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Invite Speaker I

Farhad Shahnia
Murdoch University, Australia

Speech Title: “Role of Microgrids and Virtual Power Plants in Decarbonization”
Abstract: Electricity systems around the world are experiencing a radical transition as the consequence of replacing fossil fuels, used for electricity production, by sustainable and cleaner energies. The growing penetration of renewable energies requires smarter techniques capable of handling the uncertainties of these intermittent sources. Along with this change, traditionally centralised power systems are also converting into distributed self-sufficient systems, often referred to as microgrids, that can operate independently. Virtual power plants are frameworks under which microgrids can be deployed within communities and enable energy transaction amongst retailers, customers and private investors. This talk will focus on the role of microgrids and virtual power plants in decarbonisation of the energy sector.

Biodata: A/Professor Farhad Shahnia received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, in 2012. He is currently an A/Professor at Murdoch University. Before that, he was a Lecturer at Curtin University (2012-15), a research scholar at QUT (2008-11), and an R&D engineer at the Eastern Azarbayjan Electric Power Distribution Company, Iran (2005-08). He is currently a Fellow member of Engineers Australia, Senior Member of IEEE, and member of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education.
Farhad’s research falls under Distribution networks, Microgrid and Smart grid concepts. He has authored one book and 11 book chapters and 100+ peer-reviewed scholarly articles in international conferences and journals, as well as being an editor of 6 books.
Farhad has won 5 Best Paper Awards in various conferences and has also received the IET Premium Award for the Best Paper published in the IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution journal in 2015. One of his articles was listed under the top-25 most cited articles in the Electric Power System Research Journal in 2015 while one of his 2015 journal articles has been listed under the top-5 most read articles of the Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He was the recipient of the Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award from Curtin University in 2015 and the Australia-China Young Scientist Exchange Award from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2016.
Farhad is currently a Subject Editor, Deputy Subject Editor, and Associate Editor of several journals including IEEE Access, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, IET Renewable Power Generation, IET Smart Grid, IET Energy Conversion and Economics, and International Transaction on Electrical Energy Systems and has served 35+ conferences in various roles such as General, Technical, Program, Publication, Publicity, Award, Sponsorship, and Special Session Chairs.
Farhad has led the IEEE Western Australia Section as the 2020-2021 Chair, and was the 2019 Founding Chair of the IEEE Western Australia Industrial Electronics Society (IES) Chapter. He is currently the 2021-2022 Secretary of the IES’s Technical Committees on Smart Grids.

Invite Speaker II

Wei Yao
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

Biodata: Prof. Wei Yao received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China, in 2004 and 2010, respectively. Currently, he is a Professor with the School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, HUST, Wuhan, China. He obtained the National Natural Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars. He has granted more than 30 research projects including 4 NSFC projects. He has authored/ corresponding authored 54 SCI indexed journal papers, including 14 ones selected as ESI Highly Cited Papers, and won 2 provincial first class prizes (both ranked second). Currently, he is an associate editor/editor of 6 SCI/EI indexed journals. His current research interest focuses on the stability analysis and control of power system integrating high penetration renewable energy.

Invite Speaker III

Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

Biodata: coming soon......


Invite Speaker IV

Yaxing Ren
University of Lincoln, UK

Biodata: Yaxing Ren received the BEng and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Automation from the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK in 2012 and 2017, respectively. From 2016 to 2022, he worked as a research fellow at the University of Warwick and the University of Glasgow. He joined the School of Engineering at the University of Lincoln in 2022 as a Lecturer. He is actively involved in research on electric vehicle powertrain control and battery management systems, renewable power generation, and integrated systems for building heating decarbonization. He has authored or co-authored over 30 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings and 2 book chapters.

Invite Speaker V

Yiyan Sang
Shanghai University of Electric Power

Biodata: Yiyan Sang received the B.Sc and Ph.D degrees in Electrical Engineering and Electronics from University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK in 2014 and 2019. He is currently a Lecturer with the School of Electrical Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai, China. He has authored or co-authored more than 20 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include power electronics control for HVDC transmission system,renewable energy integration system, and novel power system.