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Experience with an on-line hydro generator expert system monitoring system

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Thursday, November 15th 2018, IEEE Toronto Industry Application Society will be hosting a talk on “Experience with an on-line hydro generator expert system monitoring system”.

Day & Time: Thursday November 15th, 2018
6:00 p.m. ‐ 7:00 p.m.

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Industry Application Society

Location: Building: Bahen Centre for Information Technology
University of Toronto
40 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S2E4

Contact: Hoda Youssef

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/178319

Abstract: Current technological advances in condition monitoring are employing an increasing number of complex sensors and advanced monitors to diagnose the operating status and condition of hydro generators and turbines. Advanced systems routinely employed may include bearing vibration, air gap, shaft voltage, and current monitoring, partial discharge, and flux monitoring. Proper interpretation of this often complex information can lower operating and maintenance expenses, in addition to reducing unscheduled outages and catastrophic failures. However, the volume of available data from these monitors, and the extensive interpretation necessary to evaluate the complex waveforms and spectrums can overwhelm plant personnel and resources. Sophisticated software and algorithms are often necessary to correlate and interpret this data to establish the overall generator and drive train condition. HydroX™ (for Hydro Expert) is a commercial knowledge-based expert system program for on-line monitoring of hydro-generators. Working with the New York Power Authority, the system was developed over five years by Iris Power and GE -Bently Nevada. After a further two years of prototype evaluation at NYPA’s St. Lawrence Power Project on two 60MVA generators, the validated system is now commercially available and will be described.

Working at Hydro One – Professional Event by IEEE Industry Applications

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Friday, October 26th 2018, Bruno Jesus of Hydro One, will be presenting “Working at Hydro One – Professional Event by IEEE Industry Applications”.

Day & Time: Friday October 26th, 2018
5:00 p.m. ‐ 6:00 p.m.

Speaker: Bruno Jesus
Director of Strategy and Integrated Planning at Hydro One Networks Inc.

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Industry Applications

Location: Room Number: BA 1230
Building: Bahen Centre for Information Technology
University of Toronto 40 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S2E4

Contact: Hoda Youssef

RVSP: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/176071

Abstract: Bruno Jesus, the Director of Strategy and Integrated Planning at Hydro One Networks Inc., will provide an overview of what it is like working at Hydro One, the strong culture that is embraced across the organization as well as the training and development opportunities that are available. By diving into the history of Hydro One’s transmission and distribution business as well as taking a look at where we are today, Bruno will be able to speak to the broad range of opportunities for all types of engineers across Hydro One.

Biography: Bruno Jesus is the Director of Strategy and Integrated Planning at Hydro One Networks Inc. With over 30 years of experience, Bruno has had the opportunity to work in various groups within Planning and Operations such as Asset Strategies and Standards as well as Station Sustainment Capital Planning. Bruno’s current accountabilities include developing transmission and distribution strategies, investment planning, business processes, secondary land use, joint use wire agreements, new technology and innovation (R&D) and reliability reporting. Bruno graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1987 and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Audio and Acoustics Signal Processing: The Quest for High Fidelity Continues

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Tuesday, October 16th 2018, Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg, Professor at the Institute for Media Technology, Technische Universität Ilmenau, will be presenting “Audio and Acoustics Signal Processing: The Quest for High Fidelity Continues”.

Day & Time: Tuesday October 16th, 2018
4:00 p.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg
Professor at the Institute for Media Technology, Technische Universität Ilmenau
Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT, Ilmenau

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Industry Application Society (IAS)

Location: Room Number: BA 4287
Building: Bahen Centre for Information Technology
University of Toronto 40 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S2E4

Contact: Sanaz Kanani

RVSP: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/176976

Abstract: The dream of high fidelity continues since more than 100 years. In the last decades, signal processing has contributed many new solutions and a vast amount of additional knowledge to this field. These include:

– Simple solutions like matrix multichannel systems.
– Audio coding which changed the world of music distribution and listening habits.
– Active noise control.
– Active modification of room acoustics.
– Search and recommendation technologies to find your favourite music.
and many more …

So are there any problems left to be solved? Among others, I see two main research areas:

– Music Information Retrieval (MIR), helping us to find and organise music, or teaching playing musical instruments.
– Immersive technologies for movie theatres and eventually our homes, creating the illusion of being at some other place.

For such systems we use our knowledge about hearing, especially how ear and brain work together to form the sensation of sound. However, our knowledge about hearing, about psychoacoustics is still far from complete. In fact, just in the last few years we have learned a lot about what we don’t know.

The talk will touch on a number of the subjects above, explain some current work and its applications and finally talk about open research questions regarding psychoacoustics and the evaluation of audio quality.

Biography: Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg has been a driving force behind some of today’s most innovative digital audio technology, notably the mp3 and MPEG-AAC audio coding standards. He is acclaimed for pioneering work in digital audio coding, psychoacoustics and 3D-Audio

His honors include the AES Silver Medal and the “IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronic Award”, Furthermore he is member in the “Hall of Fame” of the Consumer Electronics Association and of the Internet Society. He holds three honorary Ph.D. degrees.

Dr. Brandenburg holds about 100 patents. He is professor at the Institute for Media Technology, Technische Universität Ilmenau, and director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Ilmenau, Germany

IESO Operating the Power System: New Challenges Call for New Approaches

Friday, September 21st, 2018

Friday, October 19th 2018, David Short, Director of Power System Assessments for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), will be presenting “IESO Operating the Power System: New Challenges Call for New Approaches”.

Day & Time: Friday October 19th, 2018
5:00 p.m. ‐ 6:00 p.m.

Speaker: David Short
Director, Power System Assessments for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Organizers: IEEE Toronto Industry Application Society (IAS), IEEE Toronto Women in Engineering

Location: Room Number: BA1230
Building: Bahen Centre for Information Technology
University of Toronto 40 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5S2E4

Contact: Hoda Youssef

Abstract: Distributed energy resources. Changing supply and demand patterns. Advanced grid technologies. The complexities of operating the system have never been greater – but with new challenges come new opportunities to help shape the province’s electricity sector. From leveraging innovation to drive cost-effectiveness and efficiency, to building a market that will meet system and consumer needs at the lowest cost, learn about the IESO’s experience in operating today’s system and how we are laying the foundation for an evolving energy landscape.

Biography: David Short holds the position of Director, Power System Assessments for the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). In this role, his teams are responsible for managing power system changes within the IESO, operational analysis, and engineering studies that define our system models and operating orders. Mr. Short has over 25 years of industry experience in Ontario and British Columbia. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering) from Queen’s University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. He also holds the Certificate of Authorization for engineering services at the IESO.

The Future of Power and Energy Infrastructure

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Tuesday, April 17th at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Martin Ordonez, Canada Research Chair in Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems, will be presenting “The Future of Power and Energy Infrastructure”.

Day & Time: Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
11:00 a.m. ‐ 12:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Martin Ordonez
Canada Research Chair in Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems
Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia

Location: Room BA4287, Bahen Center of Information Technology
40 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Contact: hoda.youssef@ieee.org

Organizer: IEEE Toronto IAS & PELS Joint Chapter

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/171254

Abstract: The incorporation of distributed renewable energy generation, smart control systems, and electric/hybrid vehicles into the existing grid infrastructure are challenging but necessary steps towards a more sustainable future. This presentation will describe key technologies and techniques that are necessary to modernize electrical generation, distribution and consumption. The work that is currently ongoing at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) campus will be used to illustrate some modern and future implementations. Techniques such as load shedding, peak shifting, active power factor correction, and backup will be discussed. The technical challenges and solutions associated with implementing these sustainable solutions will be addressed.

Biography: Dr. Martin Ordonez is the Canada Research Chair in Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems and Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is also the holder of the Fred Kaiser Professorship on Power Conversion and Sustainability at UBC. He was an Adjunct Professor with Simon Fraser University and Memorial University of Newfoundland. His industrial experience in power conversion includes research and development at Xantrex Technology Inc./Elgar Electronics Corp. (now AMETEK Programmable Power), where he developed high-density power converters and advanced controllers.

