Speakers 2022

Keynote Speaker Ⅰ

Prof. Zhe Chen

Aalborg University, Denmark

Biography Sketch: Dr. Zhe Chen received his Ph.D. degree in Power and Control, from University of Durham, England, he has been a full Professor with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark since 2002. 

Professor Chen is the leader of Wind Power System Research program at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University. His present main current research interests are wind energy, power electronics, power system and modern energy systems. In these areas, he has led many international and national research projects and has supervised many PhDs, Postdoctoral researchers and visiting scholars. Dr Chen has more than 800 technical publications. He is a panel member and a review expert for many international funding organizations.

Dr Chen is a member of editor boards of many international journals, including Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Subject Editor (wind turbine control) of IET Renewable Power Generation, etc. He is a Fellow of IET, a Chartered Engineer in the U.K., a Fellow of IEEE and a member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences.

Speech Title: Renewable Energy in integrated Energy Systems

Abstract: Renewable energy applications are in quick development and form a very important part of the Green Transition. It is expected the electricity will be the major format of future energy to supply the demands of the society. At present, the most significant increase of renewable power generation units are wind turbines and solar PV panels, which are from fluctuating energy sources and connected to the grids with power electronic converters. The new types of generation units are replacing the traditional fossil fuel based power generation, which would significantly change the characteristics of power systems and present many challenges.

The speech will brief the development status of renewable power generation technologies, discuss the impacts of power electronic interfaced renewable power plants on power systems, and the possible technical solutions, including the integrated multi-energy systems.

Keynote Speaker Ⅱ

Prof. Jian Kang

University College London

Biography Sketch: Jian Kang is Professor of Acoustics at the Bartlett Faulty of Built Environemnt, University College London (UCL). He obtained his first degree and master degree from Tsinghua University, and his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has worked in the field for 35+ years, with 80+ research projects, 800+ publications, 90+ engineering/consultancy projects, and 20+ patents. He is President-Elect of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV), and he also chairs the European Acoustics Association Technical Committee for Noise and the EU COST Action on Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes. He is a Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Member of Academia Europaea-The Academy of Europe.

Speech Title: Green buildings – A sound perspective

Abstract: Green buildings preserve precious natural resources and improve our quality of life. Acoustics deals with sound waves in gases, liquids, and solids and its application is present in almost all aspects of modern society, from both a physical and human perspective. It is, therefore, of great significance to consider how research of acoustics and its applications could become an integrated part of green buildings. In this talk, those are explored in terms of urban sound planning, building-envelop designs, environmental impact of acoustic materials and products, use of natural means for noise reduction, acoustic impacts of sustainable measures, and acoustic comfort. It is concluded that sound environment should be an essential consideration in green buildings.

Keynote Speaker Ⅲ

Prof. Xiaodong Zhang

Shandong University

Biography Sketch: Xiaodong Zhang is a Full Professor and University Distinguished Young Professorship in the School of Environmental Science and Engineering at Shandong University. He is a Director of Research Center for Soil and Groundwater Remediation, and a Deputy Director of Research Center for Eco-Environmental Big Data, Shandong University. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees at Tsinghua University, and his Ph.D. degree at University of Regina, Canada. He was invited to be an international expert for United Nations Development Programme. Dr. Zhang’s interdisciplinary research covers groundwater and soil remediation, climate change, watershed management, distributed hydrological modeling, water-energy-food nexus, eco-environmental big data and machine/deep learning, CO2 capture and sequestration, and environmental systems analysis. Dr. Zhang is the Associate Editors for four prestigious peer-referred journals including Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Hydrogeology Journal, and Vadose Zone Journal, Editorial Board Members and Guest Editors for nine international SCI journals, as well as conference chair, primary convener and session chair for many international conferences and symposiums including AGU Fall Meeting. He has a strong record of publications in top-tier peer-referred journals including Water Resources Research, Water Research, Journal of Hydrology, Applied Energy, and Advances in Water Resources, as well as 18 granted patents. He has led and participated in over 40 major research projects, and received over 20 international and national awards and honors.

Speech Title: Integrated Management of Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Perspectives

Abstract: Rapid population growth, urbanization and economic development have led to great pressure on the limited number of water and energy resources. As two indispensable and primitive resources in our society, water and energy management have attracted more and more attentions worldwide. The United Nations has highlighted the close connections between water and energy, termed as “water-energy nexus (WEN)” on the World Water Day 2014 with the theme “Water and Energy”. Integrated WEN management instead of isolation is thus desired in order to support informed decisions and policies for planning and managing the two resources simultaneously and assisting decision makers in resources conservation and sustainability.

This keynote speech will briefly introduce the issues related to integrated water-energy nexus management, including the challenges facing WEN, methodology development for integrated WEN management, and opportunities and perspectives. The impacts of carbon emission control measures under carbon neutrality policies and uncertainties associated with WEN systems on WEN decisions will be addressed.