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ICAER 2019

7th International Conference on Advances in Energy Research

10 - 12 December 2019
Mumbai, India

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Call for papers
Full-length papers are invited in the following tracks. The keywords are mentioned as suggestions for authors. Submissions are welcome in any research topics related to energy.

A.  Conventional energy

A.1  Coal

Materials for carbon capture, storage, and utilization; conversion economics; carbon capture and conversion by biochemical / biological processes; adsorption and remediation; absorption and recovery processes; optimization of carbon capture and conversion processes.

Advanced coal technologies for sustainable use of coal; utilization of low rank coals; combustion of coal; coal-to-liquids; coal-to-chemicals; coal-to-gas.

A.2  Oil and natural gas

Enhanced oil and gas recovery; new materials and chemicals for processing of oil, gas, and petrochemical products; shale gas; natural gas hydrates.

A.3  Nuclear energy

Nuclear reactors; reactor physics; reactor thermal-hydraulics; reactor control; nuclear fuel cycle; nuclear power plants; progress towards controlled fusion; low / intermediate temperature applications of plasma; safety and economics.

A.4  Transportation

Internal combustion engines; utilization of alternate fuels; zero emission vehicles.

B.  Non-conventional and renewable energy

B.1  Solar thermal

Non-concentrating and concentrating collectors; concentrating solar power; solar thermal energy for industrial process heat; solar thermal applications (drying, desalination, cooking, cooling, refrigeration, water heating); solar passive heating and cooling.

B.2  Solar PV

PV cell materials and devices; fundamental studies on materials and systems modelling of PV cells; reliability and performance of PV modules; planning and design of PV power projects; performance monitoring, operation, and maintenance aspects of PV power projects.

B.3  Biomass and biofuels

Biodiesel, bioethanol, biogas; combustion; gasification; pyrolysis; torrefaction; HTL; biomass-to-liquid; bio-oil; bio-char.

B.4  Waste-to-energy

Plastic pyrolysis; solid waste to energy; sewage waste to energy.

B.5  Wind, hydro, and ocean energy

On-shore and off-shore wind power; repowering wind farms; ocean / tidal energy; micro, mini, and small hydro power systems.

B.6  Fuel cells

Fuel cells for stationary and mobile applications; catalysts and materials for fuel cells.

B.7  Grid integration of renewables

Grid integration of renewables (solar PV, wind, hydro, etc.); system integration of renewables; power system operation and control; power electronics for renewables; grid code regulation; demand side response; forecasting resource availability and electricity output of solar and wind power projects for scheduling.

B.8  Microgrids and smart grids

Architecture; topologies; control; power electronics; power quality; protection; wide area measurement and control, distributed generation.

B.9  Electric vehicles

Charging (slow, medium, boost); battery management system; hybrid vehicles; grid integration of electric vehicles.

C.  Energy storage

C.1  Thermal storage

Modelling and design of thermal energy storage (sensible, latent heat) systems; materials for thermal storage; phase change materials; encapsulation; charge-discharge cycles; thermocline storage; novel storage concepts.

C.2  Thermochemical and hydrogen storage

Modelling and design of thermochemical energy storage systems; hydrogen storage (compressed, liquid and solid state storage); materials for solid state hydrogen storage; modelling and design of hydrogen storage systems.

C.3  Electrochemical storage

Storage materials; electrode materials and components for batteries (catalysts, membranes, etc.); Li-batteries and beyond Li-ion batteries; battery management systems; safety and reliability; modelling, design, and simulation (electrode / electrolyte interface phenomena, novel materials, electrode poisoning).

D.  Energy policy, economics, management

Energy policy; systems modelling and analysis; energy resources, procurement, integration, and optimization; energy auditing; energy benchmarking.

Energy economics; financing of energy projects; incentives for promoting sustainable energy options; hybrid / integrated systems; polygeneration systems; multi-vector energy systems.

Energy management; demand side management; energy efficiency; energy efficient built environment; thermal performance of buildings; net zero energy buildings; energy efficient cooling of electronic devices.

E.  Energy, environment, society

Environmental impacts of energy use; life cycle analysis; sustainability analysis; carbon footprint; land and water footprint; sustainable energy solutions for industrial and commercial sectors.

Rural electrification; energy access; energy poverty (rural, urban); gender and energy; energy-water nexus; clean cooking; green transportation (land, sea, air); social acceptance of clean energy initiatives.

F.  Industry innovations in energy

This special track is dedicated to the participants from industry who are involved in research and development in the energy sector and contribute to the innovation in any energy related area. The participants may present their work in any of the research topics mentioned here. 

