Tentative List of Speakers:
The faculty for the course will be drawn from reputed national and international institutions. Tentative list of speakers for this workshop includes:
Francisco M. Gonzalez-Longatt is currently a Lecturer in Electrical Power System at Electrical Power System en School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering en Loughborough University. His academic qualifications include first Class Electrical Engineering of Instituto Universitario Politécnico de la Fuerza Armada Nacional, Venezuela (1994), Master of Business Administration (Honors) of Universidad Bicentenaria de Aragua, Venezuela (1999) and PhD in Electrical Power Engineering from the Universidad Central de Venezuela (2008). He is former associate professor (1995-2009) and Chair (1999-2001) of the Department of Electrical Engineering of Universidad Nacional Politécnico de la Fuerza Armada Nacional, Venezuela (1995-2009).
He is a former academic staff of Department of Aerospace, Electrical and Electronic Engineering at University of Coventry where he started as Lecturer in Electrical Engineering in 2012 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering in 2013. He was formerly with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester as Postdoctoral Research Associate (2009-2011).
He is the author or editor of several books (Spanish and English) including “Power Factory Applications for Power System Analysis'', Springer (2014), and He has written 2 book chapters, 10+ journal and magazine papers and 60+ conference papers. His work has over +370 citations and his h-index is 9, according to Google Scholar. He was the keynote speaker a several conferences. He was the session chair at IECON 2013, IEEE Powertech 2011, IEEE ISGT Europe 2011. He is a reviewer of the top conferences (PSCC 2014, IEEE PES GM 2013, IECON 2013, etc.) and journal papers research area (IEEE Transaction on Power Systems, IEEE Transaction on Smart Grids, IET Renewable Power Generation, Elsevier Renewable Energy, etc.)
He is Vice-President of Venezuelan Wind Energy Association, Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE), member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology - The IET (UK) and member of International Council on Large Electric Systems -CIGRE. He reveived the professional recognition as FHEA – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in January 2014.
His research interest includes innovative (operation/control) schemes to optimize the performance of future energy systems. His research is or has been supported by Royal Society –UK. Two special research projects financially supported by the Royal Society deserve mention: “Smart Multi-Terminal DC -grids for autonomous Zero-Net Energy Buildings” and “Exploring beyond the Frontiers to Build a Smarter Grid (EBF2BSG)”.
Title of the talk: Challenges and Opportunities in Future DC Systems
Abstract of the Presentation:Looking beyond 2030, the challenges for electricity networks are likely to increase. Challenges treat to global security and prosperity, and there is a general consensus about them: (i) climate change, (ii) system security, (iii) economy globalization. The situation is more and more complicated because resources across the world are becoming scarce and the need for sustainable growth is increasingly important. Governments around the world are propitiating serious efforts towards becoming decarbonised economies as a part of a national climate change mitigation strategy. The transition to a decarbonised economy involves three main aspects: (i) Developing energy efficiency, (ii) Developing renewable energy capabilities, (iii) Dealing with adaptation needs arising due to climate change Future energy networks will be very different and more complex compared with nowadays. Several challenges will be faced by the energy supply industry: (i) liberalized markets and increased cross-border bulk power transfers to facilitate effectiveness of market mechanisms, (ii) massive penetration levels of renewable energy from highly variable generators and energy storage systems, both connected to the system using high power converters, (iii) enormous deployment of high power electronic devices (multi terminal HVDC, FACTs, Active shunt and series compensations, etc.), (iv) colossal deployment of intelligent devices, meters, etc., and densely integrated ICT infrastructures and other more challenges… Future Direct Current (DC) System (FDCS) provides efficient way to cope with all those challenges. The aim of this workshop is to present a general overview about the main challenges and opportunities of Future DC Systems. Many questions will rise from this workshop, much of them have not being answered yet but at least are we asking the correct questions (?).
Prof S. N. Singh obtained his M. Tech. and Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, in 1989 and 1995, respectively. Presently, he is a Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. Before joining IIT Kanpur as Associate Professor, Dr Singh worked with UP State Electricity Board as Assistant Engineer from 1988 to 1996, with Rookree University (Now IIT Rookree) as Assistant Professor from 1996 to 2000 and with Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand as Assistant Professor from 2001 to 2002. Dr Singh received several awards including Young Engineer Award 2000 of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Khosla Research Award of IIT Roorkee, and Young Engineer Award of CBIP New Delhi (India), 1996. Prof Singh is receipt of Humboldt Fellowship of Germany (2005, 2007) and Otto-monsted Fellowship of Denmark (2009-10).
