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New Value Creation

Helping Solve Social Issues

Cooperation with Influential Figures and Industry Groups

Daikin Air Forum

Since Fiscal 2013, Daikin Industries, Ltd. has held the Air Forum, a platform for discussion between outside experts and Daikin engineers on how to take on society’s challenges with regards to air.

The fifth session of the Air Forum took place in December 2015 at the Technology and Innovation Center, which opened in November 2015. Naoki Miyano, an associate professor at Kyoto University and a committee member of the Daikin Kyoto University Innovation Program (DKIP), delivered a lecture titled “What is new social value?” Participants, including experts in fields such as air conditioning, architecture, life sciences, and medicine, then discussed this topic in detail.

World Sleep Conference: Better Quality of Sleep through Air Research

World Sleep Conference

In March 2016, Daikin Industries, Ltd., Showa Nishikawa, Lion Corporation, and Renaissance Inc. jointly established the World Sleep Conference, a project to improve people’s health through better sleeping. The goal is to focus on the importance of sleep, define ways to create new health movements that promote better sleep, and make people’s lives more fulfilling and healthy. To this end, the World Sleep Conference provides information through a range of media aimed at realizing better health through sleep, with contributions by sleep researchers and experts in cultural disciplines that cross the boundaries of industries and research fields.

It is known that sleep affects not just physical health but mental health as well, and negative sleep patterns can lead to depression and insomnia, and a fall in things like concentration and productivity.

With people increasingly suffering from sleep-related problems, Daikin Industries, Ltd. focused on the close relationship between sleep and warm environments. The company used the TIC’s newly built Sleep and Metabolism Laboratory to replicate actual human sleeping environments in order to study the correlation between sleep and warmth. The result has been new products and services that will improve the quality of sleep through the power of air.

Participation in the World Green Building Council

World Green Building Council

Daikin Industries, Ltd. joined in the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) to contribute to the reduction of energy consumption in buildings through energy efficient air conditioners. WorldGBC is an international network of organizations such as certification bodies and business enterprises in 72 nations, sharing information to promote green building across the globe.

At the conference held in March 2016, Daikin presented the results of demonstration tests conducted together with Nagoya University on the development of energy-efficient air conditioners that could help realize zero-energy buildings (ZEB)*.

* ZEB: A zero-energy building is one that effectively consumes zero energy thanks to the energy efficiency of the building and equipment, as well as the use of renewable energy sources on-site to power the building.

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Open Innovation through Industry-Academia Collaboration

Agreement with Kyoto University in Humanities and Sciences

Prototype of air conditioner that brings people together: blending sensual stimulation and design

Prototype of air conditioner that brings people together: blending sensual stimulation and design Areas are divided by level of temperature, images, and lighting to provide either relaxing or stimulating environments.

June 2013, Daikin Industries, Ltd. and Kyoto University concluded a comprehensive collaboration agreement with the goal of creating and researching new themes focusing on social values toward future-oriented solutions in the fields of air quality, environment, and energy. The aim of this program goes beyond the sciences as the two parties will actively engage the participation of researchers in the humanities as well in order to create innovations that contribute to society and economy.

At a humanities and sciences workshop titled Concepts in Air, participants came up with six concepts for the creation of new value through air; for example, how air can make food more delicious and bring people together. Under this agreement, the parties are currently working to finalize the technological issues that are needed to realize each concept.

Future Joint Research Laboratories Established with Nara Institute of Science and Technology

In October 2012, Daikin Industries, Ltd. and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) established the Future Joint Research Laboratories. In conventional agreements between industry and academia, the corporation generally names the project content and the university carries out the necessary project research. But this collaboration between Daikin and NAIST begins with a quest for pressing social issues, followed by discussions on how to solve them and then the start of research toward this goal.

Daikin and NAIST are currently proceeding with research on the theme of clean innovations aimed at high-level anti-fouling. At the same time, the two parties hold periodic discussions aimed at finding the next research theme.

In December 2015, Daikin and NAIST held a contest for students to come up with ideas on the theme “air conditioning and IoT.” The dreams and original ideas of the students are sure to lead to the creation of new value.

Collaboration with Kansai University

In November 2012, Daikin signed an agreement with Kansai University to collaborate fully on ways to contribute to communities in education, research, and human resource development. Through this collaboration, we are offering free lectures on fluorine and helping accelerate joint research.

Joint Research Course with Osaka University

In 2006, Daikin launched the Daikin (Fluorine Chemistry) Joint Research Chair at Osaka University under which Daikin provides research funds and sends researchers to the university with the aim of combining the company’s fluorochemicals technologies with the university’s advanced research capabilities in order to come up with innovative fundamental technologies. One of the fruits of this collaboration is the development of a proprietary n-type semiconductor PNP, a crucial component in organic thin-film solar cells, which are garnering attention as a way to generate electricity in an environmentally conscious way.

In fiscal 2015, the parties succeeded in developing a new n-type semiconductor with higher voltage than PNP, and high solvent solubility that makes it ideal for manufacturing paint-on semiconductors. They are currently creating prototypes with semiconductor manufacturers. In fiscal 2016, the 11th year of the joint research chair, Daikin’s air conditioning and other divisions joined this collaboration as the Daikin (Fluorine Chemistry) Joint Research (Chair) was re-launched as the Daikin Research Alliance Laboratories in order to conduct more comprehensive collaboration with Osaka University.

Tie-up with Tsinghua University

In 2003, the Tsinghua-Daikin R&D Center was established at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China’s top universities. Since then, Daikin and the university have worked together to jointly develop air conditioner technologies.

In fiscal 2016, in addition to research into chemical technologies, the Tsinghua-Daikin R&D Center began research aimed at solving environmental issues. The center works with leading researchers in environmental fields such as air quality, water quality, and energy.

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