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

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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.