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Mr. Nishimura of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. will give a lecture at “3 WISE program Joint Information Session”


  For the first time, the three WISE programs in Tokyo Tech (Academy for Convergence of Materials and Informatics (TAC-MI), Academy for Super Smart Society (WISE-SSS), and Academy of Energy and Informatics(ISE) will collaborate to hold an online "3 WISE program Joint Information Session".
  As one of the speakers, Mr. Motohiko Nishimura, Executive Officer and Deputy General Manager of Hydrogen Strategy Division, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. will talk about career paths after completing a doctoral degree, the value of a doctoral degree and actual research activities in companies and society for students and their families who are interested in entering a doctoral program.

【Date and Time】      2021.11.11 (Thu)   18:00 - 19:30 (JST)
【Venue 】           Online (Zoom)  
【Speakers outside from Tokyo Tech】
   [Human resources]   Fumihiko Shimizu, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
   [Research]       Motohiko Nishimura, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
   [Overseas Researcher] Dr.Sun Sume, A*STAR, Singapore
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Japan Climate Action Summit 2021, 13 October


【Date and Time】 2021.10.13 (Wed)   02:00 PM - 06:00 PM (JST)
【Venue 】      Zoom Webinar;   Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation is available.
【Participation Fee】Free
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Tokyo Tech Academy of Energy and Informatics Kick-Off Ceremony


【Date and Time】 2021.9.28 (Tue)   10:00
【Venue 】      Online
【Language】    Japanese/English (Simultaneous translation)
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2nd InfoSyEnergy Workshop for Education and Research Collaboration


【Date and Time】 2021.9.28 (Tue)   13:00
【Venue 】       Online
【Language】    English
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Consortium Head Manabu Ihara has an invited lecture at SCEJ 52nd Autumn Meeting, SV-1 Chemical Engineering Vision Symposium 8, “Frontiers of Research and Development toward Data-driven Society”


【Date and Time】 2021.9.23 (Thu)   09:00-09:40
【Venue 】     Online
【Title】      Development of grid cooperated / distributed energy system using energy big data
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Laboratory for Zero-Carbon Energy Launch Symposium


【Date and Time】 2021.8.31 (Tue)   15:00-17:00
【Venue 】     Online
【Organizer 】   The Laboratory for Zero-Carbon Energy, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology
【Theme】     Achieving Carbon-Neutral Society with Zero-Carbon Energy Sources

*Our Consortium manager and Lead examiner of Research Theme② Technologies for a renewable baseload energy society, Kenji Takeshita (Professor,
Institute of Innovative Research and Director of the Laboratory for Zero-Carbon Energy) delivers lecture and participates in the panel discussion.

*Our Consortium Core Member, Yukitaka Kato (Professor, Institute of Innovative Research and Vice Director of the Laboratory for Zero-Carbon Energy) moderates the panel discussion.
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Tokyo Tech Academy of Energy and Informatics(ISE) held a Registration Award ceremony and Orientation for their Very First Students


【Date and Time】 2021.7.1 (Thu)   10:00-12:00
【Venue】     Online
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The 1st workshop of Women in Photovoltaics in 2021


【Date and Time】 2021.9.24 (Fri)   13:00-17:00
【Venue】     Online
【Organizer】   The Japan Photovoltaic Society (J-PVS), Division of Women in Photovoltaics (WinPVJ)
【Co-organizer】  Tokyo Tech Academy of Energy and Informatics(ISE)
【Registration Fee】 Members:     Free
          Non-Members:  10,000yen
          Students:      2,000yen  (Students of ISE: Free)

*Our Consortium member, Akira Yamada (Professor, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology) is involved in the management of this
workshop.


*Our Consortium members deliver lecture in this workshop.

  Mika Goto
  (Professor, School of Environment and Society, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Lead Coordinator of our Consortium)
  Keiko Waki
  (Associate Professor, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Core Member of our Consortium)

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"Events/Activities" page is open.


