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Conference Scientific Committee Chairman: Professor Maamar Bettayeb

Professor Maamar Bettayeb received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1976, 1978 and 1981, respectively.

He worked as a Research Scientist at the Bellaire Research Center at Shell Oil Development Company, Houston, Texas, USA., in the development of seismic signal processing deconvolution algorithms for the purpose of Gas and Oil exploration during 1981/1982. From 1982 to 1988, He directed the Instrumentation and Control Laboratory of High Commission for  Research in Algeria, where He led various research and development projects in the field of modeling, simulation, and control design of large scale energy systems, specifically, model reduction, identification and control of computer-controlled systems with applications to nuclear, solar and electric power systems.

In 1988, He joined the Electrical Engineering Department at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

He has been Professor at University of Sharjah UAE since August 2000. He also held the position of Advisor to the Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Scientific research for the Years 2004/2006 and Director of Research and Studies Center for the Year 2005/2006 at University of Sharjah. He is the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies at University of Sharjah, starting September 2014.

He was the Conference Chair of ISSPA 2007, has been the program committee chair/co-chair for several conferences. He was Associate Editor of the International Journal of Modeling, Identification and Control. He was the leader of intelligent systems  research group at University of Sharjah. He also led the development of the Strategic Planning for Research at University of Sharjah.

He has published over 350 journal and conference papers in the fields of control and signal processing. He has also supervised over 50 M. Sc. and Ph. D. students.

Professor Bettayeb was External Examiner for Electrical Engineering Programs at the University of Malay, Malaysia, for the years 2001-2004. He also held a Visiting Professor position at Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, for the years 2001-2003, where he delivered graduate short courses, research seminars, workshops and participated in Ph.D. examinations.

Throughout his career, Professor Bettayeb received ample recognition for his work in the form of awards and honors, such as the Best Distinguished Research Award in 1993-94 and 1998-99, and the Outstanding Advisor Award in 1996-97 at KFUPM. He also received the Best Researcher Award at University of Sharjah in 2001-2002, 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2010-2011, the Best Research Paper Bank of Sharjah Award in 2003-2004, the Best Research Project Award in 2006-2007, supervisor for the Best Student Paper Award, supervisor for the Best Student Project Award in 2006-2007, supervisor for the Best Master Thesis Award in 2009-2010 as well as the Best Teaching Award at University of Sharjah in 2011-2012.

He has been consulting for the Petrochemical Industries and has also been involved in various R&D funded projects in the areas of control and signal processing applications.

His recent research interest is in H∞ optimal control, rational approximation, signal and image processing, process control, networked control systems, fractional dynamics and control, nonlinear estimation and filtering, soft computing, wavelets, renewable energies and engineering education.

Conference Scientific Committee Co-Chairman: Professor Abdul Ghani Olabi

Professor Abdul Ghani Olabi is Chair and Head of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering Department "SREE" at the University Of Sharjah "UOS". Before joining UOS, he was the director and founding member of the Institute of Engineering and Energy Technologies at the University of the West of Scotland.

Prof Olabi received his M.Eng and Ph.D. from Dublin City University, since 1984 he worked at different national and international institutes such as; National Research Centre-Italy "CNR", Research Centre of FIAT-Italy "CRF", Dublin City University "DCU" and Institute of Engineering and Energy Technologies "IEET" at UWS.

His research interests are in the area(s) of Renewable Energy and Smart Materials, the main topics of interest in renewable energy are: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell, Energy Storage Systems, Bio-Energy and Marine Energy  He actively collaborates with researchers from (Europe, USA, Japan, China and many other countries) and the founder and chairman for 2 international conferences: Sustainable Energy and Environmental Protection "SEEP" and Materials Science and Smart Materials MSSM.  He serves/served as editor for Energy Journal and Reference Modules in Materials Science and Engineering (Elsevier) and Editor in Chief for the Encyclopedia of Smart Materials (Elsevier) and Editor in Chief for the Renewable Energy in Energies journal, Prof Olabi is the steering committee chairman for SEEP and MSSM.

Prof Olabi has supervised postgraduate research students (10 M.Phil and 32PhD) to successful completion, 13 of them are holding an academic position as Assistant/Associate or Full professor in UK, Ireland, Malaysia and Kuwait. His research achievements include: (200 journal publications, 70 Proceedings/books/book chapters, 130 conference publications, 2 patents, £5 M  Grants, 6 awards;  8500 citations; 54 H-Index and 120 I10-index.  

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Keynote Speakers

Prof.  Henrik Lund, Editor of Chief of Energy (Elsevier)

Biography: Henrik Lund, M.Sc.Eng., Ph.D., Dr.Techn. Professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University, Denmark,

Henrik Lund is a highly ranked world leading researcher. He is listed among ISI Highly Cited

researchers ranking him among the top 1% researchers in the world within engineering.

Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier International Journal ENERGY

Author of the book: Renewable Energy Systems:

Architect behind the Advanced Energy Systems Analysis Model EnergyPLAN:

Former head of department and head of several European and Danish research projects including the 4DH (Strategic Research Centre for 4th Generation District Heating Technologies and Systems) financed by the Danish Council for Strategic Research involving 32 university and industrial partners in Denmark, Sweden, Croatia and China. 2012-2018., the Strategic Research Project CEESA (Coherent Energy and Environmental System Analysis, 2007-2011) and the EU 6th framework program DESIRE (Dissemination Strategy on Electricity Balancing for Large Scale Integration of Renewable Energy). 2005-2007.


Smart Energy Markets

-       future electricity, gas and heating markets 


This presentation introduces the concept of Smart energy markets. The implementation of future sustainable smart energy systems based on renewable energy cannot be implemented without addressing the issue of how to re-design existing electricity and gas markets. Moreover, markets for heating and transport fuels will also be challenged. 

In recent years, the re-design of the electricity market has attracted a lot of attention and research. Current electricity markets face a fundamental challenge as the transformation of energy systems lead to large-scale increases in wind and solar and gradually approach a 100% renewable energy solution. Increasing amounts of renewable electricity productions lead to an increase in hours of zero or very low prices and consequently may not be able to sustain new investments in power capacities. Especially, for 100% renewable energy systems, such challenge is fundamental. 

However, the re-design of electricity markets, should not be seen isolated from the re-design of the other energy markets. This presentation, illustrate and quantify how future renewable heating, green gas and liquid fuel markets will influence the electricity markets and vice versa. The concept of smart energy markets expresses the idea that the inclusion of such mutual influence becomes essential in the design of future energy markets designs, if one wants to facilitate the transformation into smart energy systems based on renewable energy.

Prof. Damià Barceló, ICRA Director, Editor in Chief of different Elsevier Journals

Biography: Born in Menàrguens (Lleida) in 1954, he obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona (UB) in 1977 and a Ph.D. in Analytic Chemistry from the same university in 1984. He is currently working as a research professor and deputy director of the Institute of Environmental Diagnosis and Water Studies (IDAEA) in Barcelona which is run by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). He was appointed Director of the Catalan institute for water research (ICRA) in Girona in 2008. During 2010 and 2011, he was the visiting professor at the King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

His research career has been focused on the area of water quality, particularly in the development of methods for controlling organic pollution by the so-called "emerging pollutants" (polar pesticides, surfactants –detergents–, endocrine disruptors and pharmaceutical products) in waste and natural water. 

Since 2010 he is listed among the most internationally cited scientists (ISI Highly Cited), by the number and the exceptional quality of his publications. According to Scopus he has the Hirsch-Index of 107 and total number of citations over 50 thousand. According to Google Scholar, his H-index is 135 and the total number of citations is  > 80 thousand.

Since 1990s he has been editor of various journals (TRAC, Talanta, ABC, Environment International) and book series (Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry and The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry). Since 2012 he is the Co-Editor-in-chief of the Science of the Total Environment.  

In 2007, he received the King James I Prize for Environmental Protection (Spain), in 2012 the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water of Saudi Arabia, and in 2012 the Recipharm International Environmental Prize, a Swedish company leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in Europe. In 2011 he was appointed as Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Board (STB) in the frame of the European Union-Joint Programming Initiative on "Water Challenges for a Changing World". 

In 2014 he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Ioannina (Greece). As of March 2018, he has been supervisor of 53 PhDs, short and continuous education courses in Universities from Spain, South Korea, Brazil, Greece, Saudi Arabia among others as well as at PITTCON , SETAC and ExTech international conferences.


Occurrence of emerging contaminants and microplastics

in several hot spots of Saudi Arabia. Bioaccumulation and plant uptake from wastewaters  used in agriculture.

Damià Barceló

In arid zones, the use of treated wastewater for crop irrigation and the recurrent applications of pesticides to fight against pest increase the number of emerging contaminants (ECs) in crops (Pico et al. 2019). The consequences of these practices are still unknown due to the scarcity of studies, most of them performed under laboratory conditions at high concentrations (Pico et al. 2019). This study aims at assessing the problem of environmental contamination due to the use of non-conventional water resources that will get worldwide dimension soon in two areas of Saudi Arabia heavily affected by the reuse of treated wastewater and pesticide in order to ascertain its scale. The novelty of the study relays in the large number of ECs covered and the variety of crops (cabbage, barley, green beans, eggplants, chili, tomato and zucchini) analysed in the Al Hayer and Al-Asfar.

Professor Soteris Kalogirou, Editor in Chief of Renewable Energy

Biography: Professor Soteris Kalogirou is at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences and Engineering of the Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus. He is currently the elected Chair of the Department. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glamorgan in 1995. In June 2011 he received from the University of Glamorgan the title of D.Sc.


For more than 30 years, he is actively involved in research in the area of solar energy and particularly in flat plate and concentrating collectors, solar water heating, solar steam generating systems, desalination and absorption cooling. Additionally, since 1995 he is involved in a pioneering research dealing with the use of artificial intelligence methods, like artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms and fuzzy logic, for the modelling and performance prediction of energy and solar energy systems.


He has a large number of publications as book chapters, international scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings. He is Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy, and Editorial Board Member of another eleven journals. He is the editor of the book Artificial Intelligence in Energy and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Nova Science Inc., co-editor of the book Soft Computing in Green and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Springer, editor of the book McEvoy's Handbook of Photovoltaics, published by Academic Press of Elsevier and author of the books Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems, and Thermal Solar Desalination: Methods and Systems, published by Academic Press of Elsevier.


He has been a member of World Renewable Energy Network (WREN) since 1992 and is a member of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and International Solar Energy Society (ISES).



Renewable Energy Systems: Current Status and Prospects


This presentation examines the current status of renewables in the world. The presentation starts with some facts about the climate change, global warming and the effects of human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels on the climate problem. It then examines the current status of conventional resources of energy such as oil, coal and natural gas and their reserves based on current consumption and known resources, followed by a general outline of the status of renewables in the world, which includes the shares with respect to conventional fuel use for electricity and power and jobs created. Then the basic forms of renewables are examined in some detail, which include solar thermal, both for low and high temperature applications, photovoltaics, hydro power, onshore and offshore wind energy systems and biomass/biofuels. In all these the basic technology is presented followed by the current status as well as the prospects of the technology and new research findings. Finally, some basic facts about the Renewable Energy Journal in which the speaker is the Editor in Chief are presented.

Renewable and sustainable energy – an oxymoron in global urgency 

Prof. Aoife Foley

Editor in Chief of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews


Dr Aoife Foley is the Editor in Chief of Elsevier's Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, a member of the Editorial Board of Elsevier's Renewable Energy, an Editorial Panel member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Proceedings in Transport and a Lecturer at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen's University Belfast. Aoife gained a BE(Hons) (1996) in Civil Engineering from University College Cork and an MScEng (1999) in Environmental & Transportation Engineering from Trinity College Dublin before spending 12 years in industry working for ESB International, Siemens, PM Group and SWS Energy primarily in projects in energy, waste, pharmaceutical and telecommunications. She taught in University College from 2006 part-time, but returned to academia in full-time in 2009. Aoife completed her PhD (2011) in Energy Engineering from University College Cork and has since gone on to publish 38 international peer reviewed journal articles and more than 50 conference paper. Since then she has accessed more than £2.3 million in research income. She is a recognised expert in wind forecasting and energy systems analysis. She has a h-index of 19 (Scopus), 17 (Web of Science) and 20 (Google Scholar). She is also a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of Engineers Ireland and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Authority


The Paris Agreement prioritises urgent finance, technology and capacity-building to rapidly deploy low-carbon renewable energy technologies. The aim of this is to ensure a resilient, safe and sustainable society that can respond effectively to the challenges and opportunities of climate change. As renewable energy steadily grows globally at all levels in the energy system security of energy supply rules for governments, regulators, producers and end-users will need to be re-evaluated. Thus needing an urgent 'join the dots' approach. Currently analyses of energy systems are for the most part high level or piecemeal tending to focus on quantifying energy and greenhouse gas emission transformations and fluxes at a sectoral level. This can be useful to inform, but for a multidimensional complex intersectoral energy system this is statistical book keeping. New cross-disciplinary approaches are urgently needed by society to map the real technical and economic impacts in order to effectively make our energy systems resilient, robust and fit for purpose into the future so that our valuable energy resources are not wasted. This keynote discusses these issues and the forecasting techniques and integration approaches currently used.

