Prof. Dr. Ahmed Faheem Zobaa
Institute of Energy Futures at Brunel University London, UK

Biography: Ahmed Faheem Zobaa received his B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Power & Machines from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1992, 1997, and 2002, respectively. Also, he received his Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice from the University of Exeter, UK in 2010. Also, he received the Doctoral of Science from Brunel University London, UK in 2017. He was an Instructor during 1992-1997, a Teaching Assistant during 1997-2002, and an Assistant Professor during 2002-2007 at Cairo University, Egypt. From 2007 to 2010, he was a Senior Lecturer in renewable energy at University of Exeter, UK. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer in electrical and power engineering, an MSc Course Director and a Full Member of the Institute of Energy Futures at Brunel University London, UK. His main areas of expertise include power quality, (marine) renewable energy, smart grids, energy efficiency, and lighting applications.
Dr. Zobaa is an Executive Editor for the International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology. Also, he is an Editor-in-Chief for Technology and Economics of Smart Grids and Sustainable Energy, and International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education. He is also an Editorial Board member, Editor, Associate Editor, and Editorial Advisory Board member for many international journals. He is a registered Chartered Engineer, Chartered Energy Engineer, European Engineer, and International Professional Engineer. He is also a registered member of the Engineering Council U.K., Egypt Syndicate of Engineers, and the Egyptian Society of Engineers. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of U.K. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Energy Institute of U.K., the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Society of Arts, the African Academy of Science, and the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Also, He is a member of the International Solar Energy Society, the European Power Electronics and Drives Association, and the IEEE Standards Association.

Title: Electrical Energy Storage – The Future Roles and Challenges

The recent IEC white paper on Electrical Energy Storage presented that energy storage has played three main roles. First, it reduces cost of electricity costs by storing electricity during off-peak times for use at peak times. Secondly, it improves the reliability of the power supply by supporting the users during power interruptions. Thirdly, it improves power quality, frequency and voltage. Energy storage is expected to solve many problems including excessive power fluctuation and undependable power supply due to the use of large penetration levels of renewable energy. Electric vehicles with batteries are the most promising technology to replace fossil fuels by electricity from mostly renewable energy sources. This tutorial presents the future roles and challenges of electrical energy storage.
  • The roles of energy storage technologies in electricity use
  • Types and features of energy storage systems
  • Markets for energy storage
  • Forecast of energy storage market potential by 2030.

  • Prof. Dr. F. Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik
    Nanoscale Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, USA

    Biography: F. Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik is the Vice President for Research Advancement and Graduate Studies at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Professor of Nanoscale Engineering. She is the author of well over a hundred peer reviewed publications, has co-edited multiple books and has one issued US patent. Her research has been continuously funded by a variety of funding agencies and industry. Her research is centered on materials and device development based on wide bandgap semiconductors for applications in electronics, optoelectronics and sensors. Dr. Shahedipour-Sandvik was appointed the first “Presidential Fellow” with the Research Foundation for SUNY in 2013, SUNY “Provost Fellow” in 2012, and was awarded “NY Governor’s 2005 Woman of Excellence” for her professional accomplishment and contribution to the community. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electronic Materials. She joined the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in 2002 after completion of a postdoctoral appointment at Northwestern University. She earned a PhD in Solid State Physics from University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.Sc. in Physics from Tehran University.

    Title: Wide band-gap semiconductor power electronics

    Abstract: According to International Energy Agency (IEA), Global electricity demand in 2018 increased considerably in 2018 to nearly 900 TWh with about 70% of that growth by the US and China. Renewables were responsible for a major part of the increase in power demand. In the US, nearly 40% of the total energy consumption is due to electricity. Given the fast growth in world population and the move to a more plugged-in world that works toward cutting carbon emissions and shift to renewables, power electronics are becoming ever more important as an enabling technology toward greater electrification. The current incumbent power semiconductor is silicon switches. Relative to wide bandgap (WBG) Si devices face multiple challenges including high losses due to relatively low bandgap of Si, low switching frequency and limited performance at elevated temperatures. Wide band-gap semiconductors have already shown great potential in offering higher efficiency power semiconductor devices by overcoming physical limitations of Si. In this talk I will offer an overview of the state of the technology in WBG, discuss potential new opportunities in application of ultra wide band-gap, and my research progress in developing WBG power devices.

