CPESE2018 Keynote Speakers


Prof. Tony C.Y. Chung Fellow of IEEE

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr C.Y. Chung is a Professor, the NSERC/SaskPower Senior Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Technologies, and the SaskPower Chair in Power Systems Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. He is a prominent leader for advancing academic activities and applied research in power systems engineering development in the province of Saskatchewan. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IET. He is also an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer and the Member-at-Large (Global Outreach) of IEEE PES Governing Board.
Dr Chung received the B.Eng. degree (with First Class Honors) and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, in 1995 and 1999, respectively. He has worked for Powertech Labs, Inc., Surrey, BC, Canada; the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada; and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China. Dr Chung’s research interests include smart grid, renewable energy, power system stability/control, planning and operation, applications of advanced optimization methods, power markets and electric vehicle charging. His research work has not only generated 3 US patents, 2 book chapters and over 100 SCI journal papers, but has also resulted in successful transference of three new commercial software packages developed for power system analysis. Software package “Small Signal Analysis Tool (SSAT)” developed by him is now being used by over 80 power companies and nearly 90 universities worldwide.
Dr Chung was the Member-at-Large (Smart Grid) of IEEE PES Governing Board, the IEEE PES Region 10 North Chapter Representative, the Past Chairman of the IEEE Hong Kong Section, IEEE Hong Kong Joint Chapter of PES/IAS/PELS/IES and IET Hong Kong PES. He was the General Chair of IEEE PES APPEEC2014, Co-Chair of IEEE TENCON2015, IEEE PES APPEEC2013 and IEEE ICHQP2012, Vice-Chairman of IET APSCOM 2015 and IET APSCOM2012, Technical Chairman of IET APSCOM2009, and Honorary Secretary of IEEE DRPT2004 and IEEE IAS 2005 Annual Meeting.

Title of Speech: Real-time Thermal Rating: Monitoring and Application in Power Systems 

Abstract: Real-time thermal rating (RTTR) is a smart grid technology that can significantly improve the utilization of existing transmission and distribution systems infrastructure by allowing the ratings of electrical conductors and equipment to be increased based on real-time weather information. Application of RTTR in a power system can not only facilitate increased penetration of renewables in a power system, but also assist in ensuring its safe operation. This presentation will provide an overview of RTTR applications in modern power systems. The fundamentals of RTTR are first reviewed. Up-to-date researches and applications on RTTR technologies are then reported. 



Prof. Hassan Bevrani
University of Kurdistan, Iran

Hassan Bevrani received PhD degree in electrical engineering from Osaka University in 2004. He is a full professor, the Program Leader of Micro/Smart Grids Research Center (SMGRC), and Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Kurdistan. Over years, he has worked with Osaka University (Japan), Kumamoto University (Japan), Queensland University of Technology (Australia), Kyushu Institute of Technology (Japan), Centrale Lille (France), and Technical University of Berlin (Germany). He is the author of 5 international books (including Robust power system frequency control, Springer, 2009; Intelligent automatic generation control, CRC Press, 2011; Power system monitoring and control, IEEE-Wiley, 2014; and Microgrid dynamics and control, Wiley, 2017), 15 book chapters, and more than 300 journal/conference papers. Prof. Bevrani is a senior member of IEEE and he was the gust editor of two volumes of Elsevier Energy Procedia (100 and 147). His current research interests include Smart grid operation and control, power system stability, Microgrid dynamics and control, and Intelligent/robust control applications in power electric industry. More information is available in http://smgrc.uok.ac.ir/.

Title of Speech: Control Challenges in Low-Inertia Power Grids 

Abstract: Recent investigations indicate that relatively high integration of inverter-based distributed generators (DGs) and renewable energy sources (RESs) have some negative impacts on the power grid performance, dynamics and stability. Future power grids face new technical challenges arising from the increasing penetration of power-electronic-connected loads and DGs via the Microgrid (MG) concept. These impacts may increase at the expected penetration rates over next several years. An important source of these impacts is the reduction of the overall inertia. Compared to conventional power systems with bulk power plants, the modern power grids with DG/RES units have less rotating mass and damping property, as inverter-based resources increasingly replace synchronous generators.
Reduced rotational inertia in the grid, in particular, erodes frequency, voltage and system control and leads to degraded performance of traditional control schemes. Indeed, increasing inverter-based resources drive the need for additional regulation solutions and ancillary control services. This speech presents a thorough understanding of the control challenges in low-inertia power grids penetrated by numerous DGs/RESs and MGs. Probable solutions and new synthesis perspectives will be also addressed.  


Prof. Toshihisa FUNABASHI
University of the Ryukyus, JAPAN

Toshihisa FUNABASHI received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Nagoya University, Aichi, Japan, in 1975. He received the Doctor degree in electrical engineering from Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, in 2000. In 1975, he joined Meidensha Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, where he had been engaged in research on power system analysis and also distributed generation applications in power systems. From April 2014, he was a professor of IMaSS, Nagoya University, Aichi, Japan. Since April 2018, he is a visiting professor of University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan. His current interest are operation and control of power systems with renewable energy sources, and optimization of generation, transmission, and distribution systems considering large integration of renewable energy sources and power electricity markets. He has published over 100 journal papers and over 150 international conference papers in these technical areas. Prof. Funabashi is a Chartered Engineer in the U.K, a member of IET, a senior member of IEEE and a senior member of IEE Japan. Academic press has published his book titled “Integration of Distributed Energy Resources in Power Systems, -Implementation, Operation and Control-” on March, 2016.

Title of Speech:  Optimizing smart power systems with renewable energy sources to minimize total society costs - Examples in remote islands -

Abstract: In Japan, large penetration of distributed generations with RE sources such as photovoltaic (PV) power generations and wind power generations, is going based on government policy which is towards construction of low carbon society aiming at sustainable society. Although these RE sources are free from exhaustion and do not generate greenhouse gas emissions at time of power generation, some of RE sources have a demerit such as output power instability by weather conditions and difficulty of output power forecast. With large penetration of such variable output sources, it will be difficult to maintain supply and demand balance in a total power system. And also, considering RE sources penetrations to customer’s side, it is required to consider new phenomena such as that one way power flow will be changed to both ways power flow, which was not considered in a conventional electric power system’s design philosophy. Due to these backgrounds, to have large integration of RE sources, it is required to make evolution in today’s power systems. They must be changed to smarter power systems, where Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is utilized for cooperation of power apparatus and a total optimization is aimed such as minimizing total society cost. In Japan, challenging Japanese style smart grids has been started aiming at realizing a low carbon society without losing power system’s reliability, economics and resistance to environment.  


Prof. Takeyoshi Kato
IMaSS, Nagoya University, Japan

Takeyoshi Kato was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1968. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees all in Electrical Engineering from Nagoya University, Japan in 1991, 1993, and 1996, respectively. He became an assistant professor of Center for Integrated Research in Science and Engineering in 1996, an assistant professor in 2000 and an associate professor in 2005 of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a professor of Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (former Ecotopia Science Institute) in 2015, Nagoya University. From Oct/2001 to Sep/2002, he was a researcher at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.
His research interests include modeling/forecasting of electricity demand/renewable power output, control and planning of electric power system, integration of renewable energy with urban design, etc. Dr. Kato is a member of IEEE, IEE of Japan, Japan Society of Energy and Resources, Japan Solar Energy Society.

Title of Speech: Current Status and Future Challenges of Renewable Energy in Japan 

Abstract: This talk presents current status and future challenges of renewable energies in Japan.
At first, the target capacity of renewable power generations in Japan is briefly introduced together with the governmental support for high penetration of renewable energies.
Then, the current status of electric power system operation of high penetration renewable energy is explained. For example, voltage flicker problem in Kyushu region due to the reactive power injection for islanding operation detection is reported. On the other hand, power supply and demand balancing is successfully maintained due to the various measures such as flexible operation of fossil fuel generators, day-time pumping-up operation of pumped hydro, wide-area operation. As a result, curtailment of photovoltaic power generation is not applied yet, although it will be necessary in near future.
Various flexibility for power supply and demand balancing should be increased to realize further penetration of renewable power generations. An accurate and reliable forecasting method of renewable power output is one of the key technologies for a stable operation of electric power system with high penetration renewable power generation. This talk briefly introduces various resources and methods according to the required time-horizon and needs in power system operations.  




