Committees

Learn about our brilliant team and the innovative minds behind SET2024.

Professor Saffa Riffat

Chairman

“I am thrilled to announce the 21ˢᵗ SET conference in Shanghai, where we join hands with the Shanghai University of Electric Power to create an extraordinary experience. Join us in connecting with like-minded individuals striving to drive sustainable technologies forward. Don’t miss out on three days filled with learning, networking, and entertainment.”

Professor Zhongzhu Qiu

Co-Chairman

“Shanghai University of Electric Power is honoured to host the 21ˢᵗ International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies. We invite you to explore our dynamic city and participate in this pivotal event. Together, let’s forge a path towards a greener future for our planet.”

Executive Board

Discover the SET2024 Executive Board, a dynamic team of leaders steering the course for this year’s event.

Professor Saffa Riffat

University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Professor Mat Santamouris

University of New South Wales, Australia

Professor Ruzhu Wang

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Professor Armando Oliveira

University of Porto, Portugal

Professor Xudong Zhao

University of Hull, United Kingdom

Professor Li Shao

University of Reading, United Kingdom

Professor Jie Ji

University of Science and Technology of China,  China

Professor K Srinivas Reddy

IIT Madras,  India

Professor Michele Bottarelli

University of Ferrara, Italy

Keynote Speakers

Explore the SET2024 Keynote Speakers, featuring visionary leaders and experts shaping the discourse in Science, Engineering, and Technology. Meet our carefully curated line-up for cutting-edge insights this year.

Professor Risto Kosonen

Aalto University, Finland


Biography

Professor Risto Kosonen (D.Sc.) is a distinguished Full-Professor at Aalto University, leading a 25-person HVAC research team for over 25 years. Specialising in indoor climate, smart building services engineering, and energy efficiency, he holds leadership roles in key professional organisations, including Vice-President of REHVA and President of SCANVAC, FINVAC, and FiSIAQ.
A prolific author with over 320 international publications, Professor Kosonen's contributions have earned him prestigious awards, such as the Rydberg Gold Medal and REHVA Fellow distinction.

Session at SET2024

Don't miss Professor Kosonen's insights on indoor climate, smart building services engineering, and energy efficiency.


Biography

Dr. K. Srinivas Reddy, a renowned expert, earned his PhD in Energy Studies from IIT Delhi in 1999. Joining IIT Madras in 2003 as an Assistant Professor, he now serves as a distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and holds an honorary professorship at the University of Exeter, UK. A Fellow of FNAE, FWSSET, and FISEES, Dr. Reddy specialises in renewable energy, focusing on solar power, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability. With 10 patent applications, over 300 publications, and USD15 million in research funding, his active involvement in solar thermal technologies follows a "4-D" approach. Recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Reddy has supervised 200+ research students, many now contributing to prestigious organisations.

Session at SET2024

Join Professor K. Srinivas Reddy's session to gain insights into renewable energy, with a focus on solar power, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability.

Professor K. Srinivas Reddy

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India

Professor Ruzhu Wang

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China


Biography

Prof. Ruzhu Wang, born in China in 1964, is a globally recognised scientist specialising in energy efficiency and conversion. Holding a PhD from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (1990), he currently serves as a Distinguished Chair Professor at SJTU. Prof. Wang's impactful research includes breakthroughs in sorption refrigeration, desiccant-based heat pumps, and innovative air source-based heat pumps for steam generation. His contributions bridge materials and thermal engineering, with applications in global industries. With over 700 papers, 187 international conference papers, and numerous awards, including The Global Energy Prize (2023), Prof. Wang is a leader in the field.

Session at SET2024

Attend Prof. Ruzhu Wang's session at SET2024 for insights into energy efficiency, heat pumps, and the energy-water-air nexus.


Biography

Professor AbuBakr Bahaj (FICE, FIET, FRSA, MInstP, CPhys) is a distinguished leader at the University of Southampton, heading the 55-strong Energy and Climate Change Division and the Sustainable Energy Research Group. With over 30 years of experience, he progressed from a researcher to a Personal Chair in Sustainable Energy. With over 300 articles published in top-tier academic journals and conferences, Prof. Bahaj serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Marine Energy Journal. He holds visiting professorships globally and is a Fellow of FICE, FIET, and FRSA. As Chief Scientific Advisor to the City of Southampton and a member of the Research Advisory Group for the UK Department of International Development, Prof. Bahaj has been recognised as one of the UK's 100 leading practising scientists by the Science Council in 2014.

Session at SET2024

Explore the forefront of sustainable energy research with Professor AbuBakr Bahaj in his session on Renewable Energy, Cities, and Environmental Impacts.

Professor AbuBakr S Bahaj

University of Southampton, UK

Professor Hongxing Yang

Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Biography

Prof. Hongxing Yang leads the Renewable Energy Research Group (RERG) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His extensive research focuses on renewable energy applications and energy-saving technologies in buildings, covering areas such as solar photovoltaic integration, wind power generation, evaporative cooling, ground-coupled heat pumps, and hybrid renewable energy systems. With over 500 academic papers and 7 professional books, including 300+ peer-reviewed journal papers, Prof. Yang is a recognised authority in his field. He was listed as a "Highly Cited Researcher" by Elsevier from 2016 to 2020 and ranked 15th among the most-cited Chinese scientists in 2022 in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Recipient of numerous awards, including recognition from the Chinese Ministry of Education for Outstanding Scientific Research Achievements, Prof. Yang serves as a Senior Editor for the International Journal of Applied Energy. He is also an editorial board member of the International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies and Future Cities and Environment.

Session at SET2024

Join Prof. Hongxing Yang's session to delve into cutting-edge research on renewable energy applications and energy-saving technologies in buildings.


Biography

Professor Xudong Zhao, a leading expert in Decarbonised Heating, Cooling, and Power Systems, is renowned for his groundbreaking work in super-performance dew point air cooling, hybrid solar heat & power systems, loop heat pipes, and double-source heat pumps. Recognised by prestigious platforms like the UN Climate Change Congress and BBC TV, his innovative technologies have left a lasting impact on engineering practices. With 68 research projects securing over £28m in funding, Prof. Zhao boasts 323 highly-cited papers. His leadership has extended to supervising 31 post-doctoral research fellows and 41 PhD students, earning him multiple national and international innovation awards. Additionally, he contributes to the UK EPSRC Engineering Prioritisation and holds fellowships with the European Academy, Energy Institute, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, and the World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies, making significant contributions to conferences and meetings within these academic entities.

Session at SET2024

Explore the forefront of Decarbonised Heating, Cooling, and Power Systems with Professor Xudong Zhao as he shares insights from his groundbreaking research.

Professor Xudong Zhao

University of Hull, UK

Professor Jie Ji

University of Science and Technology of China


Biography

Jie Ji is a Chair Professor at the University of Science and Technology of China and a Core Distinguished Researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He specialises in solar energy utilisation, with notable contributions in full-spectrum cascade utilization theory and new photoelectric technology. With over 380 papers and 14,000 citations, he's recognised as an "Elsevier China Highly Cited Scholar" and has received prestigious awards like the WSSET Innovation Award.

Session at SET2024

Attend Jie Ji's session at SET2024 to explore the latest advancements in solar energy utilisation and thermal power generation technologies.


Biography

Tianshou Zhao, Dean of the Energy Institute for Carbon Neutrality and Chair Professor of Mechanical & Energy Engineering at SUSTech, is renowned for his interdisciplinary research on energy storage devices. As an elected academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Fellow of prestigious societies, he pioneers advancements in thermo-fluid sciences and electrochemistry to enhance device performance and longevity. Recognised as a Highly Cited Researcher, Zhao's work drives innovation in sustainable energy solutions.

Session at SET2024

Unveil the future of sustainable energy with Tianshou Zhao at SET2024. Delve into his expertise in energy storage devices, thermo-fluid sciences, and electrochemistry, as he illuminates the path towards revolutionary advancements in carbon-neutral technologies.

Professor Tianshou Zhao

Southern University of Science & Technology, China

Professor Zhengrong Shi

Shanghai University of Electric Power


Biography

Professor Zhengrong Shi, founder of Suntech, is a key figure in China's photovoltaic industry. With a career spanning 30 years, he's been lauded for his pivotal role in establishing the nation's solar ecosystem. Recognised as a strategic leader, he was elected as an academician of the Australian Academy of Technology, Science, and Engineering in 2009. Shi's contributions have earned him prestigious awards, including the "Lifetime Achievement Person of China’s Energy Meritorious Service" and the "China Enterprise Reform Medal for 40 Years of Reform."

Session at SET2024

Join us as we uncover the roadmap to sustainable energy with Professor.
Zhengrong Shi at SET2024. Gain insights into his role in shaping the global photovoltaic industry and explore his visionary leadership in solar innovation, policy implications, and the future trends and opportunities in renewable energy.


Biography

Introducing Professor Yingxin Zhu, a trailblazer in sustainable architecture and engineering. With decades of experience, she's reshaped academia and innovation. Formerly Vice Dean of Tsinghua University's School of Architecture, she now leads as a revered professor. At the forefront of the Department of Building Technology and Science and the Key Laboratory of Ecological Planning and Green Building, she drives pioneering research in sustainable construction. As Vice Director of the Building Energy Conservation Research Center, her focus on energy-efficient solutions is paramount. Acknowledged for her educational prowess, she heads the national teaching team for Building Environment and Equipment Engineering, shaping the next generation of architects and engineers.

Session at SET2024

Join us as we delve into the realms of sustainable architecture and engineering with Professor Yingxin Zhu. At SET2024, witness her insights into the future of eco-friendly design, her pioneering research in green building technologies, and her unwavering commitment to shaping a more sustainable world.

Professor Yingxin Zhu

Tsinghua University

Invited Speakers

Dr Michele Bottarelli

University of Ferrara

Professor Gang Pei

University of Science and Technology of China

Professor Beatrice Pulvirenti

University of Bologna

Dr Hasila Jarimi

Universiti Kebangsaan
Malaysia

Professor Andrei Chamchine

University of Central
Lancashire

Dr Erdem Cüce

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
University

Professor Andrew Eloka-Eboka

North-West University

Michael Farnsworth

Stormsaver Ltd

Professor Amin Al-Habaibeh

Nottingham Trent
University

Professor Mingjia Li

Beijing Institute of Technology

Organising Committee

Dr Ziwei Chen

University of Nottingham

Dr Emmanuel Tapia-Brito

University of Nottingham

Zeny Amante-Roberts

University of Nottingham

Dr James Riffat

University of Nottingham

Professor Weiguo Pan

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Professor Qunzhi Zhu

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Professor Naichao Chen

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Professor Hongbo Ren

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Professor Fang Liu

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Professor Li Zhang

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Jingkui Zhang

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Tao Zhang

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Weiting Jiang

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Yi Fan

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Jingyong Cai

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Qingrong Liu

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Jiang Liu

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Rui Duan

Shanghai University of Electric Power

International Scientific Committee

Ahmed Freewan

Jordan University Of Science & Technology

Andrei Chamchine

University Of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom

Ali Kilicarslan

Hitit University, Turkey

Arif Hepbasli

Yasar University, Turkey

Armando Oliveira

University Of Porto, Portugal

Beatrice Pulvirenti

University Of Bologna, Italy

Cagri Kutlu

University Of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Chi Hwa Wang

National University Of Singapore, Singapore

Chris Benson

University Of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Devrim Aydin

Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus

Ehsan Baniasadi

University Of Isfahan, Iran

Guiqiang Li

University of Science and Technology, China

Hasila Jarimi

Universiti Kebangsaani Malaysia

Hongxing Yang

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, South Korea

Hongbing Chen

Beijing University Of Civil Engineering And Architecture, China

Ibrahim Dincer

University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology, Canada

Jihad Awad

Ajman University, UAE

Ji Jie

University Of Science And Technology, China

Jitiporn Wongwatcharapaiboon

Thammasat University, Thailand

Jiufa Chen

Southeast University, China

Jo Darkwa

University Of Nottingham, United Kingdom

John Calautit

University Of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Li Shao

University Of Reading, United Kingdom

Liben Jiang

University Of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom

Lizhi Zhang

South China University Of Technology, China

Mahmut Sami Buker

Solimpeks Solar, Turkey

Mardiana Idayu Ahmad

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Mat Santamouris

University Of Sydney, Australia

Michelle Bottarelli

University Of Ferrara, Italy

Muhyiddine Jradi

University Of Southern Denmark

Norhayati Mat Wajid

Public Works Department Of Malaysia

Pei Gang

University Of Science And Technology, China

Peter Lund

Aalto University, Finland

Risto Kosonen

Aalto University, Finland

Xiaofeng Zheng

University Of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Yanan Zhang

University Of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Young Chin-Huai

National Taiwan University Of Science And Technology, Taiwan

Yuehong Su

University Of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Zafer Utlu

Halic University, Turkey

Ziwei Chen

University Of Nottingham, United Kingdom

SUEP Scientific Committee

Professor Fang Liu

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Professor Li Zhang

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Professor Hongbo Ren

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Jingkui Zhang

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Tao Zhang

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Weiting Jiang

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Yi Fan

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Jingyong Cai

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Qingrong Liu

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Jiang Liu

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Rui Duan

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Wei Qiu

Shanghai University of Electric Power

Dr Jiakai Zhang

Shanghai University of Electric Power