An R&D strategy to accelerate the global creation of value
For more than 100 years since the Company’s foundation, Hitachi’s R&D has been putting the Hitachi Mission – “Contribute to society though the development of superior, original technology and products” into practice, developing the most cutting-edge technologies and fostering innovations that ushered in the future. As part of our 2021 Mid-term Management Plan, Hitachi aims to become a global innovation leader advancing the realization of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Society 5.0. Moreover, to contribute to enhancing social, environmental, and economic value for our customers, the Hitachi Group will invest 1.2 trillion JPY in R&D to establish an ecosystem for driving innovation and enhance our core technologies to expand Lumada business during the three years covered by the Plan.
The strength of Hitachi’s R&D lies in its centralized ownership of the technology platforms and know-how integral to the Hitachi Group’s operational technology (OT), IT, and products, as well as the five Hitachi sectors, allowing the Company to establish a value creation cycle that extends from collaborative creation to development, and further accumulation. Moreover, as Hitachi creates solutions that provide value to our customers, R&D efficiency continues to improve through the value creation cycle.
Developing advanced energy technologies for a comfortable and prosperous society
Hitachi is addressing challenges throughout the energy sector based on quantum energy technologies from nuclear power generation to back end operations, electricity systems and high-voltage technologies that achieve stable and reliable energy supply and demand, and electromagnetic application technologies supporting superconducting devices that contribute to particle-beam medical treatment systems and energy saving.
To maintain reliable energy supplies and create highly efficient next-generation electricity distribution systems, we are working towards optimal control of various electric power grid facilities based on measurement data.
- Power system control
- Energy management
- Renewable energy
Quantum energy technology relates to the control and use of atomic energy. To contribute to the realization of a prosperous society, we are developing analytical and measurement technology that enhances nuclear power plant safety and reliability.
- Nuclear, thermal, and hydraulic control and safety
- Plant maintenance and diagnosis
- Chemical processes (radio isotope)
Electromagnetic application technology provides platforms for control and utilization of superconductivity and other electromagnetic fields. Through advanced technology to control electromagnetic fields and charged particle beams in areas such as medicine, industry, and infrastructure preservation, we are helping to create a safe and secure society and improve quality of life.
- Charged particle beam control
- Stress control during wire drawing
- Non-contact measurement
By developing cutting-edge technologies in the areas of high electric fields and large electric current interruption, and integrating them with digital technologies, we are addressing stable energy supply and high-efficiency systems as well as the societal issue of shortage in skilled workers engaged in maintenance and inspection.
- Arc control