On December 18th, Akira Yoshino, the Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, held a press conference in Osaka. He pointed out that at the time of the 2025 International Expo (Osaka / Kansai Expo), it is time to explain the environmental issues that have always been worrying. Regarding battery technology, he made a very important point: "If you integrate battery technology with artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), you can contribute to the environment."
In fact, as early as last year, Akira Yoshino made similar remarks to the media about the development of electric vehicles. He said that in the automotive industry, if only battery development and new car development are considered, it will be in compliance with the regulations. Understand the whole picture, maybe what will happen when combined with AI or IoT ... and artificial intelligence will undoubtedly become an important part of environmental problems.
At this press conference, Akira Yoshino said: "Although industrial development and environmental issues are contradictory, they are excellent business opportunities." He showed strong confidence in his country and said that people are looking forward to cheaper With the advent of products that are more convenient and can solve environmental problems, if this can be achieved in Japan, domestic technology will conquer the world.
On the same day, Akira Yoshino visited the Lithium-Ion Battery Material Evaluation and Research Center (LIBTEC) in Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture for the first time after winning the prize. It is reported that about 30 companies such as Panasonic and Murata have participated in LIBTEC and are committed to developing next-generation battery technologies such as all-solid-state batteries.
On the issue of developing next-generation batteries, Akira Yoshino believes that the battery itself and the environment surrounding the battery must be studied and considered, and that battery technology should be connected to the network through a form such as the Internet of Things.