"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
"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
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, futurist and global thinker (1895 - 1983)
Under the patronage:
SPECIAL SESSION: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
Session resume:

Hydrogen economy is the synonymous for sustainable energy system in which pure hydrogen replaces fossil fuels – hydrocarbons. In order to be successful and sustainable hydrogen economy, hydrogen should be produced using renewable energy sources. In the near future primary energy of fossil fuels should be gradually replaced with different forms of renewable and clean energy sources where hydrogen has proven to be the most suitable energy carrier. Due to automobile industries have announced increased manufacture of hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles, it gives wind back for organizing this Special Session with higher goal of networking with scientists working in this field all over the world.

Highlight of the session is on overall recent progress of hydrogen technology including hydrogen production, storage, infrastructure, and its utilization followed by discussion on codes, public acceptance, national legislations, redgulations, and directives for its introduction on global level.

Dr. Ankica Kovač
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture,
Zagreb, Croatia
Assistant Professor, Ankica Kovač, Ph. D., MEng. AE. is the Head of Power Engineering Laboratory, Department of Energy, Power Engineering, and Environment at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (UNIZAG FSB), 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, both experimentally and mathematically.
Ankica holds theoretical lectures and experimental work within courses of New Technologies in Energetics, Laboratory Work E and Hydrogen and Fuel Cells at the UNIZAG FSB. Her research interests include renewable energy sources (RES) and hydrogen economy, i.e. hydrogen technologies including hydrogen production – water electrolysis, its storage, distribution and utilization - fuel cells.
Among other projects, Ankica designed first Croatian hydrogen powered bicycle (project finished) and first Croatian hydrogen refuelling station (in progress). Because of original and innovative design of hydrogen refuelling station it was protected as an intellectual property on national level (trademark) and international level (design).
Ankica has authored and co-authored numbers of scientific papers published in international scientific journals and conference proceedings, and she serves as a reviewer in the prestige international journals.
As a member of Executive Committee of The Technology Collaboration Programme on Advanced Fuel Cells (AFC TCP), Ankica is the representative of Republic of Croatia.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Material-Energy Nexus
Session resume:

Over the last century, the increase in global population and economic activities has been accompanied with an increase in the demand for resources including metallic minerals, non-metallic minerals, biomass, and fossil fuel, and consequently an increase in environmental, economic and social pressure. The issues of sustainability have been addressed recently in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) formulated by the United Nations. Several of the SDGs are either directly relate to resource sustainability or require adequate supply of resources to be achieved. While the energy-land-water nexus has received significant attention in other sessions of the conference, this session focus on the material-energy nexus.

For the energy system, metals are significant for technologies used in both the demand and supply side of energy, either as important parts of these technologies or to enhance their efficiencies. On the supply side, metals are required for all energy production and storage technologies, especially in the transition to a low carbon society to tackle climate change. On the demand side, several technologies proposed for possible energy reduction in different sectors require the use of specific metals. Restrictions in the supply of those materials may significantly influence technology choice and the realization of several scenarios which aim at limiting the increase in average global temperature to 2 °C or below compared with pre-industrial levels including those proposed by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and other national and international organizations.

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Prof. Ayman Elshkaki
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Beijing, China
Ayman Elshkaki is professor at the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (IGSNRR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is Chemical Engineer by training and obtained his Ph.D. in Industrial Ecology at Leiden University. Prior to his current appointment, he spent six years at Yale University Centre for Industrial Ecology, three years at Imperial College London Centre of Environmental Policy and six years at Leiden University Institute of Environmental Sciences. He was appointed as scientific expert by the European Commission, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research and Latvian Council of Science. His research interests include Industrial Ecology, Dynamic Material Flow Analysis, Sustainable Resources Management, Metals Criticality Assessment, Integrated Assessment Modelling, and Material-Energy Nexus. He has published over 50 publications in Scientific Journals, Books and Conferences Proceedings. He has won the most cited paper award of the 1st SDEWES Conference. He is a member of the scientific committee and scientific advisory board for several conferences and he has reviewed more than 300 papers for 33 scientific journals including Nature, Nature Energy, Nature Climate Change, Nature Sustainability, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Environmental Science & Technology, Cleaner Production, Energy, Journal of Industrial Ecology, and Journal SDEWES.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Sustainable Enhancements of Power, Cooling and Water for Hot Climates
Session resume:

The global energy demand is anticipated to grow by approximately 30% by 2040, driven primarily by developing economies with surging populations and gross domestic product growths. In parallel, water demand is projected to increase by 55% globally between 2000 and 2050, essentially contributed by industry and notably manufacturing, and the power generation and domestic sectors. While supplies need to grow to respond to the demand, lower-carbon fuels and technologies require to be deployed to limit environmental emissions and their climatic impact.

Regions exposed to hot climates, including the Mediterranean, Middle East and Asian (sub)tropics, face specific, exacerbated challenges in meeting their domestic power, cooling, food and water demands. As a result of global warming compounding population and/or economic growth, such regions are anticipated to experience increased building and industrial process cooling loads, compounded by severe water stress and a deterioration of water quality. Depending upon the type and amount of energy and water resources available locally, as well as local climatic conditions, optimal power, cooling and water technology options and their integrations in such regions will require unique, tailored solutions.

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Prof. Valerie Eveloy
Khalifa University
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Valerie Eveloy holds a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering (Dublin City University, Ireland) and a M.Sc. degree in physical engineering (National Institute of Applied Science, France). She has over twenty five years academic and industrial experience in mechanical and energy engineering, and is currently professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prior to joining Khalifa University, she was with The Petroleum Institute (now part of Khalifa University), the University of Maryland-College Park, and Nokia. Her current research interests include energy system/process modeling and optimization, hydrogen and other energy vectors from renewable power, energy recovery, multi-generation, sustainable cooling, and computational fluid dynamics. She has authored or co-authored over 130 refereed journal and conference publications in these areas, book chapters, and co-edited several international energy conference proceedings. She is an editorial board member of several international energy and mechanical engineering journals, and has also served as guest editor for sustainable energy journal special issues including on power-to-X and decarbonization of energy-intensive industry. She serves on several international conference program committees focused on energy technologies and electronics thermal management.
Prof. Ricardo Chacartegui
University of Sevilla
Seville, Spain
Ricardo Chacartegui. . PhD in Energy Engineering. Msc Mechanical Engineer.
Ricardo is Professor of the Energy Engineering Department of the University of Seville. His research is oriented to Energy Storage and Low carbon economy technologies: design, development, and optimization. It comprises the development of new technologies, concepts and integrations: energy storage , carbon capture, SCO2, HAT cycle, high temperature fuel cell hybrid systems, ORCs, biomass boilers,..; combined with improvements of existing technologies and systems: solar and fossil fuels power systems or energy applications (CHP,DH, buildings).
Linked to the R&D activity he has participated in more than 60 R&D collaborative projects with energy and transport industries in product development, analysis and optimization. In addition he is very passionate in innovation and business creation activities.
Dr. Alessandro Romagnoli
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore, Singapore
Alessandro gained a First Degree cum laude in Mechanical Engineering in 2003 from the “University of Ancona”
in Italy, after which he worked for two years at Lucci Collettori Spa (Ancona, Italy) where he supervised the design
and production of commutators for electric motors.
In 2006 he worked for 6 months at Seagate Technology Inc. and he then began a PhD at Imperial College London
in the Thermo-Fluids Division focussing on aerodynamic study of single and twin-entry mixed flow turbines under
unsteady conditions. As a part of his research, he also studied heat transfer effects occurring in turbochargers.
After completing his PhD in 2010, Alessandro worked as Research Associate at Imperial College London. He
acted as research co-investigator in projects looking at engine downsizing, waste heat recovery, and mildhybridization
of powertrain technology in passenger vehicles as well as in optimization and design of novel turbine
concepts. He collaborates extensively with world leading OEMs in powertrain R&D (Jaguar and Land Rover,
Lotus, Ford, CAT, MHI, Honda, ABB, etc.)
In 2013, he joined Nanyang Technological University as an Assistant Professor. His responsibilities include
teaching undergraduate courses, run lab-tutorial, supervising PhD students and FYPs.
Alessandro’s research activity in NTU encompasses several aspects related to propulsion energy efficiency and
waste heat recovery and. Examples of his current research include the study of waste heat recovery for ships
propulsion (thermo-electric generation), hybrid propulsion systems and mild-hybridization of powertrain,
turbomachinery design and optimization.
Besides his academic activity Alessandro has also worked for three years (2010-2013) as engineering consultant
under ICON (Imperial College CONsultant). In 2012, he founded a UK-based engineering consultancy company (RhodoConsultants, offering design, test and advice on energy efficiency,
turbomachinery and waste heat recovery systems.
Alessandro also acts as reviewer for several engineering journals (ASME, SAE, IMechE, Elsevier), collaborates as
freelancer with the automotive magazine Torque (published in Singapore) and sits in the organizing committee of
the Singapore International Energy Week.

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SPECIAL SESSION: The green economy, the SDGs and the challenges of measuring inclusive and sustainable industrial development in the food-energy-water–nexus sector
Session resume:

The UN declared that a green economy has to be implemented as an institutional framework for achieving sustainable development and defined by UNEP as “an economy that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.” The green economy incorporates also the nexus system thinking model and can “address the water, energy and food security nexus, in-line with human rights-based approaches.” The green economy should now be interpreted as a process for enabling sustainable development and one institutional response to the socio-economic and ecological challenges of the current globalized world economy. The Food Energy Water (FEW)-Nexus approach is seen as the core of the green economy.

For this transformation process towards a green economy, appropriate indicators are needed at both the macroeconomic and sectoral level for informing and guiding the transition process. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted on 25 September 2015 by the General Assembly of the United Nations are a universal agenda of sustainable development and provide indicators for measuring the success of the green economy process. The SDG9 is the reference goal to achieve inclusive and sustainable industrial development and research is emerging to define composite indices useful to monitor to what extent countries can boost industrialization by promoting environmental and social objectives.

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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).
Dr. Nicola Cantore
Vienna, Austria
Nicola Cantore holds a Ph.D in environmental economics and management at the University of York and a Ph.D in economics at the Universita` Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. He worked as a junior researcher at the FEEM (Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei) in Milan, as a senior researcher at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Engineering of the University of Bologna and as a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute in London. He served as a consultant for many organizations such as UNEP, UNDP and DFID. He is currently a researcher at the Department of Policy Research and Statistics of UNIDO where he was the coordinator of the Industrial Development Report 2016. His CV includes a list of publications in peer reviewed journals. His research interests include environment, development and structural change.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Carbon Capture for Climate Neutral Energy
Session resume:

In general agreement all predictions mention an increasing energy demand for the next decades. Many institutions consider carbon capture techniques to be relevant to achieve a reliable energy supply. Different technical approaches are available which can be used for carbon capture processes. Some of these techniques have already been realized in first industrial scale plants, others are still developed on the pilot scale. Carbon capture in industrial processes like calcination of minerals or iron ore reduction is an additional need as carbon dioxide emissions coming from material processing have a non-negligible share of greenhouse gas emissions.

This special section is open to actual research which is related to carbon capture technologies, i.e. oxyfuel combustion, pre- or post-combustion capture or looping processes. Experimental and numerical investigations on sequestration techniques, details thereof as well as carbon storage and utilization can be presented.

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Dr. Martin Schiemann
Ruhr University Bochum
Bochum, Germany

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SPECIAL SESSION: Sustainable Ammonia as Hydrogen Vector
Session resume:

Concerns about adverse environmental and social consequences of fossil fuels usage and their finite nature have been voiced intermittently for decades. Development of new strategies for diversification and security of energy supply, mainly focused on using existing local sources, has underpinned the scientific agenda for more than 30 years.

The hydrogen economy has been one of the main strategies proposed for decarbonisation of the power sector since hydrogen is environmentally clean fuel, which yields only water and energy when oxidized. Despite the environmental advantages, hydrogen has poor volumetric energy density and a low flash point, presenting technical and economic issues associated with its storage and distribution at a large scale including hard to handle infrastructures that would be required to properly store and distribute the chemical in a safe way, excluding the expenses that will be needed to ensure its safe use.

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Dr. Milana Guteša Božo
Termoinžinjering d.o.o.
Zrenjanin, Serbia
Dr Milana Guteša Božo is a Head of Department for Research and Development in Termoinžinjering d.o.o., Serbia. Dr Milana Guteša Božo holds PhD in numerical modelling of the flow behavior, heat transfer and energy transformation in the gas turbine plants under design and off-design regimes for gases with various calorific values, in Mechanical Engineering at University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Her second PhD thesis has been approved in field of gas turbine fuel quality impact on the environment. Her research is in the areas of modelling and simulation of design and off – design regimes in gas and steam turbine plants, combustion of gases with various calorific values, alternative fuels, pollution, fuel quality impact on gas turbine regimes, and in the areas of sustainable energy, environmental protection and climate change. She has over 30 publications in Scientific Journals, Books and International Conferences Proceedings to her credit. Dr Milana Guteša Božo is a Chartered Engineer (Serbian Chamber of Engineers) and a member of the Thermal Engineers Society of Serbia. She is also co-author of numerous design documents in the field of energy and environmental engineering.
Prof. Agustin Valera-Medina
Cardiff university
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Dr Agustin Valera-Medina is a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff School of Engineering. His research interests include alternative fuels, hydrodynamics, flame stabilization, fuel injection, heat transfer and combustion technologies. He has participated as PI/CI on 19 industrial projects with multi-nationals including GE, PEMEX, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Alstom, Ricardo and EON. He has published 116 papers, 19 of these specifically concerning ammonia power. He has supervised 20 PhD students and 2 PDRAs since his appointment in 2012. He has won international conference awards including the AIAA ‘Best Paper in Terrestrial Technologies’ in 2010 and 2013, and the SDEWES SEE 2018 "Best Paper". He has been recipient of the prestigious award for “Business Innovation, 2017” in South Wales, UK.
His international works on ammonia are underway with universities such as Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, NUS, Tsinghua, Xiamen, Exeter, Leicester, Loughborough, UCL, Imperial College, CIDESI, Educon, etc. and companies such as Siemens, Yara, Tokyo Gas, C-Job Naval, amongst many others. He is a member of the ETN Ammonia Gas Turbines subgroup. Dr Valera-Medina currently leads Cardiff’s contribution to the Innovate-UK ‘Decoupled Green Energy’ Project (2015–2018) led by Siemens and in partnership with STFC and the University of Oxford, which aims to demonstrate the use of green ammonia produced from wind energy for production, storage and conversion to power of this chemical.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Harnessing the resource potential of our seas in a sustainable manner
Session resume:

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. Hrvoje Mikulčić
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
HRVOJE MIKULČIĆ defended his PhD thesis in 2015 at the Department of Power Engineering, Energy and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. His main research area includes: Numerical modelling of fluid flow; Solid fuel combustion; Endothermic calcination reaction; Pollutant formation, Greenhouse gasses emissions analysis and accounting; Energy intensive industry; Energy system analysis; Renewable energy; Multiphase flows; Waste-to-Energy, Carbon capture and utilization; Pollution reduction; Green ammonia.
From 2009 till 2018 he worked 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 till 2019 he was 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. From 2019 he is a project manager of a European INTERREG MED project BLUE DEAL - Blue Energy Deployment Alliance, responsible for the Croatian part of the project.
He is an author of 93 scientific papers, in scientific journals (SCI). His current Scopus h-index is 31. From 2014 he serves as a SDEWES Special Issue Guest Editor in the Journal of Cleaner Production (IF2019= 7.246), in the Journal of Environmental Management (IF2019= 5.647), in Optimization and Engineering (IF2019= 1.829), and from 2020 in the international journal Fuel (IF2019= 5.578).

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SPECIAL SESSION: Innovative Design Solutions for Sustainable Built Environment
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Built environment is a focal point of human socioeconomic activities and represents one of the biggest global economy sectors, which creates its inseparable connection to socioeconomic influence and general development of the society. Furthermore, the activities related to building life cycle raise severe concerns about the local and global environment situation all over the world, which calls for urgent actions to adopt and achieve the ecologically respectful design. Apart from the above stated, several other facts justifying the building functionality, structural stability, safety and predominately the indoor environment quality have a direct influence on well-being of its users, represent a strong argument supporting the need for innovative design solutions for sustainable built environment. Looking for holistic problem-solving in building construction requires integration of knowledge from various disciplines that need to undergo mutual integration and constant upgrading in order to be used in design process of contemporary sustainable built environments. In this context, the special session will focus on innovative design solutions for existing buildings and new construction considering the following themes: energy-efficient building design, LCA and LCC of buildings, adaptation of building design to climate change, indoor environment quality, integration of structural, functional and energy efficiency design requirements, contemporary building materials, design of smart building envelopes and structures. 

