REMIO member of the Organizing Commitee «Power Energy Summit» 2019 (Dubai)

Renewable Energies and Mining International Observatory (REMIO) in Power Energy Summit 2019


We are proud to announce r4mining and REMIO are invited to form part of the Organizing Committee for the Power Energy Summit 2019 in Dubai.


REMIO Special Session

REMIO will participate with the organization of a Special Session on

Mining Low Carbon Commodities and Climate Change Mitigation:

«Why Renewables will turn mines into hospitals of the Planet».

Intro to Dubai and UAE Market:

Power generation capacity in the UAE is growing at a higher pace than consumption – that not only ensures energy security of the country but will also make the UAE a net power exporter to the neighboring countries once the GCC Power Grid becomes operational. Power generation capacity in the UAE has grown at a compounded rate of 12 per cent per annum during the last 5 years and current capacity stands at about 30,000MW while power consumption grew at a slightly lesser than 8 per cent per annum during the same period, according to the latest report by Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz).

Large investments in alternate energy are expected to change the country’s energy landscape in the coming years. Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision – 2030 aims at generating 7 percent of its energy requirements from the renewable resources. Masdar, also called Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, concentrates on carbon-free power generation. Masdar Power is developing a 100MW Shams 1 Concentrated solar power (CSP) power plant in the western parts of Abu Dhabi. They are also working on a 30MW wind farm in addition to a plan to construct the world’s largest hydrogen power plant by 2015. Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy unveiled its 1000 MW solar park estimated to cost around $3.5 billion.

Scientific Sessions


Session 1

  • Power System Engineering
  • Power Electronics
  • Atmospheric Electricity
  • Power Plant
  • Power Generation Technologies

Session 2

  • Novel Battery Technologies
  • Fuel Cell and Combustion
  • Solar Power and Photovoltaic
  • Alternative Energy
  • Smart Grid Technology

Session 3

  • Market Innovations
  • Electricity Market
  • Finance & Investment
  • The Energy Cloud
  • Energy Policy and Energy Economics

Session 4

  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Materials for Energy Technologies
  • Sustainability
  • Next Generation Energy 2018-2050

Members of the committee:


Prof. Tom I-P. Shih

Prof. Tom I-P. Shih is The J. William Uhrig and Anastasia Vournas Head and Professor of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. He started his undergraduate education at West Virginia University but completed his BS degree at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. His MS and Ph.D. degrees are from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His research interests are in CFD/HT, turbine cooling, aircraft icing, and control of shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions. He is a Fellow of ASME and AIAA and received AIAA’s Energy Systems Award.



Mark McGranaghan

Mark McGranaghan is a Director in the EPRI Power Delivery and Utilization (PDU) Sector. His research area responsibilities include distribution, underground distribution, advanced distribution automation, Intelligrid, power quality, and security. Research priorities include developing the standards and approaches for implementing an intelligent power system infrastructure to support automation, higher efficiency, improved reliability, and integration of distributed resources and demand response. Mr. McGranaghan joined EPRI Solutions in 2003 as an Associate Vice President in charge of System Studies and Monitoring Systems. He assumed the Director role as part of the merger of EPRI Solutions with EPRI in 2007. At EPRI Solutions, he coordinated a wide range of services offered to electric utilities and critical industrial facilities throughout the world. These services included research projects, seminars, monitoring services, power systems analysis projects, performance benchmarking, testing services, failure analysis, and designing solutions for system performance improvement. Before joining EPRI Solutions and EPRI, Mr. McGranaghan worked for Electrotek Concepts for 14 years and McGraw-Edison/Cooper Power for 11 years. These jobs also involved supporting utilities in system performance assessments and studies. Mr. McGranaghan has BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Toledo and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught seminars and workshops around the world and is very active in standards development and industry activities (IEEE, CIGRE, IEC).



