Enabling the Development of Next Generation Sustainable Energy Systems

Dr Ebrahimi Seminar
Wednesday, July 21, 2021


Canada has recently committed to net-zero emissions by 2050, as part of its
Strengthened Climate Plan, joining over 120 countries in the effort to reduce the
impact on global climate change and the environment. Technological advancements
are playing a key role in achieving the next generation green and sustainable energy
systems. It is expected that the integration of future energy systems will be
continually growing where diverse and intermittent renewable sources with complex
interconnections will require even more effective automation techniques with
minimal human intervention. Safe design and optimal operation of such advanced
sustainable energy systems also heavily rely on simulation tools that enable their
studies and analyses. With the quick evolution of energy systems, computerized
tools also require sophisticated numerical methods and models to enhance solutions
for offline and real-time simulations. In system studies, even a fractional increase in
speed and accuracy of simulations may result in significant cost and time savings for
thousands of engineers and researchers worldwide. The next-generation energy
systems will include more power-electronically-interfaced distributed resources and
advanced electrical machines for optimal energy conversion; therefore, the reliability
of evolving future energy systems will also heavily rely on their resilient structures
with advanced technologies and control methods. The candidate will present
innovative computationally efficient models of power-electronic converters and
electrical machines, which are the two main bottlenecks in simulations of modern
power systems using state-of-the-art electromagnetic transient simulators. The
proposed methodologies allow orders-of-magnitude faster simulations and facilitate
studying larger power systems, and are envisioned as enabling techniques for the
next generation of power systems simulation tools. The candidate will leverage his
expertise in this area and pursue research in
1) Next-generation topologies and control methods of medium-high voltage/power electronic
converters for distributed renewable energy systems and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
2) Advanced topologies and drive systems of electrical machines for electrified transportation
3) Sophisticated control methods for secure and economical operation of microgrids
4) Developing versatile and numerically efficient platforms for simulations of bulk power-
electronic-based renewable generation systems

The candidate also embraces collaborating with other faculty members for
interdisciplinary research in utilizing intelligent machine learning techniques, big-
data analysis algorithms, cloud computing, and effective communication among
parts of the system through Internet of Things, etc., applicable to the development
of the next generation sustainable energy systems. The envisioned research will
facilitate grid modernization, which in turn contributes to reducing dependence on
fossil fuels and their impact on global climate change and the environment.




Dr. Milad Ebrahimi received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering
from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, in 2010 and 2012, respectively. He also
obtained the Ph.D. degree from The University of British Columbia (UBC),
Vancouver, Canada, in 2019, where he was holding several awards including the
four-year-fellowship. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC. His main areas of
expertise and interest include research and teaching of power electronics and power
systems, modelling and control of electrical machines, modelling and application of
high-power converters in renewable energy generation, and electromagnetic
transients. He has 2 years of teaching experience as an instructor in this area and
also the results of his research have been published in 25 journal papers (mostly
IEEE Transactions) and 42 conference papers (also mostly in IEEE). Dr. Milad
Ebrahimi is also registered with the association of Engineers and Geoscientists of
British Columbia (EGBC).

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