Next generation zero emission energy conversion system

■ Outline of the Joint Research Project ■
The joint research project of this plan aims to perform a basic and systematic research to supply indispensable energy to the human race's social activity through the best energy conversion process assuming ultimate environmental preservation, in the back ground of energy, the resources problem and the environmental destruction problem in the contemporary society. In each major in this graduate school engineering research course, many researchers who has been individually enumerating a big research achievement for this field exist. Therfore, these basic researches are systematized, and, in addition, in cooperation with research laboratories of the industrial, government, and academic outside the university, resource effective use, the storing, and transportation, making to high effecticve of various energy conversion systems, physical and chemical analysis of the energy conversion process for making the zero emission, and optimization life cycle assessment over the entire system use from origin of resource are performed. Thus, it is thought that it is extremely significant for the next generation technology development to accomplish synthesis and interdiscipinary science and technology field for energy and environmental preservation that supports an advanced civilized society in the future in this jouint research project. The energy conversion research center that makes the graduate school engineering research cource a mother's body is set up to execute the zbove-mentioned research project as the base of a joint research with outside the university.

■ Development situation of research field ■
Now, the research development in high efficiency and lowest pollution of various diesel engine systems in automobiles and hybrid automobile development are being studied. And the applications of fuel cell to automobile were started, and the hybrid system based on fuel cell is being investigated even in Eupore and USA. There is no study on limitation ivestigations of high efficiency and low emission for all existent energy conversion machines, especially researches on the chemical and physical analysis were not studied well related to toxic substance production in the process of energy conversion. Furthermore, there is no systematic study on catalyser optimum for zero emission, exhaust heat utilization for high efficiency, next generation H2 storage, basic investigations related to next generation systems, and also renewable energy utilization and fuel cycle etc. This project is a joint research one based on comprehensive factors above.

■ Expected research results ■
The current diesel engine system has large potential in its energy density and power density. It can be effectively utilized by fossil fuel cycle. Furthermore, it is necessary to use renewable energy in automobiles and common industrial machines such as biomass and so on. And the development of high efficiency system and H2 storage system are necessary in the process of bring fuel cell into market applications. Here, optimum life cycle in energy conversion system is carried out, including engine system and fuel cell and so on; and high efficiency and low emission (zero-emission) are estimated comprehensively. Furthermore, the researches will be high-efficiency and control technology, such as engine exhaust heat utilization technology, hybrid system using capacitor. The joint research project is conducted based on these focuses and basic researches of technology development for effective utilization of fossil fuel energy and environmental protection are carried out for great social contributions.


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①Study on High-efficiency for Co-generation System (M. Senda, J. Senda, H. Fujimoto, H. Yamaguchi and K. Inaoka)
②Spray and Combustion Research for engine system(J. Senda, H. Fujimoto)
  ②-1▶A Proposal Study for High Efficiency and Low Exhaust Emission
  ②-2▶Soot Free Combustion by Use of Oxygenated Fuel
  ②-3▶Fundamental Research of Biodiesel Engine
  ②-4▶Fundamental Research of IC Engines Applying Gaseous Fuels to with DI System
③Study of Model Analysis for Turbulent Combustion Process(J. Mizushima, J. Senda)
④Study of High-Efficiency Fuel Cell(M. Inaba)

⑤Development of the usage of the waste heat from the engines and the high performance heat exchangers (M. Senda, K. Inaoka)
⑥Development of high efficiency heat transport system using magnetic fluid(H. Yamaguchi)
⑦Analysis of internal flow inside the catalyst(K. Hirata, J. Funaki)
⑧Quantum chemical simulation of high proton conduction in solid state electrolytes(Y. Shirakawa)
⑨Formulation of the evaluation and measurement system for the properties of nano-particles(H. Takano)