    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nur Islami
    University of Riau, Indonesia

    Biography: Nur Islami received his B.Sc. from Universitas Riau and his M.Eng from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia, and Ph.D. degrees from University of Malaya, Malaysia. He worked in Caltex Pacific Indonesia (an Oil Company) in 1997-2000. He joined Universitas Riau, Indonesia as Lecturer from 2000 until now. He was as Visiting Senior Lecturer in University of Malaya (89 QS World Rangking), Malaysia from 2006 to 2015. During this period (2006-2015) he also was an instructor and consultant for the environment and exploration company that was related to the geophysics. He received the Assoc. Prof. since 2014 in the field of Geophysics. Now, Dr. Nur Islami is the Vice President of Physics Society of Indonesia Riau. He was as the conference chair of the Universitas Riau International Conference on Science and Environment in 2018 and 2019, respectively. His research is correlated with the geophysical method for the environment and earth resources exploration.

    Title: Geothermal investigation for the source of renewable energy

    Abstract: One of the main problems of the earth is the global warming. This is caused by the level of air pollution, and one of them due to the use of fossil fuels. The search for renewable energy sources is something that must be done. Geothermal energy is a renewable energy source that is not making the negative impact to the environment. This study is showing an investigation of the potential of geothermal energy sources in Rokan Hulu, Indonesia, using integrated geophysical methods. The results show that there were sufficient heat and water sources in the study area, which were shown from the geomagnetic, VLF and resistivity data. The head source and water is connected by the fractured, and therefore the study area is potential to be developed as the new source of the renewable energy.

    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ozan Erdinç
    Yıldız Technical University, Turkey

    Biography: Dr. Erdinç received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from Yildiz Technical University (YTU), Istanbul, Turkey, in 2007, 2009, and 2012, respectively. Until May 2013, he worked in the private sector in different positions including electrical installations, renewable energy investments and as procurement expert. In June 2013, he became a Postdoctoral Fellow in Portugal, under the EU-FP7 funded Project “Smart and Sustainable Insular Electricity Grids Under Large-Scale Renewable Integration”. He was also a Researcher with the INESC-ID, Lisbon, Portugal with FCT PostDoctoral Grant Award. Afterwards, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, YTU, Istanbul, where in April 2016 he obtained the title of Associate Prof. Dr. with the national habilitation exam. He is currently the Director of Energy Application and Research Center of YTU and Head of Alternative Energy Based Electric Systems Division at the Department of Electrical Engineering (YTU). Dr. Erdinç is currently the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Turkey Chapter Chair. He is also a Senior Member of IEEE, an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, and Editor of the IEEE Power Engineering Letters, and an Associate Editor of the IET Renewable Power Generation. His research interests are hybrid renewable energy systems, electric vehicles, power system operation, and smart grid Technologies.

    Title: The Need for Increased Flexibility in Modern Power System Operation

    Abstract: The power system operation is currently facing a vital level of complexity together with the increase in the integration of nondispatchable renewable production units, new loads with different characteristics like electric vehicles, etc. Therefore, the flexibility of operation has become a prior issue to reconsider from the system operators’ point-of-view. In this invited speech, the need for increased flexibility in modern power system operation and the relevant possible flexibility resources will be discussed from different perspectives.