Symposium Chairman on Energy Efficiency in Process Industries

Prof. Hussam Jouhara, Editor in Chief of International Journal of Thermofluids

Institute of Energy Future, Brunel University London, UK


Prof. Hussam Jouhara is a professor of thermal engineering in Brunel University London. Since obtaining his PhD from Manchester University in 2004. He has unique expertise in working on applied heat exchangers and energy-related research activities with direct support from research councils and various UK and international industrial partners. He has extensive expertise in designing and manufacturing various types of heat exchangers, including heat pipes and heat pipe-based heat exchangers for low, medium and high temperature applications. His work in the field of heat pipe based heat exchangers resulted in novel designs for recouperators, steam generators & condensers and flat heat pipes. These have been implemented across various industries including, but not limited to: food, electronics thermal management and low to high industrial waste heat recovery and Energy from Waste. Over the last few years, he has successfully managed to achieve new designs for industrial waste heat recovery and many thermal systems that have enhanced the performance of various industrials processes in the UK, Europe and world-wide. His latest invention relates to a new Waste to Energy system that converts municipal waste to fuel that can be used to heat our homes.

Throughout his academic and industrial career, he received over £8.3M in research funding from various UK/EU based research councils (RCUK & EU H2020) and from British and European industrial partners. He is a published author of many journal papers, academic books and many filed patents in areas related to heat pipes engineering and manufacturing and Energy from Waste systems. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of both Engineers Ireland (Ireland) and IMechE (UK).

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"Green Steam in the Process Industries"
Prof Jeremy Miller


Since starting as an engineering apprentice at Rolls Royce Aero Engine Division, Jeremy has demonstrated success in driving innovation and translating R&D into commercial applications into the marketplace in a career that spans over 40 years. 

Jeremy works with internal and external customers at all levels on a daily basis, distilling corporate strategic goals to focusing efforts on solving problems of value at an individual company or market segment level and then focussing development and R&D teams to deliver solutions rapidly.

His career has included the following :- (chronological order):-

BTR Industries Chemical Plant Hose: - Technical Manager

BOC Gases Ltd: - Chief Technologist Cryogenics

Air Products and Chemicals Ltd: - European Technology Manager

 Spirax Sarco Ltd: - Group Research and Solutions Manager


A prolific inventor Jeremy is the inventor of over 45 patents to date and has published articles in journals and books over many years.

Jeremy is a Professor of Energy Futures at Brunel University and a Fellow of both the Institute of Engineering Technology and the Institute of Refrigeration and enjoys participating in both, especially with new knowledge generation, energy research and encouraging young engineers to excel in developing innovative solutions.



Steam is ubiquitous throughout process industry for good reason. The ability to move large amounts of heat over long distances whilst providing accurate control of temperature is unique because the properties of steam are unique. Whether it's the large condensing heat transfer co-efficient or the unique heat transfer interfaces, these properties give rise to a myriad of heating and process applications that utilise steam indirectly or directly in contact with the product.

Steam is normally produced in centrally located boilers or steam generators most often fuelled by natural gas. . Whole manufacturing and process plants are built around the utilisation of steam particularly in the Food, Healthcare, Chemical and Refining Industries.


As the world's efforts to de-carbonise accelerate, what does the future hold for steam as the principle heat transfer fluid? There are those that suggest Industry will just electrify all its processes. Oh if only life was so simple.

To electrify all the processes currently powered by steam would require significant investment into new process equipment and supporting infrastructure such as the local grid and cabling. The steam direct contact processes such as sterilisation will require a new heat transfer medium to transfer the heat effectively from the electrical heater to the product. In Industries where profitability is already challenging, investment at the scale required will be resisted at best.

Renewable power has its peak and troughs in supply due to the effects of the sun, wind and tides.

Such variance in supply does not match with the demand cycle for electricity which is why so much effort and investment is occurring in large scale battery storage and in many cases the renewable energy is "feathered", switched off, as the excess cannot be used or stored.


One idea for the future is to use a steam accumulator to store the excess electricity as potential steam centrally at the plant and then use the steam throughout the working day, obviating the need to burn natural gas or other carbon based fuels.  A steam accumulator is nearly twice as energy intensive as the best commercially available electrical battery and can store the off-peak electrical energy as heat and produce steam during peak electricity demand without requiring any further electricity at almost 100% efficiency.

Such "renewable" steam would use the existing steam pipework and controls, it would work with all existing processes eliminating much of the investment cost in electrifying. It is effectively a steam battery and could be a vital link in improving our utilisation of our renewable resources globally and provide a needed acceleration of efforts to decarbonise Industry.


This keynote will propose and discuss such a solution and the barriers to implementation.