Prof. Nidia Caetano
School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic Institute of Porto (IPP), Portugal

Prof. Nidia Caetano graduated and received her Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), Porto, Portugal, in 1987 and 1996, respectively.
She started the teaching activity in 1992, as Assistant Professor and is today Coordinator Professor with the Chemical Engineering Department, School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic Institute of Porto (P.Porto), Porto, Portugal.
She was sub director of the Chemical Engineering Department for 4 years, having been laboratory director for ten years (2001-2011).
From March 2013 she has been the director of the Master Course in Sustainable Energies of ISEP, in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Prof. Caetano is member of the Portuguese Engineers Association (OE), and also of the Portuguese Association of Environmental and Sanitary Engineering (APESB) where she is involved in the solid waste section.
She started her R&D career in the LSRE of FEUP in 1987, where she did her PhD research in MTBE kinetic study in a batch reactor and simulation / operation of a fixed bed reactor. Later on (in 1998), she co-funded the LEPAE of FEUP (nowadays LEPABE), where she is senior researcher. She is also collaborator of CIETI, a R&D center at ISEP.
Her research interests include biofuels (waste to energy: biodiesel, bioethanol, biogas, combustion) either from waste biomass, oil or microalgae; efficient use of solar energy for microalgae production; valorization of solid waste and wastewater treatment, always using a sustainability-based approach, having participated in several projects with the industry.
She has supervised several Master and PhD students, is the co-author of 12 book chapters and over 60 papers in international journals and over 100 papers in conferences. She has also participated in several organizing and scientific committees of conferences, having presented more than 100 communications. She has been the reviewer of numerous scientific publications in international indexed journals and conferences and projects evaluator for national and international agencies.

Speech Title: Biofuels from biowaste: a contribution to energy sustainability
Abstract: Sustainability has become a major concern of governments and policy makers, who have to provide the conditions for their populations to live comfortably, without endangering the life of their descendants.
Population growth, land and resource limitations, energy shortage and water scarcity can hinder the desired development of nations, in a linear based economy. Thus, a circular economy approach must be applied to any resource. It is now the time to consider the whole life cycle, and extend it, by opening new routes for resource recovery and renewable energy supply.
The energy mix must contain different renewable energy sources, combined in such a way to fulfil our needs safe and economically. The produced energy can no longer be wasted without being incorporated in any kind of good or service.
In this presentation, it will be shown the risks and the advantages of biofuels produced from biowaste, and how this can contribute to reach energy sustainability.

Keywords: biofuels; biowaste; LCA; resource recovery; sustainability; waste valorization.


Prof. Carlos Felgueiras
CIETI/ISEP, Portugal

Manuel Carlos Felgueiras received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, in 1987 and 2008, respectively.
He started is professional in 1987 as electronic designer for automation systems. Later was invited to supervise a test laboratory for verifying the accomplishment of European Standards in thermoelectric household appliances. He started the teaching activity in 1994 as Assistant Professor and later on as Adjunct Professor and researcher with the Department of Electrical Engineering, School of Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Porto (IPP), Porto, Portugal. His research interests include design for debug and test of mixed-signals, remote experimentation in e-learning and renewable energy sources.
Prof. Felgueiras is member of the Portuguese Engineers Association and also the Global Online Laboratory Consortium (GOLC). He has published about 35 papers and includes the scientific committee of several conferences.


Prof. Saad Mekhilef, IET Fellow
University of Malaya, Malaysia

Saad Mekhilef received the B. Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Setif, in 1995, and Master of Engineering science and PhD from University of Malaya in 1998 and 2003 respectively. He is currently professor at Department of Electrical Engineering; University of Malaya. Prof. Saad is the author and co-author of more than 250 publications in international journals and proceedings. He is actively involved in industrial consultancy, for major corporations in the power electronics projects. His research interest includes power conversion techniques, control of power converters, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Prof. Dr. Saad Mekhilef is an IET Fellow and IEEE senior member. He is the associate editor of IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics and Journal of Power Electronics. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Malaya. He is the Director of Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Research Laboratory-PEARL- He is the author and coauthor of more than 250 publications in international journals and proceedings (189 ISI journal papers) with more than 10000 citations and 46 H-index, 53 Ph.D. and master students have graduated under his supervision. He is actively involved in industrial consultancy for major corporations in the power electronics projects. His research interests include power conversion techniques, control of power converters, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.