“The Kawasaki INnovation Gateway SKYFRONT is the first important step in establishing the Tonomachi area of Kawasaki City as Asia’s Silicon Valley".
The area is the flagship science and technology innovation hub of Kawasaki City. KING SKYFRONT is a 40 hectare area located in the Tonomachi area of the Keihin Industrial Region that spans Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture and Tokyo International Airport (also often referred to as Haneda Airport). KING SKYFRONT was launched in 2013 as a base for scholars, industrialists and government administrators to work together to devise real life solutions to global issues in the life sciences and environment. Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT is a global innovation hub attracting the world’s leading corporations and laboratories in the areas of health, medicine, welfare and environment. Also designated as a special zone under the country’s new growth strategy, various privileges are offered to those operating at Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT.
Taking advantage of its exceptional access on land, sea and air, Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT is pursuing the goal of becoming the world’s highest-standard R&D hub. Specifically, methods to cure Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and spinal cord injury are being studied and developed, together with the development and manufacturing of innovative drugs and medical equipment, such as the design and production of state-of-the-art medical robots.
These actions are progressing steadily at Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT, in order to overcome issues faced by the modern world to create a healthy society, while promoting sustainable growth of the global economy. Internationally speaking, Japan is one of the few countries in the world that lead the movement to create new drugs. Together with the U.S. and Europe, Japan possesses all elements required to nurture knowledge-intensive industries, and the country demonstrates leadership over other Asian countries in this area. Furthermore, Japan has a rapidly aging population and a declining birth-rate, faster than many other countries. As such, products and services that respond to the medical and consumer needs of the elderly society are expected to create many new business opportunities.
Concentration of Expertise In addition, Kawasaki City’s action of matching personnel, technology and industrial platforms in eco-tech areas is likely to bring birth to many more new products, service and technologies at Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT. The City looks forward to such movements to improve the global environment and incubate numerous large-scale business opportunities. New business opportunities for product and service development, as well as the need for advanced medical care are generated by the 37 million population of the greater Tokyo area where Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT is located. As of 2012, the area housed 4,933 corporations and 1,165 research institutions, as well as 35 universities and graduate schools with science and engineering departments, and 46,000 people employed in R&D work. All of this combined suggests the great potential of Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT to respond to constantly changing, advanced market needs. Since many leading corporations locate their headquarters in the greater Tokyo area, Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT’s geographical position also serves as an ideal front for the R&D facilities to work closely with their sales / business divisions.
The areas surrounding Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT are unique for accumulating numerous global corporations, joint venture businesses, new businesses, medium and small-sized businesses with advanced manufacturing skills, as well as petrochemical factories and raw material industries. Since manufacturing and R&D are ideally conducted in close proximity, Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT serves as an optimal location with a high global potential for bringing birth to new technologies.
Green As the nucleus of the Keihin Industrial Zone, Kawasaki supported the rapid economic growth era of the nation. The flip side of rapid industrialization, however, was the degradation of the environment, including air and water pollution on a massive scale. In order to overcome this problem, Kawasaki City jointly worked with corporations to recover clean air and water. Consequently, much knowledge and human resources in pollution control is now recognized in this coastal area. Taking advantage of this, Kawasaki City is currently focusing on the utilization of hydrogen energy as a prime technology in “green innovation.” Such action of the City is very timely and likely to become an advanced model, since the industrial area adjacent to Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT has a massive hydrogen demand, and the area serves home to numerous fuel cell-related corporations.
Location - Advantages Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT is the Tonomachi development area of Kawasaki City, situated on the opposite shore of Tama River. Facing the Haneda International Airport and covering an area of approximately 40 hectares, concentrated here are the world’s forerunner corporations and research institutes in the areas of health, medicine, welfare and environment. Here, industry, government and academia collaborate dynamically beyond various barriers and restrictions.
Halfway between Tokyo and Yokohama, the city of Kawasaki belongs to the greater Tokyo district: the largest political, social and economic hub of Japan. Kawasaki is a lively city, with excellent traffic access and a comfortable living environment. As such, Kawasaki’s population has been growing steadily over the past decade, marking the highest growth rate among the 20 government- designated cities of Japan, and exceeded 1.5 million in April 2017.
Located right in the heart of greater Tokyo, many important cities of Japan are within the 30 kilometer radius of Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT. Furthermore, Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT offers a logistical advantage by sea as it is in the center of Keihin Port. In addition, it is at the interchanges of numerous expressways that extend north to south, east and west.
Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT is also just 600 meters away from the Haneda International Airport, the hub of numerous flights to and from Asia and the world. Taking full advantage of this aerial gateway, as well as other available excellent transport infrastructure by sea, road and railway, day trips from Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT can be made throughout Japan and some Asian countries. This will be enabled further with the construction of a bridge that directly links the Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT with the Haneda International Airport, to be completed in 2020.
Furthermore, located at Haneda International Airport is the Tokyo International Air Cargo Terminal (TIACT), an exclusive facility for medical drugs (medical gateway), where drugs for clinical test purposes are preserved at the proper temperature, and are maintained under strict security control. This medical gateway also assists Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT’s corporations and research facilities by allowing swift and efficient transport of their drugs to any medical institution within or outside Japan. Furthermore, a direct link road will be completed by 2020, connecting Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT to Haneda International Airport, Japan’s main aerial gateway to the world. Close to Kawasaki KING SKYFRONT are numerous attractive natural settings and cultural facilities that can be reached within minutes.
For more information: www.king-skyfront.jp
At the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) 2019 PAL-V unveiled the distinctive features of the PAL-V Liberty Pioneer, world's first production model flying car. The 90-piece limited edition is based on the PAL-V Liberty which was unveiled last year at the GIMS. It will open the next chapter of mobility.
According to Dingemanse, CEO of PAL-V: "The Pioneer Edition is for those that want to be part of a unique group that writes history with us. They will be at the forefront of a mobility revolution, where we will no longer have cars that can only drive.They will be the first carflyers in their country, FlyDriving to any destination. Last year we already announced that we were going to start with a limited edition of the PAL-V Liberty. This year we show the special elements of this limited edition of which delivery starts in 2020," says Dingemanse.
Amongst other features, the PAL-V Liberty Pioneer Edition is equipped with a dual control cockpit and the Electronic Flight Instrument System. The full carbon package clearly distinguishes the Pioneer from the standard Liberty as well as a tailor-made interior and exclusive characteristic two tone colour scheme.
Developing a flying car takes a long time and a lot of persistence. It's a revolutionary development, especially as PAL-V developed a commercial vehicle that complies with existing regulations, very different from an interesting technical concept.
With the launch of the PAL-V Liberty Pioneer, PAL-V will open the next chapter of personal mobility. The Pioneer edition gives 90 people in the world the possibility to go above and beyond.
France’s ‘Silicon Valley’
Over the centuries, many Lyonnais have made their mark in the history of science, art and creation: the Lumière brothers (inventors of cinema), André Ampère (for his achievements in Physics), and Claude Bernard & Marcel Mérieux (in the field of medicine).
Lyon has always been a land of innovation and it continues to develop research centres and scientific clusters at the cutting edge of life sciences, green-tech and digital technology.
Because it is a dynamic city that embraces growth and innovation, Lyon rivals a number of major European cities: > Lyon has the 2nd highest number of patents filed in France. > Spending on R&D in the Rhône-Alpes region is comparable to that of Finland, Denmark, Madrid and Barcelona combined. > R&D: 5,6 billion euros is invested in the region annually (12% of the national total).
Moreover, 5 international clusters are located in Lyon:
Among other flagship projects, the Confluence district is one of the most ambitious plans to extend a city centre in Europe! Designed over 150 hectares, the Lyon-Confluence project will double the size of the city centre by 2025, while adhering to the climate plan.
1st smart city in France | 2nd digital cluster in France | 600 public and private laboratories
Both a business and residential district, LyonConfluence has already attracted a number of investors who are seduced by its location between the Saône and Rhône rivers, the multiple transport modes that serve the area and its proximity to the historic centre.
Lyon has also played a pioneering role in other innovations in the region, such as a city bike system to encourage citizens to adopt environmentally-friendly behaviour; Lyon’s Vélo'V, gave rise to the Parisian Vélib'. The soft modes tunnel to Croix-Rousse, which can be taken by pedestrians and cyclists, is another example. Moreover, a 24hr self-service car-sharing system is on the rise in Lyon foreshowing the transport modes of tomorrow’s city.
The Lyon Gerland Biodistrict
With 5,000 jobs in health and biotech, 30 public laboratories and over 2,750 researchers concentrated over one hundred hectares, the Lyon-Gerland Biodistrict was launched in 2014. This district is a hive of innovation that groups together higher education & research establishments, high level infrastructure, key industrial players and a growing number of SMEs specialised in human and animal health. At its head are world renowned companies: Sanofi, Mérial, Genzyme among others.
Lyon French Tech, France’s ‘Silicon Valley’
Lyon has been awarded the ‘Métropole French Tech’ label, thanks to an enterprising digital ecosystem (including some of France’s biggest players), an ambitious development strategy, motivated actors, operational programmes to serve the growth and visibility of start-ups, dedicated workspace and infrastructure to aid the development of these companies. This label is the result of a strong collective effort within this digital ecosystem and by all of its actors and it proves that Lyon creates the right conditions for start-ups to develop and expand internationally through support programmes, infrastructure and networking.
For more info: www.lyonfrenchtech.com
Modular micro-farms provide additional food production to meet global needs, and bring healthy produce to underserved areas.
GP Solutions a leading developer of automated micro-farms, announced its new systems can help meet the food production needs for the future. Earth's population is 7.68 billion, and is expected to grow to over 9 billion within 30 years.
According to a report from the University of Minnesota, "To feed those who are currently hungry - and the additional 2 billion-plus people who will live on the planet by 2050 - our best projections are that crop production will need to increase between 60 and 100 percent."
However, with scarcity of land and resources, this poses immense challenges. "Further expansion of agriculture is a poor solution to meeting future needs because we're using nearly all of the land that's suitable for agriculture already," the report emphasized.
"Relying on increased production will be an important solution, but not a sufficient one." Additionally, food isn't being grown near where it is needed. According to the United Nations, 815 million people in the world are under-nourished.
GrowPod is part of the solution.
GrowPods are modular, scalable, transportable, indoor "micro-farms" that grow high quality, pathogen-free foods using a fraction of resources required for conventional farming.
The system utilizes both hydroponics and soil-based platforms along with proprietary air and water filtration, to create the perfect environment for growing food virtually anywhere, in any season or climate. GrowPods can be installed in just hours, so as demand rises or shifts, it is easy to put additional pods into service.
GP Solutions: GP Solutions designs "GrowPods" – innovative indoor micro farms that provide optimum conditions for plant cultivation with total environmental control.
For more information: www.growpodsolutions.com
Energy 24/7 from non-visible Radiation
In its early stages solar power also developed quite slowly. Although first implemented in 1958 for space travel, the 70s saw the use of solar cells primarily in small-scale applications such as pocket calculators, and almost 20 years passed before an entire household could be supplied with electricity. The triumph of photovoltaic technology set in at the beginning of the 90s, and now solar power derived from the visible spectrum is all-pervasive.
Today the next stage in this evolutionary process is at hand: Neutrinovoltaic!
The Neutrino Energy Group is presently developing innovative high-tech materials on the basis of spiked carbon derivatives that can be used to convert a portion of the non-visible spectrum into electricity. Neutrinovoltaic can be compared to a solar cell that provides power even in total darkness, and it will soon be possible to supplement conventional photovoltaic with this new technology.
"We need to face the challenges of the future," urged Holger Thorsten Schubart, CEO of the Neutrino Energy Group. "Subjects such as energy production and environmental protection are more relevant today than ever before, and they require future-oriented thinking as well as innovative, longterm solutions. We need new technology that can help us to move away from the use of fossil fuel and thus free us from our dependence on the countries that possess these resources." Schubart then went on to point out the necessity of utilizing current scientific findings for the development of new approaches in the field of energy technology.
Schubart also criticized the way in which the general public is kept in the dark about the latest breakthroughs in neutrino research and emphasized their vast potential to solve our present problems. "It is incontrovertible that invisible radiation from space offers us more energy on a daily basis than all of the world's remaining fossil fuel reserves combined. This enormous energy source must be tapped. That has to be the focus of sensible research for the future," demanded Schubart.
Germany in Last Place: Important findings regarding neutrinos are already acknowledged by the United States and many other countries, but they have not yet reached the German scientific community. According to Schubart, Germany presently holds last place globally with respect to applied research. "It is, of course, exciting to know the origin of a single neutrino, or to be able to document neutrino activity in the eternal ice at the South Pole and to capture a particle every now and then, but one should never lose sight of the actual goal of the millions and millions being spent on this research, namely the acquisition of knowledge that can help us to create a better world," said Schubart. Citing the official standpoint of the United States Department of Energy, the CEO of the Neutrino Energy Group said: "Recent scientific findings have now put us in a position to be able to derive energy from invisible, high-energy cosmic and solar radiation using neutrinovoltaic technology."
