"Then I say the Earth belongs to each generation during its course, fully and in its right no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its existence"

Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789
"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives"

Abba Eban
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987
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SPECIAL SESSIONS
SPECIAL SESSION: Smart Islands - living labs for 100% renewable and sustainable communities
Session resume:

As defined by Smart Islands declaration signed on 28th March 2017 in Brussels: A Smart Island is  an insular territory that embarks on a climate resilient pathway, combining climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, in order to create sustainable local economic development and a high quality of life for the local population by implementing smart and integrated solutions to the management of infrastructures, natural resources and the environment as a whole, supported by the use of ICT, all while promoting the use of innovative and socially inclusive governance and financing schemes.

The goal of special session is to attract papers and presentations that will show the most recent methods, tools and analysis of various planned and implemented projects on development of smart islands. That includes smart energy systems, transport, circular economy, multi-level governance, smart tourism, ICT and others. The presented solutions could also be transferred to different locations such as cities and towns, rural and mountainous areas and even to the urban centres such as smart cites and districts.

Prof. Goran Krajačić
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Goran Krajacic, Ph.D., (http://powerlab.fsb.hr/gkrajacic/) received Ph.D Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zagreb in 2012. Since 2004 he has been working as researcher at Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. In 2007 he spent 6 months as a guest researcher in the Research Group on Energy and Sustainable Development, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal where he investigated application of small decentralized power generation and energy storages.
From 2004 to 2007 he worked on the FP-6 project ADEG - “Advanced Decentralised Energy Generation Systems in Western Balkans”. The most of his work on the ADEG project was connected to development of H2RES computer program for energy planning. From 2007 to 2010 he was involved in the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) project STORIES – “Addressing barriers to storage technologies for increasing the penetration of intermittent energy sources”. He also helped preparation and implementation of the FP-6 project WEB-MOB, five IEE projects (GERONIMO, STORIES, SMART, BIOSIRE, FLICK THE SWITCH), two FP-7 projects JoRIEW and DISKNET and 4DH project coordinated by AAU. In 2011 he helped the team of Prof. Joško Deur in the successful preparation of HRZZ project ICT-aided integration of Electric Vehicles into the Energy Systems with a high share of Renewable Energy Sources.
Since 2007 he has been working on the national scientific project: Smart Energy Storage for Sustainable Development of Energy Systems, financed by Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of Republic of Croatia. Results of his work have been published in 14 papers in CC/SCI database and have been cited more than 100 times. He reviews papers for Energy Policy and Applied Energy. He participates in teaching the courses Introduction to Energy Management and Energy Planning.
Mr. Savvas Vlachos
Cyprus Energy Agency
Nicosia, Cyprus
Mr. Savvas Vlachos was born in 1983 in Nicosia, Cyprus. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Cyprus, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as a Master of Engineering. He was working as an Energy Expert for the Cyprus Energy Agency from January 2009 until the September 2017 when he has been promoted to the position of director of the organization. His scope of work covers areas within the framework of renewable energy, energy savings, and sustainable transport and urban mobility. He has been involved in development of studies, audits, certifications of energy efficiency in buildings and Sustainable Energy Action Plans for local authorities. His work encompasses providing consulting services on renewable energy source technologies and energy efficiency techniques. He is a certified trainer by the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus with an extensive training experience in the field of photovoltaic systems, energy efficiency buildings, feasibility studies, environmental policies and buildings energy performance certification. Since January 2017, he is a Local Manager of the Programme Pioneers into Practice in Cyprus which is funded by the Climate - KIC and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. He has been involved in many European co-funded projects as a project manager. The most significant ongoing projects: COMEPTENCE4SECAP (HORIZON2020) engaging 32 local authorities to upgrade their Sustainable Energy Action Plans into Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans, VIOLET (INTERREG EUROPE) improvement of regional public body to enhance energy efficiency in traditional buildings, LOCAL4GREENS (INTERREG MED) supporting local authorities in defining and implementing innovative local fiscal policies, intendent to promote renewable energy sources, ENERJ ((INTERREG MED) solving the challenges of implementation and monitoring of energy efficiency measures, project plans and policies at local level in Mediterranean , PRIMSI (INTERREG MED) tackling the key challenges of energy transition on Mediterranean islands, ENERFUND (HORIZON2020) tool for rating and scoring deep renovation opportunities, GreenS (HORIZON2020) strengthening capacity of public authorities to successfully apply GPP. The most significant previous projects: MED -ALGAE (EU, ENPI CBCMED, Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme), ELHIMED (ERDF, MED), SERPENTE (INTERREG IVC), SEAP-PLUS (IEE), SMILEGOV (EC, IEE), MEDEEA (ERDF, MED), ENERSCAPES (ERDF, MED).

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SPECIAL SESSION: Energy, Water and Resource Efficiency for Sustainable Future: Knowledge Development and Transfer
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This session provides a platform for development of modern technologies for energy and water efficiency and for exchanging ideas in the field, supplemented by key contributions geared towards more efficient knowledge management. They include, beside the others, the Process Integration and optimisation methodologies and their application to improving the energy and water efficiency of mainly industrial but also nonindustrial users. An additional aim is to evaluate how these methodologies can be adapted to include the integration of waste and renewable energy sources for energy conversion and water supply/purification. The session is outlining the field of energy and water efficiency, including its scope, actors, and main features. The deals with energy and water saving techniques. An increasingly prominent issue is assessing and minimizing emissions and the the environmental footprints: carbon and water footprints. The carbon footprint (CFP) is defined by the U.K. Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology as the total amount of CO2 and the other greenhouse gases emitted over the full life cycle of a process or product. IN a similar way the water footprint embodies the various water quantities used for the manufacturing and delivery of a product. For energy supply, there have been numerous studies that emphasize the “carbon neutrality” of renewable sources of energy. However, even renewable energy sources make some contribution to the overall carbon footprint, and assessment studies frequently do not account for this. The carbon footprint should also be incorporated into any product life-cycle assessment (LCA).

Dr. Petar Sabev Varbanov
Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno
Brno, Czech Republic
is a Senior Researcher at the Sustainable Process Integration Laboratiry – NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology and at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering & Sustainability, Székesfehérvár – at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest), Hungary. He obtained his PhD in Process Integration at a prestigious British University – UMIST, Manchester, with distinction. For performing research on minimising and mitigating Climate Change he was awarded a scholarship from the UK Tyndall Centre. Later he was awarded a prestigious Marie Curie EIF Fellowship and successfully performed research on Optimising the Start-up of Distillation Columns at the Technische Universität Berlin. This was followed by a Marie Curie ERG Fellowship for assisting his integration into 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, optimisation of energy supply networks, Process Synthesis and Process Operation. His research has been successfully implemented in collaboration with industrial partners: e.g. BP (UK) and MOL (Hungary). He has been contributing to 25 research and consultancy projects (most within the EC funding schemes) and has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a co-author of two books and several chapters in books.
He has been the Editor for “Energy – The International Journal” published by Elsevier.
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: Renewable energies, innovative HVAC systems and envelope technologies for the energy efficiency of buildings
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The need to increase the sustainability and energy efficiency of buildings has led to the development and implementation of innovative buildings design criteria and standards with special attention to the integration of renewable energies, use of innovative HVAC systems and implementation of new building envelope technologies.

The goal of this special session is to present new research results, case studies and practices aimed at reducing the energy demand of residential, commercial, public, and industrial buildings, by also decreasing the related environmental impact and improving the occupants’ comfort. Specifically, the special session is dedicated to the following topics:

