The 2nd International Conference on Energy Production and Management in the 21st Century: The Quest for Sustainable Energy follows the very successful meeting held in Ekaterinburg in 2014. The aim of the meeting is to discuss the future of energy production and management in a changing world.

The objective is to compare conventional energy sources, particularly hydrocarbons, with a number of other ways of producing energy; emphasising new technological developments, based on renewable resources such as solar, hydro, wind and geothermal. A key issue is the conversion of new sustainable sources of energy into useful forms (electricity, heat, fuel), while finding efficient ways of storage and distribution.

In many cases the challenges lie as much with production of such renewable energy at an acceptable cost, including damage to the environment, as with integration of those resources into the existing infrastructure. The changes required to progress from an economy based mainly on hydrocarbons to one taking advantage of sustainable energy resources are massive and require considerable scientific research as well as the development of advanced engineering systems. Such progress demands close collaboration between different disciplines in order to arrive at optimum solutions. 

The Conference will also discuss the energy use of industrial processes, including the imbedded energy contents of materials, such as those in the built environment. Energy production, distribution and usage, result in environmental risks which need to be better understood. They are part of the energy economics and relate to human environmental health as well as ecosystems behaviour.

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at Energy Quest 2016. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • Energy policies
  • Energy management
  • Energy economics
  • Energy production
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy and the city
  • Energy security
  • Energy distribution
  • Energy networks
  • Processing of oil and Gas
  • Emissions
  • Pipelines
  • Renewable energies
  • Biomass and biofuels
  • Waste to energy
  • Energy use in building, industry and transport
  • Energy storage
  • Energy conversion
  • Environmental impact
  • Environmental health risk
  • Safety management
  • Tight energy fields
  • Energy and climate change

Benefits of Attending

Publication of Papers Papers presented at Energy Quest 2016 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in a special Issue of the International Journal of Energy Production and Management (ISSN:2056-3272; Digital ISSN:2056-3280).

Reviews Abstracts and papers are reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts.

Open Access WIT Press is an advocate of Open Access which offers maximum dissemination of your work.  WIT Transactions and Journal papers can be downloaded for free ( 

Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at Wessex Institute conferences are referenced by CrossRef and have appeared in notable reviews and databases. Papers are submitted to various indexing services such as Thomson Reuters Web of Science, Google Scholar*, Scopus and ProQuest. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Conference Proceedings Delegates will receive a copy of the papers presented at the Conference on a USB Flash drive. The USB will, in addition, contain papers from previous conferences in this series. Following the Conference, authors will receive an electronic copy of the publication in which their paper has been published.

Digital Archive All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary ( where they are easily and permanently available to the international scientific community.

Networking Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, becoming part of a unique community.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at their conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much reduced conference fee.


*Google Scholar Indexation  
WIT Press has made all its conference and journal papers open access in an effort to help its dissemination within the scientific and technical community.

This means that you are now able to download any paper in the WIT eLibrary ( totally free and without having to pre-register.

This major development has the added benefit of allowing the Google Scholar search engines to fully index all WIT papers.

Google Scholar is a search engine created specifically for researchers to facilitate the indexation and citation of academic papers free of charge. This service is becoming the most accepted comprehensive benchmark and quality standard.

In Google Scholar you will be able to see the number of citations of your articles as well as the ‘h-index’ ranking for both author and publications. The h-index is the largest number h such that at least h articles (by the author or in a publication) were cited at least h times each.

The impact of your work is given by the ‘i10 index’ which refers to the number of publications within the last 10 years that have at least 10 citations.

You can also easily create within the system an Author’s Profile which helps to highlight your achievements.

Google Scholar is becoming the most popular system in the world and its metrics are independent and unbiased. Unlike other ranking systems, it is free.

Publication of Papers

Papers presented at Energy Quest 2016 are to be published by WIT press in a Volume of WIT Transactions. Selected papers will appear in a special Issue of the International Journal of Energy Production and Management (ISSN:2056-3272; Digital ISSN:2056-3280).

All conference papers are archived online in the WIT eLibrary ( where they are easily and permanently available to the international scientific community.

WIT Transactions have since 1993 been publishing exceptional conference papers which are referenced by CrossRef and have been indexed in international databases. All conference books are catalogued and archived in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access

WIT strongly believes that removing the barrier to research published online will greatly aid progress in all scientific and technical disciplines, as well as all other spheres of knowledge. Most WIT conference and all journal papers are freely available online.

