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2022 Keynote Speakers


Speaker I

IEEE Fellow

Prof. Bikash Pal, Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom

Research Areas: power system stability, control, and estimation

Biography: Bikash Pal is a Professor of Power Systems at Imperial College London (ICL). Currently is leading a six university UK-China research consortium on Resilient Operation of Sustainable Energy Systems (ROSES) as part of EPSRC-NSFC Programme on Sustainable Energy Supply. He led UK-China research consortium project on Power network stability with grid scale storage (2014-2017): He also led an eight- university UK-India research consortium project (2013-2017) on smart grid stability and control. His research is conducted in strategic partnership with ABB, GE Grid Solutions, UK, and National Grid, UK. UK Power Networks. GE commissioned sequel of projects with him to analyse and solve wind farm HVDC grid interaction problems (2013-2019). Prof Pal was the chief technical consultant for a panel of experts appointed by the UNFCCC CDM (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Clean Development Mechanism). He has offered trainings in Chile, Qatar, UAE, Malaysia and India in power system protections, stability and control topics. He has developed and validated a prize winning 68-bus power system model, which now forms a part of IEEE Benchmark Systems as a standard for researchers to validate their innovations in stability analysis and control design. He was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy (2012-2017) and Editor-in-Chief of IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution (2005-2012). He is Vice President, PES Publications (2019-). In 2016, his research team won the President’s outstanding research team award at Imperial College London (ICL). He is Fellow of IEEE for his contribution to power system stability and control. He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in Power distribution system estimation and control. He was). He has published about 100 papers in IEEE Transactions and IET journals and authored four books in power system modelling, dynamics, estimations and control. Two of his papers in power system stability and control topics have received annual best journal paper award. He was Otto Monstead Professor at Denmark Technical University (DTU) (2019) and Mercator Professor sponsored by German Research Foundation (DFG) at University of Duisburg-Essen in 2011. He worked as faculty at IIT Kanpur, India. He holds a Visiting Professorship at Tsinghua University, China.

Speech Title: Dynamic Modeling for Analysis of Wind Farm and Grid Interaction

Abstract: Electrical generation, transmission and distribution systems all over the world have entered a period of significant renewal and technological change. There have been phenomenal changes/deployments in technology of generation driven by the worldwide emphasis on energy from wind and solar as a sustainable solution to our energy need. Increasingly energy demand from heating and transportation will be met by electricity. So, to accommodate changes in either end the transmission grid is required to operate in more responsive manner. This is the most credible challenge in smart transmission grid operation today. Some of the recent wind farm operations have grabbed media headlines of not being connectable to the grid. While the debate is on whether it is the wind farm or the grid is the cause, the balance of the debate is shifting towards the integration and control aspect of these two technologies. This keynote will briefly mention the recent major problems in connecting big wind farms to the grid. It will then identify few possible specific technical reasons supported by the general technical insights gathered from detailed technical study conducted at Bikash Pal’s research group at Imperial College London. Future research challenges and opportunities will be highlighted.


Speaker II

Prof. Dr. Aydoğan Özdemir, Istanbul University of Technology, Turkey

Research Areas: Electrical Energy and Power Systems, Smart Electrical Networks, High Voltage

Biography: Aydogan Ozdemir was born in Artvin, Turkey, in January 1957. He received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1980, 1982, and 199y. He is currently a full Professor at Istanbul Technical University. His current research interests are in electric power systems and high-voltage engineering, emphasizing asset management, reliability analysis and intelligent method applications in power system modeling, simulation, analysis and control, smart grids, and building automation systems. He has published more than 150 technical papers and conducted several research activities. He is a Member of the National Chamber of Turkish Electrical Engineering and a Senior Member of IEEE PES.

Speech Title: Distribution System Reliability Improvement through traction power linked Electric Vehicles

Abstract: Electric Vehicles and EVs have continued their steady development over the years with advancements in battery life, energy efficiency, and travel distances. In the next decade, a fast-charging infrastructure will potentially be needed in large cities to support EVs penetration in the market properly. This infrastructure may either be constructed for this purpose or, more economically, is shared with other installations, i.e. railway traction power grid, when convenient. On the other hand, electrified rail systems have become the indispensable means of mass transportation in most of the world’s large cities. Subway systems have their own power distribution infrastructure (AC and DC) due to their high electricity consumption. With the increase in energy costs and environmental concerns, urban rail must be more energy-efficient while improving its quality of service in a highly competitive context. In this context, additional applications are required in addition to conventional energy consumption methods in metropolitan subway lines. In this context, parking lots by the subway stations behave as bipolar interfaces between the traction power and electric distribution grid, which can be utilized for different objectives. Coordinated charging with the traction power increase the efficiency of the subway system, while coordinated discharging with the distribution network will increase the reliability of the distribution grid. Therefore, this keynote speech is devoted to EV parking lots at the subway stations and their coordinated operation with the traction power and electric distribution grid.


Speaker III

Prof. Ionel Vechiu, ESTIA Institute of Technology, France

Research Areas: Design, Modelling and control of distributed generation, Power converters and associated control for renewable energy integration, Power quality and weak grids stability, Optimal predictive control, and Storage systems management.

Biography: Ionel VECHIU is a Full Professor with ESTIA Institute of Technology, France. He received his Ing. degree in electrical engineering from Galati University, Romania, in 2001 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Le Havre University, France, in 2002 and 2005, respectively. In 2013, he received the Habilitation to Conduct Researches in Applied Power Electronics and Control from Grenoble INP, France. One of the main objectives of his research is the use of MicroGrid concept for optimal integration of renewable energy sources and storage systems for different applications. He co-authored more than 80 papers in leading international journals & conferences and works extensively on several projects.

Speech Title: To be added Soon

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