"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)

"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb

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

The conference is planned to be held September 1-5, 2020 in Cologne.
In case there is deteriorating situation with COVID-19, the conference will be held online, while presentations of such papers will have the same publishing procedure as if they were presented in person

Special sessions

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
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
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).

Invited papers (15)
SPECIAL SESSION: Technologies towards energy transition and circular economy
Session resume:

Technologies are undergoing a deep transformation due to energy transition that (i) decarbonises the transport and building sector (ii) implementing electrical systems for a substantial increase of renewables (iii) or low-carbon power sources. In parallel the manufacturing industrial sector is transforming towards the Circular Economy approach that entails an entire regenerative ecosystem to close the loop for energy and material usage. Both the energy transition and the circular economy represent an opportunity for EU to lead the change and get a preeminent commercial positioning. On the other hand, renewable energy, electrification, carbon capture, energy storage and efficiency will play important roles for an industrial global energy use.  This is when circular economy and the energy transition get in touch, as the first is added to the list of strategies that can be used to reduce related energy use and CO2 emissions. However, the relationship of both concepts needs to be explored to enabler for the Sustainable Development Goals in the 2030 Agenda. This Special session, serves as a discussion forum to provide the last researches and development of technologies to overcome the challenges of the energy transition and the circular economy as tools for the energy sector's sustainability. Thus, I kindly invite you to share your contributions on topics including, but not limited, advanced energy technologies, processes, methodologies, statistical analysis, modelling and optimization, environmental life cycle assessment, circular economy metrics development, etc. that enhance the energy transition and circular economy in the energy sector.

Dr. Víctor J. Ferreira
Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya (IREC)
Barcelona, Spain
Victor José Ferreira is a researcher in LCA/LCC at Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya (IREC) in Spain. He is a Chemical Engineer from the University of Carabobo/Venezuela (2000) and holds his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Porto (2013). Victor Ferreira focused his research activities in the field of materials dedicated to promote clean energies and technologies for sustainable products. In his first research state, he developed and tested oxides to purify hydrogen-rich streams through the redox process. Then, during his PhD, he studied and characterized oxides able to convert methane into added value products by the oxidative coupling of methane.

Currently, his main line of activity is related to the Life Cycle studies and Circular Economy for energy technologies, which aim to optimize materials, processes, energy consumption and end-of-life treatment considering the whole life of products, processes and services from an environmental, economic and social point of view.

During the last 5 years, he had carried out his professional activities on R+D+i and industrial activities focused them on Energy, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Analysis fields and development of innovations in new alternative materials uses (smart materials) for innovative energy storage systems for several industrial processes framed National and European projects related to the intensive energy industry and agroindustry sectors. He is author and Co-author of several scientific articles published in international indexed journals as well as participation in prestigious international conferences.
Dr. Lluc Canals Casals
Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC)
Barcelona, Spain
Lluc Canals Casals finished his studies on Industrial Engineering with the specialization of Vehicles and Logistics in 2005. Eager to be productive and to put into practice all the knowledge acquired at the University, the candidate entered into the labor market. He worked in a multinational company from the automotive industry for 3 years.
Then, he accomplished the personal project of travelling around South America for 11 months, spending 4 of them in a schooling and ormation center. This experience left a trace on him and, once back home in 2009, he got involved with Engineers Without Borders, where he became Secretary of the organization board (2014-2016).
By the end of 2012 Lluc went back into the academia and fully entered into the research world starting the PhD studies. The PhD studies grant was the results of an agreement between the UPC and SEAT (one of the major car manufacturers in Spain). The candidate’s research was strongly oriented to the projects he had to manage for the Company: Sunbatt and Batteries Second Life. Both projects touch new energy market businesses in relation to energy storage using second life EV batteries.
Finally, in 2016 he became Doctor by the UPC with the Thesis: Modelling Li-ion battery aging for second life business models. By the end of the year he participated in two more projects related to battery re/use “REFER & REVIBE”. Then he began his post-doc at IREC where he worked in several H2020 projects facing different research challenges, such as:
New materials for electric vehicle batteries; Energy management to achieve energy flexibility on buildings; and finally, mitigation of energy poverty.

