Creative research for clean energy generation using solar energy

Strategic Sector

Creation of natural light energy conversion material and utilization basic technology through the fusion of different fields

Research Supervisor

Masafumi Yamaguchi (Principal Professor, Toyota Technological Institute)

Year Started



This research covers solar photovoltaic technology that converts sunlight directly into electrical energy encompassing; research and development that contributes to the creative clean energy generation for the future, including the creation of chemical fuel technologies for hydrogen generation using solar energy; and technology for the simultaneous production of electrical energy and chemical fuel.
Specifically, the target of the research and development are solar cells and materials composed of silicon crystals and thin films, compound semiconductors, dye-sensitized and organic materials, and new super high-efficiency solar cells, in addition to the creation of useful fuels, such as hydrogen, and the simultaneous creation of valuable material and clean energy using solar energy. In this research area, we will focus on the basics of material search, fundamental physical analysis (light absorption, charge separation, material deterioration, and so on), and on new principles for realizing higher efficiency and longer lifetime. We will perform creative research and development that establishes the breakthrough technologies in the future. To this end, the research will be a fusion of material sciences and device physics; consequently to create breakthrough technologies in this area, we will combine the expertise of researchers from the different fields of physics, chemistry, and electronic engineering and utilize cutting edge nanotechnology to promote research and development by combining the strengths of different disciplines.

Year Started : 2011

Yoshihiko Kanemitsu
Professor, Kyoto University
Susumu Noda
Professor, Kyoto University
Takayuki Homma
Professor, Waseda University

Year Started : 2010

 Hironori Katagiri
Professor, Nagaoka National College of Technologybr > Instute of National Colleges of Technology, Japan
Naoteru Shigekawa
Professor, Osaka Prefecture University
Takashi Suemasu
Professor, University of Tsukuba
Hideki Matsumura
Professor, JAIST (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Hiroko Yamada
Associate Professor, Nara Institute of Science and Technology

Year Started : 2009

 Hiroshi Irie
Professor, University of Yamanashi
Hiroaki Okamoto
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University
Shin-ichi Satoh
Professor, University of Hyogo
Liyuan Han
Managing Director, National Institute for Materials Science
Masahiro Hiramoto
Professor, National Institutes of Natural Sciences, Institute for Molecular Science
Yoshiji Horikoshi
Professor, School of Advanced Science and Engineering,WASEDA University
Kiyoshi Yasutake
Professor, Osaka University