10th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems

September 27 - October 2, 2015, Dubrovnik, Croatia
SDEWES
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SPECIAL SESSIONS
SPECIAL SESSION: Smart Energy Europe - Challenges and opportunities for a fossil and nuclear free European continent
Session resume:
Tue / 29.09. @ 10:30
Tue / 29.09. @ 13:30
Tue / 29.09. @ 16:00
Wed / 30.09. @ 11:30
Thu / 01.10. @ 10:30
Fri / 02.10. @ 10:30

In this special session we invite researchers focusing on energy system analyses or feasibility studies that can bring Europe into a future without fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Previous research has shown how state-of-the-art knowledge from individual countries can be applied in the European context and ensure higher integration of renewable energy. In this session special we call for abstracts analyzing large-scale integration of renewable energy. Abstract should focus on a sectorial integration approach, i.e. a Smart Energy System design merging the electricity sector, the heating sector and the transport sector, enabling the use of infrastructures and energy storages across energy carriers.

Prof. Brian Vad Mathiesen
Aalborg University
Aalborg, Denmark
Brian Vad Mathiesen, Professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University, is one of the world’s leading researchers in renewable energy systems. He is listed in the Thomson Reuters 2015 and 2016 ISI Highly Cited researchers ranking him among the top 1% researchers in the world, Vice-Chair of the EU's Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for Energy (AGE) and member of the EU Commission expert group on electricity interconnection targets in the Energy Union. His research focuses large-scale integration of fluctuating resources (e.g. wind power), the design of 100% renewable energy systems as well as socio-economic consequences and public regulation within the societal shift to sustainable energy. Brian Vad Mathiesen has been one of the leading researchers behind the concepts of Smart Energy Systems and electrofuels. He is Head of the Sustainable Energy Planning Research group, Deputy Head of the 4DH Research Centre, Programme Director for and co-founder of the MSc in Sustainable Cities, and has been PI (Principal Investigator), work package leader and participant in more than 50 research projects, including the recent Heat Roadmap Europe project. In 2016, together with partners from e.g. DTU, he received prestigious ForskEl Prize for a research project on the use of electrolysis with renewable energy. His editorial activities include, being editorial board member of the Journal of Energy Storage (Elsevier), Associate Editor at Energy, Ecology and Environment (Springer) and Editor at International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management. He makes more than 25 keynote and public speeches in Denmark and internationally annually.
Dr. David Connolly
Aalborg University
Copenhagen, Denmark
David Connolly, is currently working as an Associate Professor in International Energy Planning at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. His main areas of research are the design and assessment of 100% renewable energy systems, with a key focus on the integration of intermittent renewables (www.SmartEnergySystem.eu), district heating and cooling, electric vehicles, and the production of electrofuels for transport. Since 2012, he has led the Heat Roadmap Europe project (www.heatroadmap.eu), which is the first study to quantify both the potential for and impact of district heating and cooling at an EU level. He is currently leading similar activities at a national level in the STRATEGO project (www.stratego-project.eu). David graduated from Mechanical Engineering at the University of Limerick in 2007, receiving the University’s Gold Medal for the highest results of that graduating year. He then went on to complete a PhD in energy planning, also at the University of Limerick, during which he won the “Early Career Research Award” at the 2010 Globe Forum conference on sustainability. In 2011 he joined Aalborg University in Denmark as an Assistant Professor in Energy Planning. More information is available on his website: www.dconnolly.net.
Prof. Henrik Lund
Aalborg University
Aalborg, Denmark
Henrik Lund is professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University and Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier International journal Energy. (www.Henriklund.eu).
Author of the book: Renewable Energy Systems: (www.elsevierdirect.com)

Architect behind the Advanced Energy Systems Analysis Model EnergyPLAN: (www.EnergyPLAN.eu)

On the Thomson Reuters list of the most highly cited researches in the world http://highlycited.com/

Former head of department and head of several European and Danish research projects including the 4DH (Strategic Research Centre for 4th Generation District Heating Technologies and Systems) financed by the Danish Council for Strategic Research involving 32 university and industrial partners in Denmark, Sweden, Croatia and China. 2012-2017. www.4DH.dk, the Strategic Research Project CEESA (Coherent Energy and Environmental System Analysis, 2007-2011) www.CEESA.dk and the EU 6th framework program DESIRE (Dissemination Strategy on Electricity Balancing for Large Scale Integration of Renewable Energy). 2005-2007. www.project-desire.org
Prof. Neven Duić
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Neven Duic is a Professor in Energy Planning, Policy and Economics since 2001, at Power Engineering and Energy Management Chair, Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. He is member of International Scientific Committee of Dubrovnik Conference on Energy, Water and Environment Systems since 2003 and chair of its Local Organising Committee since 2007. He is co-Editor of Energy Conversion and Management, subject Editor of Energy, Editorial Board member of Applied Energy, member of regional editorial board of Thermal Science Journal and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems. His research covers areas of energy planning of energy systems with high penetration of renewables, sustainable communities, energy policy, energy economics, mitigation of climate change, energy efficiency and combustion engineering.
Prof. Poul Alberg Østergaard
Aalborg University
Aalborg, Denmark
Poul Alberg Østergaard is professor in energy planning at the Department of Development and Planning at Aalborg University, Denmark.
Poul Østergaard holds a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in energy planning – the latter with particular focus on integrated resource planning and the organisational structure of the energy sector.
He has conducted research and authored publications on energy planning since 1995 and has been project manager, work package leader or participants in a series of research projects mostly centred around large scale integration of renewable energy sources and the development of renewable energy scenarios.
He is the programme manager of the M.Sc. programme in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management at Aalborg University and has been involved in various other teaching and training activities notably energy systems analyses work-shops in Denmark, Nicaragua, Jordan and Malaysia.

He is also editor-in-chief of the Int Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management

Invited papers (35)
SPECIAL SESSION: Cogeneration and trigeneration systems for applications in buildings and industry: methodologies, current perspectives and challenges
Session resume:
Thu / 01.10. @ 13:30
Thu / 01.10. @ 16:00

Among the advanced technologies for rational use of energy, combined heat and power (CHP) production has been widely recognized as a most promising solution either for applications in industry and in buildings; due to the increased energy conversion efficiency compared to separate production systems, cogeneration and polygeneration plants can also concur to achieve several benefits, in terms of lower cost of energy supply, reduction of primary consumption and CO2 emissions saving. Although being absolutely mature from a technological point of view, combined production systems are still covering a moderate share of the currently installed capacity, both at European Union and at national levels, due to the presence of a number of obstacles or barriers to its spread, especially in the building sector. Today, under the recently harmonized legislative framework descending from Directive 2004/8/EC and after the implementation of support mechanisms (i.e. dispatch priority, white and green certificates, etc.), margins exist for a mid-term growth of CHP market penetration. However, the financial and economic crisis makes the profitability of investments an even more stringent issue to secure their attractiveness; then, research efforts are needed to develop a comprehensive understanding of the complex relation between characteristics of energy users and of their load profiles, technological solutions to be implemented, design and operation strategies of cogeneration and polygeneration plants, in order to easily identify the potential of combined energy conversion units for each specific application and allow for a prediction of the economic, energetic and environmental results that could be achieved. This special session is intended to represent a platform to share innovative methodological approaches and data or results obtained by field installations; covered topics include: fossil fuels based cogeneration applications in industry and in buildings, cogeneration coupled with district heating, trigeneration of cooling, heating and power, assessment of CHP energy savings and emission reductions, optimization of design and operation strategies, legislative provisions to promote growth of cogeneration market, coordinated operation of cogeneration units as virtual power plants.

Prof. Antonio Piacentino
University of Palermo
Palermo, Italy
Antonio Piacentino is associate professor at Dpt. of Energy, ICT and Mathematical Models, University of Palermo. He currently teaches Energy Management and, in the past, has held graduation courses on Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer. He has served as a supervisor for two PhD thesis and for more than 60 Master’s and Bachelor’s theses.
His main research activities have been focused on cogeneration and trigeneration applications in buildings, thermoeconomic cost accounting and diagnosis of energy systems, energetic and exergetic analysis of thermal desalination systems, process integration and pinch analysis, with some research activities also regarding proton exchange membrane fuel cells.
Prof. Piacentino has been involved in two European projects concerning cogeneration and co-financed in the framework of EU SAVE programme, and in one Project of Research of National Interest on a similar topic financed by Italian Ministry of University. He is currently Head of a Research Line within a project financed in the framework of the National Operative Programme “Research and Competitiveness”.
He has authored or co-authored more than 80 papers, with more than 30 published on scientific and technical journals indexed by high-level databases. He serves as an associate editor for several scientific journals and as a reviewer for a number of journals in the fields of thermodynamics, heat transfer, energetics and desalination. Also, Prof. Piacentino is member of several national and international asociations, like the European Desalination Society, the Italian Union of Thermofluid dynamics and the Italian Association of “Fisica Tecnica”.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Electric Vehicles and their Integration into the Grid
Session resume:
Wed / 30.09. @ 11:30

Due to the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources (RES), the related energy systems need to include significant backup in terms of traditional energy sources or a significant electric storage capacity. This increases the cost of electrical energy and the overall energy system and hinders the RES proliferation. The growing presence of electric vehicles (EV) including plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) brings a substantial amount of distributed and fast-response battery storage capacity that is connected to the grid during long vehicle-parking intervals, thereby opening new opportunities for the RES integration. This relates to appropriate time-distributing EV-battery charging (so-called smart charging) aimed at the grid load levelling including absorption of excess production from the RES, as well as to the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies associated with bidirectional charging for grid regulation and spinning reserve purposes. However, the overall transport and energy system (TES) becomes more complex and it can be optimally managed only by way of a widespread involvement of information and communication technologies (ICT) in (i) TES modelling, simulation and optimisation processes; (ii) EV fleet modelling based on realistic EV energy management control strategies and naturalistic driving cycles; (iii) energy system strategic planning; and (iv) supporting services such as those related to smart charging.

The main objective of this special session is to provide a forum for disseminating and discussing recent research efforts in the propulsive area of integration of electrified transport into future greener energy systems.

Prof. Josko Deur
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Prof. Joško Deur (www.fsb.hr/acg/jdeur) received Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zagreb in 2000. In 2000, he spent a year with the Ford Research Laboratory in Dearborn as a postdoctoral scholar, where he was working on different aspects of automotive powertrain modelling and control. Subsequently, he has led numerous research projects supported by Ford Motor Company and Jaguar Cars and a number of domestic R&D projects including the Croatian Science Fondation-supported project "ICT-aided integration of Electric Vehicles into the Energy Systems with a high share of Renewable Energy Sources” (i-RESEV). He was coordinating research activities on a couple of work packages within the EU FP7 FET cooperation project "High Altitude Wind Energy". Prof. Deur was recognised domestically by an Annual National Science Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievements in 2006, and he received the Best paper awards at the XIX IAVSD Symposium held in Milan in 2005, 10th ICBGM meeting held in Genoa in 2012, and the 2013 and 2014 SDEWES conferences. His research interests include: modelling and control of vehicle mechatronic systems, electrical vehicles and their grid integration, optimal control, electrical energy storage systems, and servosystems. His research efforts in these fields have resulted in one research book and more than 35 journal papers and 90 conference papers.
Dr. Filipe Joel Soares
INESC-TEC
Porto, Portugal
Dr. Filipe Joel Soares received the Physics degree from the Faculty of Sciences and an Electrical Engineering (Renewable Energies) Postgrad from the Faculty of Engineering, both from Porto University, Portugal, in 2004 and 2007, respectively. He also received the Ph.D. degree in Sustainable Energy Systems, in the MIT|Portugal Program, from the Faculty of Engineering of Porto University in 2012. Currently he is a Senior Researcher in the Power Systems Unit of INESC Porto and his research activity is directed towards the integration of distributed energy resources (e.g. controllable household loads, electric vehicles, renewable energy sources and stationary storage) in smart grids, as well as to the development of advanced functionalities for their management and participation in electricity markets. In the referred areas, he has actively participated in several projects at the National level, such as: INOVGRID that was focused on the fields of smart metering and management of energy consumption, large scale integration of micro-generation systems in low voltage networks and smart-grids; GREEN ISLANDS – Power demand estimation and power system impacts resulting of fleet penetration of electric/plug-in vehicles, and REIVE – Smart Grids with Electric Vehicles; as well as in the following EU FP7/H2020 projects: MERGE – Mobile Energy Resources in Grids of Electricity, STABALID – STAtionary BAtteries LI-ion safe Deployment, SuSTAINABLE – Smart Distribution System OperaTion for MAximizing the INtegration of RenewABLE Generation; and AnyPLACE – Adaptable Platform for Active Services Exchange. He is author of more than 40 papers in international journals and conferences.
Dr. Dragan Šimić
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Vienna, Austria
Dr. Dragan Šimić received the Dipl. Ing. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Split, Split, Croatia, in 1999, and the Ph. D. degree from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, in 2007. He received the MBA degree in Automotive Industry from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 2013. Since 2002, he has been with the AIT-Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria. His research activities are focused on the longitudinal dynamics simulation of the conventional-, electric- and hybrid vehicles including the simulation of the auxiliaries. His research interests include: modelling, simulation, design, validation and realization of vehicle powertrain systems and auxiliaries (HVAC and cooling systems). He has actively participated in several projects at National and European levels, such as: “Klimamobil”, a project founded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) that was focused on the development and demonstration of two electric buses, “Hybrid Radlader”, a project founded by the FFG that was focused on the conceptualization of a hybrid-electric powertrain for a wheel loader etc. Since 2011, he has been Senior Scientist and Thematic Coordinator for the domain of vehicle and powertrain technologies. He is author of more than 70 papers in international journals and conferences.

