Nov 1, 2010

Low-Carbon Society Forum at Eco-Techno 2010

As part of “Eco-Techno 2010”, the “Low-Carbon Society Forum at Eco-Techno 2010: The Possibilities of Solar Energy for the Creation of a Low-Carbon Society” was held at the West Japan General Exhibition Center on October 14, 2010. The sponsors of this event were the Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, Kitakyushu City, the Kyushu Association of Solar Energy Production, and the Kitakyushu Thin-film Solar Cell Research Institute. This event focused on the current state of the solar cell industry – a field that is gaining attention as a solution towards creating a low-carbon society. It also discussed issues such as increasing consumer awareness of energy-saving through installing new equipment, and steps Kyushu should take to achieve a low-carbon society.

Professor Yukihiko Nakata, Director of the Asia Pacific Innovation Management Center (AP-IMAC), participated in this event by giving a lecture.

The contents of Professor Nakata’s lecture were as follows:

“In order to support the sustainable development of Earth, the production and installation of solar cells is rapidly taking off. Further, there are already 4 companies in Kyushu operating factories to produce thin-film solar cells, with “Solar Island Kyushu” bringing the solar cell industry together and helping it flourish here. Because of this, the number of companies looking to enter this promising industry is increasing fast. I get a lot of inquiries from these companies about how to effectively get into the business of solar cells. At my lecture, I talked about the current state of the solar cell industry and the similarities and differences between solar cells and semi-conductors. Then I gave participants some tips for entering the industry and helped them come up with strategic ideas. I hope that those who heard my lecture will clearly understand that their company’s strength lies in their core technology, and came away with some hints on how to expand into the solar cell industry.

Many entities – such as AP-IMAC, the APU Low-Carbon Society Project, the Oita Prefecture New Energy Industrialization Research Institute, and industry-academia-government research groups – are working to strengthen Kyushu through the solar cell industry, and I hope to collaborate with other institutions as well. I am confident that these activities will contribute to the revitalization of Kyushu through ‘Solar Island Kyushu’.”


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