CPESE2018 Plenary Speakers


Prof. Kien Wen Sun
National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Kien Wen Sun was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He holds a PhD from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University in New Jersey, United States. From 1995-2000, he was on the faculty of the Electronic Engineering at Feng Chia University, Taiwan. He jointed the faculty of Department of Physics as a professor at National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan, from 2000-2005. Since year 2005, he became a professor of Department of Applied Chemistry at National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. During his sabbatical in 2012, he was a visiting professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of University of Waterloo, Canada. Dr. Sun was appointed as the Department Chair of Applied Chemistry at NCTU from 2012-2014. He is also currently a Joint Appointment Professor at Department of Elecronics Engineering and the Director of the Center of Nano Science and Technology at National Chiao Tung University. His research interests include femtosecond laser and laser spectroscopy in III-V compound semiconductors, spintronics, nanoimprint, nanolithography, nanoelectronics, solar cells, biochip and biosensing technology. He has published more than 60 journal papers in above research fields. He has served as reviewers and editorial board members for numerous international journals. He is now an associate editor of Journal of Nanoscience Letters.

Title of Speech: Recent Advances in Halide-Based Perovskite Thin Films and Single Crystals and Their Applications in Photovoltics and Optoelectronics 

Abstract: Hybrid halide perovskite material demonstrated remarkable progress in the field of optoelectronic and photovoltic applications. Organic-inorgnic halide perovskite, particularly the MAPbX3 (X= I, Br. Cl), as high efficiency light sensitizers in solar cells have become hot spots in the photovoltaic research field. In a short time frame, these materials have exhibited unprecedented development, now exceeding 22% power conversion efficiency and offering potential to further boost to 25% in photovoltaic devices. As direct bandgap semiconductors, lead halide perovskites also show wide-band tunable emissions with high quantum yield, which is important for numerous practical applications, particularly for the “green gap” region of conventional semiconductors such as III-V compound semiconductors. In recent years, micro- and nano-laser based on lead halide perovskites have been proposed and experimentally demonstrated.
Their attributes, such as suitable optical gap, trap-state density, high absorption coefficient, and long carrier diffusion lengths, render MAPbX3 perovskites as one of the most competitive materials for applications in lasers, photovoltics, light emitting diodes, and visible-UV photodetectors. In this presentation, we will provide the deep insight into the development of perovskite single crystals and thin films using different techniques, their potential properties, and their practical applications in various optoelectronics and photovoltics.  



CPESE2018 Invited Speaker


Dr. Hakim Nesreddine
Hydro-Quebec Research Institute, Canada

Dr. Hakim Nesreddine received his BSc in thermal engineering from the University of Constantine, Algeria, MSc in applied sciences from the University of New-Brunswick, Canada, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Sherbrooke University, Canada. He also earned a Master of Business administration (MBA) from the University of Quebec. He joined Hydro-Quebec research institute (IREQ) in 1997. As a senior project leader, he leads multidisciplinary research teams. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Sherbrooke since 2008. His research interests include distributed generation, heat recovery, energy conversion and advanced refrigeration. Dr. Nesreddine sits on the steering Committee of the NSERC Chair on energy efficiency in industry. In addition, he serves on technical committees and working groups of the Canadian Standard Association (CSA), the Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation (CEATI International) and the International Energy Agency (IEA). He is a member of the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute IGTI- ORC Power Systems, the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) and Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC).

Title of Speech: Integrated Energy Systems in Remote Areas 

Abstract: Despite efforts made in recent years toward cleaner energy production, most of communities’ and mining companies’ remote micro-grids rely heavily on diesel-fuelled generators for electricity production. The volatility of diesel cost and likely to increase combined with high costs of fuel transportation and the willness of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction are providing opportunities to include or increase renewable power sources in the energy mix.
The speech will provide an overview of the global remote micro-grid market and forecasts. A strategic profiling of key players and a comprehensive analysis of their market position in terms of ranking and core competencies will be presented. An emphasis is put on the integration of high-penetration renewable energy namely solar and wind and the different challenges due to their variable nature.  






CPESE2017 Keynote & Plenary Speakers 


Fellow of IEEE
Prof. Tony C.Y. Chung
University of Saskatchewan, Canada 

Prof. Hossam A.Gabbar
University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada  
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Sikora
Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Hahn-Schickard, Germany
Prof. Hassan Bevrani
University of Kurdistan, Iran 
Prof. Kien Wen Sun
National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan 
Prof. Yuan-kang Wu
National Chung-Cheng University, Taiwan