This research partnership with UTokyo builds on the existing relationship with the Intelligent Transport Systems Center at UTokyo, and focuses on developing renewable energy and, in particular, the provision of next generation fuels to meet future global energy needs.
QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil said “QUT’s Institute for Future Environments (IFE) has a purpose and outlook similar to RCAST with common alignments in many similar fields of endeavour, and particularly in renewable energy and fuels of the future, such as hydrogen.”
QUT IFE Professor Ian Mackinnon said for Queensland, the sustainable conversion of natural resources, such as waste biomass and non-potable water, into hydrogen was an important development for future domestic markets.
“Furthering research into these processes may allow development of a high-value Queensland hydrogen export industry, exporting particularly to countries that have limited natural resources,” he said.
“Professor Masakazu Sugiyama is a recognised leader in the sustainable conversion of solar energy to next-generation fuels through use of leading edge photovoltaics and compound semiconductors.
“More recently, Professor Sugiyama has demonstrated the highest level of in-field solar conversion efficiency using electrolysis to produce hydrogen from water.
“Integration of these technologies into Queensland, which has a strong capacity to implement solar-driven technologies, could lead to higher levels of efficiency and the establishment of new export industries for the state.”
Professor Mackinnon thanked Trade and Investment Queensland and its Tokyo office, and Sumitomo Electric Industries, which has been instrumental in renewable energy projects in Queensland, for their assistance in helping the two universities formalise the partnership.
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