Events by Year (including those to be scheduled) is available in this page.
In addition, our activities are introduced in 6 categories with related events.
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InfoSyEnergy Research and Education Consortium cohosts RWTH - Tokyo Tech Workshop on Hydrogen


【Date and time】 2021.12.1(Wed), 2021.12.2(Thu) and 2021.12.10(Fri)
            Time to be announced. We are planning to have the session around 16:00 (JST).
【Venue】     Online
【Theme】    Hydrogen

This workshop will feature production, storage and application of hydrogen.
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InfoSyEnergy Research and Education Consortium 4th Members-Only Research Workshop


【Date and time】 2021.7.27(Tue)  13:30-16:40
【Place】 Tokyo Tech Okayama Campus
      *This event will be held both face-to-face and online via Zoom
【Tentative title】 Energy Carrier & Use of Ammonia

≪5th InfoSyEnergy Corporate Advisory Board Meeting≫

The InfoSyEnergy Corporate Advisory Board has its 5th session before the workshop. At the meeting, external members of the consortium (companies, municipalities, research institutes, universities, etc.) received reports on the consortium’s activities and explanations of the schedule for future activities. They also had op portunities to give their opinions.

・Date and Time 2021.7.27(Tue)  9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
・Place   Online event held via Zoom
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InfoSyEnergy Research and Education Consortium 3rd Members-Only Research Workshop


【Date and time】 2021.5.25(Tue)  13:30-16:15
【Place】 Tokyo Tech Okayama Campus (Midorigaoka Bldg. 6 1F)
      *This event will be held both face-to-face and online via Zoom
【Theme】 Rule-making and new business

Social issues and policies and systems for solving them such as SDGs and ESG investment have come to have a clear impact on the business environment and new business development. In modern business management, it is clearly not sufficient to consider only technology and product managements and business model construction. It is an important issue for us to build an advantageous business environment through not only ex post facto response to new rules but also global agenda formation and rule formation while solving social issues. This workshop aims to clarify the contents of research and policy/social proposals that should be carried out as this consortium, while taking into account the development of the business ecosystem including policies, institutions, and the financial sector.


≪4th InfoSyEnergy Corporate Advisory Board Meeting≫

The InfoSyEnergy Corporate Advisory Board has its 4th session before the workshop. At the meeting, external members of the consortium (companies, municipalities, research institutes, universities, etc.) received reports on the consortium’s activities and explanations of the schedule for future activities. They also had op portunities to give their opinions.

・Date and Time 2021.5.25(Tue)  10:30 a.m. to noon
・Place   Online event held via Zoom

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Consortium Head Manabu Ihara has a lecture which is opened to the general public at the 88th ECSJ spring Meeting on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.


【Date and time】 2021.3.23(Tue.)  16:20 ~ 17:30
【Place】 Youtube Live (Opening to the public/Free)
【Lecturer】 Professor Manabu Ihara
(Professor, Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, School of Materials and Chemical Technology
Head, Tokyo Tech InfoSyEnergy Research and Education Consortium )

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Consortium Head Manabu Ihara's comment was introduced in the article "Fukushima's Legacy: Japan's Hard Turn Toward Renewables" by John Boyd published in IEEE SPECTRUM.


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Tokyo Tech Website Posts Interview with Consortium Head Manabu Ihara .


The Tokyo Tech website posted an interview with consortium head Manabu Ihara entitled “Creating an ambient energy society — Fighting global warming and growing the economy can go together!” The article is the fortieth in the “FACES: Tokyo Tech Researchers” series.

Please click here to view the article.

Tokyo Tech Academy of Energy and Informatics Launches Website, Posts Info for Prospective Students.


The Tokyo Tech Academy of Energy and Informatics has launched its official website. New posts on the site include an announcement about an information session for students looking to join the Academy’s inaugural class as well as information on how to apply to the Academy.

Please click here to visit the Tokyo Tech Academy of Energy and Informatics website

The Academy of Energy and Informatics is the newest of Tokyo Tech’s academies, the brainchild of the Tokyo Tech faculty members of the InfoSyEnergy Research and Education Consortium. It was established on December 1, 2020 to implement the Multi-Scope・Energy WISE Professionals five-year integrated doctoral degree program, which MEXT selected for its FY2020 WISE Program (Doctoral Program for World-leading Innovative & Smart Education). Consortium head Manabu Ihara will serve as the program director of the Academy.

The Academy aims to develop Multi-Scope・Energy WISE Professionals who will utilize big data science (AI analysis and data science) to design a new sustainable energy society. Multi-Scope・Energy WISE Professionals are global professionals who have mastered the three scopes of multi-disciplinary energy science, big data science, and social design.


