Four students and a professor from the Center for Research in Industrial Design (CIDI) and the Postgraduate of the Faculty of Architecture, of the National University of Mexico (UNAM), will travel to Japan to present proposals that seek to stimulate the use of hydrogen to produce clean energy. Jonathan Rubén Uvera Suárez, Juan José Ramos Álvarez, Georgina Galván López and Alejandro Márquez Aguilar were selected to show their work at the University of Chiba, Japan. The professor is Julián Covarrubias Valdivia.
The proposals include the use of organic waste to generate hydrogen, the use of this element in the Mayan Train to reduce its environmental impacts, a device for using hydrogen in public transport instead of gasoline, and a safe station for tourism fueled with hydrogen.
Students are enrolled in the PULI (Post Urban Living Innovation) program, which promotes international development and work between Japanese and Latin American universities. The PULI, planned to develop over five years, began in 2016 and ends in March 2020. In the case of Mexico, it involves three institutions: the University of Chiba, from Japan; and the UNAM and Tecnológico de Monterrey from Mexico.
The theme is the execution of prospective proposals, which emerge from the design discipline, and seek to stimulate the use of hydrogen for the production of clean energy aimed at urban societies on stage 2030 in Japan and Mexico. One of the purposes of this project is to analyze and generate proposals for desirable prospective scenarios with a positive impact on urban societies of both nations, through a sustainable and equitable future.
“PULI is a resource that the Japanese government has to encourage its students to have international interaction. In that case they chose UNAM to review these initiatives in urban environments of the future. We are working towards 2030 for the application of hydrogen, a technology that allows a new sustainable fuel. Currently Japan and many Asian countries are betting on it,” said Julián Covarrubias Valdivia, professor of the Postgraduate in Industrial Design at the Faculty of Architecture.
He also explained that this type of studies from the industrial design allow us to visualize a very interesting future, in the case of Japan for energy independence, and in Mexico for a cleaner development in terms of the use of the remaining oil and a sustainable future. “Eventually Mexico’s oil is going to run out, and we need another option; a strategic and potential one is hydrogen,” he said.
This is an extremely positive moment for hydrogen and renewable energy, and the transition to a greener transport in Mexico. In this encouraging scenario for the country’s sustainable mobility, AltFuels Mexico 2020 will take place on 27-30 April 2020 at the World Trade Center of Mexico City. The event will consist of high-level conferences and exhibition led by national and international experts and companies who will share their experiences and knowledge with visitors and showcase the latest in clean fuel technologies. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.