The IEEE Reliability Society & Power Electronics Society Joint Ottawa Chapter and PELS Student Chapter are inviting all interested IEEE members and prospective members to celebrate the 1st PELS Day with a seminar and tour in Solantro’s labs
The Future of Power Electronics:
wide bandgap devices and advanced digital power processors
Tanya Gachovska and Chris Winkler
June 20th, 2019
Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 17:00
Seminar: 17:30 – 18:30;
Trip: 18:30 19:30
Solantro Semiconductor Corp.
146 Colonnade Rd; Suite 200; Ottawa ON, Canada; K2E 7Y1
Wide bandgap semiconductors have drawn a lot of attention in power applications due to their superior material properties, such as withstand to high critical electric field so the breakdown voltage is a minimum of 10X higher and thus can be thinner devices because of the 100 times smaller on-resistance than Si. Their significantly smaller conduction and switching losses compared to Si devices enable high-frequency switching leading to size decrease of the overall system. Smart control of wide bandgap devices, by utilizing advanced digital processors, further benefits power application by enabling designs with low parts count, high power density and a low BOM cost. Also, by supporting variable frequency operation and control methodologies, low EMI/RFI and high efficiency can be achieved. Presented will be some benefits of wide bandgap semiconductors and their control with Solantro’s advanced digital power processor (SA4041) for Smart Power Supplies, and other applications.
After the presentation, a tour showing the Smart Grid project together with Solantro’s Power development, operation and testing labs will be conducted. Solantro engineers will be happy to answer questions during the tour.
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Since the event is at
Solantro and the space is limited, only people registered for the event will
Title: 5G for Smart Everything: From Smart Meters to the New Power Grid. What is needed to get there ?
Speaker: Akshay Sharma, Executive Research Fellow, neXtCurve: www.next-curve.com
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 12, 2019, from 2 – 3 pm.
Abstract: This talk discusses how 5G with Edge Computing, and Ultra-low latency (sub-5ms) with Gigabit speed bandwidth will be a game changer with Smart Meters and a new Electric Grid can be enabled with Smart Lamposts. As we transition to DevOps, AIOps, newer Closed Loop Automation systems will occur. As we connect AI-powered Virtual Personal Assistants to IoT devices in the home, now we have to imagine the entire macro-infrastructures being all hyper-connected. What is needed to get there will be discussed at the seminar.
Speaker’s Bio: Akshay Sharma is originally from Ottawa, B. Eng Computer Systems Engineering from Carleton, a tech analyst, formerly from Gartner, having authored or co-authored over 280 research notes, on emerging technologies like SD-WAN, 5G, mobile video, cloud CDN, IoT, etc. in the past decade. A frequent speaker at tech events, he is often quoted in leading institutions like CNN, Wall St. Journal, etc. He is a former CTO of one of the first video/WiFi smartphone firms, former Chief Architect at Siemens Mobile, and has been given awards by the NJ IEEE Chapter on talks he gave on 5G and Cybersecurity. He is on the tech advisory board for 5G and DevOps startups: LB-N, Kovair, along with others. Mr Sharma’s recent publications include: Search Results for “akshay” – neXt Curve
Abstract – Application of power electronics is widespread in everyday
life. Some applications are considered as “nice to have it;” in other cases,
they are essential. This presentation discusses a wide variety of daily-used
applications around the world. Also covered is an advanced topic, such as SMART
Controller that today’s grid requires for voltage regulation, power factor
regulation, unbalance voltage/current regulation, harmonic elimination and so
on. A SMART Controller that is based on functional requirements and
cost-effective solutions is derived from utilizing the best features of all the
technical concepts that are developed until now. Final year students of
electrical engineering undergraduate curriculum, post graduate students,
researchers, academicians and utility engineers will benefit from attending
this course. The participants will hear from an expert who actually designed
and commissioned a few utility-grade SMART controllers since their inception in
Kalyan Sen, a
Fulbright Scholar, is the Chief Technology Officer of Sen Engineering
Solutions, Inc. (www.sentransformer.com) that specializes in
developing SMART power flow controllers—a functional requirements-based and
cost-effective solution. He received
MSEE, and PhD degrees, all in Electrical Engineering, from Jadavpur University,
India, Tuskegee University, USA, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA,
respectively. He also received an MBA from Robert Morris University, USA.
Sen spent more than 30 years in academia and industry and became a Westinghouse
Fellow Engineer. He was a key member of the Flexible Alternating Current
Transmission Systems (FACTS) development team at the Westinghouse Science &
Technology Center in Pittsburgh. He contributed in all aspects (conception,
simulation, design, and commissioning) of FACTS projects at Westinghouse. He
conceived some of the basic concepts in FACTS technology. He has authored or
coauthored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, 8 issued patents, a book
and 4 book chapters in the areas of FACTS and power electronics. He is the
coauthor of the book titled, Introduction
to FACTS Controllers: Theory, Modeling, and Applications, IEEE Press and
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2009, which is also published in Chinese and Indian
paperback editions. He is the co-inventor of Sen Transformer.
Seminar by IEEE Ottawa Section, PELS, SSIT, RS-PEL, PES, Education Activities, Algonquin College IEEE Student Branch, ComSoc, CESoc, and BTS Ottawa Joint Chapter.
The IEEE Ottawa Section is inviting all interested IEEE members and nonmembers to a seminar
Modern Day Applications of Power Electronics – Who Can Benefit?
Kalyan K. Sen
Sen Engineering Solutions, Inc.
November 28th 2019
Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 18:00;
Seminar: 18:30 – 20:00.
Algonquin College, Room P208, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa.
Parking in Lots 8 and 9 after 5 p.m. is $5 flat rate, pay at a
machine and display the ticket on your dashboard.
Free. Registration required.
Please register by e-mail contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application of power electronics is widespread in everyday life. Some applications are considered as “nice to have it;” in other cases, they are essential. This presentation discusses a wide variety of daily-used applications around the world. Also covered is an advanced topic, such as SMART Controller that today’s grid requires for voltage regulation, power factor regulation, unbalance voltage/current regulation, harmonic elimination and so on. A SMART Controller that is based on functional requirements and cost-effective solutions is derived from utilizing the best features of all the technical concepts that are developed until now. Final year students of electrical engineering undergraduate curriculum, post graduate students, researchers, academicians and utility engineers will benefit from attending this course. The participantswill hear from an expert who actually designed and commissioned a fewutility-grade SMART controllers since their inception in the 1990s.
Modern Day Applications of Power Electronics – Who Can Benefit
NOTE: This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions
Due to the current situation regarding corrona virus COVID-19, we have to CANCEL our IEEE Ottawa Section Seminar:
“Microgrid Stability Definitions, Analysis, and Modeling”
by Dr. Mostafa Farrokhabadi,
which was scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020, 6:00 p.m., at Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., T-Building, Room T129.
The new date and time for this seminar will be determined and announced when the circumstances allow.
We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
TITLE: Microgrid Stability Definitions, Analysis, and Modeling
SPEAKER: Dr. Mostafa Farrokhabadi, Director of Technology at BluWave-ai, Ottawa
DATE: Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
TIME: Refreshments, Registration and Networking: 6:00 p.m.; Seminar: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Ciena Optophotonics Lab, Room T129, T-Building, School of Advanced Technology, Algonquin College, 1385 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa, ON Canada K2G 1V8.
PARKING: Parking at Lots 8 and 9 after 5 p.m. is $5 flat rate, pay at a machine and display the ticket on your dashboard. Please respect restricted areas.
Abstract: A microgrid is defined as a group of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and loads that act locally as a single controllable entity and can operate in both grid-connected and islanded modes. Microgrids are considered a critical link in the evolution from vertically integrated bulk power systems to smart decentralized networks, by facilitating the integration of DERs. Entities, such as government agencies, utilities, military bases, and universities around the world are deploying microgrids, and an increasing number of these systems are expected to be developed in the next decade. In general, stability in microgrids has been treated from the perspective of conventional bulk power systems. However, the nature of the stability problem and dynamic performance of a microgrid are considerably different than those of a conventional power system due to intrinsic differences between microgrids and bulk power systems, such as size, feeder types, high share of Renewable Energy Sources (RES), converter-interfaced components, low inertia, measurement devices such as Phase-Locked Loop (PLL), unbalanced operation, etc.
This seminar discusses the findings of the award-winning IEEE PES Task Force on Microgrid Stability Definitions, Analysis, and Modeling, which defines concepts and identifies relevant issues related to stability in microgrids. The seminar presents definitions and classification of microgrid stability, considering pertinent microgrid features such as voltage-frequency dependence, unbalancing, low inertia, and generation intermittency. A few examples will be also presented, highlighting some of the stability classes discussed during the seminar.
Speaker’s Bio: Dr. Mostafa Farrokhabadi is the Senior Director of Technology at BluWave-ai, an internationally award-winning startup offering AI-enabled control and optimization solutions for smart grids. He has more than 8 years of experience in designing mission critical grid solutions for industry and academia, including technical leadership of a $6M international consortium in Electric Grid Modernization, and Smart Grid projects with Hatch and Canadian Solar. Mostafa has authored/co-authored several high-impact technical papers and patents on intelligent control and optimization of renewable-penetrated grids.
Mostafa obtained his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has also studied and performed research in Sweden at KTH and Germany at KIT. During the course of his career, Mostafa has received multiple business, research, and teaching awards, including the prestigious University of Waterloo Doctoral Thesis Completion Award and Ottawa’s Forty Under 40.
Mostafa has also led the award-winning IEEE Power and Energy Society Task Force on microgrid stability, an international coalition of 21 researchers from 14 institutions investigating stability issues in microgrids. Currently, he serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.
Admission: Free. Registration required. Please register by e-mail contacting: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.