Prof. Vesna Žegarac Leskovar
Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture, University of Maribor
Maribor, Slovenia
Professor Dr. Vesna Žegarac Leskovar, graduated at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, in 2000. She brought her PhD studies in 2011 at the Faculty of Architecture, Technical University Graz. In the professional field of architecture and spatial planning she was already active at the time of her studies, until 2005 she was working as an architecture engineer in the architectural office Reichenberg arhitektura in Maribor. In 2005 she started her employment at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture (UM FGPA). In 2016 she was granted the title of Associate Professor. In the study year 2013/14 she participated as an invited lecturer at the Institute for spatial planning at the TU Graz. Her professional and scientific work is oriented towards architectural structures and technologies, energy efficiency, sustainable architectural planning and renewal of the existing housing fund. She is an author of research works indexed by SCI and a reviewer for international journals in the field of energy-efficient buildings. She published her professional and scientific work in two international journals with the title “Architectural design approach for energy efficient timber frame public buildings” (published in 2011) and “Energy-Efficient Timber-Glass Houses” by Springer Verlag, which was selected by Slovenian research agency (ARRS) as the best scientific contribution in civil engineering in Slovenia for the year 2013. She is active as a leader of numerous student workshops and involved in development projects carried out by UM FCTA for the national and European industrial partners. In the period between 2011 and 2013 she led an international project “MOVE for Energy Sustainability” where UM FCTA participated as a project partner. In the context of the international development project WOOD WISDOM NET, entitled “Load-bearing timber-glass composites“, she led the work package WP 3 – Architecture. She is currently taking part in the execution and management of the IQ Home project.
Prof. Miroslav Premrov
Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture, University of Maribor
Maribor, Slovenia
Miroslav Premrov in year 1992 successfully finished a study of civil engineering. After obtained master degree where the most of his master work was prepared in the company Siemens KWU in Offenbach, he enrolled Ph.D. studies in 1996 which he successfully completed in 1998 at Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Maribor. In 2009 he was elected at University of Maribor in a full professor degree for »Timber Structures« and »Concrete Structures«. From 2009 to 2019 he was a dean of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture at University of Maribor. Since 2017 he is a member in European Monitoring Committee of FEANI and from 2019 a head of Slovenian NMC FEANI.
Miroslav Premrov is an author or co-author of 52 research papers indexed by Science Citation Index and a reviewer for the most reputable international journals from the field of civil engineering structures. He is an editorial board member of five international journals with an impact factor. He is a co-author of a patent of a strengthened wall element. As a member of WG 5 he is active in preparations of Slovene standards in the field of timber structures. As a co-author he published a university course book »Timber Structures« in the year 2008 and in the year 2011 the monographs »Experimental analysis on behaviour of timber-framed walls with different types of sheathing boards«. In 2013 he published by Springer Verlag a scientific monograph “Energy-Efficient Timber-Glass Houses” which was selected by Slovenian research agency (ARRS) as the best scientific contribution in civil engineering in Slovenia in this year. As a co-author in 2019 he published by Springer Verlag a scientific monograph “Integrative approach to comprehensive building renovations”.
From the year 1999 he has been actively dealing with the problems of strengthening in composite timber elements used in multi-storey prefabricated timber buildings. In year 2010 he started with a wide research in timber-glass buildings considering the load-bearing capacity as well as energy efficient concept of such structures. Main findings are published in three international scientific monographs as well in many journal publications. In the period of 2012 to 2016 he is a head of the Slovenian research team of the international FP 7 project Wood Wisdom entitled »Load-bearing timber-glass composites« and a head of the WP 6 »Testing on life-size specimen components«.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Sustainable Multiphase Reactive Processes
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In recent years, it is more and more evident that the civilization expansion, correlated with the global energy consumption, is affecting the climate change. Most of the energy is still being extracted by combusting the fossil fuels, releasing a vast amount of the environmentally dangerous greenhouse gases. The most prominent approach to mid-term emission reduction is the improvement of existing technologies. Such an approach does not require a significant investment in infrastructure and can enable the desired reduction of harmful gases. In the advancement of transport and energy production sectors, there are still technical challenges to be solved, and most are related to physical and chemical phenomena accruing in the combustion chambers. 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, sustainable combustion technologies, and multiphase flow related topics: 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; dual fuel, ammonia, coal, biomass, biofuel and waste combustion; multiphase flows and sprays, fuel introduction methods, fuel dispersion, droplet interactions; particle technology, gasification and pyrolysis; new combustion technologies.

Prof. Milan Vujanović
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Milan Vujanović is a researcher and team leader of CFD Combustion Research Group and 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.
Prof. Vujanović holds PhD in “numerical modelling of multiphase flow in the 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”, “Numerical Methods in Continuum Mechanics” and “Energy Engines”. He has over 100 publications in Scientific Journals, Books and International Conferences Proceedings to his credit.
Prof. Vujanović is a consultant to many industries and 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.
Prof. Mário Costa
Instituto Superior Técnico
Lisboa, Portugal
Mário Costa (1960-2020) was a Full Professor in the area of Environment and Energy at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), where he taught several courses, including Thermodynamics, Combustion, Renewables Energies and Integrated Energy Systems.
He graduated in Chemical Engineering at University of Coimbra in 1984, obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London in 1992 and his Habilitation in Mechanical Engineering at Technical University of Lisbon in 2009.He supervised more than 100 MSc, Phd and Postdoc students. He participated in more than 55 national and international projects in the area of Energy and Environment and (co-)authored one book, more than 140 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and more than 180 papers in international conferences. Mário served as Associate Editor of the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute and belonged to the Editorial Board of the Aerospace, Combustion and Flame, Energy Conversion and Management, Energies, and Energy and Fuels.
He was the recipient of the Caleb Brett Award of the Institute of Energy in 1991, of the Sugden Award of the British Section of the Combustion Institute in 1991, of the Prémio Científico UTL/Santander Totta in 2010 and of a Menção Honrosa Universidade de Lisboa/Santander in 2016.

