Keynote Speakers


Hartmut Hinz

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany


H. Hinz received the diploma degree in electrical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences, Aachen and the Ruhr University, Bochum in Germany in the years 1990 and 1994 respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree from the Technical University, Darmstadt in Germany in 2000.
Between 1999 and 2009 he was with General Motors Fuel Cell Activities, most recently as project leader for the development of high voltage electrical systems for concept fuel cell. In 2009 he was appointed as a Professor for power electronics at the University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt in Germany. Since 2011 he is the program director of the study program electrical engineering. Since 2010 he is a visiting Professor (flying faculty) at the Vietnamese-German University in Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam. His research interests are in the areas power electronics, modeling and decentralized power generation.




Zhijun Peng

University of Lincoln, UK


Jun Peng is a Professor of Sustainable Energy Engineering. He received his PhD degree from National Engine Combustion Lab (current State Key Lab of Engines), Tianjin University, China in 1996, for a research on the investigation of high pressure fuel injection and spray characteristics. Then after four years working experiences as research fellow in Brunel University and two years as senior development engineer in Ford Motor Company, he held the position of Lecturer since 2004 and Senior Lecture since 2007 in the University of Sussex. Prior to his current appointment, he worked as Professor in Engineering in the University of Bedfordshire.
Jun Peng’s research interest lies in thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and combustion with applications on flows and combustion in IC engines, gas turbines, fuel cells and other sustainable energy systems. His research has involved both numerical simulation and experimental investigation including various laser diagnostics. His recent research works have contributed to sustainable vehicle powertrain, non-carbon water transport technology, combination of solar PV and solar thermal for energy efficiency improvement, etc.
Jun Peng is a fellow of IMechE, chartered engineer recognised by IMechE and the member of Professional Review Committee of IMechE. He is the Associate Editor of IET journal of Electronics Letters (SCI indexed) and an Editorial Board member of Johnson Matthey Technology Review (SCI indexed). He was an invited fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)




Dimitrios Karamanis

University of Patras, Greece


Professor of Alternative Energy Sources at the Department of Environmental Engineering of the University of Patras. He studied Physics at the University of Ioannina (1986-1990) where he submitted his doctoral thesis (1990-1997). With Postdoctoral Fellowships at CEN Bordeaux (Marie Curie 1999-2001) and at the University of Ioannina (Marie Curie 2001-2002 and until 2008), Prof. Karamanis has thirty years of research experience in the fields of alternative energy sources with special emphasis on wind and solar energy utilization technologies in the last decade. Participating in competitive National and International research programs as scientific coordinator and researcher, he has published over 110 scientific papers in scientific journals, patents and chapters in books with >3000 citations and h-index 35 (Scopus). Prof. Karamanis teaches courses on renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and RES applications in Departments of the Universities of Ioannina and Patras since 2006.

Speech title "Bottom-up BIPV clean energy transitioning away from fossil fuels: A quantitative feasibility proof through net-zero energy buildings up-scaling to positive energy districts and carbon-free cities"

Abstract-To transitioning away from fossil fuels after COP28 and keep the mean temperature increase lower than 1.5°C compared to preindustrial levels, massive energy systems applications of renewable energy sources are required. In this context, the building integration of photovoltaics (BIPV) is a key component in the proposed actions of Working Group III and a step forward to distributed energy systems with high contribution from buildings becoming prosumers. Since the building structure is the interface between humans and their natural environment, sustainable development requires a rethinking of the photovoltaics integration in harmony to local environmental and bioclimatic conditions. In moving beyond the self-sufficient and self-consumption concepts in electricity generation, positive energy sharing within local communities can overcome the barriers in BIPV deployment and support energy inclusion, equity and accessibility. In this context, the SERAS concept (sufficiency, efficiency, renewables and sharing) that we recently proposed in BIPV deployment will be presented with quantitative exemplar treatment of net-zero buildings (NZBs) upscaling to positive energy districts (PEDs) and carbon free cities at the diverse climatic conditions of the Koppen-Geiger-GHI classification.



Zhe Chen

Aalborg University, Denmark


Zhe Chen, a professor at Aalborg University, Denmark, head of the wind energy research team, serves as editor/associate editor/editorial board member for several international journals. His main research areas include modern power system, multi-energy systems, renewable energy technology, power electronic systems, etc. and he has more than 1,000 publications in these fields. Professor Zhe Chen is a fellow of IEEE, IET and AAIA, a Chartered Engineer (UK), a member of the Danish Academy of Engineering, and a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.