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Didac Ferrer Balas

Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain

“The path towards a sustainable community: A collaborative approach inspired by living systems”

After working for sustainability at the university and the community for more than 20 years, I am profoundly convinced that transforming our society towards sustainability is not a matter of availability of knowledge. It depends fundamentally on our shared purposes and the type of relationships and organizational systems we build and use to develop our goals. Living systems have succeeded to survive through million years thanks to some fundamental principles as interdependence, cooperation, self-organization, recycling, flexibility and diversity. How can we learn from living systems and add human intention on the top to drive the urgent transition humanity needs? When applied, those principles can help us to transform any community, as our schools, neighbourhoods, companies or universities. But, how to do it? Can we manage those transitions? What is the toolbox that sustainability professionals need today? Are we educating our students for that? In that talk I will share an energy efficiency success case at UPC carried out in the period 2011-14. After that, we started building a new operative system to manage the university on a collaborative mode, called Nexus24. After 5 years of experiences, I will show examples of the potential of collaboration in communities and share some of the learning, how we manage and measure it.

Biography

Dr. Didac Ferrer-Balas (Barcelona, 1974) graduated as an industrial & materials engineer since 1997. He obtained a doctorate in materials science in 2001 from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC-Barcelona Tech). Since year 2000, he has been in charge of sustainability management at the University, with a wide number of projects in curriculum development, sustainable education, sustainable management, interdisciplinary research and communication. He is currently the head of the Innovation and Community Office at UPC, working on issues as sustainability, gender, inclusion or collaboration, with special focus as coordinator of the Nexus24 collaborative communities programme. He has been member of the editorial boards of Jounal of Cleaner Production and of the journal Sustainability Science. He has been in the scientific committees and chairs of various international conferences (EESD, AGS, EMSU). He has taught in the Masters of Sustainability at UPC, in the fields of sustainable organizations, industrial ecology and sustainable technology.
He is also co-founder (and was innovation director) of Tarpuna, a non-profit cooperative that creates social inclusion through sustainability projects in the fields of social fabrication, social farming, fuel poverty, collaborative consumption, among other emerging fields. He's been advising the Ajuntament de Barcelona for the Ateneus de fabricació network, among other collaborations.

Zita Vale

Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal

“Sustainable and intelligent management of distributed energy resources in buildings and smart grids”

Biography

Zita Vale is full professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. She received her diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1986 and her PhD in 1993, both from University of Porto. Zita Vale works in the area of Power and Energy Systems, with special interest in the application of Artificial Intelligence techniques. She has been involved in more than 50 funded projects related to the development and use of Knowledge-Based systems, Multi-Agent systems, Genetic Algorithms, Neural networks, Particle Swarm Intelligence, Constraint Logic Programming and Data Mining. Energy resources management, distributed generation, demand response and electric vehicles are important topics of her research in the current projects. The main application fields of these projects comprise: - Smart Grids, accommodating an intensive use of Renewable Energy Sources, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Distributed Generation (DG). She addresses the management of energy resources, the impact of DER on electrical networks, the negotiation of DER in electricity markets, demand response, storage, energy management in buildings, and electrical vehicles, including the ones with gridable capability (V2G); - Electricity markets, addressing contracts, prices and tariffs, decision-support for market participants, aggregation, ancillary services, and wholesale and local market simulation; - Control Center applications, namely intelligent alarm processing, intelligent interfaces and intelligent tutors. She published over 800 works, including more than 100 papers in international scientific journals, and more than 500 papers in international scientific conferences. See some of her selected Publication in http://www.gecad.isep.ipp.pt/GECAD/Pages/Pubs/Publication.aspx

Biography

Zita Vale is full professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. She received her diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1986 and her PhD in 1993, both from University of Porto. Zita Vale works in the area of Power and Energy Systems, with special interest in the application of Artificial Intelligence techniques. She has been involved in more than 50 funded projects related to the development and use of Knowledge-Based systems, Multi-Agent systems, Genetic Algorithms, Neural networks, Particle Swarm Intelligence, Constraint Logic Programming and Data Mining. Energy resources management, distributed generation, demand response and electric vehicles are important topics of her research in the current projects. The main application fields of these projects comprise: - Smart Grids, accommodating an intensive use of Renewable Energy Sources, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Distributed Generation (DG). She addresses the management of energy resources, the impact of DER on electrical networks, the negotiation of DER in electricity markets, demand response, storage, energy management in buildings, and electrical vehicles, including the ones with gridable capability (V2G); - Electricity markets, addressing contracts, prices and tariffs, decision-support for market participants, aggregation, ancillary services, and wholesale and local market simulation; - Control Center applications, namely intelligent alarm processing, intelligent interfaces and intelligent tutors. She published over 800 works, including more than 100 papers in international scientific journals, and more than 500 papers in international scientific conferences. See some of her selected Publication in http://www.gecad.isep.ipp.pt/GECAD/Pages/Pubs/Publication.aspx

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Alírio E. Rodrigues

University of Porto, Portugal

Valorization of Lignin: A Contribution to the Circular Economy in the Pulp Industry

In pulp mills and biorefineries, the lignocellulosic material is delignified, producing a liquid stream containing soluble lignin, which represents about one half of dissolved solids. In the integrated process for lignin valorization developed in our lab, the strategy is to combine reaction engineering and efficient separation processes for conversion of lignin from pulping liquors. The goal is to produce several value-added products: vanillin, syringaldehyde and oligomers that can be used as polyols for special polymers, getting the complete valorization of lignin. Valorisation of lignin started with the process development of vanillin production in batch reactor, and then in structured packed bubble column reactor for continuous processing. A membrane process enables simultaneously recovery of vanillate and a high molecular weight fraction of lignin. This macromolecule is the polyol for polyurethane production. After this stage, the recovery of the neutral form of the high value aldehydes is achieved by adsorption/desorption processes. A tool for lignin classification was developed based on radar plots using descriptors identified as key structural characteristics for vanillin and syringaldehyde production by oxidation in alkaline medium. This tool greatly simplifies the evaluation of the impact of the delignification on lignin structure.

Biography

Prof. Alírio E. Rodrigues, Emeritus Professor at the U. Porto since 2013, was born in Funchal, Madeira (1943). He graduated in Chemical Engineering (U. Porto, 1968), and got his Docteur-Ingenieur (U. Nancy, 1973), and “Agregado“ (IST, 1976). He was Visiting Professor at U.T. Compiegne, 1983; U. Virginia, 1988; U. Oviedo, 1991. He received several awards: Medal of Scientific Merit of MCTES in 2016; AIChE The Separation Division, Honorary session, Atlanta, 2014; PSE Model-based Innovation Prize, (with C. Pereira and V. Silva), 2012; IChemE Award THE ABB GLOBAL CONSULTING AWARD FOR SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY” (with V. Silva), 2008. He supervised more than 60 PhD students, and 60 Post-doc researchers, published +600 articles in SCI, several patents and books: “Sorption Enhanced Reaction Processes”, World Scientific Publishing (2017), “Simulated Moving Bed Technology. Principles, Design and Process Apllications”, Elsevier, (2015), Perfume Engineering: design, performance and classification, Elsevier (2013) and Moving Finite Element Method: Fundamentals and Applications in Chemical Engineering, CRC Press (2016) in collaboration with former students.
His research areas of interest are:
Cyclic adsorption processes: SMB, PSA, Electric Swing Adsorption ESA, Parametric pumping, Expanded bed adsorption for various separations: CO2 capture, olefins/paraffins, syngas, H2 purificarion, chiral separations, proteins separations; Perfusion chromatography.
Process Intensification: Simulated Moving Bed Reactor (SMBR) and PermSMBR for the synthesis of acetals and green solvents; Sorption Enhanced Reaction Processes (SERP) for H2 production.
Biorefineries: Lignin valorization to get vanillin, syringaldehyde & polyurethane.
Perfume Engineering and Microencapsulation

J. A. Tenreiro Machado

Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal

"The Garden of Earthly Delights"

Fractional Calculus (FC) started in 1695 when L'Hôpital wrote a letter to Leibniz asking for the meaning of Dny for n = 1/2. Starting with the ideas of Leibniz many important mathematicians developed the theoretical concepts. By the beginning of the twentieth century Olivier Heaviside applied FC in the electrical engineering, but, the visionary and important contributions were forgotten. Only during the eighties FC emerged associated with phenomena such as fractal and chaos and, consequently, in nonlinear dynamical. In the last years, FC become 'new' tool for the analysis of dynamical systems. FC is now recognized to be an important tool to model and control systems with long range memory effects. This lecture introduces the FC fundamental concepts and presents several applications in distinct areas of science and engineering.

Biography

Prof. J. A. Tenreiro Machado was born at 1957. He graduated with ‘Licenciatura’ (1980), PhD. (1989) and ‘Habilitation’ (1995), in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Porto. During 1980-1998 he worked at the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Porto. Since 1998 he works at the Institute of Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Porto. He is presently Principal Coordinator Professor at the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Institute of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal.
He published 98 chapters of international books, 345 papers in international journals, 364 papers in international conferences.
Editor of 14 books Guest-Editor of 39 special issues in journals. Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Applied Nonlinear Dynamics, Associate Editor of Nonlinear Dynamics (Springer), Communications Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation (Elsevier), Fractional Calculus and Applied Analysis (de Gruyter), Journal of Vibration and Control (Sage), Entropy (MDPI), Int. J. of Nonlinear Sciences and Numerical Simulation (de Gruyter), Applied Mathematical Modelling (Elsevier), Computational and Applied Mathematics (Springer), Acta Polytechnica Hungarica, and others.
Google Scholar, March/2018: h-index = 55, Scopus, Elsevier, March/2018: h-index = 40, Web of Science, Clarivate Analytics, March/2018: h-index = 33.
His research interests are: Complex systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, Fractional Calculus, Modelling, Entropy, Control, Data series analysis, Biomathematics, Evolutionary Computing, Genomics, Robotics and Mechatronics, and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

 

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Ambra Giovannelli

Roma Tre University, Italy

"Development of Turbomachines for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy-Saving Applications"

Turbomachines play a significant role in some key sectors as power production, aircraft and marine propulsion, HVAC, chemical processing. The success of dynamic machines is connected to the wide multiplicity of demands which they can cover, in terms of processed mass flow rates, total pressure increase/decrease, kind of fluids which can be elaborated as well as in terms of compactness, reliability and availability, to cite just some relevant aspects. Design procedures for traditional turbomachinery are more than established and, at this point, the development is limited to a technological upgrade of existing machines. Nevertheless, the efficient exploitation of renewable energy sources and the application of energy-saving techniques in any industrial sector require the design of machines suitable for such purposes. Plants based on innovative concepts require machines which can work with new fluids (e.g. ORC systems) or in new operating conditions (e.g. high-flexibility or new pressure ratios). Such requirements pose new challenging aspects in the machinery preliminary design methodologies. For example, how can the long-established knowledge reported in non-dimensional charts be used effectively under the new boundary conditions? Which kind of secondary effects are relevant to transfer accurately information from literature to novel applications? Moreover, another challenging aspect is how innovative techniques (e.g. high-integrated design systems, 3D printing) can be integrated in the design process and how much they can affect the machine development and final performance. Several case studies based on the Author’s experience will be presented, from the preliminary design of new turbomachines for supercritical CO2 plants to the development and prototyping of unconventional systems for energy-saving in industrial vapor-compression cooling plants.

Biography

Prof. Ambra Giovannelli is Researcher of Fluid Machinery, Professor “Aggregato” of Turbomachinery (MS degree) and Applied Thermodynamics and Fluid-dynamics (BS degree) in the Department of Engineering at ROMA TRE University, Rome, Italy. She received the MSc degree cum laude in Mechanical Engineering (2004) and a PhD in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (2008). Author of many papers and technical reports in the field of Fluid Machinery and Energy Conversion Systems, her research work is focused on turbomachinery modelling (Supercritical CO2 Turbomachines, Gas Turbines (GTs) fuelled with syngas, Solar GTs, Hybrid GTs), power production from renewable energy (high-temperature solar concentrators, reactors and TGs), storage systems (PCM storage systems and CAES) and energy-saving in refrigeration and cryogenic plants (e.g. regeneration in Vapour Compression Refrigeration Plants, regenerative cooling systems for automotive applications). She, currently, serves as reviewer for indexed scientific journals (e.g. Elsevier, Springer, SAGE journals) and international conferences in the field of mechanical and industrial engineering (e.g. ASME, IEEE conferences).

Michael Hartnett

NUIG, Ireland

"Developments in Marine Renewable Energy"

Accurate information of surface currents is crucial to a variety of economic and environmental operations relating to marine renewable energy extraction. Although numerical models based on fluid mechanics are capable of providing forecasting information, its establishment process is a challenge for researchers due to difficulty in accurately defining initial and boundary conditions, grid structure and so on. In this paper, a soft computing approach Random Forests (RF) was adopted to predict surface currents covered by a radar system with high density in Galway Bay. The RF model was trained based on taking use of outputs from numerical model Environment Fluid Dynamics Code (EFDC) and observations from a Coastal Ocean Dynamic Application Radar (CODAR) system. Input variable structure was examined in details through experiments. Sensitivity experiments on input variable structure were performed to establish the best RF models for estimating surface currents. Results indicated that the RF algorithm is a promising means to generate satisfactory surface currents over a long prediction period.

