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Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems

Educational Aims

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The Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems is a unique educational department that offers an education in science and technology relevant to hydrogen energy. As a Mechanical Engineering Department, it has been designed to provide students with the greatest possible opportunity to gain a fundamental knowledge of science and engineering in hydrogen energy and relevant technologies for human and environmental symbiosis. We expect our graduates to lead the way, as engineers and researchers, toward building a low-carbon society.

No energy systems can be designed without Mechanical Engineering. However, since hydrogen is produced and used through energy conversion, an understanding of the processes of chemical reactions is also necessary. It is necessary as well to understand the design of a wide range of materials, including the metals, polymers and ceramics used in energy systems. In addition, knowledge of safety is required, as it is vital to gain public acceptance of hydrogen technology. The educational goal of the Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems is to help students gain the ability to understand materials, processes, and safety engineering on the basis of mechanical engineering fundamentals, and to be able to understand and design machines and devices for hydrogen energy as systems, through education and advanced research in the interdisciplinary energy field.

After completion of the program, the majority of graduates become professional engineers working for private companies, or researchers or academic staff in private companies, governmental research institutions, and universities in the fields of energy and the environment, including hydrogen energy, both at home and abroad.

Admission Policy

The Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems seeks applicants with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, as well as those from other relevant science and engineering departments, who wish to become engineers or researchers in the field of energy technologies for human and environmental symbiosis. The International Master's Program conducts entrance examinations in English.

Overview

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The educational goal of the Master's Program in the Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems is to help students gain the ability to understand the materials, processes, and safety engineering that are the basic elements of hydrogen energy technology, on the basis of mechanical engineering fundamentals, and to be able to understand and design machines and devices for hydrogen energy systems. To achieve this goal, the program provides the following opportunities through research for a master's thesis under the categories of advanced expertise subjects, advanced specific subjects, and ability development subjects:

  1. An education that produces mechanical engineers and researchers who understand materials and process engineering
  2. The knowledge of fundamental science and engineering in hydrogen energy technology and relevant technologies for human and environmental symbiosis
  3. Improved international capabilities, and an education that emphasizes practice in cooperation with industry
  4. A primary education in mechanical engineering, in cooperation with the Department of Mechanical Engineering (for students who are not from mechanical engineering departments)

Doctoral course students in the Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems can request financial assistance to help them concentrate on their studies. The department also helps students build their careers through collaboration with the Fukuoka Strategy Conference for Hydrogen Energy and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

Researches

Education and research fields in the Department of Hydrogen Systems extend from various fields in mechanical engineering to materials and process engineering related to hydrogen energy systems.

Hydrogen Utilization Systems
  • Hydrogen Utilization Processes
  • Fuel Cell Systems
Hydrogen Storage Systems
Hydrogen Materials Strength and Machine Design
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Fatigue and Fracture of Materials
  • Tribology
Hydrogen Thermofluid Engineering
  • Thermofluid Physics
  • Reactive Gas Dynamics
Hydrogen Production Processes
Advanced Hydrogen Materials
Hydrogen Molecular Science
Advance Hydrogen Energy System
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