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Dr Victor NIAN

Biography
Research Interests
Research Highlights

Victor joined ESI in November 2013. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Management of Technology, all from the National University of Singapore. His doctoral dissertation focused on life cycle analysis and nuclear power. His primary research interests include progress in nuclear power technologies, the environmental and economic performance of nuclear power, the safety and security of reactor operations, and preparedness for severe radiological emergency. At ESI, his work encompasses energy systems modelling, energy efficiency studies, alternative energy/carbon pathways and policies for incentivizing new energy technologies. Given his technical background, he is also interested in topics such as managing innovation, technology roadmapping and the global evolution of smarter cities.

Prior to joining the ESI, Victor was involved in business development in usability and ergonomics as well as intellectual property management at Nanyang Technological University. He was also an electrical design engineer at Toshiba for point-of-sale computer systems, and worked with consulting businesses in developing energy modelling software for efficiency improvement and decarbonization. As for community service, since 2007, he has been serving in the Engineering Alumni Singapore (EAS) which is the official alumni association of the Faculty of Engineering at NUS and was elected Vice President for the 2013/2014 academic year.

Google Scholar Citations: http://scholar.google.com.sg/citations?user=NIjQs3EAAAAJ&hl=en

Research interest:

  • Life cycle analysis on energy systems
  • Progress in nuclear power technologies
  • Economic and environmental performance of nuclear power
  • Safety and security of reactor operations
  • Preparedness for severe radiological emergency
  • Energy systems modeling
  • Energy efficiency studies

Internationally Refereed Journals

  • Victor Nian, Historical and projected future developments in nuclear reactor technologies and implications for emerging nuclear user-states, forthcoming, Progress in Nuclear Energy (5-Year impact factor of 1.237 and ranked as Q1 by Scimago).

  • Victor Nian, Jun Yuan, A method for analysis of maritime transportation systems in the life cycle approach - the oil tanker example, forthcoming, Applied Energy (5-Year impact factor of 7.500 and ranked Q1 by Scimago).

  • Jun Yuan, Victor Nian, Bin Su, Qun Meng, A simultaneous calibration and parameter ranking method for building energy models, Applied Energy, Volume 206, 15 November 2017, Pages 657-666.

  • Victor Nian, The prospects of small modular reactors in Southeast Asia, Progress in Nuclear Energy, Volume 98, July 2017, Pages 131-142.

  • Victor Nian, Impacts of changing design considerations on the life cycle carbon emissions of solar photovoltaic systems, Applied Energy, Volume 183, 1 December 2016, Pages 1471-1487.

  • Victor Nian, The carbon neutrality of electricity generation from woody biomass and coal, a critical comparative evaluation, Applied Energy, Volume 179, 1 October 2016, Pages 1069-1080.

  • Victor Nian, Analysis of interconnecting energy systems over a synchronized life cycle, Applied Energy, Volume 165, 1 March 2016, Pages 1024-1036.

  • Victor Nian, Change impact analysis on the life cycle carbon emissions of energy systems – The nuclear example, Applied Energy, Volume 143, 1 April 2015, Pages 437-450.

  • Victor Nian, S.K. Chou, The state of nuclear power two years after Fukushima – The ASEAN perspective, Applied Energy, Volume 136, 31 December 2014, Pages 838-848.

  • Victor Nian, S.K. Chou, Bin Su, John Bauly, Life cycle analysis on carbon emissions from power generation – The nuclear energy example, Applied Energy, Volume 118, 1 April 2014, Pages 68-82.

Conference Papers

  • Victor Nian, Global developments in advanced reactor technologies and international cooperation, World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium & Forum: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy Joint Conference, 19–21 July 2017, Singapore (Forthcoming).

  • Victor Nian, Hari M. P., Jun Yuan, The prospects of electric vehicles in cities without policy support, World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium & Forum: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy Joint Conference, 19–21 July 2017, Singapore (Forthcoming).

