IESES 2020 aims at providing an open, inspiring and friendly environment to share ideas, innovative solutions and research results related to sustainable energy systems. IESES 2020 will feature both industrial-driven and application-oriented sessions, as well as expositions. IESES 2020 will bring together practicing engineers, researchers and other professionals for interactive and multidisciplinary discussions on the latest advances in various industrial electronics technologies, such as energy storage and conversion, power electronics, power systems, electric transportation and embedded systems.
The conference is sponsored by the IES Technical Committee on Energy Storage.



  • Special Session proposal deadline: 1 november 2019  1 December 2019
  • Paper submission deadline: 10 November 2019  30 December 2019
  • Paper Acceptance notification: 7 January 2020  24 January 2020
  • Camera-ready and Early registration: 14 February 2020  20 February 2020

A powerful image of Cagliari's seafront and the old city (Photo: license Adobe Stock)

The online registration system is open
It is now possible to register for the conference using the online registration form. Do not miss the opportunity to benefit from the early registration fees which will be applied until February 20 (see details in the registration section).

Paper submission deadline postponed
The deadline for paper submission has been postponed to December 30, 2019. It is possible to submit papers through the IEEE online submission system.

Special session proposal submission deadline postponed
The deadline for special session proposals has been postponed to December 1, 2019. It is possible to submit proposals using the conference template. Two special session proposals have already been accepted (see more on this in the special session section).

The 36th America’s Cup will start in Cagliari soon after IESES!
The  first America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) regatta of the 36th America’s Cup cycle will take place in Cagliari, Sardinia from April 23 – 26, 2020. This exciting news has been announced at an event hosted by the Challenger of Record for the 36th America’s Cup and presented by Prada at the New York Yacht Club’s Harbour Court clubhouse in Newport, Rhode Island.

A great international event in Cagliari on the same week of our conference. Another good reason to join IESES 2020 in Sardinia!

Read more on this event on

IESES 2020 Newsletter No 1


Prof. Nihal Kularatna, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Prof. Carlo Cecati, University of L’Aquila, Italy
Prof. Xinghuo Yu, RMIT University, Australia
Prof. Terry Martin, University of Arkansas, USA



Prof. Alfonso Damiano, University of Cagliari, Italy
Prof. Mo-Yuen Chow, North Carolina State University, USA
Prof. Chandan Chakraborty, Indian Institute of Technology, India



Prof. Federico Baronti, University of Pisa, Italy
Prof. Milos Manic, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Prof. Chengbin Ma, University of Michigan-Shangai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute, China



Prof. Concettina Buccella, University of L’Aquila, Italy
Prof. King Fung Tsang, City University of Hong Kong, China



Dr. Alessandro Serpi, University of Cagliari, Italy



Prof. Roberto Saletti, University of Pisa, Italy



Dr. Mario Porru, University of Cagliari, Italy

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The rampart of Saint Remy in the historic Castello district (photo: license Adobe Stock)

IESES 2020 will start on Monday, April 20 at 9:00 and end on Wednesday April 22 at 13:00.

The conference program will include state-of-the-art lectures, round tables, oral communications and poster presentations.

Tracks will be:

  • TT1 - Energy storage devices
  • TT2 - Power converters
  • TT3 - Renewable energy systems
  • TT4 - Microgrids
  • TT5 - Resilience for energy systems
  • TT6 - Transport electrification
  • TT7 - IoT for sustainable energy systems
  • TT8 - Smart buildings



Bharat Balagopal, North Carolina State University - USA

Roberto Di Rienzo,  University of Pisa  -  Italy

Walter Zamboni,  Università degli Studi di Salerno -  Italy


Sergio Vazquez, University of Seville - Spain

Mauro Di Monaco,  Università degli Studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale -  Italy

Thomas Strasser, AIT - Austria


Daniel Gladwin, University of Sheffield - United Kingdom

Giampaolo Buticchi, University of Nottingham Ningbo - China

Ramon Blasco-Gimenez, Technical University of Valencia - Spain


Hao Ma, Zhejiang University - China

Emilio Ghiani, University of Cagliari - Italy

Hector Beltran, Universitat Jaume I - Spain


Craig Rieger, Idaho National Laboratory - USA

Ali Sari, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 - France

Valeriy Vyatkin, Lulea ̊ University of Technology - Sweden


Gianmario Pellegrino, Politecnico di Torino - Italy

Fei Gao, University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM) - France