  • Automation and innovative control for HVAC systems in buildings;
  • Building integrated renewable energy systems;
  • District heating and cooling;
  • Energy sustainability, resilience and climate adaptability of buildings;
  • Heat recovery systems in buildings;
  • Geothermal heat pumps systems;
  • Innovative HVAC&R systems;
  • Life cycle energy efficiency of buildings and embodied energy;
  • Natural, mechanical and hybrid ventilation;
  • Passive envelope technologies and new materials;
  • Solar heating and cooling;
  • Thermal energy storage and thermally active building systems.
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Dr. Annamaria Buonomano
University of Naples Federico II
Napoli, Italy
Annamaria Buonomano obtained a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Engineering Management summa cum laude in 2004 and 2006 from University of Naples Federico II and a Ph.D. in Energetics from University of Palermo in 2010. She was visiting scholar at the Energy Performance of Buildings Group of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, USA) in 2009, researcher at the Ben Gurion National Solar Energy Center of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research of University of Ben-Gurion (Sde Boqer, Israel) in 2011, and several times visiting scientist at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), where she was appointed as Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2017. She is actively involved in research topics regarding building energy efficiency, with a particular focus on the development of performance simulation models and investigation of innovative building-plant solutions, based on integrated construction techniques, innovative HVAC systems and novel renewable energy technologies including solar heating and cooling systems, concentrating photovoltaic solar thermal systems, polygeneration. She is also involved in collaborative research activities relative to the design of net zero energy buildings and the integration of passive solar thermal systems in buildings.
Prof. Soteris Kalogirou
Cyprus University of Technology
Limassol, Cyprus
Soteris Kalogirou was born in Trachonas, which is a suburb of Nicosia. He is married and has two children. He received his first Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute (1982) his Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Wales (1991) and his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glamorgan, UK (1995). In June 2011 he was awarded from the University of Glamorgan, UK the title of D.Sc. He was employed as a Building Services Consultant by the firm Intersol Engineering from 1982-1987, and in various positions in the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Practice Departments of the Higher Technical Institute from 1987 to 2007. In 2008 he was transferred to the Cyprus University of Technology and now he is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. He is considered internationally as an expert in the field of solar thermal collectors and to the use of artificial intelligence techniques for the performance prediction of energy and renewable energy systems. He is member of CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers), Chartered Engineer (C.Eng), member of FEANI (Eur Ing), member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), member of ISES (International Solar Energy Society) and member of the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR).
He is Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy Journal and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy Journal. He is Adjunct Professor in Dublin Institute of Technology and Visiting Professor in Brunel university.
Prof. Adolfo Palombo
University of Naples Federico II
Naples, Italy
Adolfo Palombo obtained a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering summa cum laude in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Thermo-Mechanical Systems in 1997 from University of Naples Federico II. He was visiting scholar in the Energy and Analysis Program, Energy and Environment Division, at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, California, U.S.A. in 1995. During his research activity, he has been actively involved in research fields concerning energy technologies for civil, hospital and industrial applications, such as heating and cooling of buildings, thermo-fluid dynamic measurements, power systems, renewable energy and innovative HVAC systems for energy efficiency and Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB). He is also involved in the development of dynamic building energy simulation tools for the assessment of energy, economic, and environmental performances of the investigated innovative systems, publishing more than 150 publications on international scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings.
He is responsible of several scientific agreements with European and Canadian universities and research institutes with the aim to further collaborative research and teaching activities on solar energy applications. He is also responsible of several funded research projects regarding the energy efficiency of systems and buildings. In addition, he is member of the board of experts in the permanent supervisory committee of the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment (ARERA). He is member of the Analysis Committees at the Direction for audits of Italian Energy Services Management (GSE SpA). Specifically, he is member of the Committee n. 1 (experts on thermo-electric systems fed by biogas, landfill gas, gas obtained by depuration processes and bio-liquids) and Committee n. 3 (experts on high efficiency cogenerative thermo-electric systems). He is member of the experts committee for reviewing and evaluating research projects funded by Italian Ministry for Industry. He is also member of the Management Committee of the International Building Performance Simulation Association – Italian Division (IBPSA-Italy). He was member of the Management Committee of Action TU1205 (Building Integration of Solar Thermal Systems, BISTS) of the European COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology).

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SPECIAL SESSION: Harnessing the resource potential of our seas in a sustainable manner
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The sea represents a huge resource for renewable energy (Blue Energy - BE). BE is the energy which can be harnessed from the ocean or the marine wind and it is comprised of five main types according to the origin of the extracted power, namely marine (offshore) wind, surface waves, tides/currents, and thermal and salinity gradients. Although the growth of offshore renewable energy technologies has so far been relatively slow compared to those onshore, it is anticipated that in the future BE will substantially contribute to the energy demands of coastal and insular areas, at the same time protecting and conserving the marine environment.

The Blue Growth Strategy proposed by the Commission in 2014 emphasized that harnessing the economic potential of BE in a sustainable manner represents a key policy area for the EU, which requires the involvement of the widest possible range of stakeholders in order to optimize capacity building and to achieve the necessary critical mass. The BE sector was, in fact, indicated as one of five developing areas in the ‘blue economy’ that could drive the creation high-quality jobs and pave the way for a new breed of science-trained professionals, enhancing eco-efficient value creation all along the value and supply chain. Moreover, exploiting this indigenous resource would help reduce the EU dependence on fossil fuels for electricity generation, and enhance energy security. In particular, islands and remote coastal regions can especially benefit from BE development, as it would provide a viable alternative to expensive and heavily polluting fossil fuelled plants, and contribute to their energy self-sufficiency.

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Dr. Gianmaria Sannino
ENEA, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development
Rome, Italy
Gianmaria Sannino, is Head of the Climate Modelling Laboratory and Impacts of ENEA since 2015. He has more than 20 years of experience in climate and ocean modelling. During the last 10 years he has worked in the field of regional climate modelling and ocean energy at ENEA. His current research activities are focused on the development and assessment of state-of–the- art regional climate models and their application to the renewable energy field. He was involved in many European and National projects on climate change, oceanography, and ocean energy. He is currently the PI the National Project “Evaluation of ocean energy potential for the Italian Seas”. He is the Italian representative at the Temporary Working Group "Ocean Energy " for the EU SET-Plan. He is in the scientific committee of the Joint Program “Ocean Energy” of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA). He is also member of EuroGOOS, EERA (European Energy Research Alliance), and in the scientific committee for ECRA (European Climate Research Alliance) and Med-CORDEX (Mediterranean CORDEX initiative). He has published more than 50 papers in SCI journals and books, and contributed to several technical reports and presentations at international conferences.
Dr. Hrvoje Mikulčić
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
HRVOJE MIKULČIĆ defended his PhD thesis in 2015 and works as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Power Engineering, Energy and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. His main research area include numerical modelling of fluid flow, solid fuel combustion, endothermic calcination reaction, radiation modelling, pollutant formation, greenhouse gasses emissions analysis and accounting, and energy efficiency improvements in industry. Since 2009 he has been working on the research project “Numerical modelling of multiphase flow and combustion processes” financed by the Austrian Institute for internal combustion engines AVL List GmbH. He has also been working on the national scientific project: Smart energy storage for sustainable development of energy systems, financed by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of the Republic of Croatia. From 2016 he is a project manager of a European INTERREG MED project PELAGOS - Promoting innovative networks and clusters for marine renewable energy synergies in Mediterranean coasts and islands, responsible for the Croatian part of the project. He is an author of 43 scientific papers, of which 29 in scientific journals (SCI). His current Scopus h-index is 12. From 2014 he serves as a SDEWES Special Issue Guest Editor in the Journal of Cleaner Production (IF 2016 =5.715), Journal of Environmental Management (IF 2016 =4.010), and Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy journal (IF 2016 =3.331).

