Keynote Speaker I
Prof. Harald Richter
Clausthal University of Technology, Germany
Harald Richter got a ‘Dipl.-Ing.‘ diploma degree in Electrical Engineering with specialisation in Computer Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. H received a ‘Dr.-Ing.‘ degree in Electrical Engineering from Munich University of Technology, and in 1998, he acquired a ‘Dr. rer.nat.habil.‘ degree in Computer Engineering from the same University. Since 2000, he has the chair of Technical Informatics and Computer Systems at Clausthal University of Technology, where he works until today. He teaches computer organization and computer networks. His research interests are Cloud Computing, Real-Time Communication in Computer Networks, Renewable Energies and High-Performance Computing and Simulation.
Keynote Speaker II
Prof. Carlos Henggeler Antunes,
University of Coimbra, Portugal
Carlos Henggeler Antunes holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering (specialization in Optimization and Systems Theory), from the University of Coimbra in 1992. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra. He is member of the coordination committee of the Energy for Sustainability Initiative of the University of Coimbra. His areas of interest are multi-objective optimization, optimization using meta-heuristics, multi-criteria analysis, as well as energy systems and policies, with particular focus on energy efficiency and demand response. He has participated in several national and international R&D projects and in specialized consulting for companies. He is author of about two hundred papers in journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. He is co-author of the book "Multiobjective Linear and Integer Programming”.
Plenary Speaker I
Prof. Marc Alier
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunia, BarcelonaTECH, Spain(UPC)
Plenary Speaker II
Dr. Kathryn Janda
University of Oxford&University College London, UK
Katy earned undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and English literature from Brown University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley. She has worked in the Energy Analysis Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Environmental Policy Fellow in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program. Prior to joining the ECI, she held a position as assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College for five years, where she pursued her research interests and taught courses such as energy production and consumption; fundamentals of building performance; environment and society; a practicum on ecological design; solar music; dynamics of consumption; and qualitative research methods.
Katy has studied the interface between social and technical systems in the built environment since 1990 and is particularly interested in why different organisations and social groups decide to promote or reject environmental technologies, particularly in non-domestic settings. Social groups she has studied include: building designers, environmental advocates, and building users. Technical systems she studies include energy-efficiency techniques and green building strategies. Her research encompasses three principal areas: Social dimensions of energy use; Social, economic and environmental implications of ecological design; The relationship between environmental technology adoption and organizational decision-making.
Katy leads the Energy, Organisations, and Society theme within the ECI's Energy Research programme. Her work explores the role of building professionals in creating 'middle-out’ change; implications of data availability and ownership in the commercial real estate industry (including green leasing); and energy management practices in universities, offices, stores, churches, theaters, and small businesses. She is lead author and research director of the WICKED project which works with technical, legal and organisational infrastructure in the retail sector to create knowledge and develop energy strategies for owners, landlord, and tenants. She led the COALESCE knowledge exchange project with industry partner CO2 Estates. For Phase 2 of the UK Energy Research Centre (2009-14), she co-led the “Energy Use in Buildings” and led the “Social and Organisational Aspects of Energy Use” themes. She also led the Worldwide Status of Energy Standards for Buildings project, an investigation of the worldwide status of energy standards for buildings in more than 80 countries linked to the legal status and building sector coverage of the standards in different countries.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Glotzbach, University of Applied Science in Darmstadt, Germany
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells - Key Technology for the Energy Revolution
The impact of global CO2 pollution can be mitigate by renewable energies, combined with a variety of more efficient use of energy. Renewable energy generators are among the fluctuating energy producers. The increasing use of renewable energies generally have an effect on the balance between the generated and consumed power. The system can get out of balance. For this reason, storage will be necessary for the future energy supply. These storages must be able to store energy of different periods: hours, days, weeks and months. For the compensation of hours and days will be used batteries, for example. For the longer periods, only gas can be use. By electrolysis, excess current can be convert to hydrogen. This generated hydrogen can be stored into the German gas network to a certain percentage. The gas thus stored will be use for the heat demand. However, it can also been converted into electricity by using gas power plants. Hydrogen can also be stored in pure form. By means of a fuel cell, it can then easily been converted back into electrical energy.