Archival abstracts submission deadline has been extended until February 15th, 2017.
"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)
"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
"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 SESSION: 100% Renewable Energy Systems in a Smart Energy System perspective - Transitional challenges and the modelling of sector integrated energy systems
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More and more scientific evidence points in the direction that 100% renewable energy systems are technically possible. After COP21, The Paris Agreement and COP22 almost 50 nations worldwide have committed to such a target. While such 100% renewable energy systems are technically possible some energy systems design may be very costly and some not sustainable with regards to e.g. bioenergy consumption. Scientific knowledge about feasible long-term targets and system designs is needed to identify key technologies and system re-design options. At the same time an affordable and technically possible transition from fossil fuels and into a redesigned energy system should take place and existing infrastructure may be used in new innovative ways. With constantly decreasing LCOE from onshore and offshore wind power as well as photovoltaics these capacities can be expanded to a point where the electricity grid of a country is not enough. Smart energy systems may provide robust and cost-effective investment strategies that will facilitate an efficient transformation towards a sustainable energy system suing synthetic gas storage, electrofuels, large-scale heat pumps with thermal storage for district heating. A two-dimentional approach can enable trade between nations or regions as well as trade between sectors i.e. combining The Smart Energy System’s cross-sectoral approach (electricity, heat and gas) with a cross-border approach.

In this special session we invite researchers focusing on energy system analyses, modelling or feasibility studies to submit abstracts. Abstract should focus on a sectorial integration approach, i.e. a Smart Energy System design merging the electricity sector, the heating sector and the transport sector, enabling the use of infrastructures and energy storages across energy carriers. 

Prof. Brian Vad Mathiesen
Aalborg University
Aalborg, Denmark
Brian Vad Mathiesen, Professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University, is one of the world’s leading researchers in renewable energy systems. He is listed in the Thomson Reuters 2015 and 2016 ISI Highly Cited researchers ranking him among the top 1% researchers in the world, Vice-Chair of the EU's Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for Energy (AGE) and member of the EU Commission expert group on electricity interconnection targets in the Energy Union. His research focuses large-scale integration of fluctuating resources (e.g. wind power), the design of 100% renewable energy systems as well as socio-economic consequences and public regulation within the societal shift to sustainable energy. Brian Vad Mathiesen has been one of the leading researchers behind the concepts of Smart Energy Systems and electrofuels. He is Head of the Sustainable Energy Planning Research group, Deputy Head of the 4DH Research Centre, Programme Director for and co-founder of the MSc in Sustainable Cities, and has been PI (Principal Investigator), work package leader and participant in more than 50 research projects, including the recent Heat Roadmap Europe project. In 2016, together with partners from e.g. DTU, he received prestigious ForskEl Prize for a research project on the use of electrolysis with renewable energy. His editorial activities include, being editorial board member of the Journal of Energy Storage (Elsevier), Associate Editor at Energy, Ecology and Environment (Springer) and Editor at International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management. He makes more than 25 keynote and public speeches in Denmark and internationally annually.
Prof. Henrik Lund
Aalborg University
Aalborg, Denmark
Henrik Lund is professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University and Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier International journal Energy. (
Author of the book: Renewable Energy Systems: (

