Workshop on Smart Energy Systems

Digital technologies permeate modern life, affecting everything from the way we work and travel, to the way we live and play. Over the coming decades, digital technologies are set to make energy systems around the world more connected, intelligent, efficient, reliable and sustainable. Stunning advances in data, analytics and connectivity are enabling a range of new digital applications such as smart appliances, shared mobility, and 3D printing. While digitalization holds great promise to help improve the safety, productivity, efficiency and sustainability of energy systems worldwide, it also raises questions of security, privacy and economic disruption. Digitalized energy systems in the future may be able to identify who needs energy and deliver it at the right time, in the right place and at the lowest cost. But getting everything right will not be easy.

Digitalization is already improving the safety, productivity, accessibility and sustainability of energy systems. But digitalization is also raising new security and privacy risks. It is also changing markets, businesses and employment. New business models are emerging, while some century-old models may be on their way out. As such, policy makers, business executives and other stakeholders increasingly face new and complex decisions, often with incomplete or imperfect information. Adding to this challenge is the extremely dynamic nature of energy systems.

Smarter energy systems require smarter solutions. From the traditional long-lived physical infrastructure planning to balance the supply and demand, recent decades saw fast rising developments in smart grid, electric vehicles, smart charging, renewables integration, energy storage systems and connected devices. As the world is getting more connected through the internet-of-things, the energy systems are forming sophisticated interconnections across countries and regions. With digital technologies changing so rapidly, there are many unknowns about how technology, behaviour and policy will evolve over time and how these dynamics will impact interconnected energy systems into the future.

In partnership with the UNiLAB on Integrated Energy Systems Analysis Tools and the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organisation, the Energy Studies Institute will be organising this workshop to share the state-of-the-art in smart energy system developments in a multifaceted approach including technology, engineering, economics and policy. Under the contemporary challenges in energy and the environment, addressing the macro-level problems without losing track of the micro-level issues requires a robust and systematic approach that is interdisciplinary in nature.

We would like to invite scholars in the areas of advanced energy technologies and systems, energy systems analysis, energy efficiency and conservation, new and renewable energy integration, energy strategy and policy, and other areas related to the broad concept of “smarter energy” to contribute papers to our workshop co-located with the International Conference on Energy, Ecology, and Environment 2019 (ICEEE 2019). The ICEEE 2019 conference is scheduled from 23rd to 26th July 2019 in Stavanger, Norway. Our workshop is tentatively scheduled on 24th July 2019.

The followings are important:

• The ICEEE 2019 Call for Papers can be downloaded here. Please follow the instructions on the Call for Papers when preparing and submitting your paper.
• When submitting your paper (,, please indicate to the conference organizer that you are submitting the paper to the ESI’s Workshop.
• All conference papers will be peer reviewed and accepted conference papers will be published in the ICEEE conference proceedings in an EI-indexed Journal.
• Selected conference papers will be invited to submit full journal articles to a Special Issue in selected peer-reviewed journals. Publication of the full journal article is subject to peer review managed by the respective supporting journals.

Please note that all participants will need to pay a registration fee directly to the conference organizer. Participants will also need to arrange their own travel and accommodation during the workshop and the conference. ESI is not responsible for handling the registration and logistics for workshop participants.

Key Dates

Submission Opens: 15 February 2019
Deadline for Submission: 15 May 2019
Notification of Acceptance: 20 May 2019
Final Paper Submission: 1 July 2019

Please contact Dr. Victor Nian at if you have any question of an academic nature. For general inquiries on the ICEEE Conference, please contact



"Thermal processes account for the greatest amount of emissions in the world. From power plants operating on fossil fuels to small scale devices that use carbon-based chemicals, the use of thermal energy has been a continuous challenge to tackle global climate change. Heating applications in buildings and industries are just some of the well-known processes that fall into this category and that require extensive research to mitigate their unwanted impacts towards the atmosphere. Internal combustion engines (i.e. spark, compression or gas turbines) employed for transportation are regarded as the greatest polluting emitter in cities across the world. Similarly, many other processes suffer comparable flaws that unfortunately cannot be eliminated from our current economies. Therefore, reducing emissions from thermal processes is actually one of the greatest challenges of this century. Through the control of heating and/or cooling processes, open or enclosed environments can be improved, thus bringing down unwanted emissions and contributing to the reduction of climate change. Research around the globe is looking at new thermal concepts that are under evaluation to improve overall efficiencies and that employ alternative avenues to maximise the use of resources whilst tackling carbon footprint. Some of these alternatives include the creation of new cycles, development of novel systems and the use of unconventional flow regimes. Therefore, this session invites papers related to thermal engineering topics (i.e. cycle improvements, combustion stabilisation, heat transfer enhancement, cooling techniques, thermal insulation technologies, bespoke modelling, unconventional hydrodynamic regimes, etc.) that are under evaluation for the design of systems capable to decrease carbon emissions whilst augmenting efficiencies in their corresponding sectors, thus opening the discussion around novel ideas for support of both industry and environment. It is expected that the papers will present innovative paths for the deployment of technologies that can support the transition to large scale units."

Dr. Agustin Valera-Medina

Gas Turbine Research Centre
Cardiff University
Wales, United Kingdom
Dr. Agustin Valera-Medina

Canolfan Ymchwil Tyrbinau Nwy
Prifysgol Caerdydd
Cymry, Y Deyrnas Unedig


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