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SPECIAL SESSION: High Temperature Heat Transfer Process and Enhancement
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As the consumption of the finite resources of fossil fuels continues, the world must meet the challenges associated with energy depletion. On the one hand, many countries advocate the development and utilization of renewable energy sources. On the other hand, the efficiency of the energy and propulsion systems should be improved to reduce the energy consumption. Among these processes, the operating temperature in these processes becomes higher and higher to meet the requirements of high efficiency. This special session will provide a forum to discuss about the recent developments for the high temperature and high flux heat transfer process and enhancement in various applications. The discussion topics are:

  1. Microturbine and Gas turbine
  2. High Temperature Industrial Waste Heat Recovery System
  3. Very High Temperature Gas-cooled Reactor
  4. Solar Energy Utilization System
  5. Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
  6. Thermoelectric Power Generator
  7. Heat Transfer at High Flux Systems
  8. Heat Transfer at other High Temperature Systems

Prof. Ting Ma
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, China
Dr. Ting Ma is a professor at School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Thermophysics from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2012. He was a visiting scholar in Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Nevada, Las Vegas from Aug. 2011 to Jan. 2012, and a visiting scholar in Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech from Mar. 2014 to Feb. 2015. His research interests include heat transfer enhancement under high temperature and high pressure conditions, compact mini/microchannel heat exchangers, thermoelectric power generators and coolers. He has published more than 40 journal papers and contributed two book chapters. He has delivered more than 10 Invited/Keynote lectures in international conferences. He is an Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering. He has been a committee member of the ASME Heat Transfer Division K-18 since 2018.
Prof. Jian Yang
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, China
Dr. Jian Yang is a full professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China.
Prof. Qiuwang Wang
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Prof Dr. Qiuwang Wang. School of Energy & Power Engineering, Dean of Department for Undergraduate Education, Director of Students Admission Office, Executive Director of Intl Joint Research Lab of Thermal Sci and Eng, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. He is a Fellow of ASME, the China Delegate of Assembly for Intl Heat Transfer Conference (AIHTC), a member of Scientific Council of Intl Centre for Heat & Mass Transfer (ICHMT), a Vice President of Chinese Society of Engineering Thermophysics in Heat & Mass Transfer, the Editor-in-Chief of Energy Storage and Saving, an Associate Editor of Heat Transfer Engineering, and Editorial Board Members for several international journals such as Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Energy Conversion and Management, Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, etc.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Smart cities vs. smart islands: unique and common points, transferability of solutions and comparison of modelling approaches
Session resume:

Smart cities and smart islands have both overlapping and differentiating points. Both initiatives aim for establishing more climate resilient, environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive and economically affordable areas by utilizing IT intelligent solutions. Moreover, they can both vary greatly in their size. On the other hand, while cities are usually densely populated and more homogenous, islands are often less densely populated and located further away from other populated regions, increasing the complexity of infrastructure connections with the outside world.

This special session focuses more closely on energy systems modelling, integration of smart solutions into energy models and energy transition of islands and cities. Furthermore, the focus will be put on the role of ICT in development and operation of future energy systems based on integration of high share of variable renewable energy sources, as well as establishing the key performance indicators for smart islands and smart cities. Finally, evaluating socio-economic conditions for energy transition of cities and islands and opportunity costs of maintaining business-as-usual energy systems will be compared. Papers focusing on ecological and environmental issues in energy transition of islands and cities are also welcome.

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Dr. Dominik Franjo Dominković
Technical University of Denmark
Lyngby, Denmark
Dominik Franjo Dominkovic finished his PhD in September 2018, on the topic of Modelling energy supply of future smart cities, at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Energy). During his master's study at the University of Zagreb, he studied at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. As a part of his PhD, he was a guest researcher at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, the USA.
Upon finishing his PhD, he moved to DTU Compute, where he is currently holding a Senior Reasercher position, working on data-driven modelling with application on energy systems. He is predominantly focused on demand response modelling, flexibility potential from the water sector, data centers, and industrial & citizen energy communities.
Since 2022 he is also a managing director at the startup AI Energy ApS, in which a team of people is commercializing some of the state-of-the-art methods in machine learning, advanced statistics, and optimization, including the automated planning of solar and battery systems (
He has published numerous research papers, his H-index is 18, and he was cited more than 1300 times.
Prof. Goran Krajačić
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Goran Krajacic, Ph.D., ( is working as associate professor at DEPEE (UZ FSB) and head of Power Engineering and Energy Management Chair. His field of work includes energy markets, research in energy planning, energy system optimization; island energy system modelling and optimization, development of models for simulation of energy systems, renewable energy sources, energy storage, energy economics and policy. Since his employment at DEPEE he has been working on the many international and EU projects as well as on national project Smart Energy Storage for Sustainable Development of Energy Systems. He worked on development of SEAPs for local communities on the islands and development of financial mechanisms for support of the energy storage technologies. He was also involved in development of Strategy for self-sufficient island Unije as well as several other strategies for achieving 100% RES energy systems on the islands. Currently he is coordinating FSB participation in the project H2020-LC-SC3-2018-ES-SCC- INSULAE- Maximizing the impact of innovative energy approaches in the EU islands. Since 2002 he has been a member of Local organising committee of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems Conference (SDEWES). He is also SDEWES Centre Secretary since 2009. The results of his scientific work were published in the more than 80 papers, according SCOPUS database his h index is 32.
Prof. Henning Meschede
Paderborn University
Paderborn, Germany
Henning Meschede is Professor of Energy Systems Technologies at Paderborn University. The focus of his professorship is on the research and application of methods for the design and construction of decentralised, intelligent, renewable energy systems, in particular on the integration of the various sectors of electricity, heat and mobility. In particular, he analysis conceptualisation of sector coupling, flexible energy demands and the role of industry and commerce in renewable energy systems as well as the sensitivity of energy modelling through probabilistic input time series and future energy data-based business models.
Previously, he worked at the University of Kassel in the field of commercial sector coupling concepts as a component of regional energy systems. In particular, he analysed island energy systems and energy efficiency as well as load management potentials in the tourism industry. He was a visiting researcher at the School for Solar Economy at Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, analysing transition pathways for 100% renewable energy systems on islands. After his work at the University of Kassel, he moved to an energy utility in Dortmund, where he continued to work as a Data Scientist on the introduction of digital, data-based value-added services in the energy industry.
The results of his work have been published in several papers and at scientific and business conferences.
Prof. Henrik Madsen
Technical University of Denmark
Lyngby, Denmark
Henrik Madsen is a professor and the head of section Dynamical Systems – DYNSYS at DTU Compute, Denmark. Furthermore, he is the head of Center for IT-intelligent Energy Systems (CITIES). He received his PhD in Statistics at the Technical University of Denmark in 1986. He was appointed Ass. Prof. in Statistics in 1986, Assoc. Professor in 1989, and Professor in Mathematical Statistics with a special focus on Stochastic Dynamical Systems in 1999, Head of National Center for IT-Intelligent Energy Systems (CITIES) 2014. He leads or has led—or participated in—research projects financed by the Danish Agency for Science (DSF, IFD, FTP, NABIIT, SPIR projects), EU FP7, H2020, Interreg, NordForsk, Technical Research Council, Danish Agricultural and Veterinary Research Council, NATO, The Industrial PhD Programme, Nordic Council, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Danish Research Academy, Danish Academy for Technical Sciences (ATV) and a large number of private companies. The total budget for the research projects he has received is more than 30 million Euro. He has published 550+ publications including 230 journal papers, 12 research monographs. See for more details. His publications have been cited 22000+ times (Google Scholar). His main research interest is related to analysis and modelling of stochastic dynamics systems. This includes signal processing, time series analysis, identification, estimation, grey-box modelling, prediction, optimization and control.

