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Towards climate neutrality within 2050: Italy-Japan approaches to electrochemical energy storage (Webinar)

The recent announcement of Prime Minister Suga of the new Japan engagement towards decarbonisation has opened an intense discussion within the country about how to achieve this strategic goal and its economic viability. The increase of the use of renewable energy in the energy mix is key for a smooth transition to a zero-carbon future. Due to the intermittent nature of renewables, storage is needed to balance the energy demand. Mobility decarbonization involves the use of electric vehicles powered by batteries. Aim of this event, held under the framework of the Italian Research Day in Japan 2021, is to illustrate the current status of electrochemical energy storage deployment in Italy and Japan, with a special focus on batteries.


Venue: ONLINE (Zoom)

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Date: 27 April 2021, 16.00-18.00 Japan time (9.00-11.00) Italy time


[16.00-16.04] Welcome and Opening Remarks – H.E. Giorgio Starace (Ambassador of Italy to Japan)

[16.05-16.06] Introduction by the Moderator – Prof. Enrico Traversa (Scientific Attaché, Embassy of Italy in Japan)

[16.06-16.10] Opening Address – Min. Plen. Tosca Barucco (Italy COP 26 Envoy)

[16.10-16.20] METI Green Growth Strategy on Batteries – Mr. Eiji Uehara (Director, International Affairs Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)

[16.20-16.40] “Development of Next Generation Energy Storage Devices – All Solid State Battery” – Prof. Ryoji Kanno, Tokyo Institute of Technology

[16.40-17.00] “Battery challenges beyond lithium-ion batteries: from research to spinoff company” – Prof. Francesca Soavi, University of Bologna

[17.00-17.20] “Research and Development of Next Generation Batteries for the Future Energy System” – Dr. Yuri Nakayama, Murata Manufacturing Co.

[17.20-17.40] “The role battery storage solutions can play in accelerating a global decarbonization path” – Dr. Eliano Russo, Head of e-industries, Enel X.

[17.40-18.00] Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks