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.