Prof. Kaushik Rajashekara is internationally known for his power conversion innovations in electric, hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicle propulsion systems for improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions in automobiles, electric engine/aircraft systems, and marine systems. Credited with many firsts in the field, he has worked extensively on the innovative strategies, architectures, and implementation techniques for on-board electric power generation in airplanes including solid oxide fuel cell /gas turbine hybrid systems to reduce fuel consumption and thus increase overall efficiency and lower emissions. He developed various field orientation control methods, pulse width modulation strategies, and implementation techniques for torque control of ac machines for maximizing the efficiency under all operating conditions in electric and hybrid vehicle propulsion systems. An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Rajashekara is a Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Endowed Chair at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas in Dallas.



Koji Hashimoto

Koji Hashimoto is the Professor of Emeritus Tohoku Institute of Technology and Visiting Scholar Tohoku Institute of Technology. He has completed his Postdoctoral studies at the Division of Applied Chemistry, National Research Council, Canada. He has published over 540 papers in scientific journals in addition to reviewing articles and book chapters. He is the Editorial Board member of Corrosion Science and the Electrochemical Society of Japan, the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan. In particular, he has built a prototype plant for global CO2 recycling in 1995 on the rooftop of the Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University.



Dr. Arnoldus M. van den Hurk (REMIO leader)

Arnold is the director of R4Mining, a private company helps energy professionals to gain mining clients through breakthrough skills development programs and also assists miners watching for the best renewables solutions in world mining by high impact consultancy. He completed his Ph.D. in Geology has professional experience ranging from the Petroleum Geology, Economic Geology and Mining to marketing/sales of industrial equipment and laboratory research and quality control (refineries, power plants …). He worked for several years as a technical, economic and financial analyst on new mining projects investments in Europe, South America, Africa and China. Developing extensive experience in the valuation of companies and projects. Since 15 years ago he has developed his professional work in the field of non-conventional renewable energy sources in four continents, mainly focused on solar photovoltaic, thermal, CSP and wind. Currently is in charge of the workshops for Renewables and Mining Summits (Toronto, Santiago Chile, Johannesburg, London, Perth, Lima, Astana, Budapest)
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Prof. Dominique Guyomard 

Prof. Dominique Guyomard is Director of Research at French CNRS, President of the International Battery Association (IBA), and the head of the «Electrochemical Energy Storage and Transformation Department» (EEST) he has found at the Institut des Materiaux Jean Rouxel at Nantes (France), about 50 scientists including 20 staff members. His team gathers activities on rechargeable batteries, on supercapacitors, on high-temperature fuels cells and electrolyzers, and on advanced spectroscopies and spectra simulations. His main purpose is to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial developments in the field of energy storage, with innovative and comprehensive research on industrial key issues, focusing on multi-techniques characterization of bulk and interface aging mechanisms. His expertise deals with solid state electrochemistry, material science, and surface science, applied to the fields of Li-ion, Li metal polymer, Li-S and Na batteries, in collaboration with several industrial companies.
He is a member at large of the ECS Battery Division Executive Committee. Recently, he received the 2007 IBA Research Award, the 2008 French Academy of Science Award for Science transfer to Industry, the 2010 ECS Battery Division Research Award, and the 2016 ECS Battery Division Technology Award. He is co-inventor of 33 patents and co-author of more than 340 articles including 246 peer-reviewed papers.



Prof. Frede Blaabjerg

Prof. Frede Blaabjerg was with ABB-Scandia, Randers, Denmark, from 1987 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he was a Ph.D. Student with Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. He became an Assistant Professor in 1992, an Associate Professor in 1996, and a Full Professor of power electronics and drives in 1998. 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 300 journal papers in the fields of power electronics and its applications. He has received 17 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. He is nominated in 2014 and 2015 by Thomson Reuters to be between the most 250 cited researchers in Engineering in the world.