Invited papers (5)
SPECIAL SESSION: Solar Energy Storage
Session resume:

The development of efficient and cost competitive energy storage systems is required for the massive deployment of solar energy power systems. This active R&D field  comprises mature technologies already commercial but with challenges regarding cost reduction, systems integration or long term reliability, among others as well as energy storage emerging technologies with promising pathways but with open issues about their scalability and market penetration.

This special session is focused on the analysis and discussion of trends and technologies for energy storage of solar energy. It includes the analyses, simulation and tests of existing and emerging solar energy storage technologies. Its scope on solar energy storage includes: solar energy storage systems integration; development and analysis of components; development and analysis of materials; economics of solar energy storage; policy on solar energy storage without excluding other related R&D areas. 

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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. Valerie Eveloy
Khalifa University
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Valerie Eveloy is an Associate Professor in mechanical engineering at Khalifa University (KU), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She 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 years academic and industrial experience in mechanical and energy engineering. Prior to joining Khalifa University, she was with The Petroleum Institute (now part of Khalifa University), the University of Maryland-College Park, and Nokia. She has led as principal investigator sponsored research projects focusing on the sustainability enhancement of energy, water and environmental systems. Specific topics include hydrogen, power-to-gas, solid oxide fuel cell/electrolysis systems, waste energy utilization, multi-generation, power, cooling and water for hot climates, heat exchanger optimization, atmospheric hazardous gas dispersion, and computational fluid dynamics, and she has actively published in these areas in leading journals. She is currently serving as topic editor for several international energy journal special issues. She received several research awards including the Academic of Distinction Leadership Excellence for Women Award (LEWA) recognizing professional excellence in women in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regional energy sector in 2017. Dr. Eveloy is a member of several international conference program committees focused on energy technologies and electronics thermal management, and a member of ASME.

Invited papers (10)
SPECIAL SESSION: Environmental safety of bio-waste in the circular economy – potential for energy and matter recovery
Session resume:

The circular economy vision assumes a continuous positive development cycle that conserves natural capital, optimizes the use of scare resources and encourages the recycling of organic and inorganic substances. In those terms, imitating the real circular biologic cycle may facilitate the replacement of previously used linear strategy. In this context, the main aim can be reached only in the transversal interdisciplinary dimension that allows for a wide view on the life cycle of organic waste. Biodegradable waste is formed within activities carried out by different entities: municipality (sewage sludge, green waste such as grass, branches and leaves, organic household waste such as kitchen waste); industrial and business activity (industrial waste generated by producing sugar and alcohol, beer brewing, processing grain, fruits, vegetables , fish, meat and milk; public catering waste, including kitchen waste and trade outlet waste, agricultural waste embraces; waste from livestock holdings such as manure, slurry, utilizable waste, etc.) plant-growing waste, including straw, chaff, grass, non-utilizable fruit, grain, vegetables or their pieces, etc. Focusing on the fact that the bio-based sector as one of the most resource-intensive in Europe circular economy gives unequal opportunity maximizing the matter and energy recovery.  

Thus, the Session covers the following objectives :

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Ms. Agata Rosińska
Czestochowa University of Technology
Częstochowa, Poland
PhD, DSc, Associate Professor Czestochowa University of Technology
Faculty of Infrastructure and Environment
Department of Environmental Engineering
42-200 Częstochowa
Dąbrowskiego 69 Str.