Invited papers (6)
SPECIAL SESSION: Sustainability of Energy Production and Utilization in the Persian/Arabian Gulf
Session resume:
Mon / 28.09. @ 15:30

The Persian/Arabian Gulf region is a leading producer of oil and gas. Owing to the abundance and affordability of hydrocarbon energy sources, and rising economic activity and demographics, the energy consumption of Arab nations has soared over the past decade. Certain Gulf countries have reached among the highest carbon footprints per capita in the world. Increased energy consumption is contributed by both industrial and domestic users. The hydrocarbon industry itself is an energy-intensive sector, which consumes as much as 10% of its gross production to sustain its operations. Furthermore, the exploitation of aging and sour hydrocarbon reservoirs, and unconventional hydrocarbon resources are associated with increased production costs. Other energyintensive industries in the Gulf region include the cement, steel, electric power and fresh water production sector, with the latter essentially based on desalination. Domestic energy consumption is driven by high air conditioning loads and water consumption due to harsh climatic conditions, combined with subsidized utility prices. The region’s carbon footprint is also affected by a growing road and air transport sector.

In the above context, Gulf countries are turning their attention to more sustainable energy production and utilization strategies. The recent adoption of nuclear power by certain Gulf countries reflects new priorities, but the associated safety and environmental risks have prompted controversy. Recent initiatives towards more sustainable energy production and utilization include technological energy efficiency enhancements in electric power generation, water production and other industries, the integration of renewable energy technologies, and revised energy pricing policies. The introduction of such practices represents a major challenge in the region, given the history of affordable local energy prices, the lack of strict environmental regulations, the reliance on both licensed industrial process technologies and industrial equipment developed prior to the commercialization of waste energy recovery technologies.

Dr. Valerie Eveloy
Khalifa University of Science and Technology, The Petroleum Institute
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Valerie Eveloy is an Associate Professor in mechanical engineering at The Petroleum Institute University and Research Center, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (Dublin City University, Ireland) and a M.Sc. in physical engineering (National Institute of Applied Science, France). She has over twenty years academic and industrial experience in mechanical engineering. Prior to joining The Petroleum Institute, she was an assistant research scientist at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA; a research engineer at Nokia, Finland; and consulting engineer in electronics cooling. Her present research interests include sustainable and renewable energy technologies (including industrial waste energy utilization, solid oxide fuel cells, energy-efficiency enhancement of seawater desalination, combined cooling and power, synthetic gas, solar photovoltaics), computational fluid dynamics, atmospheric gaseous pollutant dispersion, polymeric composite heat exchangers, electronics thermal management, and engineering education. She has authored or co-authored over 100 refereed journal and conference publications and one book chapter, and co-edited four international energy conference proceedings. She recently organized at The Petroleum Institute two international workshops on carbon capture and storage, clean gas, and energy efficiency in the oil and gas sector including renewable integration. Dr. Eveloy is a member of several international conference program committees focused on energy technologies and electronics thermal management, and a member of ASME.

Invited papers (5)
SPECIAL SESSION: Impact of Rural and Urban Development on Local-to-Regional Freshwater Cycles
Session resume:
Tue / 29.09. @ 10:30

There is growing evidence that massive land use and land cover changes, like the ‘Green Revolution’, deforestation and increasing urbanisation have a significant impact on the exchange of water and energy between land and the atmosphere. Some of the observable changes include the amount and variability of precipitation, rainfall-runoff relationships, evapotranspiration, groundwater levels  and other boundary-layer states and fluxes. In addition, an accelerated expansion of urban landscapes in recent decades resulting from rapid urbanisation has altered the natural water cycle. These factors together with  projected climate change impacts on temperature and rainfall variability, make the prediction of the water cycle components more difficult and uncertain.  These changes create a challenge for those who undertake water resources assessment and planning. The aim in this session is to open a dialogue on the impact of urban and rural development on freshwater cycles at various scales, either observed or modelled, in different parts of the world. This dialogue will not be constrained to the purely physical aspects, but may also include the political, social and economic impacts as well.  Papers  on approaches and methodologies to assess observed or projected changes of the freshwater cycles in coming decades or century as a result of land use, land cover changes and urban expansion, and implications of the changes to water resources planning are also welcomed.

Prof. Hector Malano
The University of Melbourne
Univ of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Hector Malano is the Professor of Water Resources Management in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering of the University of Melbourne, Australia. Prof Malano obtained his M. S. and PhD degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Utah State University. Throughout his academic and research career he has maintained a keen interest in the management of water resources at catchment and river basin levels, with special emphasis on inter-disciplinary research coupling biophysical, economic and environmental disciplines to deal with the management of water resources under severe scarcity and competition. He has carried out extensive research on various aspects of water management in his own country, Australia, and has been involved in a number of research projects in Vietnam, China and India. More recently, he has focused his research on the adaptation of water resources management to climate change. He has published over 180 peer reviewed papers and books, and has been a Joint Editor of the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage.
Prof. Dongryeol Ryu
The University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia
Dongryeol Ryu is a senior lecturer in the Melbourne School of Engineering, the University of Melbourne. He is the leader of the Hydrology and Remote Sensing Group in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering and the UAV Research Unit in the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS). His research interests include innovative use of remotely sensed land surface features, water and vegetation parameters in hydrological modeling and land surface processes. More recently, he is leading various projects that utilise satellite observations of rainfall, soil moisture, and vegetation information with conventional ground motoring networks to calibrate and stochastically update hydrological models. In the past 5 years, Dr Ryu has published 48 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on the topics of remote sensing and hydrological data assimilation. He is a recipient of a NASA Earth System Science Fellowship and the University of California, Irvine Medal.
Dr. Meenakshi Arora
The University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Meenakshi Arora is a lecturer in Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne since 2011. She completed her Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India in 2006. Her research interests include water resource management, systems modeling, urban water cycle and its interactions with other domains of sustainability like energy and waste management and water quality modeling. Currently, she has organizing a 3-day conference on 'Practical Responses to Climate Change that forms part of Engineers Australia Convention 2014 to be held during 25-27 November in Melbourne, Australia. She is a recent recipient of 'Innovation in Engineering Award' from the Victorian State Government.
Prof. Brian Davidson
University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia
Brian Davidson is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Parkville. He is a resource economist who specialises in valuing water in catchments. Over the past 10 years he has been a part of 13 major projects involved with understanding and improving the applicability of Integrated Water Resource Management in catchments. This research has been conducted in a diverse set of regions in Australia, China, Vietnam and India and involves combining research from multiple disciplines, including hydrology, ecology, engineering, sociology, politics and economics.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Measuring sustainable development bottom-up and top-down – Theory and Practice
Session resume:
Thu / 01.10. @ 16:00
Fri / 02.10. @ 10:30

Since the nineteen seventies, science and society have been discussing the ecological, economic and social problems caused worldwide by industrialization, globalization and the energy system. Sustainable development is perceived as a strategy for coping with these problems. The Rio +20 conference in 2012 confirmed the sustainability concept and introduced the green economy and life cycle sustainable assessment as its implementation and operationalization strategy and tool [1, 2]. The global demand for sustainable development leads to a question posed by Amartya Sen: Who and what has to be sustained [3] in a green economy? The session will try to identify what results and information can be delivered by bottom-up and top-down sustainability measuring approaches to answer the question raised by Amartya Sen.

