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Outline

 The Environmental and Renewable Energy Systems Division (ERES) was established by combining two keywords: environmental problem with renewable energy. The two deeply and mutually-related keywords are both critical in our contemporary society: the first theme deals with the issue of global warming, and the second one deals with the development of renewable energy such as photovoltaic technology to lessen our dependence on oil.
As an independent division, the Environmental and Renewable Energy Systems Division deals with cutting-edge research, weaving various expertise in the fields such as electricity, chemistry, environmental science, machinery, etc. along with mutual cooperation beyond the boundaries of each specialized field; and developing human resources in responding to the needs of modern society.
 "The Development of Next-Generation Photovoltaic Power Generation Project" has spurred further research and development of various new technologies which aims to improve the efficiency of photovoltanic power generation and others. "The Development of Energy Conversion Systems Project" which aims to develop renewable energy in order to reduce the environmental load and harmonize with the global environment is slated to follow.
 Global Environment and Energy Course starts on April, 2015 in Gifu University Global Environment and Energy Course (GU-GLEE).

Core Courses

[Environmental System]
 In order to achieve a good balance between energy utilization and environmental protection, the following researches are being undertaken: (1) the development of a system for the generation of new energy from biomass and waste material without CO2 emissions, (2) the development of equipment for getting rid of environmental pollutants by plasma, (3) the plan to produce and supply electricity through energy produced from photovoltaic, wind, etc., and (4) the development of technology that can predict solar radiation and wind conditions for accurate selection and placement of energy systems.

[Renewable Energy System]
 The following research and development on various renewable energy issues are being carried out: (1) research on applied hydrogen structure photochemical reaction, (2) the development of future-oriented photovoltaic cell materials, (3) research and development of silicon type thin-film photovoltaic cell utilizing gas destruction technology processed by plasma, and the development of other technologies to advance other areas of research.


Cooperative Courses

[Fundamental Environmental Science]
 The earth's surface is constantly bombarded with an infinite amount of electromagnetic waves and particle beams. The molecules and atoms in the air, which most particle beams encounter, protect humans from radiation. We aim to clarify the structure of neutron stars by replicating the particle beam encounter with an accelerator and finding the newly-discovered atomic nuclei which are thought to exist in the distant neutron stars.

[Global Environment and Energy]
This course is open to both international and Japanese students. All lectures and seminars on cutting-edge technologies in environmental and energy engineering are conducted in English. In addition, students are required to take part in internship programs. International students are placed in good-standing Japanese companies while Japanese students are placed in overseas companies or educational and research institutions.


Liaison Courses

[New Functional Materials for Renewable Energy]
 Photochromic glass is a reversible glass that switches between transparent and mirror surface conditions. Energy use in air conditioning can be reduced using photochromic mirror glass in buildings and automobiles. New materials for efficient utilization of renewable energy through the control of incoming solar radiation is being investigated.