6th International Conference on
Advances in Energy Research 2017

December 12–14, 2017


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.



ACADEMICIANS₹ 6500 + 18% GSTUSD 300 (inclusive of GST)Before Nov 30, 2017
ACADEMICIANS₹ 8000 + 18% GSTUSD 400 (inclusive of GST)After Nov 30, 2017
STUDENTS/POSTDOC ₹ 4000 + 18% GSTUSD 175 (inclusive of GST)Before Nov 30, 2017
STUDENTS/POSTDOC₹ 5000 + 18% GSTUSD 200 (inclusive of GST)After Nov 30, 2017
INDUSTRY₹ 10000 + 18% GSTUSD 500 (inclusive of GST)

Important Registration Information (Please read carefully)

Registration fee includes:

1. Admission to all conference sessions and tea breaks
2. Lunch, Dinner (Including Banquet Dinner), Tea/Coffee
3. Conference Registration Kit

Payment Modes:
Please proceed to the registration website, register and choose the payment mode that you desire.

The Bank details and payment options will be availabe after registering in the site given below.

*Please note that the online payment option will incur additional online transaction charges.

Cancellation and Refund: Contact us for details


We have arranged for accommodation for the conference participants in the hostels at the IIT Bombay.

Shared hostel accommodation is available for an additional fee to be paid by the registered participants.

The hostel accommodation may be availed only between December 10 2017 and December 15 2017.

The cost for stay will approximately be Rs. 300/- per day  per participant.

The information about booking for accommodation has been sent to the registered participants.

To arrange your own accommodation, there are a number of hotels in and around Powai, and some of these are listed below. You may directly contact the hotel for booking and confirmation.

Hotels (3 Star and 5 Star)

Address: Powai, Saki Vihar Road, Mumbai - 400 087, Phone: +91-22-67776000 / 61998000, Fax: +91-22-61998032 

Address: Powai, Saki Vihar Road, Mumbai - 400 087, Phone: +91-22-67776000 / 61998000, Fax: +91-22-61998032 

Address: Central Avenue, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai - 400076. Phone number: (+91-22) 2575 5555

Address: #2 & 3B, Near Chinmayanand Ashram, Powai, Mumbai - 400087 Phone number: (+91-22) 6692 7777

Address: Orchard Avenue, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai - 400076. Phone numbers: (+91-22) 4089 5000 

Address: Near Powai Police Station, Rambaug, Powai, Mumbai - 400072. Phone number: (+91-22) 3055 6677

Poster - Information and Instructions

  • Poster sessions will be scheduled on December 12 and December 13 2017 during the evening hours. Presenters must mount their posters no later than 10:00 AM on their day of presentation.
  • Presenters are expected to be at their poster boards during the assigned session presentation time, as designated.
  • Your poster must correspond to the title and content of the abstract you submitted.
  • Your poster must be designed to fit within the confines of the provided posterboard. Suggested size of the poster is 36" wide and 48" high (3 feet x 4 feet). 

    An illustration can be found here.
  • Plan your poster to be in logical sequence, i.e. introduction, study design and methods, data collected, conclusion.
  • Posters should be designed for clear viewing from a distance of beyond 3' so that they can be viewed by a number of people at the same time.
  • To ensure visual effectiveness of your poster, use large lettering and a minimum of text.
  • Use of color can visually enhance your poster.
  • Remove your poster immediately at the close of the poster session.

Talk - Information and Instructions

  • Individual paper presentations are organized into topic areas by the conference program committee.
  • Papers in the session are presented sequentially in 20-minute presentation blocks
  • Please prepare for 12-15 minutes of formal presentation, focusing your verbal remarks on the major conclusions and implications that are the essence of your work
  • This structure allows for 5 minutes of extended discussion following the presentations, during which time the presenters have the opportunity to elaborate on their work in response to questions from the audience
  • All Presentation session rooms are equipped with laptops, screens and projectors
  • Arrive early, make your way to the front of the session room, and make yourself known to the volunteer and chair during your session. 
  • Make sure to upload your presentation in the laptop before the session begins with the help of volunteers

Proceedings Publication

The papers accepted for presentation (both oral and poster) will be published in Springer Proceedings in Energy.


Please note that these papers from the conference will be published by Springer as a proceedings book volume.

Springer will conduct quality checks based on plagiarism, language, and AI generated content on the accepted papers and the authors will be given a chance to update their submissions based on these checks. Please note those papers that do not pass the publisher's quality checks may not be published.

