Mr. Masanori Kobayashi
Director General, Smart Community and Energy System Dept., New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Joined NEDO in 2000. He has worked for 18 years for overseas demonstration projects on energy and environmental technologies and climate change countermeasures for the Japanese government, etc. From 2019 to 2021, he had been promoting technology development at all stages, from technology seeds search to practical development and demonstration projects related to effective utilization of industrial waste heat and decarbonization of heat. From February 2022, he has been in charge of various overseas demonstration projects; related to smart grids, utilization and aggregation of distributed energy resources (DER), promotion of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and its infrastructure, and also pilot studies of autonomous decentralized energy systems in rural areas with agriculture and fishing in Japan.