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

"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)

"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives"

Abba Eban

Depending on the Covid-19 situation, the conference will be held in hybrid mode or full online mode.

Special sessions

SPECIAL SESSION: Valorisation of Brines for the Recovery of Energy and Raw Materials
Session resume:

Concentrated brines, generated by anthropic activities or available from natural resources, have attracted the interest of scientific and industrial communities as a novel, sustainable and still unexplored source of energy and raw materials. When such brines have anthropic origins, their re-use and valorisation is even more important as it helps minimising the potential environmental impacts arising from their disposal in receiving water bodies. Several different concepts have been proposed so far for the valorisation of brines for energy production via the so-called Salinity Gradient Power technologies, which allow for the production of electrical energy from the controlled mixing of saline streams at different concentration. On the other side, brines can be a valuable source for raw materials, many of which listed among the EU critical raw materials for their economic relevance or supply risk, such as Magnesium, Lithium and other Trace Elements. Different strategies have been proposed for the “mining” of minerals from brines, which depend on the type of brine, its composition and on the features required for the recovered material. All this is strongly connected with the new frontiers of separation technologies, process intensification, energy integration and circular economy approaches.

This special session will represent a platform to share new ideas, application examples and perspective analysis of the large potential of brines valorisation processes.

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Prof. Andrea Cipollina
Università degli Studi di Palermo
Palermo, Italy
Prof. Andrea Cipollina is an Associate Professor of Chemical Process and Plant Design. His main research areas are: Brines valorisation; Desalination and Renewable Energy coupling; Salinity Gradient Power. In all R&D areas the activities of Prof. Cipollina ranged from computer aided process modelling and optimisation to experimental characterisation of innovative systems for the development of novel technologies, but also prototype systems design, construction and operation. He published more than 100 journal papers on these topics and 3 books on desalination and salinity gradient power technologies. In the last 12 years he has conducted and coordinated research activities in more than 10 EU projects, with the last 5 years, in particular, mainly focused on the topic of brines valorisation for energy and raw materials harvesting. He coordinates the EU-funded SEArcularMINE project (, aiming at the development of technologies for the recovery of magnesium, lithium and other trace elements from saltworks brines, coupled with new solutions for energy harvesting and utilization. He was awarded with the Senior Moulton Medal 2013 by the Board of Institution of Chemical Engineering (UK). He is a member of the European Desalination Society.
Dr. Alessandro Tamburini
Università degli Studi di Palermo
Palermo, Italy
Alessandro Tamburini is assistant professor in Chemical Process and Plant Design at the University of Palermo. His research is focused on the experimental and numerical analysis of complex systems including multiphase stirred tanks and membrane-based units. Research interests and activities involve the following topics: stirred tank reactors, membrane-based separation, and brine valorisation technologies, including Salinity Gradient Power (SGP) for energy recovery from brines and other applications. He has published more than 100 works on these topics in journal papers, book chapters or conference contributions. He has participated in many EU-funded and national projects on water desalination and brines valorisation technologies for energy and raw materials recovery. He is currently involved in five EU projects of the Horizon2020 program, being the UNIPA responsible for the REWAISE (Resilient Water Innovation for Smart Economy) project ( He was awarded with the Senior Moulton Medal 2013 by the Board of Institution of Chemical Engineering (UK). He is a member of the European Desalination Society and of the Associazione Italiana di Ingegneria Chimica.
Prof. Giorgio Micale
Università degli Studi di Palermo
Palermo, Italy
Dr Giorgio Micale is a Full Professor of Conceptual Design of Chemical Processes. He has been responsible of most of the above-mentioned EU projects. Core research topics are the study of Conventional and Renewable Energy Desalination processes, Salinity Gradient Power processes, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Mixing and Multiphase Flows, Computer Aided Process Engineering. He currently leads the UNIPA team within the RED Heat-to-Power, REvivED, ReWaCEM, BAoBAB and ZERO BRINE projects building-up significant expertise in the area of electro-membrane processes, desalination and salinity gradient power technologies and brine valorisation processes.
He was awarded with the Senior Moulton Medal 2013 by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK).
Prof. Jose-Luis Cortina
Barcelona Tech UPC
Barceñona, Spain
JDr José Luis Cortina is a Full Professor of Chemical Engineering. Main research research topics are the study of Separation Processes and their integration to develop Resource Recovery Processes from Urban, Chemical, Mining and Agro-food waste. He currently leads the Resource and Recovery and Environmental Management Research group at the Multiscale Science and Engineering Research Center of the BarcelonaTECH UPC within a number of closed and ongoing EU H2020, Life and EIT projects building-up significant expertise in the area of pressure, concentration and electro driven membrane processes and ion-exchange and sorption processes to promote valorisation of secondary sources of critical materials or added value bio-active compounds. He is currently the scientific responsible for Barcelona Tech of the Searcularmine ((, Sea4value ((, Enrich ( and Recop projects and he is Senior Research advisor of the Water Technology Center (CEtaqua). He received the Ion Exchange Award from the Society of Chemical Industry (UK) in 2008.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Developing energy-efficient and environment-friendly process equipment, process control and maintenance solutions for sustainable process manufacturing
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Sustainable process manufacturing (chemical, petrochemical, pulp&paper, food, beverage, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, etc.) is expected to use minimum resources while minimizing environmental impact and keeping costs to society at an acceptable level. In this context, the availability of energy-efficient and environmental-friendly process equipment, process control approaches and maintenance practices is of primary importance. Applications of methods and tools to support engineering decisions, such as mass-balance, thermodynamic and environmental-impact analyses, process integration techniques, advanced simulation methods and optimization techniques, is also a key issue to highlight the importance of choosing the best options. This Special Session is focused on research advances, case studies and practices to improve energy and resource efficiency of process industries, and to reduce their environmental impacts through applications of innovative process equipment, process control strategies and maintenance  approaches. The themes of this special session include, but are not limited to: design and operation of  process equipment to facilitate sustainable performance of process plants, process control approaches to enhance energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact, as well as maintenance solutions to safeguard safe and efficient operation of process systems.

Prof. Mariusz Markowski
Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Mechanics and Petrochemistry, Warsaw University of Technology
Płock, Poland
Professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Mechanics and Petrochemistry, Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) in Poland, and head of Faculty’s Department of Process Equipment. Before joining WUT in 1998, he has gained 12 years industrial experience as process designer in the engineering companies specialized in oil refining and petrochemical works, and heat and power systems. He has also served as industrial audit expert for The Polish National Energy Conservation Agency (KAPE) in Warsaw, and as a lecturer at continuing education courses organized by KAPE. His main research field is energy integration and efficient use of energy in process plants. He is author or co-author of articles published in, among others, Applied Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Energy, Energy Conversion & Management, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, and of papers presented at major international conferences including PRES and Int. Conf. Heat Exchangers Fouling and Cleaning. He has also contributed to the monograph Process Systems Engineering Vol. 5: Energy Systems Engineering published by Wiley-VCH.
Dr. Marian Trafczynski
Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Mechanics and Petrochemistry, Warsaw University of Technology
Płock, Poland
Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Mechanics and Petrochemistry, Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) in Poland. Prior to joining regular WUT staff in 2013, he has gained industrial experience as process engineer with engineering companies and has also served as industrial audit expert for The Polish National Energy Conservation Agency (KAPE) in Warsaw. His research interests include rational energy utilization in industrial equipment, and mathematical modelling of heat and mass transfer equipment. He has been lead author of several articles published in, among others, Applied Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Energies, Energy, Energy Conversion & Management, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, and several more papers presented at major international conference series including PRES, SDEWES and Int. Conf. Heat Exchangers Fouling and Cleaning. He is a reviewer of several high-impact research journals and of the abovementioned conferences.
Prof. Krzysztof Urbaniec
Warsaw University of Technology
Plock, Poland
Professor at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Mechanics and Petrochemistry, Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) in Poland; founder and former head (2004-2019) of the Faculty’s Centre of Excellence in the Reduction of Environmental Impact of Process Industries. Before joining WUT in 1989, he has gained industrial experience as head of R&D with engineering company CHEMADEX, Poland, and has also served as a lecturer at Lund University, Sweden. He is currently active at WUT Department of Process Equipment, teaching and conducting research on equipment units for various processes of chemical and food-processing industries and environment protection systems, as well as contributing to, or coordinating international projects on university-level education, technological research and technology transfer. Author or co-author of 16 monographs and handbooks published by a.o. Bartens, Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, Woodhead and of more than 200 papers including ones published in high-impact journals Applied Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, Energy Conversion & Management, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, J. Cleaner Production, J. Environmental Management, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. He has presented papers at major international conference series including PRES, SDEWES and World Hydrogen Energy Conference. He is a member of the International Scientific Committees of conference series PRES and SDEWES.

