Conference topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Biomass - Biofuels:
    • Extraction of biomass materials
    • Development/Improvement/Performance of materials for biomass systems/plants for heat & power and biofuels production (combustion,
      gasification, pyrolysis, anaerobic digestion, fermentation and composting).
    • Materials/Coatings of biomass combustion chambers
    • Materials for capturing CO2
    • Second generation of biofuels
    • Corrosion resistant materials for biofuel processing
    • Materials, processes and systems for water filtration and desalination in biofuels production
    • Materials for biofuels storage
  • Solar Energy:
    Photovoltaics (PV)
        • Development/Improvement of processing techniques for thin film
        • Materials and techniques to increase capture of the full spectrum of sunlight.
        • Suitable coatings and coating techniques. Encapsulation methods
        • Characterization of materials degradation due to sunlight. Novel methodologies for characterization of defects in solar cells.
        • Recycling of solar system materials at end-of-life
        • Solar cells based on low-cost and nontoxic materials

        Solar cells based on silicon (Si) (amorphous silicon, protocrystalline silicon nanocrystalline silicon)
          - Improvements/Advances in silicon refinement and silicon growth and modeling
          - Gettering and passivation processes
          - Silicon nanowires and nanodots

        CdTe-based and CIGS-based thin-film solar cells
        Multijunction cells
        Single crystal solar cells
        Organic/polymer solar cells
        Dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC)
        Nanocrystalline solar cells
        Low-cost solar cells

      Concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) and high concentration photovoltaics (HCPV)
        • Manufacture and durability of lenses for high efficient optic concentrators. Assessment of optical errors of optics concentrators
        • Techniques to decrease the alignment error between the cell and the optic and to improve the efficiency
        • Thermal management of the module
        • Methods to avoid thermal dilatations, deformations of the materials and defects in the tracking control

      Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) and Solar Thermal
        • Development/Improvement of materials (silica, iron and steel, concrete, plastic, aluminum, molten salts…) and coatings used
          in concentrating solar power systems: collectors, mirrors/reflectors, steam generator, heat storage systems and other components
        • Materials for solar thermal collectors and storage tanks
        • Methods/materials to improve solar absorbance. Heat transfer.
        • Development of thermal energy storage materials with improved heat capacity
  • Fuel Cells:
    • Novel high-performance materials for components and systems in PEM, solid oxide, microbial, alkaline, direct methanol, phosphoric acid,
      molten carbonate and regenerative fuel cells.
    • Anode, cathode and electrolyte materials
    • Development of new materials for fuel cell catalyst. Nanotechnology. Nanocomposite catalyst
    • Degradation of fuel cell components. Identification of fundamental corrosion mechanisms
    • Recycling of fuel cell materials
  • Hydrogen:
    • Materials for hydrogen production and purification • Characterization and analysis of high capacity materials for hydrogen storage.
      Carbon nanostructures. Metal hydrides…
    • Low-cost materials resistant to hydrogen embrittlement
    • Materials for hydrogen vehicles
    • Materials for hydrogen infrastructure: pipeline transport, tanks...
    • Biohydrogen
  • Wind Power:
    • Development/Improvement of advanced materials for high-speed, high volume processing, increasing gearing efficiency and
      harsh environments
    • Materials/Coatings/Methods to reduce fatigue and erosion-corrosion in constituent materials, sub- components and major structures
    • Rare earth metals in wind turbines
    • Nanoreinforcements
  • Geothermal Energy:
    • Development/Improvement of materials resistant to hot corrosion, for drilling hard rock…  
    • Nanotech materials for geothermal energy    
  • Hydropower:
    • Development/Improvement of materials resistant to high pressure, abrasion and corrosion for water turbines
    • Construction materials in dams, hydroelectric power plants
  • Wave and Tidal Power:
    • Materials/Coatings/Methods to reduce fatigue and corrosion in constituent materials, sub-components and major structures
    • New materials and methods for energy-efficient tidal turbines
  • Nuclear Energy and Materials:
    • Development/Improvement of structural materials capable of operating at high temperatures, resistant to radiation damage, corrosion,
      environmental degradation…
    • Development of advanced ceramics and coatings for fuels
    • Development/Improvement of materials to contain nuclear waste
    • Radioactive elements used in nuclear power plants. Uranium mining and processing.
    • Radiation detector materials
    • Advanced materials developed by computational modeling tools
  • Energy Production from Fossil Fuels:
    • Materials for fossil fuel extraction
    • Research into advanced materials and coating techniques to increase the efficiency of power plants
    • Materials for construction of advanced ultra-supercritical plants
    • New methods and materials for CO2 storage and sequestration
  • Energy Harvesting Materials :
    • Piezoelectric, thermoelectric and pyroelectric materials (ceramics, single crystals, polymers, composites...)
  • Energy Transmission, Distribution and Storage:
    Transmission and Distribution
    • Materials for energy transmission and distribution.
       Relevant topics:
          - Materials/components of smarts-, green- and micro-grids
          - Superconductors:
               o Superconducting materials. LT and HT superconductors. Iron-based superconductors
               o Real and promising future applications: medical physics, power grid, cryogenic technologies,
                  materials for liquid energy carriers (liquid natural gas and hydrogen), hydro and wind power generators…
               o Cooling

    • Materials for mechanical storage (compressed air storage, flywheel energy storage...)
    • Materials for electrical storage:
               o Ultracapacitors - Supercapacitors— Nanostructured carbon electrodes, graphene or other electrode materials
               o Superconducting Magnetics Energy Storage (SMES)
    • Materials for electrochemical storage:
               o Batteries: lithium-based batteries, improved lead acid batteries, nickel-metal hydride batteries …
               o Flow batteries
               o Fuel cells
    • Materials for thermal storage
    • Materials for chemical storage: hydrogen storage, biofuels storage...
  • Advances in Lighting Materials:
    • Materials for energy-efficient lighting.
      Relevant topic:
        - Solid-state lighting: Improvements in LEDs. OLEDs, Phosphor-based LEDs...
  • Energy-Efficient Buildings Materials:
    Integration of renewable energy systems in buildings, phase-change materials for walls, floors and roofs, insulation materials, smart windows, energy-efficient lighting systems, appliances with Energy Star ratings…
  • Materials for Energy Saving and Sustainability

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