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Main Projects Involving Nichicon

Nichicon has developed the Ultra-precise High-voltage Charger for SACLA (X-FEL)

Nichicon has developed the Ultra-precise High-voltage Charger for X-FELNichicon participates in the national project “SACLA (X-FEL :X-ray free electron laser) plan” certified as a key of national importance. X-FEL is a completely new technology, and is attracting attention as a "dream light source" that is believed to be capable of observing the size of matter at the molecular level as well as instantaneous movements. The stable operation of SACLA requires a high level of precision – i.e., a margin of error of 0.01%. We succeeded in developing a charger that fulfills the required performance.

» SACLA (X-FEL) : The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research



Nichicon's technology takes active part in "SPring - 8", among the world's largest synchrotron radiation facilities

Nichicon's technology is helping the world's largest radiation facility, the Super Photon Ring 8 GeV (SPring-8).Nichicon's technology is helping the world's largest radiation facility, the Super Photon Ring 8 GeV (SPring-8).The large synchrotron radiation facility known as "SPring - 8" situated in Harima Science Garden City is among the world's largest research facilities of its kind, and capable of generating "synchrotron radiation" of the higest quality in the world. At this facility, many types of power supplies developed by Nichicon are implemented, including "high-current stabilized power supplies for electromagnets" and "power supplies for klystron."

Synchrotron radiation is "scientific light" that is useful in cutting-edge research in such wide-ranging fields as bioscience, environmental science, medical treatment, and various industrial fields. For example, it is used in the exposure and analysis of next-generation semiconductors. Nichicon puts its high-voltage/ high-current control technologies to full use as an active part of this big project.

» SPring-8 : The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research


Nichicon has developed the largest electron beam accelerators in Japan, yielding an output of 8 million volts, as well as electro-magnetic power supplies for accelerators and many other applications.

In addition to the power supplies for the nation's highest 8 MV electron beam accelerator, we develop many magnetic power supplies for accelerators.Nichicon has developed several 8-million-volt electron beam accelerators capable of generating pulses in ultra-short bursts lasting only ten-millionths of a second, with power in excess of approximately one trillion watts, equivalent to the total amount of power generated in the entire world. These accelerators are installed at the Nagaoka University of Technology.

Moreover, Nichicon has developed many types of power supplies for accelerators. It has also delivered electro-magnetic power supplies for accelerators for the “B-Factory Project” that aims to solve the mystery of the creation of the universe (the Big Bang). The High Energy Accelerator Research Organization under the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is promoting this project. Nichicon’s products are also employed in the “Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC),” a large-scale joint project involving the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization and the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, and contribute to the generation of artificial neutrinos in the K2K experiments under the leadership of Honorary Professor Masatoshi Koshiba of the University of Tokyo, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 2002.