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SPECIAL SESSION: Energy efficiency in Cultural Heritage Buildings and Preserved Landscape
Session resume:

Upgrade of energy efficiency in existing buildings is an essential objective of every energy policy. Cultural Heritage buildings consist of a vast and widespread amount of the entire building stock in many urban realities. At the same time, the goals of sustainable development and energy efficiency may become an opportunity to strengthen and to make more specific the objectives of architectural and landscape preservation. The renovation of these buildings requires targeted technical solutions and each new intervention, including the one related to energy efficiency, has to maintain the cultural and natural values and even more achieve suitable landscape integration within the urban context. Therefore, defining renovation strategies aimed at improving the energy performances of the protected cultural and natural heritage is genuinely complicated. The implementation of energy measures can imply modifying the building envelope or a natural context, installing new systems, including renewables, while often neither ready to use solutions nor mandatory methodologies are provided to support designers’ choices, thus stimulating the search of new forms and levels of compatibility. The objective of this special session is to identify and address critical aspects related to this subject, collecting significant experiences for enabling advancement to the knowledge in the field. That includes different retrofit experiences in different historical building typology or in different preserved context, like small islands or particular historical centres or villages, to efficiently manage natural resources about territorial vocations and landscape compatibility.

Prof. Giuseppina Ciulla
Scuola Politecnica Università di Palermo
Palermo, Italy
Giuseppina Ciulla is a Senior researcher at the University of Palermo - DEIM (Italy). Ph.D in Energy (2010). Her research activities were primarily aimed to study: thermal dynamic simulation of buildings, thermo-physics and energy certification of buildings, use of renewable energy sources in urban areas. From 2009 she has collaborated in teaching in: Environmental Technical Physics; Environmental Technical Control, Renewable Energy Source, Safety of technical Plants; Solar Energy Systems. Now she is working in the teaching activities of the DEIM in Energy certification of buildings and Technical Physics. She was an active member of several national and international research groups (Net Zero Energy Buildings –IEA Task 40; and Compact Thermal Energy Storage-Task42-IEA). Recently, she has participated in activities related to: the project of the European LIFE project ENV/IT/000594 "SUN & WIND" which deals with sustainable construction; the project of the FACTOR 20:Forwarding demonstrative ACTions On a Regional and local scale to reach EU targets of the European Plan"20/20/20" - LIFE08 ENV/IT/000430 and the project of UPI “Unione delle Province Italiane” concerning the assessment of energy performance of non-residential buildings in southern Italy. She is author of more than 40 international papers published in national and international journals and conferences. Other scientific interest are: processing of meteorological data, monitoring of solar systems, analysis of energy performance of PV systems, building simulation models and investigations of alternative methods to solve the building energy balance with the application of Artificial Intelligence or a-dimensional approach.
Prof. Simone Ferrari
POLITECNICO DI MILANO, DIPARTIMENTO ABC
Milano, Italy
Simone Ferrari in 1994 started collaborating in teaching and research activities at Politecnico di Milano in the fields of energy savings, advanced technologies and renewables for the built environment. From 1998 to 2001, in particular, he worked as a Research Fellow on the development of tools for the configuration of urban building regulations and standards towards reducing CO2 emissions. From 1996 to 2001, he also was consultant for the research institute Ambiente Italia and successfully completed several studies on the energy planning at urban scale and energy audits for buildings’ retrofit. Since 2001, he is Assistant Professor of Applied Environmental Physics.
He has guided several degree theses, for the first and second university levels, and has supervised 6 PhD theses, having joined the faculty boards of the PhD programmes “Technology and Design of Environmental Quality at the building and urban scale”, “Technology and Design for the Built Environment” and “Design and Technology for the Enhancement of Cultural Heritage”. In these frames, he also has taught the post-graduate courses “Energy in building and systems”, “Strategies for energy recovery of the built environment” and “Energy efficiency in architectural design”.
Simone Ferrari has participated in over thirty national and international research projects, including the Annexes 46 “EnERGo - Holistic Assessment Tool-kit on Energy Efficient Retrofit Measures for Government Buildings” and 56 “Cost-Effective Energy and Carbon Emissions Optimization in Building Renovation” of the International Energy Agency’s Energy in Buildings and Communities programme, and is participating in the recently started Annex 75 “Cost-Effective Building Renovation at District Level Combining Energy Efficiency & Renewables".
He is author of a hundred scientific publications, half of which in the international arena, including the book “Building Energy Performance Assessment in Southern Europe” - SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology (2016).

