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Welcome!

The Smart Grid Center-Qatar is an interdisciplinary university environment organized to modernize how electricity is delivered from suppliers to consumers and to enable new electricity products, services, and markets.

Webinars

25 Aug. 2022, Dr. John D. McDonald, GE Grid Solution, Georgia, USA.

GRID MODERNIZATION: TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS BEYOND SMART GRID

This talk will familiarize participants with a vision for Grid Modernization, focusing on technological advancements beyond Smart Grid. The technological advancements include discussions of key industry/societal trends, Smart Grid concepts, holistic solutions, integration of microgrids and distributed generation, and Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) software applications. The talk will also cover feeder automation business models, managing different types of data, the big data, analytics, enterprise data management, Smart Grid standards and interoperability, and Smart Grid deployments and lessons learned.

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1 Sept. 2022, Dr. Josep M. Guerrero, Aalborg University, Denmark.

MICROGRIDS

This talk will present the hierarchical control of AC and DC microgrids, including grid forming and grid following controllers, maximum power point tracking algorithms, grid-connected and islanding operation, frequency and voltage droop controllers, stability analysis and power quality issues. 

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8 Sept. 2022, Dr. Frede Blaabjerg, Aalborg University, Denmark.

POWER ELECTRONICS AS THE ENABLING TECHNOLOGY FOR A MODERN CARBON-NEUTRAL SOCIETY

The global energy system is undergoing a transition in order to be carbon neutral — and at least two consequences.

The energy generation will be renewables and much more energy will be carried by electricity. In order to control electricity, we need electrical energy conversion and thereby a key enabling technology called Power Electronics.

The presentation will explain what power electronics is, where it is applied and what are the main future challenges for the technology in the efforts to create a carbon-neutral society.

For more information about the webinar please click here.

15 Sept. 2022, Dr. Said Al-Hallaj, Beam Glabal, USA

Fast Charging of High Energy Li-ion Battery with Integrated Passive Thermal Management

With emerging trends in transportation electrification, fast charging of high-energy Li-ion battery can help to break through the bottleneck of its widespread adoption. Rapid charging 50% of battery capacity within 10-15 minutes, commonly referred to as ‘filling the tank’ experience, could dramatically reduce the vehicle downtime as well as the overall battery pack size, especially for fleet vehicles.To date, such fast-charging capability has been limited to high-power batteries over narrow a window of operating conditions to avoid premature aging of the battery (mainly due to lithium plating) and safety concern.

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27 Sept. 2022, Dr. I. Safak Bayram, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K.

 SMART TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS TO ENABLE NET-ZERO IN ROAD TRANSPORTATION 

 This presentation will mainly focus on the role of smart transportation systems on reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. A detailed discussion emerging technology and how they facilitate energy reduction will be discussed. Moreover, recent advances on electric vehicles and the role of charging stations on net zero targets will be presented. In the last part of the talk, region-specific challenges for the GCC region will be discussed. 

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4 Oct. 2022, Dr. Joao Martins, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.

ENERGY FLEXIBILITY: A TOOL FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Energy flexibility is being regarded as a valuable tool towards a more sustainable electrical system. This tool combined with new paradigms, such as the establishment and operation of energy communities, will provide flexibility, interconnectivity, bi-directionality and complementarity with advantages either to consumers either to the energy grid itself. This talk will address the use of energy flexibility as a tool to achieve a more sustainable electrical system.

For more information about the webinar, please click here.

Recent News

New Course

TAMUQ and HBKU students have had the opportunity to attend an undergraduate course offered at TAMUQ by Smart Grid Center – Extension in Qatar members Haitham Abu-Rub, Sertac Bayhan, and Mohamed Abdallah. Special Topics in Smart Grid is an undergraduate course offered as part of the multiversity activities (jointly by TAMUQ and HBKU faculty) to enrich learning and success of students across Qatar Foundation’s partner universities. Smart Grid is bound to give aspiring electrical engineering and computer science students the best academic path for building and developing the core areas of smart grid – microgrids, renewable energy, electric vehicle integration, and communication.

For more information about the seminar please click here.

New Book Published

Smart Grid and Enabling Technologies delivers a complete vision of smart grid technology and applications, including foundational and fundamental technologies, the technology that enables smart grids, the current state of the industry, and future trends in smart energy. The book offers readers thorough discussions of modern smart grid technology, including advanced metering infrastructure, net zero energy buildings, and communication, data management, and networks in smart grids.

For more information about the book please click here.

Recent Publications

  1. I. Poonahela, S. Bayhan, H. Abu-Rub, M. M. Begovic and M. B. Shadmand, “An Effective Finite Control Set-Model Predictive Control Method for Grid Integrated Solar PV,” in IEEE Access, vol. 9, pp. 144481-144492, 2021, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3122325.
  2. Komurcugil, H., Bayhan, S., Guler, N., Abu-Rub, H., Bagheri, F.: A simplified sliding-mode control method for multi-level transformerless DVR. IET Power Electron. 15, 764– 774 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1049/pel2.12266
  3. M. Bouzidi, S. Barkat, A. Krama and H. Abu-Rub, “Generalized Predictive Direct Power Control With Constant Switching Frequency for Multilevel Four-Leg Grid Connected Converter,” in IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 37, no. 6, pp. 6625-6636, June 2022, doi: 10.1109/TPEL.2022.3142113.
  4. M. Trabelsi, L. Ben-Brahim, A. Gastli and H. Abu-Rub, “Enhanced Deadbeat Control Approach for Grid-Tied Multilevel Flying Capacitors Inverter,” in IEEE Access, vol. 10, pp. 16720-16728, 2022, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3149289.