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Call for papers

Our Powering Net Zero Conference offers an exciting opportunity to showcase your work and raise your profile across the engineering community.

Renewable Power Generation and Future Power Systems conference track is working with the IET RPG Journal, and successful authors may be invited to extend their submission in a special issue or in the main journal.

It puts you in front of those in your field who are actively looking for collaborators, helps share knowledge, and supports overall advancement of the field.

We're currently inviting submissions for abstracts, special sessions and tutorials across our four conference tracks.

Key dates

Abstract, special session and tutorial submission deadline Friday 3 May 2024
Notification of acceptance Monday 10 June 2024
Full paper submission deadline Friday 3 August 2024
Author registration deadline To be confirmed
Conference dates 3 - 6 December 2024

Technical scope

Energy storage

Energy storage for decarbonisation of transportation

  • Terrestrial
  • Maritime
  • Aerial

Energy storage integration with power grids and sector coupling

  • Grid stability
  • Centralised control systems
  • Ancillary services
  • Aggregation of distributed energy storage systems
  • Black start and backup
  • Microgrids
  • Smart home/buildings
  • Hybrid storage systems
  • Virtual power plant

Emerging battery technologies

Chemistry

  • Sodium ion
  • Solid state
  • Thermochemical storage technologies
  • Ammonia
  • Other chemistries

System management

  • Thermal
  • Safety
  • Advanced sensors and actuators
  • Other emerging technologies

Circular economy in energy storage

  • Secondary life of battery
  • Recycling of end-of-life batteries
  • Remanufacturing of other energy storage materials

Energy storage market, regulation and policy

  • Market size analyses
  • Value and cost of energy storage
  • Optimisation of services
  • Support mechanisms

Energy storage infrastructure and supply chain

  • Supply chain analyses
  • Charging infrastructure for electricity, heat, cooling, hydrogen, etc
EVI: charging ahead

Electrical vehicle charging

  • Smart charging, including bidirectional charging
  • Charging efficiency
  • Conductive charging infrastructure
  • AC charging infrastructure.
  • DC charging infrastructure
  • Charging standardisation and interoperability
  • Wireless charging (static and dynamic)
  • Infrastructure deployment, installation, commissioning case studies
  • Public charging deployment case studies
  • Mobility and user experience
  • Heavy duty and fleet innovations
  • Geospatial planning
  • Digital application and modelling in relation to EV charging
  • Connectivity and System Integration aspects
  • Cyber security considerations           

EV grid integration and power supply

  • Grid capacity, connections, flexibility, and planning concerning EV
  • Geospatial planning of the network
  • Grid implications
  • Demand management
  • Electric vehicle for energy services (eV4ES), technology, business models, applications, V2H, V2B, V2X
  • Project deployment case studies
  • Energy security and system resilience concerning EV charging and associated infrastructure
  • Computer simulation and “digital twins” concerning grid power supply to support EV charging

Connected and autonomous vehicle infrastructure

  • V2X communication and network architectures
  • Big data integration and analytics for mobility insights
  • Autonomous vehicle perception and localisation
  • Cooperative vehicle automation and Platooning
  • Cybersecurity and privacy challenges in connected infrastructure
  • Ethical considerations and regulatory frameworks for automated mobility
  • Infrastructure design and integration for automated vehicles
  • Smart charging and grid integration for electric vehicles
  • Sustainable transportation planning and policy integration
  • Human-machine interaction and public acceptance

EV adoption, integration and impact

  • Consumer and market adoption analysis, including education, demonstration, and motivation analysis
  • EV human-machine interaction and public acceptance
  • Global or local strategies for market development
  • Legislature and policy initiatives at the global, country/UK or local level
  • Government project deployment case studies
  • Supply chain analysis
  • Customer journey experience
  • Environmental and social equity analysis
  • EV and associated infrastructure and services impact the net zero transition, industry and society
  • Digital application and modelling concerning EV adoption
  • Economic studies and cost/benefit analysis       
  • Standards and regulations including those relating to safety aspects
Hydrogen

Hydrogen uses and applications

  • H2 as a feedstock for ammonia, methanol, or ethanol
    • Decarbonized/low emissions agriculture (fertilizer)
    • Blending fossil fuels with methanol
  • Industrial decarbonisation in the energy intensive foundation industries (metals, ceramics, glass, chemicals, paper and cement)
  • Developments in ‘green steel’ production using hydrogen for direct iron reduction (DRI).
  • Power generation
  • Combustion of H2
  • Applications in transport: on-road, aerospace, rail and maritime

Hydrogen production

  • Energy conversion
  • ML and AI in production systems analysis
  • Infrastructure for large-scale hydrogen production
  • Hydrogen National Transmission Network (HyNTS)
  • Use of fresh water for hydrogen production
  • Salt-water electrolysis
  • Lifecycle carbon intensity
  • Levelized cost of hydrogen
  • Natural hydrogen
  • Nuclear co-generation
  • High-temperature electrolysis
  • Low carbon hydrogen production from methane or biomass, e.g., ATR+CCS, SMR+CCS, methane pyrolysis, biomass to H2.
  • Low and medium-temperature electrolysis advances
  • Power to X

Hydrogen storage

  • Geologic hydrogen storage
  • Liquid Organic vectors
  • Metallic hydride
  • Other storage solution
  • Pressure storage (including new tanks, materials, presures,...)
  • Liquid hydrogen

Hydrogen hardware and equipment

  • Electrolysers
  • Fuel cells
  • Compressors - HP for refuelling stations and high volume for transmission networks
  • Storage tanks – both gaseous and liquid
  • Dispensers, heat exchangers (for very low or high T operations), pipes.
  • Smart grids

Hydrogen infrastructure

  • Power demands
  • Life cycle
  • Hydrogen purification
  • Pipelines vs freight versus distributed production
  • Long distance oversea H2 transport technologies e.g., NH3, liquid H2, LOHC
  • Hydrogen refueling stations (HRS)

Carbon capture, utilization and storage

  • Enabling hydrogen production with CCUS
  • Economics and life cycle analysis comparison
  • Hydrogen purification
  • Membrane gas separation
  • Process modelling and simulation
  • Safety and risk management/ monitoring
  • Direct air capture

Hydrogen monitoring and risk management

  • State of the art for H2 monitoring and scaling up problems
  • Challenges and omitted areas in monitoring
  • Risk assessment for the entire lifecycle and parts: production, movement, etc.

Policy and regulatory considerations

  • GHG reduction goals by governments
  • Incentives
  • Regulatory processes, permitting.  
  • Taxing hydrogen production
  • Moving hydrogen across borders
  • Pore space access and rights
  • Public perception
  • Education/ skills and training
Renewable power generation and future power systems

Renewable power generation

  • Wind
    • Turbine and system design including wake effects
    • Floating wind turbines
    • Offshore electrical grid assets and systems
    • Condition monitoring, operations, maintenance and control
    • Power conversion and grid interaction
  • Solar PV
    • PV system design - including integration
    • Power conversion and grid interaction
    • Condition monitoring, operations, maintenance and control
  • Thermal power plant
    • Geothermal
    • Biomass/biofuel
    • Low-carbon/alternative fuels (eFuels, hydrogen, biomass, biofuels, CCUS)
    • Solar thermal
  • Other renewables
    • Wave
    • Tidal
    • Hydropower 

Future power systems

  • Network planning and technologies
    • Long-term infrastructure planning and investment
    • Grid-forming inverters
    • HVDC for renewable power integration
    • DC/DC conversion and DC distribution systems
    • Alternative transmission systems - low-frequency, GIL, etc.
    • Innovative/New technologies to develop long-life, reliable and resilient network equipment
  • Network operation
    • Low inertial power system operation, management and planning
    • Power quality
    • Generator protection and resilience
    • Compliance with system security and quality standards
    • Operation, management and planning of power system with low grid strength
    • Dynamic management and optimisation of networks
  • Digitalisation
    • IT, automation and control
    • Cyber and system security
    • Asset & IT interoperability
    • Automation scalability
    • Quantum computing and its applications to future power systems
    • Advanced techniques for reliability and risk assessment in modern power systems 

Power demand and storage

  • Demand flexibility
    • Demand side management
    • Demand response
    • Power-to-X
    • Consumer behaviours
  • Load forecasting
    • Electrification rate modelling
    • Intra-day forecasting
    • Long-term forecasting
  • Energy storage
    • Grid-scale storage and network planning
    • System balancing - technology suitability
    • Connection process
    • Vehicle-to-grid charging

Policy, market design and consumers

  • Role of the Future System Operator
  • Future grid code requirements - compliance and assessment
  • Economic, social and environmental policy
  • Supply chain assessment
  • New energy market design and operation - incl. Ancillary service markets
  • Investment, funding and finance
  • Social acceptance and permitting

Submit an abstract or special session

Those wishing to present at Powering Net Zero Week 2024 are to submit either an abstract or special session proposal for consideration by the Conference’s Organising and Technical Programme Committees.

Submit an abstract or special session

Submitting an abstract

Abstracts should focus on real business case studies/scenarios, innovative tools and techniques and report on work completed or nearing final stages, or efforts that have concluded with an important outcome of interest.

Special sessions will be incorporated into the main conference programme and offer insight into new and innovative technologies and projects aligned to and/or impacting the themes of Powering Net Zero.

Please do not submit any sales pitches as they will be rejected. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please email JessicaGriffiths@theiet.org

Successful paper authors will have their paper(s) published on the IET Digital Library and IEEE Xplore and submitted for indexing in IET Inspec, Ei Compendex and Scopus, increasing citations and influence that extends beyond the conference.

The highest quality reviewed conference papers will be passed on to our Open Access Journals team for consideration for possible paper expansion and further publication in one of The Institution of Engineering and Technology strong programme of Open Access Power Engineering journals.

We aim for a 16-week turnaround time from conference end date to publication, providing all authors submit the requested documentation by the deadlines provided.

The working language of the conference is English.

PNZ 2024 will be in a physical format; all authors will be expected to attend the conference to present. There will be no virtual presentation options.

Preparing your abstract

There is an abstract template, you simply need to enter your abstract information straight onto the online submission system form. Please consider using the following headings when constructing your abstract: Objectives and context, methods / approach, outcomes & conclusions.

Before submission, please have the following materials ready:

  • Your prepared abstract using normal style text of no more than 500 words including diagrams
  • Your preferred topic area as chosen from the conference technical scopes above*
  • Abstracts must be submitted by 3 May 2024 if they are to be considered for the conference. No extensions will be granted!
  • The working language of the conference is English, which will be used for all printed material, presentations and discussion

*The technical programme committee reserve the right to change the authors' choice of topic area

Before submission

Before submission, make sure that the following material is ready:

  • Your abstract title, all authors’ names and affiliations
  • Your prepared abstract of no more than 500 words
  • Your preferred topic area is chosen from the conference technical scopes above*
  • Have read and agree with the Assignment of Copyright Agreement. You will be asked to confirm your agreement during submission.

*The committee reserves the right to change the authors' choice of topic area

Submitting your abstract

If you are submitting more than one abstract you can use the same email address and password for each abstract.

  • Enter the online submission system
  • Enter your email address, if you are a new user the system will ask you to fill in your name and password. If you have used the system before you will just have to login.
  • Once you are successfully logged in follow the on-screen instructions and complete all fields

Submitting a special session proposal

Written papers are not required, but there is the option to include a formal paper if routes to publish are desirable – special session papers will be treated in the same way as a standard PNZ paper including peer review and the aforementioned publishing and indexing.

Materials presented in the Special Sessions will not be included in the conference proceedings (unless a formal paper is submitted). Sessions will be between 45 and 120 minutes long, subject to the conference programme schedule and proposed content.

All special session proposals must be submitted. If accepted your proposed speaker/s will be asked to submit either a full paper for publication or an abstract (depending on your preference) to be reviewed and including more detail.

The Organising Committee welcome proposals for special sessions which offer an interactive format:

Informal ‘TED Style’ talks with or without slides;

  • Full Q&A panel;
  • Oxford Style Debate to include subjects debated with strong opposing views;
  • Fire Side Chat – an observed conversation between a subject matter expert and interviewer
  • Workshop sessions exploring possible solutions to a presented challenge
  • Other creative or hybrid styles.

Special Session proposals which include at least one of the following will be viewed favourably:

  • Significant industry or government participation or involvement in the content development;
  • Industrial application-oriented;
  • Collaborative cross-disciplinary topics or teams;
  • Creative formats outlined above that engage the audience. They are likely to be of interest to an industry audience.

Special Sessions should avoid:

  • Established and well-documented topics;
  • Straight forward academic style lectures;
  • The promotion of a particular product or service – sales pitches will be rejected;
  • Incomplete plans for session development. Speakers proposed should be well informed and where possible already confirmed to participate.

Recommended sections for special session proposals:

  • Special session title
  • Proposed session format Describe the format being sure to outline ways in which the session will be interactive. Please also include any elements which may require additional AV, software, technical demonstration, etc.
  • Proposed timing An indication of the time you anticipate requiring to deliver the session including a rough breakdown of timings in terms of duration for each speaker and/or element of the session.
  • Session organisers Typically the individual(s) submitting the proposal but if different please make this clear.
  • Session speakers Please include an indication of the speakers availability, i.e. confirmed or tentative.
  • Session outline/ paper abstract At first submission stage you need only list the proposed topics/titles/activities, a detailed descriptions is not necessary.
  • Organiser biography No more than 200 words for each person. External website link can be included, i.e. university or LinkedIn profile.
  • Speaker biography No more than 200 words for each person. External website link can be included, i.e. university or LinkedIn profile.

What happens next...

  • Following the review of abstracts and special session proposals, successful authors will be invited to submit a full paper or special sessions for review by the committee.
  • Successful authors will be invited to attend and present their work at PNZ 2024 by PowerPoint Presentation or Poster PresentationSuccessful special sessions will be presented in the chosen format.
  • All successful authors and special session contributors need to pay the registration fee to attend the conference. If an author has more than 1 paper they must pay the additional paper fee, per additional paper.
  • The author must be present at the conference to present the submission or the paper will not be published.
  • The IET cannot meet any travelling or subsistence expenses for authors or special session contributors, either prior to or during the conference

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