KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

ICREN2019 conference will gather high-profile Renewable Energy experts to deliver keynote speeches:

 

Prof. Jiaping Liu

Prof. Jiaping Liu

Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, China

Professor Jiaping Liu Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering
Professor of Energy and Buildings, Director of Green Building Research Centre, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology

Speech title: Applications of Solar energy systems in buildings in Tibet

 

Prof. Brian Collins

Prof. Brian Collins

Engineering Policy, UCL

Prof. Brian Collins is Professor of Engineering Policy at UCL, and is Director of the International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF). He served as specialist adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into scientific infrastructure in 2013 and 2014. Before joining UCL, he served as Chief Scientific Advisor (CSA) to two Government departments (Transport 2006-11; Business Innovation and Skills 2009-11), with responsibility for overseeing science, engineering and technological activities, and ensuring that rigorous science and engineering evidence is used systematically throughout both Departments’ policy processes (particularly including investment policy).

Speech title: Energy and Governance

 

Prof Wim C. Sinke

Prof Wim C. Sinke

ECN part of TNO, Netherlands

Prof Wim C. Sinke is Principal Scientist and Roadmap Coordinator Solar Energy at ECN part of TNO and professor Photovoltaic Energy Conversion at the University of Amsterdam. He is also co-chairman of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV). He studied physics at Utrecht University, where he graduated in 1981. He did PhD research at AMOLF and received a doctor’s degree in 1985 for a thesis entitled “New physical processes for silicon solar cells”. From 1986 to 1987 he was a visiting scientist at the Hitachi Central Research Laboratory in Tokyo. In 1987 he re-joined AMOLF and in 1990 he moved to the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands ECN to set up a group on photovoltaics (PV), which now covers silicon and thin-film solar cells, modules and systems and environmental and economic analyses of PV. ECN joined forces with TNO to form ECN part of TNO in 2018.

Wim Sinke has published hundreds of scientific and popular papers on many aspects of solar energy. He has received several prestigious awards, including the Royal Dutch/Shell Prize for Sustainability and Energy in 1999 and the European Becquerel Prize for outstanding merits in photovoltaics in 2011. In 2015 he was appointed a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion for his contributions to the development and promotion of solar energy.

Speech title: Terawatt-scale photovoltaics in support of the energy transition

 

Councillor Christopher Hammond

Councillor Christopher Hammond

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Clean Growth & Development

Christopher Hammond is the current Leader of Southampton City Council and was elected to this role in May 2018. He was first elected to Southampton City Council in 2013 representing Woolston, and later joined the Cabinet as portfolio holder for Transformation and then Sustainable Living.  Christopher chaired the Council’s Scrutiny Inquiry Panel in 2014, which explored the issue of and solutions to, Southampton’s air pollution problem. Christopher currently serves as a Board Director on the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and is Cabinet Member for Environment at the Key Cities Group.

Speech title: Low Carbon Opportunities for the City of Southampton

 

Dr. Thomas Boehme

Dr. Thomas Boehme

DNV GL - Energy

Thomas Boehme is a Chartered Engineer with two decades of practical experience in electrical engineering and renewables. He has previously worked as an electronics engineer developing hard- and software and as Head of Service for wind turbine manufacturer Nordex in the P.R. China.

Thomas wrote his doctoral thesis on ‘matching renewable energy generation with demand in Scotland’ and holds an MBA degree. In his current position with DNV GL, Thomas leads DNV GL’s Paris-based, technical consulting team, providing advice on renewable energy projects, including offshore wind farms. Thomas was manager of two Joint Industry Projects developing design codes for offshore substations and subsea power cables.

Speech Title: Wind energy’s increasing contribution to a low carbon energy mix