Workshop: Renewable Energy: Development & Integration


This workshop will address the current status and future path of renewables both as utility scale power plants and as residential/teriary building sector integrated systems. It also has a special focus on challenges to operating green and smart buildings in future.

The power sector has undergone significant change in recent years. Renewable energy technologies have seen wide scale adoption, most significantly of wind and solar photovoltaics installation at the utility scale, decarbonizing the energy mix yet presenting integration problems due to their associated variability, unpredictability and asynchronicity of supply. In most scenarios today, renewable energy is cost competitive per unit energy; yet integration of this energy with the existing infrastructure is the principle factor limiting its further deployment.

 Small-scale renewables have seen much less adoption and are typically far less reliable. The adoption of small-scale renewables tends to include relatively high up-front costs for viability considerations and the relative cost of monitoring equipment is generally economically prohibitive. However, small-scale renewable installations empower the general population by increasing their self-sufficiency and energy security. Adoption of small-scale renewable energy generation systems also leads to increased human capital in renewable energy, raising awareness and understanding of the energy system in general.

The future electricity network is envsioned as a network of distributed prosumers, self-consuming their generation when possible and drawing from or feeding into the network when not. The development and future deployment of renewables will be entangled with and dependent on grid integration issues, energy storageand dynamic stratergies such as demand response. The role of energy communities and smart grids will develop into the future.

Moreover, this workshop will cover the sub-topic of challenges to operating green and smart buildings in future. In coming years, existing buildings need to become “greener” to deliver on the green transition and ensure long-term value of the asset. As a result, the building construction industry embraces changes in materials, products, designs, and methodologies to support this green transition. Often, green building retrofit could come in the form of more high-tech onsite energy production and storage (e.g. building integrated photovoltaics, battery banks) and IoT devices. While several studies confirm the energy and environmental benefits of such transition, questions loom about its impact on integrated fire safety and security. Fire safety is a greater challenge when retrofitting an existing building compared to designing a new building with superior fire rating to begin with. Integration without systematic risk analysis shall leave green and smart buildings vulnerable to emergent hazards that may compromise safety, security and smartness.

Call for papers:

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Solar Photovoltaic System Development
  • Wind Power Systems Development
  • Renewable Energy System Performance Simulation
  • Grid Integration
  • Energy Storage
  • Sustainable Policy & Regulation
  • Domestic Prosumer Roles & Opportunities
  • Power Sector Decarbonisation
  • Community RES Schemes

Specifically related to green buildings:

  • Case studies, discussions, experiences etc. presenting interesting ideas, critical viewpoints, novel methods, new findings that reinforces all the challenges and risks (to fire-safety and security) – in design, operation, management and assessment of contemporary green, sustainable, high-performance, smart buildings – either as a whole or in part. We encourage authors to clearly articulate their short-term (10-15years) and long-term (beyond 25yrs) perspectives about various challenges, specific to fire-safety and security in building, communities and cities during the workshop.
  • Topics related to green building materials, design principles, integration of smart systems, renewables and IoT, cyber-physical hazards, ratings systems, policies, standards etc. are welcome.

Papers addressing these topics are invited for submission, providing an opportunity for presentation and discussion of results in the workshop. Experience of future-system-concious deployment, operation and maintenance is welcomed. At the end of the workshop there will be a session dedicated to identifying opportunities for strategic collaboration.


Dr. Ian Cole
University of Cyprus & RISE

Dr. Alexandros Charalambides
Cyprus University of Technology

Dr. Giorgio Marinelli
Research and Innovation Consultant, Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology, Denmark

Dr. Balaji Kalluri
Industrial Post-doc, Risk Lab, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby.
Research Consultant, Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology, Denmark.

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