The TOSLEC-1, hosted jointly by Tokyo University of Science (TUS) and Nissan Science Foundation, was held at the Morito Memorial Hall of TUS at the Kagurazaka Campus downtown Tokyo.
The TOSLEC-1 was composed of two workshops. The first day on September 6th was a one-day workshop on “Photocatalytic and Photo-electrochemical Water Splitting for Solar Hydrogen Production” The second day on September 7th was another one –day workshop called “First Japan-Korea Workshop on Dye-sensitized Solar Cells” co-supported by the Korean Photovoltaic Development Organization (KPVDO). These workshops aimed to stimulate discussions on solar light energy conversion technologies among the leading researchers in these fields around the world. The detail program is available at the linked TUS website.
TOSLEC-1 is being held in conjugation with three years research project on solar light energy conversion funded by the Nissan Science Foundation. We are now confronted with many serious energy and environment problems from past decades of rampant industrial growth. The development of renewable energy resources such as solar power is especially urgent when considering the serious threat of global warming caused by burning of coal, oil and other fossil fuels for our energy needs. The main purpose of the project is to develop innovative alternative technologies that utilize pollution-free solar light energy as the most abundant, efficient and environmentally-harmonious energy resource.
The project covers two main research subjects, the development of high-performance photocatalysts and photoelectrochemical cells for the direct generation of hydrogen (H2), i.e., Solar Hydrogen, by water splitting using solar light conducted by Professors A. Kudo and H. Arakawa, and the development of highly functional energy devices utilizing dye-sensitized solar cells or DSC conducted by Prof. H. Arakawa and Dr. T. Yamaguchi.
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