Invited papers (9)
SPECIAL SESSION: Environmental safety of bio-waste in the circular economy – potential for energy and matter recovery
Session resume:

For many years, organic biowaste has been considered solely as a waste with no added value, land application being the most frequent and logical disposal issue for soil fertilization. However, in urban areas, or in countries with limited spreading-area or with surplus of nutrients in the soil, other ways of biowaste treatment and disposal are required. In addition to this, stricter regulation limits for organic micropollutants have been proposed and come into force in most of the EU countries, limiting and even banning land application in some regions. In conclusion, environmental European policies are pushing towards the recovery of resources from biowaste which starts to be seen as a permanent, valuable and non-transferable stock of organic resource that can be locally exploited.

The main objective of the proposed session is to discuss the most sustainable strategies for sewage sludge management, including treatment and disposal, considering the present state-of-art in terms of legislation, characterization, ecotoxicology, waste management and actual routes used currently in particular European countries. Decision making tools, namely End-of waste criteria (EWC) and Life cycle assessment (LCA) will allow to underline the importance of environmental, economic and technical evaluation of different management systems as well as the definition of the best available technologies for safe disposal and the appreciation of the eventual sludge potential ecotoxicity in long-term perspective. Nowadays, most Members apply legislation on a national level, while no integrated system for biowaste management is being used. The proposed session will help to establish criteria for best suitable option selection according to the requirements of circular economy in “from waste to resources” sense. It could also support the currently occurring amendment of the European Fertilizer Ordinance that will include organic fertilizer such as sludge, struvite, biochar, and ash-based materials.

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Dr. Anna Grobelak
Czestochowa University of Technology
Częstochowa, Poland
Assistant Professor Czestochowa University of Technology, Institute of Environmental Engineering,; Co-ordinator Biotechnology Program; Co-ordinator, PG Dip. in Biotechnology,
Czestochowa University of Technology;Czestochowa 42200, Poland; email:

Czestochowa University of Technology 2007-2012;Ph.D (Environmental engineering) : Research conducted at Institute of Environmental Engineering, 2012- now.
Teaching experience:
Lecturer, December 2012-now, Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Infrastructure, Czestochowa, Poland.
Is an assistant professor(Czestochowa University of Technology, Faculty of Infrastructure and Environment) specializing in environmental engineering and biotechnology, molecular toxicology expression of specific gens under stress conditions of plants and siderophores production. Made contributions to the field of waste water systems treatment, molecular diagnosis of pathogens, bioremediation technologies. Author of patents , studies and implementations for the industry. Much of her work has been conducted with participation in research projects and with industry concerning waste and sewage sludge management, soil treatment, phytoremediation, bioremediation, bioaugmentation, organic carbon sequestration and plants growth promoting bacteria. Also, she is a consultant national funding agency (NCBiR) and was Horizon 2020 evaluator. Moreover and has been working on national and international research teams (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim) , Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU, Aas), industrial companies (Poland) and also received training related to innovations and commercialization (Lund University, Sweden).
Research articles in peer reviewed Journals and book chapters 49.

Since 2013
Citations 1938
h-indeks 20
i10-indeks 37

Prof. Małgorzata Kacprzak
Warsaw University of Technology
Plock, Poland
Full Professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Mechanics and Petrochemistry, Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) in Poland. Her research experience spreads from planning to execution, coordination and administration of projects. She received several international stipends/employment, including Depart. of Forest Mycology and Pathology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden (VISBY PROGRAMME); the Laboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (LEQUIA), Depart. of Chemical and Agricultural Engineering and Agrofood Technology (EQATA), University of Girona, Spain; Depart. of Environmental Health Sciences, Division of Environmental Health Engineering, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA (OECD); Laboratoire Genie Civil et geoEnvironnement, University Lille, France. The main scientific interests concerning: circular economy, smart city, soil and air mycology, biological quality of degraded soils; technology phytoextraction, phytostabilisation, phytobioremediation; sewage sludge management, and biowaste in the circular economy. She is a co-author of 92 papers published in journals with IF and 8 patents. She has participated in or coordinated 15 big projects. Currently, she is a member of the Management Committee of COST Action CA20133 − Cross-border transfer and development of sustainable resource recovery strategies towards zero waste (FULLRECO4US, 2021-2025). She is the author and co-author of 20 expert opinions for industrial partners, local governments and the Polish Ministry of Environment.

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SPECIAL SESSION: The food-energy-water- (FEW-) nexus – resource interdependencies and their institutional challenges
Session resume:

Global challenges, such as climate change, population growth and resource shortages, increasingly touch upon basic human needs: the availability of adequate food, safe and sufficient fresh water, and affordable and clean energy. In order to achieve a secure and sustainable provision of these resources and to avoid trade-offs, the food-energy-water- (FEW-) nexus has been introduced as a concept to account for interlinkages and synergies.

When applying the FEW-nexus perspective to resource management problems, two dimensions of challenges become apparent. First, biophysical interconnections and dynamic resource flows between these resources are often not fully understood. Second, in terms of governance, a wide range of different authorities are currently endowed with single sectoral mandates. Furthermore, often a large number of public, private as well as non-state actors and institutions are involved, so that the decision-making landscape in resource management is highly fragmented and complex. In order to balance trade-offs and maximize synergies, both problem dimensions must be addressed. Therefore, innovative technical solutions as well as significant transitions in governance structures and institutions will become necessary.  

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Prof. Sandra Venghaus
RWTH Aachen University
Aachen, Germany
Sandra Venghaus is head of the
Chair for Decision Analysis and Socio-Economic Assessment at RWTH Aachen University. After studying Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard University from 2000 to 2004, she received her PhD in Economics focusing on complex system innovations from Leibniz University Hannover. In 2009, she began her work as a post-doc with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Since 2014, Sandra Venghaus has established a research group on "Resource Economics and the Water-Energy-Food/Land Nexus" at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-STE) at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Her current research focus is the quantitative modeling of complex socio-ecological systems, with a special interest in the impacts of political action options on social, economic, and ecological parameters.
Ms. Carolin Märker
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Jülich, Germany
Carolin Märker works as a PhD researcher at Forschungszentrum Jülich in the Institute of Energy Research – Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation (IEK-STE). Her research mainly focuses on institutional analysis and the governance of the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) nexus. Her PhD research is about institutional change processes within the FEW nexus in Germany. Furthermore, Carolin cooperated with Delft Technical University in the SHAPE ENERGY Research Design Challenge (funded by EU Horizon 2020) and developed a value-based framework for institutional analysis of energy systems. Additional research interests are EU’s energy and climate policy.
Carolin holds a Bachelor Degree in History and Political Science from the University of Mainz. Afterwards she completed her Master in Political Science at the Universities of Bonn and Grenoble. In 2015, she graduated as third best of the year with a Master thesis about the influence of the Visegrad Group on the EU's 2030 Climate and Energy Package.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Integration of Smart cities and Smart Industry for Circular Economy: Energy, Water and Waste to Secondary raw material for Sustainable Future
Session resume:

At previous SDEWES conferences, the session has received a considerable attention. Many of the presenters will be soon invited to publish extended manuscripts in dedicated Special Issues of journals with a high Impact Factor, among which Applied Energy (IF2017 = 7.900), Energy (IF2017 = 4.968), Energy Conversion and Management (IF2017 = 6.377), Journal of Cleaner Production (IF2017 = 5.651).


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Dr. Yee Van Fan
University of Oxford
Oxford, United Kingdom
Dr Yee Van Fan, MPhil, is a Senior Researcher in Digitalisation, Circular Economy & Net Zero at Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and a Researcher in the Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory, NETME Centre, Brno University of Technology. She serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier), Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilisation and Environmental Effects (Taylor and Francis), and Subject Editor of Energy (Elsevier) under the topic of Energy-Economic-Environment. Yee Van's research interest lies in material recovery and clean energy, supported by sustainability analysis, optimisation, and scenario modelling. Her research to date emphasises life cycle analysis of the solid waste management sector from micro to macro scales. This ranges from assessing optimal treatment strategies for waste collection and management systems to forecasting GHG emissions from waste flows by understanding relationships with demographic and socioeconomic factors. Her current research focuses on digitalisation as a potential enabler of net zero and circular economy targets.
Prof. Petar Sabev Varbanov
Szechenyi Istvan University
Gyor, Hungary
Prof Dr Habil Petar Varbanov is a Senior Researcher at the Szechenyi Istvan University in Gyor, 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 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a co-author of four 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
Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cleaner Production. The founder and President for 24 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 more than 700 papers, h-index reaching 65. 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, Malaysia; 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: Transition to sustainable knowledge society: Educational, technological and social challenges
Session resume:

Contemporary global interconnected crises of economy, environment, society, and institutions are getting more complex than ever, which requires urgent but well thought out measures. This session will be devoted to brainstorming, research, modeling, analysis, measurement, and assessment of technologies, economic concepts, and other activities that contribute to the transition to a sustainable knowledge society and circular economy. Special emphasis will be given to advances in applications of the blockchain, quantum communications and other related technologies for sustainable development, and to the social impact of these activities. The session is organized in cooperation with the World Academy of Art & Science, Club of Rome - European Research Centre and National Associations.

Prof. Aleksander Zidanšek
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Aleksander Zidansek is Professor of Physics at University of Maribor, researcher at Jozef Stefan Institute, 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 and associate member of the Club of Rome in 2005 ( He is Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science since 2012 and Trustee since 2021.
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: Renewable energies, innovative HVAC systems and envelope technologies for the energy efficiency of buildings
Session resume:

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 technologies
  • Thermally active building systems.
Prof. 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, vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-buildig and related advances concepts (B2V2B or V2B2). She is also involved in collaborative research activities relative to the design of net zero energy buildings and communities through the integration of passive solar thermal systems in buildings and the use of electric vehicles to add flexibility to buildings.
Prof. Soteris Kalogirou
Cyprus University of Technology
Limassol, Cyprus
Professor Soteris Kalogirou is at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences and Engineering of the Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus. He is currently the Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. In addition to his Ph.D., he holds the title of D.Sc. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and Founding Member of the Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts.

For more than 35 years, he is actively involved in research in the area of solar energy and particularly in flat plate and concentrating collectors, solar water heating, solar steam generating systems, desalination, photovoltaics, and absorption cooling.

