Dr Cao obtained his Doctor of Science (Technology) degree in April 2014 from the School of Engineering at Aalto University (formerly known as Helsinki University of Technology), Finland. His Master of Science degree was obtained in June 2010 from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, while his MasteríŽs thesis project was conducted at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. Before joining PolyU in 2017, he had been successively employed as a research assistant, doctoral researcher and postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University, Finland, since 2010. Moreover, in January and February 2016, Dr Cao also worked as a Visiting Scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), Germany, for a joint research between Fraunhofer ISE and Aalto University. His main research expertise is in the fields of low-energy and zero-energy buildings, advanced on-site renewable energy systems, building integrated energy storage solutions, HVAC technologies, and the integrations between buildings, hybrid smart grids and new energy vehicles. He participated in the IEA SHC T44/HPP A38 and IEA EBC A67 as a Finland representative and observer, respectively. So far, he has published around 30 scientific publications, including 19 high-IF (Impact Factor) international SCI journal papers.
Academic and Professional Qualifications
íP Doctor of Science (Technology), 2014: Aalto University, Finland
íP Master of Science, 2010: University of Jyväskylä, Finland (MasteríŽs thesis project in Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, Norway)
íP Bachelor of Engineering, 2008: Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China
Research and Academic Experiences
íP Low-energy and zero-energy buildings;
íP Advanced renewable energy systems (Solar heating and cooling, PV, ground/water/air source heat pump, micro-CHP, and micro-wind turbine);
íP Building integrated energy storage solutions;
íP HVAC technologies;
íP The integrations between buildings, hybrid smart grids and new energy vehicles (including electric vehicles and hydrogen vehicles).
Available Positions under my supervision:
I have been continuously looking for potential PhD candidates, Master graduates, postdocs, and exchange PhD students. If you are interested in conducting zero-energy/zero-emission building/community and renewable energy related researches, please send your CV, transcript of records, and list of publications to me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be one position available for a Research Associate/Assistant for the research themes relating to the zero-energy buildings, building energy flexibilities, building integrated renewable energy systems, and advanced energy and storage systems. The initial contract will be one year with an opportunity for a continuation after one yearíŽs appointment. The requirement for the applicant:
(a) With a Master or PhD degree in the field of energy engineering, thermodynamics and heat transfer, building energy technology, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, or applied physics.
(b) Basic experience in the building energy simulation, preferably TRNSYS.
(c) Good command of English language, especially for the academic writings and presentations.
(d) Good academic and publication records.
For those who are interested in this position, please send your CV, transcript of records, and list of publications to me by email: email@example.com .
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) provides the opportunities for full-time PhD studies under the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme. This scheme is supported by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong. It provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 (approximately US$2,600) and Conference and Research related travel allowance of HK$10,000 (approximately US$1,300) per year for awardees for a maximum period of three years. In addition, PolyU will award those with a four-year normal study period the same provision during their fourth year of study and award each PhD Fellowship awardee with a tuition scholarship covering the entire normal study period. Hall accommodation in the first year of study will also be guaranteed. Please refer to the website https://www.polyu.edu.hk/ro/hkphd-fellowship/en/ for more information.
For those who are interested in this Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme and would like to conduct building energy and renewable energy related researches under my supervision, please do not hesitate to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) also provides the opportunities for the PhD Research Studentships with a stipend for those who would like to pursue the high-quality PhD studies and researches. The applicants should have good command of English language skills with satisfactory scores of IELTS or TOEFL. For the details, please refer to the website: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/ro/e-prospectus/index.html and https://www.polyu.edu.hk/ro/e-prospectus/studentships.html.
For those who are interested in this PolyU PhD Studentship and would like to conduct building energy and renewable energy related researches under my supervision, please do not hesitate to contact me (email@example.com). The expected start date of this PolyU PhD Studentship will be in 2018.
Selected Major Publications
A. The peer-refereed high-impact international SCI journals:
1. Sunliang Cao, Kari Alanne. The techno-economic analysis of a hybrid zero-emission building system integrated with a commercial-scale zero-emission hydrogen vehicle. Applied Energy (5-Yr Impact Factor: 7.500), Vol. 211, 2018, Pages 639-661.
2. BM Delgado, R Kotireddy, S Cao, A Hasan, PJ Hoes, J Hensen, K Sirén. Lifecycle cost and CO2 emissions of residential heat and electricity prosumers in Finland and the Netherlands. Energy Conversion and Management (5-Yr Impact Factor: 5.472), Vol. 160, 2018, Pages 495-508.
