More than 100 delegates have attended a major international conference on sustainable energy technologies at the University of Hull.
Experts from the UK, Europe and China came together to discuss scientific advances in renewable energy, energy efficiency, phase-change material, sustainable refrigeration and air conditioning technologies, as well as potential applications of these technologies in data centres and many other buildings.
As well as keynote sessions from leading academics, businesses shared examples of real-world developments in sustainable energy technologies. Representatives from companies based in the UK, Germany, Greece and China took part in a session addressing the issues of globalisation.
The event was jointly organised by 32 organisations from the EU and China and sponsored by the European Commission, British Council, UK EPSRC, Innovate UK, Natural Science Foundation of China and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.
Professor Xudong Zhao, Director of Research for the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Hull, led the organising committee for the event.
He said: “The impact of the symposiums could be huge – it will help scientific advances in the energy sector, help economic growth in the UK, Europe and China and help environmental protection by promoting carbon reduction as well as sustainable development.
“We’re hoping the symposiums will create a foundation for regular scientific collaboration between the UK, Europe and China. The aim is to hold the event every two years.”
He added: “The event will help to raise Hull’s profile and grow our reputation as experts in this field. We are hoping it will lead to further opportunities to collaborate with partners on energy-based research and strengthen the links between businesses in Hull other parts of the world.”
Dr David Richards, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of Hull, said: “We are delighted to host this important and internationally significant conference and welcome so many global-leading academics and industry experts to Hull.
“Sustainable energy technologies is an important area of research for the University and we hope to share our expertise as we build out our collaborations with industry partners and key stakeholders. We’re keen to develop more links with industry to ensure we can build the right talent pipelines and add value to our excellent research in this field.”
The “EU-China Symposiums on Sustainable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Phase Change Energy Storage Technologies’’ also incorporated the second “Belt and Road Initiative, International Symposium on Sustainable Refrigeration and Air Conditioning” and the second “UK-China Workshop for Renewable Energy and Phase Change Energy Storage Technologies in Buildings”.
China’s “Belt and Road” strategy aims to improve connectivity between China and Europe along the route of the historic Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road.
Phase change materials are substances capable of storing and releasing large amounts of energy as they solidify or melt. Heat is absorbed or released when the material changes from solid to liquid and vice versa.