Design Platform for the Penetration of Sustainable Technologies

Research Project , Research Report 2003

Steven KRAINES Fukan Environmental Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Associate Professor(Previous Affiliation: Department of Chemical System Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Assistant Professor)
Michihisa KOYAMA Department of Applied Chemistry, Tohoku University(Previous Affiliation: Department of Chemical System Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Post-Doctoral Fellow)
Yasuhiro FUKUSHIMA Department of Environmental Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, Assistant Professor(Previous Affiliation: Department of Chemical System Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Research Associate)
Yasuhiko TAMURA The Institute of Structured Knowledge Yielding, President(Previous Affiliation: Department of Chemical System Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Research Associate)(Research Partners)
Erik AHLGREN Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Energy Technology, Professor

Abstract

For realization of a sustainable global society, new technologies that are currently still unproved must penetrate successfully into the social infrastructure. Generally, when new technologies are introduced to a particular region, they complete and displace existing technologies, resulting in large-scale changes to production facilities, infrastructure, material transportation, societal standards, and other aspects of the region’s industrial ecology. Rapid and “non-regret” introduction of new technologies requires consideration of the life cycle impacts of the system that is to use the new technology and the process for manufacturing the system from the research and development stage, in addition to consideration of the particular region characteristics. Furthermore, “trouble” or “failure” mechanisms that might occur at the manufacturing, operation, implementation, and dismantling stages must be considered. Development of a design support system for assessing design alternatives and failure prevention measures during the process of developing the new technology could help answer these issues. Using the budding energy technology “Solid Oxide Fuel Cell” as a concrete example of a new technology, we have studied the feasibility and potential effectiveness of a model-based technology design platform to support design of systems that could successfully penetrate into existing industrial ecologies.

Keywords:

Technology introduction, Scenario analysis, Solid Oxide Fuel Cell, Model Integration, Computational Modeling