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1st International e-Conference on Energies

14/03/2014 - 31/03/2014
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Welcome from the Chairs

Welcome Address from the Chair of the e-Conference

Whither Energy Conversion? Present Trends, Current Problems and Realistic Future Solutions

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This e-Conference on energies is another contribution by our Journal to the dissemination of knowledge in the field of energy sources, conversion, and final use. Let me first elaborate on its rationale and then provide some information about the possibilities that such a new form of knowledge dissemination offers.

The field of “Energy” is vast, and its importance is much stronger than claimed by some statisticians (according to which, since energy-related contribution to the GDP is—on a worldwide average—about 10%, this ought to be reflected in its relative ranking among the “strategic issues”). One does not need to be an expert in our field to see though that, quite on the contrary, the relevance of most energy-related topics for the survival of our species is immense and fundamental. What primary sources to tap and how, which conversion processes to adopt and how to combine them, how to improve the efficiency of the source-to-final use chain, how to correctly assess and mitigate the environmental impact, how to link an effective energy policy with a reasonably sustainable development, are all issues that impact not only the long-term survival of our species, but the “conservation”—as a life-harboring planet—of our Earth.

Thence the idea, proposed by our Editorial Office, to offer an international forum for discussion of all of the above topics. The goal is ambitious, and is that of publishing a collective compendium of assessments of the state of the art of current energy-related technologies and their known problems, to present original ideas as to the exploitation of novel sources or the better use of the existing ones.

The title we chose—after some internal debate—is indicative of the complexity of the task and of its importance, and conveys the idea that the issue is an open one and that future improvements can be attained only through careful study of the experience (including the failures!) of the past, the knowledge of the present… and some creative and educated engineering imagination!

We are looking for a response of the energy community commensurable with the importance of this goal and are sure that the e-Proceedings of the conference will constitute an important reference for the next generation of scholars, industrialists, and energy strategists.

The e-Conference is in fact a particular kind of Special Issue, in which manuscripts will be handled as if they were submitted to a physical conference: the topics are pre-selected, and only works relevant to the Conference Call will be considered for our review process. Published papers can thus be expected to be strongly related to each other, so that a complete view of each addressed issue will be presented to the readers.

In fact, articles will be enjoying the status of archival publications, within a Special Issue of Energies which, we hope, will be genuinely “special”!

I wish every success to this initiative and to all of the authors, reviewers and editors who will join us in this endeavor. On our part, we at Energies will spare no effort to make this e-Conference a long-lasting success.


Prof. Enrico Sciubba, Ph.D.
Chair of the 1st International e-Conference on Energies
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Energies
Professor of Turbomachinery & Energy Systems,
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
University of Roma Sapienza, Roma, Italy


Dr. Enrico Sciubba (M.Eng. Roma 1972, Ph.D. Rutgers, NJ 1981) is Professor of Turbomachinery and of Energy Systems at the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering of the University of Roma Sapienza. He has taught and/or is teaching courses on Turbomachinery, Thermo-fluid-dynamics of machines; Heat transfer; Turbulence; Energy Systems design; Energy Systems Diagnostics; Thermo-Economics & Sustainability—on these topics he is also active as a Lecturer at several international institutions. Dr. Sciubba has held industrial and academic positions in the US and Europe, was awarded two honorary Doctoral Degrees from foreign Universities, is the Faculty Coordinator for the ERASMUS exchange programs, and since 2009 is Director of the Summer School of Thermodynamics of Rome. He has authored or co-authored 4 books (2 in English) and over 200 scientific papers on exergy analysis, CFD-and Process simulation, and advanced turbomachinery design.

Professor Sciubba is an ASME Fellow, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Energies, Co-Editor of the E3 Journal and Associate Editor for Energy, the International Journal of Thermodynamics, the International Journal of Energy Research, the International Journal of Exergy, the Sustainability Journal, the Journal of Environment, Energy and Ecology, and the Journal of Energy Resources Technologies.

For enquiries on this conference please contact us at conferences@mdpi.com

Call for Papers

e-conferences, virtually anywhere. 1st International e-Conference on EnergiesWhither Energy Conversion? Present Trends, Current Problems and Realistic Future SolutionsIt is with great pleasure that we announce the 1st International e-Conference on Energies, chaired by Prof. Enrico Sciubba from University of Roma Sapienza.

The conference will address research topics concerned with “present trends, current problems and realistic future solutions on energy conversion”, and it will include five topical sessions focusing on:
  1. Thermodynamic Fundamental Issues (Section A)
  2. Present Trends in Energy Conversion from Fossil Sources (Section B)
  3. Present Trends in Energy Conversion from Renewable Sources (Section C)
  4. Current Problems in Energy Conversion Technologies (Section D)
  5. Innovative Futuristic Solutions, Feasible Scenarios and Emerging Concepts (Section E)
In the 1st International e-Conference on Energies, and also the future series, we aim to publish a collective compendium of assessments on the state-of-the-art of current energy-related technologies and their known problems, and to present novel ideas concerning the exploitation of new sources or the better use of the existing ones. We are looking for a response of the energy community commensurable with the importance of this goal, and are sure that the e-Proceedings of the conference will constitute an important reference for the next generation of scholars, industrialists and energy strategists.