    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ossama Abdelkhalik
    Iowa State University, USA

    Biography: Dr. Ossama Abdelkhalik is an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa. Prior to joining Iowa State University, he was a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Abdelkhalik received his PhD in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University, college station, TX, as well as a B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from Cairo University, Egypt.
    His research interests are in the areas of dynamics, control, and optimization, with applications in ocean wave energy conversion and space systems. He authored and co-authored more than a hundred journal and conference articles. Dr. Abdelkhalik is an editorial member of the Journal of Marine Science & Engineering (JMSE), a guest editor for the special issue “Ocean Wave Energy Conversion”, 2019 in the same journal. He is also an editorial member of the Journal of International Society for Science and Engineering (JISSE), and an associate editor of the AIAA journal of spacecraft and rockets.

    Title: Recent Advances in Wave Energy Conversion

    Abstract: In 2012 the world wave installed capacity was less than 5 MW, mostly produced on a pre-commercial basis. In 2016, the global ocean energy capacity jumped up to 536MW; this is still less than 0.05% of the global capacity of hydro power, and is less than 0,03% of the total renewable energy, in the same year. The sea, however, is a colossal reservoir of energy of particularly high density. The total theoretical ocean energy potential is estimated to be 29.5 PWh/yr. Despite its potential, wave energy conversion technology is not yet mature due to few challenges. This talk highlights some of these challenges, and presents some recent advances in the area of modelling and control of wave energy converters.
    One of the main challenges is the need for bidirectional power flow power take-off (PTO) units. Many of the existing Wave Energy Converters (WECs) use buoys to harvest power from the ocean, kinetically, before it is converted to electric power. In order to increase the harvested kinetic energy, a spring-like control force should be applied on the buoy, in addition to the damping control force that is usually obtained from the PTO unit. This spring-like control force implies that the PTO unit should have a bidirectional power flow capability. This bidirectional power flow capability increases the complexity and cost of the PTO unit.

    Prof. Dr. Amjad Ali
    Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, India

    Biography: Dr. Amjad Ali has received the MSc (Chemistry) degree from IIT Roorkee in 2000 and obtained PhD degree in Bioinorganic Chemistry from IIT Bombay in 2005 under the supervision of Prof C. P. Rao. He joined Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (one of the fortune 500 companies) as Post-Doctoral Fellow in 2005. Later, he moved to Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala as Assistant Professor in 2006 and presently working as a full Professor & head of School of chemistry and biochemistry in the same Institute.
    His area of research is the development of mixed metal oxide based heterogeneous catalysts for the biomass valorisation into biodiesel, diesel fuel additives, glycerol carbonate and acetins. Dr. Ali has so far published 54 research papers in reputed SCI listed journals and has also been granted one Indian patent. His research work has been attracted a total funding of USD 0.5 million from all major Indian Government funding agencies including CSIR, DST and DRDO. So far, he has guided 8 doctoral and 24 Master’s students. He is also in the reviewer panel of research journal published by RSC, ACS, Wiley, and Elsvier publishing groups.

    Title: Heterogeneous catalyst assisted triglyceride and glycerol conversion into value added products

    Abstract: In order to address the issues related to the bio-waste management, global warming and renewable fuel production biomass valorization has become extremely important. The main components of biomass could be categorized as carbohydrates, lignin, protein and lipids. These constituents could be utilized as a renewable and eco-friendly feedstock to obtain fine-chemicals, pharma products, eco-friendly and renewable alternatives to the fossil based fuel and fuel additives. Lipids could be used as a renewable feedstock for the production of other value added products such as fatty acid alkyl esters, commonly known as biodiesel (BD), fatty acid amides, epoxidized fatty acid esters, etc. Glycerol, which is created as a by-product during these chemical transformations, could also be utilized as a substrate for the synthesis of another valuable chemicals such as glycerol carbonate, glycerol monoacetate, glycerol diacetate and glycerol triacetate, etc. Application of the appropriate catalysts during the above mentioned cemical reactions could not only improve the economy of the processes but also make the reactions less energy intensive. The presentation would highlight the application of the mixed metal oxides based heterogeneous catalysts for the chemical transformation of triglyceride and glycerol into value added products.