Professor Detlef Stolten

Professor Detlef Stolten is the Director of the Institute of Energy and Climate Research – Electrochemical Process Engineering (IEK-3). Prof. Stolten received his doctorate from the University of Technology in Clausthal, Germany. He served for many years as a research scientist in the laboratories of Robert Bosch and Daimler Benz/Dornier. In 1998, he took on the position of Director of the IEK-3 at the Forschungszentrum Julich. Two years later, he was named Professor of Fuel Cell Technology at the University of Technology (RWTH) in Aachen. Prof. Stolten’s research focuses on electrochemical energy engineering, including the electrochemistry and energy process engineering of electrolysis, SOFC and PEFC systems, including cell and stack technology, process and systems engineering, as well as the systems analysis of the German energy system in view of the shift to renewable energy. Prof. Stolten is also chairman of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Advanced Fuel Cells Implementing Agreement, a member of the board of the International Association of Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) and a subject editor of the highly regarded journal, Applied Energy.



Prof. Wenping Cao

Prof. Wenping Cao received the B.Eng in electrical engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China, in 1991, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical machines and drives from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, U.K., in 2004. He is currently a Chair Professor of Electrical Power Engineering with Aston University, Birmingham, U.K., and also a Marie Curie Fellow with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A. His research interests include fault analysis and condition monitoring of electric machines and power electronics. Prof. Cao was the recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 2013 International Symposium on Linear Drives for Industry Applications (LDIA), the Innovator of the Year Award from Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., in 2013, and the Dragon’s Den Competition Award from Queen’s University Belfast in 2014. He serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS, IEEE Industry Applications Magazine and IET Power Electronics; he is also the Chief Editor for three Special Issues and one book, an Editor for Electric Power Components and Systems Journal as well as nine other International Journals. Prof. Cao is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA).



Dr. Abhishek Asthana

Dr. Abhishek Asthana (CEng, MIET, FHEA, Ph.D.) is Reader in Energy Engineering and the Director of Hallam Energy, the energy research group at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). In 2009, he co-founded Hallam Energy and has since led and delivered more than 50 projects of industrial energy research, consultancy, and knowledge transfer. He has won 3.5 million euro funding for SHU, co-authored 37 scientific papers and 1 book, invented 4 patents and developed 5 commercial software packages. He is the course director for BEng Energy Engineering and MEng and BEng Chemical Engineering programmes at the university.

In 2015, he established a Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) in Energy to train Ph.D. students conducting energy research. The DTA has now grown to 90 Ph.D. students and 180 Supervisors across 19 British Universities in the University Alliance, UK, and Abhishek is currently its Deputy Director. He also recently led the alliance to success in winning 6.5 Million euro funding from the European Commission’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions COFUND to further expand the DTA programme.



Prof. Lingai Luo 

Prof. Lingai Luo is the first class research director of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the Laboratoire de Thermocinetique de Nantes (LTN), France. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in thermal engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China, and her Ph.D. degree in mechanic and thermal engineering from National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine (INPL), Nancy, France. Her previous academic appointments include Assistant Professor at INPL, Associate Professor at University of Nancy I, and later at INPL. From 2003 until 2012 she was a Full Professor at University of Savoie, France.
Prof. Luo is mainly engaged in the intensification of heat and mass transfer and shape optimization in different energy components, systems, and processes. Her research covers a wide range of topics in thermal, process and energy engineering, including combustion in the fluidized bed, energy balance analysis of industries, solar refrigeration machines, adsorption and absorption processes, thermoelectric heat pumps or energy for buildings. More recently, her research activities focus on a fundamental strategy based on thermodynamic analysis, transfers intensification and energy systems optimization.



Piergiacomo Cancelliere

Piergiacomo Cancelliere got is master degree in Electrical Engineering in April 1998 at the University of Cassino, Italy. He took his Ph.D. in Conversion of Electrical Engineering from the Second University of Naples in 2007. He started his career as an electrical engineer working for some relevant electrical enterprises, such as ABB. From June 2001 to April 2006 he was with the Electrical Machines and Drives Research Group of the University of Cassino. In May 2006 he joined the Italian National Fire Rescue and Service. He is currently a Senior Fire Officer. His technical and scientific topics cover both active and passive fire protection measures, fire assessment of electrical installations and components and ATEX related aspects. He is also a member of several TCs of the Italian Electrotechnical Committee and of the Italian technical standardization organization. He has authored more than 50 papers on international, national journals and conference proceedings.



