Keynote&Plenary Speakers


Speaker I


IEEE Fellow, Prof. Ryuichi Yokoyama, Waseda University, Japan

Speech title: Resilient and Environment-Friendly Future Power Grids for Asian Countries and Islands


Abstract: Asian countries, recently, experienced natural and accidental disasters such as typhoons, floods, earthquakes, and nuclear plant accidents causing catastrophic damage to infrastructures. All these experiences made the residents in the regions keenly aware of the needs for Infrastructure that is robust and resilient so that vital life-lines are secured in calamities. A paradigm shift has been taking place toward reorganizing the energy management practice in Japan and other countries by effective use of sustainable energy, such as solar and wind power. However, such power sources would affect the power grid through fluctuation of power output and the deterioration of power quality. Therefore, a new social infrastructure and novel energy management scheme to supply stable electric power would be required. In this presentation, the significance of smart community, clustered microgrid and international power grid connection is presented and features and developments of resilient and environment-friendly future grids for Asian countries are discussed.


Biography: Ryuichi Yokoyama received the degrees of B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1968, 1970, and 1974 respectively. After working in Mitsubishi Research Institute, from 1978 through 2007, he was a professor in the Faculty of Technology of Tokyo Metropolitan University. Since 2007, he had been a professor of the Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering in Waseda University. His fields of interests include planning, operation, control and optimization of large-scale environment and energy systems, and economic analysis and risk management of deregulated power markets. Now, he is a Professor Emeritus of Waseda University, a Life Fellow of IEEE, a Senior Life Member of IEE of Japan, a member of CIGRE. He is also Chairmen of Standardization Commissions of Electric Apparatus in METI Japan. He is a President of Consortium of Power System Technology of Japan and CEO of the Energy and Environment Technology Research Institute.


Speaker II


Prof. Mohan Lal Kolhe, Universitetet of Agder, Norway

Professor (Dr) Mohan Kolhe is with the University of Agder (Norway) as full professor in electrical power engineering with focus in smart grid and renewable energy in the Faculty of Engineering and Science. He has also received the offer of full professorship in smart grid from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has more than two decades academic experience at international level on electrical and renewable energy systems.

He is a leading renewable energy technologist and has previously held academic positions at the world's prestigious universities e.g. University College London (UK / Australia), University of Dundee (UK); University of Jyvaskyla (Finland); Hydrogen Research Institute, QC (Canada) etc. He was also a member of the Government of South Australia’s Renewable Energy Board (2009-2011).

His academic work ranges from the smart grid, grid integration of renewable energy systems, home energy management system, integrated renewable energy systems for hydrogen production, techno-economics of energy systems, solar and wind energy engineering, development of business models for distributed generation etc. He also did extensive teaching in the area of renewable and electrical energy systems engineering and energy economics.

He has been successful in winning competitive research funding from prestigious research councils (e.g. EU, EPSRC, BBSRC, NRP, etc.) for his work on sustainable energy systems. He has published extensively in the area of energy systems engineering. He has been invited by many international organizations for delivering expert lectures / courses / key note addresses. He has also been member of many academic promotional committees.


  Speaker III

Prof. Muhammad Arfin Khan Lodhi,Texas Tech University, USA

Speech title: Some Integrated Approaches to Economical, Ecological and Sustainable Energy

Abstract: We need to address the energy production and its end use with emphasis on environmental sustainability in a wholesome manner. Since the start of the Industrial Revolution, energy consumption has been on the increase and this increase has been more pronounced in the past few decades. Along with that we have introduced life threatening problems to the environment we live in. Humans have been adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than plants can take and has shown no signs of abating it. As for the present, we must have some remedy. Conservation and recycling on individual and national scale is the first and foremost step to address the Environmental and Energy Crisis.

On a large scale power generation integrated approach is highly recommended. Cascading systems as the appropriate approach for large scale power production looks highly promising. To achieve higher conversion efficiency advanced materials must be continuously developed. At the same time, new sources of energy, like mining hydrogen under ocean floor, must vigorously be continued exploring. These concepts will be illustrated by some examples of integrated and cascaded systems for achieving higher efficiency.


Biography: Professor M. A. K. Lodhi received his Ph. D in nuclear Physics (University of London) in 1963. He is presently research professor of physics at Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX USA. His research interests include Nuclear and Particle Physics, New and Renewable Energy Sources, Space Science in particular, advanced space power generation and distribution in simulating and modeling AMTEC Cells, modeling trapped radiation thus predicting the most needed radiation (proton) flux at and between the solar maximum and minimum activities, and the space debris modeling.

Professor M. A. K. Lodhi received more than 100 intra and- extramural grants for research and research related activities. He has more than 250 papers and 4 books published. He gave more than 200 oral presentations in regional, national, and international conferences; including 20 keynote speeches, 70 invited talks and 120 contributed presentations. He also participated in about 150 regional, national, and international conferences. Organized and chaired many conferences, Chaired various technical sessions. Among the many awards, one of the recent one is The “Symposium on 50 years of research of M. A. K. Lodhi” held to honor Dr. Lodhi’s research at Texas Tech, where the USA Flag, specially flown on the US Capitol in his name, folded, brought to the Symposium and presented to him at the Symposium.



Speaker IV


Prof. Ionel Vechiu, Ecole Superieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées. (ESTIA), France

Speech title: MicroGrids – Distributed Generation and Storage Integration

Abstract: The increasing penetration of the Distributed Generation (DG) is changing the perspective of the grid from a centralised to a decentralised one and creates several challenges that must be carefully addressed in order to keep the proper operation of the electric grid. In order to take into account all those challenges, one of the best solution capable of guaranteeing a controlled injection of the power generated by DG is the use of MicroGrids (MGs). The MG can be seen as a flexible cell of the main electric grid incorporating local generation based on renewable energy with the ability to operate in grid connected or islanding mode. A MG can be defined as a weak grid and consequently, its stability is highly sensitive to power variations coming from the energy sources or loads. In a MG, an energy storage system is essential and it must satisfy two criteria: to have a high storage capacity to adapt the generation to the demand and to be able to supply fast power variations to overcome the power quality problems that may arise.

The aforementioned issues, the use of multilevel converters for DG and storage integration into MGs, together with the Model Predictive Control methods for the control and the energy management will be the focus of this presentation.

Biography: Ionel VECHIU received the Ing. degree in electrical engineering from Galati University, Romania, in 2001 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Le Havre, France, in 2002 and 2005, respectively. In 2013, he received the Habilitation to Conduct Researches in Applied Power Electronics and Control from Grenoble INP, France. He is currently full professor at ESTIA Institute of Technology, France. His research interests include the power electronics applied to renewable energy conversion and storage, dynamic modelling & simulation of electric power systems, including control strategies for Distributed Generation Integration into MicroGrids and weak grids. He is an IEEE member since 2008 and chaired various technical sessions. He has participated in several Industrial and R&D projects and works extensively with industrial companies on projects regarding the increasing intermittent renewable energy penetration in islanding grids.


Speaker V


Prof. Hee-Je Kim, Pusan National University, Korea

Speech Title:  Recent Solar Energy System and ESS (Energy Storage System)  controlled by personal smart-phone


Abstract: Around the world, many governments have strived to increase the share of renewable green energy in their power productions. The main interest has mainly been energy security, increasing prices of carbon based energy sources and minimizing global warming. Concerning the second, global shipping is a major contributor to GHG (global greenhouse gas) emissions, bring responsible for approximately 3% of global CO2 emissions.

The IMO (international maritime organization) is now working to start GHG regulations for global shipping, and is under pressure, e.g. from EU and UNFCCC (United Nations framework convention on climate change), to apply regulations that will have a substantial impact on emissions.

In addition, we introduce the second application of stand-alone PV system. The solar power generation and ESS will be very important in the isolated island and distant place without electrical power supply. So we demonstrate a cold storehouse for fresh fruits with a proto-type stand-alone PV system with ESS (Energy Storage System) as the next generation solar power application.  

Firstly we have developed the eco-friendly new ESS applications such as eco-friendly bill-board and an ion air purifier system monitored and controlled by personal smart-phone. 

Secondly we have demonstrated the fast charging and discharging technology by using Super-capacitors.

Biography: Prof. Hee-Je Kim got PhD of Energy Conversion, Kyushu university, Fukuoka, Japan. (190, March). At present he is professor of Department of Electrical Engineering, Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea. And he is the group leader of BRL(Basic Research Lab.). He is working as an Associate Editor of NJC(New Journal of Chemistry)-RSC shared.

His research area is dynamic, multi-objective, practical solution based research with a focus on highly efficient solar energy conversion and effective energy storage. That is related to mainly four area: i) Fabrication and commercialization of next-generation solar cells i.e Dye synthesized solar cells, Quantum- dot, and perovskite solar cells).  ii) Improving efficiency of existing solar PV systems using different tools and techniques. iii) High energy and power density flexible supercapacitor for hybrid energy storage system. v) Dual active bridge (DAB) with novel algorithm for Power conditioning system. 


Invited Speaker I

Prof. Min-Hao Yuan, China Medical University, Taiwan

Speech Title: Depression Effect of Cold Filter Plugging Point of Palm Biodiesels in Petrodiesel Fuel Blended

Invited Speaker II

Prof. Koki Ogura, Kyushu Sangyo University, Japan

Speech Title: New Conceptual High Efficiency Sinewave PV Power Conditioner and Its Extended Bidirectional Topology