Dr. Danny Müeller
Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry,TU Wien

Biography: Dr. Danny Müller has obtained his Ph.D. in coordination chemistry in 2008 from TU Wien, Austria. After his Ph.D. he started his career focusing on energy storage systems based on thermochemical storage materials. Based on the background in inorganic chemistry his main interest is the understanding the chemical processes of the storage reaction to optimize and enhance the performance of the storage systems. He is actively involved in the TASK-initiative of the International Energy Agency on “Material and Component Development for Thermal Energy Storage”.

Title: Thermochemical energy storage – a versatile game-changer?

In 2017, the International Energy Agency announced the 40-40 goal: Within 2040, 40 % of the global energy demand shall be provided by renewable energy sources. This already ongoing transformation towards renewables focusses heavily on fluctuating energy sources as wind or sun. To cover the resulting mismatch between demand and supply, especially thermal energy storage becomes increasingly important.
Among thermal storage concepts, thermochemical energy storage is still the most experimental technique, although featuring distinct advantages as loss-less (long-term) storage, applicability over a broad range of temperatures and highest storage densities.
Based on recent research different aspects developing thermochemical energy storage materials are presented: A proper selection of the material defines its application for varying technological environments; Complete understanding of the chemical processes during the storage cycle allows to tune and enhance the performance of the thermochemical systems to match demand-sided requirements; Control of the reaction conditions allows for fine-tuning towards applicability.

Prof. Dr. Julio Usaola
Departament Electrical Engineering, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Biography: Julio Usaola is PhD in Electrical Engineering (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, 1990) and Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering in the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, since 2005. He has also been visiting professor in Supelec and Politecnico de Milano. His research has been focused on the integration of renewable energies in power systems and electricity markets for more than 15 years and in the last years it was centered on reliability of renewables in power systems, smart grids and participation of renewables in electricity markets. He has more than 100 publications in scientific journals and proceedings where the results of competitive and industry financed projects have been disseminated. He has supervised ten Doctoral Thesis, most of them about renewables' integration in electricity markets. He is the current responsible for the Master degree in Renewable Energy in Power Systems at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Title: High share of variable renewables resources: Risks and opportunities

Abstract: The new plans of decarbonization of the energy system in the UE includes ambitious objectives for the renewables' share in the power system in year 2030. In countries with low dispatchable renewable resources, as hydro power or biomass, most of this share must come from Variable Renewable Energies (VRE), such as photovoltaics or wind energy. Large quantities of VRE pose substantial challenges to the technical management of power systems, as well as to the electricity market design and will have effects on energy costs. In this presentation, these points will be addressed and the envisaged consequences outlined. The consequences include effects on electricity costs, high installed capacity, energy spillage and inadequacies of current electricity market design. The increasing share of VRE must be accompanied by proper measures, such as grid and interconnections reinforcements, storage devices and demand response. The well known methodology of screening curves will be used in the presentation to illustrate with examples some of the foreseeable outcomes of this necessary transition.

Prof. Dr. H. Hadiyanto
Center of Biomass and Renewable Energy (CBIORE), Diponegoro University, Indonesia

Biography: Prof. Dr. Hadiyanto, MSc received his BSc of Chemical Engineering from Diponegoro University in 1998 and MSc of Bioprocess Engineering from Wageningen University, The Netherlands in 2003. While the degree of Ph.D. has been obtained in 2007 from Wageningen University, Netherlands. After finishing his Ph.D., he had an opportunity to work as a scientist at NIZO Food Research BV Netherlands (2007-2009), and Research Associate at Process Intensification Group at TU DELFT Netherlands (2009-2010). Besides these works, he has also been invited as visiting research fellow at KU Leuven Belgium (2011), Kyoto University (2012) and DTU Denmark (2014). He is also actively involved in Sustainable Energy and Environmental (SEE) Forum, UNDIP green metric task force and coordinating world-class university program since 2016. In 2016, he was appointed as the head of a master program in environmental science, school of postgraduate studies and appointed as full professor on May 2017 in the field of bioprocess engineering.

Title: High flexibility analysis of biodiesel production using multi-feedstock oil

Abstract: Multi-feedstock biodiesel was purposed to overcome the shortage of single oil raw material in biodiesel production. However, the high yield of biodiesel was hardly achieved when the different types of oils was used since they have different characteristics even though the processing condition was the same. This research was aimed to evaluate the use of multi-oils with wide range of fatty acids as raw materials and its process flexibility of biodiesel production. The result shows that the multi-feedstock biodiesel have potential as an alternative energy to reduce the dependency of fossil oil. The results also showed that multi-feedstock plant of biodiesel give high flexibility to the change of raw materials and process but give different result to engine performance and emissions.

Prof. Dr. Saeed Badshah
Department of Mechanical Engineering, International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan

Biography: Saeed Badshah received the BSc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from university of Engineering and Technology Taxila, Pakistan in 2003. He completed Master degree in Mechanical Engineering from N.W.F.P University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar Pakistan in 2006. He completed Ph.D degree from Institute of Mechanics and Mechatronics, Faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Vienna University of Technology, Austria in 2011. In Feb, 2012, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering, International Islamic University Islamabad Pakistan, as Assistant Professor. Since December 2013, he has been with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIUI, as Associate Professor and head of the department. His current research interests include Finite element modeling, Experimental Modal testing and analysis, condition monitoring of rotating machines, Cellular metals, Aluminum foam, Inverse problems, Identification techniques, Structural dynamics, Structural optimization, Renewable Energy and Tidal current turbines.
Dr. Saeed is a life member of Pakistan Engineering Council. He is the member of IEEE Power and Energy Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), The Institution of Engineers Pakistan (IEP), Society of Mechanical Engineers of Pakistan (SMEP).
Dr. Saeed has more than 50 research publications. He has supervised many PhD, Master and Bachelor students. He is the Chair of International Conference on Power Generation Systems and Renewable Energy Technologies (PGSRET).

Title: Fluid Structure Interaction Modelling of Tidal Current Turbines

Abstract: In this talk, an overview will be presented on the ocean current energy and the devices for extraction of tides energy. Then a specific interest will be given to the fluid structure interaction modeling of tidal current turbines. Tidal current energy has the potential to provide a new renewable energy source to the world. Tidal energy technology has successfully gone through various development phases, with demonstration systems currently operating in relevant environments at pre-commercial and commercial scales. Tidal Current Turbines (TCTs) often derive their design principals from wind turbine design. However, there are certain key differences that needs careful consideration. The proper understanding of device behavior is necessary to make this technology cost effective and reliable.
Although RANS CFD based numerical models can model the hydrodynamic behavior of a TCT but it has the limitation that it assumes the blades to be rigid. Numerical models capable of accounting for the Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) and hydroelastic behavior of the turbine blade can provide a better approximation of the turbine performance and near flow fields. Some FSI studies have already been conducted to gain an insight into the performance of tidal turbine. However, more such studies are still needed to further the understanding of the design and performance of turbine.