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Director's message


Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry
Director, CERL
Kosuke Yamamoto

Uncertainties for the future, such as the aging of electric power and social infrastructure, the escalation of natural disasters and the impact of climate changes, are increasing while the Japanese economy and society have become mature. These days, the ability to respond to the occurrence of events that may exceed the prior assumptions, such as large-scale disasters and a crisis situation, or resilience to them in other words, is required.

The Civil Engineering Research Laboratory mainly engages in research on various natural phenomena on a global scale such as those with the geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere, and our experts in diverse fields, such as geology, ground, groundwater, earthquakes, materials, structures, fluids and weather, are working on researches of topics such as the site location and construction of social infrastructure including electric power facilities, their maintenance, and disaster prevention and mitigation. The covered facilities are wide-ranging, from equipment and structures of nuclear, thermal and hydroelectric power plants to power transmission, transformation and distribution systems, and those related to renewable energy. The laboratory also conducts research and development concerning the support for the nuclear fuel cycle backend project, such as technology for transporting and storing spent nuclear fuels generated from nuclear power plants, technology for disposing of radioactive wastes, and reuse technology of wastes produced from nuclear decommissioning.

The obtained results are utilized for practical tasks such as design, maintenance and disaster response while focusing on civil engineering and construction of electric power facilities, contributing to smooth operation of electricity utilities. In addition, a number of results are reflected in norms such as standards and guidelines of academic societies, etc.

While taking advantage of the above characteristics of our laboratory, we intend to strive to help improve the safety and security of citizens, as well as committing to the leading-edge research as an academic research institute.


1951 Electric Technology Research Institute established in Komae City, Tokyo.
1952 Name changed to Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI).
1957 Agricultural Electricity Laboratory established in Abiko City, Chiba Prefecture.
1970 Civil engineering and geology research department transferred from Komae to Abiko and expanded to form Technology Laboratory II.
1975 Names changed from Technology Laboratory II to Civil Engineering Laboratory, and from Agricultural Electricity Laboratory to Bio-Environment Laboratory.
1986 Civil Engineering Laboratory and Bio-Environment Laboratory consolidated to form Abiko Research Laboratory.
2004 Abiko Research Laboratory and Komae Research Laboratory Atmospheric Science Department reorganized as Civil Engineering Research Laboratory, Environmental Science Research Laboratory and Abiko Operation & Service Center.


Abiko Area (Chiba Prefecture) : CRIEPI Website