Research Institute

North Japan Research Institute for Sustainable Energy

North Japan Research Institute for Sustainable Energy

North Japan Research Institute for Sustainable Energy (NJRISE) is conducting Research & Development and education on unique renewable energy system in cold region with a view towards realization of a sustainable low-carbon society. 4 main research fields are included: (1) Fuel cell & biomass: developments of low-cost and high-performance materials for fuel cells, advanced biomass energy conversion technology, and best-mixed environmental energy systems; (2) Electric vehicles: developments of elemental technologies for cold regionally-specified EV and torque sensors for SBW system.; (3) Geothermal Energy: assessment of geothermal potentials, development of moderate- and low-temperature geothermal key-element technologies, and innovation of geothermal energy utilization systems; (4) Advanced energy materials: low-cost and large-scale production of solar-cell-grade silicon by direct reduction of silica, and development of thermoelectric conversion materials. In addition, NJRISE is developing advanced technologies related to wind and tidal power generations as well as energy conservation.

Founded in Oct. 2010

The Shirakami Institute for Environmental Sciences

The Shirakami Institute for Environmental Sciences

The Shirakami-Sanchi as a World Natural Heritage site is an area of a pristine ecosystem with its rich flora and fauna found in primeval Japanese beech forests. Research into its ecosystem and genetic properties should be pursued further. While the Japanese beech forests in the area are feared to shrink because of the global warming, it is becoming all the more important to examine the gravity of the global warming and to accumulate data of weather changes. The Shirakami-Sanchi is also an important place where we can teach elementary-school children about environmental issues, which will contribute to making them interested in science. Thus our institute will proceed with such important tasks as research into flora and fauna, environmental education, and examination of the influence of the global warming.

Founded in Oct. 2010

Institute of Radiation Emergency Medicine

Institute of Radiation Emergency Medicine

Nuclear facilities are operating in Aomori Prefecture and the preparedness for radiation emergency is of cardinal importance for the foundation of energy policy of our country. Institute of Radiation Emergency Medicine promotes the research on radiation emergency and supports the education in the faculties and graduate schools in Hirosaki University and generates various professionals required in nuclear and medical facilities in Aomori and all over Japan.

Founded in Oct. 2010

Research Institute of Food Science

Research Institute of Food Science

In March 25, 2013, the Research Institute of Food Science was established on the Aomori Campus (Yanagawa Area) of Hirosaki University. Because of the geographical and climate conditions, Aomori Prefecture has a number of products, including agricultural and marine resources. The institute carries out a wide range in the field of food science including studies for increasing value of agricultural and marine products, for preservation and utilization of marine resources, and for new food production technologies. In addition, programs for “Shokuiku” (Food and Nutrition Education) will be developed to suggest that a society with healthy longevity can be achieved through community-based Shokuiku. These research activities may contribute toward maintaining healthy lifestyles and improving dietary habits through the promotion of the agricultural and food industries.

Founded in March, 2013

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