Xiaosong Hu, Chongqing University - China


Virginia Pilloni, University of Cagliari - Italy

Stamatis Karnouskos, SAP Research - Germany

Lucia Lo Bello, University of Catania - Italy


Carlo Vallati, University of Pisa - Italy

Jan Haase, Universität zu Lübeck - Germany

Huazhen Fang, University of Kansas - USA


Mo-Yuen Chow

Resilient Networked Microgrids Energy Management System




 Mehrdad (Mark) Ehsani

Planetary Sustainable Energy and Transportation Engineering


Giuseppe Iannacone

Power electronics based on wide-bandgap semiconductors: opportunities and challenges


Francesco Mastrandrea

How the electro-mobility will reshape the concept of  passenger vehicles

Call for special sessions

Prospective partecipants of IESES 2020 are encouraged to organize special sessions in a particular area within the conference topics.

Special session proposals can be submitted to the special session committee Chair prof. Concettina Buccella using the conference template

Deadline for submission will be December 1, 2019.

The following session proposals have already been accepted:

1. Energy Storage Systems and Charging Technologies for Electric Vehicles
Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam, Mattia Ricco, Vitor Monteiro

2. Advanced Semiconductor Devices for Battery Energy Storage
Francesco Iannuzzo, Salvatore Musumeci, Filippo Chimento


  • Special Session proposal deadline: 1 november 2019  1 December 2019
  • Paper submission deadline: 10 November 2019   30 December 2019
  • Paper Acceptance notification: 7 January 2020  24 January 2020
  • Camera-ready and Early registration: 14 February 2020  20 February 2020

Technical papers are solicited on any subject pertaining to the scope of the conference that includes, but is not limited to, the following major topics:

  • T1. Energy storage devices
  • T2. Power converters
  • T3. Renewable energy systems
  • T4. Microgrids
  • T5. Resilience for energy systems
  • T6. Transport electrification
  • T7. IoT for sustainable energy systems
  • T8. Smart buildings


Prospective authors are invited to submit regualr papers of their work in English (full paper length: up to 6 proceeding pages). Accepted and presented papers will be submitted for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore online digital library and EI Compendex database.


Prospective partecipants of IESES 2020 are encouraged to organize special sessions in a particular area within the conference topics (see more info on the special session section).



The Technical Programme Committee,  on the basis of the comments of reviewers, track chairs and session chairs  will analyse the papers presented at IESES 2020 and will define a selection of papers whose authors will be formally invited to submit an extended and integrated version of their pubblication to a Special Issue of the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topic in Industrial Electronics,

Prospective authors are invited to electronically submit full regular papers of their work. English is the working language of the conference. Regular and Special Session papers are limited to six (6) pages of A4 or letter format.

Authors must adhere to the IEEE Conference paper format. Draft version of papers should be submitted for review before the submission deadline (see important dates)

IEEE is strict about the requirements for PDF files for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library. It is strongly recommended to use the set of templates in MS Word and LaTeX formats provided by IEEE . Please use them to create your paper (please do not modify the style or the format). To learn more about formatting of papers for IEEE IES conferences, please visit this page. We will be checking pdf compliance internally through our software, so please go ahead with submitting of your manuscript.

Please make sure that only original work is being submitted (not previously published/copyrighted). The conference will be using the CrossCheck automated screening system to verify the originality of papers. IEEE takes disciplinary actions when violations are detected.

Accepted papers must be presented at the conference. The final manuscript must be accompanied by a registration form and a full registration fee payment proof. Accepted papers duly presented during the conference will be submitted to inclusion in IEEE xplore online digital library and EI Compendex database. 

Before submission, please familiarise yourself with the following IEEE authorship guidelines and policies:

IEEE authorship guidelines

IEEE Policy on Plagiarism

IEEE Policy on Double Submission

The Technical Programme Committee, on the basis of the comments of reviewers, track chairs and session chairs, will provide to three outstanding papers presented at IESES 2020 the Best Paper Award and the second Prize and the third Prize for the technical competence displayed in the paper.  

Moreover, the Technical Programme Committee,  on the basis of the comments of reviewers, track chairs and session chairs, will provide the Student Excellent Presentations. 

The awarding cerimony will take place during the Plenary Closing Session of IESES 2020.

Early registration fees (by February 20, 2020)

MEMBER IEEE: € 640,00    

MEMBER IES: € 600,00      

NON MEMBER: € 800,00      

STUDENT MEMBER: € 480,00      


IEEE LIFE MEMBER: € 480,00          

Full registration fees (after February 20, 2020)

MEMBER IEEE: € 720,00

MEMBER IES: € 675,00

NON MEMBER: € 900,00


STUDENT NON MEMBER: € 675,00                      

IEEE LIFE MEMBER: € 540,00  


- all fees include Italian VAT 22%

- student registrants will be required to show evidence of their student status by emailing their student certificate to 

Registration fees will include: access to all sessions, coffee breaks and standing buffet lunches at the conference venue, welcome cocktail reception on April 20, conference social event on April 21.

