6th International Conference on
Advances in Energy Research 2017

December 12–14, 2017

Paper Submission Deadline Extended to August 31 2017 

Welcome to ICAER 2017

A biennial international conference conducted by the
Department of Energy Sciecne and Engineering,
IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India


The global energy concerns of depleting fossil fuels and climate change puts forward great challenges for the researchers. The need is to pause, take stock of current status in research and development in energy and have brainstorming sessions to set guidelines for the future path.   Department of Energy Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay announces the 6th International Conference on "Advances in Energy Research" to provide an excellent platform to know, exchange new ideas, discuss new developments and finally look at the challenges ahead.

Topics within the scope of this conference include:

Renewable, Alternate and Conventional Energy, Advanced Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage, Energy Modelling, Simulation, Energy Management, Policy and Economics, Emerging Energy Technologies, Smart/Micro Grids, Energy and Environment.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline

August 31, 2017

Acceptance Notification

October 15, 2017

Final Paper Submission

November 15, 2017

Last Date for Early Bird Registration

October 31, 2017


Prof. Nitash Balsara, Universtiy of California Berkeley, USA
Prof. Pradip Dutta, IISc, Bangalore
Prof. Sankar Bhattacharya, Monash Universtiy, Australia
Dr. Anuradda Ganesh, Cummins, Pune
Prof. Pratim Biswas, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Dr S.P. Gonchaudhuri, NBIRT, Kolkata
Prof. David Cahen, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel Dr. R. Gopalan, ARCI, Chennai
Prof. Prasad Enjeti, Texas A&M University, USA
Dr. R.B. Grover, Homi Bhabha Chair Professor & Member, AEC
Prof. Dominic Foo, University of Nottingham, Malaysia
Dr. Naushad Forbes, Forbes Marshall, Pune
Dr. Ashok Gadgil, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA
Prof. Devang Khakhar, IIT Bombay
Prof. Ralph Gottschalg, Loughborough Universtiy, UK
Prof. Vijayamohanan Pillai, CSIR - CECRI, Karaikudi
Dr. Cliff Ho, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
Mr. A. S. Pradhan, NPCIL, Mumbai
Prof. Jacques Huot, University of Quebec, Canada
Prof. Asutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST, New Delhi
Prof. Francois Marechal, EPFL, Switzerland
Prof. S. C. Srivastava, IIT Kanpur
Prof. Dr. Detlef Stolten, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Prof. Rizwan Uddin, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

Call for Papers

We invite submissions for consideration in the following thematic areas for ICAER 2017. Please note papers are not restricted to, but should focus on the keywords and context given under each theme. Broadly, they should be addressing an aspect of “Energy”.

