Keynote / Plenary Speakers

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Opening Session
Keynote Speakers

Martin Keller, Ph.D.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden, Colorado

Martin Keller became the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) director on November 30, 2015. NREL is the Department of Energy’s primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development. NREL is operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Alliance). Martin also serves as the President of Alliance.

Martin joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in July 2006. He was appointed to the role of Associate Laboratory Director at ORNL on July 1, 2009. On November 1, 2010, a new directorate was formed, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and he was asked to lead this newly-established directorate. As Associate Laboratory Director of this directorate, he was responsible for the energy, biological, and environmental research programs at ORNL supported by DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health. Martin served as the Founding Director of the DOE BioEnergy Science Center, and, before being named Associate Laboratory Director at ORNL, he served as the Director of the Biosciences Division.

Between 1996 and 2006 Martin held a series of research management positions within Diversa Corporation, a publicly-traded biotechnology company in San Diego. Martin joined Diversa Corporation in June 1994 as a consultant to build and develop the microbiology expertise within Diversa, before joining Diversa Corporation full time in 1996.

Martin was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013. Martin received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Regensburg, Germany.

Prof. Hans-Martin Henning
Head of Fraunhofer ISE

Prof. Hans-Martin Henning is director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany and owner of a full professorship “Solar Energy Systems” at the Institute of Sustainable Systems Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Freiburg. He is spokesman of the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance. Prof. Henning finished his PhD in physics in 1993 at Oldenburg University and started working with Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg in 1994. Key areas of his research cover technical energy systems for buildings and energy system analysis. He plays a leading role in the development of computer models for the simulation and optimization of complex energy systems and their application to investigate the development of national / regional energy systems including all energy sources, energy conversion and storage technologies and energy end-use sectors.

Li Junfeng, Professor, is currently the Director General of National Center of Climate Change Strategy Research, Deputy Director of the Energy Research Institute at China's National Development and Reform Commission. Mr. Li is the driving force behind REEEP's programme in the East Asia region and one of China's most prominent advocates of renewable energy and an expert in climate change and technology transfer issues.
Mr. Li facilitated the implementation of the national high technology programme for wind and solar PV within the tenth five-year plan, and was one of the chief authors of the Chinese Renewable Energy Law. He has engaged in renewable energy project development for GEF, the World Bank and the UNDP, and also led the development of the first CDM project in China as well. His extensive published writings include Issues and Options of Green House Gas Emission and Control in China, Renewable Technology Assessment in China, and Renewable Energy Planning and Development Strategy.
Mr. Li holds professional and academic positions as a Professor and the Chair of the Academic Committee of ERI, and the President of Chinese Renewable Industrial Association, Vice-Chairman of Global Wind Energy Council and Vice-Chairman of REN 21. He graduated from Shandong Mining Institute in 1982.

Paolo Frankl is Head of the Renewable Energy Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA), which he joined in 2007. Dr. Frankl leads the IEA's work on renewable energy, providing policy advice in the areas of technology, markets and systems integration. He is a member of several international advisory committees, including the EU PVSEC International Scientific Advisory Board and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.
A physicist by training, Dr. Frankl holds a Ph.D in energy and environmental technologies from the University of Rome. He was also Marie Curie post-doc research fellow at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Dr. Frankl has over twenty years of experience working on renewable energy systems and markets, life cycle assessment and eco-labeling. Prior to joining the IEA, he worked as Senior Researcher for the Italian Research Institute, Ambiente Italia, and was Scientific Head of the Italian environmental research and consulting firm, Ecobilancio. From 2000 to 2002 he served as Advisor to the Director-General of the Italian Ministry for the Environment. Dr. Frankl also spent many years in Assistant Professor positions in environmental technologies at the University of Rome, University of Florence, and l'Ecole des Mines de Paris.

