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

"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

"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


Special sessions

SPECIAL SESSION: Hydrogen Energy Vectors for Storage and Power
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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: 10 years ahead of the SDG7: How to achieve universal electrification by 2030?
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Providing universal access to sustainable, reliable, and affordable electricity by 2030 is one of the main targets of the Sustainable Development Goal #7. Latest statistics indicate that still 840 million people live without electricity and 2.9 billion people lack access to clean cooking facilities. Many of which are expected to live in the most remote regions and under the poorest socio-economic conditions. Besides more efficient and cheaper technologies, decisions support tools and appropriate framework conditions are indispensable to achieve 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 will still lack access in 2030. Therefore, this special session focuses on the diverse 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, technology research as well as empirical research highlighting acceptance of energy solutions and willingness to pay.

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Mr. Paul Bertheau
Reiner Lemoine Institut
Berlin, Germany
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
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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).

Invited papers (5)


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