Keynote Speaker I


Prof. Renata Reisfeld

Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ISRAEL

Talk title: New developments in application of luminescence in solar concentrators

Abstract: A theory of solar concentrator is presented and a way of their formation based on our recent experiments outlined. The experiments include preparation of composed glass doped by luminescent materials which absorb major part of solar light, convert it to fluorescence and concentrate it. The findings allow preparation of efficient fluorescent glass plate which can provide energy from the sun to modern buildings. The result of our research in the last decade will be presented. 

Bio.: Renata Reisfeld was born in Poland. She came to Israel in 1950 and graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she is Enrique Berman Active Professor Emeritus of Solar Energy, Institute of Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, E. Safra Campus, Givat Ram, 91904 Jerusalem, Israel

Honors and Awards

1993  Doctor Honoris Causa from University Claude Bernard Lyon I, France

1998 Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Bucharest, Romania

2005  Professor Honoris Causa from the Polish Academy of Science,Wroclaw, Poland

1993  Medal for scientific achievement of Mayor Lyon, France

2010 Gold Medal of the University of Wroclaw, Poland

Prize of the Israeli Chemical Society

Number of doctorants: about 20  

Visiting Professorships

University of Geneva, Switzerland

University of Tokyo, Japan

Ecole Nationale Superieure de Paris, France

University of Paris Orsay, France

University of Lyon, France

University of South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA


1. R. Reisfeld and C.K. Jorgensen, Lasers and Excited States of Rare Earths, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, New York City 1977.

2. M.Gaft, R. Reisfeld and G. Panczer, Luminiscence Spectroscopy of Minerals and Materials, Springer-Verlag, 2005.

3. M.Gaft, R. Reisfeld and G. Panczer, Modern Luminiscence Spectroscopy of Minerals and Materials, Springer Mineralogy, 2016. 

Additional Information

Link to Wikipedia page for Renata Reisfeld:

Google Scholar Citations of Renata Reisfeld's papers: 19500 times

H-index 68

I10-index 294

List of publications (542 papers and 7 international patents)

237 plenary and invited lectures at international scientific conferences. Details can be provided

Organizing (and co organizing) and proceedings editing of 10 International scientific conferences. (A list can be provided)

Editorial Board Membership: Chem. Phys. Lett., Material Science, Ceramic International

Research interests

Renata Reisfeld's research interests are centered on theoretical and practical study of sophisticated glasses including luminescent solar concentrators for less expensive photovoltaic electricity, solid state visible lasers, waveguide visible lasers, nonlinear optics, electrochromic glasses, photochromic glasses. She is also engaged in spectroscopy and energy transfer of rare earths and transition metal elements; nanotechnology of quantum dots and noble metal plasmon in glasses. 

Keynote Speaker II


Prof. André P.C. Faaij

Director of Science ECN part of TNO Distinguished Professor Energy System Analysis, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Talk title: Towards a zero CO2 energy system in 2050; a race for innovation