The session will be a forum for theoretical methods, models and practical examples for measuring sustainable development in the energy and water context. The session will present measuring methods from both top-down approaches with sustainability indicator systems and bottom-up approaches with life cycle sustainable assessment (LCSA) methods.

Dr. Holger Schlör
Forschungszentrum Jülich (Research Centre Jülich)
Jülich, Germany
Holger Schlör studied economics at the University of Heidelberg and went on to complete his PhD in Economics at the Free University in Berlin. His interest in economics and the idea of sustainable development has remained with him throughout his career. He has conducted research at several institutions and is currently working at Forschungszentrum Jülich in the Institute of Energy Research -- Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEF-STE). His research here focuses on the fields of sustainable development, economics and energy systems analysis.
He was member of the Scientific Committee for Social Sciences and Humanities of the Croatian Science Foundation. He was an invited speaker at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus Conference 2016 of the National Council for Science and the Environment in Washington.
He is a member of the “Sustainable Management” and “Sustainable Assessment” Committees of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and supporting member of the International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES Centre).

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SPECIAL SESSION: Industrial applications and IT tools for sustainable future
Session resume:
Fri / 02.10. @ 10:30

Nowadays the trend for the production processing industries led to the steady increase. There are a lot of by-products, wastes, energy consumed and raw materials. The special section “Industrial applications and IT tools for sustainable future” originated as a part of a comprehensive worldwide research, which is designed to develop ecologically sustainable, environmentally friendly, resource- and energy-saving industrial applications for the processing industries and IT tools which will help in sustainable development.

The session involves a new researches and innovations for the waste minimisation and utilisation in processing industries. One of the main goals is ecologically sustainable, environmentally friendly, resource and energy saving industrial applications. Mathematical models and computer-aided process engineering tools guarantee the efficient and sustainable operation of the production systems with key objectives the reduction of cost, waste and energy. The technological advancements are accommodated in an information system for easy access and utilisation. Expert systems assist the user to make a decision according to the needs and particular specifications. It would be potentially interesting for researchers who deal with industry, industrial staff and developers of IT applications and makes cooperation between them.

Dr. Stanislav Boldyryev
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Dr. sc. Stanislav Boldyryev, is an Energy Efficiency Expert at SDEWES Centre (The International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems) of UNIZAG FSB. He graduated National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” (Kharkiv, Ukraine) in 1999 and defended PhD thesis in 2008. His PhD study was in the field of Process Integration. He started to work at AO Sodruzhestvo-T Engineering Company where energy audit and process integration of 22 industrial sites were executed. He has worked with refinery, coke-to chemical, chemical, cement, sugar, food and other industries. Since 2000 he has been working on EU projects: SYNERGY, DEMACSYS, SHERHPA, ECOPHOS, CONNECT, INTHEAT, DISKNET, EFENIS, CARBEN etc. From 2004 he worked at National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” as an Assistant and Associate Professor. 102 publications have been delivered. During his teaching career he prepared 4 new curricula, 5 teaching guides and more than 30 BSC and MSc students in Ukraine and Croatia. He has more than 10 years experience in software development. From 2013 he worked at Chemical Bromine plant as Deputy General Director on Development. In 2014 he got a NEWFELPRO grant, which was financed by Marie Curie Fund and Croatian Government. In 2016 he was a guest editor of Special Issue of Thermal Science Journal. He is a Scientific Advisory Board Member of several International Conferences. In 2016 he founded System Integration Department at Rusenergoprojekt engineering company where he shares the knowledge and experience to industry. His research interests are Process Integration, Process Simulation, Heat Exchangers, Heat Exchangers Networks, Heat Recovery, Total Site Integration, Heat Pumps Integration.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
Session resume:
Tue / 29.09. @ 13:30
Tue / 29.09. @ 16:00

Reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and improving security of energy supply are the main drivers for development of new energy technologies. Hydrogen is widely recognised as a truly environmentally friendly energy carrier which does not contribute to global warming. Hydrogen can be made from a variety of primary energies. It is suitable for a wide range of mass market applications, including transport, portable and stationary uses. It can be used in decentralised systems and can even be CO2 free or lean, depending on its supply route. Hydrogen complements electric power as a second energy hub with much better storage capabilities, facilitating the integration of non‐dispatchable electric power into the energy market.
Fuel cells are widely acknowledged to be the primary application technology for hydrogen. Highly efficient, these intrinsically clean energy converters are adaptable to a wide range of energy‐consuming applications, including small portable devices, small and large combined heat and power, as well as road, rail, sea and air transport applications. Fuel flexible fuel‐cell systems, however, do not rely on a dedicated hydrogen infrastructure and thus offer commercial appliances in the near term – for certain applications, where hydrogen may not be suitable as a fuel, even in the long term.
By 2020 fuel cells and hydrogen will be demonstrated as one of the pillars of the future European energy and transportation systems, making a valid contribution to the transformation to a low carbon economy by 2050. This is one of the strategic objectives of the Europan Framework Programme for Research and Innovations, Horizon2020, where a budget of 1,4 billion € is allocated for ful cells and hydrogen, through a joint technology innitiative – Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Joint Undertaking.
This session will focus on recent developments on hydrogen production, storage and utilization, particularly on technological progess in fuel cell technology and its applications.

Dr. Ankica Đukić
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
Zagreb, Croatia
Ankica Đukić is Postdoctoral Research Assistant and Head of Power Engineering Laboratory, Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FMENA), University of Zagreb, Croatia. Within her Ph.D. thesis titled ' Hydrogen production via water electrolysis using solar energy and photovoltaic module' she has investigated hydrogen production technology without CO2 emission, experimentally and mathematically.
Ankica holds theoretical lectures and experimental work within courses of ‘New Technologies in Energetics’, ‘Laboratory Work’ and ‘Hydrogen and Fuel Cells’ at the FMENA. Her research interests include renewable energy sources - solar energy, and hydrogen economy, i.e. hydrogen technologies including hydrogen production, storage, distribution and utilization - fuel cells. She is a member of International Association of Hydrogen Energy. Ankica has authored and co-authored 13 papers on hydrogen, published in scientific journals and conference proceedings. She is also active in presentations of her researches at the Festival of Science organized by Zagreb Technical Museum in cooperation with British Embassy Zagreb.
As the young scientist Ankica is awarded for the scientific contribution in the field of technical sciences for the paper titled 'Hydrogen production using alkaline electrolyzer and photovoltaic (PV) module' published in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
Prof. Frano Barbir
University of Split, Faculty of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
Split, Croatia
Frano Barbir is Professor and Chair of Thermodynamics at Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Split, Croatia.
He has been actively involved in fuel cell technology R&D, engineering and applications since 1989, working in U.S. as a researcher and R&D manager in both industry (Energy Partners, Proton Energy Systems) and universities (University of Miami, University of Connecticut), and in Turkey as the Associate Director of Science and Technology at UNIDO – International Center for Hydrogen Energy Technologies.
His research interests include heat and mass transfer in PEM fuel cells, effects of operational conditions on fuel cell performance and durability, design of fuel cells and fuel cell stacks, fuel cell applications, and hydrogen energy concept and its role in energy future.
He has authored and/or co-authored more than 200 papers on hydrogen and fuel cells published in scientific and technical journals, books, encyclopedias, and conference proceedings, as well as 7 U.S. patents on various aspects fuel cell stack and system design and operation. His book, PEM Fuel Cells: Theory and Practice, published by Elsevier/Academic Press in 2005 (2nd edition came out in 2013), is being used as a textbook at many universities all over the world. He is the Emeritus Editor of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (after serving for 13 years as the Associate Editor), and he serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Hydrogen Energy.
Prof. Barbir holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in mechanical engineering and an M.Sc. degree in chemical engineering both from University of Zagreb, Croatia, and a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Biomass Energy as Way to Increase Sustainability of Regional Development
Session resume:
Thu / 01.10. @ 13:30