The conference will be completely free of charge—both to attend, and for scholars to upload and present their latest work on the conference platform. There will be a possibility to submit selected papers to the journal Energies (ISSN 1996-1073; Impact Factor: 1.844 (2012) and 5-Year 2.087 (2012); www.mdpi.com/journal/energies).

ECE offers you the opportunity to participate in this international, scholarly conference without having the concern or expenditure of travel — all you need is your computer and access to the Internet. We would like to invite you to “attend” this conference by presenting your latest work.

Abstracts (in English) should be submitted by 16 January 2014
online at sciforum.net/user/submission.

For accepted abstracts, the full paper can be submitted by 28 February 2014. The conference itself will be held 14–31 March 2014.

We hope you will be able to join this exciting event and support us in making it a success.

The 1st International e-Conference on Energies is organized and sponsored by MDPI, the scholarly open access publisher (www.mdpi.com/).

Paper Submission Guidelines

For information about the procedure for submission, peer-review, revision and acceptance of conference proceedings papers, please refer to the section "Instruction for Authors":
www.sciforum.net/conference/ece-1/page/instructions.

Instructions for Authors

Submission
Submissions should be done by the authors online by registering with www.sciforum.net, and using the "New Submission" function once logged into system.
  1. Scholars interested in participating with the conference can submit their abstract (about 200-300 words covering the areas of manuscripts for the proceedings issue) online on this website until 16 January 2014.
  2. The Conference Committee will pre-evaluate, based on the submitted abstract, whether a contribution from the authors of the abstract will be welcome for the 1st International e-Conference on Energies.
    All authors will be notified by 31 January 2014 about the acceptance of their abstract.
  3. If the abstract is accepted for this conference, the author is asked to submit his manuscript, optionally along with a PowerPoint and/or video presentation of his/her paper (only PDF), until the submission deadline of 28 February 2014.
  4. The manuscripts and presentations will be available on sciforum.net/conference/ece-1/page/call for discussion and rating during the time of the conference 14–30 March 2014.
  5. The Open Access Journal Energies will publish the proceedings of the conference as a Special Issue and accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference. After the conference, the Conference Committee will select manuscripts that may be included for publication in this Special Issue.
Proceedings Paper
Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:

First page:
  • Title
  • Full author names
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • (Acknowledgements)
  • References
Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word or any other word processor and should be converted to the PDF format before submission. The publication format will be PDF. The manuscript should count at least 3 pages (incl. figures, tables and references). There is no page limit on the length, although authors are asked to keep their papers as concise as possible.
Presentation Slides
Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the Manuscript. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly in the website using Sciforum.net's proprietary slides viewer. Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results can be presented. Slides should be converted to the PDF format before submission so that our process can easily and automatically convert them for online displaying.
Video Presentations
Besides their active participation within the forum, authors are also encouraged to submit video presentations. If you are interested in submitting, please contact the conference organizer – conferences@mdpi.com to get to know more about the procedure. This is an unique way of presenting your paper and discuss it with peers from all over the world. Make a difference and join us for this project!
Submission of Manuscripts
Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.sciforum.net/login by registering and logging in to this website.
    Accepted File Formats
  • MS Word: Manuscript prepared in MS Word must be converted into a single file before submission. When preparing manuscripts in MS Word, the Electronic Conference on Energies Microsoft Word template file (see download below) must be used. Please do not insert any graphics (schemes, figures, etc.) into a movable frame which can superimpose the text and make the layout very difficult.
  • LaTeX: ensure to send a copy of your manuscript as a PDF file also, if you decided to use LaTeX. When preparing manuscripts in LaTeX, please use the MDPI LaTeX template files.
Manuscript Preparation
  • Paper Format: A4 paper format, the printing area is 17.5 cm x 26.2 cm. The margins should be 1.75 cm on each side of the paper (top, bottom, left, and right sides).
  • Formatting / Style: The paper style of the Journal Energies should be followed. You may download the template file to prepare your paper. The full titles and the cited papers must be given. Reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example [4] or [1-3], and all the references should be listed separately and as the last section at the end of the manuscript.
  • Authors List and Affiliation Format: Authors' full first and last names must be given. Abbreviated middle name can be added. For papers written by various contributors a corresponding author must be designated. The PubMed/MEDLINE format is used for affiliations: complete street address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and email address should be added. All authors who contributed significantly to the manuscript (including writing a section) should be listed on the first page of the manuscript, below the title of the article. Other parties, who provided only minor contributions, should be listed under Acknowledgments only. A minor contribution might be a discussion with the author, reading through the draft of the manuscript, or performing English corrections.
  • Figures, Schemes and Tables: Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color. Full color graphics will be published free of charge. Figure and schemes must be numbered (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, etc.) and a explanatory title must be added. Tables should be inserted into the main text, and numbers and titles for all tables supplied. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. Please supply legends for all figures, schemes and tables. The legends should be prepared as a separate paragraph of the main text and placed in the main text before a table, a figure or a scheme.
  • Abstract/Table of Contents Graphic: Authors are encouraged to provide a graphical representation of the paper (in either JPEG, GIF, PNG or PDF format) to be used as a graphic of the paper, along with the abstract, on the Table of Contents. The graphic should not exceed 500 pixels width/height. As an example, authors may review the abstract graphic of following papers:
- http://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/9/1/490
- http://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/14/1/378
For further enquiries please contact us at conferences@mdpi.com.
Potential Conflicts of Interest
It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state here "The authors declare no conflict of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under "Acknowledgments" section. It is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state here "The authors declare no conflict of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under "Acknowledgments" section.

