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Energies Webinar | Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Systems

8 Jul 2021, 09:00

Renewable Energy, Energy Storage Systems, Hydrogen, Fuel Cell, COVID19, Clean Transportation, Compresed Air Energy Storage
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Welcome from the Chair

2nd Energies Webinar

Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Systems

The Webinar will discuss important topics related to renewable energy and energy storage systems, this webinar provides a forum for both researchers and practitioners around the world to listen and have a real discussion on recent developments in this field. This webinar will host four top scientists talking on four different topics related to renewable energy and energy storage systems.

Date: 8 July 2021

Time: 9:00 am CEST | 3:00 am EDT | 3:00 pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 854 7265 2274

Webinar Secretariat:


(1) Department of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates,
(2) Mechanical Engineering and Design, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Prof Olabi is Chair and Head of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering Department “SREE” at the University Of Sharjah “UOS”. Before joining UOS, he was the director and founding member of the Institute of Engineering and Energy Technologies at the University of the West of Scotland. Prof Olabi received his M.Eng and Ph.D. from Dublin City University, since 1984 he worked at different national and international institutes such as; National Research Centre-Italy “CNR”, Research Centre of FIAT-Italy “CRF”, Dublin City University “DCU”, Institute of Engineering and Energy Technologies “IEET” at UWS, and Aston University. Prof Olabi is an Academic Expert Reviewer, he acted as member and chairman for a number of accreditation panels. Prof Olabi has supervised postgraduate research students (38 PhD) to successful completion. Prof Olabi has edited more than 30 proceedings and has published more than 400 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and international conferences, in addition to more than 50 book chapters. In the last 4 years Prof Olabi has patented 2 innovative projects. Prof Olabi is the founder of the International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Protection SEEP, and the International Conference on Materials Science and Smart Materials. He is the Editor in Chief of Renewable Energy section of Energies, Subject Editor of the Elsevier Energy Journal, Editor in Chief of the Encyclopedia of Smart Materials (Elsevier), Editor of the Reference Module of Materials Science and Engineering (Elsevier), and board member of a few other journals. Prof Olabi has coordinated different National, EU and International Projects. He has produced different reports to the Irish Gov. regarding: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells and Solar Energy.

Invited Speakers

UniSA STEM, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, Australia

John Boland is Professor of Environmental Mathematics and Deputy Director of Industrial AI at the University of South Australia. Professor Boland has published over 200 academic papers, approximately half of which are co-authored by various PhD students. He has thirty PhD completions as either Principal or Co-supervisor and currently supervises ten PhD students. His research covers a wide range of areas in what can be termed environmental mathematics, from water resource management to renewable energy utilisation to environmental accounting. One of the tools he and his team has constructed, the Boland-Ridley-Lauret diffuse radiation model (published in Renewable Energy), is used by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to construct gridded solar data for the whole of Australia, and thus is used for the evaluation of solar projects throughout the country. It is also used in the Meteonorm software for similar work throughout the world. His work on short term solar forecasting (published in Solar Energy) has resulted in his being part of the International Energy Agency Tasks 46 and 16 on solar forecasting for high penetration of solar energy, comprised of the foremost experts in the field. Professor Boland has a Google Scholar H-Index of 34 with over 4500 citations – see

(1) Aviation Australia, Australia,
(2) Ex PVC Federation University Australia

Professor Talal Yusaf recently joint Aviation Australia as a Chief Business Development Officer, Professor Yusaf commenced his role as Pro Vice Chancellor, International at Federation University Australia in September 2018. Professor Yusaf’s international university career has included teaching, research and management positions in South East Asia, the Middle East, the United Kingdom and in Queensland for the last 28 years. He holds PhDs in renewable energy and biotechnology, and has a strong research background and his field of specialization is Renewable Energy, alternative fuels and mechanical method for water treatment. Professor Yusaf’s academic qualifications include BSc (Hons) UoT Baghdad 1987, MEng National Uni UKM Malaysia 1994, PhD National Uni UKM Malaysia 1999 and PhD USQ Queensland 2010. He has supervised over 50 PhD and Postgraduate students and has written and contributed to over 165 journals and 10 books. Professor Yusaf’s professional memberships and affiliations include PVCI Fed university, DVCI Forum, Executive Director, International at University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Chair of QLD international Director Forum, Director, International Sponsor Engagement and Research Partnerships (ISERP), Bio-Energy Research Group Leader, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture and Associate Editor-in-Chief, Energies, Journal, Applied Sciences Journal, Groundwater for Sustainable Development, and International Journal of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering (IJAME).

School of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Telford, United Kingdom

Dr Ahmad Baroutaji is a senior lecturer and active researcher in the School of Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton. During his academic career, Ahmad has held several research positions in Ireland and UK in which he developed exceptional research skills in the various fields of engineering. Ahmad’s research interests span the broad areas of mechanical design, computational mechanics, and renewable energy. His research activities have contributed significantly to the areas of hydrogen and fuel cell technology, numerical modelling, and multi-objective optimisation design. Ahmad is a regular reviewer for a number of leading engineering journals such as Energy, Hydrogen energy, Thin Walled Structures, and Engineering structures. Furthermore, Ahmad is a guest editor for ‘Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology’ special issue in Sustainability and Energies Journals. He is also a member of the advisory committee for international conferences including, Sustainable Energy and Environmental Protection (SEEP) and Materials Science and Smart Materials (MSSM).

Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering Department, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Currently an Associate Professor at the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering Program at University of Sharjah, Dr Alami has received his PhD from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada in 2006. Since then, he had held the position of Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Hashemite University in Jordan, till he moved to the UAE in 2010 where he worked as a Mechanical Engineering Faculty at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Al Ain. With more than 80 publications, Dr Alami is also the coordinator of the Functional Materials Research Group under the Center for Advanced Materials Research (CAMR), which operates under the Research Institute for Science and Engineering at the University of Sharjah as well as the Mechanical and Electrical workshops. The current areas of interest of Dr Alami include: (1) Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous materials for third generation photovoltaic solar cells, (2) Solar thermal energy utilization and augmentation (selective solar absorbers, evaporative cooling of PV modules) and (3) Novel ways of mechanical energy storage (buoyancy force, superconductors in flywheels as well as compressed air).

Webinar Content

On Thursday, 08 July2021, MDPI and the Journal Energies organized the 2nd webinar on Energies, entitled "Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Systems". This online seminar was chaired by Prof. Dr. Abdul Ghani Olabi, who is Chair and Head of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering Department “SREE” at the University Of Sharjah “UOS” in United Arab Emirates.

The four speakers Prof. Dr. John Boland (University of South Australia, Australia), Prof. Dr. Talal Yusaf (Aviation Australia, Australia), Dr. Ahmad Baroutaji (University of Wolverhampton, UK) and Dr. Abdul Hai Alami
(University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) presented their most recent research related to the topic of the session.

After a short introduction by the chair, Prof. Dr. John Boland presented his recent research on South Australia - A Renewable Energy Powerhouse. The second speaker was Prof. Dr. Talal Yusaf Yin and his presentation explained COVID19 Combine With Blended/Online Delivery in Energy Research . Dr. Ahmad Baroutaji presented the Advances in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology for Aviation and Aerospace Sector. Finally, Dr. Abdul Hai Alami showed how Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) can be Ready for Primetime.

A Q&A session and a discussion, moderated by the Chair, was conducted at the end of each talk. The webinar was offered via Zoom and required registration to attend. The full recording can be found below. In order to stay updated on the next webinars on Energies, be sure to sign up for our newsletter by clicking on “Subscribe” at the top of the page.


This is a FREE webinar. The number of participants to the live session is limited but the recording will be made available on Sciforum shortly afterwards. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.



Time in CEST

Prof. Dr. Abdul Ghani Olabi

Chair Introduction

9:00 - 9:15 am

Prof. Dr. John Boland

South Australia - A Renewable Energy Powerhouse

9:15 - 9:35 am

Prof. Dr. Talal Yusaf

COVID19 Combine With Blended/Online Delivery in Research – Specifically Energy

9:35 - 9:55 am

Dr. Ahmad Baroutaji

Advances in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology for Aviation and Aerospace Sector

9:55 - 10:15 am

Dr. Abdul Hai Alami

Is Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) Ready for Primetime?

10:15 - 10:35 am

Q&A Session

10:35 - 10:55 am

Closing of Webinar
Prof. Dr. Abdul Ghani Olabi

10:55 - 11:00 am

Relevant SIs

Fuel Cell-Based and Hybrid Power Generation Systems Modeling
Guest Editor: Dr. Orazio Barbera
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2021

Chemical Looping Combustion of Solid Fuels
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Tomasz Czakiert & Dr. Jaroslaw Krzywanski
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022

Energy Storage System Integrated Renewable Energy for Buildings
Guest Editor: Dr. Sung-Yong Son
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 June 2021

Feature Papers in Hydrogen Energy
Collection Editors: Prof. Dr. Talal Yusaf, Dr. Mohamd Laimon & Dr. Hayder Abed Dhahad

Hybrid Energy Storage System and Its Flexibility Services for Integrating Variable Generation
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Kyeon Hur & Prof. Dr. Jae Woong Shim
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2021

Rural Renewable Energy Utilization and Electrification
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Javier Domínguez Bravo & Dr. Jorge M Islas-Samperio
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2021

Design and Optimization of Sustainable Energy Systems
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Sara Lumbreras
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 August 2021

Advanced Energy Storage for Green Buildings
Guest Editors: Dr. Xi Chen, Dr. Qinghua Yu & Dr. Xiaohui She
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, Modelling and SimulationGuest Editors: Dr. Mehdi Neshat & Dr. Soheil Esmaeilzadeh
Guest Editor: Dr. Ahmad Baroutaji
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021

Advances in Wind and Solar Farm Forecasting
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. John Boland
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 October 2021

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