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.

  • 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.