Keynote 1: Energy Storage with Energy Efficient Buildings/Districts: Optimization and Automation: An Overview of Annex 31 Achievements

Fariborz. Haghighat, PhD, ASHRAE Fellow, ISIAQ Fellow
Professor, Concordia Research Chair: Energy and Environment
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

BiographyDr. Fariborz Haghighat is a professor at the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering – Concordia University, Canada. He has a Concordia Research Chair in Energy and Environment which aims to achieve sustainability in the built environment.  His current research focuses on the fundamental of heat and mass transport in the building and HVAC systems, and on its applications in the design and analysis of energy-efficient, healthy/immune, and sustainable buildings.... Read more 

Abstract: At present, the energy requirements in buildings are majorly met from non-renewable sources and the contribution of renewable sources is still in its initial stage. Meeting the peak energy demand by non-renewable energy sources is highly expensive for the utility companies and it critically influences the environment through GHG emissions. In addition, renewable energy sources are inherently intermittent in nature. Therefore, to make both renewable and non-renewable energy sources more efficient in building/district .... Read more


Keynote 2: Interoperability - a key enabler for smart grid  structures of multiple renewable energy sources
 Karl Knöbl
 University of Applied Sciences Vienna

BiographyDr Karl Knöbl, MSc. is Senior Project manager at the Institute for Renewable Urban Energy System,University of Applied Sciences FH Technikum Wien. He studied electrical engineering and renewable energy systems. His occupational career led him also to the field of Information and Communication Technology at Siemens AG, where he conducted numerous international development projects.... Read more 

Abstract: The well-established one-way grid that distributes bulk-generated electricity down to all consumers is presently being transformed into a bi-directional grid, supporting the decentralized feed-in of numerous renewable energy sources (RES) at medium and low voltage level. One of the first tasks in this transformation is the development and... Read more


Keynote 3: Impacts of Renewable Energy on Electric Power Grid
(Application to Jordanian Grid)
Ahmad Harb
Professor of Energy and Power Systems Dynamics and Control
School of Natural Resources Engineering
German Jordanian University, Amman – Jordan

BiographyAhmad Harb received his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech., Virginia, USA, in 1996. Currently, he is a Professor at German Jordanian University (GJU), school of natural resources engineering. Dr. Harb is a IEEE senior member. Dr. Harb is the Editor-in-Chief for two international journals, IJMNTA and IJPRES. Dr. Harb served as the dean of the School of Natural Resources Engineering at GJU between 2011-2013.  Dr. Harb has published.... Read more 
AbstractFor many environmental and strategic reasons in the last years, Jordan was one of many countries around the globe that intended to increase the shares of the energy production from renewable energy resources by setting up a regulation that define exactly this minimum required share which called “Renewable Portfolio Standard”. Due to their availability and low investment cost compared to other renewable resources wind and Photovoltaic  ... Read more



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