1st International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics

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Mission Statement
To facilitate a rich exchange of knowledge between academia, industry, and research societies whom seek solutions to address energy challenges worldwide.

Since James Watt, a Scottish inventor, improved the efficiency of steam engine, human civilization relies more and more on a steady energy supply. The re-rise as an international superpower and the global energy crisis are challenging China and the world. We are at a transitional age. On the one hand, we see the technology advances in exploration and development of oil and gas, a depleting resource; and the growth in handling ageing and decommissioning. On the other hand, we see ideas and plans for new energy structure in the future. This symposium is about energy challenges and roles of mechanics as a means for seeking solutions, involving multiple disciplines in technology, science and management. The topics cover both fossil fuels and many different forms of renewable energy. In addition, we will discuss roles of mechanics in issues relate to energy efficiency, safety and environment. The venue of the symposium is in Aberdeen, Scotland, the energy capital of Europe.

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Keynote Speakers include:

• Professor George W. Crabtree, Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (joined us on 3 August 2013)
• Professor Ian Gordon Bryden FRSE (joined us on 25 August 2013)
• Dr. Chris Fowler, former NACE International President (joined us on 11 September 2013)
• Professor Huajian Gao, Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (joined us on 17 September 2013)
• Professor Robert M. McMeeking FREng, FRSE, Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (joined us on 25 September 2013)
• Professor David Cardwell FREng (joined us on 1 October 2013)
• Professor Jing Zhu, Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (joined us on 8 November 2013)
• Mr. Neil Kermode, Managing Director of the European Marine Energy Centre (joined us on 25 November 2013)

Programme of Activities

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Technical topics include (with detailed session arrangement in here):

I. Fossil fuels, geological storage and exploration

  1. Subsea engineering
  2. Geophysical exploration
  3. Drilling and well integrity
  4. Rock mechanics and reservoir geomechanics
  5. Flow in porous media and in naturally fractured reservoirs

II. Renewable energy

  1. Energy harvesting and storage
  2. Advanced devices for energy development
  3. Wind energy
  4. Hydropower
  5. Marine energy
  6. Nano-energy
  7. Hydrogen-storage material
  8. Electromechanical energy

III. Energy efficiency, safety and environment

  1. Porous materials and structures for energy applications
  2. Energy efficiency
  3. Safety and life extension, brownfield oil and gas
  4. Nuclear power
  5. Environmental impacts of energy production, transportation, and usage
  6. Carbon capture and storage




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