Jul 1, 2012
The Earthquake Disaster Reconstruction Research Center, Graduate School of Economics, Tohoku University is working on research projects on regional industrial reconstruction. Center Director of AP-IMAC, Professor Yukihiko Nakata, will cooperate with Professor Tomoatsu Shibata of Tohoku University (Technology Management) and participate in one of the projects: a renewable energy industrialization support project.
The project will start this fiscal year, taking two to three years to study the present conditions and potential of renewable energy technologies (including solar power, geothermal, and wind power) in the Tohoku region in northeastern Japan. In parallel, the project will examine specific examples and trends of research and development and business in the Kyushu region and in western countries, which are more advanced in this field. The goals of this project are to utilize the outcomes for the business community and the municipalities in Tohoku, to support industrialization of renewable energy, and to support earthquake disaster reconstruction through the creation of new employment and industries.
Of the top five prefectures in the nation in terms of penetration rate of solar power generation systems for residential use, four – including Oita – are from Kyushu. Through seminars and reports, related businesses which were started in the region will be introduced. Local small- and medium-sized businesses will be given suggestions for R&D fields that will be easy for them to enter by taking advantage of their company strengths. Around three to four years from now, the project is expected to develop a strategy to create renewable energy industries well suited to the situations of Tohoku, aiming to realize it with the cooperation of the local community. Professor Nakata explained, “In order for the disaster stricken areas to achieve reconstruction, creation of new industries which provide workplaces for the region is indispensable. Tohoku has high potential in the renewable energy sector, such as wind power and geothermal. I would like to contribute, and hope that utilization of such energy will be promoted.”
The content of this article was published on the front page of the June 7, 2012, morning edition of oita-press.
Jun 30, 2012
On June 29, 2012, Prof. GUNARTO, Hary (Professor, College of Asia Pacific Studies, APU) was invited to present an RCAPS Seminar entitled “ADL research presentation: Indonesian World Heritage Sites: Ancient Prambanan and Borobudur Temples”.
Jun 21, 2012
On May 16 APU Master's students' presentation sessions were held. The following three Master's students who received the RCAPS Master's Field Research Support presented.
Jun 10, 2012
Professor Yukihiko Nakata, APU’s Asia Pacific Innovation Management Center (AP-IMAC) Director, gave a lecture on organic solar cell expectations in Kumamoto.
Kumamoto Prefecture is one of the major locations where Japan's semiconductor-related industries are concentrated, and due to the expansion of the solar cell plants of two companies in recent years, solar cell related industries are becoming a new pillar of the local industry. In addition, Kumamoto Prefecture is conducting a variety of activities aimed at nurturing the organic electronics industry to be the next generation’s leading industry, succeeding the semiconductor and the automotive industries. The prefecture has already been making great achievements in the obtaining of research funds and equipment, obtaining equipment purchase funds from the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and being selected by and receiving subsidies from the Regional Innovation Strategy Support Program of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
With the fact in mind that human resources cultivation will be a necessary part of organic electronics development going forward, the Kumamoto Institute for Photo-Electro Organics requested a talk on organic solar cells.
In response to this, Professor Nakata gave a lecture entitled “The Future Expectations of Organic Solar Cells: How Can We Get Through the ‘Valley of Death’?” at Kumamoto Industrial Research Institute on Friday June 8, 2012.
First, Professor Nakata spoke about the organic electro-luminescence (EL) technology in a 55-inch TV set announced this year by Samsung and LG. Then he talked about an organic EL device using a high-performance thin-film transistor oxide semiconductor called IGZO.
Next, Professor Nakata talked about the history of technological and business development of solar cells of various kinds (such as single crystal silicon solar cells, thin film amorphous silicon solar cells, compound thin film solar cells, and organic film solar cells), and gave a hint of the future of organic solar cells.
In addition, Professor Nakata spoke about a case at Stanford University regarding examples of industry-academia-government collaboration on solar cells, stressed the importance of promoting interaction between each sector, and elaborated on how industry-academia-government collaboration should be.
Questions asked during the Q & A session, included those about how to speed up research and development, and application areas of organic solar cells.
In the future, an organization is planned to be established with industry-academia-government collaboration to promote the organic electronics industry. The development of organic electronics, including organic solar cells in Kumamoto, is anticipated.
Jun 7, 2012
On June 6, 2012, Dr. HO-Kon Chong (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore) was invited to present an RCAPS Seminar entitled “International students at APU: their decision to choose APU, their adjustment at APU and their future plans”.