Ancona, Italy

AnconaSheltered by the hills Monte Conero, Astago and Guasco, the port city of Ancona lies midway along the western Mediterranean coast of Italy. Founded by the Greeks more than two thousand years ago, the city retains a huge Roman archway, the Arch of Trajan, at the entrance to the main harbour. Ancona’s cathedral, which offers excellent coastal views from its position atop Monte Guasco, is built on the visible remains of a Roman Temple, and the nearby Archaeological Museum of La Marche region describes in detail the city’s illustrious past. Elsewhere, the city is home to several renaissance buldings and churches, a renowned 19th century opera house, with sandy beaches and a National Park only a short distance away.

Travel Information 

By Air

Ancona Falconara Airport is located 32km from the conference venue and offers flights from a number of European airports, including Rome-Fiumicino, London-Stansted and Munich which are useful for international connections. These larger airports are well-served by major airlines.

Airlines flying direct to Ancona include:

From the airport to the conference venue:

  • Public Transport: Buses and trains operate from the airport to the Ancona Central station. From Ancona Central station, bus 94 runs every hour to Portonovo. Alternatively you can take a taxi from the city centre to the hotel (35/40€).
  • Hire Car: Several hire car companies operate at the airport including Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. The hotel can easily be reached via the A14. Exit at Ancona Sud-Osimo and follow signs to Portonovo via Camerano.Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport, and will cost approximately 60/65€ for the 45 minute journey.

By Ferry

The Port of Ancona is well-served by a number of international ferry companies including ANEK Superfast, Minoan Lines, Blue Line, Adria Ferries, Montenegro Lines, SNAV, Anek Lines and Jadrolinija. These companies connect Ancona with Split, Zadar, Corfu, Patras, Durazzo and Bar. Buses operate from the port to the Ancona Central station. From Ancona Central station, bus 94 runs every hour to Portonovo. Alternatively you can take a taxi from the city centre to the hotel (35/40€).

By Rail

Ancona is well-connected to other Italian cities by rail to Ancona Centrale station see for ticket information. From the railway station bus 94 runs to Portonovo, for the conference venue. Please see for timetables. Alternatively you can take a taxi from the city centre to the hotel (35/40€).

By Road

The conference venue at Portonovo is located only a few kilometres from the A14 Autostrada. Exit at Ancona Sud-Osimo and follow signs to Portonovo via Camerano.

Conference Venue

Located in the lush, green Conero National Park and only a short distance from the port city of Ancona, the Hotel Excelsior La Fonte offers a range of rooms and facilities close to the beaches of Portonovo. The hotel is set in landscaped gardens, complete with many terraces, an outdoor pool and restaurants offering excellent dining.


Special accommodation rates have been negotiated at the Hotel Excelsior La Fonte. Please ensure that you book your accommodation by completing the Accommodation Booking Form which can be found on the link below. We highly recommend that delegates stay at this hotel for ease of attendance to the meeting.

Hotel Excelsior La Fonte
Via Poggio
60129 Portonovo

Please note: All delegates are responsible for booking their own accommodation and settling their own accounts.

Visa Information

A Schengen Visa is the document issued for visiting/travelling in and within the Schengen Area. The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. Schengen visas are issued by the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. If you intend to visit one of the Schengen countries for business, as a tourist or for a personal/private visit, you must first obtain a Schengen visa, unless your country is part of the Shengen territory or has a special agreement. You can check which whether citizens of your country require Shengen VISA here:

Where to apply:

  • You should apply to the Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence (unless you are resident in Ireland). 
  • If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, apply to the Embassy or Consulate of that country. 
  • If you intend to visit several of the Schengen countries, you must apply for a visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country in which your main destination is situated (longest duration of stay).

Processing time: Your application should be lodged at the Embassy or Consulate at least 2 weeks before the proposed journey is undertaken. Requirements for a Schengen visa may vary slightly between the different Schengen countries. Please visit the following link for further information:

Important information: Please notice that although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, it is your responsibility to check that the visa and travel requirements with the corresponding Embassy in your country.

Invitation Letters

If you require a letter of invitation for your visa application, please submit a request for a letter of invitation to the conference secretariat.
Registration fees must be paid in order to be issued an invitation letter. Please make sure you read the cancellation policy stated in the registration form before sending your payment.

All letters of invitation will be sent to you by email and regular mail unless otherwise specified.
Please provide the following information in your request:

  • Title (Dr., Professor, Mr., Mrs., Miss, Ms, etc.)
  • Your full name (Please specify family name and given name)
  • Organization
  • Full mailing address
  • Additional information such as if you are presenting a paper at the Conference
  • We cannot provide visa letters for spouses or guests, however we can include their name on your letter


Additional Information

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