Qobad Shafiee (S’13–M’15–SM’17) received PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University (Denmark) in 2014. He is currently an Associate Professor, Director of International Affairs, and Co-Leader of the Smart/Micro Grids Research Center at the University of Kurdistan (Sanandaj, Iran), where he was a lecturer from 2007 to 2011. In 2014, he was a Visiting Scholar with the Electrical Engineering Department, the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, USA. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University in 2015 and 2017, respectively. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and Associate Editor of e-Prime - Advances in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Energy. His current research interests include dynamic modelling, design, control of power electronics-based systems and microgrids, and model predictive and optimal control of modern power systems.
Speech Title: Microgrid Control: New Perspectives and Advances
Abstract: The microgrid (MG) concept provides a quite appealing solution for integrating distributed generators (DGs) and renewable energy sources (RESs) into power grids. The increasing interest in penetrating renewable energy power into the power system among the MGs highlights the importance of these systems and addresses serious stability and control challenges in MGs design and operation. The MG is known as the building block of modern power grids (smart grids), therefore, MG control is becoming more significant today due to the changing structure, high penetration of RESs and DGs, environmental constraints, and increasing uncertainties of power grids.
This speech describes the most important challenges in MG control as well as new relevant perspectives and research outcomes. It covers various levels of MG control including local/primary control, secondary control, central/tertiary control, and global controls. Furthermore, new outcomes and advances in the MGs as network control systems and cyber-physical systems will also be discussed.
Yang Han (S’08-M’10-SM’17) received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU), Shanghai, China, in 2010. In 2010, he joined the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), Chengdu, China, where he has been an Associate Professor in 2013, and Full professor in 2021. From March 2014 to March 2015, he was a Visiting Scholar with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. He is currently with the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, UESTC. His research interests include the ac/dc microgrids, active distribution networks, power quality, grid-connected converters for renewable energy systems, active power ﬁlters, multilevel converters, and static synchronous compensators (STATCOMs).
Dr. Han has received several national and provincial projects, and more than 20 industrial projects in the area of power electronics, smart grid, microgrid, and power quality analysis and compensation. He holds more than 40 issued and pending patents. Dr. Han was listed as “World Top 2% Scientist 2020” by Stanford University in 2020, and the recipient of the Young Scientist Award in CPESE 2021, the Provincial Science and Technology Award in 2020, Science and Technology Award from Sichuan Electric Power Company in 2019, Academic Talent Award by UESTC, in 2017, Baekhyun Award by the Korean Institute of Power Electronics, in 2016. He has published a book “Modeling and Control of Power Electronic Converters for Microgrid Applications”, ISBN: 978-3-030-74512-7, Springer. He served as an Associate Editor of Journal of Power Electronics and IEEE ACCESS (2019-2020).
Speech Title: Recent Progress on Modeling and Control of Power Electronic Converters for Microgrid Applications
Abstract: This presentation introduces the fundamental ideas of power electronic converter modeling and control, digital simulation, and experimental studies in the renewable energy systems and AC/DC microgrid. Recent advanced control methods for voltage source inverters (VSIs) and the hierarchical controlled islanded microgrid would be presented, including the mathematical modeling, controller synthesis, parameter selection and multi-time scale stability analysis, as well as the consensus-based control strategies for the microgrid and microgrid clusters. This topic would be an invaluable technical reference for practicing engineers and researchers working in the areas of renewable energy, power electronics, energy internet, and smart grid. This topic has been published in the recent book “Modeling and Control of Power Electronic Converters for Microgrid Applications” by Springer: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030745127.
aim is Deputy Head of School of Engineering at Arden University, Coventry, UK. Saim is Distinguished Professor of Renewable Energy Engineering at Zhejiang Ocean University, China, and Visiting Industrial Professor of Renewable Energy Engineering (Vacuum Insulation Panel-PV) at Jiangsu Sanyou Dior Energy-saving New Materials Co., Ltd, China. Saim is also the Visiting Academic at London South Bank University. Prior to this, Saim was Associate Professor in Renewable Energy Engineering at School of Computing and Engineering, University of Huddersfield, UK. Prior to this, Saim was the Head of Solar Thermal Vacuum Engineering Research Group, Senior lecturer in Electrical Engineering and Course Director of three MEng/BEng/HND courses with expertise of accreditation and validation of course curriculum and degree apprenticeship program at Division of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of Engineering, London South Bank University, London, UK.
Saim has multidisciplinary research expertise in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Renewable Energy Materials Engineering. His specific research experiences are on: energy-materials for vacuum-insulated-smart-windows to net Zero Energy Buildings; vacuum based photovoltaic solar thermal collector; applied semi-transparent photovoltaics and PDLC films; translucent vacuum insulation panel; renewable energy technologies; thermoelectric devices for energy harvesting applications with vacuum-insulation; smart-grid integration to electric-vehicles with fast charging battery mechanism and; harvesting the concentrated solar irradiations to useful electrical energy.
Saim is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Solar Thermal Vacuum Engineering with international collaboration of 14 countries worldwide. Saim is the International Review Board Member of the Russian Science Foundation and Expert Contributor at Vacuum Science World. Saim is a Review Editor of Frontiers in built Environment journal, Guest Editor at Sustainability and Energies of 3 Special Issues in (a) Renewable Energy and Advanced Smart Vacuum Insulations Technologies for Zero Energy Buildings (2019-2022), (b) Applied Solar Thermal Energy (2020-2022) and, (c) Sustainable Development of Solar Photovoltaic Islands’ Decarbonization (2021-2022). Saim was also an Editor-in-Chief for the published book on Advanced Thermoelectric Materials for Energy Harvesting Applications, it attracted worldwide collaborations. Saim is a recognised reviewer of over 35 prestigious journals by Elsevier, Springer, IEEE, Taylor & Francis and MDPI publishers.
Speech Title: Electric vehicle battery thermal management systems with thermoelectric cooling, phase change material and Micro-Channel Heat Sink
Abstract: Thermal management of an electric vehicle's battery has become critical in order to remove heat generated by the battery and preserve its efficiency. This keynote presentation intends to present innovative ideas and next phase of future collaboration within the thermal management of the mass manufacturing of Electric Vehicle Batteries. At the feasibility stage, we intend to demonstrate the experimentally and theoretically validated configurations for the electrical and thermal analyses of predicted electric vehicle batteries. The first configuration is to design and model lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery in comparison to Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) battery and simulate the influence of increasing the outside surface temperature on it’ s electrical energy storage and performances. The second configuration is the extension or involves the first configuration but with an integration of thermoelectric generator (TEG) cooling mechanism to minimise the elevated temperatures of both batteries and assess batteries output electrical characteristics. The third configuration is the extension of the first configuration but with an integration of phase change material (PCM) to understand the influence of increasing the outside surface temperature on it’ s electrical energy storage and performances using third configuration. The fourth configuration is the implementation of high-performing micro-channel heat sink for effective heat extraction from the power electronic devices within the electric-vehicle.