Towards a smart and sustainable power system

Morad Abdelaziz
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
10:30 - 11:30


A reliable, efficient and secure electrical power system providing low-cost and high-quality services is key in improving and maintaining economic welfare. Yet, the electrical power system is currently facing numerous challenges such as an aged infrastructure and an overstressed transmission network. Moreover, the rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have mandated new sustainable energy policies that require the power system to accommodate an increasing penetration of intermittent and random renewable energy resources, as well as an electrified transportation sector. The smart grid paradigm has been put forward as the next-generation power system in order to modernize the existing grid and address the challenges it faces. The smart grid setup is the evolution of centralized, fossil fuel based, partially- automated, producer-controlled power system to a fully-automated decentralized one that minimizes the environmental adverse impacts; maximizes grid reliability and performance; and enables real-time interactions between customers, network operators and power producers in order to promote a more competitive environment with more customer choices and higher efficiency, security, resiliency and power quality. This seminar introduces some of the new analysis, planning and control algorithms proposed to tackle several challenges associated with the transition towards a smart and sustainable electrical power system.



Morad Abdelaziz was born in Cairo, Egypt, on September 27, 1984. He received the B.Sc. (with honors) and M.Sc. degrees from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, in 2006 and 2009, respectively, both in Electrical Engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, in 2014. He was an Electrical Engineer with Dar Al-Handasah Consultants (Shair and Partners) from 2006 to 2010, where he was engaged in projects involving electric distribution system design and protection and distributed generation.

He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Université Laval, Québec, Canada. His research interests include; integration of distributed and renewable generation; low-carbon expansion planning of power systems, dynamics, controls and analysis of microgrids and active distribution networks; power electronics converters and their applications in smart grids; and high performance computation (HPC) applications for power system. Dr. Abdelaziz is an Associate Editor for IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution. He has been recognized as one of the best reviewers for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SMART GRID in 2017 and 2018.

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