CFC destruction technology related literature made public in the past one year. The paper also introduced a comparative study of de-HCFC substituting technology at U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. EPA`s prediction of emission of fluorine 3 gas, the predicted value of HFC emission and trial calculation of contributing rate in all greenhouse gases by IIR, Green Peace and Elf Atochem, and NOAA`s measured data on SF6 in the atmosphere. 49 refs., 46 figs., 26 tabs.

  4. Networking of research information on global environment protection technologies; Chikyu kankyo taisaku gijutsu no kenkyu joho network jigyo



    Networking is being executed with an objective of exchanging information on global environment technologies at an international level. In order to further promote the information exchange, and to make web sites user-friendly, fiscal 1998 has performed structuring a thesis renewal system. As a result of structuring the thesis renewal system, researchers can use the system as using a word processor by inputting data from a terminal in their laboratories. The data can also be made into a data base nearly semi-automatically. In addition to reducing time loss, delay and input errors because of re-entry, the researchers can make the data into a database on nearly a real time basis, and can provide their own theses to any part of the world through Internet. With regard to retaining Internet security, the security software having been introduced last year was renewed. In addition, detailed status such as daily access has become possible of identification as a result of introducing the net intellect. (NEDO)

  5. An Information Management System for CHIKYU Operation and its Future

    Kuramoto, S.; Matsuda, S.; Ito, H.


    The CDEX (Center for Deep Earth Exploration, JAMSTEC) is an implementing organization of a riser drilling vessel, CHIKYU ("Earth"). CHIKYU has a large capability to produce a wide variety of data, core measurement data, logging data, mud logging data, cuttings data and monitoring data in boreholes, etc. Also CDEX conducts site survey for safety drilling and publication before and after cruises. It is critical that these diverse data be managed using a unified, coherent method, and that they be organized and provided to users in an intuitive, clearly understandable way that reflects the aims and underlying philosophies of the IODP and JAMSTEC. It is crucial that these data are accessible to users through an integrated interface in which all data formats, management tools, and procedures are standardized. Meeting these goals will assure total usability for scientists, administrators, and the public, from data creation to uploading and cataloging, to end use and publication. CDEX is developing an integrated information management system, call "SIO7" (Scientific Information from 7 Oceans) for CHIKYU operation, and would like to extend to adopt various information handling systems in geosciences. The SIO7 composed of 2 major systems, J-CORES (JAMSTEC Core Systematics) and DEXIS (Deep Earth Exploration Information System) (see for the details). J-CORES is a database system designated to manage all aspects of core data. The system is modeled on the JANUS system developed by and for ODP, but implements an extended, somewhat modified data model. The functions that support onboard and real time data input operations have also been strengthened. A variety of data visualization and visual core description functions have been added, and data loading from those applications has been automated, making the system as a whole both powerful and easy to use. On the other hand, DEXIS is developed based on the combination and integration of existing off

  6. Prospects and problems in greenhouse effect gas reducing technologies. Report from the global environment preserving technology discussion committee; Onshitsu koka gas teigen taisaku gijutsu no tenbo to kadai. Chikyu kankyo taisaku gijutsu kento iinkai hokokusho



    With respect to effects of technologies on reducing discharge amount of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide), assessments and analyses were performed on 420 techniques including energy saving technologies and new energy technologies. The energy conversion department requires further cost reduction by using such systems as LNG combined power generation using natural gas and high-efficiency coal burning thermal power generation. Requirements for paper and pulp industry include development and wider use of energy saving technologies over the entire manufacturing process, such as a direct causticizing technology and a high-performance recovery boiler. Problems in the cement industry are wider use of blast furnace cement and utilization of coal ash and tire wastes as raw fuels, and those in the iron and steel industry are energy conservation by use of coke furnace moisture adjustment and sintering cooler waste heat recovery. In the civil engineering department, introduction of heat and air insulating methods for buildings, and cogeneration operating on ceramics gas engines is expected. Use of oil substituting energy fueled cars is expected in the transportation department. 5 refs., 12 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Research on the information network for R and D on the innovative technology for the earth; Chikyu kankyo taisaku gijutsu no kenkyu joho network chosa



    With an objective to structure an information network system to promote research information exchange on global environment preserving technologies, the currently used RITE information system was reviewed, and the WWW home page was discussed. Three years have passed since the structuring of the RITE information system, during which remarkably popularized use of the Internet can be seen. With respect to provision of research information through the Internet, IP connection is possible in almost all the countries; a variety of research information utilizing WWW are provided; multi-media functions are advancing in image information, audio information and animated image information; and retrieval servers are improved according to applicable fields. Regarding the RITE information system, discussions are given on improvement in the Internet access environment, and expansion in information providing scope and information exchange environment. A WWW home page was prepared on a trial basis, which indicated that a considerable amount of information can be provided even under the presently retained information and the current network environment. 2 refs., 28 figs., 3 tabs.

  8. Research report of FY 1997 on the influence of insulation materials on global warming; 1997 nendo jigyo hokokusho (chikyu ondanka ni taisuru dannetsuzai no oyobosu eikyo ni kansuru chosa)



    This report describes the influence of insulation materials on global warming. In this study, extrusion polystyrene foam and rigid foam urethane have been selected for review. These were reviewed with both discharge of foaming agent and CO2 reduction produced by energy conservation as a result of the application of insulation material to houses by assuming what conditions would be applied for future foaming agent and thermal insulation. Discharge of CO2 was also considered through manufacturing process of insulation materials. The result was used for judgment of applicability of foamed plastic type insulation materials from the global warming viewpoint. In this study, the influence of insulation materials on the global warming was calculated in each district through their life cycle. It was found that the extruded polystyrene foam second-b and rigid foam urethane are effective to reduce the global warming in Sapporo, Morioka and Sendai in case of a detached house, except a detached house located in the southern district where requires less heat load. In case of a multiple dwelling house, any insulation material reviewed in the study showed that they could reduce CO2 in all districts. 10 refs., 52 figs., 64 tabs.

  9. Investigational study of evaluation of the global energy system as a global environmental protection technology; Chikyu kankyo taisaku gijutsu toshite no global energy system no hyoka ni kansuru chosa kenkyu



    With relation to some global energy systems of which viability is predicted in the future, an evaluation was conducted from the viewpoints of economical efficiency, energy balance, CO2 emission, etc. The fossil fuel CO2 capture system, the conventional thermal power plant added with CO2 recovery/treatment facilities, is expected to reduce approximately 70-75% of the CO2 emission. The fossil fuel decarbonated hydrogen system, which decarbonates fossil fuels, recovers/treats CO2 at the place of fuel supply and uses as hydrogen, is of poor practical application from an economical point of view. The fossil fuel methanol synthesis system, which synthesizes methanol from fossil fuels at the place of fuel supply, generates electric power and recovers/treats CO2 with the methanol, is large in energy loss and CO2 emission and low in overall efficiency and CO2 reduction effect at the time of methanol synthesis. The renewable energy hydrogen system is an ultimate system with no emission of CO2, though it costs much. 110 refs., 83 figs., 107 tabs.

  10. Results of NanTroSEIZE Expeditions Stages 1 & 2: Deep-sea Coring Operations on-board the Deep-sea Drilling Vessel Chikyu and Development of Coring Equipment for Stage 3

    Shinmoto, Y.; Wada, K.; Miyazaki, E.; Sanada, Y.; Sawada, I.; Yamao, M.


    The Nankai-Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE) has carried out several drilling expeditions in the Kumano Basin off the Kii-Peninsula of Japan with the deep-sea scientific drilling vessel Chikyu. Core sampling runs were carried out during the expeditions using an advanced multiple wireline coring system which can continuously core into sections of undersea formations. The core recovery rate with the Rotary Core Barrel (RCB) system was rather low as compared with other methods such as the Hydraulic Piston Coring System (HPCS) and Extended Shoe Coring System (ESCS). Drilling conditions such as hole collapse and sea conditions such as high ship-heave motions need to be analyzed along with differences in lithology, formation hardness, water depth and coring depth in order to develop coring tools, such as the core barrel or core bit, that will yield the highest core recovery and quality. The core bit is especially important in good recovery of high quality cores, however, the PDC cutters were severely damaged during the NanTroSEIZE Stages 1 & 2 expeditions due to severe drilling conditions. In the Stage 1 (riserless coring) the average core recovery was rather low at 38 % with the RCB and many difficulties such as borehole collapse, stick-slip and stuck pipe occurred, causing the damage of several of the PDC cutters. In Stage 2, a new design for the core bit was deployed and core recovery was improved at 67 % for the riserless system and 85 % with the riser. However, due to harsh drilling conditions, the PDC core bit and all of the PDC cutters were completely worn down. Another original core bit was also deployed, however, core recovery performance was low even for plate boundary core samples. This study aims to identify the influence of the RCB system specifically on the recovery rates at each of the holes drilled in the NanTroSEIZE coring expeditions. The drilling parameters such as weight-on-bit, torque, rotary speed and flow rate, etc., were analyzed

  11. Investigation on global warming gas methane; Ondanka gas methane ni kansuru chosa



    This paper summarizes the current status of research and development on generation of methane gas whose contribution to global warming is said to reach 18% as an atmospheric greenhouse effect gas. Systematization was made in the paper on the status of investigations and researches on different sources of methane gas. Measurement data are insufficient for swamplands, and amounts of methane generated in major swamplands in the world are being measured. Very few researches have been made on termites. Oceans were indicated that closed water areas are the sources of methane generation. Inland waters are in the stage of elucidating the methane generating mechanism. Methane hydrates are estimated being discharged from thawing of frozen soil. No measuring methods have yet been established for volcanic mountains. Discharge coefficient was sought for methane generation energies, and discharge amount in the global level was estimated from statistical data such as amount of production. With regard to agriculture, studies on mechanisms and measure technologies have been advanced on rumination of livestock. Data for paddy fields are being accumulated. Wastes have measurement data accumulated, and discussions are being made on discharge amount estimation and measure technologies. 30 refs., 32 figs., 28 tabs.

  12. Geothermal energy and global environment. Chinetsu energy to chikyu kankyo


    The geothermal energy is explained together with the global environment. The global environment problem comprises ozonospheric destruction, acid rain and global warming. The important elements of measures against the global warming are rise in prediction accuracy (rise in accuracy of prediction model for which the reflection on the cloud, rainfall and evaporation, percentage of the ocean, and biosystem are taken into consideration) and technological development for the measures (high efficiency utilization of energy, reduction in CO2 production, CO2 removal, storage and recycling technology). A prediction example of the worldwide energy in 2050 indicates that the nuclear power, fossil fuel and geothermal energy occupy 50, 20 and 8%, respectively. Though poor in economical performance, the geothermal power generation will be competitive, if assumption is made of a future rise in fossil fuel cost. It is more practical than the photovoltaic power generation and wind power generation. Its CO2 emission per kWH is smaller than that of the hydraulic power generation and nuclear power generation. In the geothermal power generation, H2S largely influences the atmospheric environment. As measures against the H2S, stretford and other different processes are put in practical use. For the water quality environment, what is important is measures against the As. 24 refs., 25 figs., 2 tabs.

  13. Investigations on forests from viewpoints of global environment; Shinrin no chikyu kankyoteki shiten kara no chosa



    Forests have become drawing attention as an absorption source of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse effect gas. This paper discusses significance of forests from viewpoints of their roles as diverse ecological systems and socio-economic values. Forest is a place for living and resting of all kinds of living organisms including plants, animals and microorganisms. Living forms in forests being affluent in kinds and large in amount bring great favor to human societies. Forests play diversified roles other than biological roles in addition to largely affecting heat distribution on the ground through evapotranspiration. These roles include suppression of erosion on ground surface, alleviation of micro climate by reducing wind velocity on the ground, and disaster prevention. Forests have an aspect of supply source of production resources for societies as well as an aspect of unused lands. Efficiency of converting solar energy by plants looks inferior to that of solar cells. Biomass may be regarded as regenerative energy limited to a case where excess production is utilized. 142 refs., 56 figs., 44 tabs.

  14. Ozone hole formation and global environment. Ozone hole no keisei to chikyu kankyo

    Iwasaka, Y. (Nagoya University, Nagoya (Japan). Solar Terrestrial Environment Laboratory)


    This paper summarizes mainly the mechanism of forming ozone holes. Ozone in the stratosphere is destroyed by catalytic reaction of ClOx attributable to presence of chlorine generated from photodissociation of fleon. Presence of NOx leads to formation of inactive ClONO2 which suppresses the reaction. Air in the stratosphere over the antarctic during the polar night period is isolated from air in the surrounding areas and its temperature is low, where cloud comprising nitric acid crystals (NAT) or ice crystals (polar stratospheric cloud) is formed. When ClONO2 comes in contact with these cloud particles, it is decomposed, and Cl2 and HOCl produced from the decomposition are accumulated in the stratosphere, while NO2 produced simultaneously is taken into NAT reducing the NOx concentration in the stratosphere. When the spring comes, these compounds form chlorine, and its Cl catalytic reaction causes an explosive ozone destruction. No extensive ozone destruction is thought to occur in the arctic because polar stratospheric cloud grows only poorly. 14 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Preventive measures of water pollution in China; Chugoku ni okeru suishitsu odaku boshi taisaku

    Qian, Y.; Huang, X.


    This paper describes the progress and the major results of research and development on technologies and measures to prevent water pollution in China. Tests and researches have been performed on an upward anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB), a vertical baffled anaerobic sludge blanket, two-phase anaerobic digestion, and an anaerobic fluidized bed. When anaerobically digested sludge and aerobic active sludge are inoculated in the UASB, particle-shaped sludge was formed well in both sludges. This technology has begun to be used in breweries and citric acid factories. With anaerobic treatment of waste water containing sulfate, the sulfate was recovered as sulfur by using the first and second phases. Research and development is being progressed on the oxidation ditch technology as an improved version of the active sludge method. In a pilot test of a soil treatment system and a stabilization pond treatment system as alternative technology for the active sludge method, the BOD in the treated water was found 2.5 mg{times}1/l. Attentions are drawn on primary treatment, a living organism contact oxidation method, and a continuous filtration treatment process as technologies to turn polluted water into resources. 6 refs., 1 tab.

  16. Rock and water outburst and its prevention measure. Mizu tosshutsu to sono taisaku

    Nishimura, S. (Nishimatsu Construction Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)); Nakajima, I.; Ujihara, M. (Hokkaido University, Sapporo (Japan). Faculty of Engineering)


    With coal mines on the ebb, the technologies developed therefrom are beginning to fall into oblivion. Accordingly, a review was made from the present day viewpoint on the rock and water outbursts occurred several times at the Yubari Coal Mine at its development phase a water outburst accompanying rock outburst that occurs when a shaft gets close to a (high-pressure ground water bed). A fracture probability theory was used to determine the reason why a crater formed at a water outburst has a small opening and a great depth in the case of shales, and the other way around in the case of sand stones. The result was used in considering the specifications for water stopping constructions established in the past as the water outburst prevention measures, whereas such specifications having been improved on shales with the greatest uniformity were clarified to provide higher safety to other kinds of rocks. Examinations were also given on the flooding construction method used in constructing shaft bottom bulkheads as a provisional measure against a water outburst in a vertical shaft. This construction method could be applied to developing underground spaces at great depths. 8 refs., 16 figs., 6 tabs.

  17. Reinforcement of steel plank revetment deteriorated by corrosion; Fushoku rekkashita koyaban gogan no hokyo taisaku

    Inoue, K.; Takeda, E.; Karai, M. [Kyushu Electric Power Co. Inc., Fukuoka (Japan)


    Revetment for the site of Karatsu Power Station of Kyushu Electric Power Co., Ltd., is an L-shape revetment using prestressed concrete and steel planks. Twenty-five years have elapsed since it was constructed, and now the revetment suffers from various kinds of deterioration, such as steel plank corrosion, salt damage of concrete, and change in shape and load condition. This report outlines the deterioration/soundness assessment and the execution of reinforcement using self-sustaining prestressed concrete planks. After assessing the time-dependence of stability of the revetment, it is found that plank thickness reduces by corrosion so much that the plank yield strength is exceeded by the stress imposed by earthquakes. It is inferred that cracks that occur in the concrete berm are caused by the uneven subsidence of the revetment and that they are responsible very likely for the corrosion and fracture of reinforcing bars and tie rods. Twenty years in the future, it is predicted, the south-side revetment will suffer a collapse rate of 46% due to the advance of steel plank corrosion and salt in the revetment concrete will exceed the critical amount for collapse of 3.8kg/m{sup 3}. On the basis of the above findings, it is inferred that the main factor of revetment deterioration is the synergistic effect of increase in the load on the revetment and the progress of steel plank corrosion. 9 figs., 6 tabs.

  18. Study of freshwater red tide control measures; Tansui akashio taisaku ni kansuru kenkyu

    Onishi, M.; Hatamochi, K. [Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc., Osaka (Japan)


    Basic research of biological measures for which the accumulation of basic findings is mandatory and the applied research of chemical and physical measures that are higher in feasibility are conducted for the establishment of measures to counter freshwater red tides. In the basic research, natural enemies, algaecidal microbes, conjugation inhibiting substances, and allelopathy are studied, but none of them is found feasible at the current stage. In the basic research, however, factors are discovered that inhibit the multiplication of Peridinium bipes or perish the same. In the applied research, chemical algaecidal methods, UV-aided algaecidal methods, and various red-tide constituent collection methods are studied. Collection methods are compared, and it is concluded that a method of Toray Industries, Inc., efficiently collects red-tide constituents. In this method, red-tide constituents are screened by and condensed on a cloth filter provided on the internal wall of a drum, and are dehydrated and then transferred. The applied research further involves the prediction of red tide outbreak and the raising of fish on a food containing substances extracted from red tides, and it is suggested that these are feasible. 18 refs., 15 figs., 3 tabs.