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SPECIAL SESSION: Waste Heat Recovery and Utilization
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Nowadays, energy consuming and corresponding environmental pollution have become world’s two prominent problems. Last couple of decades has witnessed extensive embracing of energy efficient, cost effective and miniaturization technologies in a variety of products and processes of energy conservation and pollution reduction. Typical applications can be found in heat exchangers, gas turbine cooling, fuel cell, solar energy utilization, electronics cooling, biofuels technologies etc., where heat transfer plays a major role inside. This special session aims to provide an international forum for the exchange of latest technical information, for the dissemination of high-quality research results and for the presentation of recent advances on waste heat recovery and utilization problems in energy conservation and pollution reduction areas. This issue will be of particular value and interest to researchers, scientists, engineers and practitioners who are working in waste heat recovery and utilization fields of energy conservation and pollution reduction.

Prof. Qiuwang Wang
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Dr. Qiuwang Wang is now a full professor and vice-Dean of School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University. He is also the vice-Director, MOE Key Lab of Thermo-Fluid Science and Engineering, China.
His research interests include heat transfer enhancement and its applications to engineering problems, high-temperature heat transfer and fluid flow, transport phenomena in porous media, numerical simulation, prediction & optimization, etc.
Dr. Qiuwang Wang is now a member of Scientific Council of the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer (ICHMT) since 2009, a Committee Member of Heat Transfer Division K-18 of ASME: Heat Transfer under Extreme Conditions since 2009, a board committee member of International Academy of Electrochemical Energy Science (IAOEES) of Canada since 2014, a member of ASME since 2009, an Associate Editor of Heat Transfer Engineering Journal since 2011, and Editorial Board Members for several international journals such as Applied Thermal Engineering, Frontiers in Energy, International Journal of Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation, etc. He is also a vice president of Chinese Society of Engineering Thermophysics in Heat and Mass Transfer. He is the Initiator and Chairman of International Workshop on Heat Transfer Advances for Energy Conservation and Pollution Control (IWHT) (since 2011, 2011-Xi’an, 2013-Xi’an, 2015-Taipei). He has also delivered more than 30 Invited/Keynote lectures in international conferences or foreign Universities.
Dr. Qiuwang Wang has instructed or co-instructed more than 60 PhD or master students, among which about 30 had obtained their corresponding degrees. He has also been authors or co-authors of 4 books and more than 180 journal papers, about half of which are international journals. He has obtained 16 China Invent Patents and 2 US Patents.
Prof. Jian Yang
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xian, China
Dr. Jian Yang received his Ph.D. degree in Power Engineering and Engineering Thermophysics from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2010. He is now an associate professor of School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University. He acts as reviewer for several international journals, such as Applied Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, International Communications in Heat and Mass transfer, etc., and several Chinese Journals. His main research interests include transport phenomena in heat recovery from packed or gravity flowing beds of particles, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Numerical Heat Transfer (CFD&NHT), heat transfer enhancement, etc. He has also been authors or co-authors of more than 20 international journal papers.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Energy efficiency in industrial processes and systems
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Energy efficiency in industry is gaining importance in the EU funding frameworks as a pathway for reducing the environmental impact of our society. Limiting the energy footprint of industrial processes and systems is beneficial not only to the need to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions but also to face the instability in the energy prices and to improve the reliability of supply. Economic assessment is a key issue for the innovation technologies to be applied in demonstration cases or in real industrial cases.

The session aims at bringing together research advances and technological progresses on reducing the energy requirements and pollutant emissions of industrial process and systems. The focus of the session is on advanced concepts and designs to reduce energy consumption, to exploit new ways for heat recovery and cogeneration opportunities and to improve the environmental footprint. Additionally the operation and maintenance costs for the proposed solution are also important topics to be addresses as well as the impact on the final product’s quality and production rate.

