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Invited keynote speakers

Speakers will share their knowledge and expertise in a 20 minute keynote speech, which includes taking questions from the audience. The following speakers have been invited to give keynote speeches at the joint conference: 

Prof. He Tao

Topic: Solar thermal components: latest development in China

He Tao, professor of engineering, is director of research center for solar energy of China Academy of Building Research and deputy director of National Center for Quality Supervision and Testing of Solar Heating Systems. He Tao is IEA SHC Executive Committee representative of China, and currently in his second term as vice chairman. Furthermore, he is Secretary-General of Committee of Solar Thermal Conversion, China Renewable Energy Society. In past 20 years, his main researches are solar heating & cooling application in building, solar thermal system testing and building energy efficiency. He Tao led the development of most of national solar thermal standards and the establishment of 3 national solar thermal testing laboratories. He Tao is full of experiences of national and international research projects by involving or leading in National key research and development plans, UNDP project, UNF project and WB & GEF China Basic Health Services project.

Mr. Jan Erik Nielsen

Topic: Solar thermal standards and certification

Jan Erik Nielsen worked almost 20 years at the Danish Solar Energy Test Lab at the Danish Technological Institute as researcher and manager of the Solar Thermal department.  In 2003 he establish the consulting company SolarKey Int., dealing with quality assurance aspects of solar thermal products, especially standardisation and certification. Jan Erik Nielsen has been a delegate to ISO/TC 180 since 1987 and to CEN/TC 312 since 1996. He is Chairman of the corresponding Danish mirror committees.  Jan Erik Nielsen is one of the fathers of the very successful European Solar Keymark certification scheme – acting now as the “Solar Keymark Network Manager”. He has participated in misc. IEA SHC project since 1988 – being Operating agent of Task 43 “Solar Rating and Certification” and Task 57 “Solar Standards and Certification” – establishing in this last task the “Global Solar Certification Network” and acting here as the manager of this Network.  Jan Erik Nielsen is in parallel working together with the consulting company PlanEnergi in the field of Solar District Heating – his was Operating Agent for IEA SHC Task 45 “Large Scale Solar Heating and Cooling Systems”

Prof. Dr. Klaus Vajen

University Kassel (Germany)

Topic: SHC applications and innovations

Dr. Stephen D. White

Topic: SHC and solar cooling

Prof. White has over 25 years experience in solar air-conditioning, energy end use efficiency, and electricity industry demand side management.  He leads CSIRO's Energy Efficiency research and is a Program Leader in the Low-Carbon-Living Cooperative Research Centre.  He has played a leadership/advisory role in a number of organisations including the Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air-conditioning and Heating (AIRAH), the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the International Energy Agency SHC Task48 “Quality Assurance and Support Measures for Solar Cooling”.  He oversees energy efficiency modelling software used for regulating the residential construction industry under the Australian National Construction Code. His research has resulted in award winning solar cooling demonstrations, the world first AS5389 Technical Standard for Solar Heating and Cooling, and IP commercialization through a number start-up companies. He is a member of the Australian Refrigeration and Building Services (ARBS) “Hall of Fame” 

Dr. Nicolas Calvet

Topic: Trends in Concentrated Solar Power with Integrated Thermal Energy Storage

Dr. Nicolas obtained his Ph.D. in Engineering Science (Energy and Environment) in 2010 at the PROMES CNRS Laboratory in France. His thesis was about different thermal energy storage (TES) materials and processes, using latent and sensible heat from low to high temperatures. In 2011, he joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in USA working on heat transfer fluids in the concentrated solar power (CSP) group. In 2012, he joined the CIC Energigune Energy Cooperative Research Centre in Spain where he kept working on thermal energy storage materials and systems. Finally in 2013, he joined Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates as an Assistant Professor. He is the chair of the Masdar Institute Solar Platform, the first research and development platform in the UAE, entirely dedicated to CSP and TES. Finally he is the official UAE representative alternate at the SolarPACES Executive Committee, a technology collaboration program from the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Prof. Eicke Weber

Topic: The future of PV, discussing markets and technology

Professor Eicke R. Weber is Director of the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS). He was Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Professor for Physics / Solar Energy at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics and at the Faculty of Engineering at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany until December 31 2016.  Prof. Weber studied Physics at the University of Cologne, Germany where he made his doctorate in 1976 and his habilitation in 1983. From 1983-2006 he lectured at the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley - since 1991 as Professor of Materials Science.

Mr. Rabindra Kumar Satpathy

Emami Power (India)

Topic: Grid integration of PV systems and off-grid rural electrification in India

Dr. Maria Wall

Topic: Urban planning for solar energy

Maria Wall is associate professor at the Division of Energy and Building Design, Lund University, Sweden. She has a MSc in Architecture and a PhD in Engineering. Her research includes different issues related to energy-efficient buildings as well as solar energy strategies. She is leader of the IEA SHC Task 51 on Solar Energy in Urban Planning and was former leader of SHC Task 41 on Solar Energy and Architecture. She was the main initiator and developer, and is also the Director of the 2-year Master’s Programme in Energy-efficient and Environmental Building Design at Lund University.

Dr. Andreas Sizmann

Bauhaus Luftfahrt (Germany)

Topic: Solar fuels for aviation

Dr. David Renné

Topic: Solar energy forecast

Dr. David Renné President of the International Solar Energy Society since 2010 and Associate Editor of the Solar Energy Journal in the field of solar resource assessment, Dr. Renné is also the Operating Agent of International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme Task 46 titled, “Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting.” From 1991-2012, Dr. Renné developed and managed programs on renewable energy resource assessment and analysis, and the integration of resource data into GIS at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). In his retirement, he holds an Emeritus position at NREL and Dave Renné Renewables provides support to both the public and private sector in planning and developing domestic and international renewable energy programs.

Mr. Geoff Stapleton

GSES (Australia)

Topic: Professional training experience in Pacific Islands

Mr. Thomas Yeung

Topic: Energy efficiency in water desalination

Thomas Yeung is a water and power specialist in Saudi Aramco. He was Aramco’s representative on the national Long Term Planning (LTP) team from 2015 to 2017 – other LTP members included MEIM, MEWA, SEC, SWCC, NWC, and ECRA.  The objective of the LTP was to develop an integrated and sustainable plan for municipal electricity, water and wastewater to 2040. As part of this analysis, Thomas advised on:  biogas production at wastewater treatment plants to produce electricity and process heat; the use of treated waste water for power plant cooling; and replacing combined (thermal) power and water plant with separate generation and desalination facilities.

Prior to joining Aramco, Thomas worked in the UK electricity industry, ran an electricity and water utility in the Caribbean and was briefly responsible for electricity, water, district cooling, and waste management in a zero-carbon city being built in Abu Dhabi before outsourcing most of it to the local utilities.

Important Dates

Notification of acceptance June 16, 2017
Registration open June 26, 2017
Due date TCA forms August 15, 2017
Author registration ends August 15, 2017
Early bird deadline August 31, 2017
Late registration fee after October 27, 2017
Full paper submission October 15, 2017

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