About the Department of Innovative Energy Science and Engineering
Energy is an important issue for the realization of a sustainable society, and the basic philosophy of education and research in this department is to master the fundamentals and applied technologies of spatial information science and energy science, and to create interdisciplinary and next-generation energy science and technology that utilizes them.
In the foundation courses, students study each specialized field thoroughly in an omnibus format.
We provide educational guidance based on the idea that creativity can only work when basic skills are acquired, and we develop specialists who will play an important role in the next generation.
We look forward to the emergence of young research engineers who will meet the challenges of opening up the future head-on.
Spatial Information Science
Energy issues encompass environmental issues as well as the sustainability of human society, and it is essential to tackle them comprehensively from multiple academic fields.
In this field, we will take on the challenge of solving cutting-edge problems by visualizing the entire picture of related issues on both a local and a global scale, using a bird’s-eye view information infrastructure constructed in cyberspace called “Digital Earth,” making full use of GIS (Geographic Information System), Geoinformatics, and mathematical science essential for space-time and big data analysis.
In 2014, the International GIS Center was certified by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a “Digital Earth Joint Usage and Research Center for Problem Complexes,” and has been working with experts and citizens in a wide range of fields, including real-time sensing data integration, big data analysis, disaster prevention, environmental issues, and SDG indicators. The center is also developing methods for “knowledge integration” and “decision support.”
In the field of energy science, research is being promoted by integrating a very wide range of fields, including photovoltaic power generation, wind power generation, hydrogen energy, and fuel cells, which are being promoted to realize a sustainable society, as well as related sciences such as electrochemistry, applied physics, materials science and engineering, and so on.
In addition, a variety of fusion fields are being promoted, including fusion and plasma science and engineering, theoretical astrophysics, laser engineering, and low-temperature and superconductivity engineering, all of which are related to fusion energy, the source of the brilliance of the sun and stars.
In energy transportation, we are developing a superconducting and direct current transmission system (SCDC) and are participating in the Ishikari Project to realize the world’s lowest loss superconducting cable, as well as conducting research and development aimed at social implementation.
Thus, research is being undertaken to further improve the efficiency of technologies that have been put to practical use, to research and develop unused and future energy, and to connect the science of astronomy and space.