The 6th Asia-Pacific Forum on Renewable Energy (AFORE 2016), also the 2016 Conference on Engineering Thermodynamics and Energy Utilization of Chinese Society of Engineering Thermophysics was successfully completed on Nov 9th to 12th in Guangzhou, China. This was the first AFORE held in China. It was hosted by Chinese Society of Engineering Thermophysics (CSET), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and Korean Society for New and Renewable Energy (KSNRE). Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences (GIEC) is an organizer and C-CJCBERI is a co-organizer. Dr. Xiaotao Bi was invited to attend the forum and give a keynote speech on “Heat Transfer in Pulsed Fluidized Bed of Biomass”. Our Centre’s member Dr. Longlong Ma served as the Forum’s Organizing Committee Chair. He gave a keynote speech on “Biomass Catalytic Liquefaction for Aviation Fuels” and introduced the recent research and technology in GIEC on producing aviation fuels from biomass.

Nowadays, the world is challenged by the high consumption of fossil fuels. Renewable fuels are an undeniable alternative. Asia-Pacific area has 60% of the world’s population and consumes more than 40% of the global energy demand. It has been the largest and fastest growing market of clean energy and renewable energy. This forum had youth forum, keynote speeches, and seminars. Near 600 attendees from China, South Korea, Japan, Canada, and France discussed around the theme of “Development, Challenges, and Outlook of Clean Energy and Renewable Energy.” Specific areas covered included Engineering Thermophysics, Energy Utilization, Basic Mechanics, Thermodynamic System Circulation, Heat Pump and Refrigeration, Thermophysical Properties of Materials, Renewable Energy, Decarbonization, and Energy Storage, etc.

Opening ceremony guests include Dr. Hongguang Jin, Fellow of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Board Chairman of CSET; Dr. Jianzhong Xu, Fellow of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Honorary Board Chairman of CSET; Dr. Jinsoo Song, former Chairman of KSNRE; and Dr. Li Zhang, Vice President of Guangdong University of Technology. Other keynote speeches include “Asian Collaboration History on Renewable Energy” by Dr. Jinsoo Song which reviewed the collaborative work among the Asian countries on renewable energy’s research and development. Also “Research of Key Issues on High-efficient Photothermal Conversion, Heat Conduction, Thermal Storage, and Integrated Solar Energy System” by Professor Yaling He, Fellow of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi'an Jiaotong University.

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