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Kempener R.,International Energy Agency | Assoumou E.,MINES ParisTech | Chiodi A.,University College Cork | Ciorba U.,New Energy Technologies | And 12 more authors.
Lecture Notes in Energy | Year: 2015

In 2014, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published a global renewable energy roadmap–called REmap 2030–to double the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030 compared to 2010 (IRENA, A Renewable Energy Roadmap, 2014a). A REmap tool was developed to facilitate a transparent and open framework to aggregate the national renewable energy plans and/or scenarios of 26 countries. Unlike the energy systems models by IEA-ETSAP teams, however, the REmap tool does not account for trade–offs between renewable energy and energy efficiency activities, system planning issues like path dependency and investments in the grid infrastructure, competition for scarce resources– e.g. biomass–in the commodity prices, or dynamic cost developments as technologies get deployed over time. This chapter compares the REmap tool with the IEA–ETSAP models at two levels: the results and the insights. Based on the results comparison, it can be concluded that the REmap tool can be used as a way to explicitly engage national experts, to scope renewable energy options, and to compare results across countries. However, the ETSAP models provide detailed insights into the infrastructure requirements, competition between technologies and resources, and the role of energy efficiency needed for planning purposes. These insights are particularly relevant for countries with infrastructure constraints and/or ambitious renewable energy targets. As more and more countries are turning to renewables to secure their energy future, the REmap tool and the ETSAP models have complementary roles to play in engaging policy makers and national energy planners to advance renewables. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015.

Hamaya S.,Fujitsu Research Institute | Oya T.,Fujitsu Research Institute
Fujitsu Scientific and Technical Journal | Year: 2013

According to Ikujiro Nonaka, who is a professor emeritus at the Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy of Hitotsubashi University and a director of the Research Center for Practical Wisdom (RCPW) at Fujitsu Research Institute, "phronesis" or practical wisdom is a virtuous habit of making decisions and taking actions that serve the common good. It is a capability to find the "right answer" in a particular context. And those leaders who have such virtuous habit or capability are called "phronetic leaders." They are leaders who pursue the common good by striving to create social as well as economic value and who pair micromanagement with big-picture aspirations about the future. Phronetic leaders play critical roles in the process of knowledge creation and design-approach innovation. In this article, we summarize the basic idea of phronesis and phronetic leaders, and describe why phronetic leaders are important in society and organizations. And then, we explain our effort at RCPW to support and improve the capability of phronetic leaders and nurture phronetic leadership in Fujitsu.

Sakaguchi K.,Fujitsu Limited | Hirano T.,Fujitsu Limited | Hashimoto H.,Fujitsu Research Institute | Sato Y.,Fujitsu Research Institute | Harada H.,Fujitsu Limited
Fujitsu Scientific and Technical Journal | Year: 2013

In line with the Guide to the Creation of a Strategic Campus Master Plan advanced by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Fujitsu has drawn up an ideal shape for the Kyushu Institute of Technology envisioning its three campuses (Tobata, Iizuka, and Wakamatsu) 30 years into the future. In this effort, we adopted a Human-Centered Design (HCD) approach that emphasized values, ideas, and needs and derived an identity for Kyushu Institute of Technology through interviews and conversations with students, faculty, and other stakeholders. Furthermore, to incorporate future expectations of the university in the areas of community revitalization and the aging society, we conducted fieldwork, World Café sessions, and workshops with students, faculty, staff, and local residents and formulated a user-participation type of campus master plan that takes into account a new relationship between the university and community. This paper describes this process and our community design methodology.

Tamai H.,Fujitsu Limited | Yamada A.,Fujitsu Research Institute
Fujitsu Scientific and Technical Journal | Year: 2014

Major house builders had been playing the central role in developing smart houses as residences that offer safe, secure and affluent lives. However, since the Great East Japan Earthquake, power shortages have become a serious problem and more and more entities have been introducing home energy management systems (HEMS) as a way to be self-sufficient in terms of energy and save energy in the event of a disaster. Also, consumer electronics makers and housing equipment makers have been proceeding with the development of new appliances in order to realize energy saving, energy creation and energy storage solutions for the home. One research company predicts that the market size of Japanese smart houses will reach 4000 billion yen by 2020. This paper describes the solutions that can realize Fujitsu's Smart House services which connect homes with society and communities via information and communications technology (ICT), and also create services that increase residents' QOL.

Enami T.,Fujitsu Research Institute
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2013

The Japanese Government has set its sights on becoming number one in the world in ICT, as seen in the announcement of an e-Japan strategy by the IT strategy organization established in 2000. However, according to the United Nations E-Government Development Index, Japan's ranking has remained low despite its progress in information infrastructure. The reason for this is that the Japanese government did not integrate the code and standardize the data which are needed to use ICT across the whole country. The government introduced the national ID bill into the Diet last year, but the issue of Kanji characters, i.e., how to define the Japanese Kanji character set, remains unresolved because this issue, especially as it related to Kanji characters of names, includes a complex problem of interface between human and machine. I think the current proposed solution will not be successful because it ignores the issue of human interface. I insist that the Kanji character issue should be viewed from the perspective of human interface, and I propose a solution whereby the government should regulate by law the range of Kanji characters used by ICT, rather than increasing the number of Kanji character used. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Zhao W.,Fujitsu Research Institute
IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management | Year: 2016

Although there is no agreed-upon definition of service innovation, its impact on society and firms has been considered to be generally significant. To date, many researches have been conducted on service innovation or service-based strategies for firms, but relative to the many discussions on firm-layer service innovation, there are few on the relationship between service innovation and country-specific economic policy. © 2015 IEEE.

Maeda H.,Urban Design Center Kashiwa no ha | Kitazawa T.,University of Tokyo | Niwa Y.,Urban Design Center Kashiwa no ha | Tanaka H.,Urban Design Center Tamura | And 2 more authors.
AIJ Journal of Technology and Design | Year: 2010

Organization and place for partnership of local society and experts is called urban design center. Architecture and planning schools have its examples. This paper reports the first year of Urban Design Center Tamura (UDCT) to show how local government, local community and university collaborate to revitalize a small city.

Hamasaki H.,Fujitsu Research Institute
International Journal of Design and Nature and Ecodynamics | Year: 2015

This paper focuses on large-scale renewable electricity production and aims to identify key factors which affect renewable energy popularization, Japan's carbon emissions, energy independence, and system costs. Based on these factors, we will propose a new energy system for an alternative energy era, using a detailed subregional electricity technology model, the Japan Multi-regional Transmission (JMRT) model. Intermittency and geographical sensitivity are the two main factors that differentiate renewable electricity from conventional sources. Seasonal and diurnal variations in wind/solar electricity necessitate the use of backup capacity and storage. Furthermore, the most renewable source in Japan - Onshore wind has better potential in regions with low electricity demand. This makes integrating the more or less isolated (10) grids of Japan a very important issue. The JMRT model employs 1 km2 grid GIS information on wind speeds, distances from the nearest road and from electricity grid for a very detailed description of wind potential. This project uses a systems analysis approach, which is the dissection of a system into its component pieces to study how those pieces interact and work together. © 2015 WIT Press.

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