Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers for ICACER 2018



Prof. Harald Richter
Clausthal University of Technology, Germany  

Harald Richter got a ‘Dipl.-Ing.‘ diploma degree in Electrical Engineering with specialisation in Computer Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. H received a ‘Dr.-Ing.‘ degree in Electrical Engineering from Munich University of Technology, and in 1998, he acquired a ‘Dr. rer.nat.habil.‘ degree in Computer Engineering from the same University. Since 2000, he has the chair of Technical Informatics and Computer Systems at Clausthal University of Technology, where he works until today. He teaches computer organization and computer networks. His research interests are Cloud Computing, Real-Time Communication in Computer Networks, Renewable Energies and High-Performance Computing and Simulation.


Prof. Carlos Henggeler Antunes

University of Coimbra, Portugal 


Carlos Henggeler Antunes holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering (specialization in Optimization and Systems Theory), from the University of Coimbra in 1992. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra. He is member of the coordination committee of the Energy for Sustainability Initiative of the University of Coimbra. His areas of interest are multi-objective optimization, optimization using meta-heuristics, multi-criteria analysis, as well as energy systems and policies, with particular focus on energy efficiency and demand response. He has participated in several national and international R&D projects and in specialized consulting for companies. He is author of about two hundred papers in journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. He is co-author of the book "Multiobjective Linear and Integer Programming”.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Glotzbach

University of Applied Science in Darmstadt, Germany

Speech title: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells – Key Technology for the Energy Revolution

Abstract: The impact of global CO2 pollution can be mitigated by renewable energies, combined with a more efficient usage of all energy types. However, Renewables belong to the category of fluctuating energy producers. Their increased use has an impact on the balance between the generated and consumed power. It is estimated that the power grid will get out of balance if their fraction exceeds 50 – 60 % of the overall production. For this reason, storages will be needed for future energy supply. Such storages must be able to conserve and retrieve energy at different time sales: hours, days, weeks and months. Batteries will be used for the compensation of hourly and daily fluctuations. For longer periods, however, only gas storages are applicable. By electrolysis, surplus Renewable electricity can be converted into hydrogen which can be stored in turn in the public gas grid, at least up to a certain percentage to satisfy heat demands. Additionally, it can be re-converted into electricity by gas-operated power-plants. Finally, it can be stored apart from the gas grid and converted back when needed via fuel cells. Hydrogen thus offers a high potential for a decentralized energy supply. Moreover, a stable and independent power supply in various energy sectors can be ensured by it, because its underlying technologies have already proven to be reliable and to work with acceptable efficiencies. To summarize: water electrolysis and fuel cells will be the solution for a flexible integration of renewable energies into the energy mix. These technologies form a road from nuclear and fossil-fuel energy to the future and they will play an important role in our energy systems. This keynote speech will talk about the status and the hindrances on this path.

Biography: Thomas Glotzbach was born in Hilders/Germany in 1973. In 2005, he got a ‘Dipl.-Ing.‘ diploma degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Measurement and Control Technology from the University of Kassel. In 2010, he received a ‘Dr.-Ing.‘ degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Kassel for his work at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (Fraunhofer IWES). Since 2012, he is Professor at the University of Applied Science in Darmstadt, Germany, at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, division of Renewable Power Generation and Energy Storages. His lectures are on Renewable Energies, Electrical Power Supply, Hydrogen Technology and Fuel Cells. His research interests include Renewable Energies, Autarkical Power Supplies for Buildings, Hydrogen Technology and Fuel Cells.


Prof. Marc Alier

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunia, BarcelonaTECH, Spain(UPC)


Dr. Kathryn Janda

University of Oxford&University College London, UK


Katy earned undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and English literature from Brown University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley. She has worked in the Energy Analysis Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Environmental Policy Fellow in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program. Prior to joining the ECI, she held a position as assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College for five years, where she pursued her research interests and taught courses such as energy production and consumption; fundamentals of building performance; environment and society; a practicum on ecological design; solar music; dynamics of consumption; and qualitative research methods.

Katy has studied the interface between social and technical systems in the built environment since 1990 and is particularly interested in why different organisations and social groups decide to promote or reject environmental technologies, particularly in non-domestic settings. Social groups she has studied include: building designers, environmental advocates, and building users. Technical systems she studies include energy-efficiency techniques and green building strategies. Her research encompasses three principal areas: Social dimensions of energy use; Social, economic and environmental implications of ecological design; The relationship between environmental technology adoption and organizational decision-making.

Katy leads the Energy, Organisations, and Society theme within the ECI's Energy Research programme. Her work explores the role of building professionals in creating 'middle-out’ change; implications of data availability and ownership in the commercial real estate industry (including green leasing); and energy management practices in universities, offices, stores, churches, theaters, and small businesses. She is lead author and research director of the WICKED project which works with technical, legal and organisational infrastructure in the retail sector to create knowledge and develop energy strategies for owners, landlord, and tenants. She led the COALESCE knowledge exchange project with industry partner CO2 Estates. For Phase 2 of the UK Energy Research Centre (2009-14), she co-led the “Energy Use in Buildings” and led the “Social and Organisational Aspects of Energy Use” themes. She also led the Worldwide Status of Energy Standards for Buildings project, an investigation of the worldwide status of energy standards for buildings in more than 80 countries linked to the legal status and building sector coverage of the standards in different countries.



  Previous Distinguished and Invited Speakers in ICACER 2017


Prof. Eugen RUSU

Director of the Council of the Doctoral Schools - vice-rector at Galati University 'Dunarea de Jos',  Romania 

Speech Title: Wave and wind energy extraction in coastal environment – present, perspectives and challenges