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Symposium on Short- Mid- and Long-term Prospects for Energy Problems:
Considering the Fusion of the Construction of Ultra-energy Efficiency with Electricity and Information

Approximately 250 people participated in the symposium. This showed the high degree of interest in energy issues.

Comprehensive discussions were held after the lectures. There was lively debate toward the opinions and questions from the floor.

The 2nd Short- Mid- and Long-term Prospects for Energy Problems symposium series was held in Waseda Campus Building No. 55 on December 19th. (This was organized by the Waseda Research Institute for Science and Engineering.) This considered the prospects of energy in the future in the short- mid- and long-term from a global perspective. This was given the theme of the Fusion of the Construction of Ultra-energy Efficient Smart Communities and Smart Houses with Electricity and Information. Approximately 250 members of the general public and students listened intently to lectures by four members of teaching staff: Professor Yasuhiro Hayashi (Department of Electrical Engineering and Bioscience, School of Advanced Science and Engineering), Professor Shinichi Tanabe (Department of Architecture, School of Creative Science and Engineering), Professor Masafumi Katsuta (Department of Modern Mechanical Engineering, School of Creative Science and Engineering) and Associate Professor Hiroto Takaguchi (Department of Architecture, School of Creative Science and Engineering).

After greetings by Professor Yoshihide Nakagawa, Director of Waseda Research Institute for Science and Engineering (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Creative Science and Engineering), each of the four professors gave their lectures. Professor Hayashi spoke about expectations toward the "smart grid (next generation power network)" which has rapidly been gaining attention since the Great East Japan Earthquake as a platform that will support the large-scale introduction of renewable energy power sources and electric power demands measures for "hopes toward smart grids." The lecture of Professor Tanabe was about technology and political measures trends and the latest examples in Europe and the U.S. relating to ZEB (zero energy buildings) and ZEH (zero energy houses) upon consideration of construction with the theme of "The Near Future of Zero Energy Houses and Buildings (ZEH and ZEB)."

In addition, Professor Katsuta explained about the "Honjo Smart Energy Town Project" where distributed model energy supply experiments are being developed in Honjo City in Saitama Prefecture. This lecture had the title of "Foothold toward Reconstruction Seen in the Honjo Smart Energy Town Project." Associate Professor Takaguchi gave a lecture on "Sustainable Living Achieved in the Smart City" and presented about how mature society and infrastructure in Japan is being increased in sophistication and that there should be pursuit of specialized smart cities in order to continue enriching lives in the future.

This 1st symposium was held in July 2011, with the theme of the power crisis. In the future, these symposiums are scheduled to take up issues relating not only to power issues, but also thermal energy utilization, energy resources and renewable energy. The plan is to deepen discussions from various viewpoints.

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Waseda Research Institute for Science and Engineering

"Smart Grid Creates the Future," Professor Yasuhiro Hayashi, Faculty of Science and Engineering (WASEDA ONLINE, Opinion, Special Issue "The Great East Japan Earthquake")

News: Launch of "Honjo Smart Energy Town Project" - Toward the Realization of a 5,000 Person Scale Model City Utilizing Natural Energy