Young Researchers Conference: Energy Efficiency & Biomass



• 24 February 2016: Energy Efficiency
• 25 February 2016: Biomass 

Stadthalle, Pollheimerstrasse 1,
4600 Wels/Austria 

Programme WSED 2016 (pdf)

Conference fee:

  • 95 Euro (45 Euro for students) for the Young Researchers Conference (24 - 25 Feb. 2016)

  • 50 Euro (25 Euro for students) for the Young Researchers Conference: Energy Efficiency (24 Feb. 2016), participation in this conference is also included in the fee of the European Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Conference

  • 50 Euro (25 Euro for students) for the Young Researchers Conference: Biomass (25 Feb. 2016), participation in this conference is also included in the fee of the European Pellet Conference
All fees include an entrance ticket to the tradeshow and conference documentation. All fees plus 10 % VAT 

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Organisation and conference office:

OÖ Energiesparverband
Landstrasse 45, 4020 Linz, Austria
Tel. +43/732/7720-14386
office [AT] esv.or [DOT] at

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Young Researchers Conference: Energy Efficiency

A conference presenting the work of young researchers in the field of energy efficiency (in English only)

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

14.00 Opening & welcome

  • Gerhard Dell/Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband

Oral presentation

Chairperson: Reinhold Priewasser, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

  • High heat storage concrete with shape-stabilised phase change materials
    Su-Gwang Jeong / Sumin Kim, Soongsil University, Republic of Korea

  • Quality analysis of indoor illumination in office buildings
    Norbert Harmathy, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

  • Achieving buildings transition and energy savings by 2050 through NZEB standards
    Agne Toleikyte, Energy Economics Group, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

  • Improving thermal conductivity of phase change materials in building applications
    Mohammed Ouikhalfan, Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco

  • Hybrid systems validation based on H2O
    Luis Rodríguez / Victor Mora / Edgar Miranda, Galileo University, Guatemala

  • Minimum-cost and buoyancy-forced vacuum tube collectors for large-scale solar thermal plants
    Harald Stadlbauer, Sunlumo Technology / University of Applied Sciences Wels, Austria

  • Do "effort sharing decision" targets drive energy efficiency in buildings?
    Filippos Anagnostopoulos, Buildings Performance Institute Europe; Robert Harmsen, Utrecht University, NL

  • Identifying design criteria for energy efficient office buildings
    Serena Miceli, Institute for Building Services and Energy Design, Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany

  • Energy modelling and performance assessment of solar heating and cooling systems
    Igor Shesho, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Skopje, FYR of Macedonia

  • Modelling optimal paths to reach NZEB standards for new construction in Europe
    Delia D'Agostino, Joint Research Centre - European Commission, Italy

  • A climate neutral building stock in Germany by 2050
    Tilman Hesse / Veit Bürger, Öko-Institut, Germany

  • Energy efficiency at Tarachand hospital, India
    Ar. Priyanka Kulkarni / Ar. Neha Kode, Srujan Research & Planning Foundation; Ar. Ashwini Bhosale, B.N.C.A. College of Architecture, Pune University, India

  • An integrated energy concept for business parks in Slovenia
    Boris Sučić / Matevž Pušnik, Jozef Stefan Institute – Energy Efficiency Centre, Slovenia

  • Automated building energy performance simulation at different resolutions
    Aurelien Bres, Austrian Institute of Technology / Vienna University of Technology, Austria

  • Retrofit solutions for the Irish building stock: the impact of human behaviour
    Paul Moran / Jamie Goggins / Magdalena Hajdukiewicz, National University of Ireland; Henrike Rau, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

  • Social aspects of multi-family building renovation in Latvia
    Māra Laizāne / Ilze Vardanjana, Building and Energy Conservation Bureau / University of Latvia

  • The first energy efficient public building in Turkey
    Asli Karabacak, United Nations Development Programme; Oguz Kursat Kabakci, Directorate-General for Renewable Energy, Turkey

19.00 End of the conference day, Evening programme

Poster presentation: Energy Efficiency

  • The ZEBRA2020 Project: Nearly Zero Energy Building Strategy 2020
    Eleni Kontonasiou / Maarten De Groote, Buildings Performance Institute Europe

  • Challenges and solutions for energy efficiency in buildings in Nigeria
    Ene Sandra Macharm, German Agency for International Cooperation, Nigeria

  • "Solar lanes" to replace fossil fuel in electricity generation
    Mihirsinh Chauhan, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, India

  • Growth characteristics of the UK's energy efficiency retrofitting services sector
    Luke Gooding / Mehreen Gul, Heriot Watt University, United Kingdom

  • Step-by-step refurbishment plan to EnerPHit standard
    Dragos Arnautu / Eva Vahalova / Jan Steiger, Passive House Institute, Germany

  • Local solutions for complex residential retrofitting
    Sonia-Iulia Raeţchi / Radu Catalin Andone / Alexandru Ioan Nichifor, UAUIM, Romania

  • Decision support tool for the renovation of historic buildings
    Daniela Bachner, e7 Energie Markt Analyse, Austria

  • Building modelling to predict space heating energy consumption
    Wathsala Perera / Nils-Olav Skeie, Telemark University College, Norway

  • Energy-efficient urban planning for a sustainable city quarter
    Roland Kloss, TU Wien, Austria

  • Developing an energy efficiency knowledge management system
    Aristeidis Tsakiris, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, Denmark

  • Recognising the benefits of building retrofit - a motivation for energy efficiency policies
    Niall Kerr, University of Leeds, UK

Young Researchers Conference: Biomass

A conference presenting the work of young researchers in the field of biomass (in English only)

Thursday, 25 February 2016

14.00 Opening & welcome

  • Gerhard Dell/Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband

Oral presentation

Chairperson: Walter Haslinger, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria

  • Variation in the wood quality of small-diameter trees
    Mika Aalto, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

  • Key elements for sustainable fruitful biomass production on marginal soils
    Moritz Nabel / Hendrik Poorter / Andreas Lücke / Nicolai Jablonowski, Forschungszentrum Jülich; Vicky Temperton, University of Lüneburg, Germany

  • Influence of gas-solid interactions in a circulating fluidised bed reactor
    Paula Blanco / Xi Yu, Aston University, UK

  • Lignin processing toward renewable platform chemicals and their further upgrade
    Ana Bjelic, National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia

  • Production of clean and durable pellets from empty fruit bunches
    Ilman Nuran Zaini, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

  • Co-production of hydrogen and nano-carbon from methane
    U.P.M. Ashik / W.M.A. Daud, University of Malaya, Malaysia

  • Viability of biogas production from nopal
    Laura Vargas, Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas, Mexico

  • Removing impurities with chemically activated carbon from biomass gasification
    Sari Tuomikoski, University of Oulu, Finland

  • Biofuel production through catalytic conversion of lignin
    Aleš Ház, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia

  • Complex analysis of solid biomass combustion for thermal energy production
    Olha Haidai, National Academy of Science, Ukraine

  • Impact of the ignition mode and draught conditions on batch-wise wood combustion
    Gabriel Reichert, Bioenergy 2020+, Graz University of Technology, Austria

  • A polygeneration plant offering reserves for the electricity grid
    Jens Schneider, Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum, Germany

  • Kinetic analysis and modelling of three types of biomass under torrefaction conditions
    Marco Brighenti, University of Trento, Italy

  • Compositional and thermogravimetric characterisation of treated wood
    Maïté Huron / Capucine Dupont, CEA Grenoble, France

  • Review of policies for renewable energy integration & best practices
    Zeineb Abdmouleh, University of Qatar

  • Whole systems analysis and optimisation of bioenergy value chains
    Miao Guo, Imperial College London, UK

  • Fiscal costs and regional energy benefits of bioheat technology deployment policies
    Derek Wolf, University of Toronto, Canada

Poster presentation: Biomass

  • Biomass gasification: a bi-functional material for effective H2 production without CO2 emissions
    Yarima Torreiro Villarino, CIEMAT, Spain

  • Simultaneous and two-step biomass liquefaction and hydrodeoxygenation
    Miha Grilc, National Institute of Chemistry Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • Operating characteristics of a pellet boiler in low loads
    Rebecca Trojanowski, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA

  • Determining unburned carbon in ash from biomass
    Josef Farták / Ivo Jiříček, UCT Prague, Czech Republic

  • Corrosion and abrasion resistant protective coatings for biomass combustion
    Kamila Armatys, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Germany

  • Co-digestion of glycerin pitch with oleo chemical effluent
    Weiling Chow / Yijing Chan / Meifong Chong, University of Nottingham, Malaysia

  • Conversion of cellulose-derived components into added-value chemicals by hydrodeoxygenation
    Brigita Hočevar, National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia

  • Current state and perspectives of bioenergy development in Ukraine
    Alex Epik, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine

  • Flow and physical properties of fractionated ground loblolly pine
    Oluwatosin Oginni, West Virginia University; Oladiran Fasina / Sushil Adhikari, Auburn University; John Fulton, Ohio State University, USA

  • Fractionation of wheat straw with deep eutectic solvents
    Andrea Škulcová / Aleš Ház / Alexandra Sládková / Michael Jablonský / Igor Šurina, University of Technology, Slovakia

  • Flexible energy production with a charcoal-based micro-CHP system
    Dennis Krüger / Andreas Ortwein, Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum, Germany

  • Perennial energy crops as a resource for bioenergy production
    Yasir Iqbal, University Hohenheim, Germany

  • Miscanthus to biofuels in Ukraine and worldwide
    Ievgeniia Morozova / Volodymyr Kwak, Institute of Bioenergy Crops and Sugar Beet, Ukraine

  • Thermal efficiency of firewood room heaters
    Rita Sturmlechner, Bioenergy 2020+, Austria

  • Numerical simulation of self-heating behaviour of stored biomass fuels
    Tengku Noor Arbaee, University of Sheffield, UK