Invited papers (7)
SPECIAL SESSION: Towards the sustainable harvesting of offshore wind energy: modelling, design and assessment of new technologies
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Climate change concerns and the necessity to reduce the dependence of the communities on fossil fuels are leading a way towards a fundamental transformation of the world’s energy system. In particular, several targets of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are related to preventing climate changes, boosting renewable energy exploitation, reduce pollution and protect the oceans and marine resources. Within this context, the strategy of the international political and scientific community is moving to smart, sustainable, decentralized, connected and competitive ways of delivering energy to the end users. Thus, energy harvesting from renewable sources which do not emit greenhouse gas is envisaged as a key point to fulfil these tasks. From this point of view, the seas represent a valuable potential and the strategy agenda of the EU indicates to seize the growth of the economy of the sea (Blue Growth)  “without any delay” to create new employment, support the competitiveness of the system and to strengthen social cohesion. Specific intervention instruments on these topics are included within the 2014-2020 Research and Development Program. Harvesting energy from marine renewable energy (MRE) sources (wind, waves, tidal) is attracting several actors of the scientific and industrial communities due to the high power density, to the availability in many large marine areas and to the easier social acceptance with respect to onland solutions. Among these, wind energy is envisaged as the most promising energy sources to reach EU energy target of 2030 and 2050. Many technological challenges related to offshore wind energy devices are still open. These include integrated design and productivity of harvesting systems; durability of the infrastructures in the marine environment and reduction of maintenance costs; identification, monitoring and mitigation of the effects on marine environment of structures as well as reduction of shadowing effect. Facing all these challenges needs synergy of academia and research community with the relevant industrial stakeholders. The aim of the proposed Session is to gather these actors together to create beneficial interconnections. Moreover, the Session intends also to show some of the most important international initiatives, projects and associations aimed at gathering industry and research efforts on wind energy exploitation technologies. The topics that are welcome in the session are focused on offshore wind and on its integration within the energy system and, eventually, with other MRE devices. Invited papers will deal with bottom fixed and floating wind technologies challenges focusing on numerical modelling, experimental testing, integrated technology design, new concepts, environmental impact, resource assessment, etc. Experts participating to national and international research/industrial projects on offshore wind energy will also be invited to discuss about state-of-the-art technologies and research challenges.

Dr. Luca Greco
Rome, Italy
Researcher since 2003 on wind turbines aerodynamics and aeroelasticity.
Dr. Claudio Testa
Rome, Italy
Dr. Koen Boorsma
Energy Transition, TNO
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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SPECIAL SESSION: Decarbonization of industrial production emissions: special focus on steel industry
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Many countries nowadays are pledging for a complete decarbonization of the economy and of the energy system.We can think for examples to the pled on complete decarbonization realize by China (within 2060) and the UK (within 2050). A good approach is to identify first the most impacting sectors, such as. Iron and steel; chemical industry; oil refining industry; food and drink; pulp and paper; cement; glass; ceramics. This is an approach very similar to what adopted by the Department of Energy and climate change and the Department for Business innovation and Skills in the UK, but also reported in the report on industrial decarbonization of the Fraunhofer ISI institute. For each sector more suitable technologies for the decarbonization can be identified. These technologies have to be then integrated within the total energy system which consists of the technologies used to produce electricity, heat and fuels which in modern energy systems have to be carefully integrated.

Coming to the steel sector, this is responsible of about 7-9% of total global emissions. These are mainly due to the use of coal and coke as reducing agents and also as fuels. Many road maps have been developed for different countries and regions on the decarbonization of the steel industry. The most promising technologies appear to be:

  • Generic options: energy efficiency measures;
  • Coke making optimization: promoting heat recovery for example and the use of coke oven gas;
  • Sintering optimization: through selective waste gas recycling (EPOSINT, environmentally process optimisation sintering), emissions optimised sintering (EOS), waste-heat recovery, wood char use in sinter making;
  • Blast Furnace (BF) optimization: automation and process control, use of high-quality ore, top pressure recovery turbine, pulverised coal injection (PCI), improved BF gas recovery, bell-less top (BLT) charging, natural gas or oil injection, fuel substitution, increased BF top pressure, improved hot stoves process control, injection of coke oven gas, plastic waste injection, charging of carbon composite agglomerates (CCB), slag heat recovery, hot stove heat recuperation, increased hot blast temperature, substitution of coal by biomass in PCI, and stove flue gas recycling.
  • Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF): BOF heat and gas recovery, BOF bottom stirring, improved ladle preheating, aluminium bronze alloy for BOF walls and hoods, improved process monitoring and control, and recycling of BOF steelmaking slag.
  • Electric Arc Furnace (EAF): bottom stirring or stirring gas injection, charge or scrap preheating, foamy slag practices, oxyfuel burners or lancing, improved process control, flue gas monitoring and control, waste-heat recovery, airtight EAF process, co-melt, CONTIARC arc furnace, twin-shell DC arc furnace, engineered refractories, eccentric bottom tapping, ultra-high power transformers, DC arc furnace, ECOARC and scrap densification or shredding.
  • Casting: continuous casting, efficient ladle preheating, near-net-shape casting, endless strip production, direct rolling, process re-engineering, heat recovery from cooling water, efficient tundish heating, un-heated tundish, continuous temperature monitoring and control, on-line laser ultrasonic measurement system, MAG-Gate for continuous caster, accelerated cooling, sequencing of casts for speciality sequences, and heat recovery from hot slabs other than direct rolling.
  • Secondary processes: hot charging, regenerative or recuperative burners, improved insulation, flameless burners or dilute oxygen combustion, walking beam furnace, heat recovery from cooling water, improved planning and throughput optimisation, process control in hot strip mill, proper reheating temperature, oxygen level control and VSDs on combustion fans, pressure control for furnace, avoid furnace overloading, premium efficiency motors for rolling mill drives, installing lubrication system, cold rolling optimisation, pulse firing in reheating furnace and switch to dry vacuum pumps.
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Dr. Liang Wang
SINTEF Energy Research
Trondheim, Norway
Dr. Liang Wang is Research Scientist at SINTEF in Trondheim, Norway and holds a doctoral degree in Thermal Energy from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Dr. Wang's main research focuses are characterization of biomass and wastes using combined analytical instruments and techniques, advanced biomass carbonization technology, experimental and kinetic study of torrefaction, pyrolysis, gasification and combustion of biomass and charcoal and ash chemistry during biomass and waste thermal conversion. He works as project manager and principle researcher in several international, Nordic and National R&D projects on bioenergy, waste to energy and biofuel. He is now actively involved several projects on production and utilization biocarbon for different applications including energy and metal production purposes. He has collaboration with key industrial partners, 20 universities and institutions and 6 scientific councils worldwide. Dr. Wang is author of 81 publications indexed by Scopus with an h index of 20 based on 1243 citations.
Prof. Qing Yang
Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Wuhan, China
Prof. Haiping Yang
Huazhong University of Technology
Wuhan, China
Dr. Øyvind Skreiberg
SINTEF Energy Research
Trondheim, Norway
Dr. Øyvind Skreiberg is Chief Scientist of Stationary Bioenergy at SINTEF in Trondheim, Norway and holds a doctoral degree in thermal conversion of biomass from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. He has more than 25 years' experience in the field and has worked and published (more than 600 publications and presentations in total) on a number of bioenergy topics, e.g. renewable heat production, BtE, WtE, combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, torrefaction, carbonization (biocarbon production and upgrading for various material, e.g. as reductant in metallurgical processes, and energy applications), CHP, ash-related challenges, wood stoves - and their building integration, emissions in general and especially NOx. He has been and is active in many projects on bioenergy and biocarbon, such as: BioCarb+ – Enabling the biocarbon value chain for energy, and BioCarbUp - Optimising the biocarbon value chain for a sustainable metallurgical industry. He has led and worked in a variety of national and international projects at SINTEF for the last 13 years, and earlier at NTNU, and is active in international networks as IEA Bioenergy, EERA Bioenergy and RHC-ETIP as well as biocarbon/biochar networks. Øyvind Skreiberg chairs the RHC-ETIP horizontal working group on 100% RE Buildings. Dr. Skreiberg is author of 149 publications indexed by Scopus with an h index of 30 based on 2947 citations.
Dr. Pietro Bartocci
UNIversity of Perugia
Perugia, Italy
Pietro Bartocci, MS in Agricultural Sciences and PhD in Energy Engineering at the University of Perugia, is a research fellow at the Department of Engineering of the University of Perugia. His research interests are focused on biomass production and resources assessment, micro scale energy conversion from biomass and waste with pyrolysis and gasification technologies, kinetics behavior of biomasses during thermal conversion, syngas and oils use in gas turbines and engines and energy and environmental footprinting.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Harnessing the resource potential of our seas in a sustainable manner
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The sea represents a huge resource for renewable energy (Blue Energy - BE). BE is the energy which can be harnessed from the ocean or the marine wind and it is comprised of five main types according to the origin of the extracted power, namely marine (offshore) wind, surface waves, tides/currents, and thermal and salinity gradients. Although the growth of offshore renewable energy technologies has so far been relatively slow compared to those onshore, it is anticipated that in the future BE will substantially contribute to the energy demands of coastal and insular areas, at the same time protecting and conserving the marine environment.

