Track 1: Nexus: Energy, Water and Climate
Track Chairs: Pei Dong (George Mason University), Jian Zhang (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay), Yang Chen (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Description: This track covers research work on the integration or interaction between energy, water and climate, which covers efficient energy designs for clean water, impact of energy system to climate, the change of climate to energy system, etc.
Track 2: Sustainable Buildings and Cities
Track Chairs: Dongsu Kim (Hanbat National University), Weimin Wang (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
Description: The Sustainable Building track welcomes abstracts covering new and unique work that aims to reduce energy use in buildings, meet building energy loads sustainably, improve performance and health factors in building energy systems, or reduce costs of renewable or sustainable building energy systems. Research in the capture, storage, or utilization of renewable or sustainable energy for building systems or in heat recovery and reuse are encouraged. We welcome analytical, numerical, experimental, and demonstration projects. Research may cover hot water systems, HVAC systems, building envelope systems, materials, energy storage, and beyond from the single-family home to larger buildings to community scale projects.
Track 3: Energy Storage
Track Chairs: Zhiwen Ma (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Like Li (Mississippi State University)
Description: This track explores how thermal and mechanical energy storage can provide technically and economically advantageous approaches for energy storage in large-scale and system-integrated applications. In particular, advances in mature and developing technologies for thermal and mechanical energy storage can provide flexible and scalable storage for demand and supply shifting in an electric grid with increased renewable energy penetration. Researchers and developers of thermal energy storage systems ranging from low-temperature phase change systems to high-temperature thermochemical systems are encouraged to present their work on materials development and on systems modeling and demonstration for applications including power generation, industrial process heat, and building energy systems. In addition to thermal energy storage, experts in mechanical and hybrid thermo-mechanical technologies, such as compressed air energy storage, flywheels, liquid-air storage, and gravitational storage are invited to present advances in process design and in component development. Experts in technoeconomic analysis and business models for different energy storage technologies are also encouraged to present their work exploring how commercial energy storage can impact power generation, industrial processes, and building energy systems. Papers in this track will allow technical leaders working in a broad range of energy storage technologies and scales to come together and wrestle with one of the today's most exciting challenges in power and energy.
Track 4: Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings
Track Chairs: Xin Jin (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Description: Grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) are characterized as highly energy-efficient buildings that can be dynamically controlled to meet grid needs and minimize electricity costs, while meeting occupants’ comfort and productivity requirements. In particular, GEBs can involve a suite of building technologies such as heating and cooling systems, connected lighting, dynamic windows, occupancy sensing, and thermal mass, as well as distributed energy resources such as rooftop photovoltaics, electrochemical and thermal energy storage, and combined heat and power. This session aims to disseminate high quality research on GEBs, such as modeling and control of grid-interactive equipment and systems for individual buildings and urban district. The best papers will be recommended for publication at the ASME Journal of Engineering for Sustainable Buildings and Cities.
Track 5: Concentrating Solar Power
Track Chairs: Matthew Bauer (US Department of Energy), Andrew Schrader (University of Dayton), Kevin Albrecht (Sandia National Laboratories)
Description: This conference track focuses on advances in Concentrating Solar Power research and technology. It brings together leading international researchers and experts in the field to discuss recent progress on a broad range of technical aspects relevant for the successful development and deployment of CSP technologies. Topics include, but are not limited to: Concentrators and Optics, Receivers, Thermal Energy Storage, Heat and Mass Transfer Analyses, System Design and Analysis, and Advanced Power Cycles.
Track 6: Solar Chemistry
Track Chair: Brendan Bulfin (ETH Zurich)
Description: The Solar Chemistry track includes a wide range of international research developments in the area of powering chemical processes with solar radiation through thermochemical, photochemical, or electrochemical means. Topics will span from fundamental research covering the interaction between solar radiation and chemically active materials, to development of new reactive materials for solar applications, to experimental results from prototype solar chemical reactors, to large scale implementation of solar chemical processes, and finally to integration of complex systems with multiple solar and chemical components.
Track 7: Photovoltaics
Track Chair: Justin Lapp (University of Maine)
Description: The photovoltaics track is a platform for disseminating research results in mechanical engineering studies related to photovoltaic system design, manufacturing, and operation. Current topics of interest include soiling loss modeling and testing, anti-dust technology development mitigation, thermal management, module reliability, novel system designs and new manufacturing/installation approaches.
Track 8: Wind Energy
Track Chair: Justin Lapp (University of Maine)
Description: The wind track covers the latest progresses in wind technologies.
Track 9: Solar Desalination and Industrial Process Heat
Track Chair: Parthiv Kurup (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Description: This track covers latest progresses in solar desalination and process heat application using solar technology.
Track 10: Electrochemical Energy Conversion Systems
Track Chair: Jun Xu (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
Description: The diffuse nature of sustainable energy supply and demand requires the development of flexible and scalable energy storage and conversion technology. Electrochemical systems are increasingly meeting this requirement in mobile and stationary applications. Researchers are encouraged to contribute papers addressing the science, design, and application of electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Contributions are encouraged in areas including, but not limited to: Batteries, Fuel Cells, Electrolyzers, Materials for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage, Modeling and Analysis of Electrochemical Systems, and Advanced Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Technology.
Track 11: Biofuel and Alternative Fuel
Track Chair: Ben Xu (Mississippi State University)
Description: The biofuel and alternative fuel track aims to provide insights into the fuel conversion and processing technologies, including biofuel and alternative fuel, topics related to the integration of biofuel and alternative fuel system into sustainable energy system are also welcome. This track welcomes all research areas related to alternative fuel conversion and processing techniques, including but not limited to, thermochemical/biochemical conversion, biomass liquefaction and gasification, biofuel upgrading and stabilization, and biofuel/alternative fuel resource, policy and economy analysis. Experimental study, mathematical modeling, numerical simulation, systematic analysis, verification and validation are particularly welcome.
Track 12: Distributed Energy Systems
Track Chairs: Wahiba Yaici (Natural Resources Canada), Ali Alili (Khalifa University)
Description: The distributed energy system track aims to provide insights into the energy, exergy and thermo-economic analysis of conventional and non-conventional refrigeration and distributed power cycles. This track welcomes contributions in all areas related to thermal and electrical refrigeration cycles, Cogeneration/CHP, Trigeneration/CCHP, Organic Rankine cycles, and other low temperature power cycles. Contributions that include field studies, experimentation, computational modeling, optimization, verification or validation are particularly welcome.
Track 15: Geothermal Energy
Track Chair: Amanda Kolker (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Description: This track covers latest progresses in geothermal energy technologies.
Track 16: Emerging and Hybrid Technologies
Track Chair: Jen King (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Description: Emerging and hybrid technologies track covers topics on unconventional advanced energy technologies, hybridized systems with multiple energy resources, future grid energy portfolio analysis, energy resource analysis, and any emerging concepts related to energy sustainability.