Inspired by the Basic Commitment of Toshiba Group, "Committed to People, Committed to the Future," we aim to create a higher quality of life for all people and to do our part to help ensure that progress continues within the world community. In line with this Basic Commitment, we seek to contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the United Nations in 2015 through Toshiba Group's technological expertise and innovation, which over the years have supported the advancement of a better society. Going forward, we will strive to set in motion a new future by providing new value toward the realization of a sustainable society.
Toshiba Group holds various workshops and study sessions to increase understanding of the SDGs among Group employees.
In FY2017, we held a seminar with in which the Japanese self-described "Comedian Journalist" Nana Takamatsu gave a lecturer officers and employees. The seminar involved the sharing of concepts concerning Toshiba Group's SDGs through dialogue between Satoshi Tsunakawa, the President and Ms. Takamatsu. A workshop was also held in which all of the participants spent time thinking about how Toshiba Group's technology could be used to contribute to the attainment of the SDGs.
Toshiba's CSR Management Office conducted an opinion exchange session regarding contribution through the Group companies and businesses to promote SDGs initiatives.
At Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation, a working group was formed to hold discussions on the SDGs. The working group associates the company's business and the solutions it provides with the SDGs to identify priority issues with the aim of contributing to attainment of the SDGs by resolving these challenges.
In addition to contribution through business, Toshiba Group is working actively to achieve the SDGs via social contribution initiatives. In December 2017, the company organized food drives at nine sites in six countries around the world, including Japan, the United States and areas of Africa, as part of the employee participatory Toshiba Group Simultaneous Social Contribution Activities. The drives contributed to the attainment of the following SDGs: Goal 1 "NO POVERTY," Goal 2 "ZERO HUNGER" and Goal 12 "RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION (Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns)."
Toshiba Group will strive to accelerate SDGs initiatives and promote technological development and innovation that contribute to the resolution of social issues.
H2One™, Hydrogen energy supply system for Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi
Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation
Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) has commercialized the H2Rex™ pure hydrogen fuel cell system that converts hydrogen into electricity and H2One™, an autonomous hydrogen energy supply system designed to provide a stable supply of electricity by using renewable energy derived hydrogen. In FY2017, H2One™ were installed at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi, the home field of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles professional baseball team, and at East Japan Railway Company's Musashi-Mizonokuchi Station, making contribution as hydrogen dispersed power sources, one of Toshiba ESS's initiatives. In addition, the H2Rex™ pure hydrogen fuel cell system has been adopted for various uses that is included hotel, wholesale market, convenience stores, dairy farm and heated swimming pool. More than the 100 systems have been installed to date, contributing to the expansion of renewable energy.
Toshiba ESS will continue to develop diverse technologies into developing total hydrogen energy solution for an environmentally friendly hydrogen economy in order to create sustainable society. The goal is to resolve energy issues through to utilization clean hydrogen energy and energy management.
An image of the heavy ion therapy system
Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation
Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS), in collaboration as a consortium with DK Medical Solutions, a Korean leading global medical company, was awarded a contract to supply a heavy ion therapy system to Yonsei University Health System (YUHS). The treatment is scheduled to start in 2022.
Heavy ion therapy uses particles such as carbon ions to generate a high-energy beam that irradiates cancerous tissues - the system accelerates carbon-ion beam to up to 70% of the speed of light and delivers a concentrated dose of radiation to the targeted part. It ensures pinpoint and lethal irradiation to cancerous tissues efficiently depending on position, size and shape, with minimum damage to surrounding healthy tissues. The treatment enables swift rehabilitation in society with minimal physical impact on the patient.
Toshiba ESS has been developing heavy ion therapy systems in collaboration with National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST/NIRS), providing one of the systems to Kanagawa Cancer Center, a Kanagawa prefectural hospital run as a local independent administrative organization. The company was then awarded a contract from the national institute Yamagata University in 2015.
Toshiba ESS will continue contributing to the realization of high-quality cancer treatment with the aim of proliferating the use of the heavy ion therapy system.
The hydro turbine installed at Trung Son Hydro Power Station
Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation and Toshiba Hydro Power (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd.
