5th H-UTokyo Lab. Industry-Academia Collaboration Forum “Toward Realizing Energy Systems to Support Society 5.0” was held.

5th H-UTokyo Lab. Industry-Academia Collaboration Forum
Toward Realizing Energy Systems to Support Society 5.0
-Value creation by constructing energy systems and socio-technical scenarios toward carbon neutrality in 2050-

【EXECUTIVE SUMMARY】

The H-UTokyo Lab. (Hitachi and U-Tokyo Joint Research) has so far published up to Version 4 of its proposal titled “Toward Realizing Energy Systems to Support Society 5.0.” By creating transition scenarios in a variety of domains as starting points by forecasting backward in time (backcasting) from 2050, the Proposal has pointed out that processes toward carbon neutrality require adjustment capacity and a stable power supply to make maximum use of renewable energy as well as innovative carbon absorption techniques in fields that are difficult to electrify. Furthermore, to meet those requirements, it has proposed systems and policies to facilitate transitions in the industrial world. The Proposal has also placed importance on evaluating adjustment capacity and economic performance when attempting to harmonize an energy system with a regional area and on circulating resources and materials as deemed necessary for achieving a sustainable society.

At the same time, dramatic changes in the international situation, such as the sudden invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February 2022, are causing disruptions in society such as steep rises in the price of crude oil, LPG, minerals, electric power, and other resources, tightening in the supply and demand for power, and rising commodity prices. These conditions make it necessary to manage carbon neutrality while also adhering closely to the concept of S+3E (Safety + Energy security + Economic efficiency + Environmental sustainability) to ensure energy supplies and economic security.

 At this, the 5th Industry-Academia Collaboration Forum, we will be looking back at the activities of the H-UTokyo Lab. to date while also giving thought on how achieving Society 5.0 to enrich society will affect the energy sector based on data. To this end, we will create energy transition scenarios and compile insights on achieving a carbon-neutral society. In this regard, we have attempted to quantitatively analyze energy systems based on data and conduct simulations linking an urban vision of the future with the supply and demand of energy. We will deepen our discussions on achieving energy systems to support Society 5.0 with a view to analyzing and evaluating complex and intertwined issues in a comprehensive manner and finding solutions.

【Date】January 25, 2023 (Wednesday) 13:00–17:10
【Venue】The University of Tokyo Hongo Campus, Yasuda Auditorium/Online
【Organizer】Hitachi-UTokyo Laboratory
【Language】Japanese

■ Leaflet ■

[Leaflet(PDF)]

■ PROGRAM ■
Facilitators
-Shinobu Yoshimura, Vice President, The University of Tokyo, Director, H-UTokyo Lab.
-Atsushi Baba, General Manager, Center for Technology Innovation–Decarbonized Energy, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.
1. Opening Remarks(13:00~13:10)[YouTube]

【YouTube】

-Teruo Fujii, President, The University of Tokyo
-Toshiaki Higashihara, Director, Executive Chairman, Representative Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd.

2. Video Message(13:15~13:30)[YouTube]

-Professor Mary Ryan
(Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise), Imperial College London)

3. H-UTokyo Lab. Activities and Proposal Overview(13:30~13:45)

-Shinobu Yoshimura, Vice President, The University of Tokyo, Director, H-UTokyo Lab.

4. Reports from H-UTokyo Lab.(13:45~15:35)
Part 1 Energy Transitions[YouTube]

Geopolitical Crises and Transition Pathways:Changing Landscapes and Perspectives of Regions

-Hideaki Shiroyama, Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo
-Tomoko Suzuki, Corporate Chief Engineer, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.

Part 2 Energy Systems to Support Society 5.0[YouTube]

S+3E of bulk power systems toward a carbon neutral society

-Akihiko Yokoyama, Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo

Energy coordination and control platform to provide a stable supply of energy through coordination of local resources

-Kazuhiko Ogimoto, Project Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo

Sustainable energy innovation together with local communities

-Tomomichi Ito, Senior Manager, Center for Technology Innovation–Decarbonized Energy, Hitachi, Ltd.

Part 3 Energy and Social Innovation Led by Digital Technologies[YouTube]

Energy simulations envisioning carbon neutrality in 2050

-Ryoichi Komiyama, Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

City and energy linked simulations toward carbon neutrality

-Naoki Yoshimoto, Senior Researcher, Center for Technology Innovation–Decarbonized Energy, Hitachi, Ltd.

Energy policies toward carbon neutrality to achieve a sustainable society and industry

-Hiroshi Ohashi, Vice President, The University of Tokyo

———————-Break (15:35~15:55)———————-

5. Panel Discussion(15:55~17:00)[YouTube]

Value Creation through Energy and Regional Innovation Led by Data
Predictability in management and solutions based on data and premised on energy S+3E is important in making a transition to carbon neutrality. In addition, the use of data in local communities including data on energy customers not only has a large effect on the calculation of Scope 3 greenhouse gas supply-chain emissions but also on regional value creation. This panel discussion will take up value creation through energy and regional innovations based on data.

Facilitators:
-Shinobu Yoshimura, Vice President, The University of Tokyo, Director of H-UTokyo Lab.
-Tomoko Suzuki, Corporate Chief Engineer, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.