Here are some important points regarding the proceedings:

1. The final version of the manuscript with any changes will be requested from the authors after the conference is over. Only papers/posters presented during the conference will be published.

2. Please make sure as authors, you take permission to reuse if you are using content/fig/data from previously published work even if it's your own.

Journal Publications

In addition to papers being published in the proceedings, selected papers presented (both oral and poster) at ICAER 2017 will be forwarded for publication in the following journals (as a special issue for the conference):


Dr Srivastava has over thirty years of experience in the fields of energy and environment, including climate change, policy and economics. She has a Masters in Economics from the University of Hyderabad and a Ph.D in Energy Economics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. She is a member various national and international advisory boards on climate change, sustainable development, energy and environment.

Mr. Ajay Kumar Dwivedi is a post-graduate from Kanpur University, has a distinguished career of more than 34 years in ONGC, holding key exploration-related assignments at different work centers. Mr. Dwivedi has headed a number of exploration portfolio, and has huge knowledge of geophysical and geological interpretataion. Mr. Dwivedi has played pivotal roles in the Management Committees of various NELP blocks.

Prof. Huot obtained his Ph. D. in Physics from Université Laval. He is a professor at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and member of Hydrogen Research institute.  He was Canadian representative of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Coordinated Research Project (CRP) entitled Application of Nuclear Methods in Microstructural Characterisation and Performance Testing of Materials for Hydrogen Fuel Cell and Storage Technologies. 

Prof. Greig is a Chemical Engineer having obtained his degree and PhD at the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.  His 25 year industry career commenced as the founder of a successful process technology and contracting company which was later sold to a major international engineering company. Since then and prior to joining UQ, he held senior project and executive roles in the mining and energy industries internationally.

Prof. Gottschalg obtained a Diplom in Physics from the University Karlsruhe, Germany, followed by a MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology at Loughborough University and a PhD on environmental effects on the performance of photovoltaic devices. In October 2004, he was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship. Ralph is leading the Applied Photovoltaics research group within CREST since 2001. His key interests are performance relevant effects on photovoltaic (PV) devices, modules and system. 

Dean Yadama’s work focuses on understanding the social, environmental, and health challenges of rural poor in the regions of South Asia, Central Asia, and China.  He is also collaborating with Center for Economic and Social Studies and UNICEF in India to leverage system science and dissemination and implementation science for understanding child and maternal undernutrition. He has published on transdisciplinary research to tackle complex problems at the intersections of poverty, environment, and health.



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.


Victor Menezes Convention Centre (VMCC)

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai

Pre-Conference Workshops

We are pleased to offer three pre-conference workshops. All workshops will be held at VMCC, IIT Bombay.

There is NO additional fee for attending the workshops. The procedure for registration for the workshops will be made available on this website. All workshops will be held during the afternoon on December 11, 2017.

Hydrogen Storage

Experts from the areas including compressed and solid state hydrogen storage will share their research work in the workshop. The talks will include simulation and design of compressed and solid state hydrogen storage tanks, different prospective materials for hydrogen storage and various challenges in the field.

Intelligent Microgrid with Appropriate Storage for Energy

Three different microgrid scenarios will be focussed
Independent: remote, no connection to the grid
Grid back-up: connected to the main grid, connection provides power for unforeseen periods
Grid dependent: electricity is periodically imported from the grid 

Scientific Writing

Talk by senior editor from SPRINGER about scientific writing, hints and tips for publishing in top journals, and
processes for book publishing.
This workshop helps students/budding writers/prospective authors in their scientific writing career.











Poster Award Sponsor



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


Prof. Rangan Banerjee
 Prof. J. K. Nayak 
Prof. Santanu Bandyopadhyay
Prof. Shireesh KedareProf. Chetan Singh Solanki Prof. Manoj Neergat
Prof. Pratibha SharmaProf. Prakash Ghosh Prof. Sagar Mitra
Prof. Suryanarayana DoollaProf. Suneet SinghProf. Manaswita Bose
Prof. Shaibal SarkarProf. Rajesh GuptaProf. Balasubramaniam K. R.
Prof. Sankara Sarma Tatiparti Prof. Dayadeep MonderProf. Srinivas Seethamraju
Prof. Venkatasailanathan R.Prof. Zakir Hussain Rather Prof. Lalit Kumar
Prof. Anish ModiProf. Pavan HariProf. Sandeep Kumar

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

Organising Secretary

Prof Suneet Singh
Prof Venkatasailanathan R