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Plenary Session-1

Title of the talk (tentative):

Professor Syed Islam
John Curtin Distinguished Professor
Centre for Smart Grid and Sustainable Power Systems
Curtin University, WA 6850 AUSTRALIA


Wind Power Generation and Solar PV installations continues to grow and are the two key contributors to large scale variable power connected to grid in the renewable energy generation mix. Utility transmission system operators impose stringent grid codes internationally. Grid code regulations are defined by system operators to outline the rights and responsibilities of all the generators and loads that are connected to the transmission/distribution system. In the past, grid codes did not include any regulations for WPPs and PV Plants, because the penetration level of wind and solar power were extremely small compared to the conventional generation systems. However, the situation has radically changed during the last decade as many countries witnessed tremendous increase in the number and capacity of WPPs integrated into their electric networks as well as commercial scale PV plants. The shift from conventional to the renewable energy resources has raised serious concerns regarding the negative impacts of large WPPs, as intermittent generation units, on the stability of existing power networks. To safeguard the network against these threats, system operators in many countries have enforced stringent technical requirements on large WPPs. Modern grid codes require WPPs to not only withstand various grid disturbances, but also contribute to the network stability support and ancillary service provision, as do conventional generation units. Solar shading can cause PV output to drop by as much as 70% in the space of a few seconds. This requires strategies for solar smoothing. In this paper, research challenges and opportunities required in developing enabling technologies in grid code compliance, solar smoothing, storage, and congestion management to maximise renewable energy penetration into the grid will be presented.


Syed Mofizul Islam received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh in 1979, the M.Sc. and PhD degree in electrical power engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, in 1983, and  1988 respectively.

He is currently the John Curtin Distinguished Professor in Electrical Power Engineering and the Director of Centre for Smart Grid and Sustainable Power Systems at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. He received the Dean’s medallion for research at Curtin University in 1999. He received the IEEE T Burke Haye’s Faculty Recognition award in 2000. He received the Curtin University inaugural award for Research Development in 2012. He received the Sir John Madsen medal in 2011 and 2014 for best electrical engineering paper in Australia. He has published over 350 technical papers in his area of expertise. His research interests are in Condition Monitoring of Transformers, Wind Energy Conversion, and Smart Power Systems. He has been a keynote speaker and invited speaker at many international workshops and conferences. He has been an elite visiting Professor at Shanghai University of Electrical Power, invited research visitor at Tsinghua University, RISO in Denmark, Doble Inc. USA and ABB corporate research centre, Sweden.

Prof Islam is also the Dean International for the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University. He is a member of the steering committee of the Australian Power Institute and a member of the WA EESA board.  He is a Fellow of the Engineers Australia, a Senior Member of the IEEE IAS, PES and DEIS, a Fellow of the IET and a chartered engineer in the United Kingdom. He is an Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Sustainable Energy and an Associate Editor of the IET Renewable Power Generation. He was the Guest Editor in Chief for the IEEE Transaction on Sustainable Energy special issue on Variable Power Generation Integration into Grid. Hs is a guest editor for the IEEE Transaction on Energy Conversion special issue on wind power generation and control techniques. He has over 4500 citations and his google scholar h-index is 29.