Keynote speakers at the Japan-Norway Science Week 2015. 写真: Kristoffer R. Haug
Following the path of the 2013 and 2014 Japan-Norway Science Weeks, this year’s event was devoted to the energy area. Japan and Norway have for years actively been working closely together, utilizing each other’s’ broad academic and industrial positions. The Energy Science Week brought together the larger family of partners to discuss many of the key challenges in developing a sustainable energy system, from production to end-use.
Japan and Norway appears as complimentary “energy nations”. Norway, rich in energy resources and a net-exporter of energy has 25 years of experience from a de-regulated electricity market and holds a particularly strong position in the early value chain technologies. Japan with limited resources has been an important technology driver in many energy related areas for decades, with a particular position at the end-use side.
The seminar program in the various sessions on May 27 and 28 was composed by research partners from Japan and Norway with the objective to pinpoint some of the common interest in developing cooperation further. The seminar sessions covered offshore wind, hydrogen and fuel cells, smart energy systems, carbon capture and storage, smart cities and industires as well as energy, environment and society.
Japan-Norway Energy Science Week 2015. 写真: Kristoffer R. Haug
The Energy Science Week was an opportunity to strengthen the authorities dialogue within the energy field, with emphasis on cooperation in research, higher education and businesses. The Deputy Director General from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Mr. William Christensen held together with his counterpart in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Mr. Hiroki Mitsumata opening addresses on the respective government policies. The event in Tokyo gave also leaders of the two funding agencies Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), President Nakamura and the Research Council of Norway, Director-General Hallen an opportunity to discuss further cooperation.
Among the three hundred participants, around 70 had traveled from Norway to join this important event, as speakers, chairs and active participants in the seminar sessions as well as holding meetings with Japanese partners. Following good traditions a larger seafood reception was held on May 27, to connect the broader Japan-Norway energy family in a pleasant atmosphere.
Japan-Norway Energy Science Week 2015. 写真: Kristoffer R. Haug Japan-Norway Energy Science Week 2015. 写真: Kristoffer R. Haug
Presentation materials from speakers who have agreed to publish their files are made available through the web page: www.injapan.no/energy2015/
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