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Responding to Environmental Issues

Case of Human Centric Innovation 3 : Responding to Environmental Issues From Reduction of Environmental Impacts to Effective Use of Natural Energy and Renewal of Natural Capital

While economic globalization brings new abundance to the world, the emergence of global-scale environmental destruction, shortages of resources, energy, food, and water, and other worldwide issues threaten the sustainable development of global society. In order to resolve these issues, companies must take the lead in correctly understanding the negative environmental impacts of their own activities, and must strive to restrict these. At the same time, companies are being called upon to make effective use of renewable energy such as solar power and wind power, and non-depleting resources and wastes.

Fujitsu provides systems that use ICT to accurately assess environmental impacts and systems that optimize the use of natural energy. Together with universities and research institutions, Fujitsu is engaged in developing systems for water filtration and water circulation that make use of supercomputer-based simulation.

Using Supercomputers to Create Sustainable Water Resources

By 2030, global demand for water is expected to exceed supply by 40% due to population increase and the progress of urbanization and industrialization. For this reason, securing supplies of water for households, industry, and agriculture needed to achieve and sustain a comfortable living environment will be an important challenge.

To address this issue, Shinshu University is undertaking the development of water filtration membranes using nanocarbon and other innovative materials, as well as systemization technology that uses these materials for fresh water generation and water circulation.

Development of the water filtration membrane in particular calls for complex analytical work and simulation at the atomic level, requiring a supercomputer with powerful calculation ability. Fujitsu met Shinshu University's needs with a supercomputer system composed of a PC cluster of 16 PRIMERGY RX200 S8 units and a FUJITSU Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX10. The research is expected to yield results that will enable the extraction of household water, industrial water, and agricultural water from seawater or even water mixed with oil.

Through the power of ICT, Fujitsu will contribute to the resolution of water issues and other social transformation on a global scale.

Picture: FUJITSU Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX10 and Supercomputer simulation of water-filtration and water-circulation system

Picture: Morinobu Endo, Distinguished Professor, Institute of Carbon Science and Technology Shinshu UniversityMorinobu Endo,
Distinguished Professor
Institute of Carbon Science and Technology Shinshu University


Aiming to Create Water that Contributes to Comfortable Living Environments around the World

Over 1.1 billion persons are unable to secure safe supplies of water, and lack access to safe drinking water. Over 2 million children lose their lives every year due to contaminated water. The "Global Aqua Innovation Headquarters for Increasing Water-sustainability and Improving Living Standards in the World" plan, proposed by Shinshu University and others to tackle these issues, was selected in October 2013 by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a core COI (Center of Innovation) location.

Through a nationwide organization across Japan, this project is aiming for the commercialization of a revolutionary fresh water generation and water circulation system that can extract water from diverse water sources, contributing to the production of resources and preservation of the environment and providing safe and reliable water on a broad global scale. While water generation functionality has been achieved through carbon membranes in the past, the issue from here on out is the creation of innovative functionality. The adoption of Fujitsu's supercomputer for research in mechanism analysis is expected to enable dynamic analysis of water molecules, which had been impossible until now. I hope to build a site for the creation of local new industries and for social contribution through scientific research and practical applications that are compelling to and are needed by people around the world.

In the Canary Islands
Achievement of optimal energy management and stable supply of energy to outlying islands

In the Canary Islands (autonomous region), with a population of 2 million people, abundantly available renewable energy, including sunlight and wind power, is widely used for power generation to benefit from the geographical features of the region. However, due to problems such as inaccuracies in weather forecasts and difficulties in power management, the Canary Islands have depended on Mainland Spain, which is 1,100 km away from the islands, for some of its power supplies.

Fujitsu has provided ITER*1 with a system composed mainly of high-performance computers in order to solve these problems, thereby achieving an approximately 75% reduction in energy costs from the mainland. Utilizing renewable energy is a basis for sustainable development. Fujitsu will continue to make effective use of ICT in order to support the Canary Islands' further economic growth.

The Technological Institute of Renewable Energies Natural energy research facility founded by the island Council of Tenerife in 1990.

Picture: ITER Data Center and Wind power generation (image)

In the Six Global Regions of the World
Supporting the management of global environmental data through environmental management solutions

As global environmental issues deepen, the demands placed upon companies to disclose environmental-related information are increasing day by day. At the same time, the globalization of economies is accelerating, and the integration of environmental management across multinational workplaces has become an issue that companies must address.

Honda Motor Co. Ltd, which operates its various business in six regions of the earth, faced issues in the accurate collection and aggregation of environmental impact data. In response, Fujitsu provided Eco Track, a SaaS-based environmental management information system. This flexible, Excel-based solution simplifies form creation, the setting of request routes, and data aggregation work, as well as enables drastic improvements in data accuracy. With this system, Honda is beginning to achieve short-term data sharing and analysis. The company intends to switch from the use of SaaS to private cloud-based operation, and will further improve and strengthen the system's functionality.

Fujitsu will continue to support the environmental management of Honda Motor as it works to realize its vision of "the joy and freedom of mobility and a sustainable society where people can enjoy life."

System Image of Eco Track, a SaaS-based environmental management information system