  19. Report on the invitation program for developing countries concerning technology promotion project of global environmental industry in FY 1997; 1997 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu suishin jigyo ni kakawaru chikyu kankyo kanren gijutsu kaigai kenkyusha shohei jigyo hokokusho



    In an effort to help preserve the global environment, International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer (ICETT) contributes to the solution of global environmental problems by promoting research exchanges with developing countries. As a part of this effort, ICETT hosted an environmental development researcher who visited Japan from the Institute of Environmental Research of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. The invitation was extended at the request of NEDO. During the period of this investigation between September 16 and December 14, 1997, a photocatalyst was prepared and its performance was evaluated under the theme ``Application of photocatalysis to purification of atmospheric environment.`` At the same time, roadside test spots were inspected to study the practical application of optical photocatalysis. The visiting researcher also visited the National Institute for Resources and Environment to discuss with the staff of institute. This helped to deepen understandings of the state of air pollution problems confronting Japan, Europe, and North America, as well as issues related to the technologies that have been developed to solve these problems. The visiting researcher toured the RITE and examined Japan`s progress in the development of environmental control technology through joint research involving government, industry, and academia. At ICETT, the visiting researcher received training in Japan`s approaches to environmental problems in developing countries

  20. Earthquake resistant measures of existing structures by TRTA; Eidan chikatetsu ni okeru kisetsu doboku kozobutsu no taishin taisaku

    Miyata, N.


    Seismic countermeasures for the existing structures are introduced on the main item: reinforcement of open-cut tunnel RC center pillars as well as on reinforcement of rigid frame viaduct pillars and installation of a device for prevention of viaduct falling. First, for reinforcing open-cut tunnel center pillars, design was devised so as to be suitable to construction environment in the subway yard. Important reinforcement materials are steel and filling materials; SS and a self-leveling material for building construction were chosen. The following construction work procedures are explained based on the actual construction: removal of interior materials of existing pillars and measurement of the actual size, high pressure water washing, steel plate fabrication, plate delivery to the yard, installation of steel plates, filler filling, painting. Next, on reinforcement of viaduct pillars on the ground, the reinforcement design concept is basically same as in the open-cut tunnel. Points of difference in design and construction are explained. On the countermeasure for prevention of viaduct falling for girder bridges without the falling prevention, countermeasure investigation and design work or installation work are being carried out. Seismic resistance evaluation and design of existing bridges, and construction work are explained. 13 figs., 1 tab.

  1. Microbially influenced corrosion of buried pipelines and its control; Dojo maisetsu pipeline no biseibutsu fushoku to sono taisaku

    Kajiyama, F. [Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)


    This paper describes microbially influenced corrosion (MIC) on buried pipelines and its preventive measures. Major microorganisms involved in the corrosion include iron bacteria, iron oxidized bacteria, sulfur oxidized bacteria, sulfate reduced bacteria, and methane producing bacteria, which are largely divided into aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. There is high negative correlation between oxidation-reduction potential `E{sub h}` and pH of soils, and activity regions of each microorganism correspond to each region determined by E{sub h} - pH. According to the result of experimentally measuring the MIC rate in cast iron pipes, the rate was found to decrease in the order of iron bacteria > iron oxidized bacteria > sulfate reduced bacteria. As a first measure to prevent MIC, it is necessary to isolate pipes from soil. The present study disclosed that it is absolutely necessary to apply a coating having high insulation performance and take measures of cathodic protection, and that the corrosion may be prevented if the conventionally recommended anti-corrosive potential is cleared and electric current is flowing into defective parts even if a defect has occurred in the coating. 26 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Present situation of wastes and the problems; Haiki butsu taisaku no genjo to mondai ten ni tsuite

    Inoue, S.


    The construction of socioeconomic system based on the environmental protection was decided as one of the following four long-term targets in the `basic environmental plan`. That is, (1) socioeconomic system based on the environment, (2) commensalism between nature and human being, (3) joining to the action as for environmental protection, and (4) promotion of the international cooperation. Countermeasures for waste and its recycling was taken up as one of the related individual policies, and the construction of a circulating social system which will be sustainable developed by the restraint of waste, the construction of a proper recycle system and the appropriate disposal and so on are required. The high standard of living, greatly advanced industry, diversification of life style and the change of consumer`s behavior have greatly increased both the general waste mainly consisting of municipal waste and the industrial waste. In this paper, taking up the case of the Tokyo metropolitan area as an example of these situation, the measures for waste proposed by some deliberative councils, the problem of incineration disposal method and the dioxin generated from the facilities, and so forth are described. 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  3. Survey on forest from the viewpoint of global environment. Part 2. Case study on afforestation; Shinrin no chikyu kankyoteki shiten kara no chosa. 2. Shokurin case study



    In order to study the meaning and possibility of biomass energy, the imaginary cycle was proposed which is composed of fuel production through afforestation and energy conversion by power plant. Industrial afforestation was introduced into Southeast Indonesia where late recovery from forest loss by slash-and-burn method and deforestation is pointed out. Acacia Mangium was selected as a rapid growth tree. For operation of a 10MW class direct combustion thermal power plant of 21% in efficiency, biomass plantation of 9000ha and workers of 650 were necessary. The generated energy/input energy ratio of 3.71 showed a well energy balance. If this cycle is substituted for existing thermal power plants using fossil fuel, reduction of CO2 emission to 1/7-1/16 is possible. The power cost including no construction cost is estimated to be $0.0319/kWh. This cycle is thus promising as business because of the current power rate of $0.066/kWh in Indonesia. Although the profitability of this cycle is inferior to power generation using fossil fuel, this cycle will be valuable enough from a political standpoint in consideration of recovery and treatment of CO2. 31 refs., 26 figs., 47 tabs.

  4. Global environment assessment survey by advancing the energy demand and supply structure. 4; Energy jukyu kozo kodoka chikyu kankyo eikyo chosa. 4



    To investigate the energy demand and supply structure in Japan, the international trend of approaches to global warming problems and the mitigation options to global warming in the energy related sectors have been surveyed. For the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, an Ad-hoc Group has discussed relevant topics after the 1st conference of the Parties. Meetings of the Group primarily focused on what objectives to set for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in and in and after 2000. IPCC completed their Technical Paper in November 1996 in which technologies and measures to reduce GHG emissions and to enhance GHG sinks were analyzed and evaluated in various aspects. This Paper discusses about each sector of institutional buildings sector, transport sector, industrial sector, and energy supply sector. Especially, in the energy supply sector, promising approaches to reduce future emission include more efficient conversion of fossil fuels, switching to low-carbon fossil fuels, decarbonization of flue gas and fuels, CO2 storage, switching to nuclear energy, and switching to renewable sources of energy. 5 refs., 2 figs., 14 tabs.

  5. Survey of effects of enhancement of the energy supply/demand structure on the global environment. 3; Energy jukyu kozo kodoka chikyu kankyo eikyo chosa. 3



    For the purpose of studying how the energy supply/demand structure in Japan should be, a report on the secondary IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) evaluation was analyzed. Possibilities of reducing the world CO2 emissions in association with the energy consumption were studied in the five assumed cases. Every case says that CO2 can be reduced to 1/3 of the 1990 level by 2100. In a case of the use of biomass as main fuel (1), the use of primary energy is suppressed to two times the 1990 level, and photovoltaic/wind/biomass power generation is introduced in a large quantity. Synthetic methanol and hydrogen are used for transportation and commercial/residential use fuels. There are four more assumed cases: the use of nuclear power as a substitute for renewable energy in the power generation in (1), the use of natural gas of 1.5 times that used in (1), the substitution of coal for biomass used in (1), and the assumption that the demand for primary energy in 2100 will be twice that used in (1). In Japan it is assumed that basically the nuclear power generation will be expanded, that the photovoltaic and waste power generation will be introduced in a large quantity, and that synthetic methanol and hydrogen are mainly used as transportation and commercial/residential use fuels. It is necessary, therefore, to analyze conditions under which the quantity introduction of such non-fossil energy is made possible. 11 figs., 31 tabs.

  6. Project to promote the development of global environmental industry technology. Feasibility study of research exchanges; Chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kaihatsu suishin jigyo. Kenkyu koryu kanosei chosa



    In fiscal 1995, three teams were organized to study the following subjects: plant genetic and cellular engineering in relation to drought stress; simulation models of global environment for accurate assessment and prediction; the APEC Virtual Center for environmental technology exchange. The team studying plant genetic and cellular engineering in relation to drought stress visited the Department of Botany, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Grunion University, Israel, the Department of Biochemistry and the Office of Arid Lands Studies, Arizona University, the U.S. to survey the present and future trend of the study and feasibility of research exchanges. The team studying simulation models of global environment for accurate assessment and prediction visited Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electric Power Research Institute, and Battle Research Institute in the U.S. to survey feasibility of research exchanges. The team studying the APEC Virtual Center for environmental technology exchange visited institutes in ASEAN countries to survey needs for the Virtual Center. 312 refs., 74 figs., 17 tabs.

  7. Fiscal 1994 survey report. Survey of energy supply/demand structure sophistication and global environmental impact; 1994 nendo energy jukyu kozo kodoka chikyu kankyo eikyo chosa hokokusho



    Outlines of various energy supply/demand analytical models are surveyed. With environmental problems gathering importance, a number of models are being introduced in which energy supply/demand structures, long-term climate changes, and impacts of policy options on social economy are linked to each other. Some socioeconomic impact models cover a single country and others the whole world. They are various in type, ranging from dynamic optimization models to static balance models. Twenty-four models are chosen, and grouped into two types respectively covering Japan and the whole world from a geographical viewpoint and into three groups in view of their structures. Under an optimization model, such optimization is accomplished as economic growth maximization and energy cost minimization and so forth under given energy supply restrictions. Under a general balance type econometric model, an adjustment process in which capital and labor and production are coordinated across multiple departments is expressly stated. Under a partial balance type econometric model, a demand function for goods is given and optimum behavior such as consumption maximization is indirectly described. (NEDO)

  8. System of policy options for the stabilization of the global climate. Chikyu kiko anteika no tame no seisaku option no taikei

    Morita, Tsuneyuki (National Inst. for Environmental Studies, Tokyo, (Japan))


    Based on the materials of the Study Council on the Policies against Global Warming, policies were systematized and proposed in the name of COSMO (COmprehensive Strategies for MOderating global warming) Plan-I. In this report policies are meant to be the course of policies, and means are measures to accomplish policies and they include direct regulations, economic measures and education. These measures take root as systems after they are generalized and systematized. The design procedure of the policy frame is composed of three steps; firstly, extraction and identification of basic characteristics of the issue of the global warming: secondly, setting of basic policies based on the characteristics: and thirdly, design of the policy frame based on the set basic policies. Basic policies made through this process are grouped into 8; policies for converting basic structure of the social economy, policies for individual industrial countermeasures, policies for regional control and management, policies for international cooperations and adjustments, and policies for adapting to the global warming. 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Project to promote the technical development of global environmental industries. International research exchange project; Chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kaihatsu suishin jigyo. Kokusai kenkyu koryu jigyo



    Exchanges with researchers/research institutes in overseas countries have an important meaning in promoting the research and development toward the creation of new research fields where the solution to the environmental problem is aimed at and toward the construction of new technological systems. Therefore, under the cooperation of Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), and RITE related researchers and societies, given were invitation and dispatch of researchers to international conferences and symposia involved in the global environment related technology, and exchanges with major overseas research institutes/universities. At the same time, based on the short-term invitation and dispatch so far given, a system was established for medium- and long-term dispatch/invitation of researchers who are thought to hold an important position in the future research activities. From the results obtained, domestic and foreign exchanges relating to the latest research could be promoted. In addition, researches in the basic domain related to the global environmental technology were advanced in a variety of fields overseas. The numbers of invitation and dispatch given in fiscal 1995 were 12 and 13, respectively, the results of which were included in this paper. 121 refs., 74 figs., 11 tabs.

  10. Recent situation related to drinking water quality management; Suidosuishitsu kanri wo meguru saikin no doko (Kagaku busshitsu, byogensei biseibutsu taisaku wo chushin to shite)

    Arai, S. [Ministry of health and Welfare, Tokyo (Japan)


    Recent situation related to drinking water quality management, including designation of dioxins as Monitoring Items of waterworks, measures against drinking water pollution by Cryptosporidium, research of endocrine disrupters in drinking water such as phthalates, maintenance of reserve tanks, and decentralization and deregulation of administrative systems, is introduced. Discussions on the future regulation and/or management measure of drinking water at the Living Environment Council is also introduced. (author)

  11. `Construction work for 1 raw material physical improvement measures` for Nippon Steel Corporation; Shinnihon Seitetsu (kabu) Kimitsu seitetsusho muke 1 genryo taishitsu kaizen taisaku koji



    Meidensha Corporation delivered electrical components to Nippon Steel Corporation for its physical improvement program. At the raw material transportation facility of Kimitsu Works, construction work for physical improvement measures was carried out aiming at the enhancement of productivity of the sintering process and the rationalization of materials flow and equipment in the yard. Meidensha Corporation delivered electrical apparatuses such as conveyer driving components and an overall operation monitor/control unit, performed improvement on the instrument boards that were already in existence, and thereby realized remotely controlled automatic operation from the raw materials center and an overall operation monitor/control function. The important control devices are a conveyer motor, a motor operating board, three sets of overall conveyer controlling PCs (UNISEQUE SB6000), an auxiliary relay board, a CRT-aided monitor/control unit, a mover trunk setting board, a work site operation appliance/detector, a modified operation/monitor board and an automatic broadcasting unit. The CRT-aided monitor/control unit (MEIDACS-BCC) monitors and controls the operation of the facility as a whole, serving as the axis of raw materials transportation control. Load optimization is accomplished by the addition of the overall conveyer control function. (NEDO)

  12. Investigation of nitrous oxide (N2O) abatement technologies. 2; Asanka chisso (N2O) no teigen taisaku ni kansuru chosa. 2



    Emission amount of nitrous oxide (N2O) from anthropogenic sources is analyzed, and reduction effects by the abatement technologies are evaluated. The concentration of nitrous oxide in the atmosphere continues to increase and emissions from agricultural and ecosystem sources are drawing particular attention. For the emission of N2O in Japan, 8.28 Gg-N2O per year is emitted from fossil fuel combustion facilities, 6.95 from waste incineration facilities, 22.5 from transportation vehicles including automobiles, 26.7 from the chemical industry including establishments engaged in adipic acid production, 2.1 from sewage treatment facilities including septic tanks, 6.3 from farmland, and 7.1 from livestock excrement. For the N2O abatement technologies for different sources, fuel improvement, high temperature combustion, acceleration of reduction decomposition reaction, and development of catalysts are significant for the combustion technologies. In connection with N2O discharged in the process of adipic acid production, major businesses have internationally committed to up to 99% abatement of the N2O emissions by 1998. With regard to wastewater and sewage treatment facilities and septic tanks, improvement in COD/NO-N ratio, retention period, pH level, and reduction process is pointed out. 204 refs., 70 figs., 53 tabs.

  13. Investigations on measures to reduce nitrous oxide (N2O); Asanka chisso (N2O) no teigen taisaku ni kansuru chosa



    Discussions were given on measures to reduce N2O as part of the measures to prevent global warming. Nitrous oxide has a long atmospheric lifetime of 150 years, and its greenhouse warming potential will increase by 310 times that of CO2 after 100 years. It can also be a cause of ozone layer destruction. Nitrous oxide is estimated to have influence of about 10% as compared with CO2 even under the present conditions. Discharge of N2O from manufacturing process of adipic acid is aimed to be eliminated totally by 1998. Improvement in efficiency of combustion of fossil fuels and wastes serves most effectively to reduce not only N2O but also CO2. Nitrous oxide generated in sewage treatment as in sewage purifier may be reduced if the batch process is turned into a continuous process, but assistance from policy side would be required for wider adoption of the process conversion. No environmental regulations are applicable to N2O, whereas a problem is present that the number of system installation would not grow because of economic reasons even if the system is feasible technically. Another problem is that the N2O reducing technology is in trade-off relation with other warming gases such as NOx and methane. Comprehensive technological evaluations aimed at optimization must be moved forward in the future. 236 refs., 102 figs., 78 tabs.

  14. Measures for global environmental issues using information communication. Results of trial calculation of CO2 reduction reported by the Telecommunication Council; Joho tsushin wo katsuyoshita chikyu kankyo mondai eno taio. Denki tsushin shingikai toshin no CO2 sakugen shisan kekka

    Fujiwara, T. [Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, Tokyo (Japan)


    Telework is an effective work style using information communication without commutation, and ITS is an integrated traffic system such as advanced navigation. Effects of the CO2 emission reduction by these information communication systems were calculated as a trial. Reduction of CO2 4.06 million ton was obtained, which is equivalent to about 7% of the reduction target 56.5 million ton in Japan by 2010. For the items, were obtained 1.29 million ton (MT) by telework, 1.1 MT by ITS, 0.53 MT by the reduction of paper consumption/rejection using LAN, and 0.5 MT by the alternation of movements for international business using Internet (reduction of overseas official trips). In addition, were obtained 0.36 MT by the energy saving with enhanced efficiency of office environment using advanced information communication such as building management information systems, 0.25 MT by the electronic publication and newspaper for the reduction of paper consumption/rejection using electronic media such as CD-ROM, and 0.03 MT by the remote education and at-home education systems. The trial calculations were conducted only for these seven systems, and only for the direct effects using these systems. Accordingly, the result is only a part of the whole. These systems promote to realize a society with reduced environmental loads. 2 tabs.