Panelists (in alphabetical order):
-Tokunari Anai, Manager, Inter-regional Power Exchange Promotion Office, Corporate Management and Planning Unit, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.
-Yuji Inoue, Manager, Carbon Neutral Strategy Office, Corporate Planning Division, Tokuyama Corporation
-Yasushi Motojima, Deputy Counselor, Planning and Policy Department, and Director, Planning and Coordination Division–Smart City Promotion Office, Aizuwakamatsu City Hall
-Kaname Ogawa, Director, Electricity Infrastructure Division, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
-Mari Yoshitaka, Fellow, Principal Sustainability Strategist, Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd., Visiting Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
-Hiroshi Ohashi, Vice President, The University of Tokyo

6. Closing Remarks (17:00~17:10)[YouTube]

-Norihiro Suzuki, Vice President & Executive Officer, CTO, General Manager of Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.)
-Hiroaki Aihara, Executive Vice President, The University of Tokyo

Poster Session(17:20~18:10)

A poster session has been set up to enable forum participants to directly discuss current studies.
【Venue】Yasuda Auditorium, 3rd Floor Gallery

The 3rd Industry-Academia Collaboration Forum “Toward Realizing Energy Systems to Support Society 5.0” was held online.

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【Proposal】
Proposal “Toward Realizing Energy Systems to Support Society 5.0” Ver.3

【Date】13:00 – 17:30, January 18, 2021
【Organizer】Hitachi-UTokyo Laboratory
【Language】Japanese

H-UTokyo Lab. held the Industry-Academia Collaboration Forum, the 2nd Symposium of “Habitat Innovation toward Realization of Society 5.0.”

The Industry-Academia Collaboration Forum, the 2nd Symposium of “Habitat Innovation toward Realization of Society 5.0” was held.

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The Industry-Academia Collaboration Forum
The 2nd Symposium of “Habitat Innovation toward Realization of Society 5.0”
-Next-Generation Smart City: From Problem Solution to Value Creation-

【Date】11:00 – 17:00, January 8, 2020 (Exhibition 11:00-13:40, Symposium 14:00-17:00)
【Venue】Hitotsubashi Hall, National Center of Sciences Building, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
【Organizer】Hitachi-UTokyo Laboratory
【Language】Japanese

H-UTokyo Lab. held the 2nd Industry-Academia Collaboration Forum “Toward Realizing Electricity Systems to Support Society 5.0.”

The 2nd Industry-Academia Collaboration Forum “Toward Realizing Electricity Systems to Support Society 5.0.” was held on April 17.

【Proposal】
Toward Realizing Electricity Systems to Support Society 5.0″ Ver.2

【date】13:00 – 17:10, April 17, 2019
【venue】Yasuda Auditorium, The University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus)
【Organizer】Hitachi-UTokyo Laboratory

【Program】
Facilitator
-Yoshimura Shinobu      Vice President of the University of Tokyo
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo

-Matsuoka Hideyuki      Director of the H-UTokyo Lab., Senior Chief   Researcher of the Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.

13:00-13:20 <Opening remarks>
-Gonokami Makoto      President, The University of Tokyo
-Nakanishi Hiroaki      Chairman of the Board and Executive Officer, Hitachi, Ltd.

13:20-14:20 <Special Lecture>
Environmental footprint of electric vehicles
-Marco Miotti      Trancik Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (trancik.mit.edu)

“Next -Generation Electricity Supply-Demand Platform”
-Nemoto Koshichi      Director, Energy Innovation Center, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry

14:20-15:25 <Reports from the H-UTokyo Lab.>
(1) Summary of Proposal (Overview)
-Yoshimura Shinobu      Vice President of the University of Tokyo
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

(2) Introduction to Proposal
WG1 “Concept Design of Platform for Assessing Entire Society’s Energy System and Data”
-Yokoyama Akihiko      Professor Graduate school of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
-Sato Yasuo      Department Manager, Center for Technology Innovation – Energy, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.

WG2 “Long Term Energy Scenario and Energy Policy to realize Society 5.0”
-Ohashi Hiroshi      Vice Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy and Professor, Graduate School of Economics, the University of Tokyo
-Nakasawa Kenji      Manager, Next Age Energy Business Co-creation Division,  Hitachi, Ltd.

15:25-15:50 <Break>

15:50-17:00 <Panel Discussion> 
“Realization of New Electricity Systems based on Regional Revitalization”
Moderator:
-Yoshimura Shinobu    The University of Tokyo
-Morita Ayumu    Hitachi, Ltd.

Panelists:
-Hayashiya Hitoshi    East Japan Railway Company
-Hikino Kiyoshi    Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
-Ishida Kenichi    Sekisui House, Ltd.
-Iwafune Yumiko    The University of Tokyo
-Okuyama Masaya    Ministry of the Environment
-Toda Naoki    Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.
-Ueda Yoshinori    Japan Wind Power Association(JWPA)
-Yamada Tatsuya    Hitachi, Ltd.

17:00-17:10 <Closing remark>
-Suzuki Norihiro    Vice President and Executive Officer, CTO, President & CEO, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.