3. BM Delgado, S Cao, A Hasan, K Sirén. Energy and exergy analysis of prosumers in hybrid energy grids. Building Research & Information (5-Yr Impact Factor: 3.355), Volume 46(6), 2018, Pages 668-685.
4. BM Delgado, S Cao, A Hasan, Kai Sirén. Multiobjective optimization for lifecycle cost, carbon dioxide emissions and exergy of residential heat and electricity prosumers. Energy Conversion and Management (5-Yr Impact Factor: 5.472), Vol. 154, 2017, Pages 455-469.
5. Sunliang Cao, Konstantin Klein, Sebastian Herkel, Kai Sirén. Approaches to enhance the energy performance of a zero-energy building integrated with a commercial-scale hydrogen fueled zero-energy vehicle under Finnish and German conditions. Energy Conversion and Management (5-Yr Impact Factor: 5.472), Vol. 142, 2017, Pages 153-175.
6. Kari Alanne, Sunliang Cao. Zero-energy hydrogen economy (ZEH2E) for buildings and communities including personal mobility. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (5-Yr Impact Factor: 9.122), Vol. 71, 2017, Pages 697-711.
7. BM Delgado, S Cao, A Hasan, K Sirén. Thermoeconomic analysis of heat and electricity prosumers in residential zero-energy buildings in Finland. Energy (5-Yr Impact Factor: 5.182), Volume 130, 2017, Pages 544-559.
8. Sunliang Cao. Comparison of the energy and environmental impact by integrating a H2 vehicle and an electric vehicle into a zero-energy building. Energy Conversion and Management (5-Yr Impact Factor: 5.472), Vol. 123, 2016, Pages 153-173.
9. Sunliang Cao, Kai Sirén. The influence of simulation time-resolution on the matching between on-site micro-wind generation and building electric demand. Journal of Building Performance Simulation (5-Yr Impact Factor: 2.874), Vol. 9, Issue 5, 2016, Pages 449-468.
10. Sunliang Cao, Kari Alanne. Technical feasibility of a hybrid on-site H2 and renewable energy system for a zero-energy building with a H2 vehicle. Applied Energy (5-Yr Impact Factor: 7.500), Vol. 158, 2015, Pages 568-583.
11. Sunliang Cao, Kai Sirén. Matching indices taking the dynamic hybrid electrical and thermal grids information into account for the decision-making of nZEB on-site renewable energy systems. Energy Conversion and Management (5-Yr Impact Factor: 5.472), Vol. 101, 2015, Pages 423-441.
12. Antti Alahäivälä, Tobias Heß, Sunliang Cao, Matti Lehtonen. Analyzing the optimal coordination of a residential micro-CHP system with a power sink. Applied Energy (5-Yr Impact Factor: 7.500), Vol. 149, 2015, Pages 326-337.
13. Janne Hirvonen, Genku Kayo, Sunliang Cao, Ala Hasan, Kai Sirén. Renewable energy production support schemes for residential-scale solar photovoltaic systems in Nordic conditions. Energy Policy (5-Yr Impact Factor: 4.599), Vol. 79, 2015, Pages 72-86.
14. Sunliang Cao, Kai Sirén. Impact of simulation time-resolution on the matching of PV production and household electric demand. Applied Energy (5-Yr Impact Factor: 7.500), Vol. 128, 2014, Pages 192-208.
15. Sunliang Cao, Ala Hasan, and Kai Sirén. Matching analysis for on-site hybrid renewable energy systems of office buildings with extended indices. Applied Energy (5-Yr Impact Factor: 7.500), Vol. 113, 2014, Pages 230-247.
16. Sunliang Cao, Ayman Mohamed, Ala Hasan, and Kai Sirén. Energy matching analysis of on-site micro-cogeneration for a single-family house with thermal and electrical tracking strategies. Energy and Buildings (5-Yr Impact Factor: 4.599), Vol. 68, 2014, Pages 351-363.
17. Ayman Mohamed, Sunliang Cao, Ala Hasan, Kai Sirén. Selection of micro-cogeneration for net zero energy buildings (NZEB) using weighted energy matching index. Energy and Buildings (5-Yr Impact Factor: 4.599), Vol. 80, 2014, Pages 490-503.
18. Sunliang Cao, Ala Hasan, and Kai Sirén. On-site energy matching indices for buildings with energy conversion, storage and hybrid grid connections. Energy and Buildings (5-Yr Impact Factor: 4.599), Vol. 64, 2013, Pages 423-438.
