Pr. Chaouki Ghenai
Pr. Chaouki Ghenai is an Associate Professor at the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering Department (SREE), College of Engineering; Coordinator of the Sustainable Energy Development Research Group, Center for Sustainable Energy and Power Systems (CSEPS) at the Research Institute for Sciences and Engineering (RISE), and the Chairman of the Research Funding Department at the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, University of Sharjah. Dr. Ghenai received his PhD and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Orleans University, Orleans, France and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Constantine University, Constantine, Algeria. Before Joining the University of Sharjah, Dr.Ghenai was an Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida and Project Manager at the Applied Research Centre, Miami, Florida. He worked also as a post doc at Cornel University (Ithaca, New York), and Research Associate at Kansas State University (Manhattan,Kansas), and University of California Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California). He received several teaching and research awards including: Distinguished Faculty Research Award, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE (2018), Award for Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching,Florida Atlantic University, Florida, USA (2010), Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport (2019),7th Sharjah Sustainability Award , and 6th Sharjah Sustainability Award (Green Campus). Dr.Ghenai has published more than 130 research papers in technical journals, book chapters, and books. His research interests are renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass, and fuel cell); energy efficiency (building, transportation, industry); clean energy transition; decarbonization, digitalization and decentralization of the energy systems; combustion (solid, liquid an gas fuels); alternative and renewable fuels (biogas, syngas, bio-oil, biodiesel, hydrogen); clean combustion technologies; waste to energy (pyrolysis, gasification, anaerobic digestion); sustainability; eco-design; energy-water nexus; energy planning and climate change mitigation assessment; and modeling and simulation of micro gird power systems and air pollution.
3Ds for Clean Energy Transition: Decarbonization, Digitalization and Decentralization
This presentation will review the 3Ds of Energy Transition: Decarbonization, Digitalization, and Decentralization. The energy transition for the energy sector is the shift from the centralized fossil-fuel (coal, oil, natural gas) based energy systems for both the energy production (supply) and consumption (demand) to clean, sustainable, smart, intelligent and decentralized energy systems. Decarbonization of the energy systems means moving toward low carbon power systems for greenhouse gas emissions reduction (reduce the carbon footprint) using renewable resources (solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydro, ocean), energy efficiency, alternative fuels (low or zero carbon fuels), and carbon captures and storage. The digitalization of the energy systems using smart meters, remote control, big data analytics, advanced control and optimization methods and strategies, artificial intelligence algorithms, intelligent networks, machine learning algorithms, digital twin technology and predictive and forecasting tools will help to improve the productivity, accessibility, reliability, the safety and the sustainability of the energy systems. Decentralization refers to the distributed energy generation using renewable energy and advanced energy storage technologies: development of microgrid power systems (off-grid or grid-tied power systems). Examples of research projects related to decarbonization, digitalization and decentralization of the energy sector will be given during this presentation.