Projects

TSCP (Tamagawa Solar Challenge Project)

TSCP was launched as an all-campus research project focusing on solar energy technologies. With "effective use of solar energy" as its basic theme, this project is expected not just to promote academic research, but to produce educational benefits for students at the elementary, junior and senior high school levels by providing educational materials on environmental and energy issues. The solar car created as a project centerpiece has participated with notable results in solar car races at home and abroad. In addition, a hybrid solar car built as part of the project, called the Apollondine, features a new system combining solar and fuel batteries. In 2003, this hybrid car drew media attention by covering 4,000 kilometers across the Australian continent. To produce the hydrogen used by this system through biotechnology, we recently initiated a new research program and have successfully performed a driving test using the biohydrogen produced. We are currently also working to develop a new type of four-wheel vehicle that runs on fuel cells.

TWP (Tamagawa Windmill Project)

Tamagawa gives high priority to energy studies aiming at "zero emission". One focus of the studies has been the efficient use of wind power. Tamagawa Windmill Project (TWP) gives students the opportunity to consider wind power as a form of energy, through competitions involving generation capacity and design of windmills. In the competition, large numbers of students from K-12 and the University respond each year to calls for various unique windmills. The project aims not only at energy development but also at educational effects to encourage more students to think about energy and the environment. There is a plan to incorporate the project into daily education and research activities, to stimulate the entire school think about energy.

TRCP (Tamagawa Robot Challenge Project)

By incorporating robot technology into Tamagawa education and exploring effective methods to stimulate students' interest towards science and achieving higher education, the University aims to contribute to society. There are two themes, of which one is to realize the implementation of activities supported by an active student participation in the Robot Competition, and the other which lies ahead, is to develop science and learning materials. The latter, that makes use of the University research assets for the primary and secondary schools, is by all means the more important goal as a project. Aiming to develop an education system that can develop human resources in future science and technology, this project will create a space for robotic activity. By this, the laboratory / University will have the opportunity to provide robotic research and development (R&D) assets to the relevant people. As a result, the staff who develop robot-related teaching methods at Tamagawa University will pursue greater challenges on campus.