Message from the Director


The Institute of Advanced Energy (IAE) was established in May 1996 to explore the energy systems for next generation by going back to the basic principles of nature, and to create new energy theories and technologies for the next generation. Currently, faculty members belonging to the Faculty Consort of Advanced Energy in the Natural Science Platform are engaged in 14 research sections in three divisions, each of which investigates one of the following three basic processes of energy: generation, conversion, and utilization. The institute has set up the Laboratory for Complex Energy Processes with five research sections, which supports and stimulates collaborative research to address issues related to complex energy processes. The two core research areas of the institute are "Plasma and Quantum Energy Science" and "Soft Energy Science." The former aims to realize nuclear fusion to generate solar energy on earth. The latter aims to achieve highly efficient energy utilization and conversion based on the principles of materials science and energy use by living organisms, which have built the biosphere on earth with solar energy. In addition to actively promoting the internationalization of research and the return of research results to society through industry-academia-government collaboration, we educate students of Liberal Arts and Science Courses and the Graduate School of Energy Science as the Cooperating Chair, foster young researchers in a front-line research environment.

The Joint Usage/Research Center for Zero-Emission Energy, a project accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in FY2011 will enter its third phase of activities in FY2022, and will further contribute to the zero-emission energy-related research community. As the research hub of Zero-Emission Energy, we collaborate with domestic and overseas researchers over a broad spectrum of academic fields, as well as promote the share-use of cutting-edge research equipment to strengthen the foundation of academic research and to accelerate novel scientific research. In addition, we are also participating in the "Kyoto University Research Coordination Alliance," which promotes collaboration among the university's research institutes and centers, and the "Uji Campus Base of Equipment Support," which makes effective use of advanced research facilities. and are actively promoting collaborative projects with other departments within the university. With the Graduate School of Energy Science, we are expanding our educational and research activities internationally at the "International Advanced Energy Science Research and Education Center."

In Japan, too, the goal of "virtually eliminating greenhouse gas emission by 2050" has been set, and carbon neutrality is now a goal for societies worldwide. In order to achieve virtually zero greenhouse gas emission, it is necessary not only to effectively introduce existing technologies in the processes of energy generation, conversion, and utilization, but also to create new theories and technologies from various scientific perspectives. IAE has been committed to pursue a wide range of research aimed at Zero-Emission Energy, which will play an increasingly important role in achieving carbon neutrality and providing a variety of new energy technology options that can respond to infectious diseases, natural disasters, and other problems. A new research center for carbon negative energy research, to be established in FY2022, will work with the Graduate Schools of Energy Science and Engineering, to create new concepts, academic foundations, and science and technology for the effective use of carbon dioxide to realize a carbon neutral society in 2050.

Under the liberal academic culture of Kyoto University and significance in promoting original and creative research, all the members of the IAE, including Vice Director Hideaki Ohgaki and Director Masato Katahira of the Laboratory for Complex Energy Processes, will strive for research activities, education, and international and social contributions. We look forward to your continued support.

Director Takashi Morii

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