ICREN2018 conference will gather high-profile Renewable Energy experts to deliver plenary speeches:


Professor Dr. J.R. Morante was born in Mataró (Spain). Professor Dr. J.R. Morante received in 1980 his Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Barcelona. Since 1986 he is full professor of Electronics, Semiconductor and Device Physics, in the Faculty of Physics in the University of Barcelona where he has been Vice-dean, Dean, Academic Director of the Electronics Engineering studies, and the first head of the department of Electronics. He has also been Barcelona University coordinator of the inter-university Master on Energy Engineering. At November 2008 he joined the Catalonia Institute of Research for Energy, IREC where he is the head of the Advanced Materials and Devices for Energy Area. He is director of the Xarmae, network of the Generalitat of Catalunya on Materials for Energy and Vicepresident of the European Material Research Society. Likewise, he has been member of the advisory board of the Fundació Bosch i Gimpera devoted to the technology transfer and member of the Council of the Serveis Científic-Técnics de la Universitat de Barcelona. He is specialized in the development of renewable energy devices and systems for applications in the field of energy and environment based, mainly, on nano structures and their functionalization. His special attention is focussed on advanced materials and systems for energy storage and energy conversion. He has taken part in more than 35 R&D&I international and industrial projects in the programmes EU frame program as well as in private industrial contracts. He has authored or co-authored more than 600 works in international specialized journals with a factor h=52 (ISI web and SCOPUS) with more of 11.000 citations, more than 12 deposited patents and has supervised more than 35 doctoral theses; he is a member of international committees and editorial teams of journals, and has been guest editor of many special issues. He has been awarded the Narcís Monturiol of the Generalitat of Catalunya, and the “senior research distinction” of the Generalitat of Catalunya.

Speech title: Energy and environment friendly materials research for sustainable chemical energy storage


Prof. Frede Blaabjerg

Aalborg University, Denmark

Frede Blaabjerg (S’86–M’88–SM’97–F’03) was with ABB-Scandia, Randers, Denmark, from 1987 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he got the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Aalborg University in 1995. He became an Assistant Professor in 1992, an Associate Professor in 1996, and a Full Professor of power electronics and drives in 1998. From 2017 he became a Villum Investigator.

His current research interests include power electronics and its applications such as in wind turbines, PV systems, reliability, harmonics and adjustable speed drives. He has published more than 450 journal papers in the fields of power electronics and its applications. He is the co-author of two monographs and editor of 6 books in power electronics and its applications.

He has received 18 IEEE Prize Paper Awards, the IEEE PELS Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the EPE-PEMC Council Award in 2010, the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award 2014 and the Villum Kann Rasmussen Research Award 2014. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS from 2006 to 2012. He has been Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2005 to 2007 and for the IEEE Industry Applications Society from 2010 to 2011 as well as 2017 to 2018.

He is nominated in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by Thomson Reuters to be between the most 250 cited researchers in Engineering in the world. In 2017 he became Honoris Causa at University Politehnica Timisoara (UPT), Romania.

Speech title: Power Electronics — The Key Technology For Renewable Energy System Integration

Prof. Yury Gogotsi

Drexel University, USA

Dr. Yury Gogotsi is Charles T. and Ruth M. Bach Professor, Distinguished University Professor and Trustee Chair of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. He also serves as Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute. He received his MS (1984) and PhD (1986) from Kiev Polytechnic and a DSc degree from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in 1995. His research group works on nanostructured carbons, 2D carbides and other nanomaterials for energy, water and biomedical applications. He has co-authored 2 books, 16 book chapters, more than 500 papers in peer-reviewed journals, edited 14 books, and obtained more than 50 patents. He was recognized as Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics in 2014-2017 (h-index 110/92, Google Scholar/Web of Science).
He has received numerous awards for his research including the European Carbon Association Award, S. Somiya Award from the International Union of Materials Research Societies, Nano Energy award from Elsevier, International Nanotechnology Prize (RUSNANOPrize), R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine (twice) and two Nano 50 Awards from NASA Nanotech Briefs. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), Materials Research Society, American Ceramic Society, the Electrochemical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, NanoSMAT Society, as well as Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics and Full Member of the International Institute for the Science of Sintering. He also serves on the MRS Board of Directors and acts as Associate Editor of ACS Nano.

Speech title: New 2D Materials for Storage and Harvesting of Electrical Energy

Prof. Patrice Simon

Paul Sabatier University, France


  • Distinguished Professor Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse France.
  • Director of the European Research Institute “ALISTORE ERI” CNRS n°3104 (since 2010) (, developping research on batteries.
  • Deputy Director of the French Newtwork on Electrochemical Energy Storage (RS2E), FR CNRS n°3104 (


  • Universite Paul Sabatier, CIRIMAT Laboratory (Materials Science), Toulouse
  • 09/2014 – present Distinguished Professor, Materials Sciences
  • 09/2007 – 08/2014 Professor, Materials Science
  • 09/2001 – 08/2007 Associate Professor of Materials Science
  • Conservatoire national des Arts et Metiers de Paris (France) – Electrochemistry laboratory
  • 9/1996 – 8/2001 Assistant Professor of Electrochemistry

Current Research Interests: Electrochemistry at the interfaces: materials/nanostructured materials for electrochemical energy storage: electrochemical capacitors, Li-ion batteries.
Scientific production: 170 articles, 11 patents, 8 book chapters
H-factor 59, 29,000 citations (Web of Science, 12/2017)

  • 09/2017 : Senior Member « Institut Universitaire de France » (IUF).
  • 11/2016: Highly Cited Researcher 2016 (
  • 10/2016: Lee Hsun Lecture Award on Materials Science, Chinese Academy of Science
  • 08/2016: Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry
  • 11/2015: Silver Medal of the CNRS.
  • Oct. 2015: Charles Eichner Medal from French Materials and Metallurgy Society (SF2M)
  • Feb. 2012 : European Research Council Advanced Grant (5 years).
  • Feb. 2012 : Excellence Chair of the Airbus group Fondation (5 years).
  • July 2009 : « Tajima » Prize of the International Society of Electrochemistry.
  • Sept. 2007 –Junior Member of the « Institut Universitaire de France » (IUF).

Speech title: 3D and 2D materials for electrochemical capacitors

Prof. Teresa Andreu

Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC)

Teresa Andreu graduated in Chemistry in 1999 and received the PhD in 2004 in Material Science at the Physical Chemistry Department of University of Barcelona. From 2004 to 2006, she worked in the R&D Department of MacDermid Inc. In 2007, she joined the Electronics Department of the University of Barcelona, mainly focused on the synthesis of metal oxides using nanotemplates. Since October 2009 she obtained a postdoctoral research grant (Beatriu de Pinós grant, from the Generalitat de Catalunya) and she joins as researcher in the “Energy Storage and Energy Harvesting” group from the Advanced Materials for Energy Research Department at the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC).
Dr. T. Andreu is currently leading the line of research in chemical energy storage based in next generation technologies such as photoelectrochemical water splitting and CO2 reduction or DBD plasma catalysis, aiming at contribute from a materials point of view, with a focus on nanoscale phenomena and charge transfer processes, to the development of next generation technologies by means of incorporating the flexibility required for sustainable energy storage. She is co-author of more than 80 scientific works (h-index 23) 3 patents and several contributions to specialized conferences at national and international level.

Speech title: Nanocatalysts to turn carbon dioxide and water to carbon-neutral synthetic fuels.

Prof. Li Lu

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Graduated with B.Eng and M.Eng from Tsinghua University, Lu continued his doctoral study in KU Leuven after three years working in Zhejiang University. After two years post-doctoral studies in KU Leuven, Dr. Lu joined the National University of Singapore in 1991. His current main research covers Li-ion batteries, solid ion conductors and future solid-state battery, and supercapacitors. Dr. Lu has published 3 monographs, over 400 international journal papers and delivered numerous Plenary, Keynote and Invited Lectured in international conferences. He has over 14, 000 citations with h-index 62.
Dr. Lu is Editor-in-Chief of Functional Materials, and Associate Editor of Materials Technology – Advanced Performance Materials.

Speech title: Solid state electrolyte for solid state batteries and air batteries

Prof. Deborah Jones

Université de Montpellier, France

Deborah J. Jones is currently Director of Research at CNRS and Director of the CNRS Research Federation that assembles the Chemistry Institutes in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. She is also Associate Director of the Institute for Molecular Chemistry and Materials at Montpellier University. She has worked in the field of the development of materials for proton exchange membrane fuel cells, in particular membrane materials, since the mid 1990’s. Co-author of more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles on development and characterisation of electrochemically active materials, in particular for energy conversion and storage, she is also inventor on seventeen patents. Deborah Jones is Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, recipient (2016) of the Sir William Grove award of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy, and Vice-President (2018-) of the International Society of Electrochemistry.

Speech title: Solving Materials Challenges for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

Prof. AbuBakr S. Bahaj

University of Southampton, UK

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj leads the 55-strong Energy and Climate Change Division and the Sustainable Energy Research Group at the University of Southampton, where he holds a Personal Chair in Sustainable Energy.  Professor Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research and established the energy theme within the University. These include Renewable Energy (Solar PhotovoltaicsOffshore Wind and Marine Energy), Cities, Energy and InfrastructureData and ModellingEnergy and Behaviour, Energy and Buildings, Energy for Development, Environmental Impacts, Microgeneration Technologies. Major research programmes can be found at Professor Bahaj’s work has resulted in over 300 articles, published in international refereed journals and conferences. He holds visiting professorships in Sweden, China and Saudi Arabia. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Engineering Technologies and the Royal Academy of Arts. In 2012, he was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to Southampton City Council—believed to be the first such appointment in the UK and in 2014; he was names by the UK’s Science Council as one of the UK’s 100 leading practising scientists.

Speech title: Renewable Energy across Scales

Prof. Carlo L. Bottasso

Wind Energy Institute, Technische Universität München, Germany

Carlo L. Bottasso received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano in 1993. Since 2013, Dr. Bottasso holds the Chair of Wind Energy at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, where he is also the Founding Director of the Wind Energy Institute. Since 2017, he serves as the President of the European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE). His research interests are in wind energy and rotorcraft technology, with particular reference to modeling and simulation, aeroservoelasticity and control.

Speech title: The largest rotating machines on Earth

Andreu Cabot graduated in Physics in 1998, and in 2003 he received his PhD from the University of Barcelona. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the University of California at Berkeley and in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, under Prof. A. Paul Alivisatos’ guidance. He returned to the Electronics Department of the University of Barcelona in 2007, and in 2009 he joined the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research – IREC to form the Functional Nanomaterials Group. Now, as ICREA Professor, he leads a team of 15 people devoted to the preparation and characterization of metal and semiconductor nanostructures, the assessment of the functional properties and their bottom-up assembly to fabricate energy conversion and storage devices with improved efficiency and reduced cost. Research interests: My research focuses on the design, production and manipulation of nanomaterials, their functional characterization and their technological application. I use solution-based processes to produce these nanomaterials and to fabricate devices. Solution-based methods allow both a unique control over composition and crystal phase at the nanometer scale and a high versatility in the development of socially and economically-relevant technologies. From an application point of view, I have centered my work in the development of materials for energy conversion and storage. In particular, in my group, we develop solution-processed solar cells using spray deposition technologies. We also develop thermoelectric nanocomposites from the bottom-up assembly of colloidal nanocrystals. My third main research line is the production of multi-metallic and metal-metal oxide nano-heterostructures for catalysis, including photo and electrocatalysis.

Speech title: coming soon

Prof. Wilhelm Warta

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Germany

Dr. Wilhelm Warta received the Diploma and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 1978 and 1985, respectively. He joined Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, Germany, in 1985, in recent years he acted as Head of the Department Characterization and Simulation/CalLab and the Deputy Director of the Division Silicon Solar Cells—Development and Characterization. He is the author or coauthor of close to 400 papers in reviewed journals and conferences. His research interests include the development of characterization techniques and their application to crystalline silicon materials and solar cells. He investigates silicon material properties with special focus on the impact on solar cell performance, supported by advanced simulation of solar cells and cell processing. In addition, he is head of the CalLab Solar Cells at Fraunhofer ISE, a leading lab for solar cell calibration with highest precision.

Speech title: Challenging the Limits of Silicon Solar Cell Performance

Prof. Jenny Nelson

Imperial College London, UK

Jenny Nelson is a Professor of Physics at Imperial College London, where she has researched novel varieties of material for use in solar cells since 1989. Her current research is focussed on understanding the properties of molecular and hybrid semiconductor materials and their application to solar energy conversion. This work combines fundamental electrical, spectroscopic and structural studies of molecular electronic materials with numerical modelling and device studies, with the aim of optimising the performance of solar cells and other devices based on molecular and hybrid materials. She also works with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial to explore the mitigation potential of renewables energy technologies. She is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Materials Science and has published over 250 articles in peer reviewed journals, several book chapters and a book on the physics of solar cells. She holds a number of awards including the 2016 Institute of Physics Faraday medal and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.

Speech title: Molecular materials for solar energy conversion and energy storage

Prof. Pere Roca i Cabarrocas

École Polytechnique, France

Prof. Pere Roca i Cabarrocas, is an Electrical Engineer from the “Universitat Politécnica de Barcelona”. In 1984 he moved to Paris, where he received his PhD from University Paris VII in 1988. After a post-doc position in Princeton University he joined the Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films at Ecole Polytechnique where he holds a position as a CNRS director of research and as a professor. Since 2012 he is the director of LPICM and the French Federation on PV since 2014. He has thirty years of experience in the field of plasma deposition of silicon based thin films for large area electronic applications. His topics cover the study of RF discharges for the deposition of amorphous, polymorphous and microcrystalline silicon thin films. He has used in-situ diagnostic techniques such as UV-visible ellipsometry, Kelvin probe and time resolved microwave conductivity to understand the growth of these materials and apply them to the production of devices such as solar cells, thin film transistors, particle detectors, sensors,… More recently he has been applying silicon nanocrystals synthesized in the plasma as building blocks for the epitaxial growth of silicon thin films and Si/Ge quantum wells. On the other hand, he has extended the plasma processes to the growth of vertical silicon nanowires for third generation solar cells and of horizontal ones for planar electronic applications. He was the recipient of the Médaille Blondel in 2004, of the Innovation Award at Ecole Polytechnique in 2009 and the Silver medal from CNRS in 2011. Since 2016 he is invited professor at Nara Institute of Technology. He has over 450 papers in peer reviewed journals, holds 34 patents and has supervised 47 PhD students. His h-factor is 50.

Speech title: Low Temperature Plasma Processes: From Silicon Thin Films to Epitaxial Growth and Nanostructure for Photovoltaics