July 16, 2021
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has formulated an R&D and Social Implementation Plan that summarizes the content of "next-generation aircraft development" projects that will be implemented using the Green Innovation Fund.
1. Background and purpose
Toward the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, METI decided to develop a Green Innovation Fund at a level of 2 trillion yen under the FY2020 Tertiary Supplementary Budget. This comes as part of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Based on specific goals shared by the public and private sectors, the plan is to continuously provide support over the next ten years to companies and other organizations that show commitment to working toward this ambitious goal. The support will assist efforts ranging from research and development (R&D) to demonstrations and social implementation of the outcomes.
In order to ensure proper and efficient execution of the fund, the Committee on the Green Innovation Project under the Industrial Structure Council finalized the Policy for Allocation of Funds for Each Field. Based on this policy, field-specific working groups established under the Committee deliberate on issues such as the priority and appropriateness of the amount to be implemented by the fund for each project. Then, the divisions and offices in charge of the project at the responsible ministries and agencies formulate the content of each project as an "R&D and Social Implementation Plan," and start calls for applicants.
Today, METI formulated an R&D and Social Implementation Plan for "next-generation aircraft development" projects based on discussions by the Working Group on the Field of Industry Structure Transformation and the public opinions that were submitted.
2. Main content of the R&D and Social Implementation Plan for next-generation aircraft development projects
As elements necessary for creating a hydrogen aircraft, conduct technical development related to (1) a small, lightweight liquid hydrogen storage tank that can withstand extremely low temperatures (-253°C); (2) an engine combustor that can achieve both stable combustion of hydrogen and low NOx emissions; and (3) airframe design, which will require significant changes.
Conduct technical development related to achieving complex shapes for major aircraft components and dramatically reducing the weight of the aircraft structure, with a view toward post-next-generation aircraft (post 2035).
3. Future schedule
NEDO will open a call for applicants to the "next-generation aircraft development" projects soon.
- R&D and Social Implementation Plan for the "Next-generation Aircraft Development" Projects (Outline) (PDF:1,178KB)
- R&D and Social Implementation Plan for the "Next-generation Aircraft Development" Projects (Full text) (in Japanese)(PDF:1,609KB)
- Results of the Call for Public Comments (Next-generation Aircraft Development) (in Japanese)(PDF:189KB)
- Outline of Opinions and METI's Views on Them (Next-generation Aircraft Development) (in Japanese)(PDF:81KB)
- Working Group on the Field of Industry Structure Transformation, Committee on the Green Innovation Project, Industrial Structure Council (in Japanese)
Divisions in Charge
[About the details of the project]
Aerospace and Defense Industry Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau
[About the fund in general]
Carbon Neutrality Project Promotion Office, Environmental Policy Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau