From the Director of the Center
Tohoku University
Institute of Fluid Science
Seiji Samukawa
New energy-technology based Japan via breakthrough of unresolved difficulties
 This research center was founded with the aim of realizing a sustainable energy social infrastructure by concentrating combustion, geothermal heat, nuclear power, and green nanotechnology, which have been cultivated at the Institute of Fluid Science over many years. After the great earthquake occurred in 2011, development of a new energy system to replace nuclear power generation has been urgently sought. The future energy problems of Japan can only slightly be resolved using conventional energy alone or using renewable energy alone. It is now absolutely necessary to realize environmentally coexistent types of energy supply systems, in which the use of fossil fuels is suppressed to the extreme, by achieving breakthroughs in unrealized energy through achievement of minimum exergy loss in conventional type energy and of ultra-high efficiency of next-generation renewable energy. It is further requested that sustainable energy social infrastructure be realized by establishing a smart energy supply system by which these created energy resources can be implemented harmonically.
 The Institute of Fluid Science has been establishing innovative energy generation and storage technology and management and conservation technology based on nano-interface material structure control technology, ultra-low damage process technology, micro-combustion technology, deep subterranean environment measurement technology, and nondestructive assessment technology. In addition to these research efforts, the institute intends to conduct studies aimed at realization of an innovative smart energy supply system through fusion of various types of power generation methods considering a good balance between costs and efficiency and by fusion of a power generation system and electricity accumulation system by introducing optimum design technology to contribute greatly to reconstruction of areas hit by the earthquake and regeneration of Japan. Furthermore, we intend to produce business models and make proposals actively for policies of energy and science technology toward the founding of a new Japanese nation based on energy and technology.
 To attain this goal, we intend to promote coalition-building inside and outside the university and overseas. We are determined to create such an unattained energy center that attracts excellent human resources from all over the world and which can transmit technologies and human resources to the world.