Dr. Kashinath Basu

Dr. Kashinath Basu is a senior lecturer in computer science at the school of Technology at Oxford Brookes University. Dr. Basu is a member of the Multiservice Systems Research Group in the Department of Computing. His current research interest includes Next generation of Internet architectures, Resource scheduling algorithms, Network virtualization, Energy efficient networking. His previous research work involved traffic engineering of Asynchronous Transmission Mode (ATM) based networks, temporal mapping of IPv6 video/audio traffic over ATM, layered video encoding, multicasting, and imaging.



Dr. Asfaw Beyene

Dr. Beyene received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Power Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology. He joined the faculty of SDSU in 1989. His research has been concerned with energy systems: renewables, efficient power sources with emphasis on combined heat and power applications, cycle and energy analyses, mathematical modeling, and simulation. He has won numerous grants from US Department of Energy, San Diego Gas, and Electric, California Energy Commission, Oakridge National Lab, University City Science Center, Lockheed Martin, California Institute for Energy Efficiency, and Southern California Edison Co. In his spare time, he plays soccer and skis on the famous slopes of the Sierra.



Dr. Ozalp specializes in the areas of designing novel solar reactors for emission-free generation of fuels. She is the Lead Principal Investigator of research projects totaling about $4M, the corresponding author of 90+ peer-reviewed journal, book chapter, and conference papers, Co-PI of completed Phase I of Solar Carbon Black commercialization with Fraunhofer, supervised 21 graduate student’s theses. She has given 30 invited/keynote talks on her research at institutes including the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Fraunhofer-IWS, NATO Advanced Research Workshop (ARW), Delft University of Technology, and others. She is an Associate Editor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications, Associate Editor of Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, and the recipient of many research and teaching awards including the Outstanding Reviewer Award by the ASME Heat Transfer Division, and the College-Level Distinguished Teaching Award by the Texas A&M Association of Former Students. Dr. Ozalp is an ASME Fellow.



S.A. Sherif

Dr. S.A. Sherif is a tenured Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and is the Founding Director of the Wayne K. and Lyla L. Masur HVAC Laboratory. He is also the Director of the Industrial Assessment Center and the Co-Director of the Southeastern Center for Industrial Energy Intensity Reduction at the University of Florida. He served on the faculties of the University of Florida (1991-present), University of Miami (1987-1991), and Northern Illinois University (1984-1987). He holds a Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University (1985) and B.Sc. (1975) and M.Sc. degrees (1978) from Alexandria University, all in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Sherif is a Fellow of ASME, a Fellow of ASHRAE, an Associate Fellow of AIAA, a Member of Commission B-1 on Thermodynamics and Transfer Processes of the International Institute of Refrigeration, and a Member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy. He is a past chair for the ASME Advanced Energy Systems Division, the K-19 Committee on Environmental Heat Transfer of the ASME Heat Transfer Division (2003-2007), the Coordinating Group on Fluid Measurements (1992-1994) and the Fluid Applications and Systems Technical Committee (2008-2010) of the ASME Fluids Engineering Division. He is also a past chair of the Steering Committee of the Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (2001-2003), ASHRAE’s Standards Project Committee 41.6 on Measurement of Moist Air Properties (1989-1994), and ASHRAE’s TC1.1 Committee on Thermodynamics and Psychrometrics (2012-2013). . He was the Head of the Refrigeration Section of ASHRAE (2004-2008), the Technical Conference Chair of the 2008 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference, a member of the ASME Frank Kreith Energy Award Selection Committee (2005-2011), and the General Conference Chair of the 2013 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference. He is the 2013-2014 Chair of the ASME Heat Transfer Division Executive Committee (2009-2016) and a member of the ASME’s Basic Engineering Group Operating Board (2010-2014).



