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  • PEM fuel cells;
  • Hybrid electric vehicles;
  • Thermodynamic optimization;
  • Wind turbines;
  • Energy efficiency programs

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We are honored to present this special issue on Green Energy in the International Journal of Energy Research. The issue consists of nine original, peer-reviewed articles, which have been presented at the Fifth International Green Energy Conference (IGEC-V), held in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, on 1–3 June 2010. The papers presented in this special issue have been accepted according to the established IJER standard after the established peer review process.

The International Green Energy Conference (IGEC) is a multi-disciplinary international conference, aiming to bring researchers together to advance research and technological innovation/development pertaining to all aspect of energy for humanity without undue impact on the environment and social and economic development through energy diversity, energy localization, energy security, and energy sustainability. IGEC-V was organized by the International Association for Green Energy with partnership with the University of Waterloo. This was the second time for the University of Waterloo to host the conference. The first IGEC was hosted at the University of Waterloo in 2005; the second IGEC was in Oshawa, Canada, in 2006; the third IGEC in Västerås, Sweden, in 2007; and the fourth was in Beijing, China, in 2008.

The IGEC-V covers a wide range of topics in green energy area. Some of the topics covered are and not limited to the following: energy analysis/management, solar energy, wind energy, hydrogen production/storage, fuel cells, biofuels, green buildings, and emission abatement. These topics offered the opportunity for many researchers, students, scientists, engineers, educators, government officials, consultants, managers, and others from across the world to share their findings and research and have significant discussions pertaining to these topics. The conference featured seven keynote speakers, three specialized sessions, three panel sessions, and 17 parallel sessions. Furthermore, this conference offered a half day networking session, where many government and industry leaders were invited to discuss crucial topics on green energy research and its integration into society.

We wish to express our deepest appreciation to the organizing committee and volunteers who have made IGEC-V an unforgettable experience. We also would like to extend our sincere thanks to all the authors and reviewers of this special issue and the editor of IJER who made this special issue a reality.