As renewable energy, biomass may help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, dependence on the energy imports, while in the same time it can improve the added value in rural areas and sustainability of regional development. But in order to obtain a sustainable balance many issues have to be put into perspective. It is well known that only waste biomass is sustainable, although even using too much waste biomass may be detrimental to forest and agricultural soil quality. Meanwhile, sometime it may be more sustainable to improve the economic efficiency of some agricultural or wood industry products by using even non-waste biomass in order to support prices. There is an excellent case of Brazilian co-production of sugar and bioethanol, but how to replicate it in other possible such products, as oils and biodiesel, corn/wheat and bioethanol, furniture and pellets, etc.? How to build biomass value chains so that the flexibility of co-production protects the producers income, instead of subsidies? Also, how to replicate Austrian case of supporting biomass value chains as additional income of rural population, while ensuring sustainable growth of forests? Which are the most sustainable biomass to energy conversions, from the environmental, economic and local development support point of view? Is it co-firing, cogeneration, district heating, or biomass to biofuels? Or a good mix of them all? How to make the optimal mix? What is the regional variation of such an optimal technology and value chain mix? What are the main country/regional characteristics (potential, infrastructure, climate, economic development, energy infrastructure etc.) which have the influence on optimal mix? Is it possible to make the general model for selection of optimal mix? This special session would like to enlighten some of all of this issues, with particular accent on Southeastern Europe.  

Prof. Michael Narodoslawsky
TU Graz
Graz, Austria
Prof. Michael Narodoslawsky is a professor at Graz University of Technology in Austria, at the Institute of Process and Particle Engineering. Author and co-author of many research and review papers, and since 2011 he is editor-in-chief of Energy, Sustainability and Society scientific journal. He is an active lecturer and invited speaker on conferences and events both at Graz University of Technology as foreign universities and institutes.
Prof. Neven Duić
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Neven Duic is a Professor in Energy Planning, Policy and Economics since 2001, at Power Engineering and Energy Management Chair, Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. He is member of International Scientific Committee of Dubrovnik Conference on Energy, Water and Environment Systems since 2003 and chair of its Local Organising Committee since 2007. He is co-Editor of Energy Conversion and Management, subject Editor of Energy, Editorial Board member of Applied Energy, member of regional editorial board of Thermal Science Journal and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems. His research covers areas of energy planning of energy systems with high penetration of renewables, sustainable communities, energy policy, energy economics, mitigation of climate change, energy efficiency and combustion engineering.
Prof. Dragoslava Stojiljkovic
University of Belgrade-Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Belgrade, Serbia
Dragoslava Stojiljković is a professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, where she has been working since 1989 and is acting as the Head of Fuel&Combustion Laboratory (FCL). The main portion of her Ph.D. research activities was carried out at the Energy and Fuels Department, University of Leeds, UK. Her main research areas addressed throughout the work carried out in the FCL include: fuels, combustion processes, renewable energy sources (biomass in particular) and environmental protection. She (co-)authored 2 monographs and over 90 bibliographic items. Additionally, she participated in bilateral scientific project co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as in international scientific EUREKA projects. She was a coordinator of several national scientific projects and a member of expert group appointed by the Serbian Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection. She was also one of the main experts engaged by the EU for several international projects (Serbian Biomass Action Plan, Roadmaps for the Use of Renewable Energy Sources – Facilities Based on Biomass Use for Electricity Production, Biomass Survey in Serbia, Biomass Consumption Survey for Energy Purposes in the Energy Community, National Renewable Energy Action Plan etc). She has established organized and continuous cooperation with numerous national and international research institutions. She is a member of several professional bodies and vice president of the Society of Thermal Engineers of Serbia. She was the editor of special editions of international scientific journal Thermal Science and is involved in organization of several international conferences (Power Plants, Energy Day - Serbia, Energy Industry and Environmental Protection in SEE).

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SPECIAL SESSION: Sustainable Campuses and Communities: Living Labs of Future Production and Consumption Systems
Session resume:
Thu / 01.10. @ 10:30
Fri / 02.10. @ 10:30

The transition towards future production and consumption systems that involve the more efficient usage of such resources as energy and water require the presence of innovative case studies. Within the multi-disciplinary approach of SDEWES conferences, this special session will focus on the role of sustainable campuses in spearheading the drive towards future production and consumption systems. As centres of educational and research excellence, campuses are further in a unique position to offer their built environment as “living labs” for the experimental application of measures to increase energy savings, boost renewable energy production, curb water usage, reduce waste generation, curtail CO2 emissions (scope 1, 2, and 3), divert commuters from energy intense modes of transport, improve campus site planning, and raise the share of local food procurement. From this perspective, campuses are a perfect match for the integrated planning of production and consumption systems, including but not limited to the usage of waste heat in extensive district heating networks for campus buildings, waste-to-energy schemes in transport, and the large-scale diffusion of renewable energy technology.

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) with 58 members spanning 23 countries from Australia and Singapore to India, Italy, Sweden, South Africa, Canada, and Ecuador is an initiative in which campuses from around the world have the opportunity to report on and take action for the betterment of their campus profile on energy, water, and environment related issues. Based on annual calculations for the sample of reporting ISCN members, the “average” campus spends about 9 MWh of energy per student per year, which includes the energy spending of energy intense research laboratories, and consumes about 28 m3 of water per student. About 0.04 tonnes of waste is recycled per student while about 0.05 tonnes is sent to the landfill. An average campus emits about 1.2 tonnes of direct (scope 1) and indirect (scope 2) CO2 emissions while commuting to and from the university (scope 3) adds another 0.5 tonnes per student, annually. This gives a total of about 1.9 tonnes of CO2 that is emitted per student per year. Among other aspects, campuses are also keeping track of their performance in reducing the single occupancy vehicle rate in commuting and increasing biodiversity.

