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Thomas Jefferson, September 6, 1789

"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

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Special sessions

SPECIAL SESSION: Thermochemical Processing of Biomass and Energy Conversion
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It is today well understood that there is urgent need for renewable energy use. This is because the current energy requirements are enormous and pollution is reaching dramatic levels. In addition, the world population will be accounted for 10 billion people soon. Biomass is normally addressed as a renewable source of energy, even if this shows severe limitations if used on large scale production.

This special session is meant to contribute to our scientific knowledge in regards to Thermochemical Processes with particular focus on Biomass and Energy Conversion.

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Prof. Cataldo De Blasio
Åbo Akademi University
Vaasa, Finland

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SPECIAL SESSION: Plant Assisted Bioremediation of Contaminated Areas: A Sustainable Technology for Recovering Soil Pollution and Energy Conversion in a Framework of Circularity
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Plant-assisted bioremediation (PABR) technology is currently getting popular as an environmental-friendly and sustainable strategy in comparison with traditional thermal and physico-chemical approaches.  It has been successfully applied to multi-contaminated soil and water ecosystems. This session will focus on PABR case studies at lab and field scales for recovering soil from various contaminants such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), heavy metals, oil-products, emerging contaminants (e.g. pharmaceuticals, microplastics) alone or in chemical mixtures. Different treatments such as the use of soil amendments (e.g. compost, biochar, etc.), biosurfactants, nanomaterials (e.g. Nano-TiO2, -Fe3O4, NZVI, etc.), will be assessed as useful strategies for enhancing the efficiency of PABR technology. Particular attention will be focused on the characterization of soil microbial communities in the rhizosphere and the chemical dialogue between plant root and microorganisms (e.g. root exudates), in order to evaluate the new achievements and further research needs in the study of plant-microorganism’s interactions, which play a key role in promoting PABR technology.

Moreover, the potential of converting PABR biomass for energy use will be also considered. Different conversion solutions can be applied on PABR biomass such as combustion, gasification, torrefaction and pyrolysis aiming at producing biofuel (liquids or gaseous) to be used in transport or in (co-)generation power plant. Specific actions should be considered for separating and possibly reusing the extracted contaminants, in an attempt to enforce complete circularity. Finally, the sustainable PABR technology capabilities in restoring contaminated areas and providing energy will be discussed in the light of the recent EU GREEN DEAL actions, which aim to transform EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy.

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Dr. Valeria Ancona
Italian National Research Council, Water Research Institute (IRSA-CNR)
Bari, Italy
Valeria Ancona is Research Scientist at Water Research Institute –National research Council (IRSA-CNR), Bari – Italy. She’s got her Ph.D. in Agricultural Chemistry, in 2008. She studied the decontamination processes of soils as a result of the synergistic action between plant species and soil microorganisms through the integrated use of microbial ecology techniques, aimed at assessing the structure and composition of soil microbial communities, and by means of analytical techniques for the determination of contaminants (organic and inorganic). Also, she is currently studying the effectiveness of BES techniques in promoting soil decontamination from organic toxic compounds. She has been involved in regional and national projects on plant-assisted bioremediation for recovering soil pollution and producing renewable energy from biomass. She is currently managing a research group including 2 Post Docs, 2 PhD students and 1 research fellowship. She is the Lead Researcher of “GREEN SOLUTIONS” project (funded by Apulia Region in the framework of the INNONETWORK call) and responsible of a WP on Plant-assisted bioremediation techniques for soil depollution in the framework of “Energy for Taranto Technology And pRocesses for the Abatement of pollutaNts and the remediation of conTaminated sites with raw materials recovery and production of energy tOtally green (TARANTO)” project, funded by the Ministry of Education, University and Research, grant number ARS01_00637. Her scientific activity has produced more than 80 contributions: papers published in national and international scientific journals (ISI), conference proceedings and technical reports. Recently she is involved in the Phoenix Cost Action (CA19123 - Protection, Resilience, Rehabilitation of damaged environment). Tutor and co-tutor of students for master and PhD degree theses. Referee for various international scientific journals. Her Scopus H-Index is equal to 8.
Prof. Domenico Borello
Sapienza University of Rome
00184, Italy
Domenico Borello is Professor of Power Systems at Sapienza University of Rome. He’s got his Ph.D. in 2000 in Energy Systems. He has a specific interest in energy conversion processes with a specific focus on innovative, sustainable technologies. He is currently managing a research group including one Assistant professor, 3 Post Docs, 3 Ph.D. students. He is leading the Fuel Cells and Biomass Gasification labs at DIMA. In the first one, experiments on terrestrial microbial fuel cells are currently carried out aiming at understanding their capabilities for soil decontamination as well as for energy harvesting. He is a member of the PHOENIX Cost Action CA19123, where he is leading the Working Group 4 Point of Load.
In the biomass gasification lab experiments on gasification and energy valorisation of biomass from phyto-assisted bioremediation are currently carried out aiming at understanding the syngas properties as well as the fate of the phyto-extracted contaminants.
He is author of >90 peer reviewed research contributions to international papers&conferences. His Scopus H-index is equal to 19.
Dr. Anna Barra Caracciolo
Italian National Research Council - Water Research Institute (IRSA-CNR)
Roma, Italy
She is an Ecologist PhD and Research Director at IRSA-CNR. Her current research field is the study of contaminant fate with particular regard to the role of the natural microbial community in removing chemicals (bioremediation) alone or in support to plants (phyto-assisted bioremediation). She teaches Bioremediation in the Ecological Master Course at Rome Sapienza University. She is member of the European Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). She is the Coordinator of “AZeRO antibiotic Project” – funded by LAZIO INNOVA (Lazio Region) and is responsible of “innovative method design for identification of microorganisms involved in bioremediation “in the Project “Green Solutions” (FESR-FSE 2014-2020). She is author of 200 publications including research and opinion papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and Meeting Proceedings. Her Scopus H-Index is equal to 26.

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SPECIAL SESSION: The transition toward a decarbonized energy system: the role of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources
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The twenty-first century is facing several energy and environmental worldwide problems, such as climate change, the increasing energy demand, the depletion of fossil fuels, pollution and the urgent need to mitigate the production of greenhouse gas emission. All these issues significantly affect the economic, energy and social policies of Countries around the World. In particular, in recent decades, a significant global growth in energy demand has been recorded, mainly due to the increasing needs of developing Countries.

For these reasons, many researches aimed at maximizing the exploitation of renewable energy sources and/or providing significant savings implementing suitable energy efficiency actions.

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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 Member of the Editorial Board of 10 International Journals. He was a Conference Chair and/or member of Scientific Committee in several session of International Conferences. He is Vice-Chair Cross Reader for the FET OPEN Projects funded by EU
Dr. Maria Vicidomini
University of Naples Federico II
Naples, Italy
Maria Vicidomini was born in 1988 and graduated cum laude in Environmental engineering at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy in 2013. From 2013 to 2014, she was a fellow researcher at the University of Naples Federico II. She obtained the Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering in 2018. In 2019 she has been entitled as Researcher at the University of Naples Federico II. Her research activity has been mainly focused on the development of dynamic simulation models for the energy, exergy, economic and environmental analysis and impact of innovative systems for distributed polygeneration systems, supplied by renewable energy (geothermal, solar, wind energy) and natural gas. Building Integrated Solar Thermal Systems and internal combustion engines for the production of heat, cool and power. Solar heating and cooling systems. Solar desalination systems. Hybrid renewable system based on wind, solar and geothermal energy. Electrical storage. Electric vehicles. Her research activity is also developed in cooperation with several international institutions (Portugal, Iran, Turkey, Denmark, China, Croatia, Poland, Germany, Canada). She was a supervisor of several BsC, MS and PhD students at the University of Naples Federico II. She is a reviewer of about 15 international Journals. She was guest editor in special issues on International Journals. She is a member of the scientific committee of several international conferences and she is also involved in the organizing committee of the CEER 2020 Conferences. She was a conference chair and presenter in several sessions of International Conferences.
Prof. Laura Vanoli
Università degli Studi di Napoli Parthenope
Napoli, Italy
Laura Vanoli is full professor of Applied Thermodynamics atl Engineering Department of University of Naples Parthenope. 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.From December 2016 to Febrary 2019 she was full professor at the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Cassino and Lazio Meridionale. 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.
Ms. Diana D'Agostino
University of Naples Federico II
Naples, Italy
Diana D’Agostino (Naples, Italy, 1987) is an Engineer graduated cum laude on 2013 in "Construction Engineering" at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy), with a thesis on Net Zero Energy Buildings. From 2012 to 2014 she collaborated with an engineering firm, focusing on projects in the energy sector. From 2015 to 2017 she won three scholarships at the Department of Industrial Engineering (DII) of the same University, within the “I-TOWN” European project: her research activity focused on the optimization of building-plants system with reference to energy efficiency and performance of air conditioning systems. Since January 2018 she is a Ph.D. student in Industrial Engineering at the DII. Her main research topics are: use of low enthalpy geothermal energy source in air conditioning systems, particularly by earth-to-air heat exchangers and geothermal heat pumps; Nearly, Net or Plus Zero Energy Buildings; energy refurbishment of existing and historical buildings; systems that use solar renewable energy, such as photovoltaic, concentration photovoltaic, solar thermal and CPV/T (concentrating photovoltaic/thermal). She reviewed several articles in the field of energy and engineering on International Journals indexed on Scopus and since April 2020 she is an editorial board member of Journal of Advanced Thermal Science Research. She was co-supervisor of more than 40 Master’s Degree theses in Engineering. Since 2020 she participates to Med-EcoSuRe (Mediterranean University as Catalyst for Eco-Sustainable Renovation), a project funded by the European Union, under the ENI CBC MED program: this program is aims to promote cross-border cooperation in the Mediterranean region in order to identify the best strategies for the energy and eco-sustainable retrofitting of buildings. She was a conference chair of the International Conference SDEWES 2020.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Waste derived Biomix fuels for high efficiency and low emission application
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Prospects of using waste derived biofuels in the internal combustion engines are increasing day by day due to the limited fossil fuel reserves and their negative impacts on the environment and human health. Although, electric vehicles are future solutions for mobility; use of conventional engines will continue in heavy-duty vehicles,, marine, power generation and in other application as electrification of these sectors are yet to be feasible. Biofuels are now important part of the energy mix. However, along with the challenges of producing high quality biofuels, finding sustainable waste resource is a a challenge. The bio-mix concept helps to produce high quality biofuels from various resources and mix them together to meet the international standards (for example – biodiesel- biodiesel mixing). Another important aspects of the biomix fuels are novel combustion concepts for achieving high thermal efficiency and low exhaust emissions, examples are – variable compression ignition (VCR), homogenionios charged compression ignition (HCCI), reactibity controlled compression ignition (RCCI) concepts. This special session will draw researchers working on the biofuels and their advanced combustion in the engines. The session will stimulate the discussion around these areas and will help progress R & D aspects in sustainable biofuels and combustion areas. The motivation for proposing this session has come partly from a UK-India collaboration project we are working on this research theme.

Dr. Abul Kalam Hossain
Aston University
Birmingham, United Kingdom

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SPECIAL SESSION: Valorisation of Brines for the Recovery of Energy and Raw Materials
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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 (www.searcularmine.eu), 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 (www.rewaise.eu). 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
Giorgio Micale is a Full Professor of Conceptual Design of Chemical Processes. 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 University of Palermo team within a number of closed and ongoing EU H2020 projects building-up significant expertise in the area of electro-membrane processes, desalination and salinity gradient power technologies and brine valorisation processes. He is currently the scientific responsible for UNIPA of the ZERO BRINE (Re-designing the value and supply chain of water and minerals: A circular economy approach for the recovery of resources from brine generated by process industries) and WATER-MINING (Next generation water-smart management systems: large scale demonstrations for a circular economy and society) projects (www.zerobrine.eu; www.watermining.eu). He was awarded with the Senior Moulton Medal 2013 by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (UK). He was a member of the Board of Directors of the European Desalination Society during the years 2012-2017
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 ((www.searcularmine.eu), Sea4value ((www.sea4value.eu), Enrich (www.life-enrich.eu) 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: Clean energy technologies and systems for sustainability
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The growing demand for energy and associated environmental issues are crucial global challenges that have been attracting increasing attention from a diverse range of academic, industrial, government and policy stakeholders. Clean energy technologies and systems can tackle these important challenges and support sustainable development and growth. This special session focuses on research advances, case studies and practices to improve clean energy supply and energy efficiency in a variety of applications, which covers methods, processes, components, and systems for the high-efficiency and low-emission collection, recovery, utilisation, conversion and storage of energy for heating, cooling and power provision, with emphasis on innovative technologies and renewables exploitation including solar, wind, geothermal and biomass, amongst other. The themes of this special session include, but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Advanced solar energy technologies for heating, cooling and power provision
  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS)
  • Decarbonisation of heating and cooling
  • Energy policy and economic assessment for sustainability
  • Energy saving strategies in buildings
  • High-performance energy conversion devices/components
  • Hydrogen related technologies including generation, storage, transportation and utilisation
  • Renewable energy technologies and hybrid renewable energy systems (HRES)
  • Thermal energy storage and large-scale electrical energy storage via thermal processes
  • Waste-heat recovery and conversion to heating, cooling and/or power with advanced cycles

Prof. Christos N. Markides
Imperial College London
London, United Kingdom
Christos N. Markides is Professor of Clean Energy Technologies in Department of Chemical Engineering of Imperial College London, where he heads the Clean Energy Processes (CEP) Laboratory. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Applied Thermal Engineering, on the Editorial Board of the UK National Heat Transfer Committee, the Scientific Board of the UK Energy Storage SUPERGEN Hub, and is a member of the Assembly of World Conferences on Experimental Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, the Global Energy Association, and the International Energy Storage Alliance. His current research interests focus on high-performance processes, technologies and systems for the recovery, utilisation, conversion or storage of energy for heating, cooling and power, with emphasis on renewable, solar and waste heat, thermodynamics of and heat/mass transfer effects in heating/cooling devices and heat-to-power conversion technologies, and advanced experimental techniques for detailed flow, heat/mass transfer in turbulent, multiphase and interfacial flows.
Dr. Jian Song
Imperial College London
London, United Kingdom
Dr. Jian Song is a Research Associate in the Clean Energy Processes (CEP) Laboratory at Imperial College London. He received his B.Eng. degree and Ph.D. degree in Power Engineering and Engineering Thermophysics from Tsinghua University in 2013 and 2018. He is Managing Editor of journal Applied Thermal Engineering and Reviewer Editor of Frontiers in Energy Research. Dr. Song’s research interests focus on clean and high-performance process, devices and systems for energy conversion and renewable energy technologies and systems for heating, cooling and power provision, with emphasis on solar, geothermal, waste-heat recovery and other relevant areas.
Prof. Pietro De Palma
Politecnico di Bari
Bari, Italy

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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.

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SPECIAL SESSION: Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW) and Urban Mining
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Even though Construction & Demolition Waste (CDW) is not in the focus in the first instance when sound waste management is put in place in societies, waste from the construction sector poses huge challenges and opportunities for sustainable waste and resource management. This is due to (1) the vast quantity of waste produced in construction and demolition (C&D) activities and (2) due to the long dwell times of products in the anthropogenic stock as well as hazardous components potentially included even though these have been banned already for a long time and the impact these hazardous components have on human health and the environment once the built objects are dismantled and the respective components are to be disposed of. Another major issue relevant when it comes to CDW management that becomes increasingly evident in some regions of the globe is the resource scarcity of sand and gravel nonetheless due to the rapid global urbanization that results in the need for an average of 13,000 new buildings every day through 2050.

The construction sector is the major resource-consuming and waste-producing sector in our modern society, using – on average – more than 40% of the total raw materials extracted on a global scale and at the same time generating more than one third of the world’s solid waste (up to more than 75%) as well as accounting for approximately one third of the total CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, scientists look for potential replacements of sand in concrete such as fly ash, oil palm shells and rice husk or develop concrete demanding less sand or look at ways to reduce the CO2 emission of cement production.

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Dr. Arne M. Ragossnig
RME ecoconsultants e.U.
Vienna, Austria
Since 2013 Arne M. Ragossnig is Managing Director of the Engineering and Consulting Company ecoconsulttants (formerly "UTC").
As of January 2018 Arne Ragossnig is Managing Director of International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) - the leading global network of the waste management industry.
He is lecturer at various Universities. Before that he was Vice Rector, Professor and Head of Research & Development at the Department of Energy and Environmental Management at the University of Applied Science Burgenland. As programme director he was responsible for the master degree programmes "Sustainable Energy Systems" and "Energy and Environmental Management". He is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of various international conferences as well as Associate Editor of the scientific journal Waste Management & Research.
Previous affiliations include a position in industry at VA TECH WABAG as well as a position as Assistant Professor and Deputy Head of Institute at the University of Leoben, Austria.
Arne M. Ragossnig is author and co-author of more than 100 publications including more than 30 peer reviewed and invited publications.
Dr. Meliha Honic
TU Wien
Vienna, Austria
Dr. Meliha Honic is a postdoctoral researcher at TU Wien, where she is employed since 2016. She obtained her Master degree (M.Sc.) in Architecture and her PhD degree from the faculty of Civil Engineering at TU Wien. Meliha Honic`s research focuses on BIM-based Material Passports, Circular Economy in the construction sector and sustainability indicators for buildings. She received one award for the research project BIMaterial and one for the best young researcher paper. In the last 5 years she was managing 4 granted research projects and is currently leading the research focus "Digital Platforms for Circular Economy" within the research area Integrated Planning and Industrial Building at TU Wien.
Prof. Daniel Rolph Schneider
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
Zagreb, Croatia
Dr. sc. Daniel Rolph Schneider is full professor at the Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment at University of Zagreb-Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and naval Architecture where he has been working from 1993. Currently he is a Vice Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and naval Architecture. He was the Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Croatia in the Directorate for Environmental Management, from 2007 to 2009. From 2004 to 2007 he worked at the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund of Republic of Croatia. His field of work includes energy conversion technologies, waste management and waste-to- energy systems, renewable energy, and climate change. In his present position as a university researcher he has more than 25 years of professional experience in the energy and environment sector.

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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
A key Researcher in the "Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL”, NETME Centre, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology (VUT Brno). This research has been supported by the EU project “Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory – SPIL”, project No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000456 funded by EU “CZ Operational Programme Research, Development and Education”, Priority 1: Strengthening capacity for quality research.

Graduated from
-Brno University of Technology in Process and Design Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Bioprocess Engineering, Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering.
- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Bachelor Degree in Science, Industrial Chemistry.

Her field of study is solid waste treatment and management with the extension to environmental/sustainability assessment and Process Integration. The other research interest including the emissions assessment particularly from transportation.
She is the Associate Editor of Journal of Cleaner Production (JCLEPRO), Managing Guest Editor and Guest Editor (JCLEPRO, CTEP, Energies, Energy and Sustainability). Awarded by three outstanding reviewing awards from different journal publishers (Journal of Cleaner Production (JCLEPRO), Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy (CTEP), Energy). Finalist of ECR Reviewers' Choice Award by PUBLONS and Brno PhD talent 2018
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
Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cleaner Production. The founder and President for 24 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 600 papers, h-index reaching 65. 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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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 (www.clubofrome.org), 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: 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
CNR
Rome, Italy
Researcher since 2003 on wind turbines aerodynamics and aeroelasticity.
Dr. Claudio Testa
CNR
Rome, Italy
Dr. Koen Boorsma
Energy Transition, TNO
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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SPECIAL SESSION: Bio-Electrochemical Systems as Sustainable Technologies for Implementing Innovative Remediation and Energy Harvesting Technologies
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The special session is part of an itinerant networking program within the EU COST Action PHOENIX CA19123 H2020, a European research framework among the topics of sustainable urban development and environment protection with a key focus on bio-electrochemical systems (BES).

BES are cost-effective biotechnologies that could be used as bio-remediator, biosensor and bioreactor. BESs are exploited in multiple fields, here we focus on Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) as bio-electrochemical converters for rendering organic waste, polluted soils, and water, into a useful resource that is transformed in energy and nutrients. Such technologies rely on the microbial metabolism for reduction of organic content as well as electricity generation as well as being used as electrolyzers. Such systems have the capability to work symbiotically with their surrounding environment, combining decontamination with electrical usage thus practically facilitating an eco-circular concept. Although MFCs – of all types of BES – is the only type that generates (as opposed to consume) electricity, this is currently less than what would be required by conventional power consumer electronics. Recent advances in the field of low power electronics enable the exploitation of these sustainable and environmentally friendly technologies, bringing the “power gap” for direct use and improving their capability to work as energy harvester, feeding network of sensors or acting as a sensor themselves.

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Prof. Domenico Borello
Sapienza University of Rome
00184, Italy
Domenico Borello is Professor of Power Systems at Sapienza University of Rome. He’s got his Ph.D. in 2000 in Energy Systems. He has a specific interest in energy conversion processes with a specific focus on innovative, sustainable technologies. He is currently managing a research group including one Assistant professor, 3 Post Docs, 3 Ph.D. students. He is leading the Fuel Cells and Biomass Gasification labs at DIMA. In the first one, experiments on terrestrial microbial fuel cells are currently carried out aiming at understanding their capabilities for soil decontamination as well as for energy harvesting. He is a member of the PHOENIX Cost Action CA19123, where he is leading the Working Group 4 Point of Load.
In the biomass gasification lab experiments on gasification and energy valorisation of biomass from phyto-assisted bioremediation are currently carried out aiming at understanding the syngas properties as well as the fate of the phyto-extracted contaminants.
He is author of >90 peer reviewed research contributions to international papers&conferences. His Scopus H-index is equal to 19.
Dr. Valeria Ancona
Italian National Research Council, Water Research Institute (IRSA-CNR)
Bari, Italy
Valeria Ancona is Research Scientist at Water Research Institute –National research Council (IRSA-CNR), Bari – Italy. She’s got her Ph.D. in Agricultural Chemistry, in 2008. She studied the decontamination processes of soils as a result of the synergistic action between plant species and soil microorganisms through the integrated use of microbial ecology techniques, aimed at assessing the structure and composition of soil microbial communities, and by means of analytical techniques for the determination of contaminants (organic and inorganic). Also, she is currently studying the effectiveness of BES techniques in promoting soil decontamination from organic toxic compounds. She has been involved in regional and national projects on plant-assisted bioremediation for recovering soil pollution and producing renewable energy from biomass. She is currently managing a research group including 2 Post Docs, 2 PhD students and 1 research fellowship. She is the Lead Researcher of “GREEN SOLUTIONS” project (funded by Apulia Region in the framework of the INNONETWORK call) and responsible of a WP on Plant-assisted bioremediation techniques for soil depollution in the framework of “Energy for Taranto Technology And pRocesses for the Abatement of pollutaNts and the remediation of conTaminated sites with raw materials recovery and production of energy tOtally green (TARANTO)” project, funded by the Ministry of Education, University and Research, grant number ARS01_00637. Her scientific activity has produced more than 80 contributions: papers published in national and international scientific journals (ISI), conference proceedings and technical reports. Recently she is involved in the Phoenix Cost Action (CA19123 - Protection, Resilience, Rehabilitation of damaged environment). Tutor and co-tutor of students for master and PhD degree theses. Referee for various international scientific journals. Her Scopus H-Index is equal to 8.
Dr. Paola Grenni
Italian National Research Council
Roma, Italy
Dr Paola Grenni is a Research Scientist at Water Research Institute –National research Council (IRSA-CNR), ROME – ITALY. She obtained the master Degree (M.Sc.) in Natural Science (summa cum laude) from University of Trieste and the Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the Milano Bicocca University. Her main field of interest has been microbial ecology in soil, sediments, surface and groundwater. Experimental activity includes methods for assessing microbial activity and diversity, as well as molecular methods, together with ecotoxicological methods. She is the author of about 100 publications including research papers in peer-reviewed journals and some book chapters (Scopus h index 23). She has been involved in national and international projects on ecosystem contamination (pesticides, their transformation products and fertilizers; pharmaceuticals; PCBs; anionic surfactants; metals) and in bioassisted remediation processes. Among other, she is also involved as Italian MC Member of the Phoenix Cost Action (CA19123 - Protection, Resilience, Rehabilitation of damaged environment).
Expert consultant in the evaluation of research projects and referee for various international scientific journals; Editorial board of various Journals and editor of books. Tutor and co-tutor of students for master and PhD degree theses. She received the Atlas Award from the Elsevier in 2017.
Prof. Ioannis Ieropoulos
University of the West of England, Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom
Ioannis A. Ieropoulos is Professor of Bioenergy & Self-Sustainable Systems and co-founder and Director of the Bristol BioEnergy Centre, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UWE. He has an interest in waste utilisation and energy autonomy and produced the EcoBot family of robots and RowBot, which have their own MFC microbiome and operate completely devoid of conventional power sources. He has been an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow (2010-2015) and is currently a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grantee on the "Urine-tricity/PEE POWER®" project, advancing the MFC technology for sanitation improvement in Developing World Countries. He leads projects, focusing on robotics, biodegradable & functional materials, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and the European Commission (FP-6, FP-7 and H2020) with a focus on living architecture. He has published >100 peer reviewed journal papers, generated >£10M of research income in the last 10 years and holds 2 patents on MFC stack development, configuration, modulation and control.
Dr. Andrea Pietrelli
Universite Lumirere Lyon 2
LYON, France
Dr Andrea Pietrelli is Research Scientist at University Lyon 2, Lyon, France. He was awarded with two PhD titles from the Department of Information, Electronics and Communications in ICT at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, and from the Ampere Laboratory in Electrical, Electronics and communications engineering at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France. He obtained the master Degree (M.Sc.) in Communications Engineering from Sapienza University of Rome. His research activity has focussed on bio-electrochemical systems, energy harvesting technologies, low power electronics, wireless sensor networks, ground penetrating radar systems, microbial fuel cells scaling-up, and environmental monitoring applications. He is the Chair of the H2020 COST Action (CA 19123) PHOENIX Protection, Resilience and Rehabilitation of Damaged Environment.

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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: 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
Professor Soteris Kalogirou is at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences and Engineering of the Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus. He is currently the Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. In addition to his Ph.D., he holds the title of D.Sc. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and Founding Member of the Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts.

For more than 35 years, he is actively involved in research in the area of solar energy and particularly in flat plate and concentrating collectors, solar water heating, solar steam generating systems, desalination, photovoltaics, and absorption cooling.

He has a large number of publications as books, book chapters, international scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings. He is Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy, and Editorial Board Member of another seventeen journals. He is the editor of the book Artificial Intelligence in Energy and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Nova Science Inc., co-editor of the book Soft Computing in Green and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Springer, editor of the book McEvoy’s Handbook of Photovoltaics, published by Academic Press of Elsevier and author of the books Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems, and Thermal Solar Desalination: Methods and Systems, published by Academic Press of Elsevier.

He is a member of World Renewable Energy Network (WREN), American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and International Solar Energy Society (ISES).
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: Integrated participatory systems approach for modelling socio-ecological systems
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The proposed session will focus on modelling socio-ecological systems using principles of systems thinking, system dynamics, Bayesian Network and other integrative modelling approaches. In particular, we are interested in research where models have been developed and used for socio-ecological systems that integrate key drivers, processes and responses that interact within, and have feedback on, the system that is being investigated. Often, these models typically require the combination of knowledge and data from a variety of sources, including the participation and collaboration of researchers from diverse domains, decision-makers and (other) stakeholders.

We encourage submissions of abstracts that:

  • highlight the development and use of socio-ecological models that facilitate the exploration and evaluation of ‘wicked’ problems around resource-use;
  • incorporate innovation (e.g. smart technology  smart phones and tablets; immersive technology) in eliciting data and delivering research, particularly in the context of stakeholder engagement and tool delivery; and
  • facilitate participation / collaboration of researchers from diverse domains, decision-makers and (other) stakeholders.
Prof. Rodney Stewart
Griffith University
Gold Coast City, Australia
Rodney Stewart is a Professor and Deputy Head of School (Research) in the School of Engineering and Built Environment based at Griffith University, Gold Coast City, Queensland Australia. Professor Stewart is an expert in engineering, construction and environmental engineering and management research. His current particular area of research focus is on digital utility transformation. Professor Stewart is leading industry collaborative research projects that seek to integrate 'big data' metering and monitoring technologies and associated expert systems into infrastructure, particularly in the water and energy utility sector, in order to better manage these critical resources and better integrate contemporary solutions such as renewable energy and decentralised water supply. He has a rapidly growing citation trajectory with a H-Index of 43, i-10 index of 100 and over 5600 citations (September 2019; Scholar). He has received over USD $5M of external funding, including over 15 years of continuous prestigious significant Australian Research Council (ARC) funding to date. He has averaged over 15 refereed publications per year in his academic career. Professor Stewart has research peer esteem being ARC assessor for grant applications, as well as organising committee or invited/keynote speaker for a number of international specialist conferences. Rodney has supervised to successful completion over twenty PhD/MPhil graduates to date; many of which have received national or international accolades for their research outputs and all employed after completion. He has numerous visiting Fellow (funded) invitations including for example, 2012 and 2017 visits to the strong Urban Water Systems Group in Exeter (UK), 2013 visit to UC-Davis Centre for Watershed Sciences (USA), and 2017 visit to Cambridge University.
Dr. Russell Richards
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia
Dr. Oz Sahin
Griffith University
Gold Coast City, Australia
Dr Oz Sahin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Griffith Climate Change Response Program. Since completing his PhD in the field of climate change adaptation and vulnerability assessment 2011, he has worked on numerous research projects with a range of large interdisciplinary teams. In his current role, he is responsible developing integrated risk assessment models working with a large team of experts. His research interests include integrated decision support systems using coupled system dynamics and GIS modelling, BN modelling, multiple criteria decision analysis and operational research methods. Dr Sahin has authored or co-authored more than 120 refereed publication outputs and research /consultancy reports.

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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
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
HRVOJE MIKULČIĆ defended his PhD thesis in 2015 at the Department of Power Engineering, Energy and Environment, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb. His main research area includes: Numerical modelling of fluid flow; Solid fuel combustion; Endothermic calcination reaction; Pollutant formation, Greenhouse gasses emissions analysis and accounting; Energy intensive industry; Energy system analysis; Renewable energy; Multiphase flows; Waste-to-Energy, Carbon capture and utilization; Pollution reduction; Green ammonia.
From 2009 till 2018 he worked 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 till 2019 he was 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. From 2019 he is a project manager of a European INTERREG MED project BLUE DEAL - Blue Energy Deployment Alliance, responsible for the Croatian part of the project.
He is an author of 65 scientific papers, in scientific journals (SCI). His current Scopus h-index is 23. He is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Cleaner Production (IF2019= 7.246). From 2014 he serves as a SDEWES Special Issue Guest Editor in the Journal of Cleaner Production (IF2019= 7.246), in the Journal of Environmental Management (IF2019= 5.647), in Optimization and Engineering (IF2019= 1.829), and from 2020 in the international journal Fuel (IF2019= 5.578).

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SPECIAL SESSION: Renewable Fuels and New Technologies in Sustainable Combustion
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Prof. Milan Vujanović
University of Zagreb
Zagreb, Croatia
Milan Vujanović is a researcher and team leader 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.
Prof. Vujanović holds PhD in “numerical modelling of multiphase flow in the 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”, “Numerical Methods in Continuum Mechanics” and “Energy Engines”. He has over 100 publications in Scientific Journals, Books and International Conferences Proceedings to his credit.
Prof. Vujanović is a consultant to many industries and 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.

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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 Renewable Energy (Elsevier) and 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 26 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 (https://prismi.interreg-med.eu/) where he dealt with the energy plan of Favignana island, Italy; and the GIFT project (https://www.gift-h2020.eu/) 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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