The PO and Advisory Board reviewed documents and conducted interview surveys of three subjects that were entered for the new Research and Development Program (Super Cluster Program) in August, 2013.
As a result, two subjects were selected as Core Clusters, and one subject was selected as a one-year trial to examine the program contents that lead to creating innovation.
(Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, The Advanced Scientific Technology & Management Research Institute of Kyoto)
(Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya City, Aichi Science & Technology Foundation)
|Core Cluster Name||Construction of Highly-Efficient Energy to Achieve a Clean and Low Environmental Impact Society||Energy Innovation Cluster With Advanced Nano-Tools|
|Area||Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City||Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya City|
|Core Organizations||The Advanced Scientific Technology & Management Research Institute of Kyoto||Aichi Science & Technology Foundation|
|Strategic Theme||[Theme 1] Construction of a clean and low environmental impact society achievement network||[Theme 1] Construction of a clean and low environmental impact society achievement network|
Si power devices, numerously used for controlling voltage and frequency from power generation to usage, such as power transmission and AC-DC conversion, waste large amounts of electricity due to heat loss.
If the loss is significantly reduced, it will greatly contribute to achieving low environmental impact society.
In order to achieve the industrialization and social implementation of new SiC power devices, recently attracting attention for their significant energy efficiency, the following four groups have been formulated to expand research and development through industry-university and business-to-business collaboration: (1) High Performance Material and Device, (2) Circuit and System, (3) Application, (4) Installment Promotion.
The research and development of solar cells and rechargeable batteries is also carried out, with the aim of joining them with small and light power conversion circuits and load equipment with SiC power devices installed.
Further sophisticating the technological seeds of the core research achievements in the Knowledge Cluster Initiative such as power device crystals and plasma surface treatment, the aim is the practical application of power devices and high-performance peripheral nano parts that achieve highly-efficiency energy conversion.
The following is promoted by combining crystal/material analysis with synchrotron radiation and area businesses: for power device semiconductors, the improvement of the functionality of GaN-based materials, the application to devices, and the establishment of a foundation for ultra-low defect SiC crystal substrate fabrication; for nanomaterials, the commercialization of next generation cell materials, and lightweight and high hardness materials for vehicles with advanced plasma technology.
This will lead to the advancement and enhancement of the competitiveness of next generation automobiles clustering in the area, as well as contribute to the achievement of a vital and sustainable society through the implementation to highly-efficient energy society such as smart grids.
* Because the above two areas are both power device projects, plan to merge research projects in view of selection and collection of research resources, and construct a collaboration system.
(Fukuoka Prefecture; City of Kitakyushu; Fukuoka City; Fukuoka Industry, Science & Technology Foundation)
* Adopted as a one-year trial to examine program contents that lead to creating innovation.
The PO and Advisory Board reviewed documents and conducted interview surveys of eight subjects that were entered for the Satellite Cluster of the new Research and Development Program (Super Cluster Program) in October, 2013.
As the result, the following were selected.
|Core Cluster Area||Core Cluster Name||Satellite Cluster Area||Satellite Cluster Name||Overview|
|Construction of Highly-Efficient Energy Use Systems to Achieve a Clean and Low Environmental Impact Society||Nagano Prefecture||Shinshu-Type Super Energy Device Cluster (implementation of smart device materials and smart device systems)||Taking advantage of the strengths of the area, mainly corporate technologies and corporate clusters related to advanced devices and equipment, the following projects related to SiC power devices will be engaged to achieve energy innovation:
|Fukui Prefecture||Fukui Area Key Industry Technology Integration Cluster Toward Substantiating and Achieving Distributed Load Leveling||Integrating nano plating, ceramic particulate material manufacturing, and high-performance surface creation with fluorine, the following will be engaged to achieve energy innovation:
|Shiga Prefecture||Developing Distributive Highly-Efficient Energy and Constructing a Diversified Provision System Achieving a Local Production and Local Consumption Smart Grid||
For achieving a local production and local consumption smart grid , the following will be engaged to achieve energy innovation:
|Energy Innovation Cluster With Advanced Nano-Tools||Nagano Prefecture||Shinshu-Type Super Energy Device Cluster (energy innovation from crystal development and processing)||
Aiming to create next generation power device energy materials utilizing the development of nanotechnology and nanomaterial, the following will be engages to achieve energy innovation:
|Fukui Prefecture||Research and Development of Applications for Power Devices of GaN-based Semiconductors||Contributing to the achievement of a clean and low environmental impact society by engaging in the following to achieve energy innovation:
|Yamaguchi Prefecture||Yamaguchi Highly-Efficient Power Device Material Innovation Cluster||Aiming to commercialize high breakdown voltage and high power application switching elements by engaging in the following to achieve energy innovation: