Assoc. Prof. Saim Memon, London South Bank University, UK

Biography: Saim Memon is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Renewable Energy Engineering at Department of Engineering & Technology, University of Huddersfield, England, UK. He is the Visiting Academic at London South Bank University. Prior to this, he was the Head of Solar Thermal Vacuum Engineering Research Group, Senior lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Course Director of three MEng/BEng/HND courses with expertise of accreditation and validation of course curriculum and degree apprenticeship program at Division of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of Engineering, London South Bank University, London, UK.
He studied PhD in Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering as part of EPSRC Funded CALEBRE Project (Loughborough University, UK), PGCert Teaching Qualification (University of Aberdeen, UK), MSc in Mechatronics (Staffordshire University, UK), BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering MUET. He is Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and having Qualified Teacher status by General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). (Read More)

Speech Title: The Scope of Manufacturing of PDLC Switchable Vacuum Switchable Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems for Net Zero Energy Targets
Abstract: The perception at which, nowadays, net zero energy buildings (NZEBs) cannot be imagined without glass is because glazed windows play an imperious role of allowing natural daylighting, but with repercussion of space-heating energy loss in cold-arid and space-cooling energy loss in hot-arid areas. As such, evitable energy losses through glazed windows of NZEBs indirectly contributing to carbon emissions and, thus, impelling climate change. This is, predominantly, due to an inadequate thermal transmittance value (U-value) of a glazing and not use of progressive coating technologies. This talk aims to present the novel constructions and performance characteristics of the advanced smart vacuum insulation technologies with semi-transparent photovoltaic and PDLC films for NZEBs that are: (i) Vacuum Glazing (VG), (ii) Triple Vacuum Glazing (TVG), (iii) PDLC Vacuum Glazing (PVG), (iv) Semi-transparent Photovoltaic PDLC Vacuum Quadruple Glazing (STPV-PVG), (v) Translucent Vacuum Insulation Panel (TVIP), and (vi) Fusion-sealed Vacuum Glazing (FVG). The experimental results show VG achieved U-value of 0.97 Wm-2K-1, it was further reduced with TVG that achieved U-value of 0.33 Wm-2K-1. To control the solar heat gains from 0.41 (transparent mode) to 0.13 (opaque mode), PCG is analysed that achieved U-value of 0.82 Wm-2K-1, it required electrical power of < 0.4 Wm-2. To make it self-reliant, the semi-transparent PV glazing was integrated to PVG to supply the power and store the generated energy using NiMH battery, the STPV-PVG achieved U-value of 0.79 Wm-2K-1. Due to the cost of hermetic glass edge-sealing materials, a new structured core transparent vacuum insulation panel (TVIP) is constructed, to accomplish insulation for the windows without edge sealing effects, that achieved U-value of 1.72 Wm-2K-1 but longevity of vacuum pressure is a challenge. The development of novel cost-effective fusion seal for the construction of fusion-sealed vacuum glazing (FVG) that achieved hermetic airtight vacuum seal with the U-value of 1.24 Wm-2K-1 is seemed to be the most low-cost solution for mass production.

Assoc. Prof. He Chen, Hebei University of Technology, China

Biography: He Chen received the B.S. degree in automation and the Ph.D. degree in control science and engineering from Nankai University, Tianjin, China, in 2013 and 2018, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor with the School of Artificial Intelligence, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin, China. His research interests include control of underactuated systems (e.g., cranes) and motion planning of wheeled mobile robots. Dr. Chen is the recipient of the Outstanding Paper Award for the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics in 2021. He serves as an Academic Editor for Mathematical Problems in Engineering and a Guest Editor for the topic Control and Stability for Robotic Crane Systems of Frontiers Robotics and AI. He also serves as an Organizing Co-Chair for 2022 7th Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Robot Systems (ACIRS 2022), a Regional Program Chair for the 2022 IEEE International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics (IEEE RCAR 2022), and PC/TC members for several EI-indexed international conferences.

Assoc. Prof. Linfeng ZHENG, Jinan University, China

Biography: Linfeng ZHENG received the B.E. degree and the M.E. degree from Beijing Jiaotong University, China, in 2011 and 2014, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from University of Technology Sydney, NSW Australia, in 2018, all in electrical engineering. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Institute of Rail Transportation and at the International Energy School, Jinan University, China. His research interests include the development of lithium-ion battery management techniques for electric vehicles and battery second-used techniques for energy storage systems. He was a recipient of 2018 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, and was a recipient of Excellent Paper Award of the 34th World Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition (EVS34). He serves as a Review Editor for Frontiers in Energy Research.