Partners in Energy Research

DLR and Japanese research organisation AIST agree on cooperation on energy research

23 March 2017

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  • Abkommensunterzeichnung zwischen DLR und AIST
    Agreement between DLR and AIST

    Front, from left to right: Ryoji Chubachi, president of AIST; Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board; Bernhard Milow, Programme Director of DLR Energy Research. Back row, from left to right: Wolfgang Scheremet, Head of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi); Hans Carl von Werhern, German Embassy in Japan; Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board; Hiroyuki Suematsu, METI.

  • Partner in der Energieforschung
    Partners in Energy Research

    From left to right: Wolfgang Scheremet, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi); Ryoji Chubachi, president of AIST; Hans Carl von Werhern, German Embassy in Japan; Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board; Hiroyuki Suematsu, METI and Bernhard Milow, Programme Director of DLR Energy Research.

In Germany and Japan, governments have set ambitious goals for transforming the energy system and supporting environmental protection. Renewable energies are increasingly being developed and efficiency measures strengthened. In both countries, energy research is playing a major role. In this context, the scientific collaboration between the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) is expanded. Like DLR, AIST carries out application-orientated research and is a state-funded research organisation.

Similar interests in the high technology sector

On 19 March 2017, at the CeBIT IT trade fair, Professor Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the DLR Executive Board, Bernhard Milow, Programme Director of DLR Energy Research and Ryoji Chubachi, president of AIST, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the presence of representatives of the German and Japanese ministries. Both partners are globally renowned in their fields and, through their joint research, aim to strengthen international collaboration and boost technology development.

"German-Japanese research cooperation can look back on a long and successful history," stated Professor Ehrenfreud. "With the cooperation in energy research agreed today, we can jointly make a significant contribution to the development of sustainable energy systems. For example, we are working on expanding the scope of application of energy storage systems and converting waste heat directly into usable power. AIST is an excellent partner for this."

Collaboration on thermoelectric energy converters and battery research

First on the collaborative agenda is efficient thermoelectric energy converters and battery research. Thermoelectric generators convert waste heat from combustion or industrial processes into electrical energy. By doing so they can help reduce fuel consumption in vehicles and make waste heat usable once again. In the battery research area, powerful lithium-ion batteries that can work reliably even at low temperatures are expected to be collaboratively developed. This is important for batteries in electric vehicles that still need to operate in winter. The agreement includes the possibility of extending the cooperation between the two partners to other common areas.

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24/03/2017 12:53:18

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