Professor Zhenhong Lin

Dr. Zhenhong Lin is a professor at School of Future Technology of South China University of Technology (SCUT) and a Distinguished Researcher for the Guangdong Artificial Intelligence and Digital Economy Laboratory (Guangzhou). Previously, he was a Distinguished Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he worked for 14 years. He has authored over 100 technical articles on energy transition issues and was listed within the Stanford University’s list of the world’s top 2% of scientists (career, 2019 and 2021). Prof. Lin serves on the editorial boards of Transportation Research Part D, iScience, and Energy Policy. He served on the U.S. National Academies’ Committee on the Assessment of Technologies for Improving Fuel Economy of Light-Duty Vehicles. He received the 2017 Vehicle Technologies Office Distinguished Achievement Award on his contribution to a joint study on CAV energy impact. He also received the 2011 DOE Vehicle Technologies Office R&D Award for his work on modeling consumer choices of advanced powertrain technologies. He received his PhD and MS in transportation energy from University of California, Davis and his BE/MS in automotive engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Research Interests: Prof. Lin has a consistent research focus on energy transitions. Motivated by the broader issues of climate change, air quality, energy security, social justice and humanity, he is passionate in utilizing his multi-disciplinary backgrounds to systematically discover, evaluate, optimize, compose and (help) implement the technology-infrastructure-behavior-policy (TIBP) solutions that promote transition toward broader use of renewable or sustainable energy. This intellectual passion has resulted in his publications in electric vehicle optimal design (e.g. battery capacity, light-weighting), alternative fuel infrastructure planning (e.g. hydrogen refueling, charging), consumer value and choices (e.g. quantifying range anxiety and free charging, choice of fuel technologies), and evaluation and critique of transportation energy policy (e.g. effectiveness and equity of fuel economy standards and electrification policies). He is continuing and deepening on these research directions, while expanding to study the energy synergy and integration among transportation, power, industry and building sectors, in the context of decarbonization, equity, security, energy and carbon trading, and geopolitical major changes.

Professional Activities: Prof. Lin has been an editorial board member for International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Carbon Footprints, Energy Policy, iScience, and Transportation Research Part D. He was a Decarbonization Industry Expert for Shenzhen City Longhua District think tank and an expert Committee member for China Clean Transportation Partnership.

Deputy Editor:

Professor Jan Kleissl

Professor Kleissl researches the interaction of weather with engineering systems in buildings, solar power systems, and the electric power grid. Kleissl's solar variability models, sky imager solar forecasting tools, and numerical weather prediction solar forecasts have been commercialized or used operationally to advance solar power integration. Kleissl received an undergraduate degree from the University of Stuttgart and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University, both in environmental engineering with a focus in environmental fluid mechanics. He is the Associate Director of the UC San Diego Center for Energy Research, Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Co-Director of the Center of Excellence in Renewable Resource Integration (CERRI), all at UC San Diego.

In a text mining review article of the top 1000 citations in solar forecasting, Yang et al. (2018) found that Kleissl had by far the most solar forecasting papers globally. Kleissl has published over 100 papers in the top journals of solar power resources, forecasting, and integration. Kleissl and his students and postdocs developed one of the first and most successful PV variability models for large solar power plants. The model has been released open source in Sandia National Lab's PV-Lib toolbox and used by 100s of researchers and practitioners globally. Kleissl also pioneered the field of sky imager forecasting and developed some of the most advanced physics-based modeling tools for sky imagery. In numerical weather prediction, Kleissl's group specializes in Stratocumulus clouds and their representation in simple and complex models of the atmosphere.Recently Kleissl focused on PV integration into electric distribution systems and developed optimal voltage control techniques for smart solar PV inverters. Because of his contributions to the field, Kleissl was invited to edit a book on Solar Energy Forecasting and Resource Assessment, which appeared in 2013 and has become the principal book in the field. As one of three US members, Kleissl was invited to serve on the International Energy Agency (IEA) PVPS Task 16 workgroup.

In 2012 Kleissl became Associate Editor and in 2015 Subject Editor for Solar Resources and Energy Meteorology for the Solar Energy Journal, where he handled over 1,200 articles and was recognized for efficiency, impartiality, and quality. In 2017 Kleissl was invited to act as guest editor-in-chief for the Solar Energy Journal special issue “Advances in Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting” that was published in July 2018.

Raúl Bayoán Cal

Professor Cal investigates the interaction between wind plants and solar farms with the environment with the aim of understanding the coupling between turbulence fluid mechanics and energy production. Cal is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Portland State University; a faculty member since 2010. Cal received his B.S. M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His Ph.D. focused on experimentally explaining the influence of imposed external effects on turbulent boundary layers. Cal was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University to develop experiments concerning wind plants and their mechanism for extracting energy from a fluid mechanics perspective. He received a Ford Foundation Fellowship from the National Academies. Cal has researched on low-order modeling and stochastic processes with an important focus on data science for wind power, and strategic ways to improve wind energy production through strategies like rotor counter-rotation, plant layout, tilt/yaw to name a few. On the field of solar energy, Cal has labored on pinpointing the relationship between the heat transfer coefficient as it pertains to the efficiency and energy yield of utility-scale solar farms. Beyond the areas of renewable energy systems, Cal has performed research on volcanic plumes, forest canopies, and multi-phase flows. Cal was part of the Fulbright Scholar Program on topics regarding the former. In 2019, Cal joined JRSE as an associate editor. Cal is an active member of professional societies (APS-DFD, AIAA, ASME, AGU, etc.).

Gerardo Diaz

Professor Gerardo Diaz received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. After gaining industrial experience in Research & Development in the automotive and aerospace industries, he joined the Mechanical Engineering program at University California, Merced in 2005 as a founding member of the faculty. He was the Graduate Chair of the program from 2011 to 2013 and from 2018 to 2020. He is currently the director of the Sustainable Plasma Gasification lab and was co-director of the UC Solar Institute until 2019.

Author of the book “Voltage-Enhanced Processing of Biomass and Biochar,” Diaz was appointed Research Member in the Biochar Research Advisory Group for the Governor's Office of Planning and Research in 2017. He is also internationally recognized for his contributions and analysis of minichannel technology in low and medium temperature solar thermal applications.

Professor Diaz’s research now focuses on the sustainable conversion and application of renewable energy resources. He has investigated the performance and thermal control of biomass reactors for pyrolysis, gasification, and plasma-assisted thermochemical processes for a wide range of production scales. His work includes the study of the material properties and applications of biochar and activated carbon as circular-economy materials for GHG-emission reduction, soil amendment, solar desalination, wastewater-treatment plant streams, and the construction industry. Professor Diaz’s research approaches cover experimental as well as computational methods including data-driven techniques such as artificial neural networks, genetic algorithms, vector autoregression, and fractional and variable order models.

Having been an editor for several ASME journals in engineering, Professor Diaz joined Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy in 2020 as Associate Editor and is now Deputy Editor of biofuels, bioenergy, thermal conversion, and circular-economy.

Associate Editors:

Verónica Bermúdez-Benito
QEERI, Doha, Qatar

Jamie Bright
Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS)
National University of Singapore (NUS)

Leonardo Chamorro
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Dennice Gayme
Whiting School of Engineering
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

Nicholas Hamilton
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, USA

Bri-Mathias Hodge
Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
University of Colorado Boulder, CO, USA

Giacomo Valerio Iungo
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Texas, Dallas, USA

Mengying Li
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Torben Mikkelsen
Department of Wind Energy
Technical University of Denmark, Risø, Denmark

Michael Woodhouse 
Solar PV Technologies and Economics Analyst
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, USA