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Group EE: Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment group has been lasted for years via the EKC aiming at the development of technology collaboration between Europe and Korea. Reflecting the rapid change in global energy and environmental issues, the group has facilitated collaboration between Europe and Korea. In the talk sessions, delegates will discuss the main issues, core trends and collaboration opportunities in the field of energy and the environment with experts and key persons from diverse sectors including industry, government, local authorities, research organisations and academia. In the poster session and exhibition, delegates can find collaboration partners by understanding each participant’s expertise, their research topics and main activities of participating organisations. Through these events, EKC2016 offers delegates a valuable opportunity to create a new network for open innovation.
Following sessions are focused on in the Environment and Energy at EKC2016.
1) Response to climate change
2) Oil and Gas: Exploration and Policy
3) Bioeconomy: Biomass to Bioenergy and Bioproducts for a future biobased Society
4) Carbon Resources Utilization and Recycling
5) Challenges in Chemical Safety
6) The future of nuclear energy

7) Poster presentation
In addition, diverse sessions related to Energy and Environment are also organised, including Ocean Science and Engineering sessions and  Built Environment sessions. Energy and Environment group will keep contributing to the sessions not only because these sessions have been located in Energy and Environment group in the past EKCs, but also because Energy and Environment is one of the typical interdisciplinary subjects that involve diverse areas.


Session EE 1: Response to Climate Change (Room: Estrel C5) 11:00 - 12:40, 28 July


Convener/Chair: Mr. Kwanghee Yeom (ThinkTank KODEG, Germany;
Co-Chair: Dr. Ki-woo Lee (President of Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), Korea)

Session description: The first session of the Energy and Environment Group at the EKC 2016 will aim to look into ways of win-win strategy between Korea and the EU in the Post Kyoto Era. In particular, by taking the European experts’ advice this session will strive for learning what the Paris Agreement implies the world relying on fossil fuel, and seeking ways to succeed in the sustainable coexistence. Also the delegates from the Korean research institutes will present the collaboration needs between Korea and Europe in terms of the technology development responding to climate change. In addition a few panels will give a short talk about energy transition technology. For reaching such aim, this session focuses on multilateral discussion sharing diverse knowledge and ideas rather than one-way speech. All the audience, key note speakers and panels will discuss key issues, including the trend of energy transition to address climate change and the collaboration between Korea and Europe to develop the technologies responding to climate change .
11:00 - 11:05 Session introduction

11:05 - 11:20 “Energy technology cooperation between Korea and EU counteracting the Paris Agreement”
Dr. Ki-woo Lee (President of the Korea Institute of Energy Research)_invited speaker
Since November in 2013, Dr. Lee Ki-woo serves as the President of the Korea Institute Energy Research.
He has published 39 international journals including “Drying Characteristics Analysis by Hot Air Temperature in Thermal Oil Heating Dryer” and a co-author of 77 books.

11:20 - 11:35 "The German energy transition - what lessons to be learned for Korea?"

Mr. Markus Steigenberger (Deputy Executive Director, Agora Energiewende, Germany)_invited speaker


Markus Steigenberger is the Deputy Executive Director of Agora Energiewende, a Berlin-based, non-partisan think tank focusing on the transformation of energy systems. In this function, he oversees Agora’s international activities. Before joining Agora, Markus led the Germany programme of the European Climate Foundation (ECF). Markus started his career as a journalist and held various positions in German and international civil society organisations. He completed a Master of Business Administration as well as a Magister Artium in economic history, political science, and law.



11:35 - 11:50 "Adsorption fundamentals and processes for low carbon industrial processes", Dr. Hyungwoong Ahn (University of Edinburgh)


11:50 - 12:00 "Energy Efficiency Governance: analysis of administrative structure and funding mechanism", Ms. Hae-In Cho (University of Geneva)


12:00 - 12:10 "Environmental Research and Technology Development in Korea", Dr. Dong Yeoub Shon (Korea Environmental Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI), Korea)


12:10 - 12:20 "Development of SOFC anodes resistant to sulfur poisoning and carbon deposition", Hyeondeok Jeong (Forschungszentrum Juelich IEK-1)

12:20 - 12:40 Panel discussion



Session EE 2: Challenges and opportunities of global oil and gas industry (Room: Estrel C5) 14:00 - 15:40, 28 July


Convener: Dr. Eun Young Lee (University of Vienna, Austria;
Session description: In the last century, oil and gas have played a prominent role in the growth of the world economy and in the quality of life of societies around the world. Concurrently, fluctuations of oil and gas prices influenced dramatically to development of other energy industry and market (e.g. renewable and nuclear energy). Today, however, the forecast for the industry is extremely different compared with how it looked just a couple of years ago. Lower prices and oversupply represent a real challenge to the industry, and the oil price drop keeps the oil and gas industry on their toes. But it does not mean the future is all gloom. It just means that the oil and gas industry needs to be prepared and adopt strategies that take advantage of the new reality. This session aims to talk current trends and recent issues of oil and gas industry, and discuss future prospect and strategies. For this session, presentations and audiences from all aspects related to oil and gas industry are invited and welcome.

14:00 – 14:05 Session introduction

14:05 - 14:30 "New Challenges In Oil And Gas Industry"

Prof.Dr. Ana Ivanovic (University of Aberdeen, UK)_invited speaker

Dr. Ana Ivanovic is Professor at University of Aberdeen, UK. Her main area of research is in the study of the dynamic behaviour of ground anchorage systems and particularly the numerical and physical modelling of such systems. Another area of interest is the research of the impact of trawling gears on the benthos and fuel efficiency. She is also interested in determination of safe burial depth of pipeines in Arctic region



14:30 - 14:55 “2015 COP 21 Paris meeting and Fossil Fuel’s fast track Phase-out? : The Role of Natural gas as the transition fuel”, Dr. Keun-Wook Paik (Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, UK)


14:55 - 15:20 "Recent Trend in Offshore Oil and Gas Technology Development ", Dr. Gijae Yun (Subsea7, UK)


15:20 - 15:40 Open Discussion

Session EE 3: Bioeconomy: Biomass to Bioenergy and Bioproducts for a future biobased Society (Room: Estrel C5), 16:00 - 17:40, 28 July


Convener: Dr. Jin Mi Park Triolo (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark;
Session description: Bioeconomy is a holistic approach combining diverse stakeholders facilitating effective long-term development of a bio-based society. It builds bridges between industries, creating new value chain processes and seeks smooth knowledge development from laboratory level all the way to industrialization and further commercialization. Despite its great potential, a shift to a bio-based society is extremely challenging as the complexity of biomass composition requires the revolutionary changes in the biomass process technology and most promising bio-products with great market potential are still in need of dramatic technology development for full scale production. Besides the technology immaturity, a shift of infrastructures into biotechnology based ones, limited availability of non-food biomass, low profitability and inappropriate regulations also present great challenges. This session focuses on technology and industries for value added production of diverse bio-based products including biofuel, biochemicals and bioplastics. Diverse stakeholders from institutes, industries and public sectors in Europe and Korea will share their knowledge and experiences in smart processing technology for a wide range of end-products, potentials of industrialisation and main challenges and restrictions against a shift to a sustainable bio-based society in Korea and Europe. In addition, the audience, invited speakers and panels will discuss key issues and the collaboration between Korea and Europe to create a synergetic cooperation in research and development to promote a shift to a bio-based society.

16:00 - 16:10 Session introduction

16:10 - 16:30 "Opportunities and challenges in supplying future Food and Energy demands - while sustaining the planet"

Prof.  Dr. Lorie Hamelin (University of Southern Denmark)_invited speaker

Dr. Lorie Hamelin is Assistant Professor at University of Southern Denmark/Life Cycle Engineering (SDU/LCE). Dr. Hamelin’s main research interest is to investigate, under present and future framework conditions, societal strategies to decouple the agricultural & energy systems from the land demand. Dr. Hamelin benefits from 12 years of research experience in dealing with environmental issues related to agriculture. Her core competence is Life Cycle Assessment, particularly applied in the context of identifying environmentally- and cost-efficient innovations to supply food, feed and energy to a growing population.




16:30 - 16:45 "The role of lignocellulosic biomass in bioeconomy in the EU by 2050", Dr. Hyung-Sik Choi (University of Hohenheim, Germany)


16:45 - 17:00 "Thermodynamic Energy efficiency of carbon capture and utilisation in anaerobic batch digestion process", Prof. Dr. Sung -Taek Oh (University of Abertay Dundee, UK)


17:00 - 17:40 Panel Discussion



Session EE 4: Carbon Resources Utilization and Upcycling (Room: Estrel C5) 08:30 - 10:40, 29 July


Dr. Ki-Won Jun (Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), Korea;
Dr. Ji-Whan Ahn (Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), Korea;


Dr. Kew-Ho Lee (President of Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), Korea;

Dr. Kyu Han Kim (President of Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM),
Session description: This session deals with technologies for CO2 utilization by chemical conversion, which ultimately results in the reduction of green-house gas emission and thereby being used as an effective way under new climate change regime. In this session, recent progress on various catalytic, electrochemical, and photochemical conversion of CO2 will be discussed in terms of carbon resources utilization and upcycle. We also deals with technologies for carbon resource recycling by mineral carbonation, which ultimately results in the mitigation of CO2 at atmosphere and thereby being used as an effective way under new climate change regime. Finally, recent progress on carbon resource recycling appropriate technology and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) will be discussed in terms of carbon resources utilization and upcycle.

8:30 - 8:40 opening (Prof. Dr. Kew-Ho Lee, President of Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology)


8:40 - 9:30


"Efficient Utilization of Carbon Dioxide in a Gas-to-Methanol Process", Dr. Ki-Won Jun (Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT), Korea)


“Carbon neutral chemicals and polymers from CO2 and biomass”

Prof. Sang-Hyun Pyo (Lund University, Sweden)_invited speaker


Prof. Sang-Hyun Pyo is currently Associate Professor at Lund University's Department of Chemistry (Division of Biotechnology) in Sweden. He is also a co-founder and CTO of Cyclicor AB, a spin-off company in Sweden since 2012. He also served as a Visiting Professor at Korea University and a Visiting Scholar at University of California, San Diego in USA.


“Making More Efficient Catalysts for the Hydrogenation of CO2 to Methanol”

Prof. Dr. Malte Behrens (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)_invited speaker

Malte Behrens is Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Head of the group “Materials Chemistry of Solid Catalysts” at the University of Duisburg-Essen since 2014. Before that, he has been a group leader at the Fritz-Haber-Institute in Berlin in the Department of Inorganic Chemistry (Prof. Robert Schlögl). His specialized research areas are heterogeneous catalysis and the development of new solid catalytic materials.



09:30 - 10:15 


"Emerging Carbon Resources Recycling of Inorganic Alkaline Wastes by Accelerated Carbonation with Real Low Conc.CO2 and the Pilot Plant Field Test ", Dr. Ji-Whan Ahn (Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), Korea)


“Wet-route carbonation of industrial residues: fundamentals, energy requirements and scale-up opportunities”

Prof. Dr. RENATO BACIOCCHI (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy)_invited speaker

Renato Baciocchi is Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata since 2003. He received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering by the Politecnico di Milano in 1995 and worked for a few years as process engineer before starting his academic career at the end of 1998. His main research interests focus on the management of contaminated sites and on carbonation of minerals and industrial residues, with the most recent works focusing on the combination with biogas upgrading and granulation processes. He has published more than 200 contributions to international journals and conference proceedings, with about 70 papers published in peer review journals.


“Pilot-Scale Operation of a Concrete Sludge Recycling Plant and Simultaneous CO2 sequestration”

Prof. Dr. ATSUSHI IIZUKA (Tohoku University, Japan)_invited speaker

Dr. Iizuka graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering, the University of Tokyo, and awarded Ph. D in the Department of Environmental Systems of the same University. His Ph D thesis deals with new total recycling process of waste concrete utilizing carbonic acid treatment. Since 2010, he has been serving as an assistant professor at the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM), Tohoku University. His current research activities cover, CO2 mitigation technology, recycling of wastes, indoor and outdoor air pollution, and material engineering for environmental applications.



10:15 - 10:40 Panel Discussion




Session EE 5: Challenges in Chemical Safety (Room: Estrel C5) 11:00  - 12:40, 29 July


Convener: Dr. Hyunpyo Jeon (KIST Europe, Germany;
Session description: A lack of sound scientific information about chemical safety can undermine public confidence in chemical products and may prompt restrictions in their use or their removal from the marketplace. The confidence of potential health and environmental risks from chemicals requires not only hazard information but also information about environmentally-relevant exposures to chemicals. This session is about the scientific challenges of the safety of chemicals and to improve our understanding of the potential health and environmental risks.
-    Toxicology and ecotoxicology
-    Animal alternative approaches in chemical safety (In-vitro, In-silico, etc)
-    Risk assessment and management of chemical
-    Analytical method for hazardous chemical
-    Mixture toxicity
-    Food and feed safety
-    Biocide and pesticide and etc


11:00 - 11:25 "An Eco-friendly Product Design Support Tool (Eco-PDS) for Assessing Mixture Toxicity", Dr. Jongwoon Kim (KIST Europe, Germany)


11:25 - 11:50 "An overall strategy to the risk assessment for the requirements of K-REACH regislation", Jisu Yang (KIST Europe, Germany)

11:50 - 12:15 "Application of passive sampling targeting polar organic contaminants in compliance with EU water framework directive monitoring programme", Yoonah Jeong (KIST Europe, Germany)  

12:15 - 12:40 "Improvement of the interaction of molecularly imprinted polymers with genetically modified self-assembled virus displaying different types of exterior amino acid", In-hyuk Baek (KIST Europe, Germany)  


Session EE 6: The future of nuclear power (Room: Estrel C3) 16:00 - 17:40, 29 July


Convener: Dr. Jun Lim (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN), Belgium;
Chair: Dr. Bong Yoo (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN), Belgium;

Session description: Nuclear power is one of the options available for alleviating the risk of global climate change and its potential contribution to GHG emissions reduction could be significant. The Fukushima accident has, however, had a negative impact on public opinion on nuclear power and some countries including Germany have decided to move towards the closure of their nuclear power plants. The purpose of this session is to discuss various issues in nuclear energy and to present the current status of the development of advanced nuclear fission (Gen IV systems) and nuclear fusion. Moreover, the role of nuclear energy for alleviating the risk of global climate change will be discussed. 
This session will cover:
- Role of nuclear energy in mitigating global climate change
- Nuclear safety after the Fukushima accident
- Nuclear waste management
- Advanced nuclear fission reactor
- Status of nuclear fusion research
16:00 - 16:05 Sesssion introduction


16:05 - 16:30 "Role of Nuclear Energy in the Future Energy Mix and Needs for R&D in Closing the Fuel Cycle"

Prof. Dr. Hamid Aït Abderrahim (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN), Belgium)_invited speaker


Prof. Dr. Hamid Aït Abderrahim is the Deputy Director General International Relations of SCK•CEN, the Belgian nuclear research centre. He is also professor of reactor physics and nuclear engineering at the "Université Catholique de Louvain" (UCL) at the mechanical engineering department of the "Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain (EPL)". His fields of specialisation are Reactor Physics, Reactor Dosimetry, Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Partitioning and transmutation of high level nuclear waste and Nuclear Reactor Technology.



16:30 - 16:55 "Introduction to Nuclear R&D program of KAERI - Basis to Mission Innovation Project in Korea: Back-End of Fuel Cycle including SFR/PYRO, and Decommissioning NPP"

Mr. Suhn Choi (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), Korea)_invited speaker


Mr. Suhn Choi brings more than 30 years of R&D and management experience in Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute to his position as vice president, present Convergence Technology Development and former Small Reactors Development. He led KAERI’s efforts to develop, design, and verify the technologies for SMART reactor (SMR), and is now trying to get a leading edge with the various technologies combined. His department is studying various topics,  such as decommissioning of nuclear facilities, laser, robot, and sensor technologies and also nuclear fusion system development. He earned a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University. He is a member of ASME, KSME and Korea Nuclear Society.



16:55 - 17:20 "Nuclear Fusion Today and Challenges"

Dr. Jeong Bae Lee (ITER Organization, France)_invited speaker


Dr. Jeong Bae LEE is Senior Nuclear Safety Responsible Officer at ITER Organization located in France. His professional area is in the safety management/engineering/regulation for nuclear facilities, and his academic back ground in mechanical engineering (fatigue fracture of metal, and boiling heat-mass transfer as well). Before joining the ITER Organization June 2005, he had worked for a nuclear regulatory body, the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, for 25 years.




17:20 - 17:40 "Solid state ionic devices for lead alloy cooled nuclear reactors" , Mr. Gabriele Manfredi (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN), Belgium)





Session EE: Poster presentation (Room: Convention Hall/Foyer) 12:40 - 14:00, 28 July


Chair: Dr. Dowon Kim (TransScientia, United Kingdom:


EE-01 "Development of SOFC Anodes Resistant to Sulfur Poisoning and Carbon Deposition"
Hyeondeok Jeong (Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany)
EE-02 (KIER Call) "An Engineered Cryptic Hxt11 Sugar Transporter Facilitates Glucose- Xylose co-Consumption in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae"
Hyun Yong Shin (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
EE-03 (KIER Call) "Thermodynamic Energy Efficiency of Carbon Capture and Utilisation in Anaerobic Batch Digestion Process"
Sung-Taek Oh (University of Abertay Dundee, United Kingdom)
EE-04 "Properties of Eco-Friendly Plasticiser/Poly Vinyl Chloride(PVC) Composite Using Glycerol from Biodiesel Process"
Soo-Jung Kang (Sungkyunkwan University, Korea)
EE-05 (KIER Call) "Integrated Bioethanol Biorefinery Chain: Sequential Biochemical Conversion to Produce
Bioethanol and Biogas Production"
Jin Mi Triolo (Univerisity of Southern, Denmark)
EE-06 (KIER Call) "Co-ensiling as an Effective Biological Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Straw to Boost Biogas Production"
Jin Mi Triolo (Univerisity of Southern, Denmark)
EE-07 (KIER Call) "High Conductive Catalyst Supports for Fuel Cell Applications Prepared by Surface Modification of Graphene- and CNT-Structures"
Eun-Jin Oh (University of Saarland, Germany)
EE-08 "Biomass-Based Hydrothermal Carbon Disc for Electrocatalytic Water Splitting"
Youngmi Yi (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Germany)
EE-09 "Selective Capture of Heavy Metal Ions from Contaminated Water by Covalent Organic Polymer"
Dongah Ko (Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark)
EE-10 "German Energy Transition - the Driving Factors and Its Implication"
Kwanghee Yeom (Think Tank KODEG, Germany)
EE-11 "Elucidation of the buffer effects on the quantification of glutathione and glutathione disulfide by liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization MS/MS"
YounJung Jung (KIST Europe, Germany)
EE-12 "A Comparative Study on Risk Characterization Methods for Occupational Exposure to Chemical Mixtures under EU REACH"
Hyeri Jung (KIST Europe, Germany)
EE-13 "What Eco-PDS Tool does for Eco-friendly Product Design of Chemical Mixtures?"
Jiyi Jang (KIST Europe, Germany)