Kazuo Furukawa
Chairman, NEDO
(New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization)

Since it was established in 1980, NEDO has become one of the largest public research and development management organizations in Japan and has worked with the government to promote economic and industrial policies. In this role, NEDO undertakes technology development and demonstration activities to address one of the missions of energy and global environmental problems by integrating the combined efforts of industry, academia, and government.
Regarding to address energy and global environmental problems, NEDO has been supporting the energy and environmental fields for more than 30 years. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, the promotion of renewable energy has become extremely important. Going forward, NEDO will continue to support technology development for achieving even higher efficiency and lower cost, with a primary goal of developing new technologies and ensuring that project results are introduced to the market.
Joining the network of IEA, NEDO aims at establishment of world standard technology as well as market development and has been actively promoting international demonstration projects in Asian countries and so on. Through these efforts, NEDO believes that Japan’s advanced energy technologies can be disseminated worldwide so as to contribute to the resolution of global environmental and social issues.
In order to promote installation of renewable energy Japanese government also reviews Strategic Energy Plan and formulates Strategic Hydrogen Plan. In order to realize these policy goals NEDO will continue to fulfill its duty by producing innovation through government collaboration to achieve results in a timely manner and to bring them into practical use.

Policy & Integrated Concept

Paolo Frankl, Head of the Renewable Energy Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA)

Introduction to be found in the Opening Session paragraph.


Dr. Sarah Kurtz received her PhD from Harvard University in Chemical Physics in 1985 with Roy Gordon. She moved directly to the Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL) where she has worked for more than 30 years on a variety of solar energy projects. She is known for her contributions to developing multijunction, GaInP/GaAs solar cells, supporting the Concentrator Photovoltaic (PV) industry, and, more recently, her work with PV performance and reliability. Her work has been recognized with a jointly received Dan David Prize in 2007, the Cherry Award in 2012, and the C3E Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. In 2018 she will be transitioning to a faculty position at the University of California at Merced, while continuing work with NREL.

Sang Il Seok is currently a Distinguished Professor at the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korea. He also holds a dual appointment as an adjunct professor at the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), Korea. He obtained his PhD degree at Department of Inorganic Materials Engineering of Seoul National University, Korea, in 1995. From 1996 to 1997, he experienced a post-doc to investigate defects and transport in Fe-Ti-O Spinel structure in Cornell University, USA, and visiting scholar in University of Surrey, UK, in 2003, and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, in 2006 respectively. Now, his research focus is based on inorganic-organic hybrid solar cells, in particular perovskite solar cells. He published around 150 peer-reviewed papers including Nature, Science etc. with several awards for his Excellency.

Solar Thermal Applications

WANG Ruzhu (R. Z. Wang), born in Dec.1964, graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 1984, 1987 and 1990 for his bachelor , master and PhD degrees. He was promoted as associate professor in 1992, and full professor in 1994 in SJTU.

He has written 9 Books and about 300 SCI journal papers, his ISI h index is 49. His contributions include Sorption heat pumps, CCHPs, solar heating and cooling, and green building energy systems. He has won Chinese National Research Awards in 2010 and 2014 respectively. Due to his most noteworthy contribution to Refrigeration globally, he was honored to receive the J & E Hall International Gold Medal from the Institute of Refrigeration in 2013.

He had been appointed as the director of Institute of Refrigeration and Cryogenics of SJTU since 1993. Currently he is also the Director- Engineering Research Center of Solar Energy, MOE China, Vice dean of SJTU Energy Institute. His research group has awarded as Excellent Innovative Team of Energy Research from MOST China in 2014 and NSFC in 2015.

Prof. Wang is currently the vice president of Chinese Association of Refrigeration. Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy, Regional editor-International Journal of Refrigeration.

Innovative Bioclimatic Architecture

Cinzia Abbate, architect, professor at Temple University Rome, former director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rome and Italian Representative at the I.E.A. (International Energy Agency) for the building integration of renewable energies. Currently member of the Scientific Conference Committee of Advanced Building Skin and since 2011 she is the architectural advisor for the American Academy in Rome.
Cinzia Abbate has launched and edited research that has led to international seminars, conferences and publications. The most recent include: Urban Climate Change Crossroads in collaboration with the Earth Institute at Columbia University; Frugal Architecture with the Bruno Zevi foundation; Energy efficiency of historical buildings with the MAXXI contemporary Museum and the ADSI (Italian Association of Historical Buildings), and Archeology of the Future with the Chambers of Italian and Namibia Architects.
Co-founder, in 1992, with Carlo Vigevano of the architectural firm AeV Architetti associati, a pioneer architectural practice in the field of architectural integration of renewable energies, as well as in environmental urban planning, adaptive re-use and restoration, both in Italy and abroad.

Wind Energy

Dr. Hannele Holttinen is Principal Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (MSc and PhD from Helsinki Technical University). She has worked for VTT for more than 20 years in different fields of wind energy research, with main interest on the impact of wind and PV on power systems and electricity markets. She acts as Operating Agent of the IEA international collaboration on wind integration (IEA WIND Task 25), chaired IEAWind in 2011-12, and has been active in European Wind Energy Platforms ETIP and TPWIND as well as in Nordic energy research.

Dr. Chin-Cheng Huang is currently the Scientist and Director of Mechanical and System Engineering Program at the Institute of Nuclear Energy Research(INER) which is a national laboratory in Taiwan. He is a senior research scientist with over 26 years of experience in the area of engineering analysis and structural integrity assessment for energy systems involving both nuclear power plant systems and wind power systems. Since 2013, Dr. Huang has been leading a research project on offshore wind power sponsored by the National Energy Program. His recent researches on offshore wind aim to develop techniques for verification and validation of offshore wind turbines with support structures under extreme external conditions specially for typhoons and earthquakes.


Prof. Dr. habil. Andrea Kruse studied chemistry at the University of Heidelberg. From 1994 onwards, she was in the KIT at least as principal investigator. In 2006 she got the title "habilitus" and the "venia legendi" in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University Darmstadt. Since 2012 she is full professor, holding a chair in the Institute of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Hohenheim. Andrea Kruse has worked on different types of hydrothermal biomass conversion: pretreatment with steam explosion, liquefaction, catalyzed and supercritical gasification, carbonization and the formation of platform chemicals. Together with the company AVA-CO2 her team has develop a process to convert carbohydrates to Hydroxymethylfurfural, now applied by the company AVA-Biochem. This process and the production of advanced carbon materials (together with AVA Green Chemistry Develop.) from biomass as well as algae processing are the main activities now. The work connects chemical engineering, chemistry and agricultural science.

Hydrogen & Fuel Cell

Mr. Koji Nakazawa is a Chief Engineer Energy Management Project Honda R&D Center X. Since joining Honda R&D in 2000, He has been involved in development of the high-differential-pressure electrolyzer. Designed component parts for all system specifications, including pressure resistance, air tightness, electrolyzer performance, and regulatory compliance and system development for the SHS (Smart Hydrogen Station). As large project leader (LPL) of the SHS, he has managed development of hydrogen production technology and other Honda technology fields while coordinating those activities with other partners.

Ocean Energy

Henry Jeffrey is a specialist in ocean energy roadmaps, action plans and strategies. In 1998 he was awarded a BEng in Mechanical Engineering with 1st class honours from Robert Gordon University and he subsequently attained an MBA degree from Aberdeen Business School in 2006. Following completion of his undergraduate qualification, Henry took the role of Development Engineer with Scottish wave energy developer Wavegen where he remained for 5 years, gaining invaluable industrial experience at the cutting edge of the ocean energy sector. Henry then moved to the University of Edinburgh, where he is currently a Senior Lecturer and leads the Policy and Innovation Group in the Institute for Energy Systems. In this role he contributes to a diverse range of national, European and international ocean energy R&D projects. He leads work on many roadmap and strategy studies and is the coordinator of the EU funded DTOcean project. In addition to his roles at the University of Edinburgh, Henry is the coordinator of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Ocean Energy Joint Programme, serves as Head of Strategy and Internationalisation at Wave Energy Scotland, is responsible for industrial liaison at the SuperGen UK Centre for Marine Energy Research (UKCMER) and has been involved with the IEA Ocean Energy Systems initiative as both UK representative and vice-chair. Henry has authored or co-authored over 30 journal and conference papers along with many of the most notable roadmap and strategy reports in the ocean energy sector.

