ICRED2017 Keynote Speakers



Fellow of IEEE Prof. Tony C.Y. Chung

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: Smart Grid Modelling: The Key to Smart Grid Analysis and Design 


Abstract: Increasing concerns about energy security, fuel diversity and climate change have spurred growth in renewable energy sources in Canada and worldwide. Building a smart grid is an efficient means of enabling greater use of renewable energy and preventing large-scale system blackouts. The application of a broad array of emerging technologies has therefore been considered to modernize the existing power grid (collectively referred to as “smart grid technologies”). These smart grid technologies, which include new approaches and devices, are significantly changing the way power systems operate. Therefore, understanding and modelling these technologies are prerequisites for effective system analysis and design. Canada is speeding up plans to virtually eliminate coal-fired electricity by 2030. SaskPower, owned by the Province of Saskatchewan, also has a very ambitious program to expand and modernize the existing power grid to support the provincial target of using 50% renewable energy by 2030. Dr Chung is now leading a research team, supported by SaskPower and NSERC of Canada, to conduct cutting-edge and long-term smart grid research for SaskPower and address critical technical issues associated with smart grid technologies and their applications to real power systems. This presentation will report some of their latest works on smart grid modelling including renewable energy generation, real-time thermal rating, energy storage and load demand.  




Prof. Hossam A.Gabbar

Professor, Director of Energy Safety and Control Lab, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, and Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (Cross-Appointed)

University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada

Dr. Hossam Gaber, is a Professor in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (cross-appointed) at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), and the Director of the Energy Safety & Control Lab at UOIT. He is a world-leading scholar in the fields of smart energy grid engineering and process systems engineering, with focus on plasma engineering, micro energy grids, and energy safety and control. He is certified Functional Safety Engineer (TÜV Rheinland), Fellow RAMSP and Senior Member of IEEE. He is the founding Chair of Toronto Chapter of the IEEE Nuclear & Plasma Science Society, and the founding Chair of the Technical Committee on Intelligent Green Production Systems at IEEE, Systems, Man, & Cybernetics Society. Dr. Gaber is the chair and co-founder of the Symposium on Plasma and Nuclear Systems, and the founder of the IEEE International Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Process Systems Engineering. He also founded the Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety Professionals (RAMSP) Society, and currently serves as its VP, Safety. Dr. Gaber has successfully managed the completion of 57 theses, has more than 212 academic journal publications to his name, holds several inventions/patents, has published several books, and is regularly invited as a speaker at international symposiums and conferences. His previous successfully completed projects include Modeling & Simulation of Green Hybrid Energy Production / Supply Chains with Grid Integration, Automated Control Recipe Design for Flexible Chemical Batch Production Plants, Biomass Production Chain Planning, and Plastic Production Chain with Recycling.  


Title of Speech: Flywheel-Based Energy Storage Platform for Resilient Energy and Transportation Infrastructures 


Abstract: This talk will present research designs and control strategies and systems for flywheel-based energy storage platform. The talk will cover resiliency considerations and applications on energy and transportation infrastructures. In addition, the talk will discuss advances in interconnected micro energy grids with energy storage systems for transportation electrification, including e-Bus and railway networks. The talk will demonstrate modeling, control, and optimization techniques and their use for improved performance in terms of cost, environmental impacts, and energy supply and generation performance.   




Prof. Hassan Bevrani

Dept. of Electrical & Computer Eng., 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 the 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 250 journal/conference papers. Prof. Bevrani is senior member of IEEE and his current research interests include Microgrid dynamics and control, Smart grid operation and control, power system stability, and Intelligent/robust control applications in power electric industry. More information is available in http://hbevrani.ir and http://smgrc.uok.ac.ir/.

Title of Speech: Virtual Inertia in Microgrids: Applications and New Achievements 


Abstract: The Microgrid (MG) concept as an important block of future smart grids provides a quite appealing solution for integrating renewable energy sources (RESs) into power grids. Recent investigations indicate that relatively high integration of inverter-based distributed generators (DGs) and RESs will have some negative impacts on MG dynamics, performance and stability. 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 grids with bulk power plants, MGs with DG/RES units have either small or no rotating mass and damping property. A solution toward stabilizing a grid/MG with numerous low-inertia DGs is to fortify the system with additional inertia, virtually. Virtual inertia (VI) can be established by using short-term energy storage together with a power electronics converter and a proper control mechanism in a system known as virtual synchronous generator (VSG). The VSGs exhibit amount of inertia and damping properties of conventional synchronous machines for short time intervals. As a result, the VI concept may provide a basis for maintaining a large share of DGs/RESs in future grids without compromising the system performance and stability. The speech describes the most important issues on VI as well as new relevant perspectives and research outcomes.  



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: PEDOT:PSS Conducting Polymer on N-Type Semiconductors: a Schottky Junction or P+N Junction ? 


Abstract: Hybrid solar cells that combine Si and conjugated polymers at low temperatures provide an alternative to simplify the fabrication processes and reduce costs. The conjugated polymer called poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is the most widely used organic material for hybrid solar cell devices. PEDOT:PSS is transparent and, conductive (1000 S/cm), and can produce a hybrid junction with Si. Illuminative light is absorbed in the n-type Si, and a hole transport layer in PEDOT:PSS can extract holes generated in the Si substrate out of the device. Thus, the efficiency of the hybrid PEDOT:PSS/Si solar cell is comparable with a conventional Si p-n junction solar cell in principle. Although recent experiments conducted on PEDOT:PSS/Si photovoltaic cells indicated that the PEDOT:PSS/Si interface should be described by a minority carrier-driven pn-heterojuntion, the same working principle has yet been resolved in PEDOT:PSS/GaAs cells.
This presentation reports the junction formation and interface properties of PEDOT:PSS/n-GaAs hybrid solar cells on planar GaAs substrates. Barrier height, photocurrent, dark saturation current and build-in potential at this hybrid interface are measured by varying n-GaAs doping concentrations. The work function and valence band edge of the polymer are extracted from ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy to construct the band diagram of the hybrid n-GaAs/PEDOT:PSS junction. The current-voltage characteristics were analyzed by using abrupt (p+n) junction and Schottky junction models. Contrary to the earlier results from the PEDOT:PSS/n-Si solar cells, the experimental evidence clearly suggested that the interface between n-GaAs and PEDOT:PSS more likely exhibited a Schottky type instead of a p+n junction. The current transport is governed by the thermionic emission of majority carriers over a barrier and not by diffusion. The dark saturation current density increases markedly owing to the increasing surface recombination rate in heavier n-doped GaAs substrates, leading to significant deterioration in solar cells performance.  




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: Powering the future with renewable energy 


Abstract: Due to world energy demand increase, fossil fuel depletion and climate change, renewable energy has received a great worldwide attention during the last decade and is becoming increasingly viable, a trend that could potentially be a game-changer to facilitate the energy transition. Renewable energy sources are a vital component for sustainable energy supply mix and are expected to contribute significantly to fulfill the energy needs caused by population growth and society modernization. It is estimated that the renewable energy share in global electricity generation will rise to 25% of gross power generation.
The speech will provide an overview of mainstream and emerging renewable energy technologies and discuss future trends and challenges impacting their adoption. Research and development opportunities will be addressed.