With the global demand for virtually zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, science and technology are facing major challenges as to how to tackle this challenge. Even under these circumstances, building a bright future while achieving sustainable growth can be said to be the greatest challenge required for future science and technology.
In order to realize such a society, research and development within the academic system that has been vertically divided up to now cannot cope with it. In other words, it is essential to establish an innovative theoretical system that can cross different energy conversion engineering systems of electrical system, mechanical dynamical system, and thermal energy system. For more than 50 years, our research group has been the first in the world to show that energy system analysis can be unified with circuit theory as a common analysis structure even between different engineering systems.
So far, we have achieved many results for thermal energy systems such as heat pumps. In the future, the scope of application will be further expanded to optimize the energy supply network consisting of various energy forms such as "hydrogen energy supply chain", "local energy", and "renewable energy", and to realize decarbonization. We will also apply our theory to the optimization of energy consumption in "living space", "production technology", and "agricultural food management" as the demand side. In addition, we will make the best use of AI, IoT, and simulation technologies to clarify the state of energy in a digital society.
By 2050, there are only 30 years left. It is an era when you are the center of society. It is up to you to create a bright future in this era.
Department of Applied Mechanics and Aerospace Engineerring,School of Fundamental Science and Engineering
Professor Kiyoshi Saito
The opening ceremony of the "Next Generation Heat Pump Technology Strategy Research Consortium" was held.
Professor Saito established the Environmental Energy Technology Comprehensive Evaluation Center.
An interview article about Waseda University's "Waseda Ocean Concept" was published in the American academic journal "Science". Lecturer Giannetti Nicolo (Saito Lab) appears in the first interview article.
Published in the academic journal "Science" ①-To become "WASEDA that shines in the world"-
INNOVATIVE EDUCATION DRIVES ADVANCES AT WASEDA UNIVERSITY
Professor Saito was selected as the director of "Institute for Mathematical Energy Conversion Engineering, Open Innovation Strategy Research Organization, Waseda University".
Waseda University Open Innovation Strategy Research Organization Research Factory
NEDO's large-scale project "Research and development on practical evaluation of next-generation refrigeration and air conditioning technology using low GWP refrigerant" was adopted. In the future, various research and development will be developed with a total research cost of about 500 million yen.
Professor Saito has been appointed as the director of the Institute for Thermal Energy Conversion Engineering and Mathematics, Waseda University Priority Area Research Organization.
Interdisciplinary institute for thermal energy conversion engineering and mathematics