Geothermal Energy & Ground-Source Heat Pump System

Dr. Juliet Newson
Juliet has been involved in many aspects of the geothermal industry, including geology, geothermal surface feature mapping, monitoring and modelling, reservoir and wellbore simulation, geological modelling and resource evaluation. However, her strong belief that education is the key to progress both in a social and technological sense, has always led her to maintain strong links with academia.
In November 2016 Juliet took up the position of Director of the Iceland School of Energy, Reykjavik University, Iceland. Prior to this, since 2011 Juliet has been a geothermal reservoir modeling engineer for Contact Energy Ltd. From 2007 to 2011 she was the original co-organizer of the Postgraduate Certificate in Geothermal Energy Technology for the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has managed the delivery of many other geothermal courses, including the Short Courses for the International Geothermal Association World Geothermal Congress 2015.
Juliet is also a Board member of the International Geothermal Association; she was Chair of the Education Committee from 2010 to 2013 and held the office of President for the 2013 to 2016 Board term.

Dr. Tae Jong Lee is a geophysicist, expertise in geothermal explorations especially using electromagnetic methods and borehole geophysics. Since 2003 he has been working at Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) for application of electric and electromagnetic surveys to the geothermal fields. He has lead the geothermal group in KIGAM for 5 years and performed various research projects related not only on the deep geothermal developments but the ground-source heat pump systems. For the past 14 years, he devoted most of his efforts to development of deep geothermal resources in Pohang, Korea. From December 2010, a Korean EGS project has been launched and he is one of the leaders of the project. In addition to the domestic activities, he is also an alternate member representing Korea in International Energy Agency Geothermal Implement Agreement (IEA Geothermal) representing Korea and a leader of a Task A "Exploration, Measurements and Logging" in Working group 13 "Emerging Geothermal Technology" (

Energy Network

Chen-Ching Liu is Boeing Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering at Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA. At WSU, Professor Liu serves as Director of the Energy Systems Innovation (ESI) Center. During 1983-2011, he was on the faculty of University of Washington, Iowa State University, and University College Dublin, Ireland. He was a visiting professor at The University of Tokyo and Waseda University in 1991 and 1996, respectively. Professor Liu received an IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000 and the Power and Energy Society Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award in 2004. In 2013, Dr. Liu received a Doctor Honoris Causa from Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania. He chaired the IEEE Power and Energy Society Fellow Committee, Technical Committee on Power System Analysis, Computing and Economics, and Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award Committee. Professor Liu is a Fellow of the IEEE and Member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Energy Conservation & Heat Pump

Marek Miara has a profound experience in the field of renewable energy. The focus of his work lies on the efficiency determination and evaluation of heat pump systems, rational energy use and buildings with low energy consumption. For the past 14 years, he has been working for the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE where he coordinates the heat pump activities and, in particular, leads large-scale monitoring projects on heat pumps efficiency. In addition to national projects, he oversees international EU projects and activities in the framework of the IEA Heat Pumping Technologies; at present as an operating agent of its Annex 50. Mr. Miara is a member of normalization committees of the Association of German Engineers (VDI), board member of the German Society of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (DKV), as well as co-founder of the Polish Heat Pump Association (PORT PC). In the field of heat pumps, he published extensive technical papers and made numerous presentations in a vast number of national and international conferences.

Mr. Miara has a doctoral degree in engineering defended at the Wroclaw University of Technology in 2014 with his PhD thesis "Assessing Efficiency of Heat Pumps. Analytic Method Integrating Ecological, Energetic and Economical aspects". He is a graduate of the University of Kassel (2004, Master Post-graduate) in the field of Energy and Environment, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and of the Wroclaw University of Technology (2000, Master) in Civil Engineering.

Small Hydro & Non-Conventional Energy

Prof. Young-Do Choi
He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Korea Maritime and Ocean University, Koea and his Dr.Eng. from Yokohama National University, Japan. Since 2009, he has been an associate professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Mokpo National University, Korea. His research interests include renewable energy and fluid machinery. Especially, his study focuses on the design and performance improvement of hydro turbine, wind turbine and ocean energy. Recently, he is mainly conducting the development of mechanical Energy Storage System (ESS) using hybrid energy converter system, which combines micro pump-turbine, ocean wind turbine, PV, tidal current hydro turbine and wave energy converter. Moreover, in order to improve the performance and structural reliability of fluid machinery, optimum design and FSI analysis on the pumps, blowers and valves are applied in his study.

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