  15. 'Nikkei Global Environment Technology Prize' awarded to the joint research group on regeneration of tropical forest; Nettairin saisei kyodo kenkyu ga 'Nikkei chikyu kankyo gijutsusho' wo jusho

    Watanabe, T. [Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc., Osaka (Japan)


    The tropical forest regeneration technology research group of Kansai Electric Power Company and Kansai Environment Center has been performing the research and development of tropical forest regeneration technology jointly with Indonesia since fiscal 1992. The group was awarded with the Global Environment Technology Prize from Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. As a result of stringent examination on 97 applications, being two times as many as in usual years, the group received high evaluation on the originality, reality and possibility of proliferation of its research, and impacts given to the societies. Two other groups were also selected. The achievements were reported by the representative of the group in the award commemoration lecture at the global environment economist summit held by the Nikkei press the same day. Conventionally, afforestation done with considerable efforts has often been lost by forest fires and slash-and-burn farming, whereas the present research aims at establishing a comprehensive afforestation technology considering social and economic aspects, and CO2 fixation. As one of the choices of flexible measures as a result of the effect of forests having been recognized in COP3, frameworks for utilizing the mechanisms of joint implementation and clean resource development were introduced. Ever increasing expectations are placed on the achievements of the present research works. (NEDO)

  16. Fiscal 1997 report on the survey of effects of enhancement of energy consumption efficiency on the global environment; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho (energy shohi koritsuka chikyu kankyo eikyo chosa)



    The paper surveyed the state of studying the measures against global warming in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and made analyses of the trends of preventive measures for global warming in other countries, aiming at presenting data for studying the future enhancement of energy consumption efficiency in the Asia Pacific region. In the U.S., a report was taken up from Executive Office of the President which is entitled `the federal government R and D of energy for solution to problems in the 21st century.` The report made analyses of the federal government R and D of energy and at the same time recommended an increase in R and D budget and reinforcement of the organization of the Department of Energy. In Europe, the carbon tax, CO2 tax, energy tax, etc. are introduced or studied for reduction of CO2 emissions. OECD made public a report approved in May 1997 which is entitled `the environmental tax and green tax reform.` Also studied were the introduction and effects of the carbon tax aiming at reducing CO2 emissions in developing countries. More attention is being paid to economic effects predicted in case developed countries reinforce various kinds of measures for targeted reduction of greenhouse gases. 2 figs., 4 tabs.

  17. Research on the general analytical method of fossil fuel cycle from a viewpoint of the global environment. 3; Chikyu kankyo kara mita sogoteki kaseki nenryo cycle bunseki hyoka shuho no chosa. 3



    The general analysis/assessment method of a fossil fuel cycle was studied. Seven kinds of power generation plants such as LNG cycle and coal cycle ones, and four kinds of transport and treatment systems of recovered CO2 such as ocean and underground systems were studied as case studies on life cycle analysis. As data necessary for life cycle analysis, the database was constructed which stores the facilities and operational energy required for a total energy system from mining of fossil fuel to treatment of recovered CO2, and the quantity of environmental waste such as CO2 emission. As a result, the decrease rate of energy balance defined as ratio of input energy to power plant output was estimated to be 14-43% and 20-60% in LNG cycle and coal cycle, respectively. Even if the recovery rate of CO2 in power plants reached 80-90%, reduction of total CO2 emission was limited to only 20-40% because of CO2 emission during mining, liquefaction and transport of fuel. 168 refs., 48 figs., 102 tabs.

  18. Regional new energy vision drawn up for Hagiwara Town for fiscal 1998. Beautiful earth for the children; 1998 nendo Hagiwaramachi chiiki shin energy vision. Utsukushii chikyu wo kodomotachi e



    A model project is described, under development at Hagiwara Town, Gifu Prefecture. At the important facilities of Minami-Hida International Health and Recreation Center, new energy that exists in the region will be fully utilized, such as natural energy (of the sun, wind, water, etc.), unexploited energy (of the heat from waste, hot spring, etc.), and introduction into the center will be considered of some energy supply systems which are among the most advanced in the country. Natural energy utilization schemes will be deployed at Hidagawa Park and Asagiri Sports Park. A clean energy vehicle popularization base will be built at the Michinoeki sewage treatment plant, and roadside facilities utilizing sewage heat will be deployed. Studies will be conducted so that nursery schools and primary and junior high schools, which are to serve as havens in case of disaster, will have self-contained new energy systems installed in their houses. In an effort to rebuild the town, easy-to-fabricate new energy systems will be taught in life-long education courses for the townspeople, and will be placed on the service menus for the visitors out of Hagiwara to Hagiwara's recreational facilities. (NEDO)

  19. Survey report of FY 1997 on the global environmental industry technology development promotion project. International research exchange project; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho. Chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kaihatsu suishin jigyo (kokusai kenkyu koryu jigyo)



    Exchange of personnel among foreign research organizations is significant for promoting research and development to create new research fields and to build new technological systems for the purpose of solving global environmental problems. For this purpose, researchers were sent/invited to/from international conferences and international symposiums related to global environmental technology and exchange of personnel with major foreign research organizations and universities was conducted under the cooperation of RITE and RITE-related researchers and related academic societies. Based on short-term invitation and sending of researchers as well as the feasibility study of researcher exchange, researchers were sent/invited on long- and mid-terms. As a result, exchange of personnel engaged in the latest research in Japan and overseas could be promoted. It was found that various researches are being conducted abroad in basic areas of global environmental technology. Since they are closely related to the research and development of industrial technology contributing to global environmental preservation promoted by RITE, it is important to establish a more efficient exchange system of researchers in the future. 91 refs., 38 figs., 14 tabs.

  20. Research report for fiscal 1998. Research into the feasibility of exchange of studies for the development and promotion of global environment-related industrial technologies; 1998 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kaihatsu suishin jigyo. Kenkyu koryu kanosei chosa



    The above was conducted by Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE). Worldwide collaboration is mandatory for the settlement of environmental problems for the earth, and RITE is positively promoting its interaction with research institutes abroad. In fiscal 1998, it sent research teams to government organizations and research institutes in Europe and America for studies there. A study in Europe involved the preparation of chemicals from CO2 by virtue of novel biotic reactions, and RITE's microbial molecular function laboratory plans to start a leading study in fiscal 1999. In relation with environmental impact reducing technologies using sunlight-aided photocatalysts, visits were paid to three research institutes in America. RITE itself has developed a powdered semiconductor catalyst and is engaged in the study of producing hydrogen by decomposition of water using solar energy. Concerning the production of saccharides out of farm wastes remaining unused, researches were made into the feasibility of joint studies with some advanced research institutes in America. Discussions were made about the performance- and stability-related improvement of enzymes usable for the decomposition of biomass, the analysis of biological environmental circumstances that substance yielding microbes find themselves in under anaerobic conditions, etc. (NEDO)

  1. Fiscal 1997 report on the survey project on planning to execute `The New Earth 21`; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho (`chikyu saisei keikaku` no jisshi keikaku sakusei ni kansuru chosa jigyo)



    Japan proposed in the Houston Summit the New Earth 21 to be carried out with technology development and technology transfer, and to make a concrete development of the project, Japan also proposed in the Tokyo Summit a TREE Plan for working out comprehensive strategies of the innovative technology development. In the CO3 Kyoto Conference in 1997, numerical targets for developed countries were determined which have legal binding force for control/reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the term of 2008-2012. It was agreed to urge developing countries also to play a certain part in the project through the clean development. Therefore, the paper made quantitative analysis of important CO2 prevention technologies, technology transfer costs, and economical assessment by energy conservation. As a model, the DNE 21 model was upgraded and used into which CO2 prevention technologies, energy, economy and climate changes were integrated. In fiscal 1997, the following were carried out: collection of data on important CO2 prevention technologies and systems and analytical assessment using the DNE 21 model, CO2 reduction and selection of energy technology, assessment of energy system costs, construction of the unified DNE 21 model, and opening of the international workshop. 62 refs., 98 figs., 34 tabs.

  2. Investigations on a global environment improving technology utilizing biological functions. 2. Structuring a ligno-bioprocess; Seibutsu kino wo riyoshita chikyu kankyo kaizen gijutsu ni kansuru chosa. 2. Riguno bio process no kochiku



    Discussions were given to reserve global environments on reducing dependence on fossil resources and more effectively utilizing wood resources. Economically utilizable amount of wastes from lumbering factories reaches about five million tons annually. Discussions were made on a ligno-bioprocess that uses these wastes. The current quantitative production efficiency of cellulase by means of bacterial breeding is very high. A problem is production of ligninolytic enzymes, to which application of the recombinant DNA method is indispensable. Combination of steam explosion with biological decomposition or the organosolv process is an effective method for lignin decomposition. Decomposition of cellulose by using the ultra critical water method is worth noticing. With respect to hemicellulose utilization, production of cellulose derivatives, biodegradable polymers and oligosaccharides would be conceivable by means of esterification and etherification. Vanillinic acid, adhesives, resins and lignin-based polymer materials could be manufactured from lignin. Material cost for these products accounts for about 35% of the product price, thus making the lignochemicals promising commercial products. 301 refs., 71 figs., 39 tabs.

  3. Study of coherent optical fiber communication in electromagnetic field. 2. Optical polarization transient by impulse current in OPGW; Coherent hikaritsushin eno denjikai no eikyo to taisaku. 2. Impulse denryu ni yoru OPGW denpako no henpa hendo

    Kurono, M.; Isawa, K.; Kuribara, M. [Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Tokyo (Japan)


    A coherent optical fiber communication method has possibility of large capacity transmission for future, but it needs a control of polarization state of optical signal. So it is important to clear the optical polarization characteristics of OPGW because the polarization state may change rapidly by alternative current or lightning. This report describes the experimental results of transient states of optical polarization and coherent transmission characteristics by large impulsive current in OPGW (200m length). The impulse current is maximum 16kA at peak and 1{times}10 us rise and tail time. Polarization states are measured by a real time stokes analyzer with 10 MHz band width. As a result, the maximum shift of polarization state on Poincare sphere is about 70 degree and the rise time is about 12us, which is much longer than current use time 1us. We found the reason that the polarization rise time is caused by the inductance of spiral current along twisted conductors of OPGW, which makes magnetic field along the fiber in OPGW so as to occur Faraday effect. The coherent optical FSK transmission characteristics in transient state of optical polarization by impulse current is also described. In the case of single detection, bit errors are caused when the polarization states of optical signal on Poincare sphere move about 150 degree from the polarization state of local optical source. And in the case of polarization diversity detection, bit error is not caused by any change of polarization. 7 refs., 31 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. Study of coherent optical fiber communication in electromagnetic field. 1. Fundamental experiment in magnetic field; Coherent hikari tsushin eno denjikai no eikyo to taisaku. 1. Jikai no eikyo ni kansuru kiso jikken

    Kurono, M.; Isawa, K.; Kuribara, M. [Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Tokyo (Japan)


    Coherent optical fiber communication is an effective method to increase transmission capacity of the existing transmission route. However, it is necessary for this method to control the polarization state of optical signals. Composite fiber optic ground wire (OPGW) is a transmission route that is peculiar to electric power. It is considered that the optical polarization state through OPGW may fluctuate considerably due to the magnetic field generated by electric current. In this paper, it is predicted theoretically that the polarization fluctuation occurs due to the Faraday effect because the magnetic field is formed in the axial direction of the fiber by the spiral flow of electric current along the twisted strand around the fiber. In order to study the effects on the axial magnetic field, carried out is an experiment to add the axial magnetic field to the 10km drum-winding optical core wire through the toroidal coil. Both polarization rotation angle and ellipticity angle are changed up to 1.4 rad by the coil current of 10A. In the AC magnetic field, the bit error rate increases to 10{sup -2}, but it can be improved by the polarization diversity detector. 24 refs., 26 figs., 6 tabs.

  5. Advancing automation of power distribution facilities and the cost reduction measures. Activities o technology development for advanced automation systems; Susumu haiden setsubi no jidoka, cost teigen taisaku. Jidoka system no kodoka eno gijutsu kaihatsu no torikumi

    Hayami, M.; Matsui, Y. [Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)


    Electric power companies in Japan are making efforts to reduce the cost by improving the operation rate of existing facilities through the employment of advanced automation systems in the sector of distribution. This paper introduces the systems of Hitachi. A 22 kV-line automation system using high-speed photo-transmission line is adopted for the maintenance of widely extended distribution facilities. This system includes a 22 kV/240-415 V transformer and a 22 kV/105-210 V transformer. To supervise and control these transformers and switches, and to recover the accidents, this system consists of a computer system, a remote host station, and remote end terminals. Based on the information of distribution facilities of substations, end terminals and a host station, monitor/control of these facilities and recovery of accidents are conducted using computers. A system plan supporting system is also introduced, which aims at improvements of facility utilization factor, operation efficiency, and distribution operation efficiency. 5 figs.

  6. Measures in progress for distribution facilities automation and cost reduction. Direct supply of 400V to South Port Cosmo Square, Osaka; Susumu haiden setsubi no jidoka, cost teigen taisaku. Nanko cosmo square ni okeru 400 volt chokusetsu kyokyu no donyu

    Kanamori, Y. [Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc., Osaka (Japan)


    Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., has been working to elevate the distribution voltage of 6kV to 20kV, which is to respond to increasing demand for power. Using the experience of this approach, the corporation has designated Cosmo Square as a model area and plans to directly supply 400V to the area which is the voltage that clients demand. In this report, the plan is summarized and some examples of power receiving equipment newly developed for Cosmo Square are described. Cosmo Square has been developed to be a new base of international business, and lotting-out is now in progress. Upon completion, the center will be a group of gigantic buildings of which more than half will be creating a contract demand of 1000kW or more per building, and is expected to be consuming a total of 190MW finally. Power facilities under construction are to handle 20kV, and the voltage of 20kV will be stepped down to 400V for directly supply to 50-2000kW consumers. It is expected that, in this way, there will be various merits embodied, such as an extensive cost reduction in the construction of receiving equipment and other devices, efficient utilization of 230/400V appliances now in popular use, and reduction in safety-related expenditures. 4 figs.

  7. Advancing automation of power distribution facilities and the cost reduction measures. Development of a distribution method by robot; Susumu haiden setsubi no jidoka, cost teigen taisaku. Robot koho no kaihatsu

    Maruyama, Y. [Kyushu Electric Power Co. Inc. Fukuoka (Japan)


    Development of a distribution method by robot and its diffusion have been promoted since 1984 as a part of uninterruptive distribution method by Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. Robots operated by operator have been already developed, and diffused in all of 85 branch offices in the service area, to utilize them. Semi-automatic robots have been developed in the second phase. Thirteen semi-automatic robots have been completed, and verification tests of them are currently conducted. This paper describes an outline of semi-automatic robots. This system is composed of a vehicle, an arm, a robot, and an operation cabin. The robot is composed of two arms for various works, an arm for weight lifting (third arm), a monitor camera, a three-dimensional distance sensor, an automatic tool replacement unit, and an automatic material supply/receive unit. The operator in the cabin on the ground operates, directs and supervises using the monitor. The robot can conduct ten operations including hot-line work, and protecting tube fixation/removal works. 3 figs.

  8. Measures in progress for distribution facilities automation and cost reduction. Development of the overall power distribution management system; Susumu haiden setsubi no jidoka, cost teigen taisaku. Haiden sogo kanri system no kaihatsu

    Yoshida, S. [Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc., Tokyo (Japan)


    Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc., has developed a new service system for power selling processes, which is to satisfy the needs growing increasingly versatile for advanced functions and higher efficiency. Out of the components constituting the new system, the overall power distribution management system is described here. In this system, information about terrain and facilities on drawings is converted to an electronic data base as geographic data. This geographical data is associated with numerical data of facility management and materials cost for enabling their unified utilization. This also enables the automatic estimation of materials and construction costs upon formulation of designs and further enables, upon the completion of construction work, the automatic updating of materials and construction costs estimation and of facilities and drawings. Furthermore, the system offers technical assistance by displaying such attributes as length and size upon receiving facility symbols representing electric poles or cables, by displaying the strength after automatically calculating the span, cable size, and line angle, and by displaying other construction processes if any scheduled for the same area. Since the new system fully shares data with the existing systems in intensified informative coordination, information may be retrieved at a terminal in any department. 1 fig.

  9. Advancing automation of power distribution facilities and the cost reduction measures. Development of a polymer vessel-type arrester; Susumu haiden setsubi no jidoka, cost teigen taisaku. Polymer yokigata hiraiki no kaihatsu

    Izumi, K. [Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Tokyo (Japan)


    An arrester has a function for keeping the insulation of lines by discharging the surge over-voltage of thunderbolt into the earth. Zinc oxide type arresters with zinc oxide device as a characteristic element are mainly used. A 6,000 V-class arrester for distribution has been developed using an umbrella type polymer insulation vessel instead of a ceramic vessel usually used as a vessel for containing the zinc oxide device. This paper describes the structure and performance of this arrester. For this arrester, zinc oxide devices are stacked in the FRP cylinder and fixed by tightening them using a spring, which is covered by the umbrella type polymer insulator made of silicone rubber. When comparing with the ceramic vessel type arrester, its weight is a half, and its height is about 60%. Thus, light weight and down-sizing are realized. Basic performances such as working start voltage, limit voltage and thunderbolt surge working responsibility were verified. Exploration-proof performance, contamination-proof insulation performance, gas tightness performance and long-term performance were successfully verified, as well. 2 figs.

  10. Advancing automation of power distribution facilities and the cost reduction measures. Improvement of supply reliability by uninterruptive wave and power operations; Susumu haiden setsubi no jidoka, cost teigen taisaku. Muteiha koho, muteiden koho de kyokyu shinraido kojo



    In the Kansai Tech, the distribution work sector was started under the network technology department with the introduction of new project system in 1996. The total sales in FY 1997 was 23.1 billion yen, which was 4% higher than that in the previous fiscal year. This paper describes the system and activities. For the characteristic technology development, a cable replacement method without cutting signals in the coaxial cable transmission line was developed in cooperation with the Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. An uninterruptive wave operation method for the CATV transmission line was also developed for replacing equipment. In addition, an uninterruptive power operation method was developed for power lines. Furthermore, were developed a duct line positioning system using photo-gyro for the automatic measurements of embedded position of duct lines, an uninterruptive power oil sampler for estimating and supervising the anomaly of cables by sampling oil in the joint of OF cable line without cutting power, a mobile duct line inspection system, and duct line protection plates using used polyethylene tubes. These contribute to the development of the Kansai Tech. 1 fig.

