Invited Speaker


Prof. Monica Siroux

INSA Strasbourg ICUBE, University of Strasbourg, France


Monica Siroux is Full Professor at INSA Strasbourg (National Institute of Applied Sciences) and Icube Laboratory of University of Strasbourg France. She received her PhD in 1996 from the University of Paris XII and the Accreditation to supervise research in 2008 from University of Valenciennes France. Between 2013-2019 Professor Siroux was Director of the Energy and Electrical Engineering Department in INSA Strasbourg and Director of a Research Chair "Innovative Walls”. She leads a group of researchers and PhD students. Main field of her research are Energy efficiency in buildings and Renewable energy. Professor Siroux published about 100 research papers in refereed international journals and international conferences and supervised over 10 doctoral students. She chaired many international conferences and technical meetings.


Speech Title:Towards Sustainable Energy Technologies: The case of  Earth Air Heat Exchanger

Abstract:To facilitate the energy transition, it is necessary to develop sustainable energy technologies. The Earth Air Heat Exchanger (EAHE) is such technology, which can reduce energy consumption by a building significantly.  This paper gives an overview on the Earth Air Heat Exchanger technologies and their significant advantages and presents recent R&D activities carried out by INSA ICUBE Strasbourg University. In this paper, a study is conducted to quantify the impact of coating soil types on the energetic performance of an earth-air heat exchanger (EAHE). A new numerical modeling based on the finite element method and taking thermal properties of soils as inputs is proposed. The model is validated with experimental measurements of temperature in soil and in the EAHE, at the University of Strasbourg in France.


Prof. Jun Peng

University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK


Professor Jun Peng is currently the Head of Division of Engineering and the Head of MEET (Mechanical Engineering and Energy Technology) Research Centre at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. His research interest lies on sustainable energy technology development and application on vehicle powertrains, and various vehicle energy efficiency technology with an emphasis on experimental investigation, though he also conducted some numerical simulations including CFD modelling. Prior to the current post, Prof Peng was a lecturer since 2004 and then as a senior lecturer since 2007 in the School of Engineering and Design, University of Sussex. He acquired his industry experience as a senior powertrain development engineer at the Dunton Technical Centre of Ford Motor Company between May 2003 and September 2004. Since 2008, he has been a fellow and industrial advisor of IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers), and an invited international fellow of JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) between 2016 and 2017.  He is currently an associate editor of Electronics Letters (SCI Journal) and has been a lead guest editor of Journal of Combustion.


Presentation Title: Current development and application of fuel cells on ground transport and a life cycle analysis of CO2 emissions from FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle)

Abstract: As Toyota, Hyundai, etc. car manufacturers have made their FCVs (Fuel Cell Vehicles) on markets, further technology developments for enhancing fuel cell system reliabilities, total energy efficiencies, system power density and driving range are urgently required. By reviewing current progress on fuel cell development and application on ground vehicles, this talk will present existing challenges of fuel cell and relevant systems, and will explain various efforts and possible solutions for improving fuel cell performances and for extending fuel cell’s application on various vehicles. Finally, a life cycle assessment to FCV’s CO2 emissions is demonstrated and compared with conventional ICEV (Internal Combustion Engine Vehicle).


Prof. Nezihe AYAS,
Eskisehir Technical University,TURKEY

Nezihe Ayas is the chair of Eskisehir Technical University Chemical Engineering department. She is a professor in the same department and the Head of Unit Operations of Thermodynamics Division. Prof. AYAS supervises the work of her research group on the subjects of catalyst synthesis for hydrogen production from biomass gasification, steam reforming of natural gas, utilization of CO2 and biodiesel. She is currently supervising 7 PhD and 5 MSc students on top of many more past research supervision roles for students. She is the author or co-author of many publications related to renewable energy such as biodiesel, hydrogen from biomass in supercritical water gasification, catalyst synthesis and characterization. She actively teaches in the fields of: Thermodynamics, Mass Transfer, hydrogen From Biomass, and others.



Abstracts: The need for energy is proportional to population, hence increasing everyday with the population growth. Approximately 80% of the energy need is met with fossil fuels and half of it is being used in transportation. Therefore, there is a rapid decrease in fossil fuel resources. Environmental problems, such as climate change and global warming increase significantly due to the burning of fossil fuels. Environmental pollution is a serious problem, it concerns the world and researchers are constantly looking for new sources of alternative energy to overcome its effects. For these reasons, alcohol-based fuels attract attention as an alternative energy source. The interest in using low-carbon alcohols such as methanol and ethanol as fuel increases every day. These fuels can be stored much easier than gaseous fuels and using them eliminates one of the key reasons of global warming. This type of fuel has a higher octane number compared to gasoline. For example, methanol has been used as fuel for many years due to its high octane number; it is often used with high performance in racing cars. Despite the fact that alcohols are hydrocarbon fuels, their emission to the environment is low due to their easy burning. Generally two types of alcohol draw attention, namely ethanol and methanol. Ethanol can be easily produced by fermentation of biomaterials such as sugar beet and sugar cane. Due to the oil crisis in 1973, alcohol began to be used as a fuel in Brazil and alcohol-powered engines have been manufactured and are used to this day. It is also of great importance to use ethanol as an oxygenated compound as an oil additive. Its use for this purpose is particularly common in North America. The design of vehicles working with methanol is different. Methanol is popularly used as a mixture of 85% methanol and 15% petroleum (named as M85) and this mixture, which has been used since 1980, increases the power of the engine from 120 Hp to 130 hp while reducing the distance traveled from 460 km to 325 km. The octane number is high, but the energy density is low. One of the common uses of methanol is its use in fuel cells due to its high H2 content. It is used with great importance in fuel cells instead of direct use in internal combustion engines. Research is ongoing to develop more economical processes to reduce the production cost of methanol. Besides production from biomass, methanol is mostly produced from syngas. Compared to other alcohols, the energy intensity of using biobutanol in internal combustion engines is higher than gasoline.