EBER Symposium 2015


Symposium on Engine Boosting and Energy Recovery – 15-16 September 2015  (Completed) (Next in 2017)

The UTM Centre for Low Carbon Transport will be hosting the first International Symposium on Engine Boosting and Energy Recovery on 15-16 September 2015 along with its partners; Imperial College London, Nanyang Technological University and Brunel University London.

Engine Boosting Symposium flyer

The 21st Century demands a cleaner and more efficient transport system. This is not just an issue of social and environmental conscience, but is increasingly driven by regulation and financial penalties which are helping to increase the efficiency of the latest generation of automobile. The Environmental Protection Agency in the USA predicts that over the lifetime of its MY 2017-2025 regulations for light duty vehicles that approximately 4 billion barrels of oil and 2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions will be saved. On top of meeting the increasingly stringent emissions standards, automotive manufacturers must also satisfy consumer demands for higher levels of vehicle performance at an affordable price point. At the heart of this problem lies the internal combustion engine. To this end there are two key methods in enabling efficiency improvements in the internal combustion engine, these are downsizing and energy recovery.
Energy recovery is the most direct method for improving the efficiency of an internal combustion engine. However cost and packaging size has limited their use in the past. The new regulations mean that their use is becoming more viable economically. Some of the technologies which have generated research interest in this area include various aspects in the design and analysis of Organic Rankine Cycle machines for mobile applications, different methods of turbo-compounding, both electrically and mechanically and thermoelectric generators.
Unlike the direct energy recovery methods which are receiving renewed attention, engine downsizing has played a key role in realising this new landscape for automotive vehicle performance for many years and continues to be an important aspect in new engine development. The primary means of achieving effective downsizing is in the engine boosting and air management. The Jaguar Land Rover ultra-boost engine and the Ford eco-boost are recent examples of ultra-downsized engines which have required complex boosting systems to achieve their targets.
These two areas (engine boosting and energy recovery) form a dynamic research field with a continually advancing state-of-the-art, often leading to commercialization. This 2 day symposium will showcase the latest research in the areas of heat recovery and engine boosting and will form a meeting place for researchers from around the world in academia and industry.

Areas of Interest
The symposium will target all state-of-the-art research on engine downsizing and waste heat recovery, including;

  •  Novel boosting solutions for CI and SI engines
  • High performance boosting systems for extreme downsizing
  • Turbocharger and Supercharger aerodynamics
  • Novel engine cycle arrangements
  • Organic Rankine cycles for mobile applications
  • Thermoelectirc generation
  • Novel arrangements for hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles
  • Electric and Mechanical Turbocompounding
  • Novel methods for waste heat recovery in automotive applications

Abstracts for papers in either word (*.docx, *.doc) or PDF (*.pdf) format are now being accepted at



Publication schedule

17th April 2015 – deadline for abstract submission

30th April 2015 – Acceptance of abstracts

5th June 2015 – Draft paper submission

10th July 2015 – Papers returned with reviews

7th August – Final paper submission



The conference will take place on UTM campus in the bustling city of Johor Bahru, located across the water from Singapore. Johor Bahru is the southernmost city in peninsular Malaysia and it enjoys rapid development as one of the key economic corridors in Malaysia. The UTM campus itself offers eco-tourism facilities such as tropical forest trekking, cycling & orchards.

Further information on Johor Bahru and the UTM campus can be found online:



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