2nd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy


19-21 November, 2019


2nd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy


19-21 November, 2019


2nd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy


19-21 November, 2019


Keynote Speakers

Johann W. Kolar, Professor, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Johann W. Kolar received his M.Sc. in industrial electronics (with highest honors) and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering (summa cum laude/promotio sub auspiciis praesidentis rei publicae) from the University of Technology Vienna, Austria, in 1997 and 1999, respectively. Since 1984, he has been working as an independent researcher and international consultant in close collaboration with the University of Technology Vienna, in the fields of power electronics, industrial electronics and high performance drive systems. He has proposed numerous novel PWM converter topologies, modulation and control concepts and has supervised 70+ Ph.D. students. He has published 880+ scientific papers in international journals and conference proceedings, 4 book chapters, and has filed 190+ patents. The focus of his current research is on ultra-compact and ultra-efficient SiC and GaN converter systems, solid-state transformers, advanced variable speed three-phase motor drives, integrated modular motor drives, ultra-high speed motors, bearingless motors/ actuators, and design automation in power electronics/mechatronics. Dr. Kolar has received 29 IEEE Transactions and Conference Prize Paper Awards, the 2014 IEEE Middlebrook Award, the 2016 IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award, the 2016 IEEE PEMC Council Award and two ETH Zurich Golden Owl Awards for excellence in teaching. He initiated and/or is the founder of four ETH Spin-off companies. He is a member of the steering committees of several leading international conferences in the field and has served from 2001 through 2013 as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. Since 2002 he also is an associate editor of the Journal of Power Electronics of the Korean Institute of Power Electronics and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the IEEJ Transactions on Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Title: Solid-State Transformer Applications – A Glimpse Into the Future


Smart and/or Solid-State Transformers (SSTs) are power electronics interfaces between medium voltage and low-voltage AC or DC grids and are employing medium-frequency transformers for providing galvanic isolation and voltage scaling. Accordingly, SSTs show a high power density and are offering excellent controllability of the active and reactive power flow and/or voltage and current level and shape, as well as active protection features.

Early SST concepts date back to the 1970s, where research was mainly driven by the aim to reduce volume and weight of rail vehicles’ isolated AC/DC input stages. Later, possible applications in the context of Smart Grids shifted into focus, where the main drivers were enhanced power routing functionalities of power electronic systems compared to passive low-frequency transformers. This talk will first will first review current Megatrends, such as Clean Energy, Digitalization, Urbanization/Smart Cities, Sustainable Mobility, etc. and identify corresponding future applications for SST systems, especially in the context of DC microgrids and DC power distribution applications in datacenters, larger EV charging facilities, DC collector grids of off-shore wind parks, and future hybrid propulsion aircraft. Next, the talk covers key power converter topologies for the realization of SST systems which includes basic isolated DC/DC converter topologies, multi-cell converter structures with input-series / output-parallel (ISOP) configuration to achieve modularity and high reliability through redundancy, and structural options for realizing three-phase connectivity, as well as hybrid transformers. First industrial SST prototype systems are discussed to illustrate the practical applicability of the concepts. Finally, examples of current research activities on SST systems at ETH Zurich will be presented, including a highly compact/efficient 10kV-SiC-MOSFET-based converter module for future datacenter or ultra-fast EV charging applications.

Peter Palensky, Professor, TU Delft, Netherlands

Peter Palensky is Professor for intelligent electric power grids at TU Delft, and Principal Investigator at the Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) Institute, both Netherlands. He also serves as Director of TU Delft’s PowerWeb Institute.

Before that he was Principal Scientist for Complex Energy Systems at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) / Energy Department, Austria, Head of Business Unit “Sustainable Building Technologies” at the AIT, CTO of Envidatec Corp., Hamburg, Germany, Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, University Assistant at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California.

He is active in international committees such as IEEE and is Editor in Chief of the IEEE Magazine on Industrial Electronics. His main research field is complex energy systems.

Title: Model-based Design and Operations of Smart Energy Systems


The smart grid is the ICT answer to the power challenges of tomorrow: flexible loads, active distribution grids, storage management, smart energy markets, and bidirectional power flows. Conceptually it is a distributed ICT and automation system that is amalgamated with the physical power infrastructure: a cyber-physical system, and even a system of systems. Designing, optimizing, running, and diagnosing such systems requires reliable and scalable computational models which leads us to the main problem with cyber-physical systems: hybrid models (discrete and continuous) are hard to deal with. There are, however, new and promising languages and methods to deal with such systems.

This talk will introduce you to the challenges of describing such complex energy systems and show you how modern modeling methods can overcome the hurdles. Ultimately, such models are capable of covering technical constraints, economic drivers, and complex interactions in several magnitudes of time.

