Takashi Yabe

What are you most trying to accomplish in your work? 

Simply put, I want to see a world that is free from global warming and water shortage.

What do you think sets your work apart from the work of others in your field?

We are aiming for a complete energy cycle.  Others always lack something in the whole process.For example, solar energy must be stored or transported. It is not only the problem of solar energy conversion, but real useful systems.

What role has serendipity played in the turning points in your career? 

Serendipity has always played an important role. I have several achievements in different areas (highest neutron production in laser driven fusion,and a new numerical scheme which received more than 2000 citations and so on) that were catalyzed by serendipity.The magnesium renewable energy cycle will be my last work, but most significant work.

What have been the greatest challenges that you have encountered in your career?

Although we proposed ideas, nobody gave us the financial support. All the other groups, which were aiming at conventional technologies, were against my ideas and prevented me from getting a budget.

Do you believe leaders and innovators have certain qualities that they all share? If so, what?

We must at first start by denying common sense. Once we get some ideas we should not give any negative opinions and try it some day.

How would you most like to change the world through your work?

We will change all of human life. We need to not use fossil fuel and not emit CO2 gas. We need to use renewable energy from natural resources with magnesium. Fresh water can be produced without harming the environment.

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