2023 8th International Conference on Advances in Energy and Environment Research & Clean Energy and Energy Storage Technology Forum (ICAEER & CEEST 2023)

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Prof. Zhen Huang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China (Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering)(Fellow of The Combustion Institute)

Experience: Zhen Huang is an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the China Association for Promoting Democracy, and former Vice President of Shanghai Jiaotong University. He currently serves as a visiting professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dean of the College of Smart Energy of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dean of the Research Institute of Carbon Neutrality of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Director of the Key Laboratory of Power Machinery and Engineering under the Ministry of Education. His academic roles include a member of the National Expert Committee on Carbon Neutrality Technology, the Chief Editor of the China Academy of Engineering Journal “Frontiers in Energy”, Vice Chairman ofthe Chinese Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Chairman of the Shanghai Energy Research Society, and Chairman of the Yangtze River Delta Carbon Neutrality Industry-University Alliance.

His primary research areas include new energy power, renewable fuel preparation and combustion, carbon capture and utilization, and energy strategy and policy research. In 2000, he was appointed as a Distinguished Professor of Changjiang Scholars of the Ministry of Education and received funding from the National Distinguished Youth Fund. He pioneers new methods in fuel design and combustion control and invents critical technologies for engine fuel diversification. His contributions have earned him various awards, including one Second Prize for National Technical Invention, one Second Prize for National Natural Science, three First Prizes for Provincial and Ministerial-Level Scientific and Technological Awards, two Second Prizes for National Teaching Achievement, the National Innovation Award, and the International Clean Fuel Achievement Award. In 2019, he was honored as a Fellow of the International Combustion Institute.

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Prof. Ramesh T Subramaniam, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia (h-index:62)

Experience: Prof Dr. Ramesh T Subramaniam is a material scientist well known for his outstanding scholastic contribution on solutions for energy storage and harvesting devices for clean energy and sustainable smart cities of tomorrow. He received “Pacifichem Young Scholar Award” from the American Chemical Society, “Young Scientist Award” from IUPAC, “Established Scientist Award” by Royal Society, IAP Young Scientist Award, ASEAN - China Scholar Award, Malaysia Toray Science Foundation Science & Technology Award and membership of Global Young Academy.He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of TWAS and Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.He is also a recipient of the “Fulbright Fellowship” at the Princeton University, USA and a recipient of the “International Senior Research Fellowship”, “Visiting Senior Fellow” and a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham University, UK.He was recognized as World's Top 2% Scientists for Career-Long Citation Impact.

Title: Integrated energy storage and conversion devices: Road to net zero carbon emission

Abstract:Energy use and consumption have both skyrocketed in the modern period. To assure enough energy supply as well as to achieve the goal of becoming carbon neutral nations by as early as 2050, renewable energy has become greatly essential. Thus, the development and investment in energy storage and energy harvesting devices are also gradually increasing to solve the inconsistent nature of renewable sources. Herein, this research is reported on the fabrication of high performing hydrogel polymer electrolytes and binder-free battery-type electrodes using microwave-assisted hydrothermal method to be used in energy storage and energy harvesting devices. This study is also carried out to construct a high-performing all-in-one supercapacitor based on hydrogel polymer electrolytes and binder free electrodes. The fabricated all-in-one hydrogel supercapacitors is aimed to significantly produce more compatible energy storage devices, especially for wearable applications with higher mechanical strength, capacitance, and stability.  In addition, we are also proposing the integration of energy storage devices and energy harvesting devices. This new integration perspective is expected to be a boost for the development of next generation vehicles towards clean, affordable energy in line with Sustainable Development Goal  7 and Net Zero Carbon Emissions.

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Prof. Adrian Ioinovici,Holon Institute of Technology, Israel (IEEE Life Fellow)

Experience: A.Ioinovici is a chair professor in HIT, Israel, where he served as a Dean of Electrical Engineering. He is also a professor in NUAA, Nanjing, within the P R China plan” One thousand foreign experts”. He served in the period 2012-2016 as the Director of the Center of Power Electronics at the Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou.

He is the author of the book Power Electronics and Energy Conversion Systems, Wiley@Sons Ltd., 2013, translated to Chinese in 2017. He authorized about 200 papers published in IEEE Transactions and IEEE conferences Proceedings, with a Scopus H-factor of 37 and a Google H-index of 47. He pioneered the research in switched-capacitor converters, large dc gain hybrid converters, and switched-capacitor multilevel inverters. He has served IEEE in different qualities, including Associate Editor of TCAS, TIE, TPEL, member of the Fellow Committee, chairman of the CAS Technical Committee on Power Electronics and Systems, guest editor-in-chief of special issues of IEEE Transactions.

Title: Switched Capacitor Power Electronics for Energy Systems Supplied by Photovoltaics

Abstract: When PV cells are used as supply energy sources, tough and contradictory requirements are imposed on the front- end power electronics : a) necessity of boosting and stabilizing the very variable and low dc voltage provided by photovoltaics in order to give a constant (dc or rms ac) voltage to the consumers, the necessity of suppressing the typical leakage current of the PVs which otherwise would diminish the efficiency and inject disturbance in the grid, the necessity of a continuous input current absorbed by the power electronics circuit in order to prolong the lifetime of the solar cells, the necessity of a energy- processing high efficiency, the necessity of a small components count in the power electronics circuit. The switched-capacitor converters and multilevel inverters proved to be the ideal solution in such applications due to their small size, low weight, high power density, high efficiency , a very high voltage step-up factor, automatic capacitor voltages balance, exceptional good line and load regulation  for providing a constant dc ( or rms ac) output in any conditions (insolation, etc). The purpose of this talk is to present the basic principles of the switched-capacitor techniques and to discuss misunderstandings ( particularly about the efficiency and regulation)  still spread even among the specialists in switched-capacitor converters and inverters.


Prof. Zhaoyang Dong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore(IEEE Fellow)

Experience: Prof Z.Y. Dong is currently SPG Endowed Professor of Energy Systems, and Co-Director of SP-NTU Joint Lab at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His previous roles include SHARP Professor with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. He was the inaugural Director of UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute, Director of ARC Research Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions, Ausgrid Chair Professor and Director of Ausgrid Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks providing R&D support for the AU$500m Smart Grid, Smart City national demonstration project. His research interest includes power system planning, load modelling, smart grid, smart cities, energy market, renewable energy and its grid connection, and computational methods and their application in power system analysis. He has been serving as editor/associate editor of several IEEE transactions and IET journals. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

Title: Energy Storage Grid Connection and Support - System Strength and VPP

Abstract: Energy storage, in particular Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS), has becoming an essential part of many newly developed renewable energy farms (solar PV or wind) in order to meet the grid connection requirement, which is normally determined by system strength. At the same time, distributed energy storage such home battery systems and community batteries are also experiencing rapid growth through virtual power plant and community battery options to provide effective support for low voltage network's renewable hosting capacity as well as providing more system level firming support through aggregation. The presentation presents some latest advances in energy storage system's grid impact and support studies and engineering projects.


Prof. Mohan Lal Kolhe, University of Agder, Norway

Experience: Prof. Dr. Mohan Lal Kolhe is a full professor in smart grid and renewable energy at the Faculty of Engineering and Science of the University of Agder (Norway). He is a leading renewable energy technologist with three decades of academic experience at the international level and previously held academic positions at the world's prestigious universities, e.g., University College London (UK / Australia), University of Dundee (UK); University of Jyvaskyla (Finland); Hydrogen Research Institute, QC (Canada); etc. In addition, he was a member of the Government of South Australia’s first Renewable Energy Board (2009-2011) and worked on developing renewable energy policies.

Professor Kolhe is an expert evaluator of many prestigious international research councils (e.g., European Commission: Erasmus+ Higher Education – International Capacity Building, Royal Society London (UK), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC UK), Cyprus Research Foundation, etc.). In addition, many international organizations have invited him to deliver keynote addresses, expert lectures, workshops, etc. He has also been a member of many academic promotional committees.

Professor Kolhe has successfully won competitive research funding from the prestigious research councils (e.g., Norwegian Research Council, EU, EPSRC, BBSRC, NRP, etc.) for his work on sustainable energy systems. His research works in energy systems have been recognized within the top 2% of scientists globally by Stanford University’s 2020, 2021 matrices. He is an internationally recognized pioneer in his field, whose top 10 published works have an average of over 175 citations each.

Title: Maximizing Fast Charging Stations' Efficiency: A Roadmap for Harnessing Opportunistic Electric Vehicle Charging

Abstract: In this keynote speech, we will delve into the strategic deployment of fast charging stations and explore innovative ways to optimize their utilization by tapping into the power of opportunistic electric vehicle users. Discover how to enhance the efficiency of charging resources, reduce waiting times, and promote sustainable electric mobility, all while making the most of existing infrastructure. Join us on this journey towards a smarter and more accessible electric vehicle charging ecosystem.


Prof. Jiang Wu, Shanghai University of Electric Power, China

Experience: Jiang Wu, Professor and Doctoral Tutor of Shanghai Electric Power University. He is the Expert of Special Allowance of the State Council, Shanghai Pujiang Scholar, Shanghai Shuguang Scholar, Project Appraisal Expert of National Natural Science Foundation of China, Secretary General of Environmental Protection Technology, Equipment Professional Committee of Chinese Society of Power Engineering, Deputy Director of Energy Clean Technology Special Committee of Shanghai Energy Research Society , Academic leader of the direction of "combustion and pollutant control" in Shanghai's key discipline "clean electricity production and green energy". He has published more than 80 SCI journal articles in Environmental Science & Technology, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental and other journals as the first corresponding author, with the highest impact factor of 16.68; leaded and published 3 English academic monographs, 2 chapters, 1 Chinese monograph; declared 100 invention patents and authorized 48 invention patents, of which 3 have achieved shared transfer. He has won three first and second prizes in the China International Industry Fair college exhibition area, two Shanghai Outstanding Invention Gold and Silver Awards, Shanghai Second Science and Technology Progress Award, China Machinery Industry Second Prize, Shanghai Technology Invention Third Prize, 2 first prizes of Shanghai Teaching Achievements. 

Title: Research progress in Hg removal in flue gas companied with CO2 capture and conversion to energy through photocatalysis

Abstract: During coal combustion, CO2 and flue gas pollutants including mercury (Hg) emit to the atmosphere, increasing the temperature of the world and affecting ecology and the human health. Photocatalysis is a prospective solution to address the issues of CO2 capture and conversion and mercury removal from coal fired flue gas. In this speech, we will discuss the research progress in this field. It includes excellent performance photocatalyst design and fabrication, photocatalysis mechanism, and photocatalysis system design for low concentration of Hg and CO2 in the flue gas at the power stations.