The online registration system is now open.

Cagliari lies in the south of the Italian island of Sardinia. It can be reached by plane or ship.

Cagliari's "Mario Mameli" International airport, about 20 minutes away from the city centre, allows daily connections with the many national and international cities. A shuttle service connects the airport to the city centre in Piazza Matteotti. close to the port and the railway station. Taxis and rent-a-car services are readily available at the airport.

The Port of Cagliari, one of the largest seaports in the Mediterranean Sea, is situated in the centre of the city and overlooks the famous via Roma. Daily ferry boat connections with many destinations are available. Cagliari is also an important landing place to several ships cruising the Mediterranean.
The central railway station allows daily train connections with other Sardinian cities.

Other two smaller international airports, Alghero and Olbia, located in the north of Sardinia, also offer daily connections with many destinations.

A spectacular view of the port of Cagliari (photo:

The host city, CAGLIARI

"Cagliari is the city of Love.." said Sardinian Noble Prize in Literature Grazia Deledda.

"Cagliari...golden-looking...rising rather bare and proud a town in a monkish, illuminated missal" with these words D.H. Lawrence described the city of the sun when he saw it for the first time.

Cagliari, the heart of the Mediterranean, has always fascinated travellers from all over the world with its millenary history and breathtaking natural beauty. The capital of Sardinia, a beautiful, light-filled mediterranean city, boasts important traces of its rich past: ancient Roman ruins, museums filled with prehistoric artefacts, centuries-old churches and elegant palazzi. All around, beautiful sandy beaches with limpid blue waters and wonderful naturalistic parks.

A colourful view of the city from the sea (photo: license Adobe Stock)

Cagliari, with a metropolitan area of about half a million inhabitants, is a  surprisingly lively city, which offers an actrative mix of history, nature, beach turism and night life. A dynamic cultural centre thanks to its museums, monuments, theatres like the Teatro Lirico and last but not least University with hundreds of students coming from many different countries.

Cagliari is an innovative and sustanaible city with a 7-km-long city beach, naturalistic parks and environment-friendly areas.

The heart of the city is the Castello district ("Casteddu" as locals call it using a term which also describe the whole city), the hilltop citadel, is Cagliari’s most iconic image, rising above the ramparts built by the Pisans and Aragonese. The old medieval city with its hidden jewels: the cathedral, museums, beautiful palaces, fascinating narrow high-walled alleys with boutiques, bars and cafes.

Crystal clear water: the wonderful Poetto beach (photo: license Adobe Stock)

Cagliari lies on the shore of the beautiful Gulf of the Angels. In a few minutes by bus or even on foot, you can reach its Poetto sandy beach, beyond the green Promontorio di Sant'Elia (Cape S.Elia), nicknamed the Sella del Diavola (Devil's Saddle, read the legend). The beachfront area offers restaurants, bars, beach resorts, diving centres and surf schools. Poetto is the favourite place for the inhabitants of Cagliari during summer season and also in any other sunny day in the rest of the year.

Byke paths at the Poetto beach (photo:

Another jewel close to the city centre is the Molentargius natural park, the favourite dwelling of the flamingos. In the past, for centuries, Molentargius was the richest Sardinian basin where sea salt was extracted, a practice that was interrupted in 1985. Its name, su molenti, meaning donkey in Campidano dialect, confirms the historical means of transport used for the precious loads.

Flamingos at Molentargius park (photo:

Last but not least, Sardinia has always boasted a renowned food and wine tradition. Whether on the coast or inland, Sardinia's delicious specialities are based on simple and genuine ingredients. Pecorino cheese, artichoke, saffron and bottarga (salted, cured fish roe) are just a few of the high quality products of this amazing region. Restaurants, wine bars and cafes, both in the old town and on the seaside, are plentiful in Cagliari. The city restaurant scene keeps cooking up new trends. Regional and seasonal produce is top of the menu right now but many restaurants are also specialising in vegetarian cuisine.

Learn more on the Sardinian cuisine.

Festa di Sant'Efisio

The colourful celebration of Sant'Efisio (St Ephisius) is one of the oldest religious events in Italy and the most engaging of the island.  Every year, on May 1st, the effigy of St Ephisius, Cagliari’s patron saint, is taken from the Chiesa di Sant'Efisio and paraded through the streets on a bullock-drawn carriage. The saint is then carried to Nora,40km away, from where he returns on May 4th for yet more festivities.

