Innoasia 2013

 

Tech Forum 6:
Innovative Energy Technologies

Co-organiser : The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The energy consumption per capita indicates the quality of life in a society. The strong correlation between carbon emission and the global average temperature suggests that planet earth may be too small for seven billion inhabitants because our actions have changed our planet at global scale. Therefore, innovative energy technologies are needed to preserve our quality of life in a sustainable way without spoiling our environment.

This forum sheds light on the latest techniques in biofuel combustion and production chemistry, innovative battery technology for electric vehicles and smart grid projects, new ways to reduce NOx emission urgently needed for smog mitigation, and the transition fuel options before renewable energy can take over. All these topics are of utmost importance to a green society.

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Registration
 
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Opening address
Prof. Kam-Fai Wong, Associate Dean (External Affairs) of Faculty of Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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The Frontier of Biofuel Combustion Research 
Dr Enoch Dames, US Department of Energy Postdoctoral Fellow, Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center and
Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
 
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Building New Pathways for Next-Generation of Biofuels and Approaching to Industralisation by Targeted Engineering
Prof. Tiangang Liu, Professor, Key Laboratory of Combinatorial Biosynthesis and Drug Discovery, Ministry of Education, Wuhan University
 
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Environmental Performance Improvements
Mr Rick Truscott, Director - Generation, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited
 
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Tea break
 
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Challenges and Opportunities for Electrochemical Energy Storage
Prof. Yi-Chun Lu, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Transition Fuel to Renewable Energy
Prof. King-Lap Wong, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Speakers

Mr Rick Truscott, Director - Generation, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited

Environmental Performance Improvements

Discussion of the various environmental emissions controls technologies implemented at CLP's power facilities in Hong Kong. The presentation will provide the history of CLP's improvements in environmental performance and some of the future initiatives being considered.

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Speakers

Prof. Yi-Chun Lu, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Challenges and Opportunities for Electrochemical Energy Storage

Electrical storage technologies are of vital importance to enable effective utilization of intermittent renewable energy sources and the creation of sustainable electric transportation. Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are currently the dominant power sources for portable electronics and vehicle application, such as in hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) buses, the GM Volt, the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Roadster. However, heavy and large battery packs are required to power long distance all-EVs due to the insufficient volumetric and gravimetric energy of current Li-ion technologies. Technological challenges and research efforts in developing Li-ion batteries with higher energy, safer characteristic and better power capability will be discussed. Next generation battery technologies including lithium-sulfur (Li-S) and lithium-air (Li-air) batteries are receiving great attention because of their high gravimetric theoretical energy densities. These chemistries provide multi-electron charge storage and are free of the heavy transition metal oxide used in Li-ion positive electrodes. Challenges and opportunities for developing rechargeable Li-S and Li-air batteries will be discussed.
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Speakers

Prof. Tiangang Liu
Professor, Key Laboratory of Combinatorial Biosynthesis and Drug Discovery, Ministry of Education, Wuhan University

Building New Pathways for Next-Generation of Biofuels and Approaching to Industrialization by Targeted Engineering

In order to solve the dependence on petroleum resources, we need to develop new renewable fuel energy. Fatty acid biosynthesis system, a route for producing new biofuels, recently has received significant attention. In order to further understand the fatty acid biosynthesis system, we reconstituted the system in vitro. In the in vitro reconstituted system, we not only further assessed the influence of the concentration of coenzyme and substrate on the system, but also measured the contribution of each component on the entire system. We optimized the fatty acid synthesis system according to the obtained information, and the fatty acid synthesis rate was significantly improved. This system provides a new platform for the future research of fatty acid synthesis, and can effectively guide the industrialization of new bioenergy. In other way, we created the new pathway for fatty alcohols overproduction and combined the fatty acids and 2-keto acids pathway to build new type biodiesel. Furthermore, we have successfully transferred this targeted engineering strategy into terpenoids overproduction.

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Speakers

Dr Enoch Dames, US Department of Energy Postdoctoral Fellow, Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center and Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Frontiers in Biofuel Combustion Research

Energy utilities, which sustain the functions of all major cities, are becoming increasingly aware of the need for renewable and sustainable sources of energy. However, the combustion of hydrocarbon-based compounds will remain attractive as a source of energy for many city functions for years to come due to their high energy density per volume compared to other sources and because of existing city infrastructures. Thus, there is much interest in making our own [bio]fuels and synthesized gas so that we may wean ourselves from fossil-fuels. This talk focuses on efforts to understand the combustion characteristics of these fuels by giving an overview of research being conducted by a U.S. Department of Energy funded Energy Frontier Research Center. This center has made significant advances toward our understanding of how alternative fuels - biofuels - will play a role in current and advanced fuel conversion technologies. In order to understand the combustion of these complex fuels, it is essential to also understand the chemistry of their smaller counterparts (e.g., H2/CO/CH4). The Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center has also made advances in this respect, allowing for a smoother transition towards a society with sustainable energy practices based on alternative fuel technologies.

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Speakers

Mr Rick Truscott, Director - Generation, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited

Mr Truscott is the Director - Generation for CLP Power Hong Kong. He is responsible for the generation facilities which includes Black Point Power Station (2,500MW gas-fired combined cycle facility), Pumped Storage Facility in Guangzhou (1200MW hydropower facility), Castle Peak Power Station (4,108MW coal-fired power plant), and Penny's Bay Power Station (300MW peaking facility). He has worked in a variety of roles covering development, operations, financing, maintenance and construction in the power sector over the last 25 years.

Previously, he was Senior Vice President for CLP Southeast Asia.   From 2001 until 2009, Mr. Truscott served as Managing Director of a 1,434MW coal-fired plant from initial business development through financing and into commercial operations.  

Mr Truscott is also qualified as an engineer for a US nuclear-powered submarine based upon his assignment aboard the USS Whale (SSN 638). 

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Speakers

Dr Enoch Dames, US Department of Energy Postdoctoral Fellow, Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center and Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Education:

Ph.D. (2012) Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California Thesis title: Kinetic Modeling of High-temperature Oxidation of One-ringed Aromatic and Alkane Compounds
B.S. Honors (2006) Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech B.A. Honors (2006) Chemistry, Virginia Tech

General Research Interests:

Chemical kinetics and model development, reaction rate theory, atmospheric and aerosol chemistry, catalysis, experimental design, topics relating to physical chemistry and fuel conversion


Current position:

August 2012 – present : Combustion Energy Frontier Research Center, Department of Energy Postdoctoral Fellow Stanford, CA ␣
Roving position between MIT (Bill Green), Stanford University (Ron Hanson), and the University of Southern California (Hai Wang) ␣
Applying methods of uncertainty quantification and minimization with determination of multi-species time histories behind reflected shock waves towards the development of high-fidelity kinetic models for combustion applications ␣
Kinetic model development and reaction rate theory for foundational fuel chemistry

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Prof. Tiangang Liu, Professor, Key Laboratory of Combinatorial Biosynthesis and Drug Discovery, Ministry of Education, Wuhan University

Tiangang Liu, professor of Key Laboratory of Combinatorial Biosynthesis and Drug Discovery, Ministry of Education, Wuhan University, director of Public Technology Service Platform, Wuhan Institute of Biotechnology, director of Hubei Engineering Laboratory for Synthetic Microbiology. Professor Liu graduated from Shandong University at 2002, and got his Ph. D. degree at Shanghai Jiaotong University at 2008, meanwhile, he attended co-training Ph.D. program in Department of Chemistry, Brown University, United States (2006-2007). After Ph.D. study, he worked in Department of Chemistry, Stanford University as postdoc from 2008-2010 on the research of engineering microbial fatty acid metabolic pathway to overproduce advanced biofuel and medicinal products. He started his lab at WHU in 2010. Professor Liu's research focuses on the engineering microbial metabolic pathway to produce new bioenergy and biochemicals, production of drugs and drug precursors, which source are very scarce, by synthetic biology, and using combinatorial biology to produce novel anti-tumor drugs. Professor Liu has been supported with many projects, such as National Natural Sciences Foundation of China, and 973 Project from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.
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Prof. Yi-Chun Lu, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Yi-Chun Lu received her B.S. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, in 2007. She received her Ph.D. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA in 2012. After her graduate study, she worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the Technische Universität München, Germany. She was the recipient of the European Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award (2011) and Electrochemical Society Battery Division Student Research Award (2010). She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr Lu's research interest centers on developing fundamental understanding and functional materials for clean energy storage and conversion. Her field of expertise includes electrochemistry, charge transfer and transport kinetics, electrocatalysis, solid-state chemistry, materials synthesis and chemistry by design.
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Speakers

Prof. King-Lap Wong, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Current Position: 
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong.

Education: 
Ph.D. in experimental plasma physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison (1975)
M.S. in experimental nuclear physics, University of Delaware (1970)
B.S. in physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (1968)

Previous Positions:

Principal Research Physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08543, USA (1976 – 2011).

Post-doctoral Research Associate, Columbia University, New York City, New York, USA (1975 – 1976).

Research Interest:

All forms of energy research; specialized in many topics in nuclear fusion energy development, including:

1. Linear and nonlinear physics associated with waves and instabilities in high temperature plasmas

2. Phenomena associated with the energetic alpha particles in DT fusion reactors

3. Anomalous electron transport in high temperature plasmas

Professional Organization & Honor :

2004 American Physical Society Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research (also known as The John Dawson Award , please visit URL: http://www.aps.org/programs/honors/awards/dawson.cfm)

Fellow Member of American Physics Society since 1993

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Discussion panel
Panelists:
Dr Enoch Dames, Prof. Tiangang Liu, Mr Rick Truscott, Prof. Yi-Chun Lu, Prof. King-Lap Wong

Moderator: 
Prof. Yeung Yam, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


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Date : 6 December 2013 (Fri)

Time : 14:00-17:30

Venue : Seminar Room 3 of Hall 1B, L1, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

Medium : English (Simultaneous interpretation between English and Putonghua will be provided)