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Fundamental study and Innovation

Hello everyone,

My name is Yoshihisa Hirano, one of the comittee members of genesis.
I am the first year of master of engineering program at the Department of Chemical System Engineering of Todai.

My main research at the lab is "Self-organization of nano particles".
(as the second research I study hydrogen storage & carriage for fuel cell vehicles)
Perhaps most of you would respond,
"What's self-...something? Is that really a research for the energy problem?"
My answer would be, "Absolutely no. It's a fundamental research".
In the lab I dry up water droplets that contains tiny particles, and observe how their structure changes as drying continues .
That's all my research.

Hearing it, some of you may think I am a kind of "ivory tower", or my research is pure science and disregards the market necessity.
It is almost true, but it is not all correct.

The points that I would like to address today are
1(Generally). Fundamental study drives innovation of technology.
2(As for my research). Drying phenomena is widely used in industrial "mass scale" production.
Products that relates to energy such as organic photovoltaic cell will be one of the examples. (The mixture of organic molecules is coated on a substrate and dried to form thin semiconducting layer for solar cells)

In this blog, I will write about my reseach and some other examples in which fundamental research inspired technology innovation in energy.

Eco Japan Cup 2009

Hello everyone,

It's Kampanart SILVA. A first degree student of
Environmental & Energy System Course,
Department of System Innovation, Faculty of Engineering.
Now I'm working on the project of Eco Japan Cup 2009.
And we are going to have a meeting today in Hongo campus.

"Eco Japan Cup 2009" is a project of Ministry of Environment.
It prompts people to think about Environmental problems,
and find the way to solve it. We haven't made up our mind yet
whether to attend in the business section or policy section.
So we are going to discuss that at the meeting today.

This program was first help in 2005 and was a relatively small one.
But it attracted many students and private sectors and expanded very fast.
In 2008, there were 584 applications, and 36 of them won the prize.

"Global warming" is a very hot topic today, and government sectors
of many countries are trying hard to find the way to solve it.
As energy is a field which is very close to this problem. I think that
technicians and researchers who are doing their work related to energy,
have responsibility to get together and find the way to solve it.
Actually, there are many ways of contribution.
I, as a student who have no economic or political power, think that
the best way for me (and all other students) to contribute to the
problem is to participate in all these activities and try hard to
do some policy suggestion. And if you have enough energy,
you might found some venture companies, to help to solve the
global warming problem and earn a profit at the same time!

I think I've been talking too much now :)
Anyway, I hope that anyone who have chance to read this blog,
will realize the potential of himself and try to use it in a useful way.
Contribution to solving global warming is only one example,
so please find the place that you can fully use your potential!






Debriefing session of AGSAM&SSS2009 and MIT Energy Conference

Hello again! I'm Taisuke Yoshida.
I also want to introduce you about the session held by g-Enesis and Executive Board in 19th June.

Before getting into main issue, let me introduce whole structure of our student groups.
As in the picture below, our energy club g-Enesis and Executive Board are parts of AGS-UTSC(SUS+). And SUS+ consists of five groups, Executive Board, CCWG, Sus-edu, SUS+ Global, WWG and g-Enesis. Of course, all are related to "Sustainability".
You can check the activities of these groups here http://ags-utsc.org/.


The main contents of the session are (1)Report of AGSAM&SSS2009 and (2)Report of MIT Energy Conference. Actually, the content of our presentation was the same as the previous session (Please look at the previous article of this blog). So I want to abbreviate the detail.

We felt glad because there were many participants and they seemed to get interested in our activities. In fact, we have many interesting activities now, I would like to say "I WANT YOU!" as the picture says.
We are really looking forward to your participation!!



Orientation session of g-Enesis at Kashiwa Campus

Hello, I'm Taisuke Yoshida, president of g-Enesis.
I feel happy because I could start this blog and introduce our activities.
If you are interested in our activity, do not hesitate to contact us!

This time, I would like to report our orientation session at Kashiwa Campus held in 18th June.
The contents are (1)Introduction of our activities and (2)Report of MIT Energy Conference.

First, we talked about our vision, past activities and our future.
As you know, our vision is to contribute to achieve sustainable energy use from the students' point of view. To achieve it, we have held study sessions, made policy proposals and joined international conferences such as MIT Energy Conference.
We are going to improve each activity and make more output-oriented energy club in the near future. We welcome anyone who are interested in our activities, please join us!


Next, we reported MIT Energy Conference, which was held by students(!) in MIT.
Four students in University of Tokyo, including me joined that conference supported by AGS.
We met a lot of people, not only students but business persons, researchers and politicians.
Through the conference, we realize the gap in the energy situation between Japan and foreign countries such as US and EU. In those countries, Energy seemed like a key issue in the political and business field. At the same time, we were overwhelmed by students who joined the conference. They had own speciality and strong problem consciousness. Communication with such students was a great opporunity for us.
This year, we are going to call for participants for MIT Energy Conference. If you are interested, please apply for it!


Fortunately, there were a lot of participants, so we could hold a fulfilling session.
I really appreciate everyone's joining.
Thank you, and looking forward to meeting you in the next meeting!