Thousands of people gather in Cagliari every year for this event which is considered among the most interesting religious celebrations in Italy.

The Festa di Sant'Efisio in 2020 will be held a few days after the IESES conference.

So, why don't you consider spending a few more days in Sardinia and make your stay in Cagliari really unforgettable?

See more on this event

The effigy of St Ephisius, Cagliari’s patron saint (Photo: license Adobe Stock)

Excursion opportunities near Cagliari are plentiful: the nuragic complex of Barumini, UNESCO world heritage site, the astonishing setting of the Roman amphitheatre of Nora, the world-famous sandy beaches of Villasimius and Chia and many others. For more details on cultural and touristic attractions in and near Cagliari see here

And all around Cagliari... SARDINIA, the pearl of the Mediterranean!

"This land does not look like any other place. Sardinia is something else: enchanting space all around and distances to be travelled, nothing is finite, nothing is defined. It is like freedom itself.» (David Herbert Lawrence).

An incredible mix of millenary history, culture, nature and traditions: that's Sardinia, a real place of the heart. Every year millions of visitors come from all over the world to this dreamland between sea and sky. IESES will give you a great chance to discover it, don't miss this opportunity!.

Discover Sardinia


More on Cagliari and Sardinia?

The secret of longevity
Did you know that Sardinia is home to the oldest people in the world? This land is one of the five "Blue Zones" in the world identified as having residents who often reach age 90 or older.
Scientists are trying to discover the Sardinian secret of longevity: diet? lifestyle? nature?...may be a mix of all of these ingredients?
Watch this video made by the movie director Paolo Zucca for the Sardinian tourist bureau and find out why Sardinians live so long.


From Sardinia to the most famous Italian destinations
Last but not least, besides Cagliari and Sardinia, IESES will offer a great chance to visit some of the other Italian world-famous cultural and historic destinations.
Direct daily flights connect Cagliari airport to the main Italian cities.
For instance, it takes only one hour flight to reach Rome, Naples or Tuscany (Pisa airport). Milan, Turin or Venice are just 90 minutes' travel away.
Spending some more days in Italy before or after the conference would certainly be an excellent decision.
One more reason to join IESES 2020!

Piazza Navona in Rome: just one hour flight from Cagliari (photo:

To find out whether, depending on your citizenship, country of long-term residence and the duration and reasons for your stay, you need a visa to enter Italy, see the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at  or check with your local Italian Embassy or other diplomatic representative before you travel. The rules change regularly, so you should check you have the most up to date information for your trip.

Cagliari offers a wide range of accommodations, from luxury to low-cost hotels.

IESES attendees will have the opportunity to reserve their rooms at conference rate at the Regina Margherita hotel, event venue. For more information on availability, prices and reservation procedure please contact the organizing secretariat at

Please carefully consider that, due to the 36th America’s Cup World Series regatta which will take place in Cagliari in the same week of IESES, conference days will be very high season in town.

Book your room as soon as possible! Contact the organizing secretariat for more information.

A nice room of the Regina Margherita hotel (

Exhibition guide

Attracting about 200 scientists from all over the world, IESES 2020 will provide an important forum for companies to showcase their latest technologies, products and services.

Supporting and exhibiting opportunities

The conference supporting opportunities will include various levels of support and diverse promotional solutions for all budgets. You will have a rare opportunity to showcase your organization to some of the most influential individuals in the field. IESES 2020 provides an excellent forum for your company's marketing and educational needs.  

Download the conference supporter and exhibitor prospectus including all the sponsorship opportunities and fees.

For any further clarification please apply to the conference organizing secretariat.




The conference social program will include a welcome cocktail reception on Sunday, April 19 and a social dinner, on Tuesday, April 21. The former will be a nice ice-breaking networking event in a relaxed atmosphere. The latter will offer a wonderful occasion to meet old and new colleagues while discovering Sardinian traditions and enjoying the famous local cuisine.

More information on these events will be published as soon as available.

A panoramic view of Cagliari and its wonderful Gulf of the Angels. (photo: license Adobe Stock)

IESES 2020 will be held at the Hotel Regina Margherita conference centre, viale Regina Margherita 44, Cagliari. This nice 4-star hotel, located in the city centre on the road that, from the ancient fortified quarter of Castello, runs down towards the elegant promenade in front of the harbour, offers well-equipped meeting facilities, excellent food & beverage service and modern rooms. A perfect conference venue, indeed.

 The room Castello at the conference venue, Regina Margherita hotel (photo: