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Taiwan is currently lagging behind in the development of key materials for Green Energy Technology and the green energy materials technology, quality has not reached the desired standard as that with international level. The global market share of key green energy materials is only about 1%. As a result, China's lower/middle level green energy technology industry has long relied on raw materials imported from foreign countries, whereas, the mass production-based manufacturing is low, unprofitable that affects the development of China's terminal green energy technology application and obstructs the policy development of smart grid and green energy. Therefore, improving the "key material autonomy rate" is the current and future technical goal. 

Hierarchical Materials, as the name suggests, refers to materials that have multiple dimensions at the same time. This kind of thinking is a very important concept to push new materials to the application side. Throughout the development of traditional materials, whether it is metal, ceramics, or polymer materials, its evolution is nothing more than material development at a single scale - from the evolution of classical giant blocks to the modern nanoscale having their own special properties. However, the products that are truly marketable (or influential) often need to combine various properties at different scales to match each other to be competitive enough. The development of key green energy materials requires innovative research and development of “cross-dimensional/multifunctional green energy materials”. For example, in lithium ion batteries, the positive and negative electrode materials and the separator in the electrolyte have varying dimensions and well as functions. Due this complexity of these materials the importance of its application in green energy technology, research on these materials often needs to integrate with variety of research methods/thinkings at different scales, which is still rare in China.

 

【Key green energy materials autonomy】 

The creation of the "Hierarchical Green-Energy Materials (Hi-GEM) Research Center" is to break through the existing academic framework and develop novel cross-dimensional green energy materials by investing in materials research. In addition to the core technology research and development of the four major green energy materials, the serial integration of various industrial links and technologies is also unique to the center. The implementation includes (1) materials Genome assisted green energy material design, (2) high-safety rubber solid-state ion transport medium, (3) high-energy and high-power density electrode materials, (4) production capacity and energy storage/conversion active materials, and (5) industrial chain to achieve China's key green energy materials goal.

The center is located at the North East Chemical Power Storage (NECCES) hosted by Prof. Stanley Whittingham, one of the inventors of modern lithium batteries, which integrates domestic cross-schools, legal entities and Enterprises, such as production and research units. The center aims to develop technologies related to the novel cross-dimensional green energy materials, cultivate high-level green energy materials research and development talents, link China's green energy materials industry, and strengthen international green energy materials research and development cooperation, become an international academic reputation and domestic industry.

( https://science.energy.gov/bes/efrc/ & https://www.binghamton.edu/necces/ )

【Development of green energy materials research】

Hi-GEM is a research center focusing on the development and application of green energy materials, specifically integrating domestic materials, chemical, electrical, optoelectronic, physical, industrial design and other academic majors. Mainly based on the Department of Materials and the Department of Chemical Engineering of the National Cheng Kung University School of Technology, the Department of Physics and Optoelectronics of the School of Integration, the Department of Electrical Engineering of the School of Electricity and the Department of Electrical Engineering of the School of Planning and Design, and the Department of Industrial Design of the National Tainan University, National Taiwan University Materials Department, Yuanzhi University Chemical Materials Department, Tamkang University Physics Department, and National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center. The complete green energy material research and development team members have considerable R&D energy and resources in the development of green energy materials. It contains the core laboratory of dye-sensitized solar cells; the only two lithium battery test production lines in China's academic circles, including the large lithium battery laboratory set up by the fire prevention center, can be commissioned by the featured center members at any time, and the Nanda lithium battery R&D center. The 18650 full-battery and aluminum-clad battery assembly line; integrates the school's one-stage methanol recombination fuel cell system, through the establishment of the center to achieve resource exchange, integration and amplification.

Through the academic research, talent cultivation, international cooperation, environmental construction, competition, research and contribution, etc., we will establish domestic and foreign technologies, talents, industries and other resources as a platform for exchange, and promote the development of science and technology with Taiwan's priority and grounding. The international dominant position and influence of Taiwan's related science and technology fields further break through the technical dilemma of green energy key industries, and implement research results in people's livelihood and welfare, industrial technology and link to the international community, and exert influence. The center is expected to complement the "Key Green Energy Materials" puzzle that Green Energy Technology lacks, and form a green energy R&D settlement with distinctive features and international visibility in the south of Taiwan.

【Cultivate outstanding young leaders】

Hi-GEM was established for the Ministry of Education's Higher Education Intensive Planning and Science and Technology Department's forward-looking plan and support. With cross-disciplinary thinking, it has recruited outstanding scholars at home and abroad to serve as full-time researchers to develop key green energy materials, linking China's green energy inside and outside the school. The industry, research and research energy of the industry, middle and lower reaches, the physical center is located only from the Sharon Green Energy Science City, the South Campus of the Industrial Research Institute, the South Branch of the Academia Sinica, and many leading green energy leaders designated by the government. It will effectively cultivate high-level green energy materials R&D talents with international outlook and international mobility. The teaching will be guided by industrial issues, and the goal of “integration of teaching and research” will be achieved with graduate students participating in the industry-university cooperation plan. Funding and recommending outstanding doctoral and postdoctoral fellows to the top universities abroad to conduct cross-country cooperation research projects, hold international forums or workshops at the center, invite the world's top scholars to come to the center to teach short-term intensive courses, plan green energy materials industrial internship, encourage graduate students to cooperate with domestic and foreign cooperative enterprises for half a year to one year, link the green energy industry, guide the high-level R & D talents cultivated by the center to the cooperative enterprises, and exert their expertise. It is expected to move towards the autonomy of key green energy materials in China, and form a green energy research and development settlement with distinctive characteristics and international visibility in South Taiwan, in order to strengthen the national security foundation for Taiwan's energy diversification.

In addition, Hi-GEM's goal is to closely match the international trend of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SGD), such as Goal 7, in addition to the “Green Energy Technology” and “Circular Economy” programs that are highly compatible with China's 5+2 industry innovation program. Affordable and clean energy, target 8 industry, innovation, innovation and infrastructure, Decent work and economic growth, Target 11 sustainable cities (sustainable cities) and communities) and target 13 Climate Action, etc., expect to achieve reliable and sustainable green energy, in response to climate change, and build a resilient infrastructure to promote sustainable industrial development and productive industries. The type will enhance the national talent competitiveness and strengthen the partnership between the country and around the world.