About FREA

Greetings from the Director-General

 Towards a Leading Research Center for Renewable Energy
 Renewables are valuable domestic energy resources for Japan, and its rapid penetration is expected because they are indispensable for both the prevention of global warming and ensuring sustainability.
Cost competitiveness with conventional energy resources, stable supply , and recognition of the regional difference renewables are key issues for its deployment.
 In April 2014, three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, AIST (FREA) was established in Koriyama city of Fukushima.
As a part of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), FREA aims to be a global innovation hub concerning renewables, through creative “Fukushima” technologies.
FREA also contributes to revitalize the affected area, by developing new industries and human resources.
We would like to collaborate with you all in this challenge. We appreciate your continued support.

FREA’s Research Subjects

 Renewable energies are valuable domestic energy resources for Japan and essential for the prevention of global warming as well as for sustainable development. There are high expectations for mass deployment of renewable energy, but its wide use raises various issues that must be solved, including output fluctuation, high cost and regional variability.
FREA focuses on the following six research subjects in order to solve these issues and accelerate the large-scale introduction of renewable energy.

System Integration to Facilitate a High Penetration of Renewable Energy
1 Research and Demonstration of Advanced Integration Technologies for Renewable Energy
2 Production and Utilization Technology for Hydrogen Energy Carrier
3 Hydrogen Energy System and Heat Utilization Technology

Further Cost Reduction and Efficiency Improvement of Renewable Energy】
4 Advanced Wind Turbine and Assessment Technologies for Wind Power Generation
5 High-Performance PV Modules Based on Thin Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells

【Providing Scientific Information for Penetration of Renewable Energy】
6 Technologies for Effective and Sustainable Use of Geothermal Resources
7 Potential Assessment and Optimization of Ground-Source Heat Pump System



Research Facilities

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Main Research Facilities


Name Purpose Building Area
Main Building Research, Collaboration, Conference, Management. 7,200 square meters
Demonstration Field Empirical research. 30,000 square meters
Experiment Building Specific experiment. 4,700 square meters
Smart System Research Facility The research and development of innovative DERs. 5,700 square meters

Fukushima Renewable Energy Institute, AIST (FREA)

2-2-9 Machiikedai, Koriyama, Fukushima 963-0298, Japan
TEL: +81-24-963-1805 (024-963-1805)
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