The Blue Growth Strategy proposed by the Commission in 2014 emphasized that harnessing the economic potential of BE in a sustainable manner represents a key policy area for the EU, which requires the involvement of the widest possible range of stakeholders in order to optimize capacity building and to achieve the necessary critical mass. The BE sector was, in fact, indicated as one of five developing areas in the ‘blue economy’ that could drive the creation high-quality jobs and pave the way for a new breed of science-trained professionals, enhancing eco-efficient value creation all along the value and supply chain. Moreover, exploiting this indigenous resource would help reduce the EU dependence on fossil fuels for electricity generation, and enhance energy security. In particular, islands and remote coastal regions can especially benefit from BE development, as it would provide a viable alternative to expensive and heavily polluting fossil fuelled plants, and contribute to their energy self-sufficiency.

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Dr. Hrvoje Mikulčić
Xi'an Jiaotong University
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
HRVOJE MIKULČIĆ defended his PhD thesis in 2015 and works as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Power Engineering, Energy and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. His main research area include numerical modelling of fluid flow, solid fuel combustion, endothermic calcination reaction, radiation modelling, pollutant formation, greenhouse gasses emissions analysis and accounting, and energy efficiency improvements in industry. Since 2009 he has been working on the research project “Numerical modelling of multiphase flow and combustion processes” financed by the Austrian Institute for internal combustion engines AVL List GmbH. He has also been working on the national scientific project: Smart energy storage for sustainable development of energy systems, financed by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of the Republic of Croatia. From 2016 he is a project manager of a European INTERREG MED project PELAGOS - Promoting innovative networks and clusters for marine renewable energy synergies in Mediterranean coasts and islands, responsible for the Croatian part of the project. He is an author of 43 scientific papers, of which 29 in scientific journals (SCI). His current Scopus h-index is 12. From 2014 he serves as a SDEWES Special Issue Guest Editor in the Journal of Cleaner Production (IF 2016 =5.715), Journal of Environmental Management (IF 2016 =4.010), and Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy journal (IF 2016 =3.331).

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SPECIAL SESSION: From particle physics to sustainable world: Celebrating the achievements of Ivo Šlaus
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Contemporary global interconnected crises of epidemics, economy, environment, society and institutions are getting more complex than ever, which requires urgent measures based on knowledge. This session is devoted to brainstorming for new educational, scientific and technological approaches including circular economy and supply chains, sustainable consumption and production as well as new approaches in education for sustainable development. The session should also reflect the legacy of Professor Ivo Šlaus on the occasion of his birthday with respect to all above-mentioned topics. Special emphasis will be given to advances in applications of physics, nanotechnologies and quantum technologies in sustainable development, and 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, and European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production Society.

Prof. Aleksander Zidanšek
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Aleksander Zidansek is Professor of Physics at University of Maribor, researcher at Jozef Stefan Institute, 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. Uroš Cvelbar
Jožef Stefan Institute
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Prof. Rebeka Kovačič Lukman
University of Maribor
Celje, Slovenia

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SPECIAL SESSION: Renewable energies, innovative HVAC systems and envelope technologies for the energy efficiency of buildings
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The need to increase the sustainability and energy efficiency of buildings has led to the development and implementation of innovative buildings design criteria and standards with special attention to the integration of renewable energies, use of innovative HVAC systems and implementation of new building envelope technologies, together with the use of integrated approaches for the sustainable design of buildings and communities toward the decarbonization of our economies.

