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Research group of utilization of carbonaceous resources

The aim of this group is to encourage the academic activity and collaboration between academic sector, industry and government to promote the development of highly efficient and environment-friendly utilization technologies of carbonaceous resources, especially fossil fuels (coal, petroleum, and natural gas). The major activities of this group are:

  1. Organizing symposia/seminars on utilization of carbonaceous resources
  2. Organizing study tours to energy-conversion plants such as power plants
  3. Exchange of information and collaboration among other research group on energy conversion such as biomass and new energy sources. Especially, the experiences of coal utilization are expected to be applied to the new conversion processes of biomass and other renewable carbonaceous energy sources.

English page of Research group of utilization of carbonaceous resources:
http://tshimizu.eng.niigata-u.ac.jp/scej_energy/english/2002aue.htm

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Research Group of Thermal Energy Engineering

The group aims to contribute on future society by development of innovative thermal energy technologies. Efficient technologies for thermal energy conversion, storage and transportation are discussed for utilization of primary energy resources, bio-mass and waste heats. Heat pumps, fuel cells and fuel resource conversions are main subjects for energy conversion in the group. Sensible, latent and chemical heat storages are main methodologies for efficient energy storage. Researches on heat transportation in the group covers with not only energy delivery, but also comfortableness technologies for residence, vehicles and industrial spaces, and efficient energy networks for residences, offices, buildings and regions. Proposal for comprehensive thermal energy technology visions for urban, agricultural, forestry, fishery, national and global areas are discussed in this group. Development of innovative materials and technologies for thermal energy is studied basing on chemical engineering knowledge.

“HONEBURO no Energy Road Map” [1]has been published from the Division of Energy, SCEJ, with a cooperation of the group. “The Charter of HONEBUTO ” and ”The HONEBUTO Dream Town” were proposed in the publication. The group is seeking to develop innovative thermal energy technologies based on the results from the publication [2].

[1] Kameyama, H. and Y. Kato ed.; HONEBUTO Energy Road Map (Honebuto no Energy Road Map), Kagaku-Kogy-Sha, Tokyo, Japan (2005)
[2] Kato, Y.; “Innovative Energy Materials from Honebuto Energy Road Map” (Review Paper), J. Chem. Eng. Japan, 40(13), pp. 1141-1149 (2007).

English page of Research group of Thermal Energy Engineering

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Research group of biomass utilization

The aim of this group is to encourage the academic activity and collaboration between academic sector, industry and government to promote the development of highly efficient and environment-friendly utilization technologies of carbonaceous resources, especially fossil fuels (coal, petroleum, and natural gas). This group are organizing:

  1. Lectures of fundamentals on biomass
  2. Study tours to biomass utilization plants
  3. Cooperation to exchanging meeting for biomass

 

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Research group of Fuel Cells and Batteries

In these days, development of high efficient productive processes and consumption systems is eagerly required in order to achieve large scale purposes of sustainable growth and coexistence with natural surroundings of our society, without spoiling any convenience and comfort.

In this context, new types of cells, such as fuel cell, solar cell, and secondary cell, are highly expected as the main processes having high efficiency, low environmental load, and social convenience to construct new energy utilization system in this century.

In order to realize the new type of cells and energy utilization systems, several innovative technologies including development and manufacturing technique of elemental materials, cells themselves, peripheral devices, and their operational methods are desired.

To develop such technologies, novel research approaches are required based on not only the viewpoint of material physical property, but also the viewpoint of material microscopic structure, such as utilization of interface and porous substrate, and the viewpoint of systematic optimization of material systems, devices, and apparatuses.

In our sectional committee, we promote the academic activity, reinforcement of the relationship among industry-government-academia, and cross-sectional cooperation with other academic societies and sectional committees, for the purpose of development, practical application, and familiarization of the new type cells and energy utilization systems.

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Research group of New energy and energy systems

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Research Group of Trace Elements

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