The Energy and Materials Research Conference is an event where researchers and professionals of a wide range of sciences and engineering met with the aim to share the last innovations and advances in materials and processes that intervene in the generation, transmission-distribution and storage of energy. The connexion is clear between the research in innovative materials and new technological solutions or improvements in the materials and the development or cleaner, cheaper, more safety and efficient energetic technologies. The third edition of the EMR Conference was held from 5 to 7 April 2017 in the Universidade Nova of Lisbon to which 133 researchers from 35 different countries participated. The conference was devoted to processes, materials and applied systems in the following areas:
- Nuclear energy and materials
- Production of energy from biomass (biocombustible)
- Solar Energy
- Materials for the energy collection
- Transmission, distribution and storage energy
- Fuell cells
- Advances in lighting
- Buildings with energetic efficiency
- Eolic energy
- Materials, processes and energy saving systems
- Geothermal energy
- Hydraulic energy. Waves and tidal power and sustainability.
Speakers in The EMR Conference 2017 were great professionals of recognized prestige. Among others can be highlighted Mowafak Al-Jassim, main scientific and leader of the group in the National Photovoltaic Centre which is part of the National Renewable Energy laboratory (NREL) sited in Colorado (USA); Juan Bisquert, director of the Advanced Materials Institute in the UJI (Castellón); or Francisco Gírio, head of the Bioenergy Unit of the National Energy and geology laboratory of Lisbon (LNEG) as well as the President of the Chairman of the Fiscal Council of FIPA (Portuguese Association of Agrifood), among others.
Within the stand devoted to the posters, the Chemical Technology Institute UPV-CSIC carried out the presentation and project dissemination Demonstrative Pilot Plan for the Material Valorisation of waste from non-ferrous materials funded under LIFE 2013 call and co-financed by the European Union. The objective of the project is de development of a plasma demonstrative pilot plant that achieve zinc oxide from non-ferrous metallic waste (zamak). The zinc oxide will meet the technical requirements that guarantee its validation in two industrial sectors (rubber/EVA transformation and chemical catalysis), although the results can be extrapolated to others. The project is focused in developing an Eco-sustainable technology that convert a residual current (metallic transformation sector) in by-products and create a new supply source of resources from waste.
Visitors from the academic scope related to the provision of biomass, the use of renewable energy and the production of hydrogen showed interest for the results achieved in this project.
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