Josep M. Guerrero, Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark

Josep M. Guerrero (S’01-M’04-SM’08-FM’15) received the B.S. degree in telecommunications engineering, the M.S. degree in electronics engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in power electronics from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, in 1997, 2000 and 2003, respectively. Since 2011, he has been a Full Professor with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark, where he is responsible for the Microgrid Research Program (www.microgrids.et.aau.dk). From 2014 he is chair Professor in Shandong University; from 2015 he is a distinguished guest Professor in Hunan University; and from 2016 he is a visiting professor fellow at Aston University, UK, and a guest Professor at the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

His research interests is oriented to different microgrid aspects, including power electronics, distributed energy-storage systems, hierarchical and cooperative control, energy management systems, smart metering and the internet of things for AC/DC microgrid clusters and islanded minigrids; recently specially focused on maritime microgrids for electrical ships, vessels, ferries and seaports. Prof. Guerrero is an Associate Editor for a number of IEEE TRANSACTIONS. He has published more than 450 journal papers in the fields of microgrids and renewable energy systems, which are cited more than 30,000 times. He received the best paper award of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion for the period 2014-2015, and the best paper prize of IEEE-PES in 2015. As well, he received the best paper award of the Journal of Power Electronics in 2016. During five consecutive years, from 2014 to 2018, he was awarded by Thomson Reuters as Highly Cited Researcher. In 2015 he was elevated as IEEE Fellow for his contributions on “distributed power systems and microgrids.”

Title: Microgrids Research and Applications: Smart Homes, EV Charging Stations, Electrical Ships and Seaports


A microgrid is an electrical distribution network consisted of distributed generators, local loads, and energy storage systems that can operate in grid-connected or islanded modes. Different technologies are combined together, such us power converters, control, communications, optimization, and so on. This way the energy can be generated and stored near to the consumption points, improving the stability and reducing the losses produced by the large power lines. In distributed energy systems like microgrids, multi-agent systems technologies will be presented distributed control is a powerful tool for distributed.

In this talk examples of research and projects in real sites including conventional islanded systems installed in islands and rural remote areas, low-voltage distribution systems and AC and DC microgrids for residential applications and homes electrical vehicle charging stations, ships, vessels, and ferries, and seaports will be shown.

Said Al-Hallaj, Research Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, CEO and Co-Founder of All Cell Technologies LLC, Chicago, USA

Said Al-Hallaj is the CEO and co-founder of All Cell Technologies LLC and a Research Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dr. Al-Hallaj earned his B.Sc and M.Sc in Chemical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) and a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). Said co-authored a book entitled “Hybrid Hydrogen Systems” and has published several book chapters and the numerous number of peer-reviewed and conference journal papers. Said is the co-inventor of several issued and pending patent applications in the areas of renewable energy, energy storage, and water desalination.

Title: Energy Storage for Smart Grid Applications


Lower renewable energy cost and escalating environmental concerns in the past 5-10 years have accelerated global deployment of renewable energy systems. However, further deployment of solar and wind energy systems is currently hindered due to the intermittent nature of these types of renewable energies. This intermittency problem combined with climate change impacts is causing grid instability and the mismatch between energy generation and demand which is leading to serious power infrastructure problems and significantly higher energy cost, especially during peak demand period. Many researchers, utilities, and regulators are evaluating various alternatives to mitigate these issues and energy storage is emerging as a leading candidate to address these challenges and facilitate further deployment of renewable energy technologies.

An overview of electrical and thermal energy storage technologies will be presented in this work but will focus on small to mid-size energy storage technologies for demand charge avoidance in commercial and industrial applications. The appropriate selection of a particular technology depends on the system requirements for the type of energy to be stored/used, discharge rate, capacity, lifetime, and cost. Lithium-ion batteries are a prominent candidate for smart grid applications due to their high specific energy and power, long cycle life, and recent reductions in cost. Special attention in this work will be on small to medium size grid-tied energy storage (i.e. 10 kW-500 kW) Li-ion battery and thermal energy storage systems that can help with demand charge reduction especially with applications that have a higher power to energy ratios.

Students and Young Professionals Tutorial and Industry Link Speakers

Jens Onno Krah, Professor, TH Koln, Germany

Jens Onno Krah studied electrical engineering at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal and received his doctorate in 1993 from Prof. Joachim Holtz in the field of electric machine and drive research. Until February 2004 he was Technical Director responsible for the development of Kollmorgen Servo Drives.

