Fuel cell technology is being strategically developed for the future establishment of a hydrogen society. Because fuel cell technology is an important technology that the biggest hope is placed on to simultaneously achieve the "Three Es," i.e., Earth environment, Energy security and sustainable Economic growth.
In order to commercialize the fuel cell technology, it is crucial to understand the basic mechanisms and to develop innovative materials. The purpose of sustainable energy research center is to develop the model materials of hydrocarbon polymer electrolytes and to investigate the electrochemical behaviors in polymer electrolyte fuel cells. The project is supported by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Department Organization (Fuel Cell Cutting-Edge Scientific Research Project (FY2010-2012), Strategic Development of PEFC Technologies for Practical Application / Comprehensive Research of Novel Hydrocarbon Polymer Electrolytes with Innovative Functions (FY2010-2011)).