Energy Optimizer Co., Ltd. has started joint research with Kyoto University on building a sustainable regional energy system using IoT. (2018/6/27)

Energy Optimizer Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director: Shusaku Tagawa; hereinafter referred to as Energy Optimizer) is a national university corporation, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Energy Science (Research Director: Graduate School of Energy Science, Associate Professor: We will begin joint research with Seiichi Ogata (Kyoto University) on regional energy system design that utilizes sustainable regional energy management systems.


Against the backdrop of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) adopted at the United Nations Summit in September 2015 and growing interest in global environmental and resource issues, renewable energies such as solar power generation, wind power generation, and biomass power generation are becoming more popular. , the global shift to EVs is accelerating. At the same time, in Japan, a series of electricity system reforms, including the complete liberalization of the electricity retail market, have created many new electricity sources with various backgrounds.

The rapid changes in the energy environment in recent years have not only revitalized Japan as a whole, but have also led to a shift from the traditional centralized energy system to a decentralized energy system. Distributed energy systems are expected to contribute to the SDGs by creating regional economic circulation and creating diverse and innovative business platforms due to their characteristics.

In particular, the electric power field has a high affinity with the latest information technologies such as cloud computing, AI, IoT, and blockchain, and is expected to revolutionize the conventional electric power system, including virtual power plants (VPP) and resource aggregation. This is highly anticipated and feasibility studies and demonstrations are being conducted. However, the reality is that there are still many challenges to the dissemination and commercialization of these technologies. In order to overcome these challenges, we have started a joint research project with Kyoto University.

Optimizer Group, based on the ICT technology and big data analysis know-how cultivated through many years of web marketing, has developed the ``Ene Partner Series,'' a cloud-based integrated energy management system that fully automates electricity retail operations ahead of the industry. The research and development was also selected as a new energy venture technology innovation project by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), obtained three related patents, and was released in June 2018.

In addition, the Ene Partner series is being developed to implement platform functions for resource aggregators with an eye toward distributed energy utilization, and our company, which sells and introduces the series, has been designated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as a member of the General Incorporated Association for Environmental Protection since this fiscal year. We have also been selected as a resource aggregator for the FY2018 Virtual Power Plant Construction Demonstration Project Subsidy Utilizing Consumer-side Energy Resources (VPP Aggregator Project), a demonstration project publicly solicited through the Co-Creation Initiative, and will conduct VPP demonstration projects. It has been decided.

Our company will collaborate with the Kyoto University Graduate School of Energy Science to analyze and research data and knowledge obtained through the series of development and demonstrations of the EnePartner series, a cloud-based integrated energy management system. Based on these research findings, we aim not only to demonstrate technology but also to realize social implementation that can create regional economic circulation and contribute to SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).

[Project members] (some)

Seiichi Ogata
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University
He assumed his current position after serving as a special assistant professor at the Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University.
Since 2016, he has also served as a faculty member at the ``Smart Energy Management Research Unit'', a newly established interdisciplinary research organization on energy management systems at Kyoto University.
Completed doctoral course at Ritsumeikan University Graduate School of Policy Science. Ph.D. (Policy Science). Specializes in public policy, environmental policy, and energy policy.
His major publications include “International Comparison of Renewable Energy Policies” (Kyoto University Academic Press, 2017), “Risks and Governance of Renewable Energy” (Minerva Shobo, 2015), and “Renewable Energy that Utilizes Local Resources” Business” (Kinzai Jiju Kenkyukai, 2014).

Yusuke Sumi
Optimizer Co., Ltd. Director Co-Founder
Energy Optimizer Co., Ltd. Planning and Management Manager
After graduating from university, he worked as a system engineer at the Komatsu Group, where he was involved in projects such as dealer reorganization and construction machinery operation management system KOMTRAX.In 2005, he participated in the establishment of Optimizer Co., Ltd., a web marketing support company based on the concept of "optimization." . Responsible for business planning and product development, developing numerous in-house solutions and launching businesses. In 2015, he led Optimizer Group's entry into the energy tech business, and also serves as a board member of strategic subsidiaries Power Optimizer and Energy Optimizer. Since 2016, he has been responsible for R&D and commercialization of the New Energy Venture Technology Innovation Project of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

■Energy Optimizer Co., Ltd.
Energy Optimizer Co., Ltd. was established as a strategic subsidiary of Optimizer Co., Ltd. to handle the energy business. We are an energy tech company that uses the cloud-based integrated energy management system "Ene Partner Series" to comprehensively support companies and local governments entering the electricity business after full liberalization, from startup to commercialization. As an "aggregation service provider", we plan to provide various solutions supporting resource aggregation, VPP, etc. to the retail electricity business, which is expected to create new added value in the future.

Company name: Energy Optimizer Co., Ltd.
Location: 4F Orient Akasaka Mortside Building, 1-1-7 Motoakasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Representative: Representative Director Shusaku Tagawa
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry registered retail electricity business registration number A-0212

■ Optimizer Co., Ltd.
A comprehensive marketing company celebrating its 14th year in business. We have a ``web customer attraction optimization business'' centered on the industry-specific performance-based advertising platform Medipartner, an ``energy optimization business'' that was born with the liberalization of electricity, and a wholesaler of overseas products such as biomass fuel in cooperation with the embassies of various countries. We are developing various businesses based on the concept of "optimization," including the "overseas distribution optimization business" that we are promoting.

Company name: Optimizer Co., Ltd.
Location: 1-1-7 Moto-Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo Orient Akasaka Motoside Building 2F
Representative: Representative Director Shusaku Tagawa
Business content: Web customer attraction optimization, energy optimization, overseas distribution optimization, information transmission optimization

■Kyoto University Graduate School of Energy Science
The Graduate School of Energy Science brings together a wide range of academic fields such as engineering, science, agriculture, economics, and law in order to overcome various issues related to energy and the environment. Established in 1996 with the philosophy of "We aim to establish the principles of energy science as an interdisciplinary field while incorporating various viewpoints, and develop human resources with an international perspective and advanced professional abilities who will contribute to the harmonious coexistence of the global society." was founded. In the more than 20 years since then, energy and environmental issues have taken on a variety of aspects. The large-scale earthquake disaster caused by the Tohoku Pacific Coast Earthquake of 2011 and the accompanying accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant made many people aware of the fragility of energy systems. Nowadays, there is a need to build new energy systems that are disaster-resistant and environmentally friendly. At the Graduate School of Energy Science, we aim to build an energy system that adapts to this kind of society, from research to develop basic technologies to support it, to research from social aspects such as economics, policy, and education to introduce it. While conducting cutting-edge research from an international perspective, we strive to cultivate human resources who will play a central role in this field in the future.