  11. Measures in progress for distribution facilities automatization and cost reduction. Efforts for burying distribution lines in the ground; Susumu haiden setsubi no jidoka, cost teigen taisaku. Haidensen chichuka eno torikumi

    Fujita, Y. [Chubu Electric Power Co. Inc., Nagoya (Japan)


    With the demand for burying distribution lines in the ground (`burying,` hereinafter) growing stronger, the efforts of Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., for burying and cost reduction in this connection are described. Since the cost of the burying method is 20-30 times higher than that of the overhead method and it cannot be readily started upon a request, and it requires much time for repair in case of accident, burying needs to be executed in a reasonable way so that the occurrence of such problems will be kept at the minimum. Under such circumstances, plans have been developed since 1985 under the guidance of reports made by a committee constituted of people involved including persons of experience or academic standing. For instance, in the first period that ended in 1986, a total length of 1000km was buried mainly in big city central parts (with Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., taking care of 125km out of the total). In the second period that ended in 1991, another 1000km was buried (with Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., taking care of 57km), for which local governments paid for the construction of underground conduits. In the third period that is to end in 1999, efforts are under way to bury a length of 2000km using a C.C. Box (common cable box) technique. 2 figs.

  12. Measures in progress for distribution facilities automation and cost reduction. Future image of distribution facilities; Susumu haiden setsubi no jidoka, cost teigen taisaku. Kongo no ryutsu setsubi no arikata ni tsuite



    Summarized herein is an interim report on how power distribution facilities should be in the future and on measures for their cost reduction complied by the Agency of Natural Resources and Energy power distribution facilities deliberation subcommittee at the end of fiscal 1997. Between Japan and the U.S., there is approximately a 5-fold difference in cost of power distributed per amount of power sold. When the frequency and duration of accidental supply interruptions are compared between Japan and the U.S. or European countries, power supply in general is more reliable in Japan than in other countries. Japan should exert thorough efforts for cost reduction without ruining the high trust it has earned for its uninterrupted supply. Measures for utilities to take in this connection include the standardization and internationalization of the equipment they own, reduction in investment in facilities, formulation of appropriate plans, review of requests for construction works, establishment of flexibility in independent safety-related systems, and the promotion of automatization. The Government is up to simplify various procedures, enhance deregulation, and rationalize systems concerned. The schedule of implementation of various plans suggests that cost reduction tangible to consumers will realize in power distribution comparable to that in power generation where competition is being introduced. 4 figs.

  13. On-off discrete control of series capacitors for power system stability with torsional oscillation countermeasure; Jiku nejire shindo taisaku wo koryo shita chokuretsu kondensa no on ofu risan seigyo

    Kobayashi, N.; Hara, T.; Takei, A. [Tokyo Electric Power Co., Tokyo (Japan); Tanomura, K. [Toshiba Co., Tokyo (Japan); Koyanagi, K. [Toden Software Inc., Tokyo (Japan)


    The effect of the capacity change of the series capacitors on the turbine-generator shaft torque is analyzed and evaluated. The on-off timing of series capacitors is then investigated which restrains the initial amplitude of the shaft torsional oscillation produced by the stepped up change of the system reactance caused by the capacity change of the series capacitors. After the on-off timing is optimized, a controlling method for avoiding the capacity of the series capacitors produced by subsynchronous resonance (SSR) is proposed as a countermeasure to control the occurrence of SSR, and its effect of controlling shaft torsional oscillation is confirmed. This is a system to restrict the increase of the shaft torsional oscillation using series capacitors which are the cause for SSR production. In addition to the proposed stability improvement control, the effect of the shaft torsional oscillation control countermeasure is verified by EMTP simulation, and it is made clear that the shaft torsional oscillation countermeasure has no bad effect on the stability improving control. 13 refs., 17 figs.

  14. Preventive measures against liquefaction in consideration of peripheral environment. Example of SAVE (Silent, Advanced Vibration-Erasing) composer method; Shuhen kankyo ni hairyoshita ekijoka taisaku koho. Seiteki shimekatame sunakui (SAVE composer) koho no sekorei

    Sasaki, K.; Takahashi, Y.; Fukada, H. [Fudo Construction Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)


    This paper presents the working machine, method and example of the newly developed SAVE composer method. The working machine of the SAVE composer method adopts a forced elevating equipment and rotating penetration equipment equipped with an auger motor for hydraulic forced penetration and elevation of a casing. The process of the SAVE composer method is composed of setting a casing at a proper position. charging material from a hopper to a casing, penetrating a casing up to a proper depth by the auger motor of the rotating penetration equipment, discharging material by extracting a casing, and re-penetrating a casing for compaction of discharged material. This method is free from noise and vibration because of no use of an excitor. This method was used for preventive measures against liquefaction at the coastal levee of Tsu-Matsuzaka harbor, Mie prefecture. As a result, nearly the same improvement effect as conventional SCP method, and considerable vibration reduction were confirmed. 3 refs., 12 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Basic investigation on promotion of joint implementation in fiscal 2000. Energy conservation measure project for Ahwaz Steel Complex in Iran; 2000 nendo kyodo jisshi nado suishin kiso chosa hokokusho. Iran Ahwaz seitetsusho ni okeru sho energy taisaku jigyo



    With an objective to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emission, a project has been discussed to introduce a gas turbine combined cycle power generation system for effective waste heat utilization and a pellet coating facility into the direct reduction steel making plant of Ahwaz Steel Complex in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The project will have a waste heat boiler installed at the outlet of the MIDREX plant waste heat recovery device to link it with a gas turbine combined cycle power plant to structure a 42-MW power generation system. In addition, productivity enhancement was attempted by applying the raw material pellets with coating to raise the reduction gas blow-in temperature. The energy saving effect expected from this project would be saving of 63,140 tons of crude oil equivalent annually, and the greenhouse effect gas reducing effect would reduce 173,790 t-CO2 annually. Although the investment will require about 3.16 billion yen, the cost reduction amount in association with power generation is small because of the power purchase unit cost being as very low as 1.9 yen/kWh, making the investment recovery period 10.2 years. Therefore, the project will not be realizable economically. (NEDO)

  16. Numerical simulation model of flood-induced flows in urban residential area and the study of damage reduction; Misshu shigaichi no hanran simulation model no kaihatsu to kozui higai keigen taisaku no kenkyu

    Fukuoka, S.; Mizuguchi, M. [Hiroshima Univ. (Japan); Yokoyama, H


    Most of large cities in Japan are situated at flood area of rivers. At these large cities, population, fortune, and central management function accumulate, and if a bank-damaged flood is occurred at the river, it is anxious for the flood to suffer a large damage to life, fortune, and social economy. And that, risk on a bank-damaged flood is always present. However, even when the bank-damaged flood occurs, destructive damage is no longer allowed and risk management countermeasure for controlling the damage to minimum is much desired. An object of this study consists in construction of a flood simulation model with high commonness and presumable behavior of flood-induced flow in the urban residential area and in study on a damage reduction countermeasure by using this model. At first, a fluid force acting to a house group with various arrangement was measured and a calculation equation explainable in unity for the measured fluid force was introduced. Secondly, on the flood-induced flow at the urban residential area, a common curve coordinate system was adopted to intend precise modeling of road nets and house groups and to construct the flood simulation model. 16 refs., 21 figs.

  17. Application of resin lining system for countermeasures for preventing leakage from openings in low temperature materials storage; Teion busshitsu chozoji no ekimore oyobi reiki more taisaku toshite no kobunshikei zairyo no tekiyosei

    Inada, Y. [Ehime Univ., Ehime (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Seki, S.


    Recently, many of the low temperature materials such as LNG and LPG used as an energy substitution for petroleum were stored in the reclaimed land of the sea side district, however, it is necessary for those storage methods to enlarge sites. Therefore, it was considered to directly store the low temperature materials in openings excavated in the rock mountains. However, countermeasures for leakage of liquid and cold gas from cracks in openings would be an important subject. In this study, as a countermeasure for leakage of liquid and cold gas in the case in which low temperature materials were stored in openings in the rock mountains, the lining of resin materials on the surface of openings was proposed. Characteristics of strength and deformation and values of the thermal physical properties for the resin materials at the low temperature were obtained by experiments. This material was compared with granite supposed as a parent rock, and the thermal property of the resin materials was understood. Next, an analysis was conducted in the case of using the resin materials as a lining, the behavior of the surrounding rocks of the openings and the stability of the lining were investigated. 17 refs., 25 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. Survey report for fiscal 1997. Survey on publicity measures for promotion of new energy introduction in Tohoku region; 1997 nendo chosa hokokusho. Tohoku chiiki ni okeru shin energy donyu sokushin koho taisaku chosa



    In order to discuss mainly on publicity measures for how to promote new energy introduction in the Tohoku region, items of information were collected and put into order for the state of utilization of new energies in this region, and fundamental materials were prepared. Facilities having introduced new energies by public bodies in the Tohoku area include the prefectural office buildings, town and village office buildings, schools, community centers, welfare facilities such as aged people's centers and hospitals, sports facilities, parks, sewage treatment plants, and refuse incineration plants. The actual record of the introduction in the Tohoku region shows greater number of cases utilizing natural energies. Utilization of recycled energy and high-efficiency energy such as regional heat supply is less because of fewer number of areas built up densely with buildings and factories, with exception of some cases of utilization by the consumer sector. Introduction of clean energy fueled automobiles is little excepting electric vehicles used by the electric power company. Number of natural gas fueled automobiles that have been introduced is few because the infrastructural build-up has not been advanced in the natural gas supply network. (NEDO)

  19. Measures for energy consumption in residential/commercial and transport sectors in Japan. Prospects of market-based instruments; Nippon no minsei oyobi un`yuyo energy shohi taisaku. Shijo wo katsuyoshita sochi no tenbo

    Matsuo, N.


    This paper describes the measures for energy consumption in residential/commercial and transport sectors in Japan according to the mutual agreement in COP3. The policy of Japanese Government is as follows: introduction and promotion of new energy and nuclear energy, revision of the energy saving law (measures for energy consumption equipment, factory, and office), follow-up of an action plan in the Federation of Economic Organizations, energy saving of houses and buildings, high-efficiency distribution and traffic policy, development of innovative technology, and recheck of a life style. Moreover, the law of measures for global warming is established to take the measures for suppression of emission in daily life as well as a local self-governing body. The energy consumption in the industrial field that forms a half of energy consumption remains on the same level. The unit requirement of consumption is also most efficient in the world. The industrial field is thus judged to be on the same level. The drastic measure in commercial and transport fields where energy consumption will rapidly increase is required. There is an emission trading system or carbon tax as a new policy option. However, the effect varies with the applied field. The emission trading system is also a problem between nations and does not adapt itself to each policy purpose. 2 figs.

  20. Societal implications of great Hanshin-awaji earthquake disaster of January 17, 1995

    河田, 惠昭; KAWATA, Yoshiaki; Hayashi, Haruo


    A brief overview of what happened during the first month after the Hyogoken-nambu earthquake of January 17, 1995 is given in terms both of the emergency responses initiated and the societal impact. For emergency responses, formal organization responses are discussed in reference to "Saigai taisaku kihon-ho (the Fundamental Disaster Management Law)" and "Saigai kyujyo-ho (the Disaster Relief Law)". Using the Kobe Fire Department as an example, search and rescue efforts as well as fire suppress...

  1. Fiscal 1996 report on the results of the R and D under a consignment from NEDO of the environment friendly type production technology. High-functional chemical synthesis bioreactor (for public); 1996 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu jigyo Shin Energy Sangyo Gijutsu Sogo Kaihatsu Kiko itaku. Kankyo chowagata seisan gijutsu (kokino kagaku gosei bioreactor) kenkyu kaihatsu seika hokokusho (kokaiyo)



    For the purpose of developing production technology of chemical substances which are resource conservative, energy saving and less in environmental loads, a R and D was conducted of a high-functional chemical synthesis bioreactor. The paper reported the results of fiscal 1996. As for proliferation control breeding technology, relating to the switch control technology of proliferation related genes by regulatory factors, the effectiveness on an incubator level was demonstrated, and at the same time improvement of reactor performance in using this technology was studied on paper. As to the manifestation control breeding technology, the actual design of the development of manifestation promotion technology by bent DNA, etc. was proceeded with, and at the same time the following were commenced: selection of bent DNA, confirmation of bent characteristics, and work of vector construction using candidate bent DNA. Further, the simple assessment system of manifestation vectors was constructed. In the development of bioreactor system technology, the actual design was started of the two-stage culture continuance system which separated proliferation and enzyme production. 48 refs., 41 figs., 6 tabs.

  2. Fiscal 1998 R and D project on global environmental industrial technology. R and D result report on environment- friendly production technology (advanced chemical synthesis reactor); 1998 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu jigyo. Kankyo chowagata seisan gijutsu (kokino kagaku gosei bio reactor) kenkyu kaihatsu seika hokokusho



    For high-efficiency production of substances by bioreactor, study was made on a bio-control mechanism as its elementary technology. On the study of breeding technology by expression control, the structure design of a control region and development of new expression vectors had been finished, and study was made on breeding of high-efficiency recombinant production cells by using candidate expression vectors. On the study of breeding technology by multi-stage enzyme reaction control, the enzyme gene of a system synthesizing cysteine from glycerol was searched, and hydroxypyruvaldehyde hydrogenase gene was isolated as substance production model. Cysteine production Escherichia coli combined with serineacetyl transferase gene was also prepared. In addition, study started on cloning of hydroxyacetone oxidase gene. On development of reactor system technology, for conversion of serine to cysteine, study was made on optimization of a reaction condition by theory of enzyme reaction rate. (NEDO)

  3. Achievement report for fiscal 1998 on the preceding research related to global environment industry technologies. Survey and research on reduction of nitrogen monoxide; 1998 nendo chikyu sangyo gijutsu ni kakawaru sendo kenkyu asanka chisso no haishutsu teigen ni kansuru chosa kenkyu seika hokokusho



    Nitrogen monoxide is a strong greenhouse effect gas having warming up index per molecule 300 times greater than that of CO2, and is designated as the object of reduction in the Kyoto Conference. The present preceding research discusses necessity of performing research and development works related to reducing the emission of nitrogen monoxide, and if it is necessary, places the final objective on proposition of what researches should be planned. Fiscal 1997 being the first fiscal year of the preceding research has surveyed emission amount from different emission sources, and enumerated the research and development assignments. Fiscal 1998 falling under the final fiscal year summarizes the emission amount including the future trends, surveys the feasibility of the promising technological measures through experiments, and proposed finally a research and development plan desired of implementation in the future. The proposal contains a research plan placing development of nitrogen monoxide decomposing catalysts and automobile catalysts as the main objectives. Among the domestic nitrogen monoxide generating sources, about 2/3 is the man-made generation sources, hence catalysts, if developed, may be applied to such facilities as combustion furnaces. (NEDO)

  4. International seminar in fiscal 1998 on the development and promotion of global environment-related industrial technologies. Report on International Workshops on CO{sub 2} Cycling and Metabolism in Coral Reef; 1998 nendo chikyu sangyo gijutsu kaihatsu suishin jigyo. 'Sangosho ni okeru busshitsu ido to tanso junkan' kokusai workshop hokokusho



    For the study of CO{sub 2} absorption and fixation in the marine ecosystem, studies of coral reefs by RITE (Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth) were subjected to discussion at the above-named workshops. It is after the elapse of a long geological time on the earth that CO2 in the atmosphere has arrived at the current level of concentration thanks to fixation and calcification by living organisms and to dissolution into the seawater. In the formation of CaCO{sub 3} that constitutes the coral skeleton, 1 mol Ca combines with 2 mol bicarbonates for the production of 1 mol CaCO{sub 3} and 1 mol CO{sub 2}. The reaction may suggests a consequential increase of CO2 in the atmosphere but such CO{sub 2} is in reality consumed by being converted into organic substances in a photosynthetic process performed by symbiotic algae. Calculation was made for the whole of Bora Bay, Miyakojima Island, and the result was that 700kg-C/day comes to be stored in the form of organic matters in the community of coral reef organisms. In a coral reef, even when it emits CO2 into the atmosphere, there is organic matter production which exceeds the lost CO{sub 2}. Coral reefs fix carbon out of the seawater at the rate of 0.42Gt-C/year, which is the aggregate of 0.3Gt organic matters and 0.12Gt CaCO{sub 3}. (NEDO)

  5. Fiscal 1996 global environmental industry technology research related project. Report on the results of the consignment project of research and development of technology for reducing carbon dioxide emissions; 1996 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu kanren jigyo. Nisanka tanso nado haishutsu teigen gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu itaku gyomu seika hokokusho



    For the purpose of reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, freon, etc., a research project was carried out of `Research and development of technology for reducing carbon dioxide emissions` which consists of 8 projects. The paper reported the results of the projects. The projects are: (1) Development of waste water treatment of submerged combustion system, (2) Development of thermoelectric generating devices, (3) Development of high performance heat insulation materials, (4) Development of methanol reformer for transportable fuel cell, (5) Development of large pressure reducing valves, (6) Development of large-scale turbo heat pump for district heating and cooling plants, (7) Development of heat pumps for transportation equipment, and (8) Development of thermoelectric cooling devices. In (1), the waste water treatment test was conducted and reached the target. In (2), the thermoelectric device using powder sintering element obtained performance twice the performance level of the existing device. In (3), (4), (5) and (6), the target was all reached. In (7), the results well agreed in a comparison between structural analysis and experiment. The cooling unit by the SPS sintering method using Bi-Te system sintered material element obtained the cooling efficiency almost the same as that by the freon compressor method. 8 refs., 161 figs., 63 tabs.

  6. Fiscal 1997 Project related to research and development of global environment industrial technologies. Report on the results of works commissioned for research and development of technology for reducing carbon dioxide emissions; 1997 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu kanren jigyo. Nisanka tanso nado haishutsu teigen gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu itaku gyomu seika hokokusho



    With an objective of achieving reduction in emission of carbon dioxide and fluorocarbons, the `research and development on technologies to reduce emission of carbon dioxide and other substances` consisting of eight projects were conducted. In research and development of waste water treatment technologies using submerged combustion, studies were performed on removal by combustion of such pollutants as organic compounds, nitrogen compounds, and sulfur compounds. The development targets were achieved on each item. In research and development related with thermal electric power generation elements, semiconductor single crystals were fabricated in order to acquire technical knowledge on thermal power generation elements intended of utilizing industrial waste heat, whereas a simulation technology for designing was developed. In other projects, research and development works were carried out on high-performance heat insulating materials, and a movable methanol reformer for fuel cells. Developments were conducted on a large pressure reducing valve, and a cooling and heating turbo heat pump for regional air conditioning facilities. Research and development were made on Peltier elements, all efforts having achieved results respectively. 134 figs., 65 tabs.