He is the principal investigator of several power conversion grants and has developed partnerships with various companies in the sector. With the support of industrial funds and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), he contributed more than 140 publications and R&D reports in the power area. Dr. Ordonez is an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, a Guest Editor for IEEE JOURNAL OF EMERGING AND SELECTED TOPICS IN POWER ELECTRONICS, an Editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY serves on several IEEE committees, and reviews widely for IEEE/IET journals and international conferences. He was awarded the David Dunsiger Award for Excellence in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (2009) and the Chancellors Graduate Award/Birks Graduate Medal (2006), and became a Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University.

Practical Power Flow Controller Brings Benefits of Power Electronics to the Grid

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Friday, May 18th at 3:00 p.m., Kalyan Sen, Fulbright Scholar and Chief Technology Officer of Sen Engineering Solutions Inc., will be presenting “Practical Power Flow Controller Brings Benefits of Power Electronics to the Grid”.

Day & Time: Friday, May 18, 2018
3:00 p.m. ‐ 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Kalyan Sen
Chief Technology Officer of Sen Engineering Solutions Inc.
Fulbright Scholar
Senior Member of IEEE

Location: Room BA4287, Bahen Center of Information Technology University of Toronto
40 St George St., Toronto
Ontario M5S 2E4

Contact: Sanaz Kanani

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Industry Applications & Power Electronics Society Join Chapter

RVSP: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/169041

Abstract: Power flow control techniques have been practiced, from using inductors, capacitors, transformers and load tap changers in the earlier days of electrical engineering to power electronics-based solutions in recent years. Even though the costs and complexities of the available solutions vary widely, the basic underlying theory of power flow control is still the same as it always has been. The question is which solution one should employ. The answer depends on knowing what the true need is. The power industry’s pressing need for the most economical ways to transfer bulk power along a desired path may be met by building new transmission lines, which is a long and costly process. Alternately, it may be quicker and cheaper to utilize the existing transmission lines more efficiently. The key is to identify the underutilized transmission lines and harness their dormant capacity to increase the power flows to the lines’ thermal limits.

Since the commissioning of the first commercial power electronics-based Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) controller two decades ago, a great deal has been learned about the true needs of a utility for its everyday use and they are high reliability, high efficiency, low installation and operating costs, component non-obsolescence, fast enough response for utility applications, high power density, interoperability, and easy relocation to adapt to changing power system’s needs while providing the optimal power flow control capability. This was the motivation to develop a SMART Power Flow Controller (SPFC) that enhances the controllability in an electric power transmission system by using functional requirements and cost-effective solutions.

The presentation is designed to provide the basic principles of power flow control theory, an overview of the most commonly used power flow controllers, and future trends. The presentation will be of particular interest to all utility power engineering professionals. The required background is an equivalent of an Electrical Engineering degree with familiarity in power engineering terminology. The audience will hear from an expert who actually designed and commissioned a number of power electronics-based FACTS controllers since its inception in the 1990s.

Biography: Kalyan Sen, a newly selected Fulbright Scholar, is the Chief Technology Officer of Sen Engineering Solutions, Inc. that specializes in developing SMART power flow controllers—a functional requirements-based and cost-effective solution. He spent 30 years in academia and industry and became a Westinghouse Fellow Engineer. He was a key member of the Flexible Alternating Current Transmission Systems (FACTS) development team at the Westinghouse Science & Technology Center in Pittsburgh. He contributed in all aspects (conception, simulation, design, and commissioning) of FACTS projects at Westinghouse. He conceived some of the basic concepts in FACTS technology. He has authored or coauthored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, 8 issued patents, a book and 4 book chapters in the areas of FACTS and power electronics. He is the coauthor of the book titled, Introduction to FACTS Controllers: Theory, Modeling, and Applications, IEEE Press and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2009, which is also published in Chinese and Indian paperback editions. He is the co-inventor of Sen Transformer. He received BEE, MSEE, and PhD degrees, all in Electrical Engineering, from Jadavpur University, India, Tuskegee University, USA, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA, respectively. He also received an MBA from Robert Morris University, USA. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a Distinguished Toastmaster who led District 13 of Toastmasters International as its Governor to be the 10th-ranking District in the world in 2007-8.

Kalyan, a Senior Member of IEEE, has served the organization in many positions. Under his leadership, IEEE Pittsburgh Section and its three chapters (PES, IAS and PELS) received Best Section and Chapter Awards. His other past positions included Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (2002 – 2007), Technical Program Chair of the 2008 PES General Meeting in Pittsburgh, Chapters and Sections Activities Track Chair of the 2008 IEEE Sections Congress in Quebec City, Canada, PES R2 Representative (2010 and 2011) and Member of the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) Committee (2013, 2014). He has been serving as an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer since 2002. In that capacity, he has given presentations on power flow control technology more than 100 times in 15 countries. He is an inaugural class (2013) graduate of the IEEE CLE Volunteer Leadership Training (VOLT) program. Kalyan is the recepient of the IEEE Pittsburgh Section PES Outstanding Engineer Award (2004) and Outstanding Volunteer Service Award for reviving the local Chapters of PES and IAS from inactivity to world-class performance (2004). He has been serving as the Special Events Coordinator of the IEEE Pittsburgh Section for the last decade. He is the Region 1-3 & 7 Coordinator of Power Electronics Society.

Engineering a Greener Tomorrow

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

Monday, April 9th at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Damir Novosel, IEEE PES Immediate Past President and now President of Quanta Technology LLC, will be presenting “Engineering a Greener Tomorrow”.

Day & Time: Monday, April 9, 2018
6:00 p.m. ‐ 7:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Damir Novosel
IEEE PES Immediate Past President
President, Quanta Technology LLC

Location: Bahen Center of Information Technology, Room BA4287
40 St George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 2E4

Contact: Hoda Youssef

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Industry Applications & Power Electronics Society Join Chapter

RVSP: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/168257

Abstract: Reliable and efficient electrical grid operation is critical to society. The electrical power and energy industry in the next decades is changing rapidly to meet the demands of the society and address challenges. New technology trends include development of more efficient, reliable, and cost-effective renewable generation and Distributed Energy Resources (DER), energy storage technologies, Electric Vehicles (EV), monitoring, protection, automation, and control devices, and communications that offer significant opportunities for realizing a sustainable and greener energy future. We are at a crossroads in making business and technical decisions that will allow us to optimally and cost-effectively manage the greener tomorrow.

The presentation will address some of the challenges and opportunities facing modern grids and how industry trends and innovation will shape the future grid. Topics included are:

• Industry Trends and Transformation Drivers
• Opportunities and challenges with distributed energy resources, microgrids, electrical vehicles and the role of storage
• Technologies for the changing nature of the grid
• Grid modernization roadmap
• Education and workforce needs
• Key success factors to prepare for the greener future

Biography: Dr. Damir Novosel is president of Quanta Technology, a subsidiary of Quanta Services, a Fortune 500 company. Previously, he was vice president of ABB Automation Products and president of KEMA T&D US.

Damir is elected to National Academy of Engineers in 2014. He served as IEEE Power and Energy Society President (2016-2017) and Vice President of Technical Activities (2011-2012) and is a member of the IEEE Standards Board. He is also a member of the CIGRE US National Committee and received the CIGRE Attwood Associate award.

Damir holds 17 US and international patents and published over 100 articles and was leading and participating in developing industry standards and guides, receiving IEEE PES 2011 and 2013 Prize Paper Awards. Dr. Novosel is also an adjunct professors of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University.

He holds PhD and MSc, BSc degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University (where he was a Fulbright scholar), the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and the University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, respectively. Dr. Novosel was selected Mississippi State University Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2015.

Response of voltage source HVDC systems to DC-side faults, HVDC fault characterisation and DC protection options

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Friday August 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Prof. Stephen Finney of University of Edinburgh School of Engineering, will be presenting “Response of voltage source HVDC systems to DC-side faults, HVDC fault characterisation and DC protection options”.

Day & Time: Friday August 25, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Prof. Stephen Finney
University of Edinburgh School of Engineering

Location: Bahen Centre, Room BA 7180
40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

Contact: Sanaz Kanani

Organizers: IAS & PELS Joint Chapter

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_registration/register/45918

Agenda: 2:00 pm: Light Refreshment
2:10-2:50 pm: Presentation (40min)
2:50 pm – Q&A (20min)

Abstract: The emergence of high performance, high voltage, voltage source converters (VSC) such as the modular multi-level converter (MMC ) has resulted in increased deployment of voltage source HVDC transmission both for interconnection of AC networks and integration of remote and offshore renewable energy resources. The improved functionality and suitability for networked operation make VSC-HVDC attractive for future power networks. However, the low impedance of voltage source HVDC makes is highly susceptible dc faults, resulting in rapid collapse of system voltage and extreme over currents. For the majority of converter topologies, fault current cannot be controlled by the converter switching with the potential for high current flows in the anti-parallel diodes. Protection devices are, therefore, required to operate with sufficient speed to avoid device failure. In current point-point connections this may be achieved through shunt protection of converter diodes coupled with AC side fault clearance which must be activated at all VSC terminals.

There is growing interest in the exploitation of VSC-HVDC in multi-terminal configurations, with a number of large scale pilot projects. (For example the Zhoushan 5 terminal scheme).

Conductor faults in such VSC-HVDC networks will result in rapid network-wide voltage collapse and over currents. In these cases the application of proven point-point protection with AC fault clearance, whilst effective, will result in the loss of power flows at all converter stations. This may be avoided by the use of DC circuit breakers (DCCB), however implementation of such circuit breakers presents challenging compromises in speed, complexity and losses.

Biography: Prof. Stephen Jon Finney graduated with a Master’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Loughborough University in 1988. He worked for the (U.K) Electricity Council research Centre Laboratories before joining the Power Electronics research team at Heriot-Watt University in 1990, obtaining his PhD in 1994. In 2005 he transferred to the University of Strathclyde where he contributed to the formation of the power electronics, drives and energy conversion group. This research group now includes 4 academic staff, five postdoctoral research fellows and 14 postgraduate researchers. The group’s research spans power semiconductor devices, circuits and system level applications. His work in the area of power electronics has resulted in the supervision 15 PhD completions and publication of over 150 research papers with over 30 in IEEE Transactions.

During his time at Strathclyde Professor Finney has been responsible for developing research into the application of power electronic systems energy systems. Work in this field includes HVDC transmission, Multi-terminal HVDC, Renewable generator interface and Energy collection architectures. The group recently completed work on the European Union funded ‘Twenties’ program, a multi-partner project which investigated the use of HVDC for the integration of large scale wind generation. This work will be extended through a number of successor projects focusing on overcoming technical barriers to HVDC networks offshore wind integration.

Besides HVDC Professor Finney’s team is involved in a broad range of Power Electronics research which include work on High Voltage IGBT Modules and advanced gate drives and U.K China Collaboration on Power Electronic Devices for the Network Integration of Electric Vehicles.

High Power Density Power Electronics in Aerospace Applications

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Friday May 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. IAS & PELS Joint Chapter are inviting you to the technical event “High Power Density Power Electronics in Aerospace Applications”, presented by Dr. Chushan Li, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ryerson University.

Day & Time: Friday May 19, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Chushan Li
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ryerson University

Location: University of Toronto
40 St.George Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada, M5S 2E4
Bahen Center of Information Technology
Room Number: BA 7180

All IEEE members and non-members are welcome to participate with no admission charge.

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_registration/register/45053

Contact: Sanaz Kanani

Organizers: IAS & PELS Joint Chapter, Toronto Section

Abstract: In aerospace industry, the More Electric Aircraft (MEA) architecture is emerging, which employs the concept of electrical power for driving aircraft subsystems currently powered by hydraulic or pneumatic means including utility and flight control actuation, environmental control system, lubrication and fuel pumps, and numerous other utility functions.

In this seminar, Dr. Chushan Li presents an overview of More Electric Aircraft, and highlights the researches on developing high power density power electronics converters for aerospace applications. These researches enable the MEA applications and significantly reduce the weight, size, and life-cycle-cost of the overall system, improve reliability and result in ease of manufacturing and maintenance. The results are also applicable to wide applications in general industry. Finally, discussions related challenges and potential opportunities are given to show the research potentials in this area.

Biography: Dr. Chushan Li received the B.E.E. degree and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2008 and 2014, respectively. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Canada.

From April to September in 2008, he was an internship student with the Power Application Design Center in National Semiconductor (Hong Kong) Co.Ltd. From December 2010 to October 2011, he was a visiting scholar with the Freedom Center in North Carolina State University. From December 2013 to June 2014, he was a research assistant in Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

His research interest includes high power density power converter design and AC-DC power conversion. He has published 31 technical papers and held 7 patents. In 2013, he has received First-Class National Scholarship for Graduate Student in China.

Trends of the Smart Grid Development

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Friday May 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. IEEE Fellow and Professor Wei-Jen Lee, Electrical Engineering Department University of Texas at Arlington, will be presenting “Trends of the Smart Grid Development”.

Day & Time: Friday May 12, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Professor Wei-Jen Lee
Electrical Engineering Department University of Texas at Arlington
Director of the Energy Systems Research Center
IEEE Fellow

Location: Bahen Center of Information Technology, Room: BA 7180
University of Toronto
40 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 2E4

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_registration/register/44907

Contact: Hoda Youssef

Organizers: IEEE Toronto IAS & PELS Joint Chapter

Abstract: The electrical power system in the US has been named as “the supreme engineering achievement of the 20th century” by the National Academy of Sciences. While the power system is a technological marvel, it is also reaching the limit of its ability to meet the nation’s electricity needs. In addition, our nation is moving into the digital information age that demands higher reliability from the nation’s aging electrical delivery system.

The modernization of the electricity infrastructure leads to the concept of “smart grid”. A comprehensive smart grid design should cover both top-down and bottom-up approaches. For the current centralized generation and transmission system, upgrading the power delivery infrastructure, enforcing the system security requirement, and increasing interoperability are well known techniques to improve the reliability and the controllability of the power system. For the bottom-up approach, one of the most important features is its ability to support a more diverse and complex network of energy technologies. Specifically, it will be able to seamlessly integrate an array of locally installed, distributed power sources with smaller CO2 footprint, such as fuel cells, photovoltaic, and wind generation, into the power system.

This presentation discusses the opportunities and challenges for the development of Smart Grid, highlights the smart grid related researches that I have been involved recently, and explores the possibility for future collaborations. The presentation concludes with the listing of issues needed to be addressed to ensure successful integration procedures that will eventually create new structures of efficient, modular and environmentally responsive electricity infrastructure that will have an impact nationally as well as globally.

Biography: Professor Wei-Jen Lee received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas, Arlington, in 1978, 1980, and 1985, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering.

In 1986, he joined the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is currently a professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and the director of the Energy Systems Research Center.
He has been involved in the revision of IEEE Std. 141, 339, 551, 739, 1584, and dot 3000 series development. He is the Vice President of the IEEE Industry Application Society. He is an editor of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and IAS Magazine, editorial board member of Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy (MPCE) and CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems, and guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. He has been inducted as a member of Academy of Distinguished Scholar at the University of Texas at Arlington since 2012. He is the project manager of IEEE/NFPA Collaboration on Arc Flash Phenomena Research Project.

Prof. Lee has been involved in research on utility deregulation, renewable energy, smart grid, microgrid, energy internet and virtual power plants (VPP), arc flash hazards and electrical safety, load and wind capacity forecasting, power quality, distribution automation and demand side management, power systems analysis, online real-time equipment diagnostic and prognostic system, and microcomputer based instrument for power systems monitoring, measurement, control, and protection. He has served as the primary investigator (PI) or Co-PI of over one hundred funded research projects with the total amount exceed US$12 million dollars. He has published more than one hundred and thirty journal papers and two hundred forty conference proceedings. He has provided on-site training courses for power engineers in Panama, China, Taiwan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Singapore. He has refereed numerous technical papers for IEEE, IET, and other professional organizations.