Architect behind the Advanced Energy Systems Analysis Model EnergyPLAN: (

On the Thomson Reuters list of the most highly cited researches in the world

Former head of department and head of several European and Danish research projects including the 4DH (Strategic Research Centre for 4th Generation District Heating Technologies and Systems) financed by the Danish Council for Strategic Research involving 32 university and industrial partners in Denmark, Sweden, Croatia and China. 2012-2017., the Strategic Research Project CEESA (Coherent Energy and Environmental System Analysis, 2007-2011) and the EU 6th framework program DESIRE (Dissemination Strategy on Electricity Balancing for Large Scale Integration of Renewable Energy). 2005-2007.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Energy and Water Efficiency for Sustainable Future: Knowledge Development and Transfer
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In Dubrovnik, at SDEWES 2015 the session has received a considerable attention, having three time slots and spanning two conference days. Similarly, the sessions at the SEE SDEWES 2016 in Piran and the SDEWES 2016 in Lisbon have both been very well attended by participants, widening the geographical coverage. Many of the presenters have been invited to publish extended manuscripts in dedicated Special Issues of journals with a high Impact Factor, among which Applied Energy (IF 5.746), Energy (IF 4.292), Energy Conversion and Management (IF 4.801), Journal of Cleaner Production (IF 4.959).


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Dr. Petar Varbanov
Pázmány Péter Catholic University
Budapest, Hungary
Dr Varbanov worked for the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, where he still acts as a Consultant. After a spell in the industry in Bulgaria he got a scholarship at a prestigious British University – UMIST, Manchester. He got PhD in Process Integration from UMIST with distinction and won another prestigious EC Marie Curie grant for 2-year research at Technische Universität Berlin, followed by another EC grant for coming to 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, water and waste water minimization, optimization of energy supply networks, Systems Modelling, Process Synthesis and Process Operation. His research has been successfully implemented in collaboration with industrial partners: BP-Coryton, BP-Grangemouth, MOL Százhalombatta. Presently he has been contributing to 7 EC co-funded research projects. He has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a co-author of two books and several chapters in books. Dr Varbanov acts as a scientific secretary of the PRES series of conferences and editor of the related Special Issues in respected journals such as Applied Thermal Engineering, Journal of Cleaner Production, Cleaner Technologies and Environmental Policy, Theoretical Foundations of Chemical Engineering. Dr Varbanov is Subject Editor for ENERGY, for the topic of Energy Planning Tools.
Prof. Jiří Jaromír Klemeš
Peter Pazmany Catholic University
Budapest, Hungary
Prof Dr-Hab Jiří Jaromír Klemeš, DSc, Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary and Emeritus Professor at University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. Previously the Project Director, Senior Project Officer and Hon Reader at Department of Process Integration at UMIST, The University of Manchester and University of Edinburgh. In 2007 awarded by the EC with Marie Curies Chair of Excellence (EXC). He has comprehensive industrial experience in Process Integration, Computer Aided Design methods and tools for environmental protection, sustainability and greenhouse gases footprints reduction. Many successful industrial applications. Track record of managing and coordinating 87 major EC, NATO and UK Know-How projects. Research funding attracted over 21 M€. The long term Head and Founder of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification – CPI2. A Distinguished Visiting Professor of Xi’an Jiaotong University: South China University of Technology, Guangzhou: Tianjin University in China: University of Maribor, Slovenia; Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; University Technology Petronas, Malaysia; Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic and of 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. Chairperson of CAPE Working Party of European Federation of Chemical Engineering, a member of WP on Process Intensification and of the EFCE Sustainability platform. The founder and President for 20 y of PRES (Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction) conferences. Vice-Chair of SDEWES for Central and Easter Europe. He authored more than 330 papers recorded in SCOPUS and Web of Science, h-index 34. A number of books published by McGraw-Hill; Woodhead Cambridge; Elsevier; Ashgate Publishing Cambridge; Springer; WILEY-VCH; Taylor & Francis). Among his awards are “Honorary Doctor of Engineering Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru”, “Honorary Membership of Czech Society of Chemical Engineering“, “EFCE Life-Time Achievements Award” and “Pro Universitaire Pannonica” Gold Medal.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Polygeneration: a novel paradigm for an efficient and sustainable use of energy resources
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In conventional systems, energy conversion is typically performed by different devices separately producing electricity, heat, cooling energy and/or other products. This approach has been used for a long time, driven by the requirements for system simplicity and reliability and supported by the large availability and low prices of fossil fuels. However, in the past decades this scenario has been rapidly changing due to the increasing concerns about depletion of fossil fuels resources and greenhouse gases emissions. In this framework, new energy conversion paradigms must be developed, aiming at improving systems efficiency and sustainability, simultaneously reducing their environmental impacts. As a consequence, energy conversion devices can be integrated in single optimized systems, maximizing the utilization of energy inputs (either from renewable or fossil sources) and limiting any possible waste energies. Such a target may be achieved by adopting Polygeneration systems. In fact, 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 both renewable (solar, wind, hydro, biomass and geothermal) and fossil fuels-based (reciprocating engines, combined cycles, etc.) technologies, in different combinations. At meantime, in order to increase their penetration potential, polygeneration systems must accurately face with the dynamic trends of user energy and products demands and minimize the mismatch between instantaneous production and loads. This is extremely important in order to favor the growth of the so called Distribute Generation, which is unanimously recognized to achieve a number of benefits, in terms of increased efficiency, reduction of transportation losses and maximization of use of local resources. To this scope, polygeneration systems can be equipped with suitable thermal (sensible, latent and chemical) and electrical storage systems (battery, supercapacitors, super wheel, CAES, mini-hydro) and specific control systems aiming at optimizing the utilization of energy sources and/or products in order to maximize the economic profitability.

