Research & Development

Creating new global standards with an eye on the future and the world.

NGK's research and development activities focus on materials development and system technologies related to ceramics technologies.
In the Triple E domains of energy, ecology, and electronics, our experts across a wide range of fields work day and night to develop new technologies and new products. These technologies and products seed new businesses in areas from basic research on ceramics to applied research.

Creating new products

Examples of new product initiatives include a new Ceramic Battery Project in fiscal 2016 and an Optical Component Project in fiscal 2017.
In both projects, the Corporate Manufacturing Engineering, Corporate R&D, relevant business departments, and head-office sections work together to establish new businesses through product development, development of mass-production equipment, and customer development efforts.

Ceramic Battery Project

In April 2016, the Corporate Manufacturing Engineering, Corporate R&D, relevant business departments, and head-office sections joined forces to establish the Ceramic Battery Project. Companywide efforts are underway to rapidly bring new products to market.

Chip-type ceramic secondary batteries

Features
  • Crystallographically oriented ceramic positive electrode plate (basic patented)
  • Ultrathin, high energy density, resistance to high temperatures
Examples of final use
  • Wearable devices
  • Smart cards
  • IoT modules
  • Onboard microcomputer power supplies

Zinc rechargeable batteries

Features
  • Ceramic separators made using new materials
  • Water-based electrolytic solution (for safety), high capacity, constant temperature operation
Examples of final use
  • Residential power storage systems (10 kWh class)
  • Indoor-type power storage systems (500 kWh class)Office buildings, hospitals, retail facilities, etc.

Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) modules

Features
  • Proprietary structure and ceramic materials
  • Compact, high power generation efficiency, high durability
Examples of final use
  • Single-family home and condominium use (installed in each unit)
  • Fuel-cell systems

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