Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) traces its history back to 1948, when its original organization Japan Coal Association was established. Later the association was merged with Coal Mining Research Center, Japan and Center for Coal Utilization, Japan and a couple of others in order to consolidate efforts for further development of the coal sector. The current JCOAL was established in 2005.
In recent years, they have shifted the emphasis on power sector CCT; such as USC, A-USC, IGCC and further revolutionary technology combined with a variety of environmental technologies that Japan boasts of, in view of the acute needs by emerging economies for CCT utilization to balance between power development and environmental impact mitigation for sustainability. It is to be noted that they have been involved in acceleration of CCS and CCU implementation.
Looking at the current global energy landscape, they are aware the international environments where coal is criticized as the biggest source of emissions and its utilization is demanded to be restricted, I am convinced that Japan's experience and Japanese CCT will help those emerging economies continuously utilize coal in trying to use coal in the cleanest way possible in view of national energy security.
Today, the Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL), as a government-mandated institution that covers upstream to downstream of the coal value chain, has been engaging in bridging, coordinating and mediating work between government, public sector and private players for development and introduction of highly efficient CCT. And, JCOAL is committed to its continuous engagements in technology development, business development, technology sharing and transfer, human resources development and knowledge management with comprehensive coverage of the entire coal value chain toward energy supply sustainability and industrial and economy development.