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Prof. Luca Montorsi
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Reggio Emilia, Italy
Luca Montorsi is associate professor at the Department of Sciences and Methods for Engineering of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. He currently teaches Energy Conversion Systems for the Master Degree in Management Engineering and the Bachelor Degree of Mechatronics. He has supervised more than 50 MSc and 3 Phd students. He has participated in many national and international projects in the field of the energy efficiency of systems and components and he is currently participating to 2 HORIZON2020 projects for the reduction of the energy consumption and emissions in different industrial sectors.
His main research activities have been focused on multi-dimensional modeling of systems and components for the development of new concepts and the design improvement in many areas, such as the cogeneration systems, alternative fuels’ combustion and processes, performance prediction of conventional and renewables energy conversion systems, fuel consumption and emissions reduction in industrial processes.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Accelerating innovation in the bioeconomy – Bridging the gap from technical development to actual implementation in the markets
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Nowadays there are several transformation processes that influence decisions of national and regional stakeholders on the strategic management and utilization of natural resources for the production of materials and chemicals and for the generation of energy. Out of these processes, the bioeconomy, aiming to achieve the highest value added of the available biomass resources, has particularly framed the developments in the biotechnology field.

The surge of the bioeconomy has boosted the biotechnology field in many ways, as new technologies, products and raw materials are nowadays in different stages of development. Yet a major challenge lying ahead is the actual implementation of these innovative technologies, products and raw materials into the existing technical structures in order to have a way into the markets.

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Dr. Alberto Bezama
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research GmbH
Leipzig, Germany
Alberto Bezama has worked for over 15 years in the areas of “Contaminated sites management”, “Waste Management” and "Cleaner production", and for 10 years in the field of “Sustainability Assessment”. He is a Chemical Engineer from the University of Concepcion (Chile), and carried out his doctoral studies at the Institute for Waste Management and Technology, of the University of Leoben (Austria).
From 2006 to 2010 he worked at the Environmental Sciences Center EULA-Chile of the University of Concepcion, where he was appointed as a tenured Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering. In Chile he started up and led the working groups on "Solid Waste Management", "Risk Assessment and Management of Contaminated Sites" and "Sustainability assessment" at the EULA Center, providing scientific and technical support to the industry and public sectors.
Since 2012 he is a Researcher at the Department of Bioenergy at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig (Germany), leading the Working Group on “Systems Analysis of the Bioeconomy (SABE),” thus coordinating the Department's work in the bioeconomy field. Moreover, he is the Leader of the Competence Field "Management of the Bioeconomy" in the Leading-Edge Cluster Bioeconomy (http://www.bioeconomy.de). Finally, since 2015 he acts as Deputy to the Head of the Department of Bioenergy.
Main focus of his current research is the development and application of life cycle-based tools to assess the effects of implementing bio-based technologies in a regional perspective, under the framework of the bioeconomy and circular economy strategies.
Dr. Carlo Ingrao
Università degli Studi di Enna “Kore”
Enna, Italy
Carlo Ingrao obtained a five-year (M.Sc.) Degree in Environment and Land Management Engineering at the University of Catania (Italy), in 2007. Later, in 2012, he obained his PhD degree in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Catania. Since 2013, has carried out several research projects, mainly at the Universities of Catania and Foggia (Italy). During the years 2013-2014 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Foggia for collaboration to the research activity provided by the 7FP European project Strategic and Technological Advancement in Research on Agroenergy (STAR*Agroenergy). Within the project he applied Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and related tools in the biomass supply chain for energy generation.
From Sept 2016 to Sept 2017, he worked under a coordinated and continuous collaboration (co.co.co) contract at the Department of the Sciences of Agriculture, Food and Environment of University of Foggia for assessing the environmental sustainability of fresh-cut salad through application of LCA and other related tools. From Nov 2017 to date and until Nov 2018, he works under a co.co.co contract at the Department of Economics of University of Foggia for performing environmental assessments of agro-food supply chains with special regard to management of the generated waste.
Moreover,he is also a PhD student in Civil Infrastructures for the Territory at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the "Kore" University of Enna (Italy).
On July 2017, Carlo obtained the National Qualification for Associate Professor for the Commodity Sciences sector, according to the regulation framework established by the Italian Ministry for Instruction, University and Research.
His research activities and interests are focussed upon the development of energy, as well as in the environmental and economic assessments in the fields of: industrial and environmental engineering; commodity sciences; buildings; biomass and bioenergy; agriculture and food production; and food packaging.

