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New Value Creation

Helping Solve Social Issues

With problems such as climate change and air pollution increasing on a global scale, we are aiming to reduce environmental burden while providing new value that brings health and comfort to people and spaces.

To this end, we are advancing the state of our core technologies of inverters, heat pumps, and fluorochemicals, and stepping up joint research with companies, organizations, and other external parties in order to come up with innovations that contribute to solving society’s problems.

Open Innovation through Collaboration with Other Companies

Collaboration with Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. to Realize Next-Generation Offices by Using Proprietary Technology “Airitmo”

Office chairs equipped with Airitmo technology in the 3X3 Lab Future of Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.

Office chairs equipped with Airitmo technology in the 3X3 Lab Future of Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.

For the past 15 years, Daikin has been conducting R&D on the theme of improving people’s sleeping environment through air conditioning by using sensing technology that monitors people’s physical state. The result was the development of our proprietary sensing technology, called Airitmo. By measuring the vibration of air within a tube, the technology allows measurement of physical information such as heart rate, breathing, body movement, state of sleep, and stress. Since it does not involve attaching apparatus to a person, it places no burden on the human body. This technology made possible the development of Daikin’s Soine controller, which measures how deeply a person is sleeping so that the air conditioning can be adjusted to the most comfortable level.

In March 2016, office chairs equipped with Airitmo technology were installed in the 3X3 Lab Future of Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd., a site for the sharing of business ideas. The products are the result of two years of verification experiments on the correlation between seasonal office environments and people’s physical and mental state in order to realize an air environment matched to an individual’s current state of health. The aim is the realization of the next-generation office in which people enjoy greater comfort and productivity and thus get their work done smoothly.

Airitmo Proprietary Sensing Technology

Teaming Up with NEC Corporation in Utilizing AI and IoT to Create Air and Space that Boosts Intellectual Productivity

In October 2016, Daikin Industries, Ltd. and NEC Corporation began joint research utilizing AI and IoT aimed at realizing air and space that raises people’s intellectual productivity. By fusing Daikin Industries, Ltd.’s technologies related to air conditioning and its knowledge in biometrics with NEC’s AI and IoT technologies in facial recognition and crowd behavior analysis, the parties aim to be able to create comfortable, focused spaces that are not just determined by factors such as climate and room environment, but that are geared to respond to the physical and mental feelings of the people in that space.

Daikin Industries, Ltd. and NEC Corporation have so far conducted research in areas such as precise control of air conditioning and lighting and measurement of comfort level. However, more analysis needs to be done since there is still much to be learned regarding the cause-effect relationship between people and the air and space around them. As the base of research for this joint effort, the TIC is carrying out demonstration testing in office environments.

Illustration of air and space improving intellectual productivity in an officeIllustration of air and space improving intellectual productivity in an office

Teaming Up with NTT West Using LPWA to Create New Air-Related Value

In November 2016, Daikin Industries, Ltd. and NTT West started a project to create new air-related value using a LPWA* (low power wide area) network. Combining our air conditioning technologies and NTT West’s LPWA technology, the project aims to keep large numbers of air conditioners connected to the Internet and identify equipment break-downs and diagnose the problems, thus shortening the time from initial break-down to response, as well as use information gathered from operational control to create new services.

* LPWA: A communications standard in which powering by batteries allows minimal electricity consumption and long operation, and in which large numbers of machines can be connected over a wide area and offer high transmissions speeds.

Teaming up with Softbank Technology Corp. and Aoyama Capital Co. Ltd. in Using IoT to Measure Stress

Device to measure stress level Device to measure stress level

In October 2017, Daikin Industries, Ltd., Softbank Technology Corp. (SBT), and Aoyama Capital Co. Ltd. began a joint project to meet the growing need to maintain workers’ health and create a comfortable working environment. Demonstration testing is aimed at creating new value by using IoT to monitor people’s physical indicators.

An IoT device with built-in sensor is attached to the belts of participants to measure their stress based on things like heart rate. By analyzing the data accumulated in the cloud, the tests hope to clarify the correlation between workplace environment and stress levels, and the correlation between stress level and work and depth of sleep.


Open Innovation through Industry-Academia Collaboration

DK Innovation Program with Kyoto University

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.

Under this program, researchers from not just the field of science but from the arts as well will pool their knowledge to solve social problems, thus creating new air-related value.

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. They are also holding periodic discussions aimed at identifying future research themes.

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.

In September 2016, we established a base in the Organization for Research and Development of Innovative Science and Technology of Kansai University in order to accelerate joint research with the university’s science and technology departments in areas such as battery materials.

In fiscal 2016, under the collaborative project in business and education, an initiative of the university’s Faculty of Business and Commerce, we sought applications for consumers of fluorine materials. The 26 participating students proposed unique and advanced business plans, which are now undergoing feasibility studies.

We will continue to seek ways to create new value, not just in the sciences but in the arts as well.

Daikin Collaboration Research Institute at Osaka University

In 2006, Daikin Industries, Ltd. launched the Daikin (Fluorine Chemistry) Joint Research Chair at Osaka University, under which our fluorochemical technologies and the university’s advance research capabilities are combined in order to come up with innovative fundamental technologies.

In 2016, the Daikin Collaboration Research Institute, which covers air conditioning related technologies, was launched and is conducting R&D in new materials, new processes, and processing technologies. This facility will continue studying the creation of new value in air and spaces by expanding its organization to include areas such as machinery, construction, information, and medicine.

Tie-up with Tsinghua University

In 2003, the Tsinghua University-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, the parties began collaborating in the chemical field as well. The center will expand into environmental fields such as air and water quality and energy, as it carries out research with top-level scientists aimed at solving environmental problems.

Daikin Industries Ltd. and RIKEN Start Wellness Life Collaboration Program

In October 2016, Daikin Industries Ltd. teamed up with RIKEN, Japan’s only comprehensive research institution dedicated to the natural sciences, to launch the RIKEN-DAIKIN Wellness Life Collaboration Program. Under the theme of comfortable, healthy spaces, the program aims to provide society with new value. The program’s base is in RIKEN’s Cluster for Industry Partnerships, where Daikin and RIKEN conduct joint, strategic research based on research themes that involve the various centers of RIKEN.


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 Studies How Air Can Improve Sleep

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.

By March 2017, three companies—Wacoal Corp., Philips Lighting Holding B.V, and Ricoh Japan Corp.—had joined. With the organization now including companies dealing in clothing, lighting, and offices—all crucial elements in sleep—members are creating and sharing new ideas related to improving health through better sleeping.

It is well known that sleep affects people not only physically but mentally as well. Poor sleep is said to lead to problems like depression and insomnia, which result in lack of concentration and poor productivity. Sleep disorders have emerged as a cause of some of today’s social problems. Against this background, Daikin Industries, Ltd. recognized the strong connection between sleep and warm environments. Utilizing the Sleep and Metabolism Laboratory at the TIC, which simulates a round-the-clock living environment, we are coming out with new products and services that improve the quality of sleep through the power of air.

Participation in the World Green Building Council Worldwide

Daikin Industries, Ltd. strives to contribute to lower power consumption through energy-efficient air conditioners and buildings.

In order to achieve even more environmentally conscious buildings through the provision of products and services, we have joined green building organizations around the world and our bases and sales regions are helping form regulations that will make it easier to provide products and services that help realize green buildings and ZEBs*.

* 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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