Dr. Şiir KILKIŞ
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK)
Ankara, Turkey
Dr. Şiir KILKIŞ is alumna of KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Faculty of Civil and Architectural Engineering, and Georgetown University, where she graduated magna cum laude as the gold medalist in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. She is a member of the International Scientific Committee of the SDEWES Center. In her interdisciplinary research work, she developed and applied a SDEWES Index to benchmark cities, ranked international airports and airlines, analyzed sustainable campuses, and deployed a novel net-zero district concept for the pilot project of the Östra Sala backe district in Uppsala Municipality in Sweden. She also developed the Rational Exergy Management Model (REMM) to provide guidance to curb CO2 emissions in the built environments of the future. Her research foci include integrated energy system analysis and net-zero targets, exergy mapping, and benchmarking studies. She is Senior Researcher at the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) with specialization in transition management for sustainable development and sustainable urban systems. During her nine year work experience at TÜBİTAK, she contributed to national policies on science, technology and innovation, coordinated the Energy Efficiency Technology Roadmap, organized high level meetings, and served as a delegate to the UN. Dr. KILKIŞ also led R&D and innovation study visits on behalf of TÜBİTAK to Singapore, China, Brazil, and India. She is lecturer of the “Energy Economy” and “Energy Policy” courses within the Energy Engineering Graduate Program at Başkent University and “Sustainable Development” at the Middle East Technical University Earth System Science Graduate Program in Ankara, Turkey. She is actively involved in the International Energy Agency Annex 64 on “Optimised Performance of Energy Supply Systems with Exergy Principles.” Dr. KILKIŞ is the author of numerous SCI publications, a chapter on “Green Cities and Compound Metrics Using Exergy Analysis” in the Encyclopedia of Energy Engineering and Technology, and co-author of a book on Cogeneration with Renewable Energy Systems.

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SPECIAL SESSION: A review of developments in technologies that have had a direct measurable impact on sustainability
Session resume:
Thu / 01.10. @ 10:30

In this special session we invite researchers from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa focusing on advances in the ever broadening field of renewable and sustainable energy to submit review papers that demonstrate a real impact on sustainability with a resulting positive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and change in energy. The coverage includes energy resources (i.e. bioenergy, geothermal, hydrogen, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind), applications and services (i.e. buildings, industry and electricity, transport) and policy (i.e. economic aspects, environmental impact, emissions, political aspects, energy planning, social aspects, trends: past, present, future), environmental impact and sustainability and finally regional focused coverage of renewable energy. The state-of-the-art review must be insightful, novel and show future potential on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving energy efficiency and overall local, regional or global sustainability.

Dr. Aoife Foley
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, United Kingdom
Dr Aoife Foley is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of Engineers Ireland and Member of the IEEE. Prior to joining Queen’s University Belfast she worked in industry for more than 12 years and was a Lecturer and Environmental Protection Agency Climate Change Research Fellow (CCRP-09-FS-7-2) in University College Cork. Her publications are well cited (i.e. Scopus h-index 7 and Google scholar h-index of 10 with 541 citations). She is an Editor of Elsevier’s Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. Present research activities include building a fully combined British Electricity Tariff and Trading Agreement (BETTA) and Single Electricity Market (SEM) model (EPSRC, £55k), developing advanced electrical vehicle charging/discharging operating protocols under market constraints to support grid operation and integrate wind power effectively (EPSRC EP/L001063/1) and a desktop study to examine the potential for ‘Big Data Renewables’ (Invest Northern Ireland).
Prof. Natasa Markovska
Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Skopje, Macedonia
Natasa Markovska holds DSc degree from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Skopje, with thesis on solar energy technologies. At present she is a Senior Researcher and Professor at the Research Centre for Energy and Sustainable Development of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts (RCESD-MASA) and a member in the following international and national professional bodies: National Focal Point of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), International Scientific Committee of the Conferences on Sustainable Development of Energy Water and Environmental Systems (SDEWES Conferences), EC Steering Group of Human Resources and Mobility (SGHRM), and chairs the National Committee on Climate Change. She has been participating in numerous international and national projects related to climate change mitigation, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency, energy strategic planning, as well as mobility of researchers. In these fields, Dr. Markovska authored/co-authored 115 published contributions (22 SCI/CC publications). Since 2015 she is a member of the Editorial Board of the international journal Energy (Elsevier). She served as an editor of the Second National Communication under UNFCCC and as a guest editor of 6 special issues of international journals (3 of Energy) dedicated to SDEWES Conferences.
Dr. Beatrice Smyth
Queen’s University Belfast
Belfast, United Kingdom
Beatrice Smyth is a lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, and is a member of the Clean Energies Research Group. Beatrice holds a degree in civil engineering (BE, 2001) from University College Dublin and a master’s in sustainable energy from University College Cork (MEngSc, 2007). She also worked in consultancy for a number of years, mainly in geotechnical, environmental and energy engineering. From 2011 to 2013, she was employed as a Marie Curie research fellow under the FP-7 funded ATWARM project, and worked on carbon and energy management in Northern Ireland Water. Prior to this, she undertook a PhD in University College Cork (2011), which focused on the use of gas as a transport fuel, with particular emphasis on the use of grass to generate biomethane. Specific areas of research included energy and carbon life cycle analyses, as well as resource mapping and economic assessment.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Energy and Water Efficiency for Sustainable Future: Knowledge Development and Transfer
Session resume:
Tue / 29.09. @ 10:30
Tue / 29.09. @ 13:30
Thu / 01.10. @ 13:30

In September 2013 this session received a considerable attention, which resulted in a record number of invited lectures and participants, as well as authors invited to publish the extended manuscripts in dedicated Special Issues of journals with a high Impact Factor. The outcome of the 2014 conference (Mediterranean) has also been very positive – the session has been popular with presenters as well as very well attended – our records show more than 60 attendees.

Due to the high demand it has been decided to organise this session again in 2015. The main focus of the session is on research and demonstration in the field of energy and water efficiency for improving the sustainability in industrial and other activities. Due to the immense importance of knowledge dissemination and transfer, presentations are also invited in the field of knowledge management and especially knowledge transfer.

Dr. Petar Varbanov
Brno University of Technology
Brno, Czech Republic
Dr Varbanov worked for the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, where he still acts as a Consultant. After a spell in the industry in Bulgaria he got a scholarship at a prestigious British University – UMIST, Manchester. He got PhD in Process Integration from UMIST with distinction and won another prestigious EC Marie Curie grant for 2-year research at Technische Universität Berlin, followed by another EC grant for coming to the University of Pannonia - Hungary, where he is a Deputy Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification CPI2.