Under the banner of the WISE Program — a MEXT initiative for the creation of five-year integrated graduate education programs — the consortium’s more than 70 Tokyo Tech faculty members will work together in the Academy with program staff members from among the Academy’s 25 corporate members, 6 domestic and foreign public research institute members, Hitotsubashi University, and 15 overseas universities. The Academy and the consortium operate integrally to advance collaborative research and the development of doctoral talent.


Graduate students interested in participating in the inaugural class of the program starting in April 2021 are already being recruited through the website. Details on the program are updated regularly, so be sure to check the latest information on the site.


Please click here for details on the spring AY2021 (inaugural class) enrollment briefing session (February 22)
Please click here for the spring AY2021 program (inaugural class) application form (March 12 deadline)

Second Open Symposium of InfoSyEnergy Research and Education Consortium and Sixth Open Symposium of Global Hydrogen Energy Unit Held Jointly.
[Important] These symposia were changed to a combined online-only event.



【Organizers】Tokyo Institute of Technology InfoSyEnergy Research and Education Consortium and Tokyo Institute of Technology Global Hydrogen Energy Unit (GHEU)
【Date and time】 2020.12.21(Mon.)  13:30 ~ 17:20
【Place】 Although originally scheduled to take place onsite, the event was changed to an online-only event held via Zoom.
【Main Theme】A Vision of the Future for Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Energy and Utilization of Big Data Science

GHEU Unit Leader Institute Professor Ken Okazaki gave a special lecture summarizing six years of the Global Hydrogen Energy Unit’s activities and detailing the outlook for hydrogen energy’s role in decarbonization. Professor Manabu Ihara (the consortium head) of the School of Materials and Chemical Technology then gave a presentation on future energy systems that will use hydrogen energy and big data analysis before the consortium’s upcoming activities were introduced.

Professor Masaharu Tsujimoto of the School of Environment and Society then reported on ecosystems research and the implementation of a hydrogen energy society. Professor Koichi Shinoda of the School of Computing later offered a report on the latest voice and image recognition techniques and big data analysis. During the question and discussion period, speakers and participants engaged in a broad discussion about the use of renewable energy and hydrogen energy from a big data science perspective and how to best develop the energy systems of the future.

If you wish to participate online, please register using the link below. You will receive Zoom connection information.
Please register for participation here
Check out details about the symposium and the event program here(in Japanese only)

Australian Embassy’s Commerce Division and the Government of New South Wales (NSW) Organize Online Hydrogen Energy Symposium with Cooperation from the InfoSyEnergy Research and Education Consortium, the Tokyo Tech Academy of Energy and Informatics, and the University of New South Wales (UNSW).


【Date and time】 2020.12.10(Thu.)  14:00 ~ 15:30(JST)
【Place】 Online event held via Webex
【Symposium Title】Japanese-Australian Industry-Academia Collaboration in the Field of Hydrogen: Proposing Practical Solutions to Present Issues
*This event was open exclusively to consortium members.

■ Consortium corporate members received the following information at the symposium:
・Recent Australian federal government and NSW state government policies boosting investment in clean hydrogen
・Hydrogen research at Tokyo Tech, UNSW and other Australian universities, and the latest trends in research into industrial applications of hydrogen
・Opportunities for strategic industry-academia partnerships available to Japanese companies
・R&D subsidies, tax incentives and other incentives available to the partners of Australian universities

■ Core researchers at Tokyo Tech, UNSW, the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Newcastle as well as industry speakers introduced practical solutions, including the following:
・Safe and scalable low-pressure hydrogen storage
・New materials for increasing the efficiency of fuel cells and electrolytic cells and reducing associated costs
・Lightweight composite hydrogen storage pressure vessels
・Manufacturing hydrogen from biomass/biodegradable waste to achieve a circular economy, resource recycling, and sustainability

To apply for the symposium,please click here
Check out more details of the symposium here

Consortium Head Manabu Ihara Lectures at 7th Uppsala University-Tokyo Tech Joint Symposium.


【Date and time】 2020.11.16(Mon.)  17:30 ~ 20:30
【Place】 Online event held via Zoom
【Title】Informatics x Energy – Using big data science to design a new sustainable energy society
【Lecturer】 Professor Manabu Ihara
(Professor, Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, School of Materials and Chemical Technology
Head, Tokyo Tech InfoSyEnergy Research and Education Consortium )

A video of the lecture is available.

Check out details on the symposium and the event program here. (English site)

Consortium Head Manabu Ihara Lectures at Ministry of the Environment’s Online Hydrogen Symposium.


【Date and time】 2020.11.11(Wed.)  13:30 ~ 15:30
【Symposium Title】 The Hydrogen Society Is Coming! The Potential of Locally Made, Locally Used Hydrogen
【Title】The Hydrogen and Big Data-Powered Energy Society of the Future
【Lecturer】 Professor Manabu Ihara
(Professor, Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, School of Materials and Chemical Technology
Head, Tokyo Tech InfoSyEnergy Research and Education Consortium )

A video of the lecture is available.

Check out an archived video of the symposium here

To apply for the online symposium, please click here

InfoSyEnergy Research and Education Consortium Holds Second Members-Only Research Workshop.


【Date and time】 2020.10.8(Tue)  13:30-17:30
【Place】 Online event held via Zoom
【Theme】 The Hydrogen Strategies of Germany and the European Union — Fundamental Research in the Manufacture and Use of Hydrogen
*The event was held jointly with the 15th Tokyo Institute of Technology Global Hydrogen Energy Consortium (GHEC) Workshop.

In June 2020, the German government launched an aggressive new national hydrogen energy strategy, with Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier’s declaring that the country would allocate 9 billion euros — representing 7 percent of the country’s total COVID-19 pandemic recovery spending — to this strategy. The European Union (EU) later indicated in July 2020 that the European Commission would invest between 180 billion euros and 470 billion euros in hydrogen by the year 2050. Our goal at this workshop was to properly grasp trends in hydrogen strategies, such as these in Germany and the EU. We also discussed the role that Japan — which has been a world leader in individual technologies related to hydrogen — will need to play.

During the second half of the workshop, four faculty members involved in research theme 6 of the InfoSyEnergy Research and Education Consortium, “Energy carriers, carbon-reducing catalysts,” introduced Tokyo Tech’s fundamental research and technologies related to the workshop’s theme. The group gave an overview of catalyst technologies that will become key elemental technologies in the use of hydrogen energy. They then gave clear reports on the results of research projects focused on energy and informatics. The topics of these projects included controlling micro/nano structures in catalysts, searching for catalysts that will reduce greenhouse gases and make it easier to use hydrogen energy, and the use of machine learning in hydrogen energy carrier manufacturing processes.


Notes:
1. Participants were sent a meeting ID, password, and other information at least one day before the workshop, which was open exclusively to consortium members.
2. To maintain high connection speeds during the workshop, those participating on campus were asked to do so from their offices and use a wired connection if possible.

≪Second InfoSyEnergy Corporate Advisory Board Meeting≫

The InfoSyEnergy Corporate Advisory Board had its second session before the workshop. At the meeting, external members of the consortium (companies, municipalities, research institutes, universities, etc.) received reports on the consortium’s activities and explanations of the schedule for future activities. They also had opportunities to give their opinions.

・Date and Time 2020.10.8(Tue)  10:30 a.m. to noon
・Place   Online event held via Zoom

FY2020 MEXT WISE Program’s Selection of Tokyo Tech’s Multi-Scope・Energy WISE Professionals Doctoral Degree Program Announced.


The Tokyo Tech website posted an announcement about the Tokyo Tech Multi-Scope・Energy WISE Professionals doctoral degree program’s selection for the FY2020 MEXT WISE Program. The announcement includes an overview of the program, a list of partner organizations, and other details.
Click here to view the article on the Tokyo Tech website(in Japanese only)

2020.9.15(Tue)The “1st InfoSyEnergy Workshop for Education and Research Collaboration” was held to make connections between the applicant student to WISE Program and the collaboration members (companies and overseas universities).


The “1st InfoSyEnergy Workshop for Education and Research Collaboration” was held in order to promote the interaction between the Tokyo Tech students/faculties and the consortium members (companies, public institutions and overseas universities) and to initiate the establish of collaborative researches. The candidate students of “Energy/Informatics WISE program” attends as research presenters.