All hydro turbines and generators of units 1 to 4 at Vietnam's Trung Son Hydro Power Station delivered by Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) and Toshiba Hydro Power (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd. (THPC) started commercial operation in FY2017. The plant, located in Thanh Hoa Province, has 260 MW of power output. Toshiba Group were responsible for supplying four sets of Francis turbines, designed for flow from medium to high range heads, generators and auxiliary equipment. In addition to supplying electricity, the project is expected to provide drought and flood control through construction of the dam.
Since delivering the first Japan-made commercial-use 60 kW hydroelectric generator for Japan's first utility's hydro power station in 1894, Toshiba Group has built up a track record in supplying hydro power generating systems with over 59 GW installed capacity around the world, including Japan and throughout Asia. Moving ahead, Toshiba Group will support efforts to secure a stable global supply of renewable energy, including hydroelectric, geothermal, wind and solar power systems.
Rapeseed oil-immersed transformer
Kitashiba Electric Co., Ltd.
Kitashiba Electric Co., Ltd. is one of the only manufacturers developing environmentally conscious rapeseed oil-immersed transformers employing plant-derived rapeseed oil as an insulating oil. It has delivered the most plant oil-immersed transformers in Japan. Compared with conventional mineral insulating oil, rapeseed oil emits very little carbon dioxide throughout its lifecycle by being carbon neutral while it also gets broken down easily by microbes in the soil if it leaks, thereby minimizing environmental impact. Furthermore, rapeseed oil has a flash point of around 330°C, which is much higher than the 140°C of mineral oil, providing enhanced fire safety and disaster prevention. These and other features have received critical acclaim and the rapeseed oil-immersed transformer has now been employed by numerous customers with high environmental consciousness, including for renewable energy power plants.
Kitashiba Electric Co.,Ltd. aims to continue contributing to the realization of a sustainable society through the co-creation of products and services that are kind to the earth together with customers and partners.
Multi-parameter phased array weather radar (MP-PAWR)
Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation
The world's first practical-use multi-parameter phased array weather radar (MP-PAWR) developed by a research group that includes Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation was installed at Saitama University on November 21, 2017 as part of the Cabinet Office's measures of Enhancement of Societal Resiliency against Natural Disasters.
The radar can provide 3-D data of rain clouds around 15 km above the earth covering a 60 km radius in 30 seconds and covering an 80 km radius in a minute with just a single revolution of the antenna by switching from a conventional reflector type antenna to the latest phase array type antenna. The radar also vastly improves the observation accuracy of rainfall amount through incorporation of high-precision precipitation observation capability. This enables faster and more accurate observation of signs that an unexpected heavy rain is imminent and amount of rainfall relative to standard weather radars. It also makes it possible to observe fast-growing cumulonimbus clouds as well as highly accurate observation of localized heavy rain and risk of tornado 20-30 minutes in advance.
The radar will be able to provide early forecast of an unexpected heavy rain, a flood and strong wind. The radar is expected to be applied in a variety of situations, including for the efficient running of outdoor sports and other events, flood prevention by local government, to provide instruction to citizens of the need for evacuation, and simply for residents to take in their washing.
As examples, the radar will be able to provide useful information to decide on the start, postponement or continuation of an outdoor sports event and to make sure spectators can be guided to shelter before heavy rain arrives. Also local government will be able to implement flood prevention activities and give the directive to evacuate in plenty of time since the radar allows early forecast of areas at risk of flooding.
An expressway traffic control center in Vietnam that has started operation of Intelligent Transport Systems
Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation
A Japanese consortium led by Toshiba was awarded the contract for an Intelligent Transport Systems by Vietnam Expressway Corporation, and the system started operation in March 2017. A 55-kilometer stretch of the highway that runs from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's largest commercial center, to Dong Nai Province to the east where industrial development continues apace, was the target section of the project. This is the first comprehensive Intelligent Transport Systems put together by Japanese companies for an overseas customer. Through the 55-kirometer stretch, the project introduced a toll collection system including ETC and installed vehicle detectors for automatically measuring traffic flows at 52 points. Additionally, 16 CCTV cameras, sensors for weather observation, and wireless communications equipment for the expressway operators are introduced. Cutting-edge information processing technology enables to resolve issues of road traffic such as congestion and accidents by processing the information of people, roads and vehicles integrally.
There are numerous plans in place to build expressways in Vietnam against a backdrop of rapid economic development. Toshiba will continue to contribute to the safety and security of people in Vietnam by helping to improve road networks, which are fundamental to well-being and prosperity.
Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corporation
Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corporation has released the world's first LED bulb with compact LED driver using GaN*1 power devices and a high power LED floodlight.
The GaN power device helps realize higher frequencies and a more compact design for the circuit board. The saved space allows the adding of dedicated circuit for phase-control dimming in the compact LED bulb, thereby helping to drive the switch to LED lamps.
In addition, light distribution technology using only a unique reflector was established for the high-power LED floodlights (equivalent to 2 kW metal halide lamp fixtures) to effectively distribute the light of an LED module with large luminous flux divergence achieved via high-precision mounting. Advanced specific energy consumption efficiency and reduction in the spill light resulting in more efficient light collection enhances energy conservation performance, helping promote the proliferation of the lights in stadiums and elsewhere.
LED bulbs mounted with the GaN power device reduces power consumption by around 84%*2 in mini-krypton types and around 82%*3 in halogen bulbs compared with the conventional incandescent light bulbs, and by around 55%*4 in high power LED floodlights compared with the conventional HID floodlights.
This resulted in the LED bulb equipped with GaN power device and high power LED floodlight being recognized with the Director General Prize of Agency of Natural Resources and Energy in the Product and Business Model category of the Energy Conservation Grand Prize awards for fiscal 2017.
Efforts to spread the use of these products and LED lighting culminated in prizes in the 27th Global Environment Awards and the Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Awards (for the GaN power device fitted LED bulb) and the Environment Minister's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity (for the LED floodlight equivalent to a 2kW metal halide fixture).
Going forward, the company will continue contributing to the creation of an energy-saving society by helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide.
High power LED floodlight (equivalent to a 2 kW metal halide lamp fixture) and GaN power device equipped LED bulb
Toshiba Carrier Corporation
Universal Smart X EDGE Series are the latest high-efficiency, high-performance, compact air-cooled heat pump chillers from Toshiba Carrier released three models in March 2017. The high-efficiency 60-horsepower AIREDGE model realizes top-class energy-saving performance, the HEATEDGE model vastly improves heating capacity under low outdoor air temperature conditions, and the POWEREDGE model realizes the highest power output in Japan of 70-horsepower via a module-type chiller.
The EDGE series enlarges capacity and scope of usage while reducing the size of the module, enabling heat pump use in large-scale properties. The heat pump has been positioned as renewable energy utilization technology in Europe and Japan on account of its energy-saving technology based on natural energy such as air-source heat.
The series has garnered high praise from groups and customers interested in energy conservation and environmental measures, winning such awards as the Director General Prize of Agency of Natural Resources and Energy at the Energy Conservation Grand Prize awards for fiscal 2017, the Minister of the Environment's Commendation for Global Warming Prevention Activity for fiscal 2017 (HEATEDGE model with enhanced heating capacity), and the Japan Society of Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers Technology Award. Moving ahead, Toshiba will strive to contribute to the realization of a low-carbon society by leveraging the heat pump technology to conserve energy and curb greenhouse gas emissions.
Universal Smart X EDGE Series (left: a single model, right: the four models together)
"RECAIUS Call Agent" (image)
Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation
Toshiba has added the "RECAIUS Call Agent" to "Toshiba Communications AI RECAIUS™" service lineup. The "RECAIUS Call Agent" provides automatic response to inquiries to a call center, contributing to reduced load at call center operations. The service cuts down customer waiting time by offering automated response to simple inquiries. Speech recognition technology and natural language processing technology that Toshiba has researched and developed over many years aid in the speech recognition of the customer inquiry and understanding of the intent of the question. For complex inquiries, the call is transferred to the appropriate operator, who can focus on responding to inquiries requiring specialized knowledge, thus reducing operator workload and improving efficiency. Toshiba supports various work style reforms at companies, which includes complementing human response with automated response at night and on holidays.