5th International Conference Contemporary Problemso of Thermal Engineering Energy Systems in the Near Future: Energy, Exergy, Ecology and Economics 
Dedicated to the Memory of Professor Jan Szargut

Gliwice, Poland
18th  – 21st September 2018

Organized by:
Institute of Thermal Technology
Silesian University of Technolgy


About the conference

The 1st CPOTE conference, held in 1998, was dedicated to the 50th Jubilee of Prof. Szargut’s scientific activity. The 2nd one (2004), was connected with the celebration of centenary tradition of the Institute of Thermal Technology, reaching back to the Technical Universitiy of Lviv. The 3rd CPOTE conference (2012) was connected with the jubilee of Professor Andrzej Ziębik’s 50 years academic activity. The 4th CPOTE conference (2016) was devoted to the topic Sustainable Energy Systems for our Common Future and it gathered over 100 participants from all around the globe.

Conference Topics

  • Advanced System Energy and Exergy Analysis
  • Theoretical and Applied Thermodynamics
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Thermo-Economic and Thermo-Ecological Analysis
  • Improvement and Optimization of Energy Systems
  • Simulation, Diagnostics and Control of Power Technologies
  • Life Cycle Analysis and Sustainability of Energy Systems
  • Carbon Capture and Sequestration
  • Renewable Energy Conversion
  • Use of Water Resources
  • Cogeneration, District Heating and Refrigeration
  • Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps
  • Internal Combustion Engines

Special Issues

Selected conference papers will be published in Special Issues or Special Sections of the following International Journals:

  • ASME Journal of Energy Resources Technology
  • ELSEVIER Energy
  • ELSEVIER Energy Conversion and Management
  • ELSEVIER Journal of Sustainable Mining
  • ELSEVIER Renewable Energy
  • Archives of Thermodynamics
  • Journal of Power Technologies

Conference Fee

Regular participants

Conference fee: 500 EUR (including tax)

Includes: lectures and workshops, conference materials, welcome reception, excursion, gala dinner, lunches, coffee breaks, up to 2 conference papers per participant

Accompanying persons

Conference fee: 300 EUR (including tax)

Includes: welcome reception, excursion, gala dinner, lunches, coffee breaks

Reduced* conference fee

Reduced* conference fee: 300 EUR (including tax)

Includes: lectures and workshops, conference materials, welcome reception, excursion, gala dinner, lunches, coffee breaks, up to 2 conference papers per participant


 *Up to 20 reduced conference fees (300 EUR) will be granted to the BSc, MSc and PhD students (with adequate documentation presented proving the student status) based on submitted abstracts and the evaluation of the Scientific Committee.

Conference Venue

The 5th International Coference CPOTE 2018 will be held in Gliwice, the city where Professor Szargut was working for more than 70 years. Gliwice is a medium-size city in Poland’s most industrialized region of Upper Silesia. The city bears historic heritage of Bohemia, Austria, Prussia and Poland and its inhabitants represent a creative blend of hard-working native Silesians and the Polish intelligentsia resettled from Lwów, a former Polish multinational city, which is currently known as the Ukrainian Lviv. Currently, Gliwice hosts an extensive economic zone of 4 km2 for large business development, and in the area of Silesian University of Technology there is a Technopark providing incentives for small start-up companies.

The region of Upper Silesia provides one of the World’s richest heritage of industrial traditions which can be found along the tourist Route of Industrial Monuments, such as the Historic Silver Mine, which will be visited within the Conference Social Programme.

The conference sessions will be held in the modern building of CNT (Centrum Nowych Technologii) located in the University area.

Several hotels in modern or historic buildings are available at a walking distance of one kilometre from CNT. 

Important Dates

Registration                                                           15 December - 15 February 2017

Abstract submission                                              15 February 2018

Notification of acceptance                                     30 February 2018

Full manuscript submission                                   31 May 2018

CPOTE 2018 Organizing Committee

The 5th International Conference CPOTE 2018 is organised by the Institute of Thermal Technology (www.itc.polsl.pl) with scientific support of Institute for Energy Engineering (www.ebr.tu-berlin.de).


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Organizing Committee

  • Wojciech STANEK Chair of the CPOTE 2018 Conference
  • Wojciech KOSTOWSKI Co-chair of the Conference
  • Tatiana MOROSUK Co-chair of the Conference
  • George TSATSARONIS Chair of the Scientific Committee

Members of the Organizing Committee:

  • Paweł GŁADYSZ
  • Krzysztof PAJĄCZEK
  • Karolina PETELA


Professor Jan Szargut


Professor Jan Szargut (09 Sep 1923 Lwów – 21 Nov 2017 Gliwice) was one of the World’s most valued experts on thermodynamics, energy management and, in particular, exergy analysis. He began his studies at the Mechanical Faculty of Lwów University of Technology, which was functioning during the German occupation as Technische Fachkurse. Following WW2, Lwów was incorporated to the USSR and the majority of habitants were resettled to the former German territories incorporated to Poland. A poet Adam Zagajewski wrote: Millions of people pushed the covers of their suitcases with their knees, it happened so on a wish of three elderly gentlemen who had met in Yalta.

Once arrived to Gliwice, Jan Szargut continued his studies in the newly founded Silesian University of Technology. Graduated cum lauda, he then started working as research assistant in the Institute of Thermal Machines Theory. In 1955, he defended his PhD dissertation entitled Balance equations following the 1st and the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. He gained the extraordinary and the full professor titles in 1962 and 1969, respectively. He was head of the Institute of Thermal Technology since 1971 until his retirement in 1993. Ultimately, he remained an active scientist, publishing and co-operating with his team until the very last days of his life.

Jan Szargut is particularly known for his work on irreversibility of thermal processes. According to the suggestion of  Z. Rant he used the term exergy. In 1956 he introduced his own version of the exergy flow diagram. He also elaborated the theory of chemical exergy calculation and he introduced the concept of reference substances most common in the natural environment. In 1961 he introduced solid reference substances present in the Earth’s crust and an approximate method of calculation of chemical exergy by means of those substances. He also developed the concept of normal chemical exergy basing upon conventional mean values of ambient temperature, pressure and concentration of reference substances in the natural environment. In 1971 he introduced the concept of reference substances dissolved in sea water. Since 1978 he analyzed the cumulative consumption of non-renewable natural resources of exergy. In 1986 he introduced the concept of the ecological cost determining the depletion of non-renewable natural resources (now thermo-ecological cost) and its minimization. In 1988 he has developed the theory of partial exergy losses appearing in particular links of the chain of technological processes. In 1991 he suggested to introduce a pro-ecological tax replacing the actual taxes as a tool to decouple the economic growth from the consumption of resources.

Since 1976 he was a member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He was author and co-author of 290 scientific articles and 21 books (3 on exergy problems specifically), and supervised 28 defended PhD theses. He was a Honorary Editor of the International Journal of Thermodynamics and Associate Editor of Energy, the International Journal. Although he received many state awards labelled as golden or 1st degree, he remained an example of modesty and nonmaterialistic approach to work, usually using a bicycle to get to the University at early morning hours.

More information on his activity can be found at www.itc.polsl.pl/szargut and www.exergoecology.com