Keynote Speakers for ICREC 2017

Speaker  I

Prof. Tyrone Fernando, University of Western Australia, Australia

Speech title: One the Simulation of a Complex Power System


Abstract: A complex power system consists of a variety of electrical components, including generators, transmission lines, transformers, loads, battery storage systems, and power electronics devices. In this presentation, the development of a mathematical model and a computer simulation framework for a complex power system will be discussed. Moreover, the knowledge of internal dynamic states of power generators has shown increasing importance in achieving better control performances in power systems. Due to the hardship of direct measurements, dynamic state estimation methods are employed to obtain the internal states needed for controller designs. Based on the simulation model, the general procedure of utilizing contemporary estimation techniques to acquire the internal dynamic states of generators connected electric grids will also be discussed.


Biography: Tyrone Fernando, senior member of IEEE, obtained his bachelor of engineering with honors and the degree of doctor of philosophy from the University of Melbourne in 1990 and 1996 respectively. In 1996 he joined the School of Electrical Electronic and Computer Engineering (EECE), University of Western Australia, where he is currently a Professor. He was the Associate Head of EECE in 2008 and Deputy Head of EECE in 2009 and 2010. His research interests are in power systems, renewable energy and state estimation. He has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine and also as Guest Editor for the journal of Optimal Control Applications and Methods. He is currently an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems–II and also IEEE Access.

Speaker  II

Prof. Hao Gong, National University of Singapore, Singapore 

Speech title: Supercapacitors with high energy density


Abstract: Supercapacitors have attracted great attention as potential energy storage devices. Comparing with batteries, supercapacitors can much more quickly be charged. However,their energy densities are much smaller. This talk will focus on the fabrication and properties of some supercapacitors with high energy densities. Such supercapacitors are composed of metal oxides and carbon based electrodes. A small prototype can light up bulb and run a small fan.


Bio: Dr. Hao GONG is a Full Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at National University of Singapore. He is also the coordinator of the transmission electron microscopy laboratory at Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests include transparent oxide conductors and semiconductors (n-type and p-type), energy storage materials and devices (mainly supercapacitors), energy harvest materials and devices (mainly solar cells), gas sensors, functional thin film and nano-materials, materials characterization (mainly on transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction).

Dr. Gong received his B.S. degree in Physics at Yunnan University in 1982. He passed his M.S. courses in Yunnan University, carried out his M.S. thesis research work at Glasgow University, UK, and received M.S. degree of Electron and Ion Physics at Yunnan University in 1987. He then did his PhD at Materials Laboratory at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and obtained PhD degree there in 1992. He joined National University of Singapore in 1992, and is currently full professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He has published about 200 refereed papers in major international journals and a few US patents. He has delivered several invited talks at international conferences. He has been chairman or committee member of several international conferences, and editor of special issues of some journal.


Speaker  III

 Prof. Udaya K. Madawala, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Speech title: Wireless Grid Integration of Electric Vehicles for V2G applications

Abstract: Global concerns relating to air-quality, carbon emissions, inefficient transport and depleting fossil reserves are further exacerbated by the rapidly escalating number of vehicles on roads around the world. Amongst numerous efficient and clean vehicle technologies and alternative fuel sources that have been proposed to address these concerns, electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining wider acceptance as the way of the future. This is primarily because EVs are increasingly perceived as the most promising technology for sustainable living with the potential for improving air quality and energy security with demand control using the vehicle to grid (V2G) concept. However, EV technology has its own challenges, particularly in relation to developing an efficient, compact and reliable power interface for both charging and discharging. For this reason, grid integration of EVs and its impact on the grid have become a main focus of current research in both industrial and academic communities. EVs can be charged by wired or wireless means, and the latter, based primarily on wireless power transfer (WPT) technology, is becoming increasingly popular, being convenient, safe, and ideal for both stationary and dynamic (while moving) charging of EVs.


Biography: Udaya K. Madawala (Senior Member IEEE) graduated with B. Sc. (Electrical Engineering) (Hons) from The University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 1987 and received his PhD (Power Electronics) from The University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1993 as a Commonwealth Doctoral Scholar. At the completion of his PhD, he was employed by Fisher & Paykel Ltd, New Zealand, as a Research and Development Engineer to develop new technologies for motor drives in washing machines. In 1997, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Auckland as a Research Fellow. At present, as a Full Professor, he focuses on a number of projects related to renewable energy and wireless grid integration of EVs with bi-directional power flow.


Professor Madawala has over 28 years of both industry and research experience in the fields of power electronics and magnetics. As an IEEE member, he currently serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and is a member of the Power Electronics Technical Committee and Renewable Energy Committee of IEEE Industrial Electronic Society and Power Electronics Society, respectively. He has over 250 international journal and conference publications, and holds a number of patents on inductive (wireless) power transfer and power converters with several pending. His research interests are in the fields of renewable energy, power electronics and inductive (wireless) power transfer, for which he offers his service as a consultant to industry.