  7. Fiscal 1996 report on the results of the R and D under a consignment from NEDO of the technology to fix and effectively use carbon dioxide using bacteria and microalgae (for public); 1996 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu jigyo Shin Energy Sangyo Gijutsu Sogo Kaihatsu Kiko itaku (saikin sorui nado riyo nisanka tanso koteika yuko riyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu seika hokokusho (kokaiyo))



    For the purpose of contributing to the solution to the global environmental problem, a technology is developed in which by searching for/breeding/developing bacteria, etc. which conduct photosynthesis highly effectively, CO2 is fixed and recycled. The fiscal 1996 R and D is outlined as the utilization of bacteria, microalgae, etc. Obtained were microalgae exceeding the conventional strains in CO2 fixation ability, and bacteria/microalgae excellent in production of polysaccharides, hydrocarbon, lipid, biological active substances, etc. The fundamental study was continued of CO2 integrated enzyme function/reaction system as molecular biological breeding. In the cell fusion, a set-up of conditions for green algae was started. For the confirmation of performance of high dense/quantity culture technology using solar light, further improvement of performance and systematization, 200L scale testing equipment was manufactured. It is a collective reactor and enabled study of ventilation/agitation and control of light strength. A reactor analysis model was constructed. Also including the conversion into useful substances, energy/material balance was systematically studied. Collection of technical literature and information exchanges were made in Japan and overseas. 276 refs., 475 figs., 156 tabs.

  8. Study of coherent optical fiber communication in electromagnetic field. 3. Measurement of transient state of polarization in actual OPGW caused by lightning; Coherent hikaritsushin eno denjikai no eikyo to taisaku. 3. Jitsu field no OPGW ni okeru rakurai ni yoru henpa hendo no sokutei

    Kurono, M.; Isawa, K.; Kuribata, M. [Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Tokyo (Japan)


    Coherent optical fiber communication method is effective for increase of transmission capacity of existing optical fiber. But it needs a control of polarization state of optical signal. Especially through OPGW (Optical fiber composite Ground Wire), the polarization state will be influenced by lightning. This report describes a field measurement of optical polarization characteristics in actual OPGW of Hokuriku electric company in the condition of lightning. Main results are follows; (1) In normal condition without lightning, the states of optical polarization have alternative fluctuations of 60Hz. (2) In lightning weather, the transients of optical polarization are detected 51 times in two half months. It is made clear that these transient states are due to lightning by checking the time of day with the time data of LLS (Lightning Location System) and with the time of power line trip. (3) By estimating the waves of polarization shift, the duration of transient is 2 - 5msec, the rise time is 50 - 200usec. and wave tail has damping oscillation of 2 - 5kHz. The maximum shift of polarization states on Poincare sphere is 165 degree, which means polarization changes almost opposite states. (4) By evaluating the locations of lightning with LLS data, the transient polarization shift is caused by lightning over 50 km from observed OPGW. And the short distance tends to the large fluctuation of polarization. This characteristics may have a possibility of application to lightning monitoring. 7 refs., 22 figs., 1 tab.

  9. FY 2000 research cooperation project on the comprehensive research cooperation for environmental technology. Research cooperation for technology for prevention of the water pollution caused by plant waste water in Vietnam; 2000 nendo kenkyu kyoryoku jigyo. Kankyo gijutsu sogo kenkyu kyoryoku (Betonamu koku kojo haisui ni yoru suishitsu osen boshi taisaku gijutsu ni kansuru kenkyu hokoku)



    For the purpose of increasing the research capability of the Center for Consultancy, Training and Technology Transfer in Vietnam, research cooperation for prevention of water pollution was given for plants of the local industry located in the suburbs of Hanoi city. In the survey of the actual state of the water pollution in the industrial area in the suburbs of Hanoi city, the following was found out: In the area, approximately 110 companies of the production industry such as livestock feed, papermaking, dyeing, brewing, construction materials, etc. are in operation and are discharging the untreated waste water into rivers and waterways because waste water treatment facilities are not prepared yet. In this research cooperation, the following were carried out: detailed survey of specified plants and proposal for improvement, training of Vietnamese researchers/engineers in charge of water pollution prevention technology, invitation to/training at Japan of Vietnamese managers/researchers, seminar to be held on the site, equipment to be given that is needed to measure water quality. The equipment to be given is a portable multi-item water quality meter and analytical equipment such as spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrophotometer and gas chromatograph. (NEDO)

  10. Manufacturing facilities of pharmaceutical products and measures for purification of its environment. On the consideration and several utilization of bioburden in the environmental area for pharmaceutical related plants; Iyakuhin no seizo shisetsu to kankyo seijoka taisaku. Yakuji kanren seihin no seizo kankyo ni okeru baio baden no kangaekata to sono riyo ni tsuite

    Ishizeki, C. [Yokohama National Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Engineering


    The expression, bioburden, is used by many organizations such as WHO and ISO in the field of pharmaceutical related products and is defined as the number and kind of microorganisms which exist as suspended bacteria attached to the object or in an area under the condition close to the nature. In case when this word is used as a nonexperimental element, in the area of production environment, the measurement of the number and kind of microorganisms related there becomes the main concern and in case when the word is used as the element of experiment, test and research, it is utilized in sterilization, sterile filtration, etc. as microorganism load. This article is a general review with occasional insertion of the author`s own views on the concept and utilization concerning bioburdens in the production environment of pharmaceutical related products (medicine, tool for medical treatment, cosmetics, etc.) and explanation is given on the concept and meaning of bioburden grasping of the current state of bioburden and its analysis, general idea to be borne in mind in measuring bioburden, bioburden and its background, importance of bioburden and measures to cope with internationalization. 15 refs., 1 fig., 5 tabs.

  11. Fiscal 1998 industrial science and technology R and D project. Research report on R and D of genome informatics technology (Development of stable oil supply measures using complex biosystem); 1998 nendo genome informatics gijutsu kenkyu kaihtsu seika hokokusho. Fukugo seibutsukei riyo sekiyu antei kyokyu taisaku kaihatsu



    This report describes the fiscal 1998 result on development of genome informatics technology. As comparative analysis technique of genes, the combination of electrophoresis and PCR was used. For improvement of the throughput and reproducibility of the technique, module- shuffling primers were used, and the multi(96)-arrayed capillary fragment analyzer was devised. The system detecting SNPs rapidly was also developed successfully. As analysis technology of DNA sequence by use of triple- stranded DNA formation, study was made on construction of long cDNA libraries, selective subtraction of specific sequences from libraries, and the basic technology of homologous cloning. Study was also made on each reaction step of IGCR technique for fast analysis, and specifications of a fluorescence transfer monitor. As modeling technique of genetic sequence information, the simulation model was developed for gene expression regulatory networks during muscle differentiation, and feedback regulation of period genes. Such support systems as transcription factor prediction and gene regulatory network inference were developed from existing data. (NEDO)

  12. FY 1995 report of feasibility study of a model project on energy saving equipment for Fe-alloy electric furnaces in China. Independent theme survey of rationalization of energy consumption; 1995 nendo chosa hokokusho Chugoku no gokintetsu denkiro ni okeru sho energy ka setsubi model jigyo jisshi kanosei chosa. Energy shiyo gorika taisaku kobetsu tema chosa jigyo



    A feasibility study of a model project was conducted on energy conservation and introduction of technology against pollution for Fe-alloy electric furnaces in China. The total production of Fe-alloy was 4.32 million tons in 1995, which recorded the maximum production. Out of which ferro-Cr occupied 9.5%. Production of high carbon ferro-Cr in 2000 is estimated to be 600,000 tons. China`s electric furnaces for ferro-Cr using carbon as heat source do not have covers and gas recovery systems. The gas from furnaces is burnt and wasted, which results in air pollution. To cover the furnaces, grading of powder materials is indispensable for improving the ventilation in furnaces. In Japan, sintering and pelletizing methods were developed. In China, the covering and gas recovery are performed for furnaces using expensive massive ores. In most cases, they are not performed. For three works at Jilin, Lioyang and Jinzhou surveyed in this project, recovered gas can be effectively utilized, which would provide energy saving and environment improving effects. They have enough site areas and workshops in the sites. Construction works can be conducted by China themselves. 6 figs., 32 tabs.

  13. FY 2000 report on the basic survey to promote Joint Implementation, etc. Environmental improvement and energy conservation measures in Pakistan Steel, a state-run enterprise in Pakistan; 2000 nendo kyodo jisshi nado suishin kiso chosa hokokusho. Pakistan koku kokuei Pakistan Steel ni okeru kankyo kaizen sho energy taisaku



    For the state-run plant of Pakistan Steel in Pakistan, an investigational study was conducted on energy conservation and reduction in greenhouse effect gas emission. In the project, energy conservation technology on the following was tried to be introduced: coke oven coal moisture control (CMC) equipment, sintering cooler waste heat recovery equipment, blast furnace hot stove waste heat recovery equipment, blast furnace pulverized coal injection (PCI) equipment, blast furnace top pressure recovery turbine (TRT) equipment, and hot strip mill heating furnace regenerative type burner equipment. Further, in the project on environmental improvement, studies were made on coke oven environmental improvement and blast furnace cast house dust collection. The results of the study indicated that economical effects of the energy conservation project were considered as low because the unit price of energy of Pakistan Steel is low. However, substitution of the low-priced domestic coal for the imported coal has a good effect, and energy conservation in the TRT power generation and by the regenerative type burner produces a highly economical effect. Therefore, Pakistan Steel also agrees to positively promote the project. Moreover, concerning the environmental improvement project, it was considered that the necessity of the project is high in the relation of the coke oven aimed at reducing emissions of toxic substances. (NEDO)

  14. Resources problems and their countermeasures. ; Problems of resources and wastes / construction by-product recycling that began actions / what is to be done now to leave beautiful environment to the next generation. Shigen mondai to taisaku. ; Shigen mondai to haikibutsu mondai / ugokihajimeta kensetsu fukusanbutsu recycle / jisedai ni utsukushii shizen kankyo wo nokosutame ima watashitachi ga shinakereba naranai koto wa

    Takatsuki, H. (Kyoto University, Kyoto (Japan)); Utsunomiya, T. (Mitsui Construction Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)); Tokimatsu, H. (Kumamoto Prefectural Government Office, Kumamoto (Japan))


    Discussions have been given on trends and countermeasures for resources problems from a viewpoint of wastes problems. Recycling is carried out in Japan for industrial wastes and general wastes in their own ways. However, the issue is the year-by-year increase in the quantity of products used. A conception of life cycle assessment has become used recently in environmental assessment of a certain product that its environmental load should be calculated on each of the processes of resources collection, transportation, manufacturing, sales, consumption, recycling, and disposition. The result shall then be totaled to assess the product. Experiences in the construction industry and the wastes disposition industry call for structuring a system of long-distance wastes transportation that utilizes railways and ocean vessels. Societies promoting a regeneration plant project have plans to improve model regeneration plants for construction wastes with joint efforts of construction companies. To leave beautiful environments to the next generation, it is necessary to have an awareness that rivers and roads flowing and going through a region are the properties of the people who live in the region. Environment can be preserved when everybody participates in the environment improving movement. 11 figs., 3 tabs.

  15. Fiscal 1997 survey report. Subtask 3 (hydrogen utilization worldwide clean system technology) (WE-NET) (total system conceptual design/safety measures/evaluation technology); 1997 nendo seika hokokusho. Suiso riyo kokusai clean energy system gijutsu (WE-NET) subtask 3 zentai system gainen sekkei - anzen taisaku hyoka gijutsu



    Concerning the study of safety measures in WE-NET, the paper described the fiscal 1997 results. For drawing up a policy for safety design, technology of preserving hydrogen at high temperature/pressure, continuing collecting information on existing plants (liquid hydrogen, LNG). Investigating manuals of NASA and NASDA and also referring to people`s opinions at chemical plants, etc., the study entered into the setting-up of the safety policy and design standards. Examples of anomalies/accidents were extracted, and classification/arrangement were commenced of the measures for anomalies of detection/prevention/protection. Toward the diffusion of hydrogen and the enhancement and unification of explosion/fire simulation models, the extraction of problems has been almost finished. The second mini work shop on safety was held in the U.S., and exchanges of information were made among researchers of each country. All agreed on the importance of collecting data as the base of safety standards. As to safety measures in various tests using combustor evaluation experimental facilities, experimental equipment for materials under liquid hydrogen and experimental equipment of thermal insulation under liquid hydrogen, problems were extracted between researchers and people concerned with safety measures, and the measures to solve them were studied. 18 refs., 31 figs., 10 tabs.

  16. Investigation on post-earthquake countermeasures. Part 4. Suishigen kaihatu kodan suiro shisetsu ni kakawaru kinkyu shinsaitaisaku shuho no kento; Shinsai go no taisaku wo kangaeru 4. Study on urgent countermeasure against enormous earthquake disaster of existing canal facilities of Water Resources Development Public Corporation

    Ide, Y.; Mitomo, T.; Kojima, M. [Water Resources Development Public Corporation, Tokyo (Japan); Ono, T. [Water Resources Association, Tokyo (Japan)


    Water Resources Development Public Corporation has been investigating both software and hardware countermeasures against earthquake disasters of canal facilities so as to make the most of the lesson acquired from the Hyogoken Nanbu Earthquake. As a part of hardware disaster countermeasures, the outline is given on the urgent countermeasures against earthquake for the existing canals. The maximum water supply capacities of the canal facilities of Water Resources Development Public Corporation are approximately 165m{sup 3}/s city water and about 276m{sup 3}/s agricultural water. Trunk canals alone has the length of about 1,000km, and the total length becomes close to 3,000km when branch canals are included. Prevention of collapse of the entire structural system which may influence human lives and social economy greatly and urgent countermeasures against earthquake disaster of existing canal facilities for preventing magnification and secondary damages are investigated, while a certain degree of damage at great earthquakes is allowed. Facility inspection arrangement and analysis, details of the urgent countermeasures against earthquake disasters, and attempt of the application of the countermeasures are described. 2 refs., 1 fig., 1 tab.

  17. Study of thermal threshold and counter-measures for human body in oceanic working environment. 1st Report. Heat balance model and heat storage index; Shonetsu kankyoka no kaiyo sagyo ni okeru netsuteki genkai to onnetsu taisaku ni kansuru kenkyu. 1. Netsu shushi model to onnetsu shisu

    Fukuchi, N. [Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Nakamura, M. [Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo (Japan); Murayama, M.


    Identification was intended on effects of such thermal factors as metabolic amount, environmental temperature and humidity, and clothing resistance on human body temperatures during works under hot environments. Therefore, measurements were carried out on human skin temperatures, rectum temperatures and humidity inside clothing, while amount of motion, environmental temperature, and clothing are changed in a constant temperature room and under a sun irradiation environment. Furthermore, a heat balance model was prepared, which divides the objects into an outer shell layer whose temperature changes depending on the result of this experiment and into a core having constant temperature characteristics. An equation to derive skin temperatures was introduced from the model. The equation formulated a calculation formula for heat accumulation in human body, which can be used as a hot heat index. Relationship between thermal factors and heat storage amount was investigated to consider a thermal limit for a physical work. An equation to derive skin temperatures was confirmed capable of expressing general change in skin temperatures, being proved by comparison with experiments. Calculation formulas for amount of heat stored in human body were shown capable of expressing influence of different thermal factors, the expression being useful as a hot heat index. Calculating the human body heat storage is very largely affected by effect of sweat to dissipate heat, hence it is necessary to improve the accuracy including that for body temperature adjusting reactions. 17 refs., 17 figs., 5 tabs.

  18. International Clean Energy System Using Hydrogen Conversion (WE-NET). subtask 3. Conceptual design of the total system (safety measures and evaluation technology); Suiso riyo kokusai clean energy system gijutsu (WE-NET). subtask 3. Zentai system gainen sekkei (anzen taisaku hyoka gijutsu)



    Safety measures and assessment technology were studied for the WE-NET project. As the study result in fiscal 1996, the information on safety design, anomaly and accident was collected and arranged. The information on safety measures, ideology and criterion was also collected by visiting some domestic and overseas organizations experienced about handling of liquid hydrogen (LH). The initial survey was made for the safety design ideology, analytical technique and disaster preventive measures of LNG systems as the similar cold liquid system. Accidents and explosion accident of a hydrogen production plant (water electrolysis) in Germany were analyzed. Events on storage tanks and leakage around the tanks were studied as typical risk of LH considering temporary and LNG system design information. The model based on the LH spillage test result and 3-D dispersion of vapor cloud were prepared by modifying a simulation code. The model allowed evaluation of the effect of explosion and fire accidents of compressed hydrogen gas and flying fragments on structures and people, and visual display of distances from a tank and damage conditions. 19 refs., 29 figs., 18 tabs.

  19. Fiscal 1998 R and D project on global environmental industrial technology. Research result report on DNA analysis and information processing technology for photosynthesis microorganisms (Development of CO{sub 2} fixation and effective use technology by using bacteria and algae); 1998 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu jigyo. Kogosei biseibutsu nado DNA kaiseki joho shori gijutsu no kenkyu (saikin sorui nado riyo nisanka tanso koteika yuko riyo gijutsu kaihatsu) seika hokokusho



    This report summarizes the fiscal 1998 research result on DNA analysis and information processing technology for photosynthesis microorganisms. On the study on DNA analysis technology by triple-strand formation method, as the comparison study result of a READ method, stable triple- strand formation method and hairpin method, a READ method showed the highest triple-strand formation efficiency for target DNA. On the study on accurate separation technology of specific genes, establishment of protocols was promoted for solid-phase probe technology, subtract technology and leveling technology. On the study on DNA microarray analysis technology by high-efficiency hybridization method, the analysis technology of genes by hybridization method using DNA chips is under investigation. In addition, the high- efficiency analysis technology of specific DNA segments by using an affinity sensor, and the high-accuracy cloning technology for DNA with altered primary structure were also studied. (NEDO)

  20. Fiscal 1996 report on the results of the study under a consignment from NEDO of environmental friendly type metal base-materials recycling utilization basic technology and element/overall process. For public; 1996 nendo chikyu kankyo sangyo gijutsu kenkyu kaihatsu jigyo Shin Energy Sangyo Gijutsu Sogo Kaihatsu Kiko kyodo kenkyu itaku. Kankyo chowagata kinzokukei sozai kaisei riyo kiban gijutsu no kenkyu: yoso sogo process kenkyu seika hokokusho (kokaiyo)



    A study of `the next generation new iron steel making process` was conducted in which impurity elements in scrap are removed and recycled into high quality steel making materials, and at the same time total emissions are reduced during the process from scrap melting to steel making. The paper reported the fiscal 1996 results. In the study of the scrap recycling process, conducted were a study of the total system to remove impurities in the high temperature preheating furnace, a large scale experiment of de-coaling combined type de-coppering/de-tinning under reduced pressure of iron melting, a study of recycling technology of dust to the scrap melting furnace, etc. In the study on preheating/melting technology, a study of the scrap melting furnace of high-productivity/low-energy vertical type, a study of the scrap preheating method using the packed bed type preheating furnace, a study on the flue gas control at the time of preheating/melting, a study of the fast assessment method for organic compounds in flue gas, etc. In the evaluation of the total system, a study of preheating/melting/environmental systems using experimental plants. 20 refs., 23 figs., 10 tabs.

  1. Fiscal 1993 international research cooperation project. Feasibility study of finding out the seeds of international joint research (technology for environmental preservation using biotechnology, technology for effective use of unused hydrocarbon resource, technology for development of environmental harmony type catalyst); 1995 nendo kokusai kyoryoku jigyo. Kokusai kyodo kenkyu seeds hakkutsu no tame no FS chosa (biotechnology ni yoru kankyo taisaku gijutsu, miriyo tanka suiso shigen no yuko riyo gijutsu, kankyo chowagata shokubai kaihatsu gijutsu)



    This project is aimed at internationally cooperating in the R and D of industrial technology and improving industrial technology of Japan. For it, the following three technologies were investigated: 1) environmental preservation technology using biotechnology, 2) technology for effective use of unused hydrocarbon resource, 3) technology for development of environmental harmony type catalyst. In 1), a survey was conducted of applicability of biological surfactant to prevention measures of pollution by heavy distillate. It showed that part of the biological surfactants is reaching a stage of its being industrially produced by gene recombination bacteria, but as a whole, biosynthetic genes have hardly been elucidated. In 2), a survey of high-grade treatment technology of petroleum coke was made. It pointed out that it is necessary to develop a technology which makes the most of features of petroleum coke and allows defects. In 3), scientists and engineers of Japan and Europe searched for themes on which they can jointly study in the fields of NOx removal catalyst, up-grading of fuel, and development of catalyst combustion of fuel. 287 refs., 136 figs., 128 tabs.

  2. Fiscal 1996 coal production/utilization technology promotion subsidy/clean coal technology promotion business/regional model survey. Study report on `Environmental load reduction measures: feasibility study of a coal utilization eco/energy supply system`; 1996 nendo sekitan seisan riyo gijutsu shinkohi hojokin clean coal technology suishin jigyo chiiki model chosa. `Kankyo fuka teigen taisaku sekitan riyo eko energy kyokyu system no kanosei chosa` chosa hokokusho



    Oil demand is expected to substantially grow in the future, and the use of oil with combustibles such as hull, baggase and waste is considered from an effective use of energy. A regional model survey was conducted as measures to reduce environmental loads where the fuel mixing combustion with coal and other energy is made the core. The domestic production amount of hull is 2.4-3.0 tons/year, which have a heating value of 3,500 kcal/kg. If hull can be formed into the one storable for a the long term (the one mixed with low grade coal, etc.), it can be a fuel for stable supply. Bagasse is produced 100 million tons/year, which have a heating value of 2,500 kcal/kg. Among wastes, waste tire, plastics, waste, sludge, etc. have a lot of problems in terms of price and environment, but each of them has a heating value during 3,000-10,000 kcal/kg. As to the coal combustion, the pollutional regulation on it is strict, and much higher processing technology is needed. The technology of coal fuel mixing combustion with other energy has not risen higher than the developmental level. Though the technology is a little bit higher in price than the coal fuel single combustion, it is viable. 38 refs., 32 figs., 65 tabs.

  3. Fiscal 1993 international research cooperation project. Feasibility study of finding out the seeds of international joint research (technology for environmental preservation using biotechnology, technology for effective use unused hydrocarbon resource, technology of solid electrolyte fuel cells for high-efficient electric vehicles); 1993 nendo kokusai kenkyu kyoryoku jigyo. Kokusai kyodo kenkyu seeds hakkutsu no tame no FS chosa (biotechnology ni yoru kankyo taisaku gijutsu, miriyo tanka suiso shigen no yuko riyo gijutsu, kokoritsu denki jidosha no kotai denkaishitsu nenryo denchi gijutsu)



    This project is aimed at internationally cooperating in the R and D of industrial technology and improving industrial technology of Japan. For it, the following three technologies were investigated: 1) environmental preservation technology using biotechnology, 2) technology for effective use of unused hydrocarbon resource, 3) solid electrolyte fuel cell (SOFC) technology for high-efficient electric vehicles. In 1), bio-remediation is a choice as the result of trially using technologies for remediation of the environment polluted by pollutant, but it is not a technically completed one, but one which will be improved by trial and error. By the application of gene engineering, the use of gene recombination enables wide spread of decomposition genes. In 2), technical subjects were studied such as superheavy distillate, oil shale, coalhead methane and methane hydrate. In 3), designed were cylinder type and planar type SOFC of 850degC operation and 10kW output. Accumulation and weight of a total SOFC system are 81 liters and 100 kg in cylinder type and 136 liters and 200 kg in planar type. The vehicle can be equipped with the SOFC. 171 refs., 72 figs., 54 tabs.

  4. Fiscal 1996 international research cooperation project. Feasibility study of finding out the seeds of international joint research (technology for effective use of saturated hydrocarbon, technology for reducing excess of aromatic hydrocarbon, high-grade treatment technology of petroleum coke); 1996 nendo kokusai kenkyu kyoryoku jigyo. Kokusai kyodo kenkyu seeds hakkutsu no tame no FS chosa (howa tanka suiso no yuko riyo gijutsu, hokozoku tanka suiso no yojo taisaku gijutsu, sekiyu cokes no kodo shori gijutsu)



    This project is aimed at internationally cooperating in the R and D of industrial technology and improving industrial technology of Japan. For it, the following three technologies were investigated: (1) technology for effective use of saturated hydrocarbon, (2) technology for reducing excess of aromatic hydrocarbon, (3) high-grade treatment technology of petroleum coke. In (1), surveys were conducted of technologies of effective use of natural gas and effective use of C4 saturated hydrocarbon. Surveyed were a method for producing synthesis gas from natural gas, a technology to liquefy natural gas into fuel following the synthesis gas production process, a technology to liquefy natural gas into fuel without the synthesis gas production process, and the trend of effective use of C4 saturated hydrocarbon. In (2), surveys were made of process to reduce production of aromatic hydrocarbon as much as possible, process to effectively separate aromatic hydrocarbon, and process to convert excess aromatic hydrocarbon into polymer, etc. In (3), surveys were conducted on petroleum coke and pitch in terms of production methods, the supply/demand situation, property characteristics, usability to new fields, etc. 170 refs., 114 figs., 65 tabs.

  5. Biological quarantine on international waters: an initiative for onboard protocols

    Takano, Yoshinori; Yano, Hajime; Funase, Ryu; Sekine, Yasuhito; Takai, Ken


    The research vessel Chikyu is expanding new frontiers in science, technology, and international collaboration through deep-sea expedition. The Chikyu (length: 210 m, gross tonnage: 56752 tons) has advanced and comprehensive scientific research facilities. One of the scientific purposes of the vessel is to investigate into unexplored biosphere (i.e., undescribed extremophiles) on the Earth. Therefore, "the onboard laboratory" provides us systematic microbiological protocols with a physical containment situation. In parallel, the onboard equipments provide sufficient space for fifty scientists and technical support staff. The helicopter deck also supports various logistics through transporting by a large scale helicopter (See, Since the establishment of Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP) in Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), we have an international consensus about the development and promulgation of planetary protection knowledge, policy, and plans to prevent the harmful effects of biological contamination on the Earth (e.g., Rummel, 2002). However, the matter to select a candidate location of initial quarantine at BSL4 level is often problematic. To answer the key issue, we suggest that international waters can be a meaningful option with several advantages to conduct initial onboard-biological quarantine investigation. Hence, the research vessel Chikyu is promising for further PPP requirements (e.g., Enceladus sample return project: Tsou et al., 2012). Rummel, J., Seeking an international consensus in planetary protection: COSPAR's planetary protection panel. Advances in Space Research, 30, 1573-1575 (2002). Tsou, P. et al. LIFE: Life Investigation For Enceladus - A Sample Return Mission Concept in Search for Evidence of Life. Astrobiology, in press.

  6. Fiscal 1997 report on the results of the international research cooperation project for a feasibility survey for finding out seeds of the international joint research. Effective use technology of saturated hydrocarbon (technology against the surplus aromatic hydrocarbon/technology of high grade treatment of petroleum coke); 1997 nendo kokusai kenkyu kyoryoku jigyo (kokusai kyodo kenkyu seeds hakkutsu no tame no FS chosa). Howa tanka suiso no yuko riyo gijutsu / hokozoku tanka suiso no yojo taisaku gijutsu / sekiyu cokes no kodo shori gijutsu seika hokokusho



    For the purpose of the effective international research cooperation, the paper surveyed in fiscal 1997 the effective use technology of saturated hydrocarbon, technology against the surplus aromatic hydrocarbon and technology of high grade treatment of petroleum coke. In the survey of the effective use technology of saturated hydrocarbon, trends of FT synthesis technology and DME synthesis technology were studied as trends of technology to produce synthetic gas, and a project was proposed for technical development of using natural gas as liquid fuel in Japan. In the survey of technology against the surplus aromatic hydrocarbon, studied were the benzene law regulation and the supply/demand trend of aromatic hydrocarbon, process to reduce production of aromatic hydrocarbon as much as possible, process to reduce aromatics of the produced petroleum products, and process to effectively use aromatic hydrocarbon as chemical raw material. In the survey of high grade treatment of petroleum coke, studied were a possibility of using HS petroleum coke in the DIOS method, iron bath gasification, and copper bath gasification technology. 108 refs., 146 figs., 103 tabs.

  7. Izu-Bonin-Mariana Rear Arc - The missing half of the subduction factory, 30 March – 30 May 2014

    Tamura, Y.; Barker, A. K.; Busby, C. J.; Berger, J. L. R.; Blum, P; Bongiolo, E. M.; Guèrin, G.; BORDIGA, M.; Andrews, G. D. M.; DeBari, S. M.; Gill, J. B.; Kars, M. A. C.; Hamelin, C.; Kita, Z. A.; Jia, Jihui


    International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Hole U1436A (proposed Site IBM-4GT) lies in the western part of the Izu fore-arc basin, ~60 km east of the arc-front volcano Aogashima, ~170 km west of the axis of the Izu-Bonin Trench, 1.5 km west of Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Site 792, and at 1776 meters below sea level (mbsl). It was drilled as a 150 m deep geotechnical test hole for potential future deep drilling (5500 meters below seafloor [mbsf]) at proposed Site IBM-4 using the D/V Chikyu....

  8. Expedition 350 summary

    Tamura, Y.; Busby, C. J.; Blum, P; Guèrin, G.; Andrews, G. D. M.; Barker, A. K.; Berger, J. L. R.; Bongiolo, E. M.; BORDIGA, M.; DeBari, S. M.; Gill, J. B.; Hamelin, C.; Jia, J.; John, E. H.; Jonas, A.-S.


    International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Hole U1436A (proposed Site IBM-4GT) lies in the western part of the Izu fore-arc basin, ~60 km east of the arc-front volcano Aogashima, ~170 km west of the axis of the Izu-Bonin Trench, and 1.5 km west of Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Site 792, at 1776 meters below sea level (mbsl). It was drilled as a 150 m deep geotechnical test hole for potential future deep drilling (5500 meters below seafloor [mbsf]) at proposed Site IBM-4 using the D/V Chikyu....

  9. Initial Feasibility Study to Drill and Core the Ocean Mantle

    Nicolas Pilisi


    Full Text Available An initial feasibility study (Pilisi and Whitney, 2011 of drilling through the Mohorovičić discontinuity (Moho into the oceanic mantle specifically focused on future requirements for planning, drilling and coring a hole 500 m into the oceanic mantle from three candidate locations in the Pacific Ocean (Cocos Plate, Baja California, and offshore Hawaii. The study points out some of the critical issues that need to be resolved before embarking upon such a challengingproject. It was conducted on the basis of data provided by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program–Management International (IODP-MI, the Center for Deep Earth Exploration (CDEX operating the drilling vessel Chikyu within IODP, public domain information, and past experience that Blade Energy Partners (hereafter mentioned as “Blade”; has had with frontier projects in the offshore deepwater oil and gas and geothermal industries.

  10. The History, present state, and future prospects of the Asian College of Psychosomatic Medicine (ACPM

    Ishizu Hiroshi


    Full Text Available Abstract The Asian College of Psychosomatic Medicine (ACPM was founded as the Asian Chapter of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine (ICPM-AC in Tokyo on April 12, 1982. The first president was Hitoshi ISHIKAWA (Japan, the vice-presidents were Mahalingam MAHADEVAN (Malaysia and Burton G.BURTON-BRADLEY (Papua- New Guinea, and the general secretary was Sueharu TSUTSUI (Japan. Five years previously, preparation for creation of the ICPM-AC was started at the 4th World Congress of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine (ICPM held in Kyoto, Japan, September 5-9, 1977. The First Congress of the ICPM-AC was held by the President Yujiro IKEMI in Tokyo on May 19-20, 1984. The main members in the early stage were Y. IKEMI, H. ISHIKAWA, S. TSUTSUI, Taisaku KATSURA, Tetsuya NAKAGAWA. Hiroyuki SUEMATSU and others from Japan and Hsien RIN (Taiwan, Seock Young KANG (Korea, M. MAHADEVAN. B.G. BURTON-BRADLEY and others from other Asian countries. Thereafter, academic congresses of the ICPM-AC, the 2nd to the 9th, were held approximately every two years, in Japan, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, and China. The name was changed to the Asian College of Psychosomatic Medicine (ACPM, and the 10th to 14th congresses were held in Taiwan, Okinawa (Japan, Australia, Korea, and China. The current president of the Executive Board of ACPM is Chiharu KUBO, the Director of Kyushu University Hospital. The next academic congress is the 15th ACPM and will be hosted by Tserenkhuugyin LKHAGVASUREN in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from August 24-26, 2012. Participating countries have expanded to include Asian-Oceanic countries such as Mongolia, Micronesia, Australia and Sri Lanka. The main themes of the congresses have focused on psychosomatic disorders, culture - bound syndromes, oriental medicine, etc... To date,"Health promotion"by raising the level of mental health based on psychoneuroendocrinoimmunomodulation has been very important. Prevention is also

  11. The History, present state, and future prospects of the Asian College of Psychosomatic Medicine (ACPM).

    Ishizu, Hiroshi


    The Asian College of Psychosomatic Medicine (ACPM) was founded as the Asian Chapter of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine (ICPM-AC) in Tokyo on April 12, 1982.The first president was Hitoshi ISHIKAWA (Japan), the vice-presidents were Mahalingam MAHADEVAN (Malaysia) and Burton G.BURTON-BRADLEY (Papua- New Guinea), and the general secretary was Sueharu TSUTSUI (Japan).Five years previously, preparation for creation of the ICPM-AC was started at the 4th World Congress of the International College of Psychosomatic Medicine (ICPM) held in Kyoto, Japan, September 5-9, 1977.The First Congress of the ICPM-AC was held by the President Yujiro IKEMI in Tokyo on May 19-20, 1984. The main members in the early stage were Y. IKEMI, H. ISHIKAWA, S. TSUTSUI, Taisaku KATSURA, Tetsuya NAKAGAWA. Hiroyuki SUEMATSU and others from Japan and Hsien RIN (Taiwan), Seock Young KANG (Korea), M. MAHADEVAN. B.G. BURTON-BRADLEY and others from other Asian countries.Thereafter, academic congresses of the ICPM-AC, the 2nd to the 9th, were held approximately every two years, in Japan, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, and China. The name was changed to the Asian College of Psychosomatic Medicine (ACPM), and the 10th to 14th congresses were held in Taiwan, Okinawa (Japan), Australia, Korea, and China.The current president of the Executive Board of ACPM is Chiharu KUBO, the Director of Kyushu University Hospital.The next academic congress is the 15th ACPM and will be hosted by Tserenkhuugyin LKHAGVASUREN in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from August 24-26, 2012.Participating countries have expanded to include Asian-Oceanic countries such as Mongolia, Micronesia, Australia and Sri Lanka.The main themes of the congresses have focused on psychosomatic disorders, culture - bound syndromes, oriental medicine, etc... To date,"Health promotion"by raising the level of mental health based on psychoneuroendocrinoimmunomodulation has been very important. Prevention is also important in the Asia - Oceana

  12. First riser drilling in Scientific Ocean Drilling history, Observatory drilling and casing in the Nankai Trough (IODP Exp 319)

    Toczko, S.; Eguchi, N. O.; Takahashi, K.; Araki, E.; Byrne, T. B.; McNeill, L. C.; Saffer, D. M.