Abstract: The Paris Agreement on limiting the Global Mean Temperature change in this century to 2 and preferably 1,5 oC, the recent European Green Deal and the National Climate Agreement provide the frameworks and the timeframe for a fundamental transition of the entire energy system. In order to meet the climate targets of Paris, it is necessary to accelerate the energy transition considerably. The challenge is to reduce CO2 emissions by phasing in sustainable energy and gradually phasing out fossil energy while keeping the energy supply secure, available and affordable. Energy saving is also an important tool. The energy transition requires major technical and social shifts in all sectors of the economy, among the authorities and citizens. As a result, from the global energy system all the way down to local energy systems, energy systems are currently in a period of rapid change. These transitions are combined with rapid innovation in many energy technologies that can deliver reduced carbon emissions. This is leading to profound and sometimes fundamental changes in energy infrastructure, generation and primary energy mix, as well as the industrial production capacity, transport sector and built environment. Industry is responsible for a large share of Europe’s GHG emissions (about 30%) and energy and raw material demand is diverse, complex, with many fundamentally different processes. Achieving a net zero or even negative GHG emission industry within 3 decades is therefore a daunting challenge. At the same time, energy efficiency improvement, fundamentally new processes (e.g. biobased chemical industry vs. petrochemical industry, or electrified processes, the use of low carbon energy carriers as green electricity, green hydrogen and biomass, Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) and, last but not least, a change to circular value chains with strongly reduced demand for primary materials offer ample opportunities. However, what are optimal combinations for each sector over time is a question of daunting complexity, with many interdependencies between the decarbonizing energy system (and energy infrastructure) and industry itself. Speed of innovation and cost decline versus the lifetime of the capital stock in industry is another fundamental set of factors determining optimal pathways. The presentation will address the opportunities for achieving cost effective pathways and what RDDD agenda emerges from these insights, including options to achieve negative emissions (e.g. by BECCS options). European collaboration is highly desired to realize such pathways because the R&D and upscaling efforts needed for all key sectors and industry regions are too large for any country alone. Overall however, the transition to a (more than) GHG neutral and circular industry especially offers a major opportunity for the EU and a key priority for EU’s knowledge infrastructure. With the energy transition progressing,  impacts on the economy, society (e.g. jobs, income effects) on space, the use of (natural) resources and the environment increase, both in a positive (synergies) and negative (conflicts and constraints) way. The ability to understand the full impact of energy system change in an integrated fashion ‘’ex ante’’ has proven to be of vital importance for making informed decisions on all levels and avoiding major conflicts in society on the one hand and maximizing potential benefits of the energy transition on the other. For the transition to energy management free of CO2 emissions, innovations are needed from technical, social and policy perspectives. The work of the unit is therefore highly interdisciplinary and involves collaboration with all relevant stakeholders: industry, academia, government and society at large. If the energy transition is ‘’done right’’, it offers opportunities for sustainable economic growth, lower costs for delivering all needed energy services in the future compared to a business as usual scenario, provide synergies with resolving other environmental (e.g polluting emissions to air) and other sustainability concerns (circular use of resources, reduced waste production). In doing so, the work of the Unit contributes to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals along various dimensions. Innovation, accelerating technological progress & learning and identifying and designing system solutions that can facilitate the required transitions in all relevant sectors is essential realize the energy transition in an affordable and sustainable way.

Bio.:  André P.C. Faaij (1969) is appointed as Director of Science of TNO Energy Transition (since 1st November 2018), the largest energy research organisation of the Netherlands, the merger between ECN (Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands and the energy division of TNO the Netherlands Organization for applied scientific research. He focuses on strategy, large research initiatives and collaboration with academia. He combines this position with a part time chair as Distinguished Professor Energy System Analysis at the University of Groningen (RUG). 

Key research interests include: Biobased Economy, renewable energy technologies, energy system and scenario analysis and modelling, sustainability assessments of energy systems, alternative transport fuels, decarbonisation of fossil fuels, capture and storage of CO2, hydrogen economy, waste treatment, material & energy efficiency, technological learning and innovation in energy systems, land use, agriculture, environmental system & impact analysis, socio-economic impact analysis, greenhouse gas balances & accounting, energy and research policies. Ongoing research covers energy system integration questions, modelling, transition processes towards low carbon energy systems and related innovation and policy questions. 

He is a member of a variety of expert groups in bio-energy and energy policy, research and strategic planning. He works and worked as an advisor for governments, the EC, IEA, the UN system, GEF, OECD, WEF, WEC, the energy sector & industry, strategic consultancy, NGO’s, etc.  Being part of IPCC, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Furthermore, he was appointed Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and 2015 he received The Linneborn Prize; established in 1994 for outstanding contributions to the development of energy from biomass.

He is board member and works as guest editor several key energy journals  is a much asked reviewer for a variety of journals, scientific (including the European Research Council (ERC), National Science Foundation and the Royal Academy) and government bodies. He published over 600 titles in scientific journals, reports, books and proceedings, qualifies as ‘highly cited researcher’ (top 1% of research field) by criteria of Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Science, (co-) organized a range of international workshops and conferences and is frequently lecturing across the globe.

Keynote Speaker III


Prof. Marco Liserre

Chair of Power Electronics, Kiel University, Germany

Talk title: The Smart Transformer: Providing Service to the Electric Network and Addressing the Reliability Challenges Through Power Routing

Abstract: The increasing penetration of renewable energy systems and charging stations is challenging the distribution grids. The Smart Transformer is a power electronics-based transformer with control and communication functionalities, which can avoid or defer the costly network reinforcement required in both the LV and MV grids. The Smart Transformer allows hybrid and meshed network operation also with variable voltage profile, being able to integrate more effectively storage and offer service to the MV and HV grids (like frequency support).  Laboratory experiments through Hardware in the Loop (HIL) and Power HIL with a special grid emulator and a downscaled ST prototype developed at the Chair of Power Electronics of Kiel University will provide insights in the ST operation. The Smart Transformer must be realized with a modular structure to provide scalability and higher availability through fault tolerance and reconfigurability to the secondary substations. The design and control of a complex modular structure could result in efficiency and reliability challenges because of the higher number of components respect to a non-modular one. Power routing allows to exploit the modularity to transform this possible weakness in a point of strength. The basic principle of power routing is loading more those subsystems with longer remaining useful lifetime and loading less those which are nearer to their wear-out, also for better scheduling and even delaying maintenance. Several innovative modulation and control techniques allow the implementation of power routing and graph theory allows a holistic modelling of the Smart Transformer to take efficiency and reliability into consideration in the control.  These features are proven showing results of many prototypes also built using SiC devices. The keynote summarizes the main achievement of several excellence and strategic projects, like the EU ERC Consolidator Grant "HEART" or the German governmental Copernicus Initiative "ENSURE", which did result in 125 publications (50 journal ones), 8 IEEE Awards, several industrial cooperation like the LV-Engine project led by Scottish Power, which will test the Smart Transformer in the electrical grid.

Bio.: Marco Liserre received the MSc and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Bari Polytechnic, respectively in 1998 and 2002. He has been Associate Professor at Bari Polytechnic and from 2012 Professor in reliable power electronics at Aalborg University (Denmark). From 2013 he is Full Professor and he holds the Chair of Power Electronics at Kiel University (Germany). At Kiel University he is leading a team of 25 researchers with a 2 Million Euro annual budget through third-party funded projects, with a Power Electronics Laboratory, a Medium Voltage Laboratory and a Laboratory on Batteries and Energy Conversion, in cooperation with colleagues in material science, approved for 2 Million Euro.  He has been leading in the last 7 years’ third-party projects for more than 13 Million Euro (of which 5 % direct company assignment) having responsibility role, among the other, within the strategic governmental 10 years’ initiative “Copernicus” in Germany for the Energy Change towards 80 % renewable based energy society and in a priority program of the German research Foundation DFG within a cooperative project with EPFL.

Notably he has been awarded in 2013 with an ERC Consolidator Grant (European Excellence Grants) for the project “The Highly Efficient And Reliable smart Transformer (HEART), a new Heart for the Electric Distribution System”.

He has published 500 technical papers (1/3 of them in international peer-reviewed journals) and a book. These works have received more than 35000 citations. Marco Liserre is listed in ISI Thomson report “The world’s most influential scientific minds” from 2014. 

He is fellow of IEEE (achieved at the age of 38) and member of IAS, PELS, PES and IES. He has been serving all these societies in different capacities. He has received the IES 2009 Early Career Award, the IES 2011 Anthony J. Hornfeck Service Award, the 2014 Dr. Bimal Bose Energy Systems Award, the 2011 Industrial Electronics Magazine best paper award and the Third Prize paper award by the Industrial Power Converter Committee at ECCE 2012, 2012, 2017 IEEE PELS Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award and the 2018 IEEE-IES Mittelmann Achievement Award, which is the highest award of the IEEE-IES.

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