Design and operation of smart communities / Ecotowns that are resistant to natural disasters
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about researcher YOKOYAMA, Ryuichi Professor (retired)
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background
Due to the recent crisis in energy demand and steep price rises, global warming countermeasures and the Great East Japan Earthquake, the use of renewable energy and the local energy supply systems so that it can be used effectively, as well as the structural improvement of existing energy supply systems are all important challenges.
summary
Essential to the construction of local energy supply systems for using renewable energy, which is readily affected by the weather, is the technology ensuring a stable supply of power. In our laboratory, we are able to design, construct and evaluate local energy supply systems that provide stable power. By ensuring independent power, it is also possible to build a power structure that is resistant to disaster. The tools below can also support this effort as technological seeds; each of them can be applied to fullscale target systems. 1. Largescale combinatorial problem optimization algorithms, 2. Flow analysis algorithms for largescale distribution networks, including loops and PV nodes, 3. Algorithms for deciding the optimal installation location of solar panels in order to obtain the maximum power for the given site. 4. Multipurpose optimization algorithms for deciding on generated power in fullscale power systems. 5. Extended fast algorithms for largescale dynamic planning methods for power source development in developing countries. 6. Charge and discharge control simulation support tools that take into account the running patterns of electric vehicles. 7. Optimal combination and capacitydeciding algorithms for smart grid power sources and batteries. 8. Construction and operation analysis algorithms for smart communities, for accommodating heat and electricity. 9. Pitch angle and battery control simulation support tools for easing the fluctuation in wind power output. 10. Energy system optimization algorithms for the construction of localproductionfor localconsumptionbased ecocities led by the region.
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It is even possible to construct energy supply systems in office or site rather than village or administrative units. By making use of these and constructing independent power grids that use renewable energy for apartment blocks, it is possible to construct apartments that are resistant to disaster, that can ensure a minimum level of power even during black outs.
predominance
In terms of largescale distribution systems, which have previously been difficult to evaluate, the necessary software and knowledge has been attained for the construction of power grids over small areas, such as software and combinatorial optimization programs that can evaluate at high speed.
purpose of providing seeds
Sponsord research, Collaboration research, Technical consultation
material
 Developing multipurpose (environmental, profitable, reliable) optimal operation methods for power generation equipment in power systems
 More efficient energy use by smart houses via chargedischarge control for electric vehicles
 Design methods for appropriate panel placement to maximize solar power generation output
 Environmental analysis and stabilization measures for distribution systems when introducing large amounts of renewable energy
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2014/05/21