  • Victor Nian, Xunpeng Shi, Hari M. P., Jun Yuan, Bin Su, Yingzhu Li, The state of developments in regional integration among Southeast Asian states and implications for the future, 9th International Conference on Applied Energy, 21-24 August 2017, Cardiff, UK (Forthcoming).

  • Victor Nian, M.P. Hari, Incentivizing the Adoption of Nuclear and Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia, In 8th International Conference on Applied Energy, Energy Procedia, Volume 105, May 2017, Pages 3683-3689, Beijing, China.

  • Victor Nian, Qie Sun, Zhanyu Ma, Hailong Li, A Comparative Cost Assessment of Energy Production from Central Heating Plant or Combined Heat and Power Plant, In Applied Energy Symposium and Forum 2016: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy Systems, Energy Procedia, Volume 104, 2016, Pages 556-561, Jinan, Shandong, China.

  • Victor Nian, Would Progress in Nuclear Power Technology Bring the Nuclear Renaissance to ASEAN?, In the Proceedings of the 38th IAEE Conference, International Association of Energy Economics, June 2015, Antalya, Turkey.

  • Victor Nian, Progress in Nuclear Power Technologies and Implications for ASEAN, In Clean, Efficient and Affordable Energy for a Sustainable Future: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Applied Energy, Energy Procedia, Volume 75, August 2015, Pages 2852-2858, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

  • Victor Nian, The Prospect of Small Modular Reactors in Southeast Asia, In the 4th IAEE Asian Conference, International Association of Energy Economics, September 2014, Beijing, China.

  • Victor Nian, John Bauly, Nuclear Power Developments: Could Small Modular Reactor Power Plants be a “Game Changer”? – The ASEAN Perspective, In Clean, Efficient, Affordable and Reliable Energy for a Sustainable Future: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Applied Energy, Energy Procedia, Volume 61, 2014, Pages 17-20, Taipei, Taiwan.

  • Victor Nian, Neil D'Souza, the State of Nuclear Power Two Years After Fukushima - the ASEAN Perspective, In Energy Solutions for a Sustainable World: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Applied Energy, July 2013, Pretoria, South Africa.

  • Victor Nian, An SG-TIMES Model for Singapore’s Electricity Sector. In the 63rd ETSAP (Energy Technology System Analysis Program) Meeting, International Energy Agency, June 2013, Paris, France.

  • Victor Nian, Neil D’Souza, Will Fukushima Impede the Nuclear Renaissance? A Perspective from ASEAN, In Energy Innovations for a Sustainable World: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Applied Energy, July 2012, Suzhou, China.


Book Chapters

  • Victor Nian, Progress in Nuclear Power Technology, In Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, Pages 87-106, 2017, Elsevier.

  • Victor Nian, Energy Economy Modeling of the Electricity Sector, In Handbook of Clean Energy Systems, Volume 6, Chapter 23, April 2015, Wiley.


Media Interviews/Quotes/Commentaries

  • Wrote a commentary entitled: “Small modular reactors the way to go for Southeast Asia?”, Opinion, Asian Power (July - August 2017 Issue), Charlton Media Group.

  • Interviewed by Asian Power and quoted in the article: “Vietnam's nuclear implosion: Is the final decision a giant leap backwards?”, Project, In-Focus, Asian Power, Charlton Media Group, 22 November 2016.

  • Interviewed by the Business Times and quoted in the article: “Singapore builds its safety savvy as S-E Asia inches towards nuclear energy”, Energy & Commodities, the Business Times, Singapore Press Holdings, 4 July 2016.


Editorial Contribution

Applied Energy Journal                    2017

Special Issue Guest Editor


Energy Procedia Journal                    2017

Guest Editor for the World Engineers Submit and Applied Energy Symposium and Forum: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy Joint Conference Joint Conference 2017.
CONTACT INFORMATION
Email: nian@nus.edu.sg
Phone: (+65) 6601-2076
Fax: (+65) 6775-1831
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