1st South East European Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems - SEE SDEWES Ohrid 2014

29 June - 3 July, 2014,  Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
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Panel: District heating: Challenges and perspectives

Organizer/moderator: Prof. Neven Duić

Supported by 4DH (www.4dh.dk), Stratego

District heating and cooling may have significant role in the future energy systems. Although the energy efficiency of buildings will improve in the future, the heating and cooling demand of old buildings will stay significant for many years. In order to decrease the primary energy use, this heating and cooling demand which is now more than third of total in Europe, should be in any possible situation satisfied with waste heat from industry and incinerators, from power plants and from renewables. District heating and cooling may be the best supply option in areas with high density of demand as identified by mapping heat demand. The Southeast Europe has lot of condensing power plants, which should at highest extent be used to deliver heat to district heating, if feasible. Also, barriers to the use of industrial waste heat should be removed. Increasing the energy efficiency of district heating is crucial for its long term viability. This could be done by constantly improving energy efficiency of buildings, decreasing outgoing temperatures, including hot sanitary water demand and wherever possible also cooling demand. The price of heat supplied should stay competitive with other options, by taking into account socioeconomic benefits when long term local planning decisions are being made. The integration of renewables into district heating, particularly geothermal in the Pannonia, biomass in smaller forested or agricultural areas, as well as solar energy is more viable than in individual houses. Also, with the coming of fluctuating power markets, power to heat conversion, either through electric boilers or heat pumps, becomes part of integrated and smart energy systems in which district heating helps to set the floor to electricity exchange prices, but also delivers ancillary services. The panel will discuss some or all of these issues in the context of Southeast Europe. 

  • Potential of district heating systems in Eastern Europe
    Robert Mikulandric*, Goran Krajačić, Neven Duić
Panel: Scientific Diasporas, knowledge circulation and sustainable development

Organizer/moderator: Prof. Nataša Markovska

This panel will discuss the role of scientific Diasporas as significant partners of their home countries in tracing the pathways of sustainable development.  As a starting point, the results of WEBInUnion an FP-7 European project will be presented, covering the countries of Western Balkan and Greece. Based on these results the scientific Diasporas will be reviewed as a source of capital for sustainable development. Then, some show cases of skilled Diasporas playing a role in the technological and economic development of their home country will be examined paying particular attention to the gaps in knowledge on how to harness scientific Diasporas   potential. Finally, some policy prescriptions will be discussed aimed at turning the brain drain into brain and knowledge circulation, enhancing thus the potential of scientific Diasporas as agents of home country sustainable development.

  • Challenges for Developing Countries Engineering Workforce Growth: Expansion of the Mexican Oil and Gas Industry and Training for Engineers
    Kim Jones*
  • Scholarships and grants: opportunity or danger to sustainable development of South East European Countries
    Robert Mikulandric*
  • Scientific Diaspora Networks – Bridging the Gaps
    Vladimir Strezov*
  • Alumni association concept - a powerful network of Diasporas and host specialists in the field of Sustainable Development: Case study-Technical Campus of the University of Ss. „Cyril and Methodius“ in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
    Irina Mladenoska*
  • Benefits of temporary and permanent migration schemes in developing source countries
    Nicola Cantore*