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SPECIAL SESSION: SALINITY GRADIENT POWER (SGP) AND SUSTAINABLE WATER DESALINATION
Session resume:

Water and Energy nexus is a topic of crucial importance nowadays and is raising an increasing interest among scientific and industrial communities. A significant growth of membrane technology for water treatment has led to a dominant role of membrane processes in the water desalination market. Moreover, this growth has also rapidly boosted the development of the so-called Salinity Gradient Power (SGP) technologies for the production of renewable and sustainable energy. This is generated from a concentration difference which can be naturally available or suitably created via artificial saline solutions. The latter are used in SGP-closed loop applications (SGP Heat engines) where low-grade heat is converted into power via SGP technologies. Finally, increasing studies have been very recently devoted to the synergic coupling of SGP and desalination technologies boosting research towards new frontiers of sustainable energy and water regeneration from unconventional resources. The present special session on this fascinating area is intended to represent a platform to share innovative methodological approaches and data or results obtained by field installations. Covered topics include:

  •  SGP technologies in open-loop applications;
  •  energy storage and conversion through SGP technologies;
  •  conversion of low grade heat into power via SGP technologies;
  •  low energy desalination processes;
  •  integration of desalination and SGP technologies;   
  •  waste water treatment and valorization through SGP technologies

Prof. Giorgio Micale
Università degli Studi di Palermo
Palermo, Italy
Dr Giorgio Micale is a Full Professor of Conceptual Design of Chemical Processes. He has been responsible of most of the above-mentioned EU projects. Core research topics are the study of Conventional and Renewable Energy Desalination processes, Salinity Gradient Power processes, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Mixing and Multiphase Flows, Computer Aided Process Engineering. He currently leads the UNIPA team within the RED Heat-to-Power, REvivED, ReWaCEM, BAoBAB and ZERO BRINE projects building-up significant expertise in the area of electro-membrane processes, desalination and salinity gradient power technologies and brine valorisation processes.
He was awarded with the Senior Moulton Medal 2013 by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK).
Dr. Alessandro Tamburini
Università degli Studi di Palermo
Palermo, Italy
Alessandro Tamburini graduated in chemical engineer in 2006 and took his PhD in Nuclear, Chemical and Safety Technologies at the Università degli Studi di Palermo in 2011. He is currently assistant professor in Chemical Process and Plant Design at the same university. His research is focused on the experimental and numerical analysis of complex systems including multiphase stirred tanks and membrane-based units. Research interests and activities involve the following topics: stirred tank reactors, membrane-based desalination technologies as Membrane Distillation and Electrodialysis, brine exploitation, Salinity Gradient Power (SGP) technologies and applications (e.g. SGP-Heat Engines, low-energy desalination, SGP-based battery,). He has published more than 80 works on these topics as journal papers, book chapters or conference contributions. He is a reviewer of about 15 international Journals. He has participated to many EU-funded and national projects on water desalination and renewable energy technologies as well as on SGP processes. He is currently involved in five EU projects of the Horizon2020 program. He was awarded with the Senior Moulton Medal 2013 by the Board of Institution of Chemical Engineering (UK). He is a member of the European Desalination Society and of the Associazione Italiana di Ingegneria Chimica.
Prof. Fernando Tadeo
University of Valladolid
Valladolid, Spain
Fernando Tadeo is a currently a full Professor at the School of Engineering (Industrial) of the University of Valladolid, Spain, leading a multidisciplinary research group in Advanced Process Control. He graduated from the University of Valladolid, in Physics in 1992, and in Electronic Engineering in 1994. After completing an M.Sc. in Control Engineering in the University of Bradford, U.K., with the top mark of the class, he went back to Valladolid, where he got his Ph.D. degree in Automatic Control, with Honors. His main interest area is Process Control (In particular in Desalination) and Renewable Energies (Wind, Solar and Osmotic Energies).
Dr. Jan Post
Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology
Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Jan Post is an experienced Program Manager at Wetsus with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry, skilled in Research and Development (R&D) on Water Technology and Energy Technology, acknowledged with numerous patents, grants and awards. He holds an MSc in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology and a PhD focused in Environmental Technology from Wageningen University. Jan Post is also co-founder of start-up company AquaBattery. Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology is a facilitating intermediary for trendsetting know-how development. Wetsus creates a unique environment and strategic cooperation for development of profitable and sustainable state of the art water treatment technology. The inspiring and multidisciplinary collaboration between companies and research institutes from all over Europe in Wetsus results in innovations that contribute significantly to the solution of the global water problems. Wetsus’ scientific research program is defined by the private and public water sector and conducted by leading universities. AquaBattery is developing an electrical storage system that is 100% sustainable. The so-called Blue Battery is an innovative product that stores electricity solely using water and table salt. This invention aims to revolutionize the energy storage world and to foster the growth of renewable energy technologies around the globe.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Polygeneration: a novel paradigm for an efficient and sustainable use of energy resources
Session resume:

In conventional systems, energy conversion is typically performed by different devices separately producing electricity, heat, cooling energy and/or other products. This approach has been used for a long time, driven by the requirements for system simplicity and reliability and supported by the large availability and low prices of fossil fuels. However, in the past decades this scenario has been rapidly changing due to the increasing concerns about depletion of fossil fuels resources and greenhouse gases emissions. In this framework, new energy conversion paradigms must be developed, aiming at improving systems efficiency and sustainability, simultaneously reducing their environmental impacts. As a consequence, energy conversion devices can be integrated in single optimized systems, maximizing the utilization of energy inputs (either from renewable or fossil sources) and limiting any possible waste energies. Such a target may be achieved by adopting Polygeneration systems. In fact, polygeneration is the combined production of multiple types of energy (e.g. electricity, heat and cool) and material products (e.g., desalted water, hydrogen, glycerine, ammonia,etc.). Polygeneration systems can be based on both renewable (solar, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal) and fossil fuels-based (reciprocating engines, combined cycles, etc.) technologies, in different combinations. At meantime, in order to increase their penetration potential, polygeneration systems must accurately face with the dynamic trends of user energy and products demands and minimize the mismatch between instantaneous production and loads. This is extremely important in order to favor the growth of the so called Distribute Generation, which is unanimously recognized to achieve a number of benefits, in terms of increased efficiency, reduction of transportation losses and maximization of use of local resources. To this scope, polygeneration systems can be equipped with suitable thermal (sensible, latent and chemical) and electrical storage systems (battery, supercapacitors, super wheel, CAES, mini-hydro) and specific control systems aiming at optimizing the utilization of energy sources and/or products in order to maximize the economic profitability. Moreover, the connection of polygeneration system with energy networks (electricity, gas, district heating / cooling) is crucial for the development of this technology.

In this framework, this Special Session aims at collecting recent studies and contributions focused on polygeneration systems. Manuscripts focused on crucial aspects like systems modeling, control strategies and experimental analysis at whole-system, single-component levels and integration of polygeneration systems with energy networks are welcomed. Also, studies including thermoeconomic analyses and single- or multi-objective optimizations are well targeted for the Session.

Prof. Francesco Calise
University of Naples Federico II
Naples, Italy
Francesco Calise was born in 1978 and graduated cum laude in mechanical engineering from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy in 2002. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Thermal Engineering in 2006. From 2006 to 2014, he is a Researcher and Assistant Professor of applied thermodynamics at the University of Naples Federico II. In 2014 he has been entitled as Associate Professor at the University of Naples Federico II. His research activity has been mainly focused on the following topics: fuel cells, advanced optimization techniques, solar thermal systems, concentrating photovoltaic/thermal photovoltaic systems, energy saving in buildings, solar heating and cooling, Organic Rankine Cycles, geothermal energy, dynamic simulations of energy systems, renewable Polygeneration systems and many others. He was invited lecturer for some courses or Conferences (UK and Finland). He teaches several courses of energy management and applied thermodynamics at the University of Naples Federico II for BsC, MS and PhD students. He was a supervisor of several Ph.D. degree theses. He is a reviewer of about 30 international Journals. He was involved in several Research Projects funded by EU and Italian Government. He is Associate Editor of 4 International Journals. He was a Conference Chair and/or member of Scientific Committee in several session of International Conferences. His Scopus indexes (August 2016) are: Documents: 69; Citations: 1205; H-Index:20
Prof. Laura Vanoli
University of Cassino and Southern Lazio
Cassino, Italy
Laura Vanoli is full professor of Applied Thermodynamics at the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Cassino and Lazio Meridionale. In 1997 she obtained her five years master degree with honours in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cassino. In 1999 she gained her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at the same University. From November 1999 to October 2003 she was assistant professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Cassino. From November 2003 to January 2005 she worked as assistant professor at the Department of Food Science of the University of Naples Federico II. In September 2004, she was visiting researcher at the Energy Management Institute of Virginia Polytechic Institute and State University (USA). From January 2005 to October 2008 has been working as associate professor at the Department of Food Science of the University of Naples Federico II. From November 2008 to December 2016 she was associate professor at Engineering Department of the University of Naples Parthenope. Her research of interests cover: thermodynamic and thermo-economic analysis of advanced energy systems, energy saving, renewable energy sources, thermo-fluid-dynamic measurement. Over the last ten years she has been working on simulation optimization and exergy analysis of hybrid SOFC-gas turbine power systems, dynamic simulation and thermoeconomic analysis of polygeneration systems based on renewable technologies and sources. On these subjects, she has written more than 90 scientific papers, mostly published in International Journals and Proceedings of International Conferences.
She has coordinated and participated in several research projects funded by the Italian Ministry for Research (MIUR), and private companies. She thought several modules at the Universities of Cassino Napoli Federico II and Napoli Parthenope: Energetics for Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Applied thermodynamics for BA degree in Food technology, Applied thermodynamics for BA degree in Industrial Enginering, Exergy analysis for BA degree in Management Engineering, Energy Management for Master degree in Management Engineering.
Since 2015 she has been adjunct researcher at the Engines Institute of the Italian National Research Council.
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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