The Department of Advanced Energy engages in comprehensive education and research on "Energy,"offering a curriculum centered upon Energy Conversion System Laboratory, Electromagnetic Energy System Laboratory, Plasma Science Laboratory, Fusion Reactor Laboratory (High Temperature Plasma Center, University of Tokyo), Space Energy System Laboratory (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), and Advanced Electric Energy System Laboratory (Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry). We provide transdisciplinary coverage of space engineering, energy conversion systems engineering, advanced structural/material engineering, applied superconductivity, energy systems engineering, plasma science and engineering, nuclear fusion engineering, and other energy-related fields. In these fields, research and development have traditionally been pursued without inter-discipline coordination. We set our focus on such key themes as generation/utilization/control of energy under extremely high-temperature (e.g., plasma) or high-enthalpy conditions, efficient storage/utilization of various environmentally compatible energy resources, and the structural/material engineering to realize them. We investigate these themes through a wide range of research extending from the scientific bases to practical applications. Our research topics are: plasma fusion energy, next-generation space transportation system, resource- and environment-conscious energy systems, space environment exploitation, smart structures/materials, hypersonic high-enthalpy flows, laser rockets, formation and merging of torus plasma, superconducting magnetic levitation, solar/space plasma physics, and nonlinear
One of the biggest public demands placed on those involved in science and technology is creation of the "Energy"necessary for powering the advancement of civilization. Our department tackles this challenge through a comprehensive scientific approach in which we cohesively merge technologies developed in different fields, with the aim of achieving energy growth that is harmonious with society. With the support of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, we implement a transdisciplinary system of education and research to instill our students with the ability to perform advanced, imaginative R&D that envisions tangible possibilities for the future of energy. Our educational program includes core courses covering the fundamental areas of energy engineering, as well as seminars and technical tours that integrate the knowledge of those areas in order to nurture the power to conceptualize new realms. In the department's seminar, students individually investigate a particular facet of a common theme, which arises in the group discussion, present their findings to the other members, and summarize them under the common theme. In doing so, the students learn the techniques and difficulties of carrying out research projects. In addition to the equipment supplied for each lab group, our department possesses a number of unique large-scale facilities, such as an RT-1 plasma facility, the University of Tokyo Spherical Tokamak (UTST), and a hypersonic high-enthalpy wind tunnel. By exploiting these resources, we are able not only to pursue groundbreaking research in plasma/nuclear fusion and space energy systems, but also to help students gain the skills for handling "big jobs."