Kyushu University is located in Fukuoka Prefecture, where many towns were integral to the development of the power sources that supported the rapid industrialization of Japan. These towns have been registered on the World Heritage List as “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining”. Following this heritage, research has continued for more than sixty years to develop more efficient electrical and heating systems, to discover natural renewable energy sources, and to optimize coal resource energy. We support a large number of researchers and have encouraged research in association and collaboration with overseas universities and the business community. In the hydrogen energy area, research into the practical use of hydrogen is being done at the University in collaboration with industrial entities, the national government, and local municipalities. Based on the strength of energy research at our University, the “Kyushu University Platform of Inter/Transdisciplinary Energy Research” was established in October 2016.
This platform targets the promotion of research to solve the global challenges necessary to “achieve a balance between emissions caused by humans and the removal of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century” as stressed in the Paris Agreement adopted in COP21. Moreover, this platform designs a new concept for future energy systems to generate a paradigm shift in energy for technology, industry, and society. This platform also aims to design an energy society that reduces the load produced by humans to allow us to co-exist with the global environment.
The current energy issues are causing social problems such as a global increase of energy demand, resource depletion, global warming, and environmental deterioration, including radiation, natural disasters, human disasters, and cyber-terrorism. Even though challenging, in order for human beings to live in a safe environment, we must positively deal with these problems. This platform offers a new organization for research and education that has been generated utilizing the strength of a comprehensive university, including the faculties of Humanities and Sociology, and Science and Technology. We are creating a research and educational environment that enables us to freely exchange professors and provide an interdisciplinary experience for graduate and undergraduate students who wish to study in a wide range of research areas.
The world has received abundance through the results of past research. On the other hand, problems such as resource depletion and environmental deterioration have become even more severe. It is the responsibility of our university, which has in the past led energy research, to continue to promote a well-educated citizenry and to target research that connects to the next generation. We must make great effort to realize a sustainable, future-oriented energy society.
This platform continuously promotes a variety of activities and deals with future problems. We look forward to your continued support and cooperation.
Kyushu University President Director General of Kyushu University Platform of Inter/Transdisciplinary Energy Research, Kubo Chiharu