《Target students: M1 and M2 students in Tokyo Institute of Technology》
【Date and time】 2020.9.15(Tue)  12:30-17:30 JST (UTC+9:00)
【Holding method】 Held remotely with Zoom
Program here

The educational program, “Multi-Scope・Energy Wise Professionals” program is adopted as a “Doctoral Program for World-leading Innovative & Smart Education (WISE) Program, JSPS, MEXT (2020)”


“WISE program” is the educational program of the five-year consistent doctoral degree program based on the world’s highest level educational and research activities with the systematic cooperation with top overseas universities and private companies. 4 programs were adopted among 42 applications.

“Multi-Scope・Energy Wise Professionals” program (Prof. Manabu Ihara, the head of this consortium, as the Program Coodinator) is developed by the Tokyo Tech faculty members of the InfoSyEnergy consortium and integrally managed with InfoSyEnergy consortium and their faculty members in Tokyo Tech and the collaborative members participate as the program members.

MEXT press release (in Japanese only)
WISE program commission examination result (in Japanese only)

Consortium Head Manabu Ihara's comment on hydrogen energy-related projects in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture was published in Chunichi Shimbun / Kikan Kenmin Fukui Shimbun on July 28, 2020.


Professor Manabu Ihara, the head consortium of the InfoSy Energy Research and Education Consortium, which was established to build a new society based on Tokyo Institute of Technology, mentioned, "Hydrogen energy is expected to play a major role in a sustainable energy society, we must do so. We can expect economic benefits. "

The 1st research workshop of the InfoSyEnergy Research and Education Consortium held.


【Date and time】 2020.10.8(Tue)  13:30-17:30
【Place】 Online event held via Zoom

Tokyo Tech InfoSyEnergy Research and Education Consortium Kick-of meeting held.


【News by collaboration members】

2021.2.26(Fri.) NRW.Global Business Japan Fireplace WebTalk: Hydrogen & FC Activities in Germany and Japan (Pre FC Expo Event) is held online

NRW.Global Business Japan, the Japan office of the Trade and Investment Promotion Agency of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, invites you to a Fireplace WebTalk with presentations by experts from Asahi Kasei Corp., Chiyoda Corp., Murata Machinery, Ltd. as well the EnergyAgency.NRW and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy who will share insights into their Hydrogen projects, policy issues, technical and economic challenges as well as opportunities for cooperation.

▪Date: 26th February 2021 (Fri.)
▪Time: 17.00h – 19.30h (JST), i.e. 9.00h – 11.30h (CET)
▪Location: online by Zoom
▪Language: English
▪Free of Charge

If you would like to participate, please send an email to Mr. Sugizaki of NRW.Global Business Japan.(r.sugizaki@nrwglobalbusiness.co.jp)
Click here for details

IHI Corporation. news released:
IHI smart community project in Soma City, that is aim to make the best use of local renewal energy, received a high evaluation and a "New Energy Award 2020/ Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award "of New Energy Foundation.

IHI Corporation received "New Energy Award 2020, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award" of New Energy Foundation. This is the highest award in collaboration with Pacific Power Co., Ltd.".

News release (in Japanese only)

New Energy Foundation Homepage (in Japanese only)

IHI Corporation. news released:
IHI Corporation opened "Soma Lab" that is hydrogen research laboratory that uses recyclable energy in Soma city, Fukushima prefecture. ~Promote research on utilization of CO2 Free Hydrogen ~

IHI Corporation established the "Soma IHI Green Energy Center" in 2018 with the cooperation of Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture and is implementing smart community project. The purpose of the center is to realize local production and consumption of solar power generation, and to contribute to the reconstruction and development of the region in Soma City.

Currently, SIGC opened the "Soma Laboratory", a hydrogen research building that promotes research using CO2-free hydrogen, and started operations in September 2020.

News release (in Japanese only)

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. News released:
World's First Successful Technology Verification of 100% Hydrogen-fueled Gas Turbine Operation with Dry Low NOx Combustion Technology Improving Power Generation Performances to Realize a Hydrogen Society

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Obayashi Corporation announced successful technology verification, for the first time worldwide, of 100% hydrogen-fueled gas turbine operation with dry low NOx (nitrogen oxides) combustion technology.
News release
NEDO Homepage