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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.

Hybrid Renewable Energy Standalone Systems

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Friday March 24, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Ambrish Chandra of Department of Electrical Engineering, École de technologie supérieure, will be presenting “Hybrid Renewable Energy Standalone Systems”.

Day & Time: Friday, March 24th, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Ambrish Chandra
Department of Electrical Engineering
École de technologie supérieure

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

Contact: Sanaz Kanani

Organizers: IAS & PLES Joint Chapter

Register: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/44319

Abstract: Several isolated areas in the world currently use only diesel generators (DGs) to serve their requirements of electrical energy. However, the use of DGs has many drawbacks: 1) high cost of electricity, 2) air and noise pollution, 3) Loss in fuel efficiency and maintenance cost. To remedy those problems it is better to generate power from a cost-effective, environmental friendly renewable energy sources (RESs) such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass, etc. RESs are clean and almost available all over the planet but are intermittent in nature, especially wind and solar power generations. This makes their integration to micro-grid with DG difficult, especially if the local grid is not connected to the main grid. Hybrid standalone system consists of many elements such as photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, DG, energy storage system, AC and DC loads, dump load etc. Most of these elements are connected to the AC or DC bus via power electronic devices. In this presentation many possible hybrid renewable energy standalone systems will be discussed. Control of some of the systems will be discussed in detail.

Biography: Prof Ambrish Chandra did his engineering degree from the University of Roorkee (presently IIT), India, M.Tech. degree from IIT, New Delhi, India, and Ph.D. degree from University of Calgary, Canada, in 1977, 1980, and 1987, respectively. Since 1994, he is working as a Professor of Electrical Engineering at École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Université du Québec, Montréal, Canada.

The key differentiator of Prof. Chandra’s work is in the simplicity and practicality of the new solutions proposed by him. His most significant work is concerned with the advancement of new theory and control algorithms in the following two areas: 1) integration of renewable energy sources to distribution systems with improved power quality features, and 2) power quality improvement in distribution systems. His work has had a significant impact and is now extensively employed in the industry. During the past 20 years he has published around 300 research articles in these two areas. He was instrumental in writing six review articles on power quality; those have now become de-facto standards worldwide. Many of the articles co-authored by him have high Google citations 2036, 867, 603, 325, with total Google citations 9380, h-index 42, i10-index 99, and are being referred by many international researchers. He is a coauthor of the book ‘Power Quality – Problems and Mitigation Techniques’, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, (2015) which deals with the power quality problems in distribution systems.

Prof Chandra is Fellow of many organisations, including IEEE, CAE, EIC, IET and others. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Power and Energy Society, and also of IEEE Industry Application Society. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He is IEEE Power and Energy Society Montreal Chapter Chair. From May 2012 to September 2015, he was the Director of a multidisciplinary graduate program on ‘Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency’ at ÉTS. Prof Chandra is a professional engineer in the province of Quebec, Canada.

Improving Communication Skills for Engineers

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Wednesday February 22, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. IEEE Toronto Section’s Industry Relations Committee and Young Professionals Affinity Group will be hosting a seminar on “Improving Communication Skills for Engineers” with distinguished speakers who will share their experiences and speak about the opportunities, possibilities, and challenges in an engineering workplace and the required communication skills. You will hear first-hand tips on how to become an excellent communicator to advance your career.

The focus of this seminar is on communication skills one requires to be successful in an engineering profession. This seminar could be of special interest to engineering students, new graduates, young engineers, and young professionals in general.

This seminar is free; light refreshments will be provided.

Please register at the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/improving-communication-skills-for-engineers-tickets-31690711772

Day & Time: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Room 202, Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street

Organizer: IEEE Toronto Section’s Industry Relations Committee, Young Professionals Affinity Group

Event Details:

6:15 pm-6:40 pm: Registration and Welcoming
6:40 pm-7:00 pm: 1st Speech by Dr. Tom Murad
7:00 pm-7:20 pm: 2nd Speech by Mr. Hugo Sánchez-Reategui
7:20 pm-7:40 pm: 3rd Speech by Mr. Ted Lyberogiannis
7:40 pm-8:00 pm: Open Panel and Q&A with Speakers
8:00 pm-8:30 pm: Closing and Networking

Other topics that will be covered in this seminar include:
§ What university does not teach you: the minimum level of knowledge and skills an engineer requires to perform engineering work independently, including academic knowledge, sector specific technical knowledge, business specific knowledge, emerging technologies, supervisory, management, and communication skills.
§ How much you can benefit from mentors in achieving your career goals.
§ Why life-long learning is critical for your career and life success.

Biography of speakers:

Dr. Tom Murad
Dr. Tom Murad is the Head of Siemens Engineering and Technology Academy, in Siemens Canada, with over 35 years of experience in professional engineering and technical operations executive management including more than 10 years of academic and R&D work in industrial controls and automation. In the last four years, he worked within Siemens Canada as the Head of Expert House and Engineering Director in the Industry Sector. Prior to joining Siemens Canada, Tom was the Senior Vice President and COO of AZZ-Blenkhorn & Sawle, an engineering system integration and technical solutions provider in Ontario, specialized in power distribution and controls in various industrial and infrastructure applications. He has previously held various V.P. and Director positions in a number of engineering and industrial organizations internationally, and contributed to many large global industrial projects. Dr. Murad is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and a member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), APEGA in Alberta, and NAPEG in the Northwest Territories, as well as a Senior Member of IEEE in various technical societies. Tom earned a Bachelor of Engineering and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Power Electronics and Industrial Controls from the Loughborough University of Technology in the UK. He also received a Leadership Program Certificate from Schulich Business School, York University. Currently, Dr. Murad serves on a number of advisory boards in the industry and academia. He has been an active member of the PEO Licensing “Engineering Experience Review” Committee for the last 12 Years.

Mr. Hugo Sánchez-Reategui
Hugo Sanchez-Reategui has been a consultant of PowerStream Inc. for the past 6 years confirming capacity for Embedded Distributed Generators dealing with stakeholders, developers, utilities and government agencies. Hugo is a current member of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), active member of Toastmasters International (Public Speaking) for the past 7 years. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering at National University of Callao, Peru and IEEQB Program Certificate at Ryerson University in 2010. Currently, Hugo mentors undergrad students, international engineers and junior Toastmasters members. His technical interests include Smart Grid Technologies, Distribution Reliability, Substation Communications and Protection of Distribution Systems.

Mr. Ted Lyberogiannis
Ted is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Electrical Power Systems from the University of Waterloo. He currently works as a manager at an electrical utility in Toronto. Upon graduating from his Bachelor’s degree in 2004, he realized that his technical abilities would be of little use if he was unable to communicate effectively. Shortly after graduating, he began practicing his public speaking by joining a local Toastmasters club at his work. He is now an experienced Toastmaster who has competed at the Semi-Finals of the World Championships of Public Speaking on two occasions – most recently placing 3rd in his Semi-Final this past August in Washington, DC. He has delivered talks to dozens of different audiences including the National Job Fair, students at the University of Toronto and the Water Environment Association of Ontario. He is a firm believer in the power of communication and that anyone can become a good public speaker if they practice enough – even those of us who studied engineering!

Electricity – Displacing Fossil Fuels in Other Sectors

Friday, June 10th, 2016

June 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Paul N. Acchione, Past President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, will be presenting “Electricity – Displacing Fossil Fuels in Other Sectors”.

Speaker: Paul N. Acchione
Past President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)
Management Consultant at Market Intelligence & Date Analysis Corporation

Day & Time: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
A light supper will be served 6:00-6:15

Location: Room BA 4287
Bahen Centre for Information Technology (BA)
40 St. George Street
Toronto M5S 2E4
University of Toronto – St. George Campus

Organizer: Toronto – IEEE Industry Applications and Power Electronics Joint Chapter

Contact: Gail, Email: alavi@ieee.org

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

Please register at:
https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/39745

Abstract: The seminar discusses which combination of electricity prices and carbon prices are needed to enable electricity to displace fossil fuels in other sectors.
· Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Ontario’s Electricity Sector
· Electricity versus Natural Gas for Home Heating/AC
· Electricity versus Gasoline for Transportation
· Ontario’s Surplus Carbon-Free Electricity
· Potential for Fossil Fuel Displacement by Electricity
· Energy Policy Implications

Biography: Paul has a B.A.Sc. and M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Paul is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario and is a member of ASME, ANS, IEEE and ISA and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Paul has over 44 years of engineering and management experience in the power generation industry. He worked for 31 years with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its predecessor companies. Paul was the 2013-14 President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and is a volunteer with OSPE’s Energy Task Force. Paul is a Management Consultant at Market Intelligence & Data Analysis Corporation.

A.I. is a half-truth without H.I.! POVAR and other examples of the Internet of Truth and Integrity for Consumer Electronics: See the invisible waves that see you!

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Wednesday December 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Steve Mann, University of Toronto Professor and Chief Scientist at the Creative Destruction Lab at Rotman’s School of Management, will be presenting “A.I. is a half-truth without H.I.! POVAR and other examples of the Internet of Truth and Integrity for Consumer Electronics: See the invisible waves that see you!”.

Speaker: Steve Mann
Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Departments
University of Toronto
Chief Scientist at the Creative Destruction Lab
Rotman’s School of Management

Day & Time: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Room WI1017, Wilson Hall – New College
40 Willcocks St, Toronto, ON M5S
Building Map Link

Registration: Please register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ai-is-a-half-truth-without-hi-povar-and-other-examples-of-the-internet-of-truth-and-integrity-for-tickets-19671375614

Contact: nabavi@ieee.org

To read the full presentation abstract see: http://wearcam.org/ConsumerElectronicsDec02.htm

For more details on the guest speaker see: http://wearcam.org/bio.htm

Abstract: Today’s technological advancements in Artifical Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things That Think (IoT and TTT) are rapidly changing the way consumers interact with technology. Gone are the days of open source and open box consumer electronics and in their place we are left with proprietary devices that are difficult to understand and copy. Steve suggests there are two major problems with this new technological way: (1) discouragement of the scientific method and (2) increased personal risk. These problems have led to a world where humans don’t realize the risks they face as they are unable to understand the fundamentals of their technology. Join us as Steve introduces a number of new concepts that will shed light on the technology we use in daily life.

Biography: Steve Mann is widely regarded for his work on computation photography, particularly for wearable computing and high dynamic range imaging. As an inventor and visionary, his work established Toronto as the world’s epicenter of wearable technologies in the 1980s and led him to found MIT Media Lab’s Wearable Computing project. Steve received his PhD from MIT in 1997 and then returned to Toronto in 1998 where he is now a tenured full professor at the University of Toronto in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science departments. During his early years at University of Toronto, he created the world’s first Mobile Apps Lab (1999) as a part of his wearable computing and AR course. He is also the Chief Scientist at the Creative Destruction Lab at Rotman’s School of Management. Mann holds multiple patents, and has contributed to the founding of numerous companies including InteraXON, makers of Muse.

Advanced Technologies in Power System and Power Electronics

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

September 18, 2015 at 9:00 a.m (EDT) Toronto IEEE IAS&PELS joint Chapter and Power System Chapter along with Ryerson’s Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science invite you to join us for seminar discussions related to Power Electronics and Power System. For registration please contact Marjan at alavi@ieee.org.

Speakers: Many – See Below

Day & Time: Friday, September 18th, 2015
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

Location: 50 Carlton St., Toronto, ON
Ryerson University
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Meeting URL: https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/35766

Organizers: IEEE IAS&PELS Joint Chapter, Power System Chapter, Ryerson Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Registration: For registration please contact Marjan at alavi@ieee.org.

Seminar Agenda:
The seminar agenda is as follows:
1) 8:30AM Registration
2) 9:00AM Welcome
3) 9:20AM Presentation I – by Dr. Bin Wu
4) 10:00AM Presentation II – by Dr. Yunwei Li
5) 10:40AM Coffee time and Break
6) 11:20AM Presentation III – by Dr. Samir Kouro
7) 12:00PM Light lunch
8) 12:30PM Presentation IV – by Dr. You Zhou
9) 1:20PM Presentation V – by Dr. Wuhua Li
10) 2:00PM Lab tours – LEDAR and CUE labs

Presentation I by Dr. Bin Wu

Power Engineering Research at Ryerson University

Abstract:
The Power Engineering (PE) Group at Ryerson University is one of the leading research groups in a Canadian university in the field of high-power converters, medium voltage (MV) drives, renewable energy systems, and power systems. The Ryerson PE Group has a long-term successful research collaborations with Canadian industry, including Rockwell Automation Canada, Honeywell Aerospace Canada, Toronto Hydro Corporation, and Hydro One Incorporated.

In this talk, our research facilities will be introduced, which include the Laboratory for Electric Drive Applications and Research (LEDAR) and research laboratories in Centre for Urban Energy (CUE). A variety of industrial research projects will be discussed, including high-power (megawatt) converters for MV drives, wind and PV energy conversion systems, electric vehicle fast chargers and charging stations, and battery energy management systems. The talk ends with the research trends and directions in the area of MV drives.

Biography:
Bin Wu received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1993. He joined Ryerson University in 1993, where he is currently a Professor and Senior NSERC/Rockwell Automation Industrial Research Chair in Power Electronics and Electric Drives. Dr. Wu has published more than 300 technical papers, authored/coauthored two Wiley-IEEE Press books, and holds more than 25 granted/pending US/European patents in the area of power conversion, medium voltage drives, and renewable energy systems.
Dr. Wu received the Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada in 1993, Premier’s Research Excellence Award in 2001, NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation in 2002, Ryerson Distinguished Scholar Award in 2003, YSGS Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award, and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) Engineering Excellence Medal in 2014. He is a fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), and Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).
Contact:
Dr. Bin Wu
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Canada
Email: bwu@ee.ryerson.ca
Web: http://www.ee.ryerson.ca/~bwu/

Presentation II by Dr. Yunwei Li

Virtual Impedance based Grid Interfacing Converter Control for Active Distribution System Power Quality Improvement

Abstract:
With today’s increasing concerns on energy costs, energy security and greenhouse gas emissions, more and more renewable energy sources is being integrated into the power distribution system through distributed generation (DG). For example, photovoltaic (PV) power production has been doubling every two years, increasing by an average of 48% each year since 2002. At the same time, the increased penetration of nonlinear loads may introduce power quality issues to the distribution power system. Such a system with the presence of many power electronics interfaced DG and loads can be considered as an active distribution system, where the power electronics interfaces can actively participated in the system operation and control with improved efficiency, reliability and power quality. This talk focuses on the distribution system harmonic control through the DG-grid interfacing converters. The compensation strategies are developed using the virtual impedance control concept.

Biography:
Dr. Yunwei (Ryan) Li is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. Li received the Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. In 2005, Dr. Li was a Visiting Scholar with the Aalborg University, Denmark. From 2006 to 2007, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ryerson University, Canada. In 2007, he also worked at Rockwell Automation Canada. His research interests include control and PWM for power converters in distributed generation, microgrid, renewable energy, electric motor drives, and custom power devices. Dr. Li has published over 120 papers in these areas.
Dr. Li is a senior member of IEEE, a Professional Engineer with Alberta Canada. He serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. Dr. Li received the 2013 Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award from IEEE Power Electronics Society.
Contact:
Dr. Yunwei (Ryan) Li
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada
Email: yunwei.li@ualberta.ca
Web: http://www.ece.ualberta.ca/~yunwei1/

Presentation III by Dr. Samir Kouro

Research on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion Systems at UTFSM

Abstract:
The north of Chile has the world’s most favorable resources for solar energy conversion. Nevertheless, particular conditions of the dessert such as high altitude, high temperature fluctuations, lack of water and dust are challenges for the development of the solar industry. Two research centers of excellence: the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) and the Advanced Center for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (AC3E) are addressing these challenges. The Power Electronics Research Group of the Technical University Federico Santa Maria (UTFSM) leads these efforts in both centers, from the power electronics perspective. In this presentation some of the recent research and development projects on photovoltaic energy conversion systems will be introduced, including: soiling effects on energy yield, sub-module PV converters, photovoltaic energy in mining applications, multilevel converters for grid connected PV systems and predictive control of PV inverters.

Biography:
Dr. Samir Kouro received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electronics engineering from the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (UTFSM), Valparaíso, Chile, in 2004 and 2008, respectively. From 2009 to 2011 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Since 2011 he has been with UTFSM where he currently is associate professor. Dr. Kouro has directed 6 Chilean National Fund projects (Fondecyt), is founding member and Principal Investigator of the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC-Chile) one of the national priority areas centers of excellence of Chile, and founding member and Titular Researcher of the Advanced Center of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (AC3E), one of the technology transfers centers of excellence in Chile. He has coauthored one book, four book chapters and over 100 refereed journal and conference papers. He has served as Guest Editor of a Special Section in the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (2013-2014) and one in the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics (2014-2015). Dr. Kouro received the IEEE Power Electronics Society Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award in 2012, the IEEE Industry Applications Magazine 1st prize paper award of 2012, the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics Best Paper Award of 2011, the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine Best Paper Award of 2008.

Contact:
Dr. Samir Kouro
Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile
Email: samir.kouro@ieee.org
Web: http://www2.elo.utfsm.cl/~skr/Samir_Home_Page/Home.html

Presentation IV by Dr. You (George) Zhou

Power Electronics for Future Energy Internet

Abstract:
In this presentation, future de-centralized energy/power system is defined under the concept of energy internet with zero or low carbon emission feature. The role of power electronics within this context is reviewed and fundamental stability issue within multiple-converter based power system is discussed. Distributed energy storage is found to be the general solution to decouple the in-stability caused from constant power device connection. Based on this concept, an Energy Memory & Energy computer concept is proposed for future energy internet. The related energy control & management platform is then introduced as an Energy-Operating-System (EOS). Overall, power electronics is proven to be the fundamental and key technology for digitized energy system with defined development road map in energy internet.

Biography:
Dr. You(George) Zhou earned his bachelor and master degree from Tsinghua University, China and his PhD degree in Toronto, Canada, all in Electrical Engineering. From 2000 – 2013, he was with Honeywell Aerospace, responsible for power/energy system design for various aircraft platforms including Boeing 7E7/787, Lockheed Martin F35, Airbus A380/A350. He pioneered digital power system design concept for Honeywell Aerospace and has won many awards in Honeywell including Honeywell Outstanding Engineer Award & Honeywell Technical Achievement Award. He has over thirty patents and related publications. In 2013, He joined National Institute of Clean and Low Carbon Energy (NICE) in Beijing, China, as a member of National “Thousand Talents Program”. He is now the technical leader for distributed energy system group of NICE, the core R&D section of its parental company Shenhua Group, ranked 165th of Fortune 500 in 2014 and supplies 12% energy of China. His research includes energy internet based system design and integration for multiple source based energy system including energy generation, energy conversion and energy storage from zero or low carbon emission perspective.

Contact:
Dr. You (George) Zhou
National Institute of Clean and Low-Carbon Energy, Shenhua Group
Email: zhouyou@nicenergy.com
Web: http://www.nicenergy.com/cn/

Presentation V by Dr. Wuhua Li

Recent Research and Achievements in High Power Conversion System at SEEEDS

Abstract:
The efficiency, flexibility and reliability of high power conversion system have gained great popularity in power electronics community. Based on the classic definition of Dr. Newell on Power Electronics, the laboratory of SEEEDS (Sustainable & Efficient Electric Energy Delivery System) is dedicated to innovating advanced technology to improve the conversion efficiency, operation flexibility and system reliability in high power conversion system. At the semiconductor device level, the dynamic switching performance test principle and online-junction temperature extraction for high power IGBT modules will be introduced. At the power converter level, a Module Multilevel-clamped Composited Multilevel Converter (M-MC2) will be investigated. At the system control level, an accurate behavior model and common-mode voltage injection based nearest level modulation for modular multilevel converters (MMCs) will be highlighted.

Biography:
Dr. Wuhua Li (M’09) received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Applied Power Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2002 and 2008, respectively.
From 2007 to 2008, he was a Research Assistant in General Electric (GE) Global Research Center. From 2008 to 2010, he joined the College of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University as a Lecturer. In December 2010, he was promoted as an Associate Professor. Since December 2013, he has been a Full Professor at Zhejiang University. From 2010 to 2011, he was a Ryerson University Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada. His research interests include high efficiency power converters and renewable energy power conversion system. Dr. Li has published more than 100 peer-reviewed technical papers and holds over 30 issued/pending patents.

Contact:
Dr. Wuhua Li
Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University
Email: woohualee@zju.edu.cn
Web: http://mypage.zju.edu.cn/en/woohualee

Electrical Energy Storage Options

Monday, June 15th, 2015

June 24, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Paul N. Acchione, Past President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, will be presenting “Electrical Energy Storage Options”.
Speaker: Paul N. Acchione
Past President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)
Management Consultant at Market Intelligence & Date Analysis Corporation

Day & Time: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
A light supper will be served 6:00-6:15

Location: Room BA 4287
Bahen Centre for Information Technology (BA)
40 St. George Street
Toronto M5S 2E4
University of Toronto – St. George Campus
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Organizer: Toronto – IEEE Industry Applications and Power Electronics Joint Chapter

Contact: Marjan, Email: alavi@ieee.org

All IEEE members and non-members are welcome to participate with no admission charge at https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/meeting_registration/register/34679

Abstract: The seminar will discusses the types and benefits of electrical storage and the costs involved. Also included is engineering information from the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE’s) electrical power system studies, including:

• Ontario’s electrical demand profile
• Cost impact of dispatching generation (load following)
• Benefits, challenges and costs of various types of storage
• Alternatives if we don’t use storage
• How much storage is needed to effectively integrate variable renewables

Biography: Paul has a B.A.Sc. and M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Paul is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario and is a member of ASME, ANS, IEEE and ISA and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Paul has over 44 years of engineering and management experience in the power generation industry. He worked for 31 years with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its predecessor companies. Paul was the 2013-14 President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and is a volunteer with OSPE’s Energy Task Force. Paul is a Management Consultant at Market Intelligence & Data Analysis Corporation.