Speaker Profile

Prof. Reinhard Haas, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Energy Economics Group, Institute of Energy Systems and Electric Drives, Vienna University of Technology
Reinhard Haas is university professor of Energy Economics at Vienna University of Technology in Austria. He teaches Energy Economics, Regulation and Competition in Energy markets, and Energy Modelling. 
His current research focus is on (i) evaluation and modelling of dissemination strategies for renewables; (ii) modelling paths towards sustainable energy systems; (iii) liberalisation vs regulation of energy markets; (iv) energy policy strategies. 
He works in these fields since more than 20 years and has published more than 60 papers in reviewed international journals. Moreover, he has coordinated and coordinates projects for Austrian institutions as well as the European Commission and the International Energy Agency.

Prof. Ali Elkamel, University of Waterloo, Canada

Ali Elkamel is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and BSc in Mathematics from Colorado School of Mines, MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana. His specific research interests are in computer-aided modelling, optimization and simulation with applications to energy production planning, carbon management, sustainable operations and product design. He has supervised over 70 graduate students (of which 30 are PhDs) in these fields and his graduate students all obtain good jobs in the chemical process industry and in academia. He has been funded for several research projects from government and industry. Among his accomplishments are the Outstanding Faculty Award (three times in the last ten years), the Best teacher award, and the IEOM (Industrial engineering and Operations Management) Outstanding Service and Distinguished Educator Award. He has more than 230 journal articles, 120 proceedings, and 30 book chapters, and has been an invited speaker on numerous occasions at academic institutions throughout the world and at national and international conferences. He is also a co-author of four books; two recent books were published by Wiley and entitled Planning of Refinery and Petrochemical Operations and Environmentally Conscious Fossil Energy Production.

Amela Ajanovic, PhD

Amela Ajanovic is associate professor of Energy Economics at the Institute of Energy Systems and Electric Drives at the Technical University of Vienna in Austria. She teaches Energy Economics in transport. 
Her current research focus is on (i) alternative fuels and alternative automotive technologies (ii) transition towards a sustainable transport system; (iii) transport energy policy strategies and (iv) long-term energy scenarios. 
She holds a degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in energy economics at Vienna University of Technology. She is responsible for research, project acquisition and scientific coordination in the area of energy economics with a focus on sustainable transport. She works in these fields since more than ten years and has published more than 20 papers in peer-reviewed international journals.
Speech Title: Economic and Environmental Performance of Electric Vehicles

Abstract: Currently passenger car transport is mainly based on fossil fuels and internal combustion engine vehicles. Using this technology, we are facing different problems such as increasing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as problem with energy supply security. For heading towards a more sustainable transport system alternative fuels, based on renewable energy sources (RES), and alternative automotive systems are of central importance. The most environmentally friendly vehicles discussed today are battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). These vehicles are zero-emission vehicles at the point of use. In the case that electricity and hydrogen are produced from RES, BEVs and FCVs could significantly contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions.
The core objective of this paper is to analyze different types of electric vehicles from an economic and environmental point of view. We have considered whole energy supply chain including different primary energy sources used for electricity production. 
Our method of approach is based on calculation of total cost of ownership of electric vehicles in comparison to conventional cars, and a life-cycle approach to assess the environmental benignity. The most crucial parameters in this context are km driven per year, depreciation time of the car and interest rate.
Although electric vehicles are widely promoted and supported, as well as available in the market, use of electricity for mobility in still very low, global just about 2.1% of the total energy consumption in the transport sector.  Every type of analyzed electric vehicles has some advantages and disadvantages. Further research and development are needed to make EVs more competitive in the market and attractive for users. How fast this process will be is very dependent on the political preferences, governmental investments but also on the future concern about climate change.