Track 1: Conference Theme: AI for Energy Sustainability
This track is focused on the role that artificial intelligence is playing and could play in the energy transition and building a sustainable future. It will bring together leading researchers and experts who are exploring the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the areas of technology development and deployment, grid analysis, energy consumption forecasting, and operation and maintenance. Research studies that address the current state of the art of AI applications on sustainability and the environment, smart grids, smart cities, power storage and distribution, and cybersecurity risks, are more equitably distributed are welcome to this track.
Track 2: Sustainable Buildings, Communities, and Cities
The Sustainable Buildings and Communities 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 as well as research on grid-interactive efficient buildings 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 Separate from CSP: Thermal, Mechanical, Thermochemical
This track explores how thermal, mechanical and thermochemical energy storage can provide technically and economically advantageous approaches for energy storage in large-scale and system-integrated applications. Thermal and thermochemical energy storage in phase change materials and desiccant charging/discharging systems and thermal energy storage for electricity demand and supply shifting are welcome in this track. Work in mechanical and hybrid thermo-mechanical technologies, such as compressed air energy storage, flywheels, liquid-air storage, and gravitational storage is also encouraged. Energy storage for concentrated solar power is encouraged to submit to Track 6.
Track 4: Research for the Clean Energy Transition (Socio-technical, Education, & Policy)
This track is focused on studies related to socio-technical aspects of energy and sustainability. The track also welcomes submissions on education in energy sustainability such as development of teaching tools and techniques and educational programs as well as research on energy policy including incentives to investment, guidelines for energy conservation, and other public policy techniques.
Track 5: Concentrating Solar Power 1: Optical Systems, Receivers and Reactors
This conference track focuses on advances in Concentrating Solar Power research and technology in optical systems, receivers, and reactors. It brings together leading international researchers and experts in the field to discuss recent progress. Submissions associated with HelioCon are encouraged to submit to Track 18.
Track 6: Concentrating Solar Power 2: Heat exchangers, Energy Storage System, and the Power Block
This conference track focuses on advances in Concentrating Solar Power research and technology in heat exchangers, energy storage, and the power block. It brings together leading international researchers and experts in the field to discuss recent progress.
Track 7: Concentrating Solar Power 3: Technoeconomics, Lifecycle Analyses, Balance of Plant
This conference track focuses on advances in Concentrating Solar Power research and technology in technoeconomic analysis, lifecycle assessments, and balance of plant technology and analysis. It brings together leading international researchers and experts in the field to discuss recent progress.
Track 8: Solar Chemistry: Thermochemistry, Photocatalysis, and Photo-electrocatalysis
The Solar Chemistry track includes a wide range of international research developments in the area of powering chemical processes with solar radiation through thermochemical, photocatalytic, or (photo)electrochemical means. Topics will span fundamental research covering the interaction between solar radiation and chemically active materials, development of new reactive materials for solar applications, experimental results from prototype solar chemical reactors, large scale implementation of solar chemical processes, and integration of complex systems with multiple solar and chemical components.
Track 9: Photovoltaic & Electrochemical Technologies
This track is a platform for disseminating research on photovoltaic and electrochemical technologies, technologies with a natural synergism. Research related to photovoltaic and electrochemical technologies are encouraged as well as research integrating photovoltaics or electrochemical processes. Potential topics include photovoltaic devices, electrochemical devices, system design, manufacturing of components or systems, operation, soiling loss modeling and testing, anti-dust coatings, thermal management, and module reliability. Potential topics may also include batteries, solar cells, fuel cells, electrolyzers, novel materials, and modeling and analysis of systems. The track will allow technical leaders in photovoltaics and electrochemical processes to connect and identify collaborations that could unleash the potential of electrochemical processes coupled with photovoltaics to meet the needs of a low-carbon energy system.
Track 10: Alternative Energy Conversion Technology (including Wind, Geothermal, Hydro, and Ocean)
The Alternative Energy Conversion Technologies Track covers research on a wide range of topics including advancements on wind energy, geothermal energy, hydro and ocean energy conversion technologies. The submissions on this track can include modeling and computational analysis, optimization, experimental analysis or field studies.
Track 11: Process Heat for Desalination and Industrial Decarbonization
This track covers the latest progresses in solar desalination and process heat application using solar technology. The track also covers studies on innovative industrial process heat technologies as well as waste heat recovery systems. Contributions that include field studies, experimentation, computational modeling, optimization, verification or validation are particularly welcome.
Track 12: Hydrogen Energy, Alternative Fuels, Bioenergy, and Biofuels
The hydrogen, bioenergy, biofuel and alternative fuel track welcomes all research areas related to the production, storage, transmission, utilization of hydrogen energy and bioenergy, the fuel conversion and processing technologies, including biofuel and alternative fuels. Experimental study, mathematical modeling, numerical simulation, systematic analysis, verification and validation are particularly welcome. Topics related to environmental impact, economic and international aspects of hydrogen energy, bioenergy and biofuels, and alternative fuels are also welcome. We are particularly interested in papers related to the production, storage and transportation of biohydrogen, as well as its socioeconomics impacts.
Track 13: Carbon Capture & Cleaner Fossil Fuel Technologies
This track covers the research work on two specific areas: a) carbon capture technologies used in energy-intensive industries, power plants or chemical processing of fossil fuels, and direct air capture; b) cleaner fossil fuel technologies which reduce carbon emissions by improving process efficiency, decreasing heat input, innovative new approaches for higher value added chemical synthesis.
Track 14: Sustainable Manufacturing Processes for Low Carbon
The sustainable manufacturing processes for low carbon emissions track provides an opportunity for researchers to present recent advances and technologies to promote environmentally conscious design and manufacturing processes to produce parts more efficient, prolong the product lifecycle, and reduce resource consumption, as well as promote their economic and social impact. This track welcomes all research areas related to sustainable manufacturing processes and their enabling techniques, including but not limited to green manufacturing, sustainable (re-)design, remanufacturing, life cycle assessment, AI/ML-enabled smart and cyber manufacturing for sustainability, additive manufacturing, recovering and recycling end-of-life products, and circular economy.
Track 15: Lightning Talks
All participants are welcome! The Lightning Talk tracks provides a forum for practicing scientific communication skills, networking, and community building. We invite interested participants to deliver short (3 – 5 mins) presentations/elevator pitches, with or without slides, to showcase and introduce their research, advertise for open jobs/research positions, seek research collaborators, learn more about participating in organizing the ASME-ES conference, and get feedback on work-in-progress or any roadblocks that you've run into in research.
Track 16: Poster Presentations
Abstracts for posters that cover research studies related to energy sustainability including the topics of Tracks 1-14 are welcome to this track.
Track 17: Symposium to Honor Professor Aldo Steinfeld
The conference invites submissions to a special symposium honoring the career of Professor Aldo Steinfeld.
Track 18: Heliostat Consortium (HelioCon)
The HelioCon track covers the research, development and deployment (RD&D) effort concerning advanced heliostat technologies. The track aims to collect, but not limited to, the submissions from the 5-year DOE initiative called Heliostat Consortium (HelioCon) and related projects. All aspects of heliostat technology advancement are within the scope, which include advanced manufacturing, metrology and standards, components and controls, field deployment, techno-economic analysis and, resources, training and education (RTE).