In this framework, this Special Session aims at collecting recent studies and contributions focused on polygeneration systems. Manuscripts focused on crucial aspects like systems modeling, control strategies and experimental analysis at whole-system or single-component levels 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 Associate Editor of 4 International Journals. He was a Conference Chair and/or member of Scientific Committee in several session of International Conferences. His Scopus indexes (August 2016) are: Documents: 69; Citations: 1205; H-Index:20
Prof. Antonio Piacentino
University of Palermo
Palermo, Italy
Antonio Piacentino is associate professor at Dpt. of Energy, ICT and Mathematical Models, University of Palermo. He currently teaches Energy Management and, in the past, has held graduation courses on Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer. He has served as a supervisor for two PhD thesis and for more than 60 Master’s and Bachelor’s theses.
His main research activities have been focused on cogeneration and trigeneration applications in buildings, thermoeconomic cost accounting and diagnosis of energy systems, energetic and exergetic analysis of thermal desalination systems, process integration and pinch analysis, with some research activities also regarding proton exchange membrane fuel cells.
Prof. Piacentino has been involved in two European projects concerning cogeneration and co-financed in the framework of EU SAVE programme, and in one Project of Research of National Interest on a similar topic financed by Italian Ministry of University. He is currently Head of a Research Line within a project financed in the framework of the National Operative Programme “Research and Competitiveness”.
He has authored or co-authored more than 80 papers, with more than 30 published on scientific and technical journals indexed by high-level databases. He serves as an associate editor for several scientific journals and as a reviewer for a number of journals in the fields of thermodynamics, heat transfer, energetics and desalination. Also, Prof. Piacentino is member of several national and international asociations, like the European Desalination Society, the Italian Union of Thermofluid dynamics and the Italian Association of “Fisica Tecnica”.
Prof. Laura Vanoli
University of Cassino and Southern Lazio
Cassino, Italy
Laura Vanoli is full professor of Applied Thermodynamics at the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Cassino and Lazio Meridionale. 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. 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.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Ethics, justice, and the sustainable management of natural resources – challenges of the food, energy, water nexus
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The global challenges of climate change, population growth and resource shortages will increasingly strike at the core of what drives human prosperity: adequate food, safe and sufficient fresh water, and affordable and clean energy. Throughout history, humanity has rarely been able to achieve a truly equitable allocation of, distribution of and access to these resources. Providing a just livelihood for as many people as possible has thus become a key objective. The direct interlinkages between food, energy and water security and growing wealth inequality and power constellations will require a comprehensive and effective FEW nexus management concept based on intense and coordinated global efforts. Natural resources – including water, (fertile) land or fossil resources – are limited and geographically unevenly distributed. This uneven distribution increasingly confronts the growing demand for ‘socially useable resources’, for which demand intensity is globally also unevenly distributed. Precondition for an effective and sustainable management concept is thus an ethical global framework that provides for a globally just resource distribution. Integrated assessment is generally used to frame, study and solve such complex interdependencies. In this session, the preconditions and management requirements for the comprehensive management of the nexus resources shall be discussed.

