Professor Ibrahim Dincer

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

President, Hydrogen Technologies Association

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Energy Research

Editor-in-Chief, Energy Storage

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Exergy

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Global Warming

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Research, Innovation and Commercialisation

Special Issues Coordinating Editor, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy


Importance of research, innovation and commercialization in integrated sustainable energy technologies


Ibrahim Dincer is a full professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ontario Tech. University. Renowned for his pioneering works in the area of sustainable energy technologies he has authored/co-authored many books and book chapters, along with many refereed journal and conference papers. Dr. Dincer has chaired many national and international conferences, symposia, workshops and technical meetings. Dr. Dincer has delivered many keynotes and invited lectures. Dr. Dincer is an active member of various international scientific organizations and societies, and serves as editor-in-chief, associate editor, regional editor, and editorial board member on various prestigious international journals. Dr. Dincer served as Vice President for Strategy in International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) and Vice-President for World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies (WSSET) for many years. Dr. Dincer chaired a technical group in ASHRAE, named Exergy Analysis for Sustainable Buildings. Dr. Dincer currently serves as President for Hydrogen Technologies Association in Turkey and Chair for Energy Working Group in Turkish Academy of Sciences. Dr. Dincer is a recipient of several research, teaching and service awards, including the Premier’s research excellence award in Ontario, Canada. During the past eight years he has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the Most Influential Scientific Minds in Engineering and one of the most highly cited researchers. During the past 25+ years Dr. Dincer’s research and activities have been diverse and primarily focused on sustainable energy solutions, sustainable communities and cities, district energy systems, green buildings, renewable energy technologies, energy storage technologies, hydrogen energy technologies, and waste to energy technologies. His group has developed various novel technologies for commercialization. He is known for his engineering education related talks as a committed educator.


Innovation is primarily defined as the process of creating (and/or developing) new things (such as models, products, services, systems, applications, technologies, etc.) and is recognized as a unique tool to link the research dimensions to commercialization. The role of innovation is significantly recognized by numerous countries as a critical component in technology development for more value-added economic activities and greater prosperity which makes a country truly a developed one. In this regard, the concept of research, innovation and commercialization needs to be effectively implemented in every sector, including energy sector as it represents the largest sector in many countries, and the mechanisms to convert the knowledge into tangible technological products, especially sustainable energy systems which represent the largest market share in several countries, have to be set accordingly. In this presentation, the true meaning of innovation is defined and its critical dimensions are introduced by considering various personal, institutional, sectoral and governmental domains and constraints. The prerequisites for being an industrially developed and technologically advanced country are introduced. The recipe for implementing an innovation culture is provided with examples. The presentation also focuses on how to prepare strategic plans and road maps for a success in integrated sustainable energy technologies. Furthermore, a new welfare cycle is introduced to show how a country can improve the welfare. Moreover, the roles of academia, industry and government are clearly defined to implement the research, innovation and commercialization (RIC) concept.