2019 Masao Horiba Awards

2019 Masao Horiba Awards

The Masao Horiba Award was created to encourage researchers and engineers in universities or public laboratories worldwide who are contributing to the field of science and technology through their research related to analysis and measurement. We are now inviting entries for the 16th Masao Horiba Award in 2019 under the theme of "Advanced analytical and measurement technologies for efficient control system to maximize the performance of electric power and batteries usage"

The demand of vehicle using electric power in the automotive industry provides unique challenges. Combustion engine designers have been consistently focused on the same factors for decades and need to change them. They must consider new ways to design systems in electrified vehicles that simultaneously meet energy consumption, emission and cost targets under a range of variables and conditions such as acceleration profile, battery charge/discharge management, engine speed and torque, thermal energy balance and so on.

Multiplying the number of calibration parameters creates added demands for the battery as it charges and discharges energy. Autonomous vehicles are another example of an innovation currently being tested by many manufacturers to generate more desirable, high-quality automobiles.

Electric power generation by renewable energy is gaining momentum. That includes solar and wind power, and the development of electric cars with exponentially enhanced energy efficiency. There is also a strong movement towards energy security. These trends are directed by tough national policies and social interests designed to cut CO2 emissions. Examples include fuel consumption regulations in Europe, policies to support the development and spread of electric cars in China, and technical developments for next-generation energy sources, such as the utilization of hydrogen to store renewable energy.

Renewable energy is also facing a critical stage due to factors outside of the operator’s control. At a power plant in Kyushu, Japan, where renewable energy accounts for 20 percent or more, there was an occasion the output of solar power generation was halted due to the disproportionate balance between supply and demand. Natural occurrences can also create havoc when anomalies occur, such as a recent earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan. Due to the damage in one plant, a chain reaction occurred with the connecting power plants, resulting in a widespread shut-down.

Renewable energy demands also change due seasonal temperature fluctuations, daytime and nighttime temperature variations, and the disparity of wind and sunlight, based on weather conditions. It’s becoming more urgent to control these fluctuations in response to these occurrences.

With the background described above, we are keen to support young researchers and engineers in academia who will lead the advancement of these technologies for the future society.

We look forward to learning as many promising ideas as possible in the 2019 Masao Horiba Awards.

Masayuki Adachi, Dr., Eng.
Chief of the Organizing Committee for 2019 Masao Horiba Awards
President & COO