On November 2022, 11, Saitama Agata Shinkin Bank, which has concluded an industry-academia collaboration agreement with Saitama Institute of Technology, and Saishin Collab Industry-Academia-Government General Incorporated Association visited Saitama Institute of Technology's research facilities to see the research seeds. .

 This visit was planned for the purpose of examining the possibility of applying Saitama Institute of Technology's research seeds to the agricultural needs of Saitama Prefecture, which boasts top-class production of many agricultural products in Japan.A total of 34 young employees from various parts of the prefecture participated from Saitama Shinkin Bank, a local financial institution.

 On the day of the event, starting with autonomous driving, which is known as advanced research for domestic universities, storage batteries for the use of renewable energy, joint research on recycling-oriented agriculture using biomass, and 2022 as a base for manufacturing in the DX era. We inspected the general experiment training building of the Department of Mechanical Engineering that opened.

 Regarding sustainable agriculture (recycling-based agriculture), Saitama Institute of Technology and Saitama Agata Shinkin Bank are working together with local companies in Fukaya City to compost and add value to cow dung. .Professor Teruhisa Hongo of the Department of Life and Environmental Chemistry explained the fermentation process of compost production, and Mr. Soto Shinozaki of Sekine Co., Ltd., which has biogas power generation facilities, explained the close relationship between biogas power generation and compost production at the same time. He explained how the residue from biogas power generation contributes to the added value of compost.

 In addition, Professor Taishi Watanabe, Director of the Autonomous Driving Technology Development Center, explained the current state of the development of autonomous driving technology and the results of participation in demonstration experiments all over the country, and explained the autonomous driving technology that is partly operated as a school bus at the university. I took a test drive on a driving bus.Regarding autonomous driving, the establishment of means of transportation for remote mountainous areas in the local area and its application in the agricultural field are issues to be examined in the future.

 Professor Hiroaki Matsuura of the Department of Life and Environmental Chemistry explained that, in principle, long-term use is possible without worrying about fires. The characteristics of the redox flow battery were explained.

 Finally, Specialist Shinsuke Nakajima and Assistant Chief Ryuji Mukai gave a tour of the General Experiment and Training Building of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, which began use in 2022.A wide range of equipment, from cutting-edge research to equipment currently used at manufacturing sites, can be used for a wide range of purposes, from academic research to support for local businesses.

 After the tour, the young staff actively asked many questions, and exchanged information with the researchers and teachers who were in charge of the explanations. There was a spectacle of actively trying to understand the content.

 Saitama Institute of Technology has been collaborating with the Saitama Shinkin Bank and Saishin Collabo Industry-Academia-Government by concluding an industry-academia collaboration agreement.It is highly expected that Saitama Agata Shinkin Bank will serve as a liaison and guide for local industries in terms of technology and finance through the visit to research seeds such as this time.

Reference: [Saitama Institute of Technology] Saitama Agata Shinkin Bank visits our university to strengthen industry-academia collaboration in the local area 

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Starting in April 2025, the Faculty of Engineering will be reorganized into three departments and 4 majors, including a new major, making it possible to study in a more contemporary way. In the "Ganbaru! Student Project" supported by the university, students can take the lead in group activities. In addition, we will collaborate with companies and local communities, such as test runs of self-driving buses.

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