He has a large number of publications as books, book chapters, international scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings. He is Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy, and Editorial Board Member of another seventeen journals. He is the editor of the book Artificial Intelligence in Energy and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Nova Science Inc., co-editor of the book Soft Computing in Green and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Springer, editor of the book McEvoy’s Handbook of Photovoltaics, published by Academic Press of Elsevier and author of the books Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems, and Thermal Solar Desalination: Methods and Systems, published by Academic Press of Elsevier.

He is a member of World Renewable Energy Network (WREN), American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and International Solar Energy Society (ISES).
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 LBNL, Berkeley, U.S.A. in 1995. He is actively involved in research fields concerning energy technologies for transportation systems as well as for civil, hospital and industrial applications, such as heating and cooling, thermo-fluid dynamic measurements, power systems, renewable energies, innovative HVAC systems for energy efficiency and NZEBs. 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. He is responsible of several MoUs with European and USA universities and research institutes with the aim to further collaborative research and teaching activities on energy applications. He is also responsible of several funded research projects regarding the energy efficiency of systems. He is member of: Experts committee for reviewing and evaluating research projects funded by Italian Ministry for Industry (CSEA); Management Committee of the national technological cluster Blue Italian Growth (BIG); Management Committee of the IBPSA-Italy. He was member of: Board of experts in the permanent supervisory committee of the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment (ARERA); Analysis committees at the direction for audits of Italian Energy Services Management (GSE SpA); 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: Small and large scale polygeneration for an efficient and sustainable energy conversion and supply in single users and small districts
Session resume:

In conventional systems, energy conversion is usually performed by devices that separately produce electricity, heat, cooling energy and/or other products. This consolidated approach, while having some benefits in terms of system simplicity and reliability, is unfortunately characterized by low energy conversion efficiencies. In the past decades, due to increasing concerns about depletion and high cost of fossil fuels and  greenhouse gases emissions, new energy paradigms have been emerging, aimed at improving systems efficiency and sustainability, simultaneously reducing their environmental impacts. A most proming solution consists of designing more integrated energy systems combining different devices, maximizing the utilization of energy inputs (either from renewable or fossil sources) and limiting any possible energy waste. 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 either renewable (solar, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal) and fossil fuels-based (reciprocating engines, combined cycles, etc.) technologies. However, in order to favour their viability and increase their penetration, such systems must be designed to properly match the demand profile of electricity, heat, cooling and products, thus minimizing the mismatch between production and load. In the civil sector this goal can be challenging when a single residential user (like a detached house) or a single building (with multiple apartments) must be supplied, while more favourable conditions can be achieved by installing a larger polygeneration system and supplying hot and/or cold water to a large number of costumers via small-to-medium scale district heating/cooling networks. In order to increase the flexibility of operation of polygeneration systems and achieve higher efficiency and economic profitability, thermal (sensible, latent and chemical) and electrical storage systems (battery, supercapacitors, super wheel, CAES, mini-hydro) can be integrated and appropriate control systems designed. Polygeneration is a key technology to promote Distributed Generation, which is attracting increasing attention due to its unquestionable benefits in terms of reduction of transportation losses and increased use of local resources.

In this framework, this Special Session aims at collecting recent studies and contributions focused on polygeneration systems, eventually integrated with small-to-medium scale district heating and cooling networks. 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 Member of the Editorial Board of 10 International Journals. He was a Conference Chair and/or member of Scientific Committee in several session of International Conferences. He is Vice-Chair Cross Reader for the FET OPEN Projects funded by EU
Prof. Antonio Piacentino
University of Palermo
Palermo, Italy
Antonio Piacentino is Full Professor of Energy Systems and Thermal Sciences at the Dpt. of Engineering, University of Palermo. He is currently covering the roles of President of the Territorial University of Trapani and Head of Master Course in Energy and Nuclear Engineering at University of Palermo. His teaching activities are in the field of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, Energy Management and Analysis and Thermoeconomics of Energy Systems. His research activities have covered a number of topics, being mainly focused on cogeneration and trigeneration applications in buildings, thermoeconomic cost accounting and diagnosis of energy systems (with a particular focus on refrigeration and air conditioning units), energy and exergy analysis of thermal desalination systems, process integration and pinch analysis.
Prof. Piacentino has been involved in several European projects, Research Projects of National Interest financed by Italian Ministry of University and projects in the framework of the National Operative Programme “Research and Competitiveness”.
He has authored or co-authored more than 120 papers, with more than 50 published on scientific and technical journals indexed by high-level databases. He served as associate editor for several scientific journals and as a Guest Editor for several Special Issues of top-level journals, serving also as a reviewer for many journals in the fields of thermodynamics, heat transfer, energetics and desalination. Also, Prof. Piacentino is member of several national and international associations, and since 2017 he has been serving as a member of the International Scientific Committee of SDEWES Centre.
Prof. Laura Vanoli
Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope
Napoli, Italy
Laura Vanoli is a full professor of Applied Thermodynamics at the Engineering Department of the University of Naples Parthenope. 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 an assistant professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Cassino. From November 2003 to January 2005 she worked as an 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 Polytechnic Institute and State University (USA). From January 2005 to October 2008 she has been working as an associate professor at the Department of Food Science of the University of Naples Federico II. From November 2008 to December 2016 she was an associate professor at the Engineering Department of the University of Naples Parthenope. From December 2016 to February 2019 she was a full professor at the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Cassino and Lazio Meridionale.
Her research 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 100 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 Engineering, Exergy analysis for BA degree in Management Engineering, Energy Management for Master degree in Management Engineering.
Since 2015 she has been an adjunct researcher at the Engines Institute of the Italian National Research Council.
Currently, she is the coordinator of the Ph.D. international program in Energy Science and Engineering of the University of Naples “Parthenope”.

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Benchmarking the performance of cities across energy, water and environment systems
related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.