    IODP Expedition 319 (“Riser and Riserless Observatory-1”, NanTroSEIZE Stage 2) was the first time in IODP history that scientific riser operations were conducted. As part of this groundbreaking advance in scientific drilling, other technologies and sampling methods were also introduced: scientific mud-gas monitoring, drilling cuttings collection and analysis, MDT, and VSP (walk-away and zero-offset). Although the goals and achievements for Expedition 319 were modest, we will describe the operational portions of these technologies, and also discuss the potential and benefits of future riser drilling operations. JAMSTEC’s Center for Deep Earth Exploration (CDEX), the Japanese Implementing Organization and operator of the riser drillship Chikyu, this year performed the inaugural riser drilling expedition for IODP, as part of NanTroSEIZE Stage 2, Expedition 319, “Riser and Riserless Observatories”. Riser drilling is a typical method of drilling in industry, since it helps prevent loss of petroleum while drilling at sea, and also allows for deeper drilling depths, when compared with the usual non-riser drilling. The system aboard Chikyu is an industrial design riser system, which has just completed drilling operations in the Kumano Basin, drilling and casing a riser hole, Hole C0009A, to 1607.3 mBSF in water 2054 m BSL deep. The riser drilling system maintains a connection between the riser pipe suspended from the drillship to the sea floor blowout preventer (BOP), which makes a seal between the riser pipe and well head, and below to the cased intervals of the borehole below the seafloor. This allows the drilling mud to circulate down through the drillpipe, out the bit, and back up the casing and riser pipe to the drillship. This cools the bit, clears the borehole of cuttings (recovered aboard ship in the shale shakers) and allows real-time mud-gas monitoring. Mud weight can be more carefully controlled and adjusted, improving the quality of mudcake on the

  13. NanTroSEIZE: The IODP Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment

    Harold J. Tobin


    Full Text Available The IODP Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE will, for the fi rst time ever, attempt to drill into, sample, and instrument the seismogenic portion of a plate-boundary fault or megathrust within a subduction zone. Access to the interior of active faults where in situ processes can be monitored and fresh fault zone materials can be sampled is of fundamental importance to the understanding of earthquake mechanics. As the December 2004 Sumatraearthquake and Indian Ocean tsunami so tragically demonstrated,large subduction earthquakes represent one of the greatest natural hazards on the planet. Accordingly, drilling into and instrumenting an active interplate seismogenic zone is a very high priority in the IODP Initial Science Plan (2001. Through a decade-long series of national and international workshops, a consensus emerged that the Nankai Trough is an ideal place to attempt drilling and monitoring of the seismogenic plate interface. The fi rst phase of NanTroSEIZE drilling operations has now been scheduled for the late summer of 2007. It involves parallel deployment of both the new U.S. Scientifi c Ocean Drilling Vessel (SODV, this volume and the riser drilling vessel Chikyu.

  14. Drilling Fluid Contamination during Riser Drilling Quantified by Chemical and Molecular Tracers

    Inagaki, F.; Lever, M. A.; Morono, Y.; Hoshino, T.


    Stringent contamination controls are essential to any type of microbiological investigation, and are particularly challenging in ocean drilling, where samples are retrieved from hundreds of meters below the seafloor. In summer 2012, Integrated Ocean Drilling Expedition 337 aboard the Japanese vessel Chikyu pioneered the use of chemical tracers in riser drilling while exploring the microbial ecosystem of coalbeds 2 km below the seafloor off Shimokita, Japan. Contamination tests involving a perfluorocarbon tracer that had been successfully used during past riserless drilling expeditions were complemented by DNA-based contamination tests. In the latter, likely microbial contaminants were targeted via quantitative polymerase chain reaction assays using newly designed, group-specific primers. Target groups included potential indicators of (a) drilling mud viscosifiers (Xanthomonas, Halomonas), (b) anthropogenic wastewater (Bifidobacterium, Blautia, Methanobrevibacter), and (c) surface seawater (SAR 11, Marine Group I Archaea). These target groups were selected based on past evidence suggesting viscosifiers, wastewater, and seawater as the main sources of microbial contamination in cores retrieved by ocean drilling. Analyses of chemical and molecular tracers are in good agreement, and indicate microorganisms associated with mud viscosifiers as the main contaminants during riser drilling. These same molecular analyses are then extended to subseafloor samples obtained during riserless drilling operations. General strategies to further reduce the risk of microbial contamination during riser and riserless drilling operations are discussed.

  15. Vertical Seismic Profiling at riser drilling site in the rupture area of the 1944 Tonankai Earthquake, Japan (Invited)

    Hino, R.; Kinoshita, M.; Araki, E.; Byrne, T. B.; McNeill, L. C.; Saffer, D. M.; Eguchi, N. O.; Takahashi, K.; Toczko, S.


    A series of scientific drilling expeditions is in operation in the Nankai Trough to reveal the faulting mechanism of the magathrust earthquakes, through clarifying composition, fine structure, mechanical behavior, and environmental variables of the seismogenic faults. In the studied area, extensive seismic surveys for site characterization have been made to image detailed geometry of the fault complex in the accretionary prism as well as Vp distribution around the faults. Although these previous surveys provided invaluable information for understanding seismotectonic processes in this subduction zone, more complete knowledge is needed to be acquired to predict dynamic behavior of the faults, such as geometrical irregularities in short wavelength, Vs and seismic attenuation which are sensitive to fluid distribution in and around fault zones. It is expected that estimation of these parameters would be improved considerably by a seismic exploration using a vertical array of seismographs installed in a deep borehole (VSP: vertical seismic profiling). In July 2009, we made a VSP at one of the drilling sites located just above the rupture area of the 1994 Tonankai Earthquake (M 8.1), during the IODP Exp.319. The well site of our VSP was made by the riser drilling of D/V Chikyu. The seismic array, lowered from Chikyu into the hole, was composed of a three-component accelerometer and vertical separation of the array elements was 15.12 m. The VSP was composed of offset VSP and zero-offset VSP. In the offset VSP, a tuned airgun array towed by R/V Kairei was shot along one straight line (walk-away VSP) and another circular line (walk-around VSP) and seismic signals were recorded by an array consisting of 16 elements installed from 907 to 1,135 m in depth from seafloor. The object of the walk-away VSP is to obtain fine image of the faults using reflection arrivals with less attenuation. It is also expected to obtain spatial variation of Vs from arrival time tomography of

  16. Operational Review of the First Wireline In Situ Stress Test in Scientific Ocean Drilling

    Casey Moore


    Full Text Available Scientific ocean drilling’s first in situ stress measurement was made at Site C0009A during Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP Expedition 319 as part of Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE Stage 2. The Modular Formation Dynamics Tester (MDT, Schlumbergerwireline logging tool was deployed in riser Hole C0009A to measure in situ formation pore pressure, formation permeability (often reported as mobility=permeability/viscosity, and the least principal stress (S3 at several isolated depths (Saffer et al., 2009; Expedition 319 Scientists, 2010. The importance of in situ stress measurements is not only for scientific interests in active tectonic drilling, but also for geomechanical and well bore stability analyses. Certain in situ tools were not previously available for scientific ocean drilling due to the borehole diameter and open hole limits of riserless drilling. The riser-capable drillship, D/V Chikyu,now in service for IODP expeditions, allows all of the techniques available to estimate the magnitudes and orientations of 3-D stresses to be used. These techniques include downhole density logging for vertical stress, breakout and caliper log analyses for maximum horizontal stress, core-based anelastic strain recovery (ASR, used in the NanTroSEIZE expeditions in 2007–2008, and leak-off test (Lin et al., 2008 and minifrac/hydraulic fracturing (NanTroSEIZE Expedition319 in 2009. In this report, the whole operational planning process related to in situ measurements is reviewed, and lessons learned from Expedition 319 are summarized for efficient planning and testing in the future.

  17. The relationship between gas hydrate saturation and P-wave velocity of pressure cores obtained in the Eastern Nankai Trough

    Konno, Y.; Yoneda, J.; Jin, Y.; Kida, M.; Suzuki, K.; Nakatsuka, Y.; Fujii, T.; Nagao, J.


    P-wave velocity is an important parameter to estimate gas hydrate saturation in sediments. In this study, the relationship between gas hydrate saturation and P-wave velocity have been analyzed using natural hydrate-bearing-sediments obtained in the Eastern Nankai Trough, Japan. The sediment samples were collected by the Hybrid Pressure Coring System developed by Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology during June-July 2012, aboard the deep sea drilling vessel CHIKYU. P-wave velocity was measured on board by the Pressure Core Analysis and Transfer System developed by Geotek Ltd. The samples were maintained at a near in-situ pressure condition during coring and measurement. After the measurement, the samples were stored core storage chambers and transported to MHRC under pressure. The samples were manipulated and cut by the Pressure-core Non-destructive Analysis Tools or PNATs developed by MHRC. The cutting sections were determined on the basis of P-wave velocity and visual observations through an acrylic window equipped in the PNATs. The cut samples were depressurized to measure gas volume for saturation calculations. It was found that P-wave velocity correlates well with hydrate saturation and can be reproduced by the hydrate frame component model. Using pressure cores and pressure core analysis technology, nondestructive and near in-situ correlation between gas hydrate saturation and P-wave velocity can be obtained. This study was supported by funding from the Research Consortium for Methane Hydrate Resources in Japan (MH21 Research Consortium) planned by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan.

  18. IODP Expedition 337: Deep Coalbed Biosphere off Shimokita - Microbial processes and hydrocarbon system associated with deeply buried coalbed in the ocean

    Inagaki, Fumio; Hinrichs, Kai-Uwe; Kubo, Yusuke; IODP Expedition 337 Scientists


    The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 337 was the first expedition dedicated to subseafloor microbiology that used riser-drilling technology with the drilling vessel Chikyu. The drilling Site C0020 is located in a forearc basin formed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate off the Shimokita Peninsula, Japan, at a water depth of 1180 m. Primary scientific objectives during Expedition 337 were to study the relationship between the deep microbial biosphere and a series of ˜ 2 km deep subseafloor coalbeds and to explore the limits of life in the deepest horizons ever probed by scientific ocean drilling. To address these scientific objectives, we penetrated a 2.466 km deep sedimentary sequence with a series of lignite layers buried around 2 km below the seafloor. The cored sediments, as well as cuttings and logging data, showed a record of dynamically changing depositional environments in the former forearc basin off the Shimokita Peninsula during the late Oligocene and Miocene, ranging from warm-temperate coastal backswamps to a cool water continental shelf. The occurrence of small microbial populations and their methanogenic activity were confirmed down to the bottom of the hole by microbiological and biogeochemical analyses. The factors controlling the size and viability of ultra-deep microbial communities in those warm sedimentary habitats could be the increase in demand of energy and water expended on the enzymatic repair of biomolecules as a function of the burial depth. Expedition 337 provided a test ground for the use of riser-drilling technology to address geobiological and biogeochemical objectives and was therefore a crucial step toward the next phase of deep scientific ocean drilling.

  19. Identification and characterization of the active hydrothermal deposits in Okinawa Trough, SW Japan: Estimates from logging-while-drilling

    Saito, S.; Sanada, Y.; Moe, K.; Kido, Y. N.; Hamada, Y.; Kumagai, H.; Nozaki, T.; Takai, K.; Suzuki, K.


    A scientific drilling expedition was conducted at an active hydrothermal field on the Iheya-North Knoll by D/V Chikyu in 2014 (Expedition 907) as a part of "Next-generation Technology for Ocean Resources Survey" of the Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program. During the expedition logging while drilling (LWD) was deployed to constrain the area of the fluid reservoir beneath seafloor followed by three coring holes down to 150 meter below the seafloor (mbsf). The LWD system is composed of arcVISION for resistivity and natural gamma ray measurement and TeleScope for real-time transmission of drilling parameters and arcVISION data. Five sites (C9011-15) at the Iheya-North Original Site and one site (C9016) at Aki Site were drilled with LWD. At C9012 and C9016, the arcVISION detected temperature anomaly up to 84℃ at 234 mbsf and up to 39℃ at 80 mbsf, respectively. The temperature quickly increases at that depth and it would reflect the existence of high-temperature heat source along borehole. Due to the continuous fluid circulation during drilling, the measured temperature does not indicate in-situ temperature, but it reflects the heat disturbed by the cold circulated water instead. High quality resistivity and natural gamma ray data were acquired at six sites. The log curves at Site C9016 show characteristic response; the natural gamma ray log exhibits extremely high radiation (>500 gAPI) at 7-13 and 23-31 mbsf (Zone A). In the underlying interval of 31-40 mbsf, the resistivity log exhibits extremely low value (recovery of sulfide samples.

  20. Porosity and Mineralogy Control on the Thermal Properties of Sediments in Off-Shimokita Deep-Water Coal Bed Basin

    Tanikawa, W.; Tadai, O.; Morita, S.; Lin, W.; Yamada, Y.; Sanada, Y.; Moe, K.; Kubo, Y.; Inagaki, F.


    Heat transport properties such as thermal conductivity, heat capacity, and thermal diffusivity are significant parameters that influence on geothermal process in sedimentary basins at depth. We measured the thermal properties of sediment core samples at off-Shimokita basin obtained from the IODP Expedition 337 and Expedition CK06-06 in D/V Chikyu shakedown cruise. Overall, thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity increased with depth and heat capacity decreased with depth, although the data was highly scattered at the depth of approximately 2000 meters below sea floor, where coal-layers were formed. The increase of thermal conductivity is mainly explained by the porosity reduction of sediment by the consolidation during sedimentation. The highly variation of the thermal conductivity at the same core section is probably caused by the various lithological rocks formed at the same section. Coal shows the lowest thermal conductivity of 0.4 Wm-1K-1, and the calcite cemented sandstone/siltstone shows highest conductivity around 3 Wm-1K-1. The thermal diffusivity and heat capacity are influenced by the porosity and lithological contrast as well. The relationship between thermal conductivity and porosity in this site is well explained by the mixed-law model of Maxwell or geometric mean. One dimensional temperature-depth profile at Site C0020 in Expedition 337 estimated from measured physical properties and radiative heat production data shows regression of thermal gradient with depth. Surface heat flow value was evaluated as 29~30 mWm-2, and the value is consistent with the heat flow data near this site. Our results suggest that increase of thermal conductivity with depth significantly controls on temperature profile at depth of basin. If we assume constant thermal conductivity or constant geothermal gradient, we might overestimate temperature at depth, which might cause big error to predict the heat transport or hydrocarbon formation in deepwater sedimentary basins.

  1. APHRODITE: Constructing a Long-term Daily Gridded Precipitation Dataset for Asia Based on a Dense Network of Rain Gauges

    Yatagai, A.; Yasutomi, N.; Hamada, A.; Kitoh, A.; Kamiguchi, K.; Arakawa, O.


    A daily gridded precipitation dataset for the period 1951-2007 was created by collecting and analyzing rain-gauge observation data across Asia through the activities of the Asian Precipitation - Highly Resolved Observational Data Integration Towards Evaluation of Water Resources (APHRODITE's water resources) project. APHRODITE's daily gridded precipitation is presently the only long-term continental-scale high-resolution daily product. Our product is based on data collected at 5000 to 12,000 stations, which represents 2.3 to 4.5 times the data available through the Global Telecommunication System (GTS) network that are used for most daily gridded precipitation products. Hence, the APHRODITE project has substantially improved the depiction of the areal distribution and variability of precipitation around the Himalayas, Southeast Asia and mountainous regions of the Middle East. The APHRODITE project now contributes to studies such as the determination of Asian monsoon precipitation change, evaluation of water resources, verification of high-resolution model simulations and satellite precipitation estimates, and improvement of forecasts. We released APHRO_V1101 datasets for Monsoon Asia, the Middle East and Russia (on 0.5 × 0.5 degree and 0.25 × 0.25 degree grids) and the APHRO_JP_V1005 dataset for Japan (on a 0.05 × 0.05 degree grid) on the website ( and The major differences of APHRO_V1101 to that of the previous version (APHRO_V1003R1) are 1) improved quality control (QC) scheme and more input data (Belarus, Bhutan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Taiwan and E-Obs). We are developing a daily gridded temperature dataset for Asia and a flag to discriminate between rain and snow will be added to the APHRODITE daily precipitation product. The combination of daily mean temperature, precipitation and rain/snow information in this high-resolution gridded format would be useful as input to river

  2. IODP CRISP Program A: the first step toward drilling the Seismogenic Zone in Central America (Invited)

    Vannucchi, P.; Ujiie, K.


    The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) will start its CRISP (Costa RIca Seismogenesis Project) drilling operations in March 2011. CRISP aims to eventually reach the seismogenic zone of the Central America erosional convergent margin. The shallow dip of the subduction zone offshore southern Costa Rica and the relatively high temperature of the subducting ocean crust bring materials and processes involved in seismogenesis to depths reachable by drilling with the riser ship Chikyu (about 5 km). CRISP is structured into non-riser (Program A) and riser (Program B) stages that systematically proceed from shallow non-riser to deep riser drilling. Program A drilling will use standard ODP drilling technology allowing us to sample upper plate basement rock. This information is necessary background for Program B which will penetrate 5 km into this still unknown material. Moreover upper plate geology can directly influence seismogenesis since the subduction channel of an erosional margin receives material eroded from the upper plate. Therefore the lithology, alteration, and fracturing that controls erosion presumably will directly affect plate boundary friction. Program A contains several stand-alone objectives. CRISP Program A is the first scientific drilling program designed to characterize an erosional margin. The two priority drill sites on the middle and upper slope are designed to quantify subduction erosion and its effects on seismogenesis. The subduction of a bathymetric high, Cocos Ridge in this case, is responsible for accelerating the process of subduction erosion, but details on forearc deformation, e.g. the evolution of uplift/subsidence/tilting, are still matters of active debate. Defining the evolution of forearc deformation will help us to better understand the margin’s dynamics and transient stress accumulation processes. The deformation of the forearc has also produced preferential fluid pathways across the upper plate; pathways that have been

  3. NanTroSEIZE Stage 1 operational review: Operational limits and data quality

    Kuramoto, S.; Kyaw Thu, M.; Masago, H.; Curewitz, D.; Gaillot, P.; Sanada, Y.; Science Party, E.


    Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment (NanTroSEIZE) Stage 1 is first step in the ambitious, coordinated multistage, multi-expedition project from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). Through out the 138 days of continuous operations in three expeditions, two major challenges caused various problems and delays. The Kuroshio current presented at all sites and more often at 3 knot or greater velocity, and the difficult borehole conditions in this tectonically active faulting environment obviously caused substantial loss of operational time, failure of equipments and loss of toolstring. Several other technical problems, ranging from dynamic positioning system, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to wait-on-weather, made additional delays as well. During the course of these expeditions, Chikyu was able to test and refine operational techniques and structures, and able to pioneer the use of new tools and equipments not only in the lab area but also at the rig floor coring and logging operations. Those include first-ever and rarely-used logging-while-drilling (LWD) tools in the scientific drilling history, new coring systems and techniques, extensive use of X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT) on whole core sections and several others. Expedition 314 collected 4274 m of LWD logs and conducted 2285.5 m of Measurement-While-Drilling (MWD) logs from pilot holes. Expedition 315 recovered 808 m of core from 1287 m penetration, and Expedition 316 recovered 1340 m of core out of 2103 m penetration. With intention of improving CDEX's expedition planning and science services in the future, major review work is in progress focusing on operational, technological and science services. Review on the non-productive time records found to be 23.5% for overall stage 1, which gradually decreases from 33.7% at the beginning (Exp. 314) to 24.9% during the Exp. 315 and then 11.0% in the Exp. 316. Review on the coring operations and functioning of coring tools in focus of core quality

  4. Influence of drilling operations on drilling mud gas monitoring during IODP Exp. 338 and 348

    Hammerschmidt, Sebastian; Toczko, Sean; Kubo, Yusuke; Wiersberg, Thomas; Fuchida, Shigeshi; Kopf, Achim; Hirose, Takehiro; Saffer, Demian; Tobin, Harold; Expedition 348 Scientists, the


    The history of scientific ocean drilling has developed some new techniques and technologies for drilling science, dynamic positioning being one of the most famous. However, while industry has developed newer tools and techniques, only some of these have been used in scientific ocean drilling. The introduction of riser-drilling, which recirculates the drilling mud and returns to the platform solids and gases from the formation, to the International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) through the launch of the Japan Agency of Marine Earth-Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) riser-drilling vessel D/V Chikyu, has made some of these techniques available to science. IODP Expedition 319 (NanTroSEIZE Stage 2: riser/riserless observatory) was the first such attempt, and among the tools and techniques used was drilling mud gas analysis. While industry regularly conducts drilling mud gas logging for safety concerns and reservoir evaluation, science is more interested in other components (e.g He, 222Rn) that are beyond the scope of typical mud logging services. Drilling mud gas logging simply examines the gases released into the drilling mud as part of the drilling process; the bit breaks and grinds the formation, releasing any trapped gases. These then circulate within the "closed circuit" mud-flow back to the drilling rig, where a degasser extracts these gases and passes them on to a dedicated mud gas logging unit. The unit contains gas chromatographs, mass spectrometers, spectral analyzers, radon gas analyzers, and a methane carbon isotope analyzer. Data are collected and stored in a database, together with several drilling parameters (rate of penetration, mud density, etc.). This initial attempt was further refined during IODP Expeditions 337 (Deep Coalbed Biosphere off Shimokita), 338 (NanTroSEIZE Stage 3: NanTroSEIZE Plate Boundary Deep Riser 2) and finally 348 (NanTroSEIZE Stage 3: NanTroSEIZE Plate Boundary Deep Riser 3). Although still in its development stage for scientific

  5. Subduction Zone Concepts and the 2010 Chile Earthqake (Arthur Holmes Medal Lecture)

    von Huene, Roland


    50 years of improved acquisition techniques, analysis capabilities, and imaging that greatly improves resolution in observational data. The first observatories in boreholes that place instruments closer to earthquake rupture zones have been deployed. Technological improvement should be strongly pursued to meet future challenges. Advanced seismic imaging and the new riser drilling vessel Chikyu are tools to significantly advance understanding of earthquake mechanics but availability is restricted by current global science budgets. The present scientific knowledge leaves great earthquakes and tsunamis an unpredictable "stealth" natural hazard of great proportions.

  6. Paleomagnetic records of core samples of the plate-boundary thrust drilled during the IODP Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project (JFAST)

    Mishima, T.; Yang, T.; Ujiie, K.; Kirkpatrick, J. D.; Chester, F. M.; Moore, J. C.; Rowe, C. D.; Regalla, C.; Remitti, F.; Kameda, J.; Wolfson-Schwehr, M.; Bose, S.; Ishikawa, T.; Toy, V. G.


    IODP Expedition 343, Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project (JFAST), drilled across the plate-boundary décollement zone near the Japan Trench where large slip occurred during the March 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake. We conducted paleomagnetic measurements of the core sample retrieved from the highly-deformed sediments comprising the plate-boundary décollement zone. Whole-round samples for structural analyses from five depth intervals of the core (0-12 cm, 12-30 cm, 43-48 cm, 48-58 cm, and 87.5-105 cm), were trimmed into oriented slabs with typical dimensions of 3x3x5 cm that are now being used to make petrographic sections for microstructural and chemical study. The remainder of the core sample was split into working and archive halves. We measured remanent magnetization of 16 trimmed slabs and the archive half of the core sample. The slabs were subjected to natural remanent magnetization (NRM) measurements in 0.5-1 cm intervals and progressive alternating field demagnetization (AFD) up to 80 mT with a 2G755 pass-through superconducting rock magnetometer at Kochi University. The archive half of the core sample was subjected to NRM measurement and AFD up to 20 mT with a 2G760 superconducting rock magnetometer installed on R/V Chikyu. Typically, two or three paleomagnetic components were isolated during the AFD of slab samples up to 80 mT. One ';soft' component was demagnetized below 20-30 mT, and another ';hard' component was not demagnetized even with AFD in 80 mT. A third component may be separated during AFD at the intermediate demagnetizing field, and may overlap the soft and hard components. The multiple slab samples cut from an identical whole-round sample have generally consistent paleomagnetic direction of the hard component. Contrastingly, the direction of the soft component is less consistent between adjacent slabs, and even varies within a single slab. The direction variation of the soft component possibly reflects the cm-scale strain and rotation of the

  7. Mud Gas Logging In A Deep Borehole: IODP Site C0002, Nankai Trough Accretionary Prism

    Toczko, S.; Hammerschmidt, S.; Maeda, L.


    Mud logging, a tool in riser drilling, makes use of the essentially "closed-circuit" drilling mud flow between the drilling platform downhole to the bit and then back to the platform for analyses of gas from the formation in the drilling mud, cuttings from downhole, and a range of safety and operational parameters to monitor downhole drilling conditions. Scientific riser drilling, with coincident control over drilling mud, downhole pressure, and returning drilling mud analyses, has now been in use aboard the scientific riser drilling vessel Chikyu since 2009. International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition 348, as part of the goal of reaching the plate boundary fault system near ~5000 mbsf, has now extended the deep riser hole (Hole C0002 N & P) to 3058.5 mbsf. The mud gas data discussed here are from two approximately parallel boreholes, one a kick-off from the other; 860-2329 mbsf (Hole C0002N) and 2163-3058 mbsf (Hole C0002P). An approximate overlap of 166 m between the holes allows for some slight depth comparison between the two holes. An additional 55 m overlap at the top of Hole C0002P exists where a 10-5/8-inch hole was cored, and then opened to 12-1/4-inch with logging while drilling (LWD) tools (Fig. 1). There are several fault zones revealed by LWD data, confirmed in one instance by coring. One of the defining formation characteristics of Holes C0002 N/P are the strongly dipping bedding planes, typically exceeding 60º. These fault zones and bedding planes can influence the methane/ethane concentrations found in the returning drilling mud. A focused comparison of free gas in drilling mud between one interval in Hole C0002 P, drilled first with a 10 5/8-inch coring bit and again with an 12 ¼-inch logging while drilling (LWD) bit is shown. Hole C0002N above this was cased all the way from the sea floor to the kick-off section. A fault interval (in pink) was identified from the recovered core section and from LWD resistivity and gamma. The plot of

  8. Cultivation of methanogenic community from 2-km deep subseafloor coalbeds using a continuous-flow bioreactor

    Imachi, H.; Tasumi, E.; Morono, Y.; Ito, M.; Takai, K.; Inagaki, F.


    Deep subseafloor environments associated with hydrocarbon reservoirs have been least explored by previous scientific drilling and hence the nature of deep subseafloor life and its ecological roles in the carbon cycle remain largely unknown. In this study, we performed cultivation of subseafloor methanogenic communities using a continuous-flow bioreactor with polyurethane sponges, called down-flow hanging sponge (DHS) reactor. The sample used for the reactor cultivation was obtained from 2 km-deep coalbeds off the Shimokita Peninsula of Japan, the northwestern Pacific, during the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Expedition 337 using a riser drilling technology of the drilling vessel Chikyu. The coalbed samples were incubated anaerobically in the DHS reactor at the in-situ temperature of 40°C. Synthetic seawater supplemented with a tiny amount of yeast extract, acetate, propionate and butyrate was provided into the DHS reactor. After 34 days of the bioreactor operation, a small production of methane was observed. The methane concentration was gradually increased and the stable carbon isotopic composition of methane was consistency 13C-depleted during the bioreactor operation, indicating the occurrence of microbial methanogenesis. Microscopic observation showed that the enrichment culture contained a variety of microorganisms, including methanogen-like rod-shaped cells with F420 auto-fluorescence. Interestingly, many spore-like particles were observed in the bioreactor enrichment. Phylogenetic analysis of 16S rRNA genes showed the growth of phylogenetically diverse bacteria and archaea in the DHS reactor. Predominant archaeal components were closely related to hydrogenotrophic methanogens within the genus Methanobacterium. Some predominant bacteria were related to the spore-formers within the class Clostridia, which are overall in good agreement with microscopic observations. By analyzing ion images using a nano-scale secondary ion mass spectrometry (Nano

  9. Cloud conditions for low atmospheric electricity during disturbed period after the Fukushima nuclear accident

    Yatagai, Akiyo; Yamauchi, Masatoshi; Ishihara, Masahito; Watanabe, Akira; Murata, Ken T.


    The vertical (downward) component of the atmospheric electric field, or potential gradient (PG) under cloud generally reflects the electric charge distribution in the cloud. The PG data at Kakioka, 150 km southwest of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP1) suggested that this relation can be modified when the radioactive dust was floating in the air, and the exact relation between the weather and this modification could lead to new insight in plasma physics in the wet atmosphere. Unfortunately the detailed weather data was not available above Kakioka (only the precipitation data was available). Therefore, estimation of the cloud condition during March 2011 was strongly needed. We have developed various meteorological information links ( and original radar and precipitation data will be released from the page. Here we present various radar images that we have prepared for March 2011. We prepared three-dimensional radar reflectivity of the C-band radar of JMA in every 10 minutes over all Kanto Plain centered at Tokyo and Fukushima prefecture centered at Sendai. We have released images of each altitude (1km interval) for 15th - 16thand 21th March ( The vertical structure of the rainfall is almost the same at 4km with the surface and sporadic high precipitation is observed at 6 km height for 15-16th. While, generally precipitation pattern that is similar to the surface is observed at 5km height on 21th. On the other hand, an X-band radar centered at Fukushima university is also used to know more localized raindrop patterns at zenith angle of 4 degree. We prepared 10-minutes/120m mesh precipitation patterns for March 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 20th, 21th, 22th and 23th. Quantitative estimate is difficult from this X-band radar, but localized structure, especially for the rain-band along Nakadori (middle valley in Fukushima prefecture), that is considered to determine the highly

  10. Development of Observatories for the Japan Trench Fast Drilling Project

    Kyo, N.; Namba, Y.; Saruhashi, T.; Sawada, I.; Eguchi, N.; Toczko, S.; Kano, Y.; Yamano, M.; Muraki, H.; Fulton, P. M.; Brodsky, E. E.; Davis, E. E.; Sun, T.; Mori, J. J.; Chester, F. M.


    The Mw 9.0 Tohoku earthquake and accompanying tsunami produced the largest slip ever recorded in an earthquake and devastated much of northern Japan on March 11, 2011. The IODP proposal for JFAST (Japan Trench Fast Drilling project) planned to drill into the Tohoku subduction zone using the research ship Chikyu, measure the fault zone physical properties, recover fault zone material, and install an observatory to directly record the temperature anomaly caused by frictional slip during the earthquake. Considering the significant technical and operational challenges related to the great water depth of ~7,000 meters, and timing constraints, the observatory needed to be both robust and simple. After frequent discussions among scientists, engineers and operators, we decided to prepare two different types of observatories. 1. Autonomous MTL (Miniature Temperature Logger) observatory. The important temperature monitoring is accomplished by 55 MTLs attached to a string (Vectran rope) which is suspended inside a 4.5" casing in the borehole. The string latches at the top of the casing to allow retrieval using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Kaiko operated by JAMSTEC. This observatory avoids risks associated with a thermistor cable and wellhead data logger, and increases reliability by applying proven technologies. Perhaps most importantly, this configuration allows flexibility in defining the final depth distribution of the temperature sensors. This is advantageous since information of the exact depth of the fault zone will be known only after drilling and logging. Also, the judicious placement of weak links along the string helps to minimize possible loss of the entire sensor string if it is clamped by post-seismic movements that deform the casing. 2. Telemetered PT (Pressure and Temperature) observatory. Based on the previous deployment experience of the NanTroSEIZE C0010 observatory, we prepared another system that enables long term monitoring and repeated ROV data

  11. First time real-time mud gas monitoring during riser drilling in the Kumano Basin (IODP Exp 319)

    Wiersberg, T.; Erzinger, J.; Horiguchi, K.; Saffer, D. M.; Byrne, T. B.; McNeill, L. C.; Araki, E.; Takahashi, K.; Eguchi, N. O.; Toczko, S.


    Chikyu Expedition 319 was the first cruise of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) where riser drilling was performed and real-time mud gas monitoring was conducted, because this technique requires drill-mud circulation. In contrast to conventional IODP drilling that uses drill water in combination with lost circulation, during riser drilling the drill mud returns back to the surface through a riser pipe which encases the drill pipe. The dissolved gas is extracted from returning drill mud, analyzed in real time and sampled for noble gas and stable isotopes studies. This technique has been applied in the past on scientific continental drilling projects of e.g. the International Continental Drilling Program. Expedition 319 is part of the NanTroSEIZE project, a multiexpedition, multistage IODP drilling program focused on understanding the mechanics of seismogenesis and ruptures propagation along the Nankai accretionary prism. Riser drilling was carried out on Hole C0009 that intersects the cover sediments of the Kumano Basin and probably penetrates into the accretionary prism below. Site NT2-11 is located approx. 60 km SE of the harbour of Shingu, Japan. Real-time mud gas monitoring was performed in Hole C0009 during drilling from 703 mbsf (meter below sea floor) down to 1594 mbsf and during hole enlargement from 703 mbsf to 1569 mbsf. Both datasets show similar gas distribution at depth. Gas was furthermore extracted, sampled and analyzed from drill cuttings. Drill mud gas is generally composed of air and gases that derive from the formation. The principal formation gas in drill mud from both drilling phases and in cuttings was methane. Up to 14 vol % CH4 was detected during drilling and up to 3 vol % during hole enlargement. Down to 800 mbsf and below 1280 mbsf, the methane concentration in drill mud is lower than in the surrounded interval, where methane peaks at several depths. At 1280 mbsf an unconformity is indicated from lihology, in seismic and

  12. Deployment operation of NanTroSEIZE C0002 riserless LTBMS

    Kyo, N.; Saruhashi, T.; Sawada, I.; Namba, Y.; Kitada, K.; Kimura, T.; Toczko, S.; Araki, E.; Kopf, A.; IODP EXP 332 Scientists


    The installation of LTBMS (Long Term Borehole Monitoring System) for NanTroSEIZE (Nankai Trough Seismogenic Zone Experiment) C0002 riserless hole was successfully carried out as part of IODP Expedition 332 operations by DV Chikyu in November - December 2010. The water depth of the site and penetration depth of the hole are 1937.5 m and 980 mbsf respectively. Casing (9-5/8") was set to the depth of 888 mbsf and below the CORK head, 3-1/2" tubing was deployed inside the casing as the support structure for the downhole instruments. Within the rat hole section, two pressure ports, a strain meter, a tilt meter, a broadband seismometer, geophone, and accelerometer were deployed. These seismic and geodetic sensors were set within the borehole, and coupled to the formation via cement whose physical properties (Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, density) were adjusted to fit the formation's properties. Screen sections were set to access the pore fluids, while isolating them from the sea floor and the lower lithological units by a swellable packer, and cement, respectively. At the top of wellhead, and at the apex of the 3-1/2" tubing assembly, a CORK head was landed. The CORK head holds the pressure sensor unit (4 pressure sensors), underwater mateable data connectors (connected to the cemented sensors), and hydraulic valves to access and sample formation fluids by ROV. The major scientific features of the Hole C0002G (riserless) LTBMS are sensors monitoring multiple parameters related to seismic, geodetic and pore fluid behavior simultaneously at distinct, multiple, layers within the same borehole. The main technical difficulties in the LTBMS development are as follows: (1) Reduction method for current-induced VIV (Vortex Induced Vibration) (2) Borehole coupling for seismic and geodetic sensors (3) Anti-vibration/shock and protection method for borehole sensors/instruments (4) Attachment and protection for sensor cables and pressure lines (5) Zone isolation for multi

  13. Planetary Protection for LIFE-Sample Return from Enceladus

    Tsou, Peter; Yano, Hajime; Takano, Yoshinori; McKay, David; Takai, Ken; Anbar, Ariel; Baross, J.

    heading the International Marine Research Program in the world's oceans, seeking life and investigating life signatures and ongoing molecular evolution. Therefore, JAMSTEC is deeply interested in participating in a search for life in an ocean from another world via LIFE. Their experience in searching for and handling life in the oceans will be a great asset for LIFE. They are developing a higher BSL facility on their research ship Chikyu [Takano et al., 2014: cf. Sekine et al., 2014] for their marine research which can also accommodate LIFE's sample initial processing and possible preliminary examination period. References: McKay et al. Astrobiology submitted 2014. Tsou et al., Astrobiology 2012; Takano et al., Advances in Space Research, 2014; Sekine et al., Aerospace Technology Japan, 2014.