The goal of this special session is to present new research results, case studies and practices aimed at reducing the energy demand of residential, commercial, public, and industrial buildings, by also decreasing the related environmental impact and improving the occupants’ comfort and well-being. The special session is dedicated to the following topics:

  • Automation and innovative control for HVAC systems in buildings
  • Building Information Modelling and integrated design approaches
  • Building integrated renewable energy systems
  • District heating and cooling
  • Electrical storage systems
  • Energy sustainability, resilience and climate adaptability of buildings
  • Heat recovery systems in buildings
  • Geothermal heat pumps systems
  • Innovative HVAC&R systems
  • Life cycle energy efficiency of buildings and embodied energy
  • Natural, mechanical and hybrid ventilation
  • Passive envelope technologies and new materials
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Smart buildings and districts
  • Solar heating and cooling
  • Thermal energy storage technologies
  • Thermally active building systems
  • Vehicle-to-building.
Prof. Annamaria Buonomano
University of Naples Federico II
Napoli, Italy
Annamaria Buonomano obtained a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Engineering Management summa cum laude in 2004 and 2006 from University of Naples Federico II and a Ph.D. in Energetics from University of Palermo in 2010. She was visiting scholar at the Energy Performance of Buildings Group of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, USA) in 2009, researcher at the Ben Gurion National Solar Energy Center of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research of University of Ben-Gurion (Sde Boqer, Israel) in 2011, and several times visiting scientist at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), where she was appointed as Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2017. She is actively involved in research topics regarding building energy efficiency, with a particular focus on the development of performance simulation models and investigation of innovative building-plant solutions, based on integrated construction techniques, innovative HVAC systems and novel renewable energy technologies including solar heating and cooling systems, concentrating photovoltaic solar thermal systems, polygeneration, vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-buildig and related advances concepts (B2V2B or V2B2). She is also involved in collaborative research activities relative to the design of net zero energy buildings and communities through the integration of passive solar thermal systems in buildings and the use of electric vehicles to add flexibility to buildings.
Prof. Soteris Kalogirou
Cyprus University of Technology
Limassol, Cyprus
Soteris Kalogirou was born in Trachonas, which is a suburb of Nicosia. He is married and has two children. He received his first Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute (1982) his Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Wales (1991) and his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glamorgan, UK (1995). In June 2011 he was awarded from the University of Glamorgan, UK the title of D.Sc. He was employed as a Building Services Consultant by the firm Intersol Engineering from 1982-1987, and in various positions in the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Practice Departments of the Higher Technical Institute from 1987 to 2007. In 2008 he was transferred to the Cyprus University of Technology and now he is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering. He is considered internationally as an expert in the field of solar thermal collectors and to the use of artificial intelligence techniques for the performance prediction of energy and renewable energy systems. He is member of CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers), Chartered Engineer (C.Eng), member of FEANI (Eur Ing), member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers), member of ISES (International Solar Energy Society) and member of the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR).
He is Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy Journal and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy Journal. He is Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and Founding Member of the Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts.
Prof. Adolfo Palombo
University of Naples Federico II
Naples, Italy
Adolfo Palombo obtained a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering summa cum laude in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Thermo-Mechanical Systems in 1997 from University of Naples Federico II. He was visiting scholar in the Energy and Analysis Program, Energy and Environment Division, at the LBNL, Berkeley, U.S.A. in 1995. He is actively involved in research fields concerning energy technologies for civil, hospital and industrial applications, such as heating and cooling of buildings, thermo-fluid dynamic measurements, power systems, renewable energies, innovative HVAC systems for energy efficiency and NZEBs. He is also involved in the development of dynamic building energy simulation tools for the assessment of energy, economic, and environmental performances of the investigated innovative systems. He is responsible of several MoUs with European, USA and Canadian universities and research institutes with the aim to further collaborative research and teaching activities on energy applications. He is also responsible of several funded research projects regarding the energy efficiency of systems. He is member of: Experts committee for reviewing and evaluating research projects funded by Italian Ministry for Industry (CSEA); Management Committee of the national technological cluster Blue Italian Growth (BIG); Management Committee of the IBPSA-Italy. He was member of: Board of experts in the permanent supervisory committee of the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment (ARERA); Analysis committees at the direction for audits of Italian Energy Services Management (GSE SpA); Management Committee of Action TU1205 (Building Integration of Solar Thermal Systems, BISTS) of the European COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology).

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SPECIAL SESSION: Future energy systems technologies and models fostering Green Deal targets across buildings, electricity and mobility sectors
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EU Green Deal promotes an increasing commitment for the transition from fossil-based energy systems to the renewable-based ones. The application in each context calls for tailored technologies, modelling techniques and planning strategies especially with the intent of involving built environment, power grid and transportation. Changes are also pushed into the market, requiring modified or even new actors and subsequent role. Hence, this Special Session will mainly focus on:

  • Technologies for Future energy systems;
  • Modelling and planning at different scales, technologies and connection, e.g. from Grid-connected National Wind farm to off-Grid solar thermal for rural areas’ buildings;
  • Smart Energy System approach coupling electricity, heating/cooling and transport sectors;
  • Innovative systems layouts such as poly-generation;
  • Blue energy technologies: offshore wind, floating PV, wave and tidal current converters;
  • Energy analytics and techno-economic optimization for selecting the best configuration;
  • Storage technologies for increasing variable RES penetration;
  • Building energy systems for Sustainable Cities;
  • Energy policies and strategies for achieving decarbonization targets at different scales.

Prof. Benedetto Nastasi
Sapienza University of Rome
Rome, Italy
Benedetto Nastasi is Assistant Professor & Senior Energy Planner at Department of Planning, Design and Technology of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome and Guest Researcher at Department of Architectural Engineering & Technology, TU Delft University of Technology. He got the PhD title with Honors with a dissertation in Energy Systems Planning and Design. The core of his thesis was published in Energy (Elsevier) and became one of the Most Cited Paper 2016. He was rewarded for the Best Poster at 2nd SEE SDEWES Conference 2016 and Best Senior Researcher at SES4DH Conference 2018. Previous affiliations include TU/e Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, International Solar Energy Society and Guglielmo Marconi University, Italy. He is Editor at Energies (MDPI), Associate Editor of Sustainable Buildings (EDP Sciences), Guest Editor at Frontiers in Energy Research, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy and Energies. His work is related to Power-to-What solutions for energy systems design with a specific focus on Built Environment. He authored more than 50 publications (H Index 25 in Scopus database).
Prof. Davide Astiaso Garcia
Sapienza University of Rome
Rome, Italy
Davide Astiaso Garcia is Assistant Professor of Thermal Sciences, Energy Technology and Building Physics at Sapienza University of Rome and General Secretary at Italian Wind Energy Association (ANEV). He is currently involved as coordinator of research team in two H2020 projects (GIFT - Geographical Islands FlexibiliTy - and ODYSSEA - Operating a network of integrated observatory systems in the Mediterranean Sea), one EEA project ( YENESIS - Youth Employment Network for Energy Sustainability in ISlands) – and one Erasums+ project (SIMULWIND - Maintenance simulator for the sustainability of European wind farms). He is contracted by the European Commission Research Executive Agency (REA) as expert for the evaluation of the project proposal under H2020 calls “FET OPEN (Future Emerging Technologies)”. He is Editor at Journal of Energy Research and Reviews and Guest Editor at Applied Science and Frontiers in Energy Research. He is author of more than 70 scientific publications mainly concerning energy themes (H index 20 in Scopus database).
Mr. Daniele Groppi
Sapienza University of Rome
Rome, Italy
Daniele Groppi is Ph.D. Candidate of Energy and Environment in the Department of Astronautical, Electrical and Energy Engineering at Sapienza University of Rome. Daniele Groppi graduated with Honors as Energy Engineering M.Sc with a thesis regarding the feasibility analysis of an active District Heating Network with a case study in Bologna, Italy. His research fields are energy planning, energy systems modelling and design. Within his Ph.D. project, he is studying Smart Energy Systems in order to increase the RES penetration of energy island systems by fully exploiting the synergies offered by sector coupling and demand side management solutions aiming at an optimal energy use. He has been collaborating in several EU funded projects such as the PRISMI project ( where he dealt with the energy plan of Favignana island, Italy; and the GIFT project ( in which he will analyse the flexibility potential of the local energy community in the island of Procida, Italy, and will then investigate on the introduction of a capacity market on the island. Results of his work have been published in 20 papers in Scopus database.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Thermochemical Processing of Biomass and Energy Conversion
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Prof. Cataldo De Blasio
Åbo Akademi University
Vaasa, Finland

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SPECIAL SESSION: Integration of Smart Cities and Smart Industry for Circular Economy: Energy, Water and Waste to Secondary raw material for Sustainable Future
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Based on the considerable success at several previous SDEWES conferences and due to the high demand, it has been decided to organise this session again in 2021, this time for the 16th SDEWES conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The focus of the session is in line with the most recent research developments. The topics within the interests of this special session are the integration of energy, water and waste to secondary resources towards Smart Cities, Smart Industry and Smart Agriculture which can be a powerful tool to boost the sustainability in civic, industrial, agriculture and other activities. Due to the immense importance of knowledge dissemination and transfer, presentations are also invited into the field of knowledge management and especially knowledge transfer. The research scope to be considered include smart cities, industrial processes and sites supply chain networks, municipalities and cities, regions and economies.


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Dr. Yee Van Fan
Brno University of Technology
Brno, Czech Republic
is a researcher in the "Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL”, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology (VUT Brno). She graduated from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Brno University of Technology. The field of study is solid waste treatment and management with the extension to environmental footprint/ sustainability assessment. The other research interest including the emissions assessment particularly from transportation. She has been invited to the International Scientific Committee of International Conference of Low Carbon in Asia & Beyond (ICLCA 2017) and served as Scientific Secretary for Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction Conference (PRES 2018). She is a reviewer of 8 research Journals, an Editorial board member of Journal of Cleaner Production and the Guest Editor of two special issues. She was granted with 4 outstanding reviewing awards and shortlisted as Publons’ Early Career Reviewer Choice Award selected from the 600+ nominations. Her Publons (Clarivate Analytics – provider of WoS) account shows 744 verified review and 59 verified editorial record.
Dr. Petar Sabev Varbanov
Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno
Brno, Czech Republic
is a Senior Researcher at the Sustainable Process Integration Laboratiry – NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology and at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering & Sustainability, Székesfehérvár – at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest), Hungary. He obtained his PhD in Process Integration at a prestigious British University – UMIST, Manchester, with distinction. For performing research on minimising and mitigating Climate Change he was awarded a scholarship from the UK Tyndall Centre. Later he was awarded a prestigious Marie Curie EIF Fellowship and successfully performed research on Optimising the Start-up of Distillation Columns at the Technische Universität Berlin. This was followed by a Marie Curie ERG Fellowship for assisting his integration into 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, optimisation of energy supply networks, Process Synthesis and Process Operation. His research has been successfully implemented in collaboration with industrial partners: e.g. BP (UK) and MOL (Hungary). He has been contributing to 25 research and consultancy projects (most within the EC funding schemes) and has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is a co-author of two books and several chapters in books.
He has been the Editor for “Energy – The International Journal” published by Elsevier.
Prof. Jiří Jaromír Klemeš
Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno
Brno, Czech Republic
Head of “Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL”, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno, Czech Republic and Emeritus Professor at “Centre for Process Systems Engineering and Sustainability”, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, 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, UK. Founder and a long term Head of the Centre for Process Integration and Intensification – CPI2, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. Awarded by the EC with Marie Curies Chair of Excellence (EXC). Track record of managing and coordinating 91 major EC, NATO and UK Know-How projects. Research funding attracted over 21 M€.
Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cleaner Production. The founder and President for 20 y of PRES (Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction) conferences. Chairperson of CAPE Working Party of EFCE, a member of WP on Process Intensification and of the EFCE Sustainability platform. He authored and co-authored nearly 400 papers, h-index reaching 42. A number of books published by Elsevier, Woodhead, McGraw-Hill; Ashgate Publishing Cambridge; Springer; WILEY-VCH; Taylor & Francis).
Several times Distinguished Visiting Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and University Technology Petronas, Malayisa; Xi’an Jiaotong University; South China University of Technology, Guangzhou and Tianjin University in China; University of Maribor, Slovenia; Brno University of Technology and 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. “Honorary Doctor of Engineering Universiti Teknologi Malaysia”. Awarded with “Honorary Membership of Czech Society of Chemical Engineering", "European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) Life-Time Achievements Award" and "Pro Universitaire Pannonica" Gold Medal.

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Benchmarking the performance of cities across energy, water and environment systems
related metrics presents an opportunity to trigger policy learning, action, and cooperation to bring cities closer to sustainable development.