  1. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) technologies
    One of the renewable energy technologies being scaled up at a rapid rate is solar photovoltaics. Despite the increased deployment of silicon-based solar cells, efforts to increase the conversion efficiency, reduce materials usage, manufacturing complexity and cost, and use of novel materials like perovskites, etc. are in progress.
    Keywords: Silicon PV materials and devices, Perovskite, organic and dye-sensitized solar cells, Thin film PV solar cells, Reliability and performance of PV modules, fundamental studies on materials and systems modeling of PV cells.
  2. Energy Storage and Conversion
    Owing to the intermittent nature of renewable energy technologies, especially wind and solar, there is an increased focus on energy storage methods to overcome this problem, with electrochemical storage being the front-runner. On-board hydrogen production and use through fuel cells is another area with revived importance. Redox Flow batteries are being considered for large scale energy storage.
    Keywords: Electrode materials and components for batteries and fuel cells (catalysts, membranes, etc.), Li-batteries and beyond Li-ion batteries, battery management systems, safety and reliability, modeling, design and simulation (electrode/electrolyte interface phenomena, novel materials, electrode poisoning, hydrogen desorption mechanism, etc.). 
  3. Energy Systems – Policy/Economics/Optimization/Efficiency/Management
    As one might observe, the energy systems used today consist of a variety of resources (fossil and renewable), varying scale of technologies (small-scale roof-top PV to large centralized thermal power plants), T&D infrastructure, and variety of end-use applications. The operation and economics of such a large system is affected by policies and regulations, which in turn depend on well-informed modeling and optimization studies that look at efficient energy management.
    Keywords: Policy and Economics, Efficiency & Optimization, Systems Modeling & analysis, energy management. 
  4. Renewable Energy (RE) Technologies (Solar thermal, Wind, etc.) 
    Apart from solar PV, solar thermal and wind energy are also finding increased deployment for industrial heat and power generation applications, respectively. The intermittency for the solar thermal technologies is expected to be overcome by using thermal energy storage. Owing to its long coastline and some perennial rivers, other sources of renewable energy like small-scale hydro, tidal, etc. are also receiving some attention. Nuclear energy, despite its small contribution to the total power generation, is vital for the nation’s growth. Energy efficiency in buildings is also of increased importance due to rapid increase in growth of urban population and development of smart cities. This sub-theme, hence, seeks to address the opportunities and challenges in all the afore-mentioned areas.
    Keywords: Concentrated solar thermal technologies, materials, modeling and design for thermal energy storage (sensible, latent heat, thermochemical) systems, Wind, other RE systems like tidal, small-hydro, etc., Nuclear, Energy & Buildings. 
  5. IC Engines/Biofuels/Conventional fuels (Coal, Oil, and Gas), Nuclear and Non-conventional energy resources 
    Owing to the depleting fossil resources, there is an interest in the use of biofuels. However, using them in conventional IC engines poses challenges that are being addressed. On the other hand, processes like gasification and pyrolysis are receiving attention for small-scale use of waste biomass, etc. Carbon capture and sequestration is another area that can possibly provide a bridge between the use of conventional and biofuels. Thus, this theme considers all these aspects in a changing energy scenario.
    Keywords: Combustion, Gasification, Pyrolysis, Biofuels (biodiesel, bioethanol, biogas), IC engines, CO2 capture and sequestration, Enhanced oil recovery (EOR), shale gas, natural gas hydrates, xTL technologies, Utilization of low rank coals, Waste to Energy technologies, Nuclear Energy. 
  6. Power Electronics and Systems/Microgrids 
    Microgrids are envisaged to enable the integration of renewable generation, distributed generation, energy storage, transmission, distribution and demand management. Though microgrids offer advantages like decentralized operation, higher operational efficiency, more efficient demand management, etc., they also possess numerous challenges and opportunities.
    Keywords: Microgrids (Architecture, Topologies, Control, power quality and protection, energy management), Smart grids, power systems, optimization in integration of renewables, DSM. 
  7. Industry Experience in Energy Innovations 
    This special track is dedicated to industry participants that research and develop the advancement in the energy sector and contribute to the innovation in any energy related area. In this inaugural track we offer an opportunity for participants from industry to present flash oral presentations of their work in a 10 minute time slot. Keywords: Industry, Energy Systems, Innovation.

Paper Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit the full paper, in the prescribed template, by uploading the paper on the easychair website. The easy chair link is available below.
  • Please DO NOT send the full paper by email. The papers sent by email will not be considered.
  • The authors are requested to strictly follow and adhere to the prescribed template and page restrictions.
  • Full paper needs to be submitted for presenting at the conference as an oral or poster presentation. Oral/ poster presentation will not be allowed without submission of full paper.
  • Each paper will be peer-reviewed by experts in the field for originality, contribution and soundness.
  • The page limit for the full paper is 6 pages in the provided template format.
  • The authors may choose to publish the paper for publication in journals, the decision whether to publish the full paper in journals after peer review is left to the discretion of the authors.
  • We are currently in contact with different journals for publication of papers peresented in the conference. The list of the same will be updated in this website.

Paper Template

Here is the template in which the paper is to be submitted.

Paper Submission

Submit your full paper using the template.

Conference Venue

Victor Menezes Convention Centre (VMCC)
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India


Local Organizing Committee

Prof. Rangan BanerjeeProf. J. K. NayakProf. Santanu Bandyopadhyay
Prof. Shireesh KedareProf. Chetan SolankiProf. Manoj Neergat
Prof. Pratibha SharmaProf. Prakash GhoshProf. Sagar Mitra
Prof. Suryanarayana DoollaProf. Suneet SinghProf. Manaswita Bose
Prof. Shaibal SarkarProf. Rajesh GuptaProf. Balasubramaniam K. R.
Prof. Sankara Sarma TatipartiProf. Dayadeep MonderProf. Srinivas Seethamraju
Prof. Venkatasailanathan R.Prof. Zakir Hussain RatherProf. Lalit Kumar
Prof. Anish ModiProf. Pavan HariProf. Sandeep Kumar

Department of Energy Science and Engineering,
IIT Bombay, Mumbai - 400 076

Organizing Secretary

Prof. Suneet Singh
Prof. Venkatasailanathan R


Email: icaer[@]iitb.ac.in
DESE, IIT Bombay