His experience covers energy saving, water and waste water minimization, optimization of energy supply networks, Systems Modelling, Process Synthesis and Process Operation. His research has been successfully implemented in collaboration with industrial partners: BP-Coryton, BP-Grangemouth, MOL Százhalombatta. Presently he has been contributing to 7 EC co-funded research projects. He has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a co-author of two books and several chapters in books. Dr Varbanov acts as a scientific secretary of the PRES series of conferences and editor of the related Special Issues in respected journals such as Applied Thermal Engineering, Journal of Cleaner Production, Cleaner Technologies and Environmental Policy, Theoretical Foundations of Chemical Engineering. Dr Varbanov is Subject Editor for ENERGY, for the topic of Energy Planning Tools.
Prof. Jiří Jaromír Klemeš
Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno
Brno, Czech Republic
Head of “Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL”, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno, Czech Republic and Emeritus Professor at “Centre for Process Systems Engineering and Sustainability”, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary.
Previously the Project Director, Senior Project Officer and Hon Reader at Department of Process Integration at UMIST, The University of Manchester and University of Edinburgh, UK. Founder and a long term Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification – CPI2, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. Awarded by the EC with Marie Curies Chair of Excellence (EXC). Track record of managing and coordinating 91 major EC, NATO and UK Know-How projects. Research funding attracted over 21 M€.
Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cleaner Production. The founder and President for 20 y of PRES (Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction) conferences. Chairperson of CAPE Working Party of EFCE, a member of WP on Process Intensification and of the EFCE Sustainability platform. He authored and co-authored nearly 400 papers, h-index reaching 42. A number of books published by Elsevier, Woodhead, McGraw-Hill; Ashgate Publishing Cambridge; Springer; WILEY-VCH; Taylor & Francis).
Several times Distinguished Visiting Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and University Technology Petronas, Malayisa; Xi’an Jiaotong University; South China University of Technology, Guangzhou and Tianjin University in China; University of Maribor, Slovenia; Brno University of Technology and the Russian Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow. Doctor Honoris Causa of Kharkiv National University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” in Ukraine, the University of Maribor in Slovenia, University POLITEHNICA Bucharest, Romania. “Honorary Doctor of Engineering Universiti Teknologi Malaysia”. Awarded with “Honorary Membership of Czech Society of Chemical Engineering", "European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) Life-Time Achievements Award" and "Pro Universitaire Pannonica" Gold Medal.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Nuclear energy for sustainable development: Impact on environment
Session resume:
Thu / 01.10. @ 16:00

Nuclear power is one of the main sources of electric energy in the world. For many economics, it is fundamental, as it represents a steady and abundant energy supply, which is one of the conditions of sustainable development. However, the nuclear power production as well as the whole nuclear fuel cycle is connected to many challenges, especially in the field of the nuclear power production safety and protection of the public and environment.

This special session involves the topic of the influence of nuclear power onto the environment, including the whole nuclear fuel cycle from the fuel preparation through its service period to the spent fuel reprocessing or disposal. The session covers following topics:

  • Uranium ore mining and milling: old and recent contamination of environment, decommission of affected areas – soils, water and sediment.
  • Electric power production in nuclear plants: Releases of radioactive and nonradioactive substances, climate affecting (temperature and humidity increase). Contamination of the environment under conditions of normal operation and during nuclear accidents.
  • Spent nuclear fuel management: Reprocessing, storage and disposal in repositories.
Dr. Eduard Hanslík
T.G.Masaryk Water Research Institute, p.r.i.
Prague 6, Czech Republic
EDUARD HANSLÍK, research scientist; born in Prague, Czech Republic, 1941
Education MSc in Engring., Technical University Prague, 1969, PhD, 1980
Certificate in international higher hydrology, Moscow State Lomonosov University, 1975. T.G. Masaryk Water Research Institute, scientist, 1969-1984
Head of Dpt. Radioecology, 1985-, Member of interdepartmental radon commission, Ministry of Environment, Prague, 1994-1999; chairman com. Radon and other natural radionuclides, 1994-2000; chairman national advisory board for radiological methods Czech Standardization Inst., Prague, 1996-; member com. Doctoral degrese Charles University, Prague, 1999-; leader research projects and studies; project leader environmental impact control NPP Temelín Power Co., 1999-.
Editor: (conference proceeding) Radionuclides and Ionizing Radiation in Water Management, 1978, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012; contbr. Articles to profesional journals and conferences; co-author Czech Standards for Determination of Radionuclides in Water, 1986-; Czech Government Council for Science and Research grantee project leader impact of nuclear devices on hydrosphere, 1989-1998, science grantee, Conference Radiological Method in Hydrosphere, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013.
Member: Society Water Pollution, International Union of Radioecology.
Ms. Eva Juranová
T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute
Prague 6, Czech Republic
Eva Juranová is a researcher at the T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute in Prague, Czech Republic. She studied water technology at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, where she got her M. S. degree. Currently she works towards her PhD. at the Charles University in Prague. Her research is focussed on radioecology, particularly on the areas of occurrence and behaviour of natural and artificial radionuclides in water environment and in technologies. She has been participating in various research projects related to the impact of the nuclear power plant operation on the hydrosphere under common and accidental conditions, monitoring of radioactive contamination caused by uranium ore mining and milling as well as radionuclides in drinking water treatment. She publishes her work in scientific journals and at international symposia.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Plastic Waste Recycling in the Light of the New EU Commission Recycling Target Proposal
Session resume:
Wed / 30.09. @ 11:30

The management of plastic waste has gained in importance over the last two decades. In the early 90ies of the 20th century countries like Austria and Germany introduced mandatory collection and recycling targets for packaging waste. While material recovery of paper & cardboard and glass waste became reality very quick, the start of plastic waste recycling was not that easy. Recovery of plastic waste was mainly realized by thermal utilization as solid recovered fuel (SRF) in cement kilns or even steel furnaces. There have been and there still are reasons for that:  

  • Inadequate collection systems for plastic waste
  • Lack of automated sorting equipment
  • Complex material composition – sometimes disabling high quality recycling
  • Absence of a well established market for recycled plastic
  • Industries need for fuels from waste

These framework-conditions led to the situation that plastic waste was predominantly used as waste fuel in spite of the European Waste Framework Directive stipulating a higher priority to recycling compared to energy recovery.

Dr. Arne M. Ragossnig
UTC Umwelttechnik und GeoConsulting ZT GmbH
Vienna, Austria
Since 2013 Arne M. Ragossnig is Managing Director of the Engineering and Consulting Company "UTC". He is lecturer at various Universities. Before that he was Vice Rector, Professor and Head of Research & Development at the Department of Energy and Environmental Management at the University of Applied Science Burgenland. As programme director he was responsible for the master degree programmes "Sustainable Energy Systems" and "Energy and Environmental Management". He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of various international conferences as well as Associate Editor of the scientific journal Waste Management & Research.
Previous affiliations include a position in industry at VA TECH WABAG as well as a position as Assistant Professor and Deputy Head of Institute at the University of Leoben, Austria.
Arne M. Ragossnig is author and co-author of more than 100 publications including more than 30 peer reviewed and invited publications.
Prof. Daniel Rolph Schneider
FSB, University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Daniel Rolph Schneider, Associate Professor, is Head of the Power Engineering and Energy Management Chair at Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. He was Assistant Minister in the Directorate for Environmental Management of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction of the Republic of Croatia where he worked on the problems of waste management. He was also head of the Renewable energy sources and energy efficiency programs and projects Department in the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of the Republic of Croatia. His fields of interest include energy conversion technologies, numerical simulations of combustion, thermal radiation and pollutant modeling, renewable energy and waste-to-energy systems, environmental protection and climate change. He is a member of the International Scientific Committee and the Scientific Advisory Board of the international Dubrovnik Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy Water and Environment Systems. He is a member of the managing board of the Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES Centre). He is also a member of the board of the Croatian section of the international Combustion Institute. He participated on dozen EU and nationally funded research projects. He was a guest editor on several special issues of scientific journals. He is author or co-author of 50 published papers.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Future of sustainability: From crisis to abundance?
Session resume:
Mon / 28.09. @ 18:00

The current crisis has endangered future sustainable development of human society, because simplistic solutions are often preferred to holistic approaches. This session will be devoted to brainstorming, modeling, analysis, measurement and assessment of activities that can change the outcome of the contemporary crises. Innovative ideas in energy, climate, demography, economy and governance are welcome. This session is organized in cooperation with the World Academy of Art & Science and the Club of Rome - European Research Centre and National Associations.

The session is planned as follows:

  • Theoretical approaches to crisis and sustainability with a focus on innovative ideas in energy, climate, demography, economy and governance, both on Earth and in space;
  • Technological possibilities and opportunities for a sustainable resolution of the crisis;
  • Societal and economic organising principles to transform the current crisis toward sustainable knowledge society.
Prof. Aleksander Zidanšek
Institute Jozef Stefan
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Aleksander Zidansek is Professor of Physics at University of Maribor, researcher at Jozef Stefan Institute, Director of International Center for Sustainable Development and Secretary General of the Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School. Dr. Zidansek holds Ph.D. in Physics and Master Degrees in Physics and Business Administration, with specialization in sustainable development management. Prof. Zidansek is active in both solid state experimental physics and in research of renewable energy. He has been involved in a number of national and international research and education projects in solid state physics, security and in sustainable development. He received a Fulbright Grant for research at Montana State University with Prof. V. H. Schmidt in 1995/1996. He became associate member of tt30 in 2001, associate member of the Club of Rome in 2005 (www.clubofrome.org), and fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science in 2012.
Prof. Ivo Šlaus
Rudjer Boskovic Institute
Zagreb, Croatia
Ivo Šlaus is Professor of Physics, researcher at R. Bošković Institute and Dean of the University College for International Affairs and Diplomacy, Zagreb. He is also Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (since 1977) and foreign secretary (1992-1997), Founding Fellow Academia Europaea (since 1988) and former chairman Physics Section (1990-1994), Fellow World Academy of Art and Science (since 1994), from 2005 chairman of WAAS South East European Division (SEED), from 2005 member of The Board of Trustees, fromk Dec 2011 president of World Academy, initiator and President of the international journal Cadmus launched at the occasion of 50th anniversary of WAAS in 2010, member of The Club of Rome (since 1989), member of the International Advisory Council of The Club of Rome (since 2007), member Pugwash Council (since 2002), member of the European Leadership Network (ELN), and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for the International Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) since 2002.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Smart Cities
Session resume:
Thu / 01.10. @ 10:30

Changing energy supplies towards 100% renewable power resources is no longer a question of whether it is possible or not to achieve the aim. But the question is how to reach the aim to an affordable cost and how to reach the aim to obtain a reliable energy system.

This special session will deal with the necessities for balancing fluctuating renewable resources and by which means this can be done. The alternatives are compared to each other and the conclusion drawn will lead to the hypothesis that cities with their already existing energy infrastructure have the prerequisites to fulfil the demands on a least cost basis.

Prof. Ingo Stadler
TH Köln
Cologne, Germany
Dr. Stadler is managing director of the Cologne Institute for Renewable Energy CIRE of TH Köln. Within in the institute he covers the areas of renewable energies and energy economics. Dr. Stadler is working since many years with the topic of electricity supply systems with high fractions of renewable energies. Among others he investigates demand response activities and non-electric energy storage devices in order to decouple electricity generation and consumption.
Dr. Hans Schnitzer
City Lab Graz
Graz, Austria
Study of Process Engineering at the Graz University of Technology. 1971 Research Assistant at the Institute for Chemical Engineering Fundamentals with Prof. Dr. Franz Moser. 1974 to 1976 Research Assistant with Prof. Dr. Otto Wolfbauer (Biochemical Engineering); main research area: modelling of biological waste water treatment plants. From 1977 on Assisting Professor at the Institute for Process Technology; main research area: industrial energy systems (renewable energy, absorption heat pumps and transformers); since 1989 Associate Professor; main research area: cleaner production and sustainability. 1992 Foundation of a private research company Stoff-Energie-Umwelt (STENUM) (Research Company for Materials-Energy-Environment). Guest Professor for Environmental Engineering at the Universities of Linz and Leoben (Austria), 1998 - 2010 Head of the Institute for Sustainable Techniques and Systems at JOANNEUM RESEARCH. Since 2003: vice head of the Institute for Process Engineering at the Graz University of Technology. Since 2005: guest professor at the Ho Chi Minh University in Saigon, Vietnam; 2006 visiting professor at the University in Siena, Italy; 2008 visiting professor at the University Parthenope, Naples, Italy
Research Activities:
Main research activities at present lay in the field of Cleaner Production in all its aspects as environmental management, technologies, process assessment, production logistics, energy concepts and the utilization of renewable resources for materials and energy in industrial processes. In cooperation with companies, systematic innovation towards sustainability; training materials, trainings and company coaching

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SPECIAL SESSION: Sustainable Combustion Technologies
Session resume:
Mon / 28.09. @ 15:30
Tue / 29.09. @ 13:30
Tue / 29.09. @ 16:00

The dependence of the world’s energy production on fossil fuels and related environmental pollution remain among the greatest challenges today. The combustion of fossil fuels releases large quantities of pollutant and CO2 emissions into the environment, which are the largest drivers of climate change. The latest report from the scientific panel on anthropogenic global warming indicates that remarkable and joint global action is required to reduce these emissions, and the longer we wait to address this issue, the more difficult, technologically challenging and expensive will become. The need to burn more efficiently and cleanly remains a great challenge and huge responsibility for the international combustion community and therefore the main objective of this special session is to bring together the scientists, researchers, and experts to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of combustion science and sustainable combustion technologies: fundamental physical and chemical aspects of traditional and novel fuel sources; reaction kinetics, combustion emissions, pollutants, soot and particulates; IC engine combustion; gas turbine combustion; furnace combustion; coal, biomass, biofuel and waste combustion, multiphase flows and sprays; particle technology, gasification and pyrolysis; new combustion technologies. 

Prof. Milan Vujanović
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Milan Vujanović is a researcher and Teamleader of CFD Combustion Research Group of the Power Engineering and Energy Management Chair at Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb.
Dr. Vujanović holds PhD in “numerical modelling of multiphase flow in combustion of fuels”. His research is in the areas of modelling and simulation of turbulent combustion, pollution formation, multiphase flows and sprays, and also in the areas of sustainable energy, environmental protection and climate change. He holds lecturers within courses “Combustion and Radiation Modelling”, and “Numerical Methods in Continuum Mechanics”. He has over 40 publications in Scientific Journals, Books and International Conferences Proceedings to his credit.
Dr. Vujanović is a consultant to many industries and to several public authorities. He is a member of the Combustion Institute, member of the European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, and member of the Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems.

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