Keynote Speakers/特邀专家


Professor Tyrone Fernando, University of Western Australia, Australia

Tyrone Fernando, senior member of IEEE, obtained his bachelor of engineering with honors and the degree of doctor of philosophy from the University of Melbourne in 1990 and 1996 respectively. In 1996 he joined the School of Electrical Electronic and Computer Engineering (EECE), University of Western Australia, where he is currently a Professor. He was the Associate Head of EECE in 2008 and Deputy Head of EECE in 2009 and 2010. His research interests are in power systems, renewable energy and state estimation. He has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine and also as Guest Editor for the journal of Optimal Control Applications and Methods. He is currently an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems–II and also IEEE Access.

Prof. Zhixin Wang, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Prof. Zhixin Wang received his BE degree in department of Scientific Instrumentation from Zhejiang University in 1985, M.S. degree in Department of Scientific Instrumentation, from Zhejiang University, in 1988 and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering, from Zhejiang University in 1994. Prof. Wang Zhixin is a full Professor in Department of Electrical Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Professor Zhixin Wang conducts research in the areas of wind power, photovoltaic generation and control technology, distributed generations of smart grid and intelligent distribution system, motor control system and energy-saving system. He has published more than 100 international academic research papers, and there are 14 Sci index papers. He currently serves as Vice-Chairman of Shanghai Hydroelectric Engineering Society, Committee member of Shanghai New Energy Association Committee of Experts, and Honorary director of Shanghai Mechanical Engineering Society, etc.

Speech Title: Operation and Control of Modular Multilevel Converter for VSC-HVDC Application

Abstract: Due to the scalability and flexibility in power transmission, the modular multilevel converter (MMC) receives a widespread favor since its advent. The popularization of the MMC will continuously promote the developments in renewable energy grid connecting and flexible high voltage direct current transmission (HVDC) system. In this paper, an overview of the most recent effort associated with the technical challenges of the MMC is provided, and a brief summary on the design and control of the MMC is made. The features of different submodule topologies of the MMC are concluded with a comparison in this paper. Multiple simulation techniques for the MMC, which are suitable for electromagnetic and electromechanical transient respectively, are reviewed in this paper.  This paper also makes an overview of the control methods for the MMC operation including pre-charge, power regulation, circulating current control and capacitor voltage balancing. On this basis, the future trends of further studies and developments for the MMC are proposed.

Assoc. Prof. S. M. Muyeen, Curtin University, Australia

Dr. S. M. Muyeen received his B.Sc. Eng. Degree from Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), Bangladesh formerly known as Rajshahi Institute of Technology, in 2000 and M. Eng. and Ph.D. Degrees from Kitami Institute of Technology, Japan, in 2005 and 2008, respectively, all in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. At the present, he is working as an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Curtin University, Perth, Australia.
He is serving as Editor/Associate Editorfor many prestigious Journals from IEEE, IET, and other publishers, e.g., IEEE Transactions of Sustainable Energy, IEEE Power Engineering Letters, IET Renewable Power Generation and IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, etc. He was the recipient of many awards including the Petroleum Institute Research/Scholarship Award 2012, which was the only research award for the entire university until 2013. He is the author/co-author of about 200 scientific articles including 70+ journals and 6 Books as Author/Editor. In his short carrier, he has secured more than 5M AUD research grant. He has developed two research laboratories at the Petroleum Institute and the Petroleum Institute Research Center (PIRC), Abu Dhabi, UAE. Dr. Muyeen has been given many Keynote and Invited speeches to International Conferences. His research interests are Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, and Power System Stability. Dr. Muyeen is the Senior Member of IEEE and Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).

Speech Title: Transformation of Microgrid to Virtual Power Plant

Abstract: Electric power systems around the World are currently undergoing fast and transformational changes. Distributed Generation, Nano-grids, Micro-grids with and without storage are now emerging as common features of today’s complex power system. The interconnection of small scale modular generating units like PV, wind turbine, photovoltaic system, micro-turbine, fuel cells, and energy storage systems like battery, flywheel, supercapacitor, superconducting magnetic energy storage to the low voltage distribution grid in ac, dc or hybrid form leads to a new energy system paradigm, known as Micro-grid. Because of the use of mix energy sources and high dependency on power electronics the control, stability, and reliability aspects of Micro-grid, both for grid connected and islanding operations, are the prime research topics in power engineering. With the blessing of modern computer and communication technologies, Micro-grid is further going through another transformation, known as Virtual Power Plant. This talk presents some emerging and enabling technologies of Micro-grid and highlights its future trend through the Virtual Power Plant transformation stages.

Dr. Lin Chen, Tohoku University, Japan

Dr. L. Chen is now an Assistant Professor in Department of Aerospace Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan. He obtained his B.Eng and PhD in Energy and Resources Engineering from Peking University. He was a granted JSPS and JST-CREST Research Fellow in Tohoku University (Japan). His current research topics include renewable and unconventional energy resources, supercritical fluids, multiscale heat/mass transfer, and PSP/TSP measurement techniques. In recent years, he has authored more than 120 well-cited international journal papers and/or conference presentations/keynotes/invited talks, books/chapters, including the most famous one on energy conversion (“Advanced Applications of Supercritical Fluids in Energy Systems”, IGI Global, 2017, 680 pages). His doctoral thesis was also selected and published as a Springer book (“Microchannel Flow Dynamics and Heat Transfer of Near-Critical Fluid”, Springer, 2016, 153 pages). He revealed the heat transfer laws and stability conditions of supercritical fluid based natural circulation loop (NCL) (with applications in solar, geothermal, chemical fields), which is in the TOP5 most-cited list of Elsevier (2013-2016). Recently, he developed a robust model for utilizing oceanic methane hydrate (CH4·6H2O) and proposed the first strategic production system with CCS process. Dr. L. Chen is a winner of the President Scholarship, National Scholarship (MOE), Elite Scholar (PKU) and many other honors/awards. He received the Innovation Award in 2011, 2012, and 2014, the Best Paper of the Chinese Association of Refrigeration (2015), and the Elsevier Excellent Reviewer (2013, 2014, 2015). He is also a Reviewer, an Editorial/Advisory/TPC Member/Guest Editor for many renowned international journals/conferences. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering (Elsevier; SCI; IF = 2.7) and the Environment and Natural Resources Research (Canada CCSE Journal).

Speech Title: Discussions on the Findings from Recent Oceanic Methane Hydrate Production Tests of China and Japan in 2017

Abstract: This talk is focused on the utilization of oceanic methane hydrate as one future energy resource. Oceanic methane hydrate (MH) is confirmed with vase existence around the world’s oceans and is very promising to be extracted from the deep seabed for energy supply with the initial form of natural gas output. Due to the complex geological conditions and the sensitive thermal-mechanical properties of MH bearing layers under seabed, it is very difficult to extract and utilize the methane hydrate stably and economically. This talk will cover the most recent developments and production tests in China and Japan in 2017, where short-term (3-8 weeks) stable gas output were successfully obtained. From the real test results comparisons and in-lab experiments/numerical simulation efforts, the basic characteristics of real system-scale productions, current problems, strategies, and future considerations will be discussed in detail in this talk.