Optics and Photonics for Energy & the Environment (E2)

Optics and Photonics for Energy & the Environment (E2)

14 - 17 November 2016
Kongresshalle am Zoo Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

E2 focuses on monitoring and controlling the generation of energy and its impact on the environment. The conference will showcase optical techniques and instrumentation used in monitoring, sensing, and transmitting information relating to energy and the environment. It will bring together people from industry, university, and government to address environmental impacts of energy production and policies to guide its management. Special emphasis will be on sensor devices for energy, environment, and pollution monitoring, energy usage and transmission (including smart grid technology), and energy efficiency in industry.

Topic Categories:

Optics and Photonics in Environment and Pollution Monitoring
  • Remote sensing techniques to measure trace gases, particulates and aerosols (including LIDAR, DOAS, FTIR)
  • Optical in-situ techniques to measure trace gases, particulates and aerosols
  • Emerging applications for spectroscopic techniques (including non-destructive optical methods and laser diagnostics)
  • Optical techniques for air pollution and climate change detection (including satellite remote sensing)
  • Laser spectroscopy of the environment (including frequency comb spectroscopy)
  • Optical instruments and techniques to measure solid and liquid pollutants or contaminants and water quality (including hyperspectral imaging, LIBS, and time-gated luminescence flow cytometry and application related to marine biology)
  • Optical systems for measurement of whole-facility emissions (including open-path and fiber-optical sensing)
  • Optical techniques to detect hazardous materials (explosives, …)
Optics and Photonics in Energy Research and Applications
  • Optics and photonics in wind energy (including energy mining)
  • Optics and photonics in solar energy (including energy mining)
  • Optics and photonics in the fossil fuel industry (including transport and storage)
  • Optics and photonics for the mining industry
  • Optics and photonics in agriculture
  • Optics and photonics for studies of combustion, propulsion, and flow processes (such as flames, explosions, projectiles, engines, etc.)
  • Optics and photonics to increase energy and environmental efficiencies of information transmission (including telecommunications, computing, and the internet)
  • Optics and photonics to assess the environmental impact of energy sectors
  • Optics and photonics in underwater technology

Plenary and Keynote Speakers

Lidar Techniques and Applications for Improving Wind Energy Production and Characterizing Pollution from Fossil Fuel-Based Energy Generation, R. Michael Hardesty, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin, USA, Keynote


The Invention of High Efficient Blue LEDs and Future Lighting; Shuji Nakamura, Univ. of California Santa Barbara, USA, Plenary
Arthur Dogariu

Princeton University
Program Chair

Andreas Fix

German Aerospace Center
Program Chair

Jianguo Liu

Anhui Inst Optics & Fine Mech, CAS
Program Chair

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Sergey Babichenko, LDI Innovation, Estonia, Monitoring of Marine Environment with Hyperspectral Lidar, Invited

Ian Coddington, National Inst of Standards & Technology, United States, Dual-Comb Spectroscopy for GHG Quantification , Invited

Alcide Di Sarra, ENEA, Italy, Determining the Effect of Atmospheric Aerosols on Solar Radiation from the Combination of Remote Sensing Techniques , Invited

Frans J. Harren, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands, Laser-based Trace Gas Detection in Life Science, Invited

Johannes Kiefer, Universitat Bremen, Germany, Gas-Phase and Combustion Diagnostics by Infrared Laser-Induced Grating Spectroscopy , Invited

Katharina Kohse-Hoinghaus, Universitat Bielefeld, Germany, Photons, Electrons, and Ions: Detective Work in Combustion Chemistry Research , Invited

Doina Nicolae, National Institute for Optoelectronics, Romania, ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace Gases Research InfraStructure Network) Network, Invited

Johannes Orphal, Karlsruhe Institute of technology, GLORIA - 3D Sounding of the Atmosphere Using Air-Borne Imaging Fourier Spectrometry in the Mid Infrared, Invited

Peter John Rodrigo, DTU Fotonik, Denmark, Diode Laser Applications for Wind Energy, Invited

Juergen Roepcke, INP-Greifswald, Germany, On Recent Progress in Plasma Diagnostics and Trace Gas Detection Using Infrared Laser Techniques, Invited

Marion Schroedter-Homscheidt, DLR, Germany, Earth Observation Based Cloud, Aerosol, and Irradiance Information for Applications in Solar Energy Generation , Invited

Marcel Snels, ISAC-CNR, Italy, 25 Years of Atmospheric Lidar Measurements in Antarctica, Invited

Nobuo Sugimoto, National Inst for Environmental Studies, Japan, The Asian Dust and Aerosol Lidar Observation Network (AD-Net) , Invited

Matthias Ulbricht, ADLARES GmbH, Germany, Optical Airborne Leak Survey for Gas Pipelines, Invited

Songhua Wu, Ocean University of China, China, Lidar Investigation of Wind Turbine Wake Characteristics Under Different Surface Roughness , Invited

Liang Xu, Anhui Inst of Optics Fine Mechanics, China, Industrial Air Pollution Monitoring by Active and Passive Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Invited

R. Michael Hardesty, Natl Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin, United States, Lidar Techniques and Applications for Improving Wind Energy Production and Characterizing Pollution from Fossil Fuel-Based Energy Generation, Keynote

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Congress Special Events

Congress Welcome Reception
Monday, 14 November, 18:30 - 20:30
Mekong Event Space - Leipzig Zoo

Attend the 2016 Light, Energy and the Environment Congress Welcome Reception in the unique Mekong event space of the famous Gondwanaland. Meet with colleagues from around the world and enjoy light hors d'oeuvres. This event is complimentary for technical attendees - non-technical attendees and guest tickets are available for $55 USD each.

The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics (CSP)

Tuesday, 15 November 2016
13:30 – 16:30
Ticket Fee: $15 USD per person
70 person maximum capacity.

Registration will be available onsite at the congress on a first come first serve basis.

Round-trip transportation will be provided from the Kongresshalle am Zoo. Bus will depart at 13:30 and return by 16:30.

The Fraunhofer CSP conducts applied research into silicon crystallization, wafer production, solar cell characterization and module technology, developing in the process new technologies, production processes and product concepts along the entire photovoltaic value chain.

The Center’s work is focused on the assessment of the reliability of solar cells and modules under laboratory and operating conditions as well as electrical, optical, mechanical and microstructural material and component characterization. Focusing its activities in this way enables the Center to develop measurement methods, devices and production process for components and materials which are based on an understanding of failure mechanisms and offer increased levels of reliability.

Its portfolio of research activities in the field of photovoltaics is complemented by research into renewable hydrogen production and the storage and utilization of this gas, in particular the development, characterization and testing of new materials for fuel cells and electrolyzers, as well as the simulations and economic feasibility studies of decentralized photovoltaic electrolysis systems.

The Fraunhofer CSP is a joint initiative of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
13:30 – 16:30
Ticket Fee: $10 USD per person
40 person maximum capacity.

Registration will be available onsite at the congress on a first come first serve basis.

Round-trip transportation will be provided from the Kongresshalle am Zoo. Bus will depart at 13:30 and return by 16:15.

The Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS) is member of the Leibniz Association, which connects 88 independent research institutions of Germany. The task of TROPOS is the research on tropospheric aerosols and clouds. More details can be found at: http://www.tropos.de/en/institute/research-profile/task-and-mission /.

Tropospheric aerosols and clouds play a central role in the coupled system men-environment-climate. The corresponding processes are highly complex and a successful research requires strong cooperation between different scientific fields.

TROPOS is an internationally leading institution aiming at application oriented basic research on aerosols and clouds and their interactions. TROPOS monitors, understands and models the physical and chemical processes of tropospheric aerosols and clouds from the molecular and micro-scale to long-range transports into polluted regions of various strengths. TROPOS is the contact for politics, society and science in the impact-fields health and climate.

TROPOS consists of 4 research departments: Experimental Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics, Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Processes, Modeling of Atmospheric Processes, and Atmospheric Chemistry (http://www.tropos.de/en/institute/departments). Often optical methods and techniques are applied within the experiments.

After a short introduction to TROPOS, the offered tour through TROPOS will stop at four stations (groups):

1. ground-based remote sensing activities: aerosol lidars (Dietrich Althausen)

2. in-situ measurements of aerosol properties: calibration lab for measurements of optical particle properties (Alfred Wiedensohler)

3. cloud-chamber: experimental setup to investigate cloud microphysical processes including the use of optical techniques for detection (Frank Stratmann)

4. the LEAK chamber (Leipziger Aerosolkammer): photo-chemical investigations of atmospheric processes including secondary organic aerosol formation using optical excitations (Olaf Böge)

Industry Panel
Tuesday, 15 November, 17:30 - 19:00
Kongresshalle am Zoo

Renewable energy systems are finally on a global economic rise, exceeding combined new build fossil generation for the first in 2015. Still there is a long way to go, as renewable energies (including hydro) contribute less than a quarter of the worldwide overall energy capacity. In this panel discussion, we will hear different perspectives from politics, research and industry on the status and future of renewable energies and approaches to accelerate market penetration. 

Munib Amin, RWE International SE, Germany
Michael Bauer, Calyxo GmbH, Germany
Hans-Josef Fell, Energy Watch Group, Germany
Bongyoung Yoo, Hanyang University, South Korea

Facilitated by Kenneth Baldwin, ANU Energy Change Institute, Australia

Congress Banquet (Additional Ticket Required)
Tuesday, 15 November, 19:00 - 21:30
Altes Landratsamt

Join your colleagues for a special evening banquet at the Altes Landratsamt, only a few steps away from all conference hotels. After a welcome beverage and a brief welcome, enjoy a lavish dinner buffet in a historical setting. Additional tickets at $65 are required for this event. Purchase your ticket within registration.

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