Prof. Jürgen-Friedrich Hake
Research Centre Jülich
Jülich, Germany
Dr. Sandra Venghaus
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Jülich, Germany

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SPECIAL SESSION: Transition to circular economy: Technological and social consequences
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The concept of circular economy offers potential solutions to the current global interconnected crises of economy, environment, society and institutions. This session will be devoted to brainstorming, research, modeling, analysis, measurement and assessment of activities that contribute to the transition to circular economy and sustainable knowledge society, 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.


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Prof. Aleksander Zidanšek
Institute Jozef Stefan
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Aleksander Zidansek is Professor of Physics at University of Maribor, researcher at Jozef Stefan Institute, Director of International Center for Sustainable Development 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, associate member of the Club of Rome in 2005 (, and fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science in 2012.
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: Sustainable combustion
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The dependence of the world’s energy production on fossil fuels and related environmental pollution remain among the greatest challenges today. The combustion of fossil fuels releases large quantities of pollutant and CO2 emissions into the environment, which are the largest drivers of climate change. The latest report from the scientific panel on anthropogenic global warming indicates that remarkable and joint global action is required to reduce these emissions, and the longer we wait to address this issue, the more difficult, technologically challenging and expensive will become. The need to burn more efficiently and cleanly remains a great challenge and huge responsibility for the international combustion community and 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 and sustainable combustion technologies: 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; coal, biomass, biofuel and waste combustion, multiphase flows and sprays; particle technology, gasification and pyrolysis; new combustion technologies. 

Prof. Milan Vujanović
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Milan Vujanović is a researcher and Teamleader of CFD Combustion Research Group 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.
Dr. Vujanović holds PhD in “numerical modelling of multiphase flow in 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”, and “Numerical Methods in Continuum Mechanics”. He has over 40 publications in Scientific Journals, Books and International Conferences Proceedings to his credit.
Dr. Vujanović is a consultant to many industries and to 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 is a Full Professor in the area of Environment and Energy at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). 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. Currently, he teaches the courses of Thermodynamics, Combustion, Renewables Energies and Integrated Energy Systems. He has supervised more than 100 MSc and Phd students. He has participated in more than 50 national and international projects in the area of Energy and Environment and has (co-)authored 1 book, more than 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and more than 150 papers in international conferences. 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: Sustainable Treatment of Water and Wastewater: Challenges and Opportunities
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Water depletion is one of this century’s greatest issues. Human activity is pushing natural water sources to dangerous limits producing at the same time highly contaminated wastewaters with significant environmental impact. In this context, an important scientific challenge is the development of appropriate methods for the treating of wastewater for subsequent water reclamation rather than continuously discharging them in the environment. Moreover, it is essential to ensure that no ecological and human health risks may arise from water recovered from wastewater with a special attention to emerging contaminants known to not be efficiently removed by conventional wastewater treatment systems.

This special session will discuss the application of clean processes and technologies for sustainable water and wastewater treatment, reuse and recycle. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: advanced membrane processes for water reuse in high water consumption industries, water desalination, biofiltration, advanced oxidative and catalytic processes for water purification, nanotechnology for water processing, solar driven disinfection techniques, treatment and reuse of greywater and process modeling. The development of integrated strategies for water and wastewater management will be also focused aiming to achieve industrial solutions at the best cost/efficiency ratio. On the other hand, targeting water reclamation from wastewater, it must be ensured that the developed technologies are able to minimize ecological and human health impact. Thus special attention will be given to cutting-edge methodologies for toxicity assessment.

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Prof. Licínio Gando-Ferreira
University of Coimbra
Coimbra, Portugal
Licínio Manuel Gando de Azevedo Ferreira, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra since 1995. He received the graduation in Chemical Engineering, in 1983, from the University Agostinho Neto (Angola). He got PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Porto with distinction and praise in 1994. He has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 70 communications to scientific meetings. Supervised 4 PhD thesis and 29 Master thesis. He coordinated and participated in several projects funded by Research National Foundation (FCT) and industry. His is responsible for the coordination of the separation engineering area of the Group on Environment, Reaction, Separation and Thermodynamics (GERST) of the Chemical Processes Engineering and Forest Products Research Centre (CIEPQPF) of the University of Coimbra. The main scientific topic where he has recently worked are: recovery of metals from industrial wastewaters using ion exchange and nanofiltration, treatment and valorization of effluents by integrating membrane processes (ultrafiltration and nanofiltration) and advanced oxidation processes, sequestration of carbon dioxide by mineral carbonation, desalination of sea water by hybrid ion-exchange-pressure driven membrane processes and separation of amino acids by ion exchange.
Mr. Rui Martins
CRP Henri Tudor
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

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SPECIAL SESSION: Math for Water, Soil, and Ecosystems
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Mathematics is an academic discipline which ultimately comprehend all methodologies in science and technology, without excepting theory and practice in sustainable development of water, soil, and ecosystems. Collaboration among mathematicians and scientists in other research fields shall lead to scientific solutions of real world problems as well as to formulation of new mathematical problems. In this regard, this special session aims at providing a forum for all those interested in mathematical approaches to modelling and optimizing water and soil environment, life phenomena, and their interactions with human activities. The session organizer specializes in water resources engineering based on the methodologies of fluid dynamics and mathematical optimization, emphasizing applications to sustainable rural development in different regions with arid, semi-arid, and monsoon climates. Tentative session themes include: modelling hydrological and agro-ecological environment with stochastic processes and differential equations; nonlinear dynamics in behavioral and physiological mechanisms of animals and plants; subsidies, microfinance, and insurance for agriculture, environment, and rural development; viscosity solutions of degenerate elliptic equations appearing in the above-mentioned problems; computational methods applicable to the above-mentioned problems; and mathematics education in agricultural universities and colleges. However, other themes beyond expectation of the session organizer are most welcomed.

Dr. Koichi Unami
Kyoto University
Kyoto, Japan
Dr. Unami, PhD (Agriculture) 1996 Kyoto University, is an Associate Professor at Water Resources Engineering, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Japan. The titles of his current research projects include: “Optimal operation of irrigation schemes based on viscosity solutions of partial differential equations”; “Direct subsidy for environment-friendly agriculture and water quality index insurance in the catchment basin of an urban water reservoir”; “Sustainable development of Bangladeshi rural communities by integrated utilization of groundwater and fish ponds”; and “Water resources portfolio for farmlands along the Dead Sea”.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Integrating resilience and sustainable development – Managing the green economy transition process in the food-energy-water nexus (FEW-Nexus) sectors
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On 25 September 2015, the United Nations adopted the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and thereby also 17 sustainable development goals (UN-SDGs)[1] to assess global development [1] and in the preamble it urges that bold and transformative steps be taken to “shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path [1].” Six goals (1, 2, 9, 11, 13, 14) of the UN-SDGs call explicitly for resilient and sustainable development [1]. The World Bank supports the UN 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.”[2] The food-energy-water nexus (FEW-Nexus) represents key linked sectors of the green economy and is therefore at the centre of the current discussion about transforming the globalized economy towards resilient and secure sustainable development.

The session aims to identify methods and management strategies for the transformation process towards resilient and secure sustainable development with a special focus on the FEW nexus sectors. The session intends to present measuring and methodological approaches (sustainability indicator systems, nexus metrics, input-output modelling, general equilibrium modelling and linear programming models, system dynamics) for the FEW nexus, but also encourages theoretical reflections about securing resilient development by fulfilling the UN-SDGs.

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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: Renewable Energy Sources and Efficient Use of Energy on a Building and Distribution Grid Level
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Changing energy supplies towards 100% renewable power resources is no longer a question of whether it is possible or not to achieve the aim. But the question is how to reach the aim to an affordable cost and how to reach the aim to obtain a reliable energy system.

This special session will concentrate on several aspects and several energy sectors of the energy transition process but all topics are dedicated to the distribution grid level and its challenges.

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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.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Sustainable Enhancements of Power, Cooling and Water for Hot Climates
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The global energy demand is anticipated to grow by approximately 40% 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 mitigate their climatic impact. 

Regions exposed to hot climates, including the Mediterranean and Middle East, face specific, exacerbated challenges in meeting their domestic power, cooling and water demands.  As a result of global warming compounding population and/or economic growth, such regions are anticipated to experience increased industrial and building 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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Dr. Valerie Eveloy
The Petroleum Institute
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Dr. Valerie Eveloy is an Associate Professor in mechanical engineering at The Petroleum Institute University and Research Center, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (Dublin City University, Ireland) and a M.Sc. in physical engineering (National Institute of Applied Science, France). She has over twenty years academic and industrial experience in mechanical engineering. Prior to joining The Petroleum Institute, she was an assistant research scientist at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA; a research engineer at Nokia, Finland; and consulting engineer in electronics cooling. Her present research interests include sustainable and renewable energy technologies (including industrial waste energy utilization, solid oxide fuel cells, energy-efficiency enhancement of seawater desalination, combined cooling and power, synthetic gas, solar photovoltaics), computational fluid dynamics, atmospheric gaseous pollutant dispersion, polymeric composite heat exchangers, electronics thermal management, and engineering education. She has authored or co-authored over 100 refereed journal and conference publications and one book chapter, and co-edited four international energy conference proceedings. She recently organized at The Petroleum Institute two international workshops on carbon capture and storage, clean gas, and energy efficiency in the oil and gas sector including renewable integration. Dr. Eveloy is a member of several international conference program committees focused on energy technologies and electronics thermal management, and a member of ASME.
Prof. Ricardo Chacartegui
University of Sevilla
Seville, Spain
Professor of the Energy Engineering Department of the University of Seville. PhD in Energy Engineering. Msc Mechanical Engineer.

His research has been focused on thermal energy systems: design, development, and optimization. It comprises the analysis of new cycle’s concepts and integrations (supercritical CO2 cycle, HAT cycle, high temperature fuel cell hybrid systems or Organic Rankine Cycles, biomass boilers,..) combined with the study of existing power plants (thermo solar, gas turbines, combined cycles).
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 or optimization. In addition he is very passionate in innovation and business creation activities.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Industrial applications and IT tools for sustainable future
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Nowadays the trend for the production processing industries led to the steady increase. There are a lot of wastes with by-products, energy, water and raw materials is consumed. The special section “Industrial applications and IT tools for sustainable future” originated as a part of a comprehensive worldwide research and solutions, which is designed to develop ecologically sustainable, environmentally friendly, resource-saving industrial applications for processing industries and IT tools which will help to improve it in most sustainable way.

The session involves a recent developments and innovations for the waste minimisation incorporating by-products, energy, human resources for processing industries. It is connected with new approaches for technology and equipment developments and installations, system optimisation, organisational issues and IT tools making more sustainable industrial clusters and regions. One of the main goals is ecologically sustainable, environmentally friendly, resource and energy saving industrial applications. Mathematical models and computer-aided process engineering tools guarantee the efficient and sustainable operation of the production systems with key objectives the reduction of operation cost, profit increasing as well as safety and operability improvement. The technological advancements are accommodated in an information system for easy access and utilisation. Expert systems assist the user to make a decision according to the needs and particular specifications. It would be potentially interesting for researchers who deal with industry, industrial staff and developers of IT applications and makes closer cooperation.

