Energy Economics and Energy Policy

Keynote Speakers For ICEEEP 2018

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.


Previous Distinguished and Invited Speakers in ICEEEP 2017


Speaker I

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.

Speaker II

Prof. Eugen RUSU, Director of the Council of the Doctoral Schools - vice-rector at Galati University 'Dunarea de Jos',  Romania

Wave and wind energy extraction in coastal environment – present, perspectives and challenges


At present, the most exciting developments foreseen in the area of the renewable energy extraction are in the nearshore and offshore areas. This is mainly due to the huge potential of these areas. From this perspective, a first objective of the proposed lecture would be to provide an up to date overview of the wave and offshore wind resources with the emphasis on the European coastal environment. Furthermore, a general survey of the technological advances related to the renewable energy extraction will be also presented together with an evaluation in various coastal areas of the efficiency of some state of the art wave and wind technologies. This will be made in terms of some indicators as: expected electric power, normalized electric power, capacity factor or capture width. Since the development of the hybrid marine energy farms, resulted by combining the wind and wave projects, might represent the most convenient way, at least for the short to medium term developments, another focus of the presentation will be the assessment of the wave energy in some places where offshore wind turbines already operate. On the other hand, the coastal impact of the marine energy farms represents a completely new challenge and a lot of work should be done in order to evaluate in a correct way the sensitivity of the shoreline wave climate to the renewable energy extraction in coastal areas. From this perspective, another aspect targeted will represent the presentation of a relevant case study related to the evaluation of the expected electrical power and of the coastal impact of a hybrid wind-wave farm operating in the Portuguese nearshore.  Finally, together with some concluding remarks, a discussion on the main challenges related to the marine energy extraction will be also employed.  This involves the LCOE reduction, some trends related to the technological advances, as the new PTO technologies, and also increasing the survival conditions.



1.  INTRODUCTION – Description of the WECs considered and of the dynamics of the wind technologies with the emphasis on the offshore wind energy extraction

2. An evaluation of the worldwide wave energy resources with the emphasis on the European coastal environment (both continental nearshore and islands)

3. Assessment of the performances of some state of the art WECs (Expected electric power, Capacity factor, caption width)

4. Evaluation of the wind energy resources in the European seas (Mediterranean, Black and Caspian seas) and assessment of the performances of some wind turbines

5. Assessment of the wave energy in some places where offshore wind turbines already operate

6. Presentation of a case study – the expected electric power and the coastal impact of a hybrid wind-wave farm operating in the Portuguese nearshore

7. Some concluding remarks – LCOE reduction, technological advances – new PTO technologies, increasing the survival conditions;

8. References