[SDGs-11]Sustainable Cities and Communities

GaN wafersGallium nitride (GaN) wafers

GaN wafersGallium nitride (GaN) wafers

Materials essential to the semiconductors supporting next-generation devices that will power the future

Wafers are essential to semiconductor manufacturing. NGK's gallium nitride (GaN) wafers help realize high-output and high-efficiency laser light sources, thanks to their original crystal growth technology.
Look out for them in applications such as power devices used in electric vehicles and other products, as well as high-frequency devices used in telecommunications devices.

Technologies to change the future

The power to support 5G wireless behind the scenes

GaN wafers used in semiconductors for high-frequency devices, including 5G wireless base stations and satellite amplifiers
Improving the performance of high-frequency devices will be key to the adoption of 5G wireless. NGK's technologies are helping to build the future of communications.

[SDGs-11]Sustainable Cities and Communities

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

target 11.3

By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries

5G: more than just smartphones

GaN wafers are expected to see wide use in 5G wireless applications. While existing 4G technologies mainly involve smartphones, 5G is expected to help create new social infrastructures by networking various aspects of society. GaN wafers will support the world of the future in areas like mobility and telehealth.

[SDGs-9]Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

EnerCeraChip-type ceramic rechargeable batteries

EnerCeraChip-type ceramic rechargeable batteries

EnerCeraChip-type ceramic rechargeable batteries

Thin, heat-resistant, high-capacity rechargeable batteries to support the worldwide adoption of IoT technologies

NGK's EnerCera thin lithium ion rechargeable batteries deliver high heat resistance and high capacity.
These batteries are ideal for powering sensors and wireless communication units embedded in IoT devices.
EnerCera will power an IoT era in which a wide range of devices connect to the Internet.

Ideas for the future

Next-generation smart cards

Capable of withstanding the high temperatures encountered in card production, ultrathin, heat-resistant EnerCera cells are easily embedded in cards, paving the way for next-generation smart cards with multiple functions, including displays, fingerprint authentication, and communication with smartphones.

[SDGs-9]Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

target 9.1

Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all

The need to power the more than 40 billion IoT devices around the world poses pressing issues.

IoT appears likely to become an important element of the infrastructure supporting our lives in both developed and developing countries. Some 40 billion IoT devices were deployed and in use in 2020; this number is expected to grow still further in the future. NGK powers IoT devices to support the foundations of economic growth worldwide.

Trends in numbers of IoT devices worldwide

Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, White Paper: Information and Communications in Japan (FY2019)
IHS Technology estimates

*IHS Technology defines IoT devices as devices with fixed IP addresses capable of connecting to the Internet and devices usable as terminals on sensor networks.

[SDGs-13]Climate Action

NAS BatteriesThe world's first large-capacity battery energy storage system

NAS BatteriesThe world's first large-capacity battery energy storage system

Energy storage systems for reliable supply of renewable energy

NGK was first in the world to succeed in commercializing NAS battery systems for energy storage offering both long service life and large capacity in a compact design. Generation by solar and wind involves inherent fluctuations, making it unstable. The stabilization made possible by storing renewable energy helps make the world a cleaner place.

How NGK's products can save the world

How can these products lead to the growth of renewable energy?

Renewable energy sources are unstable because they’re affected by the weather. When a large amount of renewable energy is connected to a grid, it might destabilize the grid, which is an obstacle to increased uptake of renewable energy. NAS battery systems can help promote the use of renewable energy by buffering this instability through charging and discharging.

[SDGs-13]Climate Action

Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

target 13.1

Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by applying the first technology of its kind in the world

Renewable energy is drawing attention as an earth-friendly source of energy thanks to its low levels of CO2emissions. NAS battery systems, a key solution to realizing stable supply of renewable energy, have already been deployed at more than 200 sites worldwide, where they handle approximately 580 MW/4,000 MWh of electricity (as of January 2020).
Technologies from NGK mitigate the risks posed by climate change to help build sustainable societies.

[SDGs-7]Affordable and Clean Energy

InsulatorsInsulators for power transmission

InsulatorsInsulators for power transmission

Insulators, our namesake products, support electric power supply worldwide

Insulators play a crucial part in maintaining the safety and stability of our energy lifeline by ensuring that transmission lines and steel towers and equipment are completely isolated. The reliable quality and technological capabilities accumulated since our founding in 1919 support safe, reliable power supply in more than 100 countries around the world.

How NGK's products can help save the world

Compatible with world's highest 1,000 kV- class power transmission

Our name derives from our insulator products, which play key roles in power transmission. Our insulators are compatible with ultra-high voltage power transmission, a technology essential to increasing energy efficiency worldwide. Our reliable technologies deliver power around the world.

[SDGs-7]Affordable and Clean Energy

Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy

target 7.3

By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency

With energy consumption expanding worldwide, how can we use energy more efficiently?

Global energy consumption increased by about 2.2-fold from 1971 to 2014. As the global population grows and urbanization advances in emerging markets, energy consumption is expected to rise significantly. Meeting demand with limited resources under these conditions will require improved energy efficiency. NGK is helping to improve energy efficiency by producing insulators to deliver the power generated at power plants to consumers more efficiently.

Trends in global energy consumption

Source: BP statistics for 2019
Primary energy: Energy used as a resource as-is in the form extracted from nature

Envisioning SDGs from 100 years ago

Over the century since its founding, NGK has continued to support the stable supply of electric power.
Over this period, we've deployed businesses to keep our air and water clean and deliver more comfortable lives across the domains of energy, ecology, and electronics.
Most NGK technologies and products make significant contributions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Up to this point and into the future, NGK will continue to draw on ceramics technologies to deliver new value to help realize sustainable societies.

Value Creation by the NGK Group

Thanks to the unique ceramics technology it has cultivated over many years, the NGK Group is able to develop a wide variety of high-quality products that it seeks to offer in a growing range of overseas markets.
As a result, the NGK Group creates diverse value, which helps to address society's challenges.

Enriching Human Life by Adding New Value to Society.|Quality improvement|Ceramics technologyDiversification|Global business development

NGK Group outcomes (FY2018)

* Assumption based on installation of exhaust gas system in new cars that are not equipped with such systems

Delivering new value and happiness to society:

NGK envisioned the SDGs 100 years ago