2009年12月4日星期五

InnoAsia 09 Conference (Sustainable Transportation / Energy)

InnoAsia 09 Conference was held from 1st to 2nd December 2009. The theme called “SUSTAINABLE City, Transportation & Energy”. I joined sessions entitled “Sustainable City” on Day 1 and “Sustainable Tansportation / Energy” on Day 2. The summary was shown as follows.

Sustainable Transportation / Energy (Day 2)

The first speaker was Dr. Didier Kechemair (Executive Deputy Director, Division for International Affairs, French Atomic Energy Cmmission (CEA). France) and his topic was “Social Demand as a Driving Force for Research and Innovation in a Sustainable Energy Development Context”. He explained three studies related to CEA R&D activities. They were:
i) Energy without CO2: Why should Nuclear play a major role?
ii) Mobility without CO2: How to associate renewable energies applications for transportation and buildings?
iii) From mobility to Nomad: How to take into account customers’ perception in the design & innovation process?


Nuclear plays a major role. 90% of French electricity is carbon-free.


Mobility without CO2


He concluded that nuclear power is one kind of sustainable energy without CO2 emission.

The second speaker, Mr. Kenichiro Wada (General Manager, EV/Power Train System Engineering Department, Development Engineering Office, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Japan) gave a talk entitled “Development of New Generation Electric Vehicle i-MiEV”. The history of Mitsubishi’s EVs development and the feathers of i-MiEV were introduced. The MiEV operation system included Safety and Security, Energy Saving, as well as, Comfort were also discussed.


Five aspects of the i-MiEV


Lithium-ion Battery photo


Reliability Test

video


Running over water

video


The collaboration with Hong Kong Government (EPD) was shown.


Mr. Wada concluded that in order to contribute in prevention of global warming and move toward independence from fossil fuels, Mitsubishi Motors is leading the change toward electric vehicles.


The third speaker was Mr. Thomas Nagy (Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, Novozymes A/S, Denmark) and his topic was “Change the World – Bio-innovation for Environmental & Economic Benefits”. They provide industrial enzymes, microorganisms and biopharmaceutical ingredients. He pointed out the global challenges included financial / economic crisis, increasing unemployment, growing population, depleting resources and climate change. It indicated that the world was becoming Hot, Flat & Crowded.


He shared the enzyme technology which was used in the 2nd generation biofuel. Those commercial enzymes could produce bioethanol from agricultural waste. Compared with gasoline, using of biofuel could reduce CO2 emissions by 90%.


In Panel Session, Dr. Raymond Leung (Chairman and CEO, TDK China Co., Ltd.) was invited to give a talk entitled “Sustainable Transportation – EV Market Dynamics, Drive Train, Battery Technology”. He said zero emission vehicle is the one of important market trend.


LiFeP/Graphite Cell was developed in HK and it was deployed in China (Beijing).


Dr. Leung showed “The test driving the first EV sports car in the world”.


The last speaker was Dr. Ying Yang (CEO, Hong Kong Auto Parts and Accessory Systems R&D Centre (APAS)) and his topic was “Key components for Electric Vehicles: Challenges and Opportunities”. He discussed the technical challenges on electric vehicles included Battery, Battery Management System (BMS), Brake by Wire, Power Electronics, Vehicle Controller and Control Strategies, Electrical Powered Air Conditioning, etc. He commented they could be the business opportunities.

Panel discussion was organized at the end.

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