Biography

Prof. Michael Hartnett is a Professor in Civil Engineering, NUI Galway, is a Visiting Professor at Hohai University, Nanjing, China and at the University of Edinburgh. He has co-authored 60 journal papers, and is on the editorial boards of 5 international journals. He is Deputy Director of the Science Foundation Ireland funded Research Centre, for Marine and Renewable Energy, MaREI. He leads the Hydraulic Modelling team at NUI Galway, much of his current research is focussed on marine renewable energy. He is a member of the Irish Committee of the International Hydrology Programme. His group set up the first Irish operational system for marine forecasting. His models have been used to provide national surge forecasts to the Irish Office of Public Works. His group has developed an innovative flood modelling system which is based on a nested approach for ultra-high resolution hydraulic modelling of flood events in urban areas. Mike has worked as Expert Advisor to the Irish Government on radionuclide transport in the Irish Sea. He was awarded the Excellence in Marine Research Award' at the Marine Industry Awards in 2016 and was awarded the Telford Premium Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers, London. He delivered a Keynote Address at the UKACM 25th Annual Conference in 2017.

 

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Jürgen Mahlknecht

ITESM, Mexico

"Water Energy Food Nexus: A Review on the Current Situation and Future Challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean"

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus is a conceptual framework for analyzing and managing natural resources for life and sustainable development. It is well known that these three sectors are intrinsically related. Under this statement, this paper presents an actual overview of the current state of the water-energy-food nexus in Latin American and The Caribbean countries. The analysis presents the water, energy and food security index for each country. The proposed index comprises three key indicators per sector, considering availability, access, and stability of sector’s resources. The obtained results show that all three sectors need more attention for future development, especially in the Caribbean countries.

Biography

Prof. Jürgen Mahlknecht is research chair of Water Science and Technology at Tecnológico de Monterrey (since 2014), founding director of the Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (2008-2017) and serves as associated research professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey (since 2004). Previously he worked as researcher at University of Guanajuato (Mexico), University of Applied Life Sciences Vienna (Austria), National Autonomous University of Mexico and University of Guanajuato (Mexico). He is graduated in Water and Wastewater Management and Engineering and holds a PhD in Hydrogeology from University of Applied Life Sciences Vienna, Austria. He has more than 20 years of research on water resources management, hydrogeochemistry and isotope hydrology, groundwater contamination and remediation. He received several distinctions (Sistema Nacional de Investigadores), awards (Dr. Karl-Heinz Schleinzer, Austria) and prizes (Eternit-Tiefbau Preis, Austria).
His research areas of interest are:

Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous); Earth-Surface Processes; Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Science (miscellaneous); Geology; Global and Planetary Change; Inorganic Chemistry; Pollution; Renewable Energy; Sustainability and the Environment; Soil Science; Water Science and Technology; Hydrogeology

Rui Calejo Rodriguesm

Porto University – FEUP – CONSTRUCT – NI&DEA, Portugal

"Quiet Areas and Urban Sustainability"

Urban areas are usually the scope of sustainability strategies with no consideration of the noise factor. As a matter of fact, natural resources, energy, economy, air quality and so on are environmental factors usually associated to sustainability studies, but noise is usually forgotten. In addition, more than a comfort problem, urban noise is nowadays a health issue related with major diseases such as high arterial pressure, headaches and stress. The “quiet area” concept deals with the importance of keeping urban soundscapes as a “resource” for newer generations. The aim of this work is focused in the relationship between urban noise and sustainability in “quiet areas” where different aspects such as natural resources maintenance, air quality and natural noise implications on people’s health are considered. Data from a case study at Oporto is presented as an illustration of the concept.

Biography

Prof. Rui Calejo Rodrigues was born in 1960, Vila Real, Portugal. He graduated with ‘Licenciatura’ (1983), MSc. (1989) and PhD. (2003), in Civil Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). Since 1984 he has been teaching at the Department of Civil Engineering of FEUP. He is presently Assistant Professor at FEUP, Integrated Researcher at CONSTRUCT and Head of NI&DEA which stands for Nucleus of Research end Development in Acoustic Engineering. Under his supervision, more than 150 theses were successfully presented to several institutions. He published 4 chapters of international books, 12 papers in international journals, 34 papers in international conferences. He was the Editor of 4 books and author of other 6 books. Scopus, Elsevier, March/2018: h-index = 10 His research interests are: Civil Engineering, Acoustics, Sustainability, Building Maintenance

 

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