At the beginning of 2015, the Neutrino Energy Group had already published its theory on the conversion of non-visible cosmic radiation into usable energy, and this was then indirectly corroborated by the research of the Nobel Prize laureates in Physics in 2015 who proved that neutrinos possess mass. Two years later, scientists from the University of Chicago were able to demonstrate that neutrinos are actually able to cause molecules to move, and this finding represents the very foundation of neutrinovoltaic technology.
Collision with extremely dense Matter: Similar to the process by which wind causes the blades of a windmill to spin, neutrinos can set molecules in motion. However, in order to do this, the neutrinos must strike an extremely dense material. As they penetrate this material, they give up a small portion of their kinetic energy. Enormous numbers of neutrinos bombard each point of our planet in an uninterrupted stream: 24 hours a day and thus even in total darkness. It is estimated that approximately 60 billion neutrinos pass through a square centimeter of the earth's surface each second.
Under normal conditions, neutrino activity cannot be perceived, because the materials which are to be found in nature are not dense enough to be affected by them on a regular basis. Some scientists speculate, however, that neutrinos do in fact influence or even cause certain biological processes, even though they presently remain unnoticed. Incontrovertible is the fact that neutrinos make up a massive amount of the energy of our universe. The challenge for future generations is to tap this energy by means of neutrinovoltaic technology.
In cooperation with highly specialized material researchers, the Neutrino Energy Group has succeeded in developing and patenting a material that is dense enough to be affected by neutrinos (Atomic Vibrations at Nano Materials). The cores of neutrinovoltaic cells will be made of precisely this substance.
Vertical and horizontal Impulses: In order to attain the required effect, several extremely thin layers of spiked graphene and silicon are applied to a suitable substrate. When neutrinos pass through these layers, they are not captured, but they do give the graphene vertical impulses, while the silicon particles are caused to move in a horizontal direction. When the layers are of an optimal thinness, these atomic vibrations create a resonance that is carried over to the substrate, and the resulting kinetic energy can be converted into electricity. The larger the area, the more power is produced, and even a simple calculation suffices to demonstrate that enough electricity can be produced to one day render power cables and electrical sockets things of the past.
One of the most promising Approaches: "We are presently in the 21st century: Space travel is a reality; surgeons operate using lasers; and we all have smartphones with touchscreens. But when it comes to energy production, we are, figuratively speaking, still standing in a phone booth that only takes coins and has a rotary dial," said Schubart. Former Austrian Undersecretary Gernot Spanninger called for more courage: "We need to create opportunities for innovation, not block them with an overemphasis on tradition and fear! In this context, the motto is: The necessity for a technological revolution in the field of energy production cannot be asserted clearly enough – or often enough." Spanninger sees the current Global Risk Report as a confirmation of the findings of latest Climate Change Conference in Katowice: "The greatest dangers at this time are climate change and the extreme weather conditions that result from it. Our climate and the wellbeing of future generations cannot tolerate further delay. It is time to put the latest scientific findings into practice! Neutrinovoltaic technology offers undreamed-of possibilities in the field of energy production. It is one of the most promising approaches in the worldwide development of energy technology."
Patent Number WO2016142056A1: Professor Günther Krause, a scientific partner of the Neutrino Energy Group, pointed out that in order to fully utilize the energy of cosmic radiation – neutrino radiation in particular – newer, firmer, harder, and at the same time more elastic composites must be developed, because they play a critical role in converting the kinetic energy arising from the collision of neutrinos with molecules into electricity.
In this context, Krause pointed to a patent submitted under the number WO2016142056A1 and stated that after the completion of extensive laboratory testing, practical solutions need to be developed that will make it possible to use the renewable and virtually unlimited electricity that can be gained from this technology. He also made it clear that these new approaches will require new methods and thought processes. According to Krause, the implementation of this environmentally friendly technology will ultimately lead to a revolution in the field of energy production and also to a stabilization of the global climate.
Professor Krause summarized: "Now that it has committed itself to a departure from nuclear energy and coal, the German government must concentrate on the opportunities presented by neutrino radiation as its main option for supplementing renewable energy resources."