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Friday, December 20, 2019, 11:00 - 12:00

Akira Yoshino, 2019 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Honorary Fellow of Asahi Kasei Corp,Professor at Meijo University's Graduate School of Science and Technology

(The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation)

"A Highly Charged Story: How Lithium-ion Batteries Can Potentially Curb Climate Change"

"We must create a society where electricity is generated by renewables in order to resolve the climate change problem." — Akira Yoshino, 2019 Nobel laureate in Chemistry.

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry rewarded the development of a small but revolutionary piece of technology: the lithium-ion battery. The lightweight, rechargeable and powerful battery is now used in everything from mobile phones to laptops and electric vehicles.

Akira Yoshino, an honorary fellow with Asahi Kasei Corp. and a professor at Meijo University in Nagoya, is one of the trio of scientists recognized by the Nobel Prize Committee for their work on lithium-ion batteries.
It was Yoshino who —based on the work of Stanley Whittingham and John Goodenough, the other two joint recipients of the Nobel Prize —created the world's first commercially viable lithium-ion battery in 1985.

In addition to its hard-wearing qualities, the lithium-ion battery can also store significant amounts of energy from solar and wind power, making possible a fossil fuel-free society.

Yoshino hopes his breakthrough technology will accelerate greater adoption of renewable energy sources for cleaner electricity generation and future technologies like electric vehicles, thus contributing to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Yoshino will come to FCCJ to offer his views on climate change and the future, soon after delivering his much-anticipated Nobel Prize lecture at a special awards ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10th.

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