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Lecture 1: Status of Marine Energy Technologies – Commercialisation Readiness?

Lecture 2: Energy and Cities: Energy Efficiency and Solar Power Potential from Cities

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj

Energy and Climate Change Division, Sustainable Energy Research Group

Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj leads the 55-strong Energy and Climate Change Division at the University of Southampton, where he completed his PhD, progressing from a researcher to a Personal Chair in Sustainable Energy.  For more than 25 years, Professor Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research and established the energy theme within the University. His major research programmes can be found at These include Cities and Infrastructure, Data and Modelling, Energy and Behaviour, Energy and Buildings, Energy for DevelopmentEnvironmental Impacts, Microgeneration Technologies and Renewable Energy (Solar Photovoltaics and Marine Energy).

Professor Bahaj's work has resulted in over 270 articles, published in academic refereed journals and conference series of international standing. He founded the International Journal of Marine Energy (IJOME) which he is the Editor-in-Chief. In 2012, Prof Bahaj was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to Southampton City Council—believed to be the first such appointment in the UK and in 2014, the UK's Science Council named him as one of the UK's 100 leading practising scientists. Prof Bahaj holds the visiting Chair of King Salman ben Abdulaziz  for Energy Research at the King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


Paradigm Shift in Energy Science and Technology from Energy Cascading to Exergy Recuperation

Professor Atsushi Tsutsumi

Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo

Atsushi Tsutsumi is Professor of Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo, Japan.  He received his Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1986. He has been active in research on material and energy coproduction based on exergy recuperation technology,  exergy recuperative advanced IGCC/IGFC, innovative energy conservation by self-heat recuperation, fuel cell/battery (FCB) with energy sparkling and hydrogen production by biomass gasification for the last ten years. He has published over 217 scientific publications, 361 proceedings in international journals and conferences and 28 books.  


Biochar as enabling material for sustainability

Professor Charles Q. Jia

Associate Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto

Dr Charles Q. Jia is a Professor and Associate Chair in Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto in Canada.  He taught at Chongqing University in China since 1984 after receiving an M.Eng degree from the same university.  He later moved to Canada and obtained a PhD degree from McMaster University in 1994.  He was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow for two years, before joining his current department as an Assistant Professor in 1996.  His research is concerned with maximizing the value of natural resources and minimizing the impact of industrial operations on the environment, currently focusing on nanoporous carbon materials and applications in sustainable energy and the environment. His Green Technology Lab has trained over 60 Masters, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers who now work in academic, industrial and public sectors around the world.  He has authored about 100 research papers, held US and Canadian patents, and consulted for international companies and governments. In 2015, he received the MetSoc Environmental Award, recognizing his significant contributions to the field of environmental science & technology and sustainable development. Dr Jia is an avid cyclist; he enjoys challenges on the road and on the badminton court.


Study on indirect evaporative cooler (IEC) for air-conditioning in hot and humid region like Hong Kong

Professor Hongxing Yang

Department of Building Services Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Prof. Yang received his BEng in 1982 and MEng in 1985 in the Division of HVACR Engineering of Tianjin University, China. He obtained his PhD in 1993 in the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Wales College of Cardiff, UK.  He is now leading the Renewable Energy Research Group (RERG) in the Department of Building Services Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests cover a number of renewable energy topics including solar photovoltaic applications in buildings, ground-coupled heat pumps for air-conditioning, energy recovery from central air-conditioning systems, and other energy saving and renewable energy projects. He has completed a number of research projects in recent years.  He has over 250 academic papers and 5 professional books published. He is serving the International Journal of Applied Energy as associate editor and other international journals as editorial board member.   


Engineering a Sustainable Future

Mr. Joe Eades


Founder and Managing Director – Ispahan Group

Mr Eades is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and Professional Process Safety Engineer. He holds the post of Chairman of the IChemE in Singapore as well as Asst. Honorary Secretary of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore where he is recognised as a Fellow of IChemE and IES. Mr Eades is the Founder and Managing Director of Ispahan Group and engineering consultancy headquartered in Singapore. Mr Eades brings over 20 years' experience in consulting and technical project management for many facilities across Europe and Asia in a variety of industries.  He has experience in cogeneration of power and heat having worked on turbine and gas engines projects as well as having been technical project manager for the industrial infrastructure for both a US$800 million project in Europe and a US$180 million in Asia. Mr Eades was part of the core organising committee for the World Engineers Summit on Climate Change 2015 and is the current Chairman of HAZARDS 2016. Mr Eades was an Adjunct Lecturer at NUS (National University of Singapore) from 2009 to 2013 and sits on the Industry Advisory Panel for Taylors University Engineering Department, Malaysia and Singapore Polytechnic School of Life Sciences.  He is keen advocate on Sustainable technology and sustainable development and is currently working on commercialisation of new technologies into the region.


Energy, Water and Environment Nexus for Future Sustainable Desalination

Professor Kim Choon Ng

Water Desalination and Reuse Center, King Abdullah University of Science & technology

Professor Kim Choon NG obtained his BSc.(Hons-1) and PhD from the Strathclyde University (UK) in 1975 and 1980, respectively, and joined the ME Dept. of NUS in 1981. In July 2015, he joined as a full professor at the Water Desalination and Reuse Center of the King Abdullah University of Science & technology, Saudi Arabia. His research topics are adsorption cooling and desalination, co-generation systems analysis and testing. He pioneered the advanced MEDAD cycle:-A hybrid of MED and AD that boost water production up to two fold through thermodynamic synergy of thermally-driven cycles and vis-a-vis at the same energy input. Dr Ng has over two-hundred peer-reviewed journals and conferences. During his tenure at NUS, he has been active in professional services, serving as associate editors in three international journals and a sub-committee member of the examination sub-committee of the Professional Engineers Board of Singapore. He was a part-time visiting professor to Kyushu University (Japan) in 2004-2006 and the World Class University (WCU) programme of Jeju National University, Korea from 2008-2013. He has published 3 books, 4 book chapters and 15 patents. Dr Ng has started 3 spin-off companies and his H-index factor is 40, total citation in publication is 5081.


Advanced Study on Solid State Fermentation from Nanometer to Meter Levels and a Case Analysis

Professor Shizhong Li

Deputy director of the Institute of New Energy Technology, Tsinghua University

Executive director of MOST-USDA Joint Research Center for Biofuels

Director of Beijing Engineering Research Center for Biofuels

Dr. Shizhong Li is a full professor and deputy director of the Institute of New Energy Technology, Tsinghua University, and executive director of MOST-USDA Joint Research Center for Biofuels, director of Beijing Engineering Research Center for Biofuels. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Editor of Biomass and Bioenergy, consultant to Hainan Provincial Government. He conducts leading research on advanced biofuels, such as 1.5 generation biofuels and 2nd , 4th generation biofules, has more than 100 publications and 18 granted patents, and also contributes to roadmap designing, development strategy formulating and incentive policy making for promoting China's Biofuel and Bioenergy industry. He has established the fundamental research system for solid state bioreaction at nm, μm, mm, and m levels, and developed the largest solid state bioreactor (55m in length, 3.6m in diameter) which is successful in operation for cost-effective production of bioethanol in the world. Before Dr. Li got his current post, he was the deputy director of Center for Biomass Engineering, China Agricultural University (2004-2005). He also worked in the Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University as a research fellow (2003-2004); in Civil Engineering Department, the University of Hong Kong as a Research Associate (2000-2002). He was an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering Department, Tianjin University until 1999.  


Use of solar assisted vapour compression heat pump for heating, cooling in buildings

Professor Yanjun Dai

Head of Department of power and energy engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

DAI Yanjun (Y.J.Dai) is a full professor in the School of Mechanical engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University(SJTU), P. R. China, Head of Department of power and energy engineering, SJTU, as well as Vice director of engineering research center of solar energy, Ministry of Education, China. He has been the research associate in the Department of Mechanical engineering in the University of Hong Kong (2001), visiting professor in North Dokota state university, USA (2009). Principal investigator (PI) for E2S2 project of CREATE program, sponsored by NRF, Singapore (2012-2017). His research interests involve solar heating and cooling, solar buildings, desiccant dehumidification and moisture control in built environment, et al. To date, he has published 4 books or book chapters, over 100 international journal papers, and obtained 20 patents in the aforementioned areas. He has been the principal investigators for projects of NSFC, National High-tech programs, etc. He has received several awards at national level, such as National Innovation Award (II), National Natural Science Award (II) etc. He is now the Subject Editor of <SOLAR ENERGY>, the member of International Society of Solar Energy (ISES). He has served the guest editor of <Energy Conversion and Management> for Special issue SET2010,SET2011.


SMART biochar technology - A shifting paradigm towards advanced materials and healthcare research

Professor Yong Sik Ok

School of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, Kangwon National University (KNU)

Director of the Korea Biochar Research Center (KBRC), Korea

Dr. Yong Sik Ok is a Full Professor at the School of Natural Resources and Environmental Science, Kangwon National University (KNU) and is currently serving as the Director of the Korea Biochar Research Center (KBRC) in Korea. Prof. Ok is currently the Coordinating Editor for Environmental Geochemistry and Health, a Subject Editor for Journal of Soils and Sediment, an Associate Editor for Canadian Journal of Soil Science and an Editorial Board Member for Chemical Speciation and Bioavailability. Additionally, he has served as a Guest Editor for the leading journals including Bioresource Technology, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Chemosphere, Plant and Soil, Journal of Environmental Management, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Environmental Geochemistry and Health, Geoderma, Journal of Soils and Sediments among others. As a Visiting Professor, Prof. Ok is contributes to the Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta (Canada), the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University (Belgium) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong). Prof. Ok is also serving as Guest Professor at the University of Wuppertal (Germany) and China Jiliang University (China). Prof. Ok has organized many international conferences including, most recently, CLEAR 2014 (Korea) and Biological Waste 2014 (Hong Kong).


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