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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.

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