Advanced Energy Conversion Systems Thrust
Development and evolution of systems which either lower carbon emission, increase energy efficiency, or both

Research Overview

The Advanced Energy Conversion Systems Thrust focuses on the development and evolution of systems which either lower carbon emission, increase energy efficiency, or both:

i) the thermo-neutral electrolysis cell has the potential to take a large share in the electrolyzer market due to its high efficiency and low cost. I²CNER’s research will focus on the electrode structure in relation to water-assisted phase separation, the quantitative prediction of oxygen reduction, and the degradation mechanisms for technological functional oxides.

ii) the energy storage system utilizing reversible fuel cell / novel battery is a promising means to modulate/adjust supply and demand in electricity markets. We have developed an air-battery based on SOFC/SOEC concepts where H₂ is used to reduce hematite to metallic Fe thereby storing reducing equivalents as metallic Fe rather than H₂. Future research will optimize this device for higher roundtrip efficiency, capacity, and operating temperature.

iii) I²CNER will advance the exciting photovoltaics technology of hybrid perovskite solar cells whose adoption in the PV markets can lead to drastic CO₂ reductions. I²CNER research will focus on increasing the efficiency of the lead-free systems we developed and found to exhibit promising durability.

TEM images of suspended water film in CNT under high vacuum conditions.
New approach to highly durable electrocatalysts based on polymer rapping. a) Summary of the approach, b) Durability results showing no visible degradation in polymer wrapped systems up to 500,000 cycles.

Researchers

Principal Investigators

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All Researchers

  • Name

    Position

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  • Ito, Kohei

    Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Professor

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.S.)

  • Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Mori, Shoji

    Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Professor

    Colorado School of Mines (U.S.)

  • Professor

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.S.)

  • Takahashi, Koji

    Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

  • Professor

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.S.)

  • Professor

    Kyushu University, Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering

  • Akiba, Etsuo

    Research Professor

    International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy, Kyushu University

  • Visiting Professor

    University of Waterloo

  • Ken Okazaki

    Visiting Professor

    Tokyo Institute of Technology

  • Visiting Professor

    University of Edinburgh

  • Edalati, Kaveh (AECS,PICP)

    Associate Professor

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • ERTEKIN, ELIF

    Associate Professor

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.S.)

  • Kato, Koichiro

    Associate Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Kim, Hackho (PSIIC)

    Associate Professor

    Mazda Mobile Energy Storage for Low-carbon Society Division,PSIIC,I²CNER

  • Lyth, Stephen

    Associate Professor

    Kyusyu University Platform of Inter / Transdisciplinary Energy Research

  • Matsuda, Junko

    Associate Professor

    Advanced Device Research Division, International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy, Kyushu University

  • Matsushima, Toshinori

    Associate Professor

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Associate Professor

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.S.)

  • Associate Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Nishihara, Masamichi

    Associate Professor

    Next-Generation Fuel Cell Research Center, Kyushu University

  • Associate Professor

    The University of Edinburgh

  • Sakoda, Naoya

    Associate Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Shiraki, Tomohiro

    Associate Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Takagaki, Atsushi

    Associate Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Associate Professor

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Eiki Niwa

    Research Associate Professor

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Goushi, Kenichi

    Assistant Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Kita, Yutaku

    Assistant Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering

  • Klotz, Dino (AECS,PICP)

    Assistant Professor

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Kwati, Leonard (AECS,PICP)

    Assistant Professor

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Li, Qin-Yi

    Assistant Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

  • Assistant Professor

    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U.S.)

  • Song, Juntae

    Assistant Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Tanaka, Naoki

    Assistant Professor

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Tellez-Lozano, Helena

    Assistant Professor

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  • Hideaki Teshima

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Kyushu University

  • Wang, Zhenying

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Kyushu University

  • Harrington, George

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Center of Coevolutionary Research for Sustainable Communities

  • Isegawa, Miho

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Kosem, Nuttavut

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Hidaka, Sumitomo

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Kim, Chaerin

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Li, Huan

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Qiwen, Lai

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Tan, Zhe

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry

  • Ganbaatar Tumen-Ulzii

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Vediyappan, Veeramani

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Wu, Kuan Ting

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Yokota, Toshihiko

    Post-doctoral Fellow

    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)

  • Mitsuishi, Kenshi

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