3rd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy

SGRE-2022

20-22 March 2022

Doha-Qatar

3rd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy

SGRE-2022

20-22 March 2022

Doha-Qatar

3rd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy

SGRE-2022

20-22 March 2022

Doha-Qatar

Keynote Speakers

John D. McDonald, P.E., Smart Grid Business Development Leader, GE Renewable Energy, USA

John D. McDonald, P.E., is Smart Grid Business Development Leader for GE’s Grid Solutions business. John has 47 years of experience in the electric utility transmission and distribution industry. John received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. (Power Engineering) degrees from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the University of California-Berkeley. John is a Life Fellow of IEEE (member for 50 years), and was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal, the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Excellence in Power Distribution Engineering Award, the IEEE PES Substations Committee Distinguished Service Award, the IEEE PES Meritorious Service Award, the 2016 CIGRE Distinguished Member Award, the 2016 CIGRE USNC Attwood Associate Award, and the 2021 CIGRE Honorary Member Award. John is Past President of the IEEE PES, the VP for Technical Activities for the US National Committee (USNC) of CIGRE, the Past Chair of the IEEE PES Substations Committee, and the IEEE Division VII Past Director. John was on the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association), is an IEEE Foundation Director, and is a Founding Board Member and Treasurer of the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC). John received the 2009 Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Purdue University. John teaches a Smart Grid course at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Smart Grid course for GE, and Smart Grid courses for various IEEE PES local chapters as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer (since 1999). John has published one hundred fifty papers and articles, has co-authored five books and has one US patent.

Title: Grid Modernization: Technological Advancements Beyond Smart Grid

Abstract:

This talk will familiarize participants with a vision for Grid Modernization, focusing on technological advancements beyond Smart Grid. The technological advancements include discussions of key industry/societal trends, Smart Grid concepts, holistic solutions, integration of microgrids and distributed generation, and Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) software applications. The talk will also cover feeder automation business models, managing different types of data, big data, analytics, enterprise data management, Smart Grid standards and interoperability, and Smart Grid deployments and lessons learned.

Frede Blaabjerg, Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark

Frede Blaabjerg (S’86–M’88–SM’97–F’03) was with ABB-Scandia, Randers, Denmark, from 1987 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he got the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Aalborg University in 1995. He became an Assistant Professor in 1992, an Associate Professor in 1996, and a Full Professor of power electronics and drives in 1998. From 2017 he became a Villum Investigator. He is honoris causa at University Politehnica Timisoara (UPT), Romania and Tallinn Technical University (TTU) in Estonia.

His current research interests include power electronics and its applications such as in wind turbines, PV systems, reliability, harmonics and adjustable speed drives. He has published more than 600 journal papers in the fields of power electronics and its applications. He is the co-author of four monographs and editor of ten books in power electronics and its applications.

He has received 33 IEEE Prize Paper Awards, the IEEE PELS Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the EPE-PEMC Council Award in 2010, the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award 2014, the Villum Kann Rasmussen Research Award 2014, the Global Energy Prize in 2019 and the 2020 IEEE Edison Medal. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS from 2006 to 2012. He has been  Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2005 to 2007 and for the IEEE Industry Applications Society from 2010 to 2011 as well as 2017 to 2018. In 2019-2020 he served as a President of IEEE Power Electronics Society. He has been Vice-President of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences.

He is nominated in 2014-2020 by Thomson Reuters to be between the most 250 cited researchers in Engineering in the world.

Title: Power Electronics Technology – Quo Vadis

Abstract:

The world is becoming more and more electrified combined with that the consumption is steadily increasing – at the same time there is a large transition of power generation from fossil fuel to renewable energy-based which all together challenges the modern power system but also gives many opportunities. We see also now big steps being taken to electrify transportation – both better environment as well as higher efficiency are driving factors. One of the most important technologies to move this forward is the power electronics technology which has been emerging for decades and still challenges are seen in the technology and the applications it is used. This presentation will be a little forward-looking (Quo Vadis) in some exciting research areas in order further to improve the technology and the systems it is used in. The following main topics will be discussed

  • The evolution of power devices
  • Renewable Generation
  • Reliability in power electronics
  • Power Electronic based Power System stability

At last some discussions about other hot topics will be given.

Thomas J. Overbye, Professor, Texas A&M University, USA

Thomas J. Overbye is a Professor and holder of the O’Donnell  Foundation Chair III in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU).  Prior to joining TAMU in 2017 he was a Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   Before starting his academic career he was employed with Madison Gas and Electric Company.  He is the original developer of PowerWorld Simulator, a co-founder of PowerWorld Corporation, and an author of a widely used Power System Analysis and Design book.  He was also the recipient a University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award, the IEEE Power and Energy Society Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award, and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.  Dr. Overbye has extensive experience in many aspects of electric power systems, including participating in or leading numerous large-scale electric grid studies.

Title: Enhancing the Resilience and Sustainability of Electric Grids

Abstract:

Electric grids worldwide are an indispensable critical infrastructure, and the vast majority of people in our society will continue to receive most of their electric energy from such grids for decades into the future.  The impact of the loss of a portion of the electric grid ranges from minor inconveniences for most when the outage is small and short, to potentially catastrophic when the blackout covers a large region for a long duration.   Keeping the lights on involves designing and operating the electric grid with a goal of simultaneously increasing two related but ultimately quite different concepts: reliability and resiliency.  This talk considers how to enhance the resiliency of large-scale electric grids with a particular focus on how this can be achieved while simultaneously making electric grids more sustainable with the use of large amounts of renewable resources.

João Martins, Associate Professor, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Joao Martins received his MsC in 1996 and his PhD in 2003 from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. Currently he is an Associate Professor with Habilitation and Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NOVA School of Sciences and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. João Martins is senior researcher at UNINOVA-CTS, Portugal, where he coordinates the Energy Efficiency Group and integrates the Board of Directors. He is the co-author of more than 80 scientific articles in refereed journals and books and more than 180 articles in refereed conference proceedings. João Martins is an active member in various program committees of scientific conferences and serves as an associate editor of IEEE IES Industrial Electronics Magazine, IET Power Electronics and MDPI Energies. He was and is involved as member and/or project coordinator in several national and international research projects. In addition, he is an evaluator of research proposals and projects for several national and European funding agencies. João Martins is a senior member of IEEE, member of CIGRE, effective member of Engineers Association (Portugal) and founding member of the Portuguese Society for Education in Engineering (SPEE). His research interests are mainly in energy efficiency, alternative energies and power quality, intelligent and energy efficient buildings, heritage buildings, energy awareness, smart grid renewables integration.

Title: Can sustainability be achieved with energy flexibility?

Abstract:

The world is experiencing the highest penetration of renewable energy but, at the same time, there is an increasing electrification of the energy demand. These changes pose new challenges in terms of electrical systems management. On the end user side, the drastic variations in loads over the course of a day or the increased use of energy in the so-called peak periods poses more complex control problems requiring faster decision times and smaller error margins. Energy flexibility is being regarded as a valuable tool towards a more sustainable electrical system. This tool combined with new paradigms, such as the establishment and operation of energy communities, will provide flexibility, interconnectivity, bi-directionality and complementarity with advantages either to consumers either to the energy grid itself. This talk will address the use of energy flexibility as a tool to achieve a more sustainable electrical system.

Santiago Bañales, Managing Director, Iberdrola Innovation Middle East (ME), Doha, Qatar

Santiago Bañales is Managing Director of Iberdrola Innovation Middle East (ME), Iberdrola’s global development center of digital solutions for the energy industry, since 2016.

He has 25 years of energy industry experience fulfilling executive roles in R&D, Engineering, Product Development, Management Consulting, M&A and General Management. During the development of his career, he has experienced a wide breadth of business environments in an international setting, being part of or doing business with state-owned (Electricité de France) and private utilities (Endesa, Iberdrola), management consulting firms (Kearney), private equities and family-owned manufacturing businesses (Ormazabal). Previous to his current role Santiago was CEO of Ormazabal Current, a global smart grids product manufacturing with facilities in US, Switzerland and Spain.

Santiago holds a Master of Science in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT – (Fulbright Fellow) and a Dual Engineering Degree from Ecole Centrale Paris and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He is a published author and has been involved in graduate and executive education for more than 15 years.

He is also an INSEAD-certified International Board Director, having held executive and non-executive Board Directorships positions in several energy industry associations, startups, and universities.

Title: Digitalization of the energy system: the road ahead

The future of the energy system is currently driven by three key trends: electrification, decarbonization, and digitalization. Digital technologies, namely Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, IoT, and Distributed Ledgers are having a profound impact at each step of the energy value chain, from renewable generation, network integration to the empowerment of the customer. In this talk, it will be described how Iberdrola, one of the leading global power companies, is generating and using digital innovation and how large digital transformation programs are being deployed. Furthermore, key challenges in the digitalization of the energy industry will be pinpointed to enrich the debate about what industry may expect from research and education institutions.