Speaker  IV

Prof. Hee-Je Kim, Pusan National University, Korea

Speech title: Recent Solar Energy and ESS (Super-capacitor/Li Polymer Battery Applications for Various Applications

Abstract: Around the world, many governments have strived to increase the share of renewable green energy in their power productions. The main interest has mainly been energy security, increasing prices of carbon based energy sources and minimizing global warming. Concerning the second, global shipping is a major contributor to GHG (global greenhouse gas) emissions, bring responsible for approximately 3% of global CO2 emissions.


The IMO (international maritime organization) is now working to start GHG regulations for global shipping, and is under pressure, e.g. from EU and UNFCCC (United Nations framework convention on climate change), to apply regulations that will have a substantial impact on emissions.


In addition, we introduce the second application of stand-alone PV system. The solar power generation and ESS will be very important in the isolated island and distant place without electrical power supply. So we demonstrate a cold storehouse for fresh fruits with a proto-type stand-alone PV system with ESS as the next generation solar power application.  


Furthermore, we have been developed the eco-friendly power supply for various applications based on our own developing the new ESS (super-capacitor/Li polymer battery). 


Speaker  V

Prof. Dylan Lu, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Speech Title: Power electronics based energy systems: challenges and opportunities

Abstract: Modern electricity network is undergoing a significant transformation with an aim to achieve a sustainable and convenient system through the uptake of alternative energy sources and energy storage systems and more intelligent approach to configuring and managing the network. Power electronics technology plays a key role in integrating the new energy sources and managing the network effectively and efficiently. Power electronics based energy system performs power conversion through different converter topologies and flexible control techniques. With many opportunities arise from the transformation, these power electronics systems are also facing a lot of challenges, such as reliability of internal devices and circuits, energy balancing of battery cells, efficient power point tracking and power conversion for a wide operating range, stability among interconnected modules and power quality issues of the network.  In this talk I will discuss some of these aforementioned challenges and how we can use suitable converter topologies and modified controllers to improve the power electronics systems for building and operating sustainable energy systems.


Biography: Dylan Dah-Chuan Lu received his B.E. and Ph.D. degrees from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, in 1999 and 2004 respectively.


In 2003, he joined PowereLab Ltd. as a Senior Design Engineer and worked on industrial switching power supply projects. He was a faculty member with The University of Sydney from 2006 to 2016. Since July 2016, he has been an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. His current research interests include power electronics for renewable sources, energy storage systems and microgrids. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of Engineers Australia.


He was the recipient of the Best Paper Award in the category of Emerging Power Electronic Technique at the IEEE PEDS 2015. He presently serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II and the IET Renewable Power Generation.

Speaker  VI

Prof. S. M. Muyeen, Curtin University, Australia

Speech title: Reliability and Stability Issues of Grid-connected Wind Farms

Abstract: A desirable energy future for any nation is one with a diversity of sources and suppliers that progressively reduces carbon emissions and that is economically attractive for consumers and other stakeholders. Initiatives in increasing the renewable energy penetration worldwide should aligned with the Government vision, however, it requires significant technical and tactical innovations and improvements to avoid national emergencies. In this presentation, a general overview of wind energy conversion system, it's technological development in terms of topology and control, and future research trend is presented. The wind farm reliability and stability aspects such as reduced system inertia, fault ride through capability, voltage and frequency instabilities are discussed in detail. The importance of energy storage system is also highlighted. Finally, a recent wind farm blackout post-mortem report is discussed to demonstrate the importance of reliability and stability aspects of grid-connected wind farm.


Bio: Dr. S. M. Muyeen received his B.Sc. Eng. Degree from Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), Bangladesh formerly known as Rajshahi Institute of Technology, in 2000 and M. Eng. and Ph.D. Degrees from Kitami Institute of Technology, Japan, in 2005 and 2008, respectively, all in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. At the present, he is working as an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. His research interests are power system stability and control, electrical machine, FACTS, energy storage system (ESS), Renewable Energy, HVDC system, and Smart Grid. Dr. Muyeen has developed two research laboratories at the Petroleum Institute and the Petroleum Institute Research Center (PIRC), Abu Dhabi, UAE. He has been a Keynote Speaker and an Invited Speaker at many international conferences, workshops, and universities. He has published over 150 articles in different journals and international conferences. He has also published six books as an author or editor. He is serving as Editor or Associate Editor for 5 International Journals including IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, IEEE Power Engineering Letters, IET Renewable Power Generation. Dr. Muyeen is the Senior Member of IEEE and Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).