Charles Kinoshita, P.E., Ph.D., is Professor of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering (MBBE) and Director of the Western Insular Pacific Sun Grant Subcenter, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Prior to those assignments, Dr. Kinoshita served as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources; Chair, MBBE; Director, Marine Bioproducts Engineering Center; and Researcher, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute of the University of Hawaii. He has taught courses in transport phenomena, unit operations, thermosciences, and engineering design in the Biological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs at the University of Hawaii, and has trained practicing engineers through various professional societies.
He has led several research programs involving renewable energy and the environment and, as Principal Investigator, has garnered ~$23 million in extramural research and educational grants. Prior to joining the University, Dr. Kinoshita served in managerial positions in the Experiment Station of the Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association. Dr. Kinoshita has advised or consulted to numerous businesses and government agencies, locally, nationally and internationally. He received BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a PhD degree at the University of California at Berkeley.
Naval Architect, MSc. in Dynamics of Marine Structures, PhD. In Rotordynamics & Tribology, Head of LEVE (Lab. of Wind Engineering/Laboratório de Engenharia do Vento), Assistant Prof. at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Polytechnic School/University of São Paulo. Currrent Research Activities: Dynamics and Vibrations of Wind Turbines, Elasto Hydrodynamic Lubrication, Dynamics of Reciprocating Compressors, Small Vertical Axis Wind Turbines and Distributed Generation; PhD. and MSc. supervisor.
Larson’s research interests include engineering, economic, and policy-related assessments of advanced clean-energy systems, especially for electric power and transport fuels production from carbonaceous fuels (biomass, coal, and/or natural gas) and for efficient end use of energy. His work addresses technologies of relevance to developed and developing countries. Larson maintains long-term collaborations on energy and sustainability with colleagues in China (Tsinghua University and the North China Electric Power University) and in Australia (University of Queensland). He has also participated in collaborative research efforts with colleagues across the United States and in Brazil, Cuba, India, Italy, Jamaica, Sweden, and elsewhere.
He has research experience in the following areas: flashing and evaporation waves, natural gas liquefaction processes, natural gas usage, two-phase flow instrumentation, ammonia-water absorption refrigeration cycle, Ranque-Hilsh vortex tube, Cogeneration processes, solar energy, solar fuels and alternative energy system in a broader sense. He has developed research projects funded by both official agencies and private companies. His teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate levels include Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Compressible Fluid Flow, and Renewable Energies. He has coordinated several extension courses on natural gas, refrigeration & air conditioning, and renewable energies.
He has authored over 100 scientific and technical papers besides two books, one entitled "Fundamentals and Applications of Psychrometry "(in Portuguese) and the other "Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Distributed Generation" (2017). Presently he is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering with focus on Thermal Engineering at Escola Politécnica at University of São Paulo and coordinates SISEA – Alternative Energy Systems lab.
Coordinator of the Energy Planning Center-NIPE-UNICAMP between 1997-2002, and 2012-2013, and Coordinator of International Relations of UNICAMP between 2002-2009 and Vice-Rector of International Relations of UNICAMP 2013-2017. At São Paulo State Research Foundation-FAPESP was Adjunct Coordinator for Special Programs 2009-2016. Coordinated projects in Bioenergy such as a study on sugarcane ethanol expansion in Brazil to substitute 10% of the world gasoline consumption; the FAPESP Public Policy Ethanol Project in R&D for sustainable ethanol production - book “Sugarcane Bioethanol: R&D on sustainability and productivity” published in 2010 (Jabuti Prize). Coordinated the Project “Roadmap on Sustainable Biofuels for Aviation in Brazil” – FAPESP/Boeing/Embraer Project, book published in 2014. Presently coordinates the FAPESP/LACAf-I Project to promote bioenergy in Latin America and Africa and is also involved in organizing a new initiative in Bioeconomy in São Paulo State, the Agropolo Campinas-Brazil where is the Adjunct Executive Secretary.
Full Professor of Renewable Energies, Institute of Energy and Environment, University of São Paulo (IEE-USP). PhD in Photovoltaic Systems (IES-UPM, Spain -1993), Livre-docente in Energy (IEE-USP 2006). He is currently a level 1B researcher at CNPQ. Nowadays coordinate the IEE-USP photovoltaic systems research activities.
Suani Teixeira Coelho is a Chemical Engineer, Master and PhD in Energy in the Graduate Program in Energy from the University of São Paulo, where she is currently lecture, thesis advisor and coordinator of the Research Group on Bioenergy (GBIO – former CENBIO – www.iee.usp.br/gbio).
She has been coordinator of projects funded by FAPESP (Funding Agency of Sao Paulo), ANEEL (Regulatory Agency on Electric Energy) and CNPq (Federal Council for Research), among others. She is thesis advisor at the Integrated Graduate Program in Bioenergy (USP/UNICAMP/UNESP) and member of the Graduation Committees of the two programs. She was member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change – AGECC) in 2008-2011, chaired by UNIDO’s Director Kandeh K. Yumkella, and Deputy Secretary of State Secretariat for Environment in the State of Sao Paulo (2003-2006), where she was responsible for international agreements of this Secretariat os State.
She has worked several times as an expert/consultant in bioenergy for UNEP and UNIDO projects. Prof. Coelho has published several scientific articles in peer-reviewed journais, such as Energy Policy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (RSER) and others, also being reviewer of technical journais, such as the Energy Policy and Biomass & Bioenergy and RSER, among others. She has published several books and book chapters, including “Land and Water: Linkages to Bioenergy” at Global Energy Assessment (IAASA, University of Cambridge, 2013). Since December 2014 she is Associate Editor on Bioenergy for the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews and since April 2015 in the Journal BIOMASS BR.
She is also a member of Activity Group on Bioenergy and Water of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP/FAO). Among other projects, she is now the coordinator of the project “Perspectives for the contribution of biomethane on natural gas offer in Sao Paulo State” (Project N. 27, in the Research Center on Gas Innovation – RCGI – Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo), funded by FAPESP and Shell.