Dr. Stanislav Boldyryev
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Dr. sc. Stanislav Boldyryev, is an Energy Efficiency Expert at SDEWES Centre (The International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems) of UNIZAG FSB. He graduated National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” (Kharkiv, Ukraine) in 1999 and defended PhD thesis in 2008. His PhD study was in the field of Process Integration. He started to work at AO Sodruzhestvo-T Engineering Company where energy audit and process integration of 22 industrial sites were executed. He has worked with refinery, coke-to chemical, chemical, cement, sugar, food and other industries. Since 2000 he has been working on EU projects: SYNERGY, DEMACSYS, SHERHPA, ECOPHOS, CONNECT, INTHEAT, DISKNET, EFENIS, CARBEN etc. From 2004 he worked at National Technical University “Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute” as an Assistant and Associate Professor. 102 publications have been delivered. During his teaching career he prepared 4 new curricula, 5 teaching guides and more than 30 BSC and MSc students in Ukraine and Croatia. He has more than 10 years experience in software development. From 2013 he worked at Chemical Bromine plant as Deputy General Director on Development. In 2014 he got a NEWFELPRO grant, which was financed by Marie Curie Fund and Croatian Government. In 2016 he was a guest editor of Special Issue of Thermal Science Journal. He is a Scientific Advisory Board Member of several International Conferences. In 2016 he founded System Integration Department at Rusenergoprojekt engineering company where he shares the knowledge and experience to industry. His research interests are Process Integration, Process Simulation, Heat Exchangers, Heat Exchangers Networks, Heat Recovery, Total Site Integration, Heat Pumps Integration.

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SPECIAL SESSION: The future of sewage systems, from sanitation to pollution prevention to a keystone of the circular economy?
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Urban systems are confronted with a series of new challenges: Climate change mitigation urges these systems to be more energy efficient, or even energy producing, Climate change adaptation requires resilience in regard to various changing conditions, and the circular economy requires retrieving various minerals and other resources from waste.

Sewage systems are vital for urban life. The main features of these systems have basically not changed for a century: Essentially sewage systems are flushing systems. State of the art sewage systems have separate storm water and sewage collection pipes in order to minimise the volume to be treated, they generate biogas, and retrieve some minerals.

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Dr. Karel Mulder
The Hague University of Applied Science and Delft University of Technology
Delft, Netherlands
Karel F. Mulder (1956) works Hague University of Applied Science and the department of Urbanism of Delft University of Technology. He received an engineering degree from Twente University, and a doctorate in Business Administration from Groningen University in 1992. He was in charge of a project to include Sustainable Development in all engineering curricula at Delft University of Technology from 1997-2005 and initiated the Engineering Education in Sustainable Development network. He wrote Sustainable Development for Engineers, A handbook and Resource Guide, Sheffield: Greenleaf, isbn-10: 1-874719-19-5. His Research interests focus on technological innovation and SD.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Power-To-What (Gas, Heat, Vehicle, etc.) solution and their integration at different scales to decarbonize the energy systems
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A wide range of energy storage systems coupled with energy planning design strategies are currently investigated for solving the renewable energy sources (RES) capacity firming. Intermittency of RES production is the main drawback in handling the energy transition towards high share of renewables in the energy systems. Large part of storage systems are analyzed by their Power-to-Power (P2P) reconversion efficiency but, the forthcoming and foreseeable interaction between electricity, heating and transport sectors call for new solutions and metrics. This session will be devoted to the design and evaluation of other Power-to-What (P2X) technologies, such as Power-To-Gas (P2G), Power-To-Heat (P2H), Power-To-Vehicle (P2V), etc. to boost the RES integration in the current systems in a narrow connection to Electricity, Heating and Cooling Networks Planning as well as present and future Transport sectors.

Electricity-to-Fuel, Electricity-to-Heat and Electricity-to-Transport would seem the paradigm shift to merge all the sectors and promote the Smart Energy Systems concept.

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Dr. Benedetto Nastasi
TU Delft University of Technology
Delft, Netherlands
Dr Nastasi is Researcher at Department of Architectural Engineering & Technology, TU Delft University of Technlogy. He is alumnus of Sapienza University of Rome, School of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Italy where he graduated summa cum laude in Architectural and Building Engineering with a Prize for the Best Engineering Thesis. In the same Institution, at the Department of Astronautics, Electrical and Energy Engineering he defended with Honors his PhD thesis in Energy Systems Planning and Design. The core of his PhD Thesis is published on Energy – International Journal, within a in a Special Issue “Smart Energy Systems”. He was rewarded for the Best Poster at 2nd SEE SDEWES Conference 2016. Previous affiliations include TU/e Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, International Solar Energy Society and Guglielmo Marconi University, Italy. He won a prestigious scholarship for Italian Promising Scientists. He is Editor of Sustainable Buildings Journal, EDP Sciences and Review Editor Frontiers in Built Environment. Furthermore, he is a dedicated reviewer for more than 15 ISI Journals .
His work is related to the role of Hydrogen in hybrid systems and hybrid eco-fuels in the transition within the field of energy planning and management at building, district and national scale towards decarbonization scenarios. He is an energy planner and experts in Power-to-What storage solutions as well as cutting-edge energy systems design with a specific focus on Built Environment. He authored more than 30 publications.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Simulation based optimization: Sustainable Energy Systems application
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The simulation based optimization has been firstly applied in sustainable energy systems for the building design optimization, although other applications in many disciplines can be envisaged. Concurrently, authors use term "co-optimization", "optimization with simulation", or other, to explain the usage  of simulation computer tool which is linked to another computer optimization tool.  The goal function has been given in the form of minimization or maximization with constraints where instead of calculation of analytical form the simulations have been performed.

Recently the application has been widened, but not limited, to national energy systems, smart grids infrastructure, but also for integration of multiple sectors. The number of articles have been published e.g. Batas Bjelić, I. and N. Rajaković (2015). "Simulation-based optimization of sustainable national energy systems." Energy 91: 1087-1098.

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Prof. Nikola Rajakovic
University of Belgrade
Belgrade, Serbia
University of Belgrade, Belgrade · School of Electrical Engineering, Chair of Power Systems
Dr. Rajakovic is a full time teaching professor at the School of Electrical engineering at the department of Power Systems. His research carrier has been combined with steering roles in government and power industry sector. He has been the leader in 40 projects, and the work package leader of many international project among which 2 FP6 and the participant in one FP7. Currently, he is the project leader in national "Smart grid" research project.
Areas of his work apart from teaching and research include power system optimization and smart grid applications.
His a co-author of 35 refereed full papers in Scientific Journals, 65 refereed papers appearing in Conference Proceedings, 39 Refereed full papers in Scientific Journals (in Serbian), 55 refereed papers appearing in Conference Proceedings (in Serbian), and 9 books (in Serbian).
Dr. Ilija Batas Bjelic
School of Electrical Engineering Belgrade
Belgrade, Serbia
dr Ilija Batas-Bjelic
has been working at University of Belgrade, School of Electrical Engineering as a research assistant and promoted with thiesis "Simulation-based optimization of sustainable energy systems,".
His research interest is techno-economic optimization of sustainable national energy systems including modelling on hourly level in the electricity and heat production for policy decisions and policy improvements.
He is a co-author of more than 40 scientific abstracts and articles in journals and conference proceedings, reviewer in 9 scientific journals and editor of SEE SDEWES 2016 special session SMART GRID INFRASTRUCTURE WITH SPECIAL FOCUS ON INTEGRATION OF RENEWABLES, DEMAND RESPONSE, AND ENERGY STORAGE.

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