Submissions are also invited on novel methodologies for product design and development, new products, design and analysis of energy systems and equipment from industry perspective, energy efficiency measures in industry and the associated financial impacts, energy benchmarking, sustainable practices, etc.

G.  Energy education

This special track is dedicated to the participants from academia involved in teaching energy related courses in the various science, engineering, management, humanities, and social science programmes.

The participants may present their experience in areas such as curriculum design, teaching methodology, pedagogical challenges, etc. with respect to energy related courses and degree programmes (undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral, etc.) Submissions are also invited on academic challenges and placement opportunities for energy graduates.
Invited speakers

We are pleased to announce the initial list of invited speakers for ICAER 2019. Please click on the name to know more about the respective speaker.

A. K. Balasubrahmanian, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), India
A. S. Ramadhas, IOCL, India
Carlos Alberto Dorao, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Central European University, Hungary
G. Narayanan, IISc Bangalore, India
Jacques Huot, Univ. du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Jatin Rath, IIT Madras, India
Keith Lovegrove, IT Power, Australia
Pradip Dutta, IISc Bangalore, India
Pramod Kumbhar, Praj Matrix, India
Rajendra Nath Basu, CSIR-Central Glass & Ceramic Research Institute, India
Ravi Silva, University of Surrey, UK
Umasankari Kannan, BARC, India
Yoshitsugu Kojima, Hiroshima University, Japan

Panel Discussion

The panel discussion is scheduled to take place on 12 Dec 2019, 4 pm to 5:30 pm. 

Topic: Energy Transitions and Energy Security


Mr. Anil Kumar Jain is currently the Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India and has more than 30 years of administrative experience in the field and policy formulation levels in various ministries/departments in the state and central governments. He has served the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas as Director and Joint Secretary. He was also involved with policy formulation and implementation on the upstream and downstream development of the gas sector in India. He has published a number of papers and articles on the energy sector, including a book on natural gas policy framework in India (OUP, Oxford). He has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, Oxford, UK.

Mr. Karthik Ganesan is a Research Fellow at the Council on Energy, Environment and Water and leads the council’s work on the power sector. His research focus includes the operational reform of DISCOMs in India and the competitiveness of various power generation sources. He has led an independent effort to assess GHG emissions from the industrial sector and improve transparency in reporting, and has had an integral role in the establishment of the GHG Platform India. He has also led a first-of-its-kind evaluation of the impact of industrial policies on the renewable energy sector in India. 

Dr. Anuradda Ganesh is the Director, Research & Innovation at Cummins. She leads the research program for developing advanced technologies for future business needs in automotive and energy domains. Her work involves (a) exploration of new technology ideas through university collaboration (b) proof-of-concept to demonstrate technical feasibility and (c) integration of new technologies into new products. 

Dr. Keith Lovegrove is the Managing Director of ITP Thermal Pvt. Ltd. based out of Australia. He has more than 30 years’ experience in solar energy combined with 15 years of teaching experience in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Energy Systems and Systems Engineering. He has worked extensively on the storage of solar energy with hydrogen and ammonia. He was previously the leader of the Solar Thermal Group at the Australian National University. In that role he was the lead inventor and design and construction team leader of the 500 square metre Generation II Big Dish solar concentrator. 

Mr. Soeren Huittinen is the Head of Products R&D, India for Siemens. He has over 12 years of extensive experience in engineering and management of power generation systems. Currently, he is responsible for building an R&D hub for Siemens in India for their Gas and Power business that includes aspects of oil and gas production, power generation, and transmission.

Conference committees
Scientific Advisory Committee

We are grateful to have the support of excellent researchers from around the world for making ICAER 2019 a successful event! Please click on the name to know more about the respective committee member.

Ahmad Agus Setiawan, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
Ajit Kolar, IIT Madras, India
AKM Sadrul Islam, IUT Dhaka, Bangladesh
Ashvini Kumar, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India
Birgitte Bak-Jensen, Aalborg University, Denmark
D. Yogi Goswami, University of South Florida, USA
Evelyn N. Wang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Jacques Huot, Univ. du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Canada
Janaka Ekanayake, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
Nishanth Chemmangattuvalappil, University of Nottingham, Malaysia
Pradip Dutta, IISc Bangalore, India
Prashant V. Kamat, University of Notre Dame, USA
Rakesh Agrawal, Purdue University, USA
Ralph Gottschalg, Fraunhofer Center for Silicon  Photovoltaics CSP, Germany
Ramesh Kumar Maskey, Kathmandu University, Nepal
Ranga Pitchumani, Virginia Tech, USA
Raymond R. Tan, De La Salle University, Philippines
Sankar Bhattacharya, Monash University, Australia
Sreedevi Upadhyayula, IIT Delhi, India
Svati Bhogle, Sustaintech and Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE), India
Tara Chandra Kandpal, IIT Delhi, India
Tilak Siyambalapitiya, Resource Management Associates (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka
Tshewang Lhendup, College of Science and Technology (CST), Bhutan
Vinu Ravikrishnan, IIT Madras, India
Virendra Puri, PennState, USA
Yuan Xu, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Local organizing committee
ICAER 2019 - H2 storage workshop

