PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo
Senior Director of Technology at BluWave-ai
Award-winning startup offering data-driven control and optimization solutions for smart grids
More than 8 years of experience in designing mission critical grid solutions for industry and academia
Authored/co-authored several high-impact technical papers and patents on intelligent control and optimization of renewable-penetrated grids
Award-winning IEEE Power and Energy Society Task Force on microgrid stability
Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and IEEE DataPort, and Secretary of IEEE Ottawa Section
A microgrid is defined as a group of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and loads that act locally as a single controllable entity and can operate in both grid-connected and islanded modes. Microgrids are considered a critical link in the evolution from vertically integrated bulk power systems to smart decentralized networks, by facilitating the integration of DERs. Entities, such as government agencies, utilities, military bases, and universities around the world are deploying microgrids, and an increasing number of these systems are expected to be developed in the next decade. In general, stability in microgrids has been treated from the perspective of conventional bulk power systems. However, the nature of the stability problem and dynamic performance of a microgrid are considerably different than those of a conventional power system due to intrinsic differences between microgrids and bulk power systems, such as size, feeder types, high share of Renewable Energy Sources (RES), converter-interfaced components, low inertia, measurement devices such as Phase-Locked Loop (PLL), unbalanced operation, etc. This seminar discusses the findings of the award-winning IEEE PES Task Force on Microgrid Stability Definitions, Analysis, and Modeling, which defines concepts and identifies relevant issues related to stability in microgrids. The seminar presents definitions and classification of microgrid stability, considering pertinent microgrid features such as voltage-frequency dependence, unbalancing, low inertia, and generation intermittency. A few examples will be also presented, highlighting some of the stability classes discussed during the seminar.
Associate Research Professor of Amirkabir University of Technology
The winner of four national and international prizes, as the best PhD dissertation award, from Iranian scientific organization of smart grids (ISOSG) in December 2017, Iranian energy association (IEA) in February 2018, AUT in December 2018, and IEEE Iran Section in May 2019
Project coordinator of the AUT Pilot Microgrid Project,
Project Coordinator of Iran Microgrid Design and Implementation in Niroo Research Institute (NRI)
Microgrid is a small-scale power grid in the low voltage level, consisting of (almost low-inertia) electronically-coupled RERs/DERs, that must be able able to solve energy issues, and enhance the flexibility locally and can operate either in grid-connected or islanded (autonomous) mode of operation. Due to the low inertia nature of distributed energy resources (DERs), stabilization of voltage and frequency and power sharing in the presence of harmonic loads are critical issues in islanded mode operation of AC microgrids. In contrast, power quality issues and adjusting the power balance of supply and demand are the main objectives in grid-connected operations. Besides, with the development of microgrids’ control systems, the concept of resiliency has become more critical. Resilience means the ability to prepare for adapting to the changing conditions, and to withstand and recover rapidly from disruption. Grid resiliency depends on many factors, but a fundamental element is being able to forecast what is going to happen in advance. Some standard indices that can assess resiliency are operation resiliently against cyber-physical attacks, natural disasters, and small and large-signal disturbances. In this talk, we discuss the main aspects of the design, control, stability and cyber-resiliency of modern AC microgrids.
Professor at the Technical University of Denmark
Associate Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark From 2016 until 2020
Guest professor stays at Nottingham University, UK during spring/summer of 2018
Authored and co-authored more than 250 technical publications
Associate Editor in the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS
Associate Editor in IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS
Associate Editor in IEEE Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics
Associate Editor in IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine
Recipient of the Končar prize for the best industrial PhD thesis in Croatia, a RobertMayer Energy Conservation award
Winner of an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship for experienced researchers
Power electronics technology is in the heart of the ongoing green transition. In particular,power electronic converter systems (PELS) serve as grid interfaces to renewableenergy sources, storage systems, electric vehicles, and flexible loads.
Therefore, as fundamental building blocks, power converters will not only have amajor effect on the efficiency and reliability of future power systems but will also bein charge of ensuring their stable and secure operation. Challenges such as decreasedsystem inertia, static voltage deviations and dynamic voltage instability arisenaturally in this scenario. Moreover, a well-coordinated cooperative effort of manyPELS requires the tight coupling of power electronics with advanced computation andcommunication technologies. This will make the power-converter based system increasinglyvulnerable to cyber-attacks.
This speech will discuss in more detail some of the research challengesmentioned above and present several recent research results where artificial intelligence(AI) inspired solutions have been developed. The speech will also discuss futureresearch directions in the field of AI applied to converter-based power systems.