Research Activities

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.

Feb 13, 2012

The Research Institute for Global Management of Technology for Catching Up (GMOT) of Konkuk University and the Asia Pacific Innovation Management Center (AP-IMAC) signed a joint research agreement on July 19, 2010.
Per the agreement, AP-IMAC Director Yukihiko Nakata visited Professor Chaisung Peter Lim, the Director of GMOT, Konkuk University, on February 13, 2012, and the two exchanged views on a comparative research study of the Japanese and South Korean electrical industries.
Japan’s share in the world production capacity of solar cells reached about 50% in 2004, but by 2010 it had plummeted to 9%. Korea has lagged behind significantly, with a 3% share of the world production capacity in 2010. For this reason, the meeting was held for the comparative analyses of the solar cell industries in Japan and South Korea. In addition, the two parties discussed the TV production business, which in Japan has recently run up a huge deficit. Both parties agreed that further study would be carried out in order to deepen the cooperation between Japan and South Korea in comparative studies on the electrical industry.

On the introduction of Professor Lim, Director Nakata also visited Professor Chan Im of the Next Generation Solar Cell Research Center (KFnSC), Konkuk University. Professor Im’s research field is organic solar cells. Director Nakata’s group was allowed to tour the inside of the research center, which has two large clean rooms equipped with much expensive equipment. It was explained that all the equipment costs were provided by the city of Seoul.
Organic solar cells are hopeful as the next generation of solar cell, but there are still some challenges in conversion efficiency and lifetime, and further research and development is necessary. For that reason, research and development for the next generation solar cells is being carried out in Japan and Kyushu as well. Both parties agreed to seek the possibility of cooperation in the future.

Dec 2, 2011

On November 16 APU Master's students' presentation sessions were held. The following four Master's students who received the RCAPS Master's Field Research Support presented.

Jun 1, 2011

On May 18 and May 25 APU Master's students' presentation sessions were held. A total of 10 Master's students who received the RCAPS Master's Field Research Support presented.

Nov 10, 2009

On June 26, 2009 APU's Asia Pacific Innovation Management Center (AP-IMAC) and U.S. - Asia Technology Management Center (US-ATMC) concluded an agreement for research collaboration on eco innovation, including solar battery, electric automobiles, energy saving technology.

AP-IMAC director Nakata Yukihiko is making use of APU's Academic Development Leave (ADL) program and from October 16, 2009 to March 15, 2010 and will be conducting investigative research mainly on Silicon Valley's solar battery venture.

Stanford University is a university which provides wisdom and human resources to Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley began when Hewlett and Packard, two students supported by Professor Terman of Stanford University, founded the company HP. In the first garage at HP, there is a memorial tablet which says, "Birthplace of Silicon Valley").

Director Nakata said, "I found my place to live, and then the next week, I participated in Solar Power International in Anaheim. There were more than 1,500 people in the welcome party before the opening, and I felt that there was a strong air of excitement from the desire of the people to participate in the solar battery industry."

"I also conducted an investigation on Organization of Technology Licensing (OTL), an organization that transfers the technology of Stanford University to the market. The investigation was conducted with Professor Genba Kiminori, also from Ritsumeikan University", Director Nakata said.

Stanford University OTL Investigation (From left Ms. Gal from OTL, Professor Genba Kiminori from Ritsumeikan University, Director Nakata)

"I will continue the study on the solar battery venture of Silicon Valley and with it as a case example, will support Oita prefecture's regional enterprises and new solar battery industries in Oita", said Director Nakata.

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