Reduce CO2 Emissions from Energy Consumption
USJC is continuing its efforts to use energy more efficiently. The production lines of USJC are energy-saving plant used the most advanced technology available when they were constructed. We also continue to promote reduction measures by planning and executing efficient energy use to contribute to global warming prevention every year.
SWIT® (Swirling Induction Type HVAC system)
USJC has introduced Swirling Induction Type HVAC system (SWIT) in semiconductor manufacturing line for the first time in the world since 2015. “SWIT” is a system to create temperature strata inside the cleanroom and works with rising air currents created by heat-generating equipment to carry airborne dust toward the ceiling. We have adopted the same system for the plant expansion in 2022, striving to reduce environmental impact and manufacture high quality products.
Overview of SWIT system
Introduction of High-efficiency centrifugal chiller with new refrigerant
When USJC replaced the chiller in the plant area starting in 2020, we selected High-efficiency turbo centrifugal chiller that would help us address climate change that would be effective in both saving energy and reducing the load of refrigerant Freon as a measure to address climate change issues.
In 2021, we replaced one existing chiller with a High-efficiency centrifugal chiller that uses a non-Freon refrigerant, resulting in a 12% reduction in CO2 emissions from energy use (CO2 reduction:160 t-CO2/year) compared to the previous unit. We selected R-514A as the refrigerant and the Global Warming Potential (GWP) can be reduced from 1430 times the CO2 emissions to less than 2 times. This shows our contribution to the countermeasures against global warming.
We will continue to save energy and combat global warming by introducing high-efficiency chiller that uses non-CFC refrigerants which is not regulated by the revised CFC law until 2030.
chiller refrigerant comparision
※Global warming potential
Centrifugal chiller with Non-Freon refrigerant
Efforts to Improve the Ratio of Renewable Energy
USJC will increase the ratio of renewable energy such as solar power among the electricity used in our plant with the aim of contributing to a decarbonized society.
In 2022, solar panels at Mie Plant generated 986 MWh of electricity. We will continue to systematically install solar panels on our site.
Solar power panel installed in Mie Plant
Water Resources Cycle
On production lines, USJC works to conserve water resources by recovering process effluent after pure water use, and recycling effluent into pure water again.
Acid-alkaline and hydrofluoric acid effluent are collected, recycled, and reused to replenish circulating water in exhaust-gas treatment equipment, as washing water, and so on. We are working to realize water resources cycle by returning clean water, properly treated with water treatment systems based on the latest technology, to the rivers joining main rivers from which industrial water is drawn. We will actively strive to improve its water recycling rate and achieve even more effective use of water resources.
Overview of water resources cycle
Reduce Industrial Waste Generation
USJC actively implements 3R (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) to reduce environmental burden. We have also installed stirred type crystallizers developed for high concentration fluorine-containing effluent treatment and formed particulate fluorite from recovered high concentration hydrofluoric acid effluent. Through installation of such equipment and sales to chemical manufacturing companies, the company has achieved a mechanism for sourcing recycled hydrofluoric acid. We are also working on the effective use of resources by collecting waste sulfuric acid used at plants and selling it for reuse in wastewater treatment. Additionally, separating the collected waste oil and waste solvents in a proper way, implementing reusing renewable fuels as raw materials and using fuel sources in place of fossil fuels will be expected to contribute to the establishment of a Sound Material-Cycle Society. As a result of these initiatives, we have reduced our waste generation by 28 tons compared to 2019 although the production increased in 2022.
Fluorine Recovery and Recycle System
USJC has introduced a "stirring crystallizer" developed for the treatment of highly concentrated fluorine-containing wastewater. It produces particulate fluorite from the recovered highly concentrated fluorine acid wastewater, which is then sold to a chemical agent manufacturing company to be recycled again as a raw material for fluorine acid production.
The world's first challenge of waste reduction through regeneration of activated carbon technologies
USJC has been working on the world's first activated carbon regeneration technology. In 2018, we started actual operation optimized based on the results of the verification test and continue stable operation. The technology applies the force of a supercritical fluid to high-performance activated carbon used at the exhaust processor and has proven to be more successful at prolonging the lifetime of activated carbon compared to the conventional method. As a result, we reduced the amount of activated carbon waste to a half of the previous level. We continuously will take the initiatives to reuse and make efforts to eliminate the waste.
Collaboration in Environmental Activities
USJC is required collaboration in environmental activities with suppliers by the recent global movement to reduce environmental impact and the needs of external stakeholders.
Since 2018, we have asked onsite gas suppliers with favorable regional conditions and close relationships cultivated over many years to cooperate with us and have exchanged opinions and started initiatives on three specific collaborative perspectives: 1) CO2 emissions reduction, 2) Biodiversity conservation, and 3) Water resource conservation.