PES Day 2021: Webinar Series organized by UKM SB and PES SB Chapter

In order to celebrate the PES Day 2021, IEEE UKM Student Branch (SB) in collaboration with IEEE PES UKM SB Chapter hosted a series of webinars. The title of the first webinar was “Role of Smart Grid in Facilitating the Integration of Renewables” and the speaker was PES Past President Professor Saifur Rahman. He is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech, USA and Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner.

Figure: Flyer of the first PES-Day 2021 webinar-01

The webinar was held via Microsoft Team platform on 26th of April 2021 starting 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM (GMT+08:00) attended by 93 participants. At the beginning Professor Saifur Rahman provided an overview of Smart Grid. As explained, the Smart Grid is a concept with many elements where monitoring and control of each element in the chain of generation, transmission, distribution and end-use allows the electricity delivery and use to be more efficient. Next, he explained more about important specifications, benefits, and implementations of smart grid. The current status of smart grid was reviewed, and more scopes in this field were explained.

Figure: Participants during the webinar-01

Overall, the webinar is well received among the participants. All the contents delivered throughout the webinar gave encouragement to people to help bring “More Power to the Future with Clean Energy Revolution.” It also achieved the focus of PES Day on helping the environment and the society.

The title of the next webinar was “Power Electronics: The Key Technology for Grid Integration”. Invebot Club from FKAB, UKM collaborated with the organizers. The webinar was attended by 87 participants on Thursday April 29, 2021.The webinar was held from 3.00 PM to 4.00 PM (GMT+08:00) via Microsoft Teams. It was