Keynote 1- New Discoveries – Advanced Electromagnetic Actuation Systems

Professor Elena Lomonova, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands



Elena Lomonova is a Full Professor and Chair of Electromechanics, Power Electronics and Motion Systems at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).  Her chair focuses on fundamental and applied research on enabling energy conversion theory, methods and technologies for high-precision, automotive and medical systems. Her research activities span various facets of advanced mechatronics, electromechanics and electromagnetics including rotary electrical machines and drives, linear and planar actuation systems.
Academic background Elena Lomonova studied Electromechanical and Control Systems at Moscow Aviation Institute – (State University of Aerospace Technology), Russia. After graduating (with honors), she started her industrial carrier at the Research and Development Company ‘Astrophysics’, Moscow, Russia (1982-1987). Afterwards she moved to the Electromechanical and Control Systems Department at State University of Aerospace Technology (MAI), and was active in research, education and industrial projects (1987-1997). She gained her PhD (with honors, 1993) on researching of powertrain and control systems for autonomous vehicles with multi-level power supply subsystems for on-board loads and laser equipment. She started working for Delft University of Technology in 1998 before joining TU/e in 2000. In March 2009 she was appointed as a full-time professor and chair of the Electromechanics and Power Electronics group. She is an author and co-author of more than 450 scientific publications and more than 10 patents

Keynote 2- Technology Entrepreneurship and Internet of Things

Prof. Vehbi Cagri Gungor, Abdullah Gul University (AGU), Turkey

Abstract: In today’s highly competitive environment, success rates for start-ups are very low due to intense and technology-based competition. In such an environment, it is very hard to be successful without necessary skills and capabilities to establish and run a start-up. To this end, new discoveries, new technologies, competition, and globalization compel both entrepreneurs and existing firms to foster innovation. The main aim of this talk is to explain the power of the start-up economy and the key elements for a successful start-up. Furthermore, recent trends in Internet of Things (IoT) will be covered. Finally, interesting IoT applications, that will shape our future, will be described.


Prof. Vehbi Cagri Gungor received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from ODTÜ, Ankara, Turkey, in 2001 and 2003, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Broadband and Wireless Networking Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 2007. Currently, he is a Full Professor and Chair of Computer Engineering Department, Abdullah Gul University (AGU), Kayseri, Turkey. He is also the founder of Akademi ARGE, a start-up company focusing on mobile comunications and artificial intelligence. His current research interests are in next-generation wireless networks, wireless ad hoc and sensor networks, smart grid communications, artificial intelligence, data mining, and underwater networks. Dr. Gungor has authored more than 100 papers in refereed journals and international conference proceedings, and has been serving as an editor in prestigious journals, such as IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics Ad Hoc Networks (Elsevier). He is also the recipient of the ODTÜ Prof. Mustafa Parlar Research Award in 2019, TUBITAK Young Scientist Award in 2017, BAGEP Young Scientist Award in 2016, Science Heroes Young Scientist Award in 2015, Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award in 2013, the IEEE Trans. on Industrial Informatics Best Paper Award in 2012, the European Union FP7 Marie Curie IRG Award in 2009.

Keynote 3- Recent and Future Research on Microgrid Clusters

A/Professor Farhad Shahnia, Murdoch University, Australia

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. This talk will focus on remote area microgrids as a hot research topic in Australia and Southeast Asia that have hundreds of remote and off-grid towns and communities, and islands. It is expected that remote area microgrids will strongly benefit these remote locations in the forthcoming years. This talk will briefly introduce the progress of research in this field around the world and Australia, and will also discuss some of the technical challenges associated with interconnection of neighbouring microgrids as a key step to improve their survivability in the course of unexpected imbalances between the demand and the available generation from intermittent renewable resources.


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 Senior Member of IEEE, Engineers Australia, the Electric Energy Society of Australia and 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 an Associate Editor of seven journals including IEEE Transaction on Sustainable Energy and IET Renewable Power Generation, and has served 35+ conferences in various roles such as General, Technical, Publication, Publicity, Award, Sponsorship, and Special Session Chairs.

Farhad is currently the Chair of the Western Australian IES and a member of IES Technical Committees of Smart Grid and Energy Storage.


Keynote 4- Living Microgrids – Energy flowing from inside out

Prof. Josep M. Guerrero,  Aalborg University, Denmark

AbstractThis talk is about the microgrid concept, so how can we produce, store and consume energy locally and the relationship with our life philosophies concern that to change outside world, we need to change from inside out. The talk give some examples of how these technologies are impacting our daily lives with solar PV in our rooftops, electrical vehicles in our garages and home energy storage systems. The way we are also conceiving energy generation outside, in the big grid, is now taking many ideas from the microgrid concept, and more than ever, grid forming concepts are starting to be proposed in large PV and windfarms – some examples of projects will be explained. The same way, many examples and technologies for smart homes will be shown, integrating the microgrid technology in our daily lives all together IoT electronic devices, wearables and e-health systems, including smart devices to practice mindfulness.


Prof. Josep M. Guerrero (S’01-M’04-SM’08-FM’15) received the B.S. degree in telecommunications engineering, the M.S. degree in electronics engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in power electronics from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, in 1997, 2000 and 2003, respectively. Since 2011, he has been a Full Professor with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark, where he is responsible for the Microgrid Research Program. From 2014 he is chair Professor in Shandong University; from 2015 he is a distinguished guest Professor in Hunan University; and from 2016 he is a visiting professor fellow at Aston University, UK, and a guest Professor at the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications. From 2019, he became a Villum Investigator by The Villum Fonden, which supports the Center for Research on Microgrids (CROM) at Aalborg University, being Prof. Guerrero the founder and Director of the same centre (

His research interests is oriented to different microgrid aspects, including power electronics, distributed energy-storage systems, hierarchical and cooperative control, energy management systems, smart metering and the internet of things for AC/DC microgrid clusters and islanded minigrids. Specially focused on microgrid technologies applied to offshore wind and maritime microgrids for electrical ships, vessels, ferries and seaports. Prof. Guerrero is an Associate Editor for a number of IEEE TRANSACTIONS. He has published more than 500 journal papers in the fields of microgrids and renewable energy systems, which are cited more than 50,000 times. He received the best paper award of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion for the period 2014-2015, and the best paper prize of IEEE-PES in 2015. As well, he received the best paper award of the Journal of Power Electronics in 2016. During six consecutive years, from 2014 to 2019, he was awarded by Clarivate Analytics (former Thomson Reuters) as Highly Cited Researcher. In 2015 he was elevated as IEEE Fellow for his contributions on “distributed power systems and microgrids.”

Keynote 5- The Future DC Grids Include Wireless Energy

Prof. Stanimir Valtchev, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

AbstractThe “Classical” electrical AC grids have intrinsically little energy storage and flexibility, i.e. no fast response capability, little automation and, worst of all, the topology is not flexible. The gas system, or H2 system (?), is powerful but the final product is the electrical energy. Since the 20th century the AC system had to fight the appeared renewable energy production. It was discovered that it is unavoidably necessitated, to substitute the fossil fuels. It was made clear also, that the renewable energy sources turned everything more complicated and difficult to synchronize the biggest consumers with the smallest individual producers of energy. The energy storage is now a must, and the renewable energy sources have one useful characteristic in general: they are mostly DC, or easily transferable into a DC power source. A Low Voltage (LV) DC grid is capable by its nature to be a Smart Grid, easily distributing energy between “prosumers”. The voltage of the LVDC is allowed to be 1500 V and the efficiency of the DC-DC converters is high. The DC-DC conversion in almost all its versions applies the magnetic field as a power link. That “magnetic coupling” can be made stronger or weaker. The magnetic link in most of the power converters is strong, almost 100%, with low leakage flux. Considering the magnetic coupling of our DC-DC converters, the wireless energy transfer is also magnetically linked, in all its versions. The difference between the “normal” and the wireless DC-DC converter is only the percentage of the magnetic coupling. The magnetic field connections of the renewable energy sources into the micro-, or larger DC grid, will be more reliable and less dangerous for the human beings and the animals. The separate blocks can be easily connected even by unqualified workers and clients. The connections may be all magnetic and standardized to use as high as possible the magnetic field and not the wired contacts. The EV is one of the examples of already applied wireless energy (some examples). In case of the EV to Grid way of operation, the wireless is a much better solution too, as it will avoid the wired connection and will make an easier and more seamless energy storage.


Prof. Stanimir VALTCHEV was born in Bulgaria 1951, received M.Sc. from TU Sofia, awarded as the best of the year 1974, received PhD from IST in Lisbon. He worked on semiconductor technology, medical equipment, and then as a researcher in industrial electronics (laser supplies and high-frequency power converters). In the 1980s worked in the Robotics Laboratory of TU Sofia (also being Assistant Director of the Centre of Robotics). During 1987 and in 1991-1992 he worked in the Laboratory for Power Electronics of TU Delft in the Netherlands, as Assistant Professor. Since 1988 was Assistant Professor in TU Sofia and taught several courses on Power Supply Equipment and Power Transistor Converters to graduate and post-graduate students. He was the Deputy Dean of TU Sofia, responsible for the international students in 1990-1994. After 1980 he worked on high-frequency resonant power converters and published in numerous conferences and journals (IEEE Meritorious Paper Award, 1997). In 1994 being invited to Portugal to lead a project of a new soft-transition power converter, stayed and taught various subjects in different universities and has consulted various institutions in Portugal and in the Netherlands. He is currently Auxiliary Professor in UNL and Invited full professor in BFU, Bulgaria. His research includes power converters (also resonant and multilevel), energy harvesting, wireless energy transfer, electric vehicles, energy management and storage, bio energy-harvesting, and biosensors.

Keynote 6- Importance of IEC 61850 standard in the concept of the Smart Grid

Andrea Bonetti, Senior Specialist Relay Protection and IEC 61850 at Megger Sweden AB, Sweden

Abstract The concept of smart grid is penetrating our society more and more: solar panels are installed on the roofs of common people houses, electrical vehicles are charged at our homes and hopefully one day will be able to deliver energy to the grid (V2G [2]). More technically, smart grids penetrate all the “voltage levels”. One of the important factors that will affect the speed of this penetration is the “cost” to do it. The use of standardized concepts is one of the keys to
reduce these costs. IEC 61850 is much more than a standard for communication protocols. It provides a common semantic for the description of the electrical system, common description of the systems, it provides its own “language “SCL”, it is future proof, and is one of the main core standards in the IEC definition of the Smart Grid. After all of this, the IEC 61850 also details on standardized communication protocols. The key-note details about the IEC 61850 standard and its importance in the realization of the smart grid.


Andrea Bonetti graduated as electrotechnical engineer at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in 1993, after having studied the first two years of engineering at Universitá di Trento, Italy.

1993 to 1997: ABB Italy as protection engineer,

1997 : 2008: HV relay protection specialist at HV relay protection manufacturer ABB Grid Automation Products in Västerås, Sweden, for relay post-fault analysis, relay settings, commissioning support and training for distance protection , line differential protection, with IEC 61850 and conventional applications.

2008 to 2013: Megger in Stockholm, as product manager and technical specialist for relay test equipment, dealing with the development of IEC 61850 test set and tools, test algorithms for distance protection and transformer differential protection relays.

2013 to 2018: STRI AB (Sweden), as Technical Manager of Substation Automation Dept. and consultant in Relay Protection and IEC 61850 Applications: procurement specification for TSOs, IEC 61850 specification and attendance for FAT/SAT, IEC 61850 troubleshooting in operative substations, trainings, IEC 61850 top down specification and engineering process, development of IEC 61850 test equipment and tools.

From April 2018: Megger in Stockholm, as senior specialist in relay protection and IEC 61850 applications.

Andrea holds a patent in the area of IEC 61850 testing tools and algorithms.

IEC Committees:

– IEC TC 95/MT 4 since 2006. Measuring relays and protection equipment – Functional standards

Andrea has been sub-group leader for the development of the distance protection standard IEC 60255-121 and has received the IEC 1906 Award in 2013.

– IEC TC 95/WG 2. Protection functions with Digital Input / Output.

– IEC TC JWG 17. Documentation of communication in power utility automation.

Since 2008 Andrea is a guest lecturer at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) for IEC 61850 for Substation Automation applications.

Keynote 7- Optimal Operation of Distributed Prosumers for Ancillary Services Provision in Electricity Markets

Professor Pierluigi Siano, University of Salerno, Italy

Abstract Modern power systems are evolving from a centralized paradigm, according to which electrical energy was mainly generated by large power plants at the transmission level, to a new model where Distributed Generation (DG), often based on Renewable Energy Sources (RES) represents a relevant portion of the produced electrical energy.
In this new model, the provision of ancillary services to the Transmission System Operator (TSO) should take into account the possible flexibility furnished by new distributed resources, such as dispersed and small generators, also based on RES, and frequently endowed with small batteries.
In particular, distributed Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESSs), also of small scale, that were mainly used to decrease the uncertainty due to RES and to increase the energy self-consumption for the end-user, can be also managed to provide energy flexibility to the TSO.
The possibility of using residential PV-battery systems for the provision of up and down regulation has been verified by using a non-linear stochastic method based on a MILP optimization model.
It has been proved that, in addition to mitigating the concerns due to the non-programmability of RES based generation, storage systems can also be used to provide balancing resources and available energy reserve and for the Transmission System Operator (TSO).


Pierluigi Siano (M’09–SM’14) received the M.Sc. degree in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in information and electrical engineering from the University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy, in 2001 and 2006, respectively.
He is a Professor and Scientific Director of the Smart Grids and Smart Cities Laboratory with the Department of Management & Innovation Systems, University of Salerno.
His research activities are centered on demand response, on energy management, on the integration of distributed energy resources in smart grids, on electricity markets and on planning and management of power systems.
In these research fields he has co-authored more than 500 articles including more than 300 international journal papers that received in Scopus more than 9450 citations with an H-index equal to 47.
He received the award as 2019 Highly cited Researcher by ISI Web of Science Group. He has been the Chair of the IES TC on Smart Grids.
He is Editor for the Power & Energy Society Section of IEEE Access, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL INFORMATICS, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, Open Journal of the IEEE IES and of IET Renewable Power Generation.


Tutorial 1- Reactive Power Compensation and STATCOM Applications

Gokhan Onal, Lean Power Solutions, Turkey

Over the last decades, the electricity networks face new challenges, especially with the increased renewable energy sources. Network operators struggle for higher efficiency and lower operation costs. Voltage stability plays a key role for the efficient operation of the power systems. Reactive power compensation systems have been available on the market for decades. However, the recent developments on renewable energy systems and FACTS systems provide better solutions for the voltage problems of the grids. STATCOMs are the most innovative FACTS component which can stabilize over-voltage or under-voltage in a very short time. Beside FACTS components, renewable energy sources can support AC voltage with the advanced control methods and converter topologies.

This tutorial will illustrate the reactive power compensation of the power systems and show the common STATCOM applications. PSCAD/EMTDC simulation tool will be used in order to present the selected STATCOM simulation examples.


Gökhan ÖNAL received his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the RWTH University, Germany in 2010. He worked at Siemens AG on the development of HVDC&FACTS systems till 2016. Then, he has co-founded Lean Power Solutions and he has been providing solutions to manufacturers, network operators and consulting companies. He has been involved in the development of several wind turbine, HVDC, STATCOM and similar technologies. Currently, he is the managing director of lean power solutions and lpschain.

Tutorial 2- Power Line Carrier Communications in Transmission and Distribution Power Grids: New Stage in Evolution

by Anton Merkulov, Almaty Institute of Power Engineering and Telecommunications, Kazakhstan


    • Power line carrier communications in telecommunication networks of power grid companies
    • 100 years history of PLC in high voltage transmission power grids. Outdated technology or inherent part of electrical grid infrastructure?
    • High voltage PLC – total recall. Types and parameters of HV PLC channels
    • High voltage power line as transmission medium. Modelling of power lines in WinTrakt software
    • From classical to digital substation. How to integrate HV PLC in future infrastructure of HV digital substation? New stage in evolution – wideband digital PLC with packet switching
    • New challenge – there are too many of them. Problem of HV PLC spectrum utilization and overload
    • PLC modems for medium voltage power grids. Types and technologies
    • Conceptual issues of PLC modems applications for MV segment. Coupling to MV power lines
    • Low bit rate narrow band PLC, short haul broadband PLC. Take a different course – wideband HV PLC approach for MV networks
    • MV wideband modems interoperability and data routing issues

Details can be seen at here


Anton G. Merkulov studied Telecommunication Technologies in Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications, graduated with Dipl.-Ing. Degree in 2007. In 2015 he completed his PhD in Telecommunications in Ufa State Aviation Technical University with presentation of Thesis «Improvement of Convergent High Voltage Digital Power Line Carrier Networks with transition from Frame Relay to IP Technologies».

He began his carrier in Siemens Kazakhstan branch office since 2007 as a commissioning engineer of high voltage power line carrier communications. Since 2017 he is the Head of Smart Communications business unit. In period from 2007-2020 he was involved in more than 150 telecommunication projects for power utilities throughout the world. Since 2015 he is the Head of PLC laboratory in Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications. Main research interests are power line carrier for high voltage and medium voltage electrical grids, application of PLC modems for industrial tools, MPLS-TP and IP-MPLS technologies for electrical companies. Anton Merkulov is a senior member of the IEEE and member of the CIGRE D2 workgroup. He published two books and more than 30 papers about High Voltage Power Line Carrier Communications.

Tutorial 3- Power Systems with High Renewable Shares: Frequency Stability and Security Issues

Dr. Hassan Haes Alhelou, Isfahan University of Technology Iran; Tishreen University, Syria

AbstractPower and energy sector is going a through fast transformation toward smart grid concept in which information and communication technologies (ICT) play important roles for enhancing the overall stability and security. One of these important technologies wide-area measurement systems (WAMSs) enabled by the well-development and deployment of phasor measurement units (PMUs) in modern power systems. Likewise, energy security issues and climate changes are forcing governments and the world to change the traditional energy systems to smarter ones such way the penetration level of renewable energy sources can be highly increased. Therefore, power systems, in the near future, will be with high hosting capacity of renewable energies, power electronics devices, deregulation environment, and demand response programs, where such systems are operated based on WAMS systems. On the other hand, deployment of WAMSs and ICT systems would bring new challenges related to the re-coordination of protection and control systems. Likewise, such movement towards smart grids would arise new issues related to cybersecurity of power systems. Furthermore, increasing the penetration of renewable energy in modern power system would highly reduce the rotating inertia which might put the security and stability of the system in danger. The above overview shows that modern power systems need in-depth researches related to developing suitable WAMS-based reliable control and protection schemes for modern power systems so that the transition from traditional energy systems to smart ones can be done smoothly, securely, and reliably. Therefore, the most important challenges related to the power system frequency stability and security would be discussed. Likewise, the most recent advances and trends on wide-area control Systems and their application for power system frequency control, stability and protection would be highlighted.


H.H. Alhelou received the B.S. degree (Hons.) from Tishreen University, Lattakia, Syria, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees (Hons.) from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, all in electrical power engineering. He is a faculty member with the Department of Electrical Power Engineering, Tishreen University. Also, He is a researcher with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Isfahan University, Iran. He is the author of more than 100 publications. He has participated in more than 15 industrial projects. H.H. Alhelou was included in the 2018 and 2019 Publons’s list of the top 1% best reviewer and researchers in the field of engineering and cross-field. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Reviewer Award from Energy Conversion and Management journal in 2016, ISA Transactions journal in 2018, Applied Energy journal in 2019, and many other awards. His research interests include power systems, power system dynamics, power system operation and control, dynamic state estimation, frequency control, smart grids, micro-grids, demand response, load shedding, and power system reliability and protection.

Tutorial 4- Real Time Simulation and HIL Applications in Modern Power Systems

Paul Forsyth, RTDS Technologies Inc. Canada


As a matter of necessity, modern power systems increasingly contain more complex devices to deal with new challenges and to increase the efficiency and reliability of our networks. However, these grid modernization technologies can create challenges of their own. Renewables, which are being deployed to reduce carbon emissions, behave differently than conventional generation.  Renewable energy is not always available so energy storage devices are a necessity.  Both renewables and energy storage rely on sophisticated power electronic converters and their associated fast-acting control systems, which have the potential to interact and interfere with other network components and automation systems.  Microgrids are being installed to increase the resiliency and reliability of the electricity supply, while modern Ethernet-based communication protocols adopted by protection and control schemes create their own challenges and open up new potential for cybersecurity vulnerabilities.  Taken all at once these issues can seem overwhelming.  However, through the application of modern tools such as real-time simulators, these challenges are being conquered.

The tutorial will provide a brief introduction to ElectroMagnetic Transient (EMT) simulation and quickly moving on to the topic of real-time EMT simulation for Hardware In the Loop (HIL) applications in modern power system.  Key features and considerations for the HIL testing will be presented for various applications including the challenges outlined above.


Paul Forsyth received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada in 1988. After graduating he worked for several years in the area of reactive power compensation and HVDC at ABB Power Systems in Switzerland. He also spent two years at Haefely in both Germany and Switzerland performing system studies and later as part of the network component sales group.  Since 1995, Mr. Forsyth has been employed by RTDS Technologies and over the years he has been involved in many facets of the product and company development and direction.  He currently holds the title of VP – Marketing & Sales.