Copyright

MDPI AG, the publisher of the Sciforum.net platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a Communication paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI AG the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the Sciforum.net platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).

List of accepted submissions (33)

Title Authors Poster Submitted Abstract
Small-Scale ORC Energy Recovery System for Wasted Heat: Thermodynamic Feasibility Analysis and Preliminary Expander Design Roberto Capata Claudia Toro N/A 09 Jan 2014 Show
Strategic Analysis Adaptation Assessment: An Alternativeto the Economic Storyline Scenario Susan Krumdieck N/A 17 Jan 2014 Show
Negative Triangularity Tokamak as Fusion Energy System M. Kikuchi A. Fasoli T. Takizuka P. Diamond S. Medvedev X. Duan H. Zushi M. Furukawa Y. Kishimoto Y. Wu O. Sauter L. Villard S. Brunner G. Merlo G. Zheng K. Mishra M. Honda H. Urano M. Pueschel D. Told A. Fujisawa K. Nagasaki F. Sano N/A 15 Jan 2014 Show
Demand Response on Pumping Systems of Tall Buildings with Real-time Pricing Thang Pham Toan Nguyen Y Nguyen N/A 18 Dec 2013 Show
Voila! A New Measure of Oil Vulnerability for Cities Stacy Rendall Shannon Page Susan Krumdieck N/A 14 Jan 2014 Show

Conference Sponsors

Others

MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)

<i>Energies</i> (Open Access Journal)

Conference Chairs

Chair

Enrico Sciubba

university of roma 1

DETAILS
Email: enrico.sciubba@uniroma1.it

Chair

Tony Xu

MDPI (Branch Office, Beijing)

DETAILS
Email: tony.xu@mdpi.com

Chair

Enrico Sciubba

university of roma 1

DETAILS
Email: enrico.sciubba@uniroma1.it

Chair

Samanta La Russa

MDPI AG

DETAILS
Email: larussa@mdpi.com

Chair

Milos Cuculovic

MDPI AG

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Email: cuculovic@mdpi.com

Chair of the 1st International e-Conference on Energies

Prof. Dr. Enrico Sciubba
Department of Mechanical Engineering (Rome, Italy)
University of Roma Sapienza
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Energies

Scientific Advisory Committee

Prof. Dr. Viorel Badescu, Candida Oancea Institute, Polytechnic University of Bucharest and Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania
Prof. Dr. Ugo Bardi, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
Prof. Dr. Emanuela Colombo, Department of Energy, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Prof. Dr. Daniel Favrat, Industrial Energy Systems Laboratory, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Richard A. Gaggioli, Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Marquette University, USA
Prof. Dr. Tom Gregorkiewicz, Van der Waals, Zeeman Institute, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Abel Hernández-Guerrero, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Guanajuato, Mexico
Prof. Dr. Susan Krumdieck, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Dr. Andrés Muñoz, Gesellschaft für Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS), Germany
Prof. Dr. Vasily Novozhilov, Built Environment Research Institute, University of Ulster, UK
Prof. Dr. Chi-Ming Lai, Laboratory of Energy and Smart Green Building, Department of Civil Engineering, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan
Prof. Dr. Enrico Sciubba, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Roma Sapienza, Italy
Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Sekimoto, Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Prof. Dr. Paul Stewart, Head of School of Engineering, University of Hull, United Kingdom
Dr. Pierre Trambouze, Former Director of the French Institute of Petroleum (IFP) in Lyon, France
Dr. Stephen Treado, Department of Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Prof. Dr. Vittorio Verda, Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Prof. Dr. Michael Walls, School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Loughborough University, UK
Dr. Sheng S. Zhang, Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA

Organizing Committee

Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Mr. Tony Xu, MDPI AG, Beijing, China
Ms Samanta La Russa, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland