Keynote Speakers

Kamel Bennaceur

Nomadia Energy Consulting CEO, United Arab Emirates

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Bruno Meyer

IEEE Division VII Director, IEEE Fellow, Senior Executive RTE, France

Talk Title: Power Transmission Technologies and Solution


Biography: Bruno Meyer is a senior advisor at RTE, the French electric Transmission System Operator. From 2011 until 2016, he was CEO of ARTERIA, the telecommunications subsidiary of RTE. He joined EDF, one the world’s major utilities in 1985. Before joining RTE in 2009, he has been VP for EDF’s R&D on Transmission & Distribution, after being director of departments covering the fields of power systems and power grid technology.

He has published more than 50 scientific and conference papers including a book on power system simulation. Member of the Boards of the French Society of Electrical Engineers (SEE) and of the French CIGRE National Committee. He was awarded CIGRE’s Technical Committee Award and SEE’s Ampère medal.

He is an IEEE Fellow (2008). Meyer was a member of IEEE Board of Directors (2018-2019), IEEE Technical activities Board (2018-2019) and IEEE Power & Energy Society Governing Board (2005-2008 and 2017-2019).

He holds a Ph.D. from Edinburgh University, an M.Sc. University of Sao Paulo (USP) and B.Sc. from Universidade de Campinas (Unicamp).

Kamal Al-Haddad

École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Montreal, Canada, IEEE Fellow

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Jovica V. Milanovic

The University of Manchester, United Kingdom, IEEE Fellow

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Josep M. Guerrero

Aalborg University, Denmark

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Marco Liserre

Chair of Power Electronics, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

Talk Title: The Smart Transformer: Impact on the Electric Grid and Technology Challenges

Abstract: The increasing connection of renewables and new loads is challenging the distribution grids. The Smart Transformer (a power electronics-based transformer with control and communication functionalities), can provide ancillary services to the distribution grids to support the grid management, in addition to the voltage adaptation.

The Smart Transformer is a natural connection point for hybrid (AC and DC) grids both at MV and LV levels and offer an optimal possibility to integrate storage and electric vehicles charging stations.

The keynote will define the concept of Smart Transformer presenting the topologies and controllers and highlighting how the ST can be modelled. New services enabled with the Smart Transformer technology, for instance load sensitivity evaluation in LV grids and voltage and frequency regulation in MV/HV grids, are explained, showing the laboratory validation through HIL and PHIL.

The technological challenges of the DC/DC converter with examples from porotypes built in the Power Electronics Laboratory at the University of Kiel are described.

Finally the design of the Smart Transformer as a grid-tailored Solid-State-Transformer will be presented.

Biography: Marco Liserre (S'00-M'02-SM'07-F´13) received the MSc and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Bari Polytechnic, respectively in 1998 and 2002. He has been Associate Professor at Bari Polytechnic and from 2012 Professor in reliable power electronics at Aalborg University (Denmark). From 2013 he is Full Professor and he holds the Chair of Power Electronics at Kiel University (Germany). He has published 400 technical papers (more than 1/3 of them in international peer-reviewed journals) and a book. These works have received more than 28000 citations. Marco Liserre is listed in ISI Thomson report “The world’s most influential scientific minds” from 2014.

He has been awarded with an ERC Consolidator Grant for the project “The Highly Efficient And Reliable smart Transformer (HEART), a new Heart for the Electric Distribution System”.

He is member of IAS, PELS, PES and IES. He has been serving all these societies in different capacities. He has received the IES 2009 Early Career Award, the IES 2011 Anthony J. Hornfeck Service Award, the 2014 Dr. Bimal Bose Energy Systems Award, the 2011 Industrial Electronics Magazine best paper award and the Third Prize paper award by the Industrial Power Converter Committee at ECCE 2012, 2012, 2017 IEEE PELS Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Achievement Award and the 2018 IEEE-IES Mittelmann Achievement Award.

Saifur Rahman

2018-2019 IEEE Power and Energy Society President

Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute Director

Talk Title: Energy Efficiency in Smart Buildings Through IoT Sensor Integration

Abstract: Internet of Things (IoT) deployments offer a much higher value proposition if these can function in the context of smart buildings. Such advanced information and communication technology (ICT) applications in commercial buildings, schools, libraries, shopping centers, etc. offer low cost but highly effective monitoring and control opportunities. Sensors deployed in key locations can monitor the building environment in real-time, collect information for intelligent decision making, and facilitate various services. An IoT sensor platform has been developed that provides a unified communication platform which can integrate information from disparate sources and provide one control hierarchy. It is a powerful, low-cost, open-architecture software platform that can monitor and control major electrical loads (e.g., HVAC, lighting and plug loads), as well as solar PV systems, energy storage units and other IoT sensors in commercial buildings. The platform can provide new or legacy buildings with a building automation system (BAS) or connect with existing BAS systems in large and small commercial buildings. This platform leverages machine learning algorithms to draw insights from a deployed building’s historical operating data and occupant preferences to save energy (kWh) while increasing occupant comfort. This also allows buildings to reduce peak demand (kW) through direct communication with utilities using demand response protocols such as openADR.

Biography: Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute ( at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment ( He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He is the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published over 140 journal papers and has made over four hundred conference and invited presentations. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, energy internet, blockchain, IoT sensor integration, etc. in over 30 countries. He is the founder of BEM Controls, LLC, a Virginia (USA)-based software company providing building energy management solutions. He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency, blockchain and sensor integration projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy and the State of Virginia.

Luis Ivan Ruiz Flores

Power and Energy Director, ETAP Latin America

Talk Title: Grid Code: Decoding Mysticism in Latin America

Abstract: Energy systems can have a different degree of complexity depending on where they “occupy within the set of facilities; in the room houses for example, there are components, such as: lamps, contacts and switchers, etc. On the other hand, in more complex installations the components can be industrial, such as: distribution boards or electrical networks that must analyze their behavior and optimal condition in their operation. The conference will showcase the fundamental concepts of an analysis and the technology used today to safeguard the facilities and the lives of the staff operating them. In addition, the fashion theme of the implementation of ADMS solutions or Advanced Distribution Management System and the relationship of how the commercial sector and industry seek to fulfill what is being immersed in Latin American countries that is the ” Grid Code”. The result of such solutions will allow to share how companies are aimed at monitoring in real time the energy expenditure with studies carried out on-line using specialized software for continuous improvement and implement a combined planning and operation solution to manage, control, visualize and optimize the electricity distribution grid.

Biography: Luis Ivan Ruiz Flores was born in Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico on March 28, 1977. I received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Orizaba 1999. He completed a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos in 2004. From 1999 to 2016 he collaborated as A Technological Development Researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas (IIE) today called INEEL. During the IIE he collaborated on projects related to the analysis and design of industrial electrical systems and the technical specifications for the design of computer systems of electrical equipment and electrical systems for state-owned enterprises. Currently, he is Power and Energy Director at the company ETAP® in Latin America.

Author and co-author of more than 80 international publications.

International speaker in more than 350 conferences.

He has taught more than 3,000 engineers in more than 13 countries, assisted with the analysis of electrical power systems with software.

To date, it has 16 copyrights in the categories of software and literary work.

He received the “Achievement Award 2011″ awarded by IEEE MGA for his contribution to the awareness of Latin American countries and the “Distinguished Engineer 2013 of the IEEE Bolivia Section” for his contribution to the promotion of research and technological development in this country for five years.

19 years of research interest include modeling electrical power systems, simulation and new designs in industrial electrical systems especially petrochemicals.

He has been an IEEE member since 1995 and identified as IEEE Senior Member, and belongs to the Technology Vehicular Society to the Industrial Applications Society (IAS) and the Power & Energy Society (PES) of the IEEE.

Luis Ivan is currently the founder of PCIC Mexico, the world’s leading professional company in the petrochemical industry; also Power and Energy Director for ETAP Latin America since July 2016.