Since 2004 Prof. Krah has been teaching control engineering, motion control, FPGA-based digital signal processing and functional safety at the TH Köln. The research focus is on the development of robust, safety-related and energy-efficient inverter control with programmable hardware.

Title: Using Sigma Delta Modulation for Current Measurement


Sigma Delta based current measurement is used by a growing number of inverter manufacturers. Sigma Delta based Analog to Digital converters are characterized by the circumstance that the analog circuit part is very small. The majority of the circuit is digital, which offers great advantages in terms of implementation and signal processing. Meanwhile fully digital current sensors with Sigma Delta interface are offered. After an introduction to the Sigma Delta theory, the characteristics of this technique are presented:

  1. Sigma Delta Digital to Analog Converter
  2.  Sigma-Delta Analog to Digital Converter
  3. Sinc Decimation Filter
  4. Current Measurement

Dr. Adnan Abu-Dayya, Executive Director (CEO), Qatar Mobility Innovations Center, Doha, Qatar

Dr. Adnan Abu-Dayya led the establishment of the Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) in 2009 at the Qatar Science & Technology Park.  It is the first independent innovations institution in the region focused on translating R&D and technology innovations into scalable digital businesses in the field of Intelligent Mobility and Smart Cities platforms and solutions.

Before moving to Qatar in 2007, Adnan worked for 10 years at AT&T Wireless in Seattle, USA where he served in a number of senior management positions covering product innovations, emerging technologies, systems engineering, product realization, and intellectual property management. Before that, Adnan worked as a Senior Manager at Nortel Networks in Canada in the advanced technology group, and as a Senior Consultant at the Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Adnan serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department of Texas A&M University at Qatar, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Smart Grid Research Center at Texas A&M University at Qatar.

Adnan received his PhD in Digital Mobile Communications (Electrical Engineering) from Queens University, Canada in 1992. He has 10 issued patents, and about 100 referred publications.

Title: Innovations to Realize Smart Cities: From Idea to Market


Given their emerging role in improving the quality of life for residents, enhancing operations efficiency and in driving economic development, realizing Smart Cities is becoming a hot topic all over the world which is driving innovations development and implementation.

In this talk, we will review QMIC’s integrated innovations strategy for enabling Smart Cities. We will present real examples of Smart City initiatives that have been taken from the early R&D stage to the full market implementation stage especially in the areas of Intelligent Mobility and Environment & Sustainability.

Dr. Verónica Bermúdez Benito , Senior Research Director, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institution , Doha, Qatar

Dr. Verónica is Senior Research Director at QEERI (Qatar Environment Research Institute) where she is the Director of the Energy Center and leads the efforts in research, technology development and innovation in Energy. Prior to joining the organization in 2018, she was Acting General Manager of the Technology Division of the Atsugi Research Center at Solar Frontier KK in Japan. She has also hold a position of Principal Scientist at EDF R&D, Senior Scientist at NEXCIS (start-up, where she took part of the founding team) and Head of the Optoelectronic Characterization Laboratory at IRDEP (EDF) in France, between others. And it is in the Advisory Board of a number of entities.

Verónica has a PhD in Physics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), and holds a number of international awards for her research activity. She is an Associate Editor in Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy and acts as independent expert for a number of international funding agencies as the European Commission, and European National funding bodies.

She is also the author or co-author of more than 120 scientific papers in renown journals, including Nature, Nature Energy and Science, has deliver a large number of invited and keynote talks in several international conferences, as well as has a relevant patent portfolio. She has extensive experience in laboratory to industry research and technology transfer in the field of Renewable Energy, in almost the whole value chain, from materials development to grid integration for generation, storage and energy management solutions.

She is IEEE Senior Fellow and is actively engaged in promoting science among the youth, with a focus on STEM for women.

Her research interests sustainable energy solutions including PV alternative applications, and its integration in residential and added value markets, supported by battery deployment and energy management systems in smart grids opening the door to future clean transportation.

Title: Rethinking the Global Energy Industry: towards Power Energy Century


The Paris agreement sent a signal around the world; climate is a serious threat. To tackle this challenge the energy system requires a complete re-wiring of the global economy in just 50 years. We will only be able to do so if we engage all the different players: science, technology development, policy makers, … Energy enable the whole economy to function and will enable billion of people to pursuit a better life through clean water, sanitation, nutrition, health care, education,…, and all of that thanks to green energy access.

Sustainable energy technologies available today are taking an increasing role in the energy industry, reshaping it, which presents a thread to legacy oil and gas operations. In fact, oil majors are progressively rethinking their strategies, transitioning and transforming into energy companies to accompany the world electrification and the sustainable development goals in a healthy and sustainable economy and business model.