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Program Overview

SET2016 Scientific/Technical Program


Energy Technology & Renewables

Energy Storage & Conversion

Sustainable Cities & Environment

Policies & Management


Low-carbon/ low-energy technologies

Artificial photosynthesis

Sustainable and resilient cities

Energy and environment policies


Solar energy


Sustainable urban systems and infrastructure

Carbon tax


Wind energy

Heat pump

Green and sustainable buildings and materials

Energy and carbon savings incentive


Geothermal energy

Heating and cooling systems

Energy efficiency in buildings

Energy and environment security


Ocean/tidal energy


Smart and responsive buildings

Environmental issues and the public


Biomass systems

Thermomagnetic conversion

Smart grids





Energy demand and use optimization



Building energy technologies and systems

Carbon sequestration

Life cycle assessment

Sustainable energy education


Ventilation and air conditioning technologies

Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

Ecology, ecosystem and biodiversity

Sustainable energy awareness, acceptance and take-up


Energy and Exergy efficiency

Phase change materials (PCM)

Waste management and recycling

International cooperation


Heating and cooling systems
This session will focus on the study of efficient cooling and heating technology, HVAC System, CCHP system, low temperature & refrigeration engineering, CFD simulation of heat transfer, and etc. Special emphasis will be paid to the work regarding the application of heating and cooling technologies on renewable energy systems, like solar, wind, biomass, mini-hydro, and etc. Papers on theoretical, computer modelling and experimental research performed on the above systems are welcomed.

Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies
The hydrogen and fuel cell technology is an attractive technology with potential for deployment in a wide range of automotive, portable and stationary applications. Experimental, theoretical or modelling papers discussing latest development in this area are welcomed. This includes recent advances and research from materials to device to system level for low- to high-temperature fuel cells as well as other types such as the microbial fuel cell, and etc.

CO2 capture, storage, and utilization
This session focuses on carbon related issues at four levels. The first level is to decrease CO2 generation; mainly achieved via low-carbon, low energy technologies. The second level is the capture and long-term storage of atmospheric CO2, either in the form of CO2 or other forms of carbon. The third level targets converting CO2 back to organic fuels/chemicals through artificial photosynthesis. The fourth level refers to carbon related government policies, such as carbon tax.

Strategies for energy demand and use optimization
The energy ‘trilemma’ of energy security, economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability continues to be an ongoing challenge for many economies in the modern era. The need for the formulation of sound policies and management of energy supply and demand cannot be understated. The session focuses on the following topics: strategies for energy demand and use optimization, energy and environment security, carbon savings incentive, sustainable urban systems and infrastructure, sustainable energy awareness, acceptance and take-up, and environmental issues and the public. Contributions can include new methodologies, models and case studies.

Sustainable urban systems and infrastructure
Cities and their links with their natural environment is an important topic because cities are centers of consumptions and productions, which are factors governing natural resources depletion, greenhouse emissions and waste productions. In this theme, we will focus (but not restrict) our discussions on the roles of cities and environment within the scope of sustainability such as sustainable and resilient cities, waste management and recycling, intelligent or energy efficient design and infrastructure, life cycle assessment, ecology, ecosystem and biodiversity, and etc.

Modernizing the electrical generation, transmission and distribution networks embeds operational smartness within the existing and new utility grids through the incorporation of smart algorithms, which give rise to smart generation, smart network interconnections, smart metering, smart appliances and so on. High energy and exergy efficiencies become indispensable requirements of such complex interconnected systems managing various renewable energy sources. Smarter grids along with exergy-quantified integration of promising renewable energy sources improve reliability, capacity, security, sustainability and etc. are the focus of this theme.

Energy saving in buildings
Buildings account for nearly half of the energy demand and through the use of sustainable building technology coupled with efficient energy usage, it can create a significant impact on the global usage of energy. This session seeks papers discussing the latest scientific findings and technology development in the following areas such as use of waste in building materials, lower energy embodied materials and construction methods, high performance building materials with properties such as high-strength, light-weight, self-healing, self-cleaning, energy storage and regeneration, carbon sequestration, and the associated life cycle of these new technologies.

Biomass processing
This session will focus on the latest scientific findings and progress in industrial technology on biomass processing, biomass conversion processes for biofuels, bioenergy and biorefineries and industrial applications and impacts on the environment. Specific topics can include (but not limited to): bioreactor development for biomass processing, biologics manufacturing and biopharmaceuticals production, bioethanol/biobutanol production, conversion of solid wastes to energy, algal biomass for bioenergy production, application of systems and synthetic biotechnology, etc.

Gasification and pyrolysis
Biomass - a renewable and clean energy source - can be considered as an alternative to address the rapid depletion and consumption of fossil fuels. Gasification and pyrolysis are reliable and promising technologies which can turn a variety of low-value materials containing carbon such as biomass, coal and waste into energy and other high-value products, reducing the dependence on the fossil-based fuels, and provide a clean alternative energy source of electricity, fertilizers, fuels, and chemicals. Experimental, theoretical or modelling papers discussing novel findings and development in gasification and pyrolysis technology are welcomed.

Sustainable consumption and production
Sustainable and renewable energy sources like solar and wind is a solution to the current unsustainable consumption of fossil fuels. It is detrimental to have a fundamental shift in the way we harvest, convert and store energy in order to achieve environmental sustainability while consuming and producing energy. This session focuses on topics of advances and developments in energy harvesting, conversion and storage, including (but not limited to) novel conversion technologies, inexpensive and safe large scale energy storage systems such as batteries, and etc. Papers discussing the environmental life cycle assessment of goods and services for sustainable consumption and production are also welcomed.




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