The International Workshop on Hydrogen Storage is a pre-conference workshop organized under the aegis of DST-IIT Bombay Energy Storage Platform on Hydrogen. The workshop is aimed at sharing the recent research in the field of hydrogen storage in terms of novel materials, systems, and integration with real time applications.

Renowned experts from different institutions will disseminate their views on the current status and the future trends in the field of hydrogen storage and its applications.

The workshop welcomes industry professionals, academicians, and researchers to participate and get benefitted from this opportunity.

Registration to the workshop is free for ICAER 2019 participants. After registering for ICAER 2019 (see here for more information), please use THIS FORM to register for the workshop by 20 Nov 2019.

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ICAER 2019 - Springer Author Workshop

The Springer Author Workshop on Scientific Writing for Journals is a pre-conference workshop supported by Springer Nature publishing group.

The face of scientific publishing is changing at a very fast pace. Transitions from print to electronic, the onset of open access publishing and the change in research demographics by geography, are a few of the issues being talked about in the publishing world today. How do these changes affect researchers? How can young researchers leverage these transitions to make their work visible? What is Open Access Publishing? What are citations and how are they calculated?

In this particular author workshop lecture, Ms. Swati Meherishi, Executive Editor - Applied Science and Engineering at Springer Nature, will speak briefly about the transitions in and the needs of the publishing world, and how young researchers need to prepare for it. This author workshop has been devised specifically as a resource for teaching non-native English-speaking researchers, particularly young scientists. Some of the key topics covered during this lecture are:

1.  Writing for international journals: Structure, style, accuracy
2.  Selecting a journal for your manuscript
3.  Peer review and you
4.  Publication ethics
5.  Plagiarism, Citations, Open Access: The buzzwords of publishing
6.  Avoiding pitfalls

The workshop lecture will take place on 09 December 2019 between 4 pm and 6 pm at VMCC, IIT Bombay and is free and open for everyone.

Conference schedule / campus map
ICAER 2019 - Map of IITB campus


The conference will take place in the Victor Menezes Convention Center (VMCC) at IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India. VMCC hosts a well-equipped auditorium, seminar rooms, lounges, etc. that can hold several parallel oral and poster sessions.

IIT Bombay

Established in 1958, the second of its kind, IIT Bombay was the first to be set up with foreign assistance. The funds from UNESCO came as Roubles from the then Soviet Union. In 1961, the parliament decreed the IITs as ‘Institutes of National Importance'. Since then, IIT Bombay has grown from strength to strength to emerge as one of the top technical universities in the world and has recently been declared as one of the six ‘Institutes of Eminence’ in India.

The institute is recognized worldwide as a leader in the field of engineering education and research. Reputed for the outstanding calibre of students graduating from its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the institute attracts the best students from the country for its bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programmes.

The research and academic programmes at IIT Bombay are driven by an outstanding faculty, many of whom are reputed for their research contributions internationally. For more information on the various academic units and programmes, please visit the institute website.

See HERE for information on how to reach IIT Bombay.


Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is the capital of the state of Maharashtra and lies on the western coast of India. The climate in Mumbai is generally hot and humid during summer with excessive rains during monsoon. The best time to visit Mumbai is the winter, the months between November and February. The conference is scheduled to take place right in the middle of this period!

Mumbai is one of the most multi-cultural societies in the country and offers an assortment of people from various communities who coexist in harmony. Mumbai is also home to many tourist attractions including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Gateway of India is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Mumbai. It was built in the 20th century and stands marvellously and opens out over the Arabian Sea. It is one of the most significant signposts in Mumbai. People visit the Gateway of India for the scenic beauty. Other attractions in and around Mumbai include Marine Drive, Siddhivinayak temple, Ajanta and Ellora caves, Mahabaleshwar, Bhimashankar, Trimbakeshwar, Lonavala, Khandala, and Matheran.


Department of Energy Science and Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Powai, Mumbai 400076
Maharashtra, INDIA


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