19. Sunliang Cao, Ala Hasan, and Kai Sirén, Analysis and solution for renewable energy load matching for a single-family house. Energy and Buildings (5-Yr Impact Factor: 4.599), Vol. 65, 2013, Pages 398-411.
B. The peer-refereed non-SCI journal
íP Simo Kilpeläinen, Minyan Lu, Sunliang Cao, Ala Hasan, Shuqin Chen. Composition and Operation of a Semi-Virtual Renewable Energy-based Building Emulator. Future Cities and Environment, 4(1), 2018, pp. 1íV14.
C. The peer-refereed Chinese journal
íP Huanhuan Feng, Qingsong An, Sunliang Cao, Shuai Deng, Jun Zhao. Exploration and Discussion on Definition Framework and Research Scale of Net Zero Energy Building (in Chinese). Building Science (in Chinese), Issue 10, Vol. 32, 2016, pp. 120-128.
D. Chapter in an International Professional Book
íP The outcome of my participated International Energy Agency (IEA) Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) Task 44/ Heat Pump Programme (HPP) Annex 38 Solar and Heat Pump Systems: Michel Y. Haller, Erik Bertram, Ralf Dott, Thomas Afjei, Daniel Carbonell, Fabian Ochs, Andreas Heinz, Sunliang Cao, Kai Sirén. Chapter 3: Components and thermodynamic aspects. Solar and Heat Pump Systems for Residential Buildings (edited by Jean-Christophe Hadorn), Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn, Berlin, Germany. 2015. Print ISBN: 9783433030400, Online ISBN: 9783433604830. [Online]. Available: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9783433604830
E. International collaborated professional report for IEA SHC/HPP
1. Sunliang Cao, Kai Sirén, Andreas Heinz, Sebastian Bonk. Models of Sub-Components and Validation for the IEA SHC Task 44/HPP Annex 38 Part E: Storage models. International Energy Agency (IEA), Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) Task 44/ Heat Pump Programme (HPP) Annex 38 Solar and Heat Pump Systems. 2013. [Online]. Available: http://task44.iea-shc.org/publications
2. Michel Y. Haller, Erik Bertram, Ralf Dott, Thomas Afjei, Fabian Ochs, Sunliang Cao, Kai Sirén, Jean-Christophe Hadorn. Models of Sub-Components and Validation for the IEA SHC Task 44 / HPP Annex 38 Part A: Summary. International Energy Agency (IEA), Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC) Task 44/ Heat Pump Programme (HPP) Annex 38 Solar and Heat Pump Systems. 2013. [Online]. Available: http://task44.iea-shc.org/publications
F. International Conference Papers
1. Benjamin Manrique Delgado, Sunliang Cao, Ala Hasan, and Kai Sirén. Energetic Performance and Economic Feasibility of Onsite Generation Technologies in a Nearly Zero Energy Building. Third IBPSA-England Conference, Building Simulation & Optimisation 2016, 12-14 Sep. 2016, Newcastle, UK.
2. Minyan Lu, Simo Kilpeläinen, Ala Hasan, Sunliang Cao, Chen Shuqin. Performance analysis of a semi-virtual renewable energy system and building operation. 16th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET2017 Bologna). July 17-20, 2017, Bologna, Italy.
3. Huanhuan Feng, Xue Tian, Sunliang Cao, Jun Zhao, Shuai Deng. Match Performance Analysis for a Solar-driven Energy System in Net Zero Energy Building. Energy Procedia (also EI/Scopus-indexed), Vol. 88, 2016, Pages 394-400. [Online]. Available: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876610216300741
4. Benjamin Manrique Delgado, Sunliang Cao, Pekka Tuominen, Ala Hasan, and Jussi Jokinen. Energy generation and matching in a net zero-energy building in Finland. The Proceedings of the 20th CIB World Building Congress 2016, Volume IV, 30 May íV 3 June 2016, Tampere, Finland.
5. Reino Ruusu, Sunliang Cao, Ala Hasan, Juha Kortelainen, and Tommi Karhela. Developing an Energy Management System for Optimizing the Interaction of a Residential Building with the Electrical and Thermal Grids. CLIMA 2016 - proceedings of the 12th REHVA World Congress, 22-25 May 2016, Aalborg, Denmark.
6. Sunliang Cao, Arild Gustavsen, Sivert Uvsløkk, Bjørn Petter Jelle, Jacques Gilbert and Jussi Maunuksela. The Effect of Wall-Integrated Phase Change Material Panels on the Indoor Air and Wall Temperature íV Hot box Experiments. Zero Emission Buildings-Proceedings of Renewable Energy Research Conference 2010, Trondheim, Norway, 2010, pp. 15-26.