Dr. Agata Rosińska is the Vice Head of the Department for Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Infrastructure and Environment at Czestochowa University of Technology.
She completed her PhD with habilitation in the field of environmental engineering at the Department of Chemistry, Water and Wastewater Technology of Faculty of Environmental Engineering. Dr Rosinska’s PhD thesis is entitled “Quantitative–qualitative changes of PCB in sewage sludge stabilised anaerobically”. She completed her scientific internships in various international insitutions: Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania Crete (Greece), Universita “Stefan cel Mare” Suceava, Department of Forestry and Environmental Protection (Romania), Niigata University, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (Japan), Portugal, Universidade do Porto (Portugal), Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (Spain). She is member of the expert committees for evaluation of applications within several criteria, such as: financial, scientifically-technical and economically-business as well as big entrepresies’ projects.
Dr. Rosińska is the author of over 110 international and national scientific publications on natural environmental pollution by selected persistent organic compounds. Her current Scopus h-index is 5. She is a recognised specialist in chromatographic determination of organic micropollutants in environmental samples. She has been conducting technological research on complementing the area of knowledge regarding the inhibition of organic micropollutants in the sewage sludge anaerobic digestion process. Dr. Rosińska is interested in the influence of aerobic and anaerobic stabilisation on changes in selected organic micropollutants in sediments. She developed methodology for determination of polychlorinated biphenyls in sewage sludge. Additionally, her area of interest is also the role of biodegradable organic matter in the process of water disinfection, the coagulation process and adsorption for the removal of organic micropollutants from water intended for human consumption and the implementation of water safety plans.
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 351
h-indeks 13
i10-indeks 13

Dr. Anna Grosser
Czestochowa University of Technology
czestochowa, Poland
Dr. Krzysztof Fijalkowski
Czestochowa University of Technology
Czestochowa, Poland
Dr Krzysztof Fijałkowski have a PhD in technical sciences in the field of environmental engineering, which was awarded in 2009. From October 2009, dr inż. Krzysztof Fijałkowski works at the Institute of Environmental Engineering at the Czestochowa University of Technology, from 2011 as an Assistant Professor. He is the author of over 62 articles published in domestic and foreign journals and conference materials. His current Scopus h-index is 6 (GShoolar-h10). Dr Krzysztof Fijałkowski publishes in such journals as: Environmental Research, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Nanomaterials, Desalination and Water Treatment, Archives of Environmental Protection, Applied and Environmental Soil Science. He is a co-author of one patent, and a reviewer in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, International Journal of Phytoremediation and other journals. He participated in the implementation of many team research projects on an international scale. Collaborates with foreign researchers, including Norwegian National University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Aas, Norway, School of Science, Sligo Ireland. His field of interest are:
• testing the toxicity of soils and other environmental matrices during remediation processes using plant tests based on new solutions, i.e. modification of test media and analysis of biochemical indicators in the evaluation of plant stress response
• assessment of bactericidal and bacteriostatic properties of a new class of copper-containing nanomaterials on a silica support
• analyzing of new contaminants in sewage sludge.
• supporting the processes of bioremediation of soils contaminated with heavy metals - the use of phytoextraction, phytostabilization and phytoremediation,
• analysis of the potential of filamentous fungi as indicator organisms and biocomponents in preparations supporting environmental processes of biological waste treatment and remediation.

Invited papers (21)
SPECIAL SESSION: 10 years ahead of the SDG7: How to achieve universal electrification by 2030?
Session resume:

Providing universal access to sustainable, reliable, and affordable electricity by 2030 is one of the main objectives of the Sustainable Development Goal #7. The latest statistics forecasts that 840 million people currently live without electricity and 2.9 billion people lack access to clean cooking facilities; of which  the majority live in the most remote regions and under challenging socio-economic conditions. In conjunction with more efficient and cheaper technologies, decisions support tools and appropriate framework conditions are indispensable for achieving the targets of the seventh Sustainable Development Goal.

While significant progress has been made in recent years, especially in Central and Southern Asia, it is projected that 650 million people will still lack access in 2030. Therefore, this special session addresses the myriad aspects of research for providing access to electricity. This includes policy advice and energy sector planning tools based on geospatial and macroeconomic approaches, energy system management and planning approaches for defining cost-efficient energy supply solutions, technological feasibility as well as empirical research highlighting acceptance of energy solutions and willingness to pay.

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Mr. Paul Bertheau
Europa-Universität Flensburg
Flensburg, Germany
Paul has been awarded a scholarship by Reiner Lemoine-Stiftung in January 2017, the working title of his dissertation is “Transformation processes for realizing sustainable energy supply on the Philippines – an interdisciplinary analysis of success factors“. Paul’s research is dedicated to contributing to successful rural electrification in developing countries

Paul joined RLI in 2012 when he wrote his master’s thesis on applying renewable energy in remote regions. He initially focused on geographic methods and simulation tools for assessing the potential for hybridization of diesel-powered energy systems with renewable energy. As a researcher in the Off-Grid Systems team at RLI, he shifted his focus to developing and applying planning tools for rural electrification and deriving policy implications from these tools and the generated research results.

Paul has headed several research projects, among others market potential studies for renewable energy on islands and feasibility studies for specific renewable technologies and renewable energy projects. In this context, he has worked with partners from the public and private sector and gained practical work experience in the following countries: Algeria, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Philippines, and South Africa.

From 2011 to 2012, he has worked for the German Environmental Authority and the private sector and gained experiences in designing, monitoring, and implementing climate protection projects (UNFCCC-CDM mechanism) in emerging and developing countries (Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Rwanda).

Paul holds an international master’s degree in Global Change Management (University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde). As one of the best students, he received a BMBF scholarship. Due to his study topics, his particular interests and competencies are focused on transformation processes towards a more sustainable energy supply system.
Prof. Bernd Möller
Europa Universität Flensburg
Flensburg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Bernd Möller studied energy engineering at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences. He worked as a research fellow at Aalborg University in Denmark, where he obtained a PhD in Energy Planning at the Department of Planning and Development. As a member of the Sustainable Energy Planning Research Group he gathered experience with energy systems analysis and later on specialized in spatial analysis and the use of geographical information systems in energy and environmental planning. He has been a board member of Samsoe Energy Academy in Denmark, on an island dedicated to 100% renewable energy supply.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Möller is chair of the M.Eng. programme of Energy and Environmental Management at Europa Universität Flensburg, a programme with a 25 year history, dedicated to sustainable energy systems and management in developing countries.

Main areas of research are renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass and the geographical aspects of sustainable energy systems in terms of technology, economy and planning. This includes studies of resource availability of biomass, landscape impact of wind energy, continuous resource economic models of offshore wind energy, the connectivity to district heating as well as heat atlases of demand and supply for Denmark and Europe.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Managing the FEW-Nexus in the Anthropocene
Session resume:

For Paul Crutzen it was “appropriate to assign the term ‘Anthropocene’ to the present” global development. The food-energy-water nexus (FEW-Nexus) and its infrastructure represent key sectors of the Anthropocene and is therefore at the centre of the current discussion about transforming the Anthropocene into a resilient and secure sustainable development. The UN introduces resilience as a global sustainability goal and as a management concept to guide the institutional decision-making process to manage the Anthropocene.

“Resilience is usually used to describe the properties of a system” and is a central target of goal 1 (1.5), 11 (11.7), 13 (13.1) and 14 (14.2) of the UN-SDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) and a central issue of environmental decision-making at all institutional levels. The World Bank supports also this approach: “Resilience and development are inextricably linked. When we invest in infrastructure, we have to invest not just for today but for the future, and that means building resilience into everything we do.”

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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).

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SPECIAL SESSION: Transition Processes towards Sustainable Energy, Water and Environment Systems: The Graduate Institute of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW)
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The transition of energy and raw materials from finite and fossil resources towards renewable or reusable energy sources and raw materials will be discussed within this special session. Innovation, growth potential and public attention in these areas are of enormous importance to the future development of our societies.

Members of the Graduate Institute NRW – the association of 21 Universities of Applied Sciences within the state of North Rhine Westphalia – within the “Resources” group perform research with the focus on designing future environment systems. More than 120 professors and PhD students perform interdisciplinary research on a wide range of topics like bio economy, micro plastic, circular economy, mobility, renewable energy and agricultural economics. The following topics will be addressed here:

  • Are transition processes towards renewable and reusable sources always sustainable? And when do transition processes make economic sense?
  • What are sustainable sources of renewable and reusable raw materials for the coming decades?
  • How important can renewable and reusable resources be in structural change?
  • Which methods of processing renewable raw materials are there, which will be developed?
  • What potential do chemistry, process engineering and biotechnology offer for the use of alternative raw materials?
  • How can industry be involved into the transition processes? Are there completely new markets to be opened up?
  • What is the potential of the energetic use of resources, e.g. in the field of fuels and energy?
Prof. Ingo Stadler
TH Köln
Cologne, Germany
Dr. Stadler is managing director of the Cologne Institute for Renewable Energy CIRE of TH Köln. Within in the institute he covers the areas of renewable energies and energy economics. Dr. Stadler is working since many years with the topic of electricity supply systems with high fractions of renewable energies. Among others he investigates demand response activities and non-electric energy storage devices in order to decouple electricity generation and consumption.
Prof. Ralf Holzhauer
Westfälische Hochschule
Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Holzhauer studied mechanical engineering at the Technical Universities of Dortmund and Hannover. At the University of Dortmund he passed his degree as Dr.-Ing. According to the relevant professional activities in the fields of materials handling, logistics and waste management, he was appointed in 1994 to the Chair of recycling technology of the University of Applied Sciences Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen. Currently, the work focuses on the design of recycling processes and process technology for future energy sources.
Prof. Holzhauer is part of various associations. He is a board member of the VDI Society for Energy and Environmental Technology and director of the business development center Ruhr for circular economy.

Invited papers (6)
SPECIAL SESSION: Recent advances in renewable energy systems
Session resume:

In the last few years, several countries have experienced a dramatic increase of the overall energy demand. Simultaneously, greenhouse gas emissions are increasing, determining an increase of meteorological catastrophic events in several parts of the world. In this framework, several countries agreed on the necessity to develop a novel sustainable energy paradigm and to perform all the actions required to limit the increase of the Earth’s average temperature. This goal can be achieved through different strategies: developing novel efficient energy conversion systems, promoting energy efficiency and a more conscious use of energy, promoting the development of renewable energy sources. As a consequence, during the past decades, a special effort was made by several countries for the development of novel and innovative energy systems, mainly based on renewable sources. Such effort determined a number of positive effects, such as energy diversification, reduction of pollutant emissions, development of local green economies, and many others. On the other hand, the large non-programmable amount of renewable energy delivered to the electric grids poses severe issues in terms of management of excess energy and balance between demand and supply. This phenomenon is determining an increasing cost of the management of electric grids, which is typically transferred to the final consumer.

In this context, this Special Session aims at collecting the most significant and recent studies dealing with the integration of renewable technologies into new or existing water, electricity, heating, and cooling networks. The session will include the papers investigating the possible utilization of renewables for multiple purposes (power production, heating, cooling, water management, transports), aiming at increasing the diffusion of such sources into our energy systems. Papers investigating novel electrical and thermal storage systems, as well as the adoption of electrical vehicles, are welcome, too.

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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. Laura Vanoli
Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope
Napoli, Italy
Laura Vanoli is full professor of Applied Thermodynamics atl Engineering Department of 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 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.From December 2016 to Febrary 2019 she was full professor at the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Cassino and Lazio Meridionale. 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.
Dr. Maria Vicidomini
University of Naples Federico II
Naples, Italy
Maria Vicidomini was born in 1988 and graduated cum laude in Environmental engineering at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy in 2013. From 2013 to 2014, she was a fellow researcher at the University of Naples Federico II. She obtained the Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering in 2018. In 2019 she has been entitled as Researcher at the University of Naples Federico II. Her research activity has been mainly focused on the development of dynamic simulation models for the energy, exergy, economic and environmental analysis and impact of innovative systems for distributed polygeneration systems, supplied by renewable energy (geothermal, solar, wind energy) and natural gas. Building Integrated Solar Thermal Systems and internal combustion engines for the production of heat, cool and power. Solar heating and cooling systems. Solar desalination systems. Hybrid renewable system based on wind, solar and geothermal energy. Electrical storage. Electric vehicles. Her research activity is also developed in cooperation with several international institutions (Portugal, Iran, Turkey, Denmark, China, Croatia, Poland, Germany, Canada). She was a supervisor of several BsC, MS and PhD students at the University of Naples Federico II. She is a reviewer of about 15 international Journals. She was guest editor in special issues on International Journals. She is a member of the scientific committee of several international conferences and she is also involved in the organizing committee of the CEER 2020 Conferences. She was a conference chair and presenter in several sessions of International Conferences.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Hydrogen Energy Vectors for Storage and Power
Session resume:

The constantly increasing energy demand and enhanced enforcement of environmental regulations to reduce green house gas emission levels have been globally ecouraging  the power sector to develop new strategies for diversification and security of energy supply. Although renewable energies have considerably increased their penetration in the global markets, it is well-known that these technologies suffer of fluctuating patterns. Therefore, energy storage becomes a critical parameter for future renewable energy systems. Out of the possible solutions, chemical energy storage is the only one that enables long storage periods (in years), with unrestricted geological barriers and high distribution efficiencies.

Therefore, one of the main chemicals assessed for the task has been hydrogen. The hydrogen economy has been one of the main strategies proposed for decarbonisation of the power sector since hydrogen is an environmentally clean fuel, yielding 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 challenges 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.
Dr. 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: Improving manufacturing processes by fostering sustainable innovation strategies
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Manufacturing routes of products should be linked to a circular economy thinking to minimise impact related to product design as required in the framework of smart industries 4.0. In this vein, sustainable manufacturing production approaches promote strategies towards the creation of products that use minimal resources, have minimal environmental impacts and provide acceptable costs to society.

Due to the multiple activities involved in the manufacturing sector, opportunities for attaining improvement in its life cycle are considerable. This not only implies minimal energy and material consumption related actions to attain specific products, but also appropriate management of residues and by-products involved across the overall product life cycle. Due to the broad spectrum of alternatives, incorporating decision making tools, such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) or multicriteria approaches, is also a key issue to underline the importance of the best available alternative. In this context, this Special Session aims at bringing together research advances, case studies and practices targeted at reducing related impacts (e.g., economic, environmental, resources) attributed to manufacturing processes. Papers relevant to the scope of this special session include, but are not limited to, the following areas: sustainable use of resources (materials, energy and wastes), innovative manufacturing technologies, value chain optimization actions, circular economy strategies and product eco-design.

Dr. Maryori C. Díaz-Ramírez
Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE)
Zaragoza, Spain
Dr. Maryori C. Díaz Ramírez is currently researcher within the Energy and Environment Group (Industry and Energy Area) of the CIRCE (Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption) Foundation. She is Chemical Engineer graduated with honors at University of Carabobo (Venezuela) in 2001. After gaining experience as Process Engineer, she was awarded by the Alban Programme in 2004 to get a Master Degree in Eco-Efficiency, Energy Saving and Renewable Energy Technologies at CIRCE-University of Zaragoza. She also holds a European Ph.D. in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency by the University of Zaragoza. During her Ph.D. studies, she was awarded by the Guest Scholarship Program 2007/08 for Advanced Academic Studies or Research in Sweden and by the Ph.D. European Mention Scholarship Program 2009/2010 of the University of Zaragoza to perform two research fellowships; one at Umeå University (2008-2009) and another one at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU (2010).
Her research career at CIRCE involves more than 10 years of consolidated professional experience performing several national and European R&D&I projects. Maryori actively works on developing sustainable and innovative solutions adapted to the current needs of the smart industry. As part of her work, Maryori has participated in research actions aimed to support decision making process by applying methodological assessment approaches, such as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) or multi-objective optimisation tools. Recent works include several H2020 projects focused on different topics, such as: optimization of energy intensive processes, new battery development, innovative technologies to minimise emissions from geothermal plants and plastic recycling processes. Experience gained by Maryori during her professional career has been published in peer-reviewed papers in JCR listed journals, publications in international conferences and book chapters.

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SPECIAL SESSION: CROSS BOrder management of variable renewable energies and storage units enabling a transnational Wholesale market (CROSSBOW)
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In the past few decades, besides the conventional security and reliability considerations, power systems short term planning and operation has been increasingly influenced by challenging requirements related to:

  • integrated electricity markets with a goal of maximising competition in electricity production, services and supply, which in ideal case should extend trading electricity and balancing services until a few minutes before real-time;
  • incorporation of increasing quantities of highly volatile production of electricity from renewable energy sources (RES) into the market and system operation, often along with regulatory requirements for priority dispatch and non-curtailment of RES generation;
  • integration of storage technologies and promotion of new market roles of storage plants;
  • customer rights, especially in aggregation of small customers for market participation;
  • TSO-DSO cooperation and coordination to facilitate efficient use of flexibility assets for provision of network services;
  • increased use of ICT and other new technologies to support smart grids development;
  • cyber security and data protection issues due to increased use of ICT and customer participation;
  • transparency of policy and all undertaken activities.

CROSSBOW is an EC funded project which aims to contribute to efficient power systems operation, by cross-border coordination of available resources. Its major goal is to propose models and tools for shared use of resources to develop cross-border management of variable RES and storage units, thus enabling a higher penetration of clean energies. As a result, reduction of network operational costs and increase of the economic benefits of the use of clean energies is expected.

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Dr. Aleksandra Krkoleva
Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies
Skopje, North Macedonia
Aleksandra Krkoleva Mateska received her PhD degree in electrical engineering from Ss Cyril and Methodius University, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies (FEEIT) in Skopje. Her research interests include Smart Grids, electricity markets and regulation and computer applications in power systems. She is author and co-author of papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. She has been actively involved in the EU funded projects as RISE, MoreMicrogrids, SEETSOC and CROSSBOW as well as in other international and national projects and studies related to her field of interest. She is currently Associate professor at Ss Cyril and Methodius University, FEEIT, working at the Power Systems Department. She has been Chair of IEEE PES of the local IEEE Section and is currently General Secretary of the National Committee of CIGRE in North Macedonia

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SPECIAL SESSION: Accelerating the green transition using AI and energy system integration
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A low-carbon society calls for fundamental changes of the energy system. Today energy systems are operated and planned so that the production follows the demand. However, an efficient implementation of a low-carbon society calls for a system where demand follows production. This highlights the need for a whole spectrum of methods ranging from energy system planning to operation. Most importantly, the flexibility at virtually all type of end-users on all aggregation levels have to be unlocked. In order to maximize the flexibility options, all aspects of energy systems integration and sector coupling, such as the energy-water nexus, have to be considered. The complexity calls for a next level of digitization and a need for new tailored methods, i.e. energy system oriented AI, Big Data Analytics, Grey-Box Modelling, Cloud-Fog-Edge Computing, System-of-Systems, IoT, Resilience, User-involvement, and Data-sharing principles. This special session will provide a number of talks highlighting the status and challenges in achieving an efficient implementation of the future low-carbon society. 

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.
Dr. Rongling Li
Technical university of Denmark
Lyngby, Denmark
Rongling Li is an associate professor at DTU Civil Engineering, Denmark. Her research focus is on building energy flexibility including thermal and electrical flexibility, using modelling and data-driven approaches. She received her PhD degree in Architecture Engineering from the University of Tokyo in Japan then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. In 2017 she joined DTU Civil Engineering. In winter 2019, she was a visiting fellow at the Faculty of Engineering Science, KU Leuven, Belgium. In spring 2019, three of her PhD students successfully defended and graduated. Currently she supervises four PhDs and several master students working on the topics of energy flexibility in buildings using data-driven approaches. She was an active member of International Energy Agency EBC Annex 67- Energy flexible buildings (2015-2019). She has been nominated as the co-Operating Agent of the new IEA EBC Annex 82 Energy flexible buildings towards resilient low-carbon energy systems, an international collaboration during 2020-2023. Her research interest includes smart cities, smart buildings, energy demand flexibility, energy system modelling, big data analysis, data mining, machine learning, building physics and services. She has published many manuscripts in high-profile scientific journals, e.g., Applied Energy, Energy, Energy and Buildings, Applied Thermal Engineering, etc.

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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;
  • Smart district and communities;
  • 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
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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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.