Dr. Alraeesi is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Chair of the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department at College of Engineering, UAE University. He earned his Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from UAEU. He joined the university as Teaching Assistant. He earned his MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, Golden, USA. Dr. Alraeesi was an active member in UAE University council in the period of February 2011 until February 2013, and recently he is in the National Faculty Development Program committee. His research interest is in inorganic palladium-based catalytic membrane reactors and Hydrogen related processes. He is teaching several courses including Engineering Thermodynamics, Physical Chemistry and Engineering Applications I & II, Introduction to Chemical Engineering, and Reactor Design, in addition to supervision and coordination of senior design projects. He served as a college coordinator for engineering thermodynamics course in the period of August 2010 until July 2014. Current research interest emphasizes the modeling of hydrogenation reactions in the palladium-based membrane reactors. The research area extended to address the deposition of conventional catalysts on the surface of palladium membranes and consequently the impact of hydrogen permeability on the stability of catalysts.


Professor A.Y. Zekri received his B.Sc., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California. He has spent more than two decades in the petroleum industry. Professor Zekri worked as a consultant to the management committees of Waha Oil Co., and Agip Oil Company. He has authored and/or co-authored more than 90 papers on new developments and technical issues in the areas of improved oil recovery, flow through porous media, and environmental aspects of petroleum production, petroleum contracts, and Enhanced Oil Recovery. He has edited and refereed technical papers in widely respected journals. Prof. Zekri has completed a number of research projects in the area of IOR/EOR to UAE and International Petroleum Industries. Professor Zekri is currently working as Coordinator of Oil and Gas Technologies, Emirates Center for Energy and Environment Research and Professor of petroleum engineering at the United Arab Emirates University.


Dr. Ahmed F. El-Sayed is a Professor in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Zagazig since 1983. He formerly served as Chair from 1999- 2005. He established three research groups in Zagazig University. The first is associated with particulate flows in industrial applications in 1990, which focuses on solid particulate flow and erosion of compressors and fans of aero-engines, aircraft propellers, cyclone separators, internal combustion engines (ICE), and pipe bends, water ingestion in axial compressors, and ice accretion in intakes of turbofan engines, effects of volcanoes and bird strike. The second research group is associated with aerodynamics and dynamics of automotive in Egypt and Germany. This group focuses on both aerodynamics and handling of road vehicles. It develops codes and experiments for defining aerodynamics of single car (passenger, truck or semi-trailer) and how to reduce drag forces through add-on-devices. Special related topics are fuel economy, flow visualization and vehicle handling performance under strong side winds. The third group handles wind turbines as one of the renewable energy sources. Research work included aerodynamics of both HAWT and VAWT as well as aero-elasticity and dynamics of Darrieus type of VAWT. As a principal investigator, he gets over LE 1.5 M from Arab Organization for Industry (AOI) for developing 20 and 100 kW HAWTs. His research in aircraft propulsion, industrial gas turbine performance and design of its modules is published in six books including (Aircraft Propulsion and Gas Turbine Engines; CRC Title, Feb 2008) as well as more than 70 technical papers.



Professor Bortoni

Professor Bortoni received the B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from UNIFEI, Itajuba, Brazil, in 1990; the M.Sc. degree in Energy Systems Planning from the UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil, in 1993; the D.Sc. degree in Power Systems from EPUSP, Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1998; and the Habilitation from USP, Sao Carlos, Brazil, in 2012. He was a Visiting Professor at Amazon University, Manaus, Brazil, at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, and Montanuniversitat Leoben in Leoben, Austria. Presently Dr. Bortoni is a Professor at UNIFEI, an Assistant Editor of the IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution, and of the Flow Measurement and Instrumentation Journals. He is chair of the standard IEEE Std. C50.12, and member of several Working Groups of standards updates. Dr. Bortoni is the recipient of the 2018 ISA Power Industry Division Achievement Award. Dr. Bortoni has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, 15 books or chapters, and a number of field testes and reports. His interests include electrical machines, instrumentation, power generation, smart grids, and energy systems planning and design


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