Keynote Speakers

Prof. Wen-Pei Sung
National Chin-Yi University of Technology, Taiwan

Biography: Wen-Pei Sung is currently a Distinguished Professor and Dean at the College of Humanities and Creativity, National Chin-Yi University of Technology, Taiwan. He is a member of Accreditation Council, Ministry of Education, a committee member of Taiwan Public Construction Commission and Accredited Professional Expert and Certificated Professional Expert (AP and CP), Low Carbon Building Alliance, Taiwan. He serves as the Project Investigator for the National Energy and Hazard Prevention Project of Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology. He received his MS and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from North Carolina State University, U.S.A. and National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan, respectively. He is also a registered professional engineer in Taiwan. In 1990, he worked at Sinotech Engineering Consultants, Inc., Taiwan as a project engineer and completed several major state construction projects for hydraulic engineering in Taiwan and República Dominicana. In 1993, he became a faculty member of National Chin-Yi University of Technolog. In 1999, he founded Department of Landscape Architecture and became the chairman of the Department and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Science. Currently, he is a Distinguished Professor of National Chin-Yi University of Technology. In 2012, he won Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. He also won Board Certificate Environmental Engineers Member, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, elected as Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, (IET) U.K. in 2014 and also elected as Fellow of the International Engineering and Technology Institute, (IETI) H.K. in 2015.

Prof. Javad Abolfazli Esfahani
Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran
Title: Solar Based Steam-autothermal Methane Reforming System for Hydrogen and Power Production

Abstract: With the increase in the utilization of fossil fuels as a primary source of energy generation and its economic as well as environmental consequences, the production of green fuels has been the topic of much interest for quite a long time now. In current situation, about 80% of total initial energy provision and 60% electricity light generation are based on natural fossil fuels. The increasing of CO2 production due to the burning of petroleum coal cause serious threat to climate change. Thus, decarbonisation of the energy supply by utilising alternative clean, sustainable and renewable energy is essential for future energy sustainability and global security. The main challenge in transitioning towards 100% RE is the variable and intermittent nature of these resources. This requires technical adaptation, in particular relating to balancing variable supply and varying demand for energy. The increase in renewable energy penetration into the current energy systems raises the need for largescale energy storage systems to deal with the RE sources’ variability and intermittency. The storage systems will need to decouple supply and demand by shifting the generated energy on different time scales (hourly, daily and seasonally). The elegant idea of storing RE in an energy carrier such as hydrogen, which is storable, transportable and utilisable can be the solution. Hence, the concept of a Hydrogen-based Energy Storage Systems (HydESS) is gaining potential as a cost-effective solution for large-scale RE storage, transport and export. Worldwide hydrogen production is about 50 million tons per year. Hydrogen can be utilized for multi-purposes such as energy carrier, thermal energy, for ammonia synthesis and as electrical energy by fuel cells. A gradual increase in the development of hydrogen production techniques is observed in term of enhanced profitability, increased efficiencies and reduced environmental impact. Electrolytic water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen utilizing renewable energy sources. Thermochemical water splitting cycles for hydrogen production using concentrated solar energy are yet to be commercialized. In 20th century, the steam−coal−iron processes for hydrogen production were developed. Natural gas steam reforming process is recognized as one of the most communal means of producing hydrogen globally. Because of the lower cost, extensive availability and hydrogen-to-carbon ratio, natural gas has become a leading hydrogen source while the steam and auto-thermal methane reforming are the most frequently used process for hydrogen production. Some new researches are planned to investigate on methane auto-thermal reforming in a microchannel reactor. The objective of these studies is to widen the operating conditions of microchannel reactor in terms of catalytic partial oxidation and auto-thermal reforming. This microchannel reactor offers substantial advantages because of the harsh chemical environments and high temperatures operational ability by means of comparatively inexpensive manufacturing processes. Some researchers developed a solar based integrated system for thermochemical hydrogen production. This is one A thermochemical CuCl cycle was integrated with a solar heliostat field and wind energy to produce clean hydrogen. The system was designed in a way to cover the heat requirement by solar heliostat field and electrical needs by the wind turbine. The thermochemical CuCl cycle was further integrated with a multistage compression system to store the hydrogen at high pressure. As an example, a solar tower was utilized for harnessing thermal energy for high-temperature electrolysis to produce hydrogen. Their proposed system consisted of a solar tower and a thermal energy storage system with a supercritical carbon dioxide Brayton cycle and a high-temperature solid oxide steam electrolyzer (SOSE). Their study demonstrated that the integration of solar tower technology with high temperature SOSE has great potential for hydrogen production. SMR, Steam Methane Reforming, is the most commonly utilized method of hydrogen production industrially since it produces hydrogen at higher efficiencies and capacities. At the same time, its increased rate of methane utilization for providing process heat and as a feedstock makes it a non-sustainable and non-environment friendly method of producing hydrogen. However, modification in this process by using concentrated solar thermal energy instead of methane combustion can certainly make this method more sustainable and environmentally benign than its conventional version.
Biography: Javad Abolfazli Esfahani(Iran 1960), PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada in 1997, is a professor in Mechanical Engineering, Energy conversion, at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran.To date, he has published 5 books/chapters, 160 articles in peer reviewed international journals and more than 100 conference papers. He has worked on theoretical and numerical heat and mass transfer such as drying, solar desalination, condensing boiler, and micro/nano-fluidics. Dr. Esfahani is a member of Iranian combustion Institute and Iraniansociety of mechanical Engineering,Director of Center of Excellence in Energy Management, Certified by National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Centre of excellence in modeling and control of system, Ferdowsi university of Mashhad, Centre of excellence in energy conversion, Sharif university of Technology,and editorial boards of), IRECHE and Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer Research. He obtains 14 awards for books, research and supervisor of thesis from ISME, Ferdowsi festival, and Iranian combustion society. He has supervised 9 PhD and 90 MSc theses.

Prof. Haiquan Zhao
Southwest Jiaotong University, China

Biography: Haiquan Zhao (IEEE Senior Member) received the B.S. degree in applied mathematics in 1998, the M.S. degree and the Ph.D degree in Signal and Information Processing all at Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China, in 2005 and 2011, respectively. Since August 2012, he was a Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China. From 2015 to 2016, as a visiting scholar, he worked at University of Florida, USA. He is a senior member of the IEEE. His current research interests include power system frequency estimation, information theoretical learning, neural networks, adaptive network, adaptive filtering algorithm, nonlinear active noise control, nonlinear system identification. At present, he is the author or coauthor of more than 130 international journal papers (SCI indexed), and the owner of 70 invention patents. Prof. Zhao has served as an active reviewer for several IEEE Transactions, IET series, Signal Processing, and other international journals. From August 2017, he was appointed an Editorial board member of AEU- International Journal of Electronics and Communications. And also appointed an associate editor of IEEE Access from March 2019. At presented, he also was a handling editor of Signal Processing ( Top Journal).