His research interests include power system restructuring, FACTS, power system optimization & control, security analysis, wind power, etc. Prof Singh is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineers (INAE), Fellow of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) India, a Senior Member of IEEE, USA, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (UK) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India). Recently he received 2013 IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Award in Continuing Education which is very prestigious award, first time won by a person of R10 region (Asia-Pacific).
Prof Singh has published more than 370 papers in International/national journals/conferences. He has also written two books one on Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution and second is Basic Electrical Engineering, published by PHI, India and five book chapters.
Presently He is IEEE Region 10 Conference and Technical Seminar Coordinator.
Title of the talk: Key Issues and Challenges in Smart Grid Implementation
Abstract of the Presentation:Due to the increased interconnections and loading of the network with liberization and environmental pressure, the power systems have become complex and facing many challenges in their optimal, secure and efficient operation. Smart grid initiatives seem to provide remedial measured to these problems by computational intelligence, automation, advanced measurements, and application of information and communication technology (ICT). Several countries have already taken the first step in the direction of smart grid by unbundling the power system to bring competition with the introduction of renewable energy sources. Future power system structure, operation, control and management will be quite different from the existing one as it will foresee large market players with direct involvement of consumers, more renewable energy sources and trading of electricity.
Increased integration of new and renewable energy sources in the existing grid is one of the major concerns in the recent years which will have a significant influence on the operation and control of power systems. New grid codes are being set up by several countries to specify the relevant requirements to integrate these generation in the existing electric power system. The main objective of this talk is to discuss the key issue in the smart grid implementation. The talk provides a platform to an in-depth discussion on the various challenges and their possible remedies in smart grid initiatives which will benefit participants from academic and R&D institutions, engineers of utilities and policy makers.
Bharat Singh Rajpurohit (M’ 09- SM’14) was born in Jodhpur, India. He received M. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India and Ph.D from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. Presently, he is working as Asst. Professor in the School of Computing and Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, India. His research interests include power electronics and grid integration of renewable energy sources. He is a member of ISTE and IEEE.
Title of the talk: Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Sources
Abstract of the Presentation: Abstract: Grid integration is one of the major concerns in recent years as renewable power generation level keeps on increasing continuously in the power system. Therefore, renewable will have a significant influence on the operation and control of emerging power system, which is expanding in terms of interconnections, network capacity, load demand and addition of new devices for improving the performance of the system. New grid codes are being set up in several countries by specifying the relevant requirements for efficient, stable and secure operation of power system and these specifications have to be met in order to integrate wind power into the modern electric grid. Several states of India have high penetration of wind power and specific grid connection requirements (GCR) for wind power are yet to be established. Present discussion is to discuss about several technical, regulatory/operational and economical aspects for Indian power systems for better and efficient large scale grid integration of renewable power generation.
Dr. Jai Govind Singh received his Ph.D. (2008), M. Tech. (2003) and B.E. (2001) degrees, from IIT Kanpur, IIT Rookree, and MNNIT Allahabad, respectively, all in Electrical Power Engineering. Dr. Singh joined Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in December 2009 and currently working as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Energy Field of Study in School of Environment, Resources and Development, AIT Bangkok. Before joining AIT Bangkok, he has worked as a Postdoctoral research associate (2008-2009) at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden followed by the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2009.
His research interests include power system planning, operation and control; FACTS controllers; deregulation; generations and integration of renewable energy into power system; Smart Grid; Microgrid and distributed generations; and power distribution system.
Dr. Singh has published more than 36 articles in different international journals and conference proceedings including IEEE, ETEP, EPCS, and IJRET etc. He has supervised two Doctoral dissertations and 23 master theses besides involved as a committee member of more than 66 other master Thesis works completed so far. He has been actively involved in different research/development projects sponsored by international donors/agencies. He is also professional member of IEEE Power and Energy System. For more details, his profile can be accessed at
Title of the talk: Net Zero Energy Buildings and Virtual Power Plants: A Future Energy System
Abstract of the Presentation: Abstract: The idea of future power grid is to fragment in several segments or in piece-wise grids for better energy management, economy and reliability. In other words, future power grid at first will start from home then community then microgrid then to grid. Each piece of grid could be self-sustainable and also can support themselves. These piece-wise grids will be empowered by various type of micro generation sources near loads, energy storages and demand response. Piece-wise grids are going to be boon for electrification of all villages and homes, which are still not connected with grid and more importantly to enable uninterrupted supply by proper energy management system. In this case, renewable sources will play a significant role and also their major drawback, i.e., intermittency will be offset by demand response and different kinds of energy storages. However, the main challenges with current energy storages options are its high cost, environmental and maintenance problem, especially for bulk sizes.
This talk will cover topics related to future energy storages, demand response and distributed generations which can make self-sustainable energy buildings as well as virtual power plants.