Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Vice President for Strategy, International Association for Hydrogen Energy
Vice President, World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies

Abstract Due to the increased local and global energetic and environmental problems, there is an urgent need to change the way we produce, transfer, convert, manage and utilize energy. There is also an ultimate need to diversify the energy portfolio by considering renewable energy sources, cleaner technologies for fossil fuels, hydrogen energy technologies, energy storage technologies, ammonia technologies, integrated systems for multigeneration, cleaner transportation technologies and cleaner fuel technologies. This plenary talk will address these technologies, provide comparative assessments and discuss the critical issues related to their design, analysis, evaluation and implementation practices. It will also discuss some other significant aspects, e.g., global warming, climate change, smart energy, energy-utilization patterns, policy and strategy development, energetic and environmental measures, technology developments, infrastructure, alternatives, life cycle assessment, etc. Furthermore, there will be a focus on efficiency assessment and improvement in resource management and better practices in energy industry under potential energy solutions.


Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Founding Director of the Thermal Processing Laboratory (TPL) at The Department of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, Canada

Abstract Thermal Processing, which is sometimes referred to as “Heat Treating”, involves the application of heating and/or cooling in order to develop a specific microstructure and hence impart a desired set of mechanical properties into a part or a component. These operations are widely used in manufacturing of metallic and non-metallic components, and so they play a vital role in producing stronger, lighter, more durable parts/components at a lower cost.  The global annual volume of thermal processing operations is estimated in the range of $75 to $85 billion. Concerns over energy utilization and release of harmful emissions have become amongst the main concerns of the global community, especially when it relates to energy-intensive operations such as those employed in the thermal processing industry. Due to its multi-variable nature, most heat treating procedures rely heavily on past experience or on trial-and-error, which makes them far from being optimum. The need for predictive tools that can be used to optimize these operations has been recognized as a necessity by the industry. A long-term plan has been developed by a Consortium of heat treating companies jointly with the Thermal Processing Laboratory (TPL) at McMaster University aiming at energy optimization of the heat treating industry in Canada. This plenary talk will address the development of a number of predictive tools and their utilization and impact on energy optimization of the thermal processing industry.