Prof. Zhiyuan Zhu
Zhiyuan Zhu is currently a Professor at Southwest University. He received the Ph.D. degree in Microelectronics and Solid-State Electronics from Peking University in January 2016. And then he joined Zhejiang University as an assistant professor. In September 2019, he joined Southwest University as a full professor. Prof. Zhu has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and contributed 4 invited or keynote conference talks. He also served as TPC member or Session Chair for more than 10 conferences. Prof. Zhu won Zhongtian Faculty Fellowship in 2018 and was awarded as the outstanding researchers at Chongqing Institute of Electronics in 2021. He is the formal Committee member of IoT Young Scientist Technical Group at Chinese Institute of Electronics. He also serves as editorial board member for Plos One, Processes and guest editor for Sensors, Processes.
Speech Title: Self-powered 3D integrated microsystem and artificial intelligence
Abstract: Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) is an emerging approach which can scavenge the mechanical energy from ambient environment based on the combination of contact electrification and electrostatic induction. It has been demonstrated to be a robust power source for self-powered microsystem, which can sense, process and respond to the environmental changes with no need for external power source. We will talk our research of self-powered 3D integrated microsystem based on TENG. In addition, the design issue can be combined with artificial intelligence for better efficiency.
Prof. Pan Hui
Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering,
Department of Physics and Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau
Brief introduction: Dr. Hui Pan is a professor in the Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering, and the founding head of Department of Physics and Chemistry in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Macau. He got his PhD degree in Physics from the National University of Singapore in 2006. From 2006 to 2013, he worked at National University of Singapore as a Research Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA) as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and Institute of High Performance Computing (Singapore) as a Senior Scientist, respectively. He joined the University of Macau as an assistant professor in 2013. In his research, a combined computational and experimental method is used to design and fabricate novel nanomaterials for applications in energy conversion and storage (such as electro-/photo-catalysis, water splitting, N2/CO2 reduction, supercapacitors, hydrogen storage, solar cell, and fuel cells), electronic devices, spintronics, and quantum devices. He has published more than 240 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. The total citation is ~ 10000. Additionally, he is the author of 5 book chapters and the inventor of 4 USA and 6 China patents. His present h-index is 50.
Speech Title: Design and Fabrication of Electrocatalysts for Water Oxidization
Abstract: The sluggish oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is a pivotal process for renewable energy technologies, such as water splitting. The discovery of efficient, durable, and earth-abundant electrocatalysts for water oxidation is highly desirable. Here, a novel trimetallic nitride compound grown on nickel foam (CoVFeN @ NF) is demonstrated, which is an ultra-highly active OER electrocatalyst that outperforms the benchmark catalyst, RuO2, and most of the state-of-the-art 3D transition metals and their compounds. CoVFeN @ NF exhibits ultralow OER overpotentials of 212 and 264 mV at 10 and 100 mA cm−2 in 1 M KOH, respectively, together with a small Tafel slop of 34.8 mV dec−1. Structural characterization reveals that the excellent catalytic activity mainly originates from: 1) formation of oxyhydroxide species on the surface of the catalyst due to surface reconstruction and phase transition, 2) promoted oxygen evolution possibly activated by peroxo-like (O22−) species through a combined lattice-oxygen-oxidation and adsorbate escape mechanism, 3) an optimized electronic structure and local coordination environment owing to the synergistic effect of the multimetal system, and 4) greatly accelerated electron transfer as a result of nitridation. This study provides a simple approach to rationally design cost-efficient and highly catalytic multimetal compound systems as OER catalysts for electrochemical energy devices.
Prof. Zainal Kadir
Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia，Malaysia
Prof Zainal received his B.Eng. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Ph.D. degree in High Voltage Engineering from the University of Manchester, U.K. Currently, he is a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, UPM.
Prof Zainal is a Fellow of Academy of Sciences Malaysia (FASc) and Fellow of the IET (FIET). He is also an IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Distinguished Lecturer in the field of lightning and high voltage engineering. To date he has authored and co-authored over 400 journals and conference papers. He has supervised 33 PhD and 42 MSc students and currently 30 PhD and 4 MSc are on their way. His research interests include high voltage engineering, lightning protection, electromagnetic compatibility, power system transients and renewable energy.
Prof Zainal is a Professional Engineer (PEPC), a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Professional Technologist (PTech). Currently, he is the Chairman of the National Mirror Committee of IEC TC 81 (Lightning Protection) and Local Convener of MNC-CIGRE C4 on System Technical Performance. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI) USA, Steering Committee of Asia Pacific Lightning and Research Advisor for the African Centre for Lightning and Electromagnetic (ACLE).
Speech Title: Future Grid Optimisation Through Innovative Technologies
Abstract: Efficient and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity is a fundamental requirement for providing societies and economics with essential energy resources. The utilities in the industrialized countries are today in a period of change and agitation. Large parts of the power grid infrastructure are reaching their designed end of life time, since a large portion of the equipment was installed in the 1960s. On the other hand there is a strong political and regulatory push for more competition and lower energy prices, more energy efficiency and an increased use of renewable energy like solar, wind, biomasses and hydro. Ageing equipment, dispersed generation as well as load increase might lead to highly utilized equipment during peak load conditions. Although grid expansion will be necessary, minimising congestion on current infrastructure can make a significant contribution to the energy transition. While most grid expansion projects continue to rely on traditional technologies like constructing bigger and larger lines, the potential for proven smart grid technology to better transmission system operation has long been acknowledged. This talk will share some of the innovative technologies which are currently being investigated and implemented in order to meet future challenges and growing demand in an increasingly liberalized generation market for securing a sustainable, secure and competitive energy supply.
Prof. Chris Mi
San Diego State University，USA
Dr. Mi is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at San Diego State University. He is a Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). He is also the Director of the US Department of Energy-funded Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center for Electric Drive Transportation at SDSU. He was previously a faculty member at the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 2001 to 2015, and an Electrical Engineer with General Electric from 2000 to 2001. He also served as the CTO of 1Power Solutions from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Mi received his Ph. D from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2001.
Dr. Mi has won numerous awards, including the “Distinguished Teaching Award” and “Distinguished Research Award” from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, IEEE Region 4 “Outstanding Engineer Award,” IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section “Outstanding Professional Award,” and SAE “Environmental Excellence in Transportation (E2T) Award.” He is the recipient of three Best Paper Awards from IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and the 2017 ECCE Student Demonstration Award. In 2019, he received the Inaugural IEEE Power Electronics Emerging Technology Award.
Dr. Mi has received over $5.8 million in research funding since joining SDSU in 2015. He has published five books, 204 journal papers, 126 conference papers, and 25 issued and pending patents. He served as Editor-in-Chief, Area Editor, Guest Editor, and Associate Editor of multiple IEEE Transactions and international journals, as well as the General Chair of over ten IEEE international conferences.
Speech Title: Cost-Effective Integration of Second-Life EV Batteries with Solar PV Systems for Commercial Buildings
Abstract: As a low cost and mature clean energy source, solar PV generation currently has a high penetration rate especially in sunshine-rich states like California. Battery energy storage systems (BESSs) are frequently incorporated with PV systems as a standard approach to buffer the volatile nature of the PV output. Household small PV and storage systems are popular products in the market. For commercial buildings, similar technology is also available, but normally featuring large centralized battery stacks and consequently high cost.
Electric vehicles (EVs) started to enjoy a booming market share since the last decade. The number of EVs on roads is enormous and keeps growing rapidly, and so is the quantity of EV batteries. It is estimated that the first huge wave of EV battery retirement in California will hit in 2025, and retired batteries will keep coming thereafter. EV batteries today, almost exclusively lithium-ion based, cost heavily in both production and recycling. Economically dealing with retired EV batteries is an important topic.
Retired EV batteries, though no longer roadworthy, still have considerable capacity for stationary applications where the requirement for energy and power density is not as stringent. As an abundant byproduct from the road, these second-life EV batteries cost much less than new products. Meanwhile, the high cost of (new) batteries in storage systems could be a major discouragement for potential clients, especially small/medium owners. Thus, developing proper technologies to bridge the supply and demand has great significance.
The aim of this research is to validate that using second-life EV batteries in BESS for PV and storage system for small/medium sized commercial buildings will reduce the overall cost over serviceable life compared to using new batteries. To achieve this, we are conducting thorough multi-scale analysis and modeling of the second-life EV battery aging process and building degradation models, accordingly developing optimized energy management strategy considering PV and load profiles, and building customized electrical and control systems for site pilot testing.
Prof. Steivan Defilla
Brief introduction: Steivan Defilla, Swiss national, visiting Professor of school of architecture, Tianjin University; President Assistant of APEC Sustainable Energy Center since 2018. Lead author of the “APEC Sustainable Urban Development Report - From Models to Results”. He is the former (2010 - 2016) Director of the Energy Charter, an intergovernmental energy organization with 50 Member states headquartered in Brussels. He managed the expansion of the Energy Charter to include 30 new observer states, among them China. He also supervised or co-authored 26 studies and analyses and 2 books on energy-related subjects. As Senior Energy Advisor to the Swiss Economics Minister (1999 - 2010) he contributed to the reform of the Swiss electricity sector, the Swiss infrastructure strategy and the Swiss foreign energy policy. He wrote a book prefaced by the Swiss Energy Minister and co-authored 13 articles in English, German, French and Russian languages. He also attended Governing Board meetings of the IEA and co-chaired multilateral negotiations at the Energy Charter. Steivan holds a Master degree in Statistics and a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He also holds a Postgraduate degree on Energy from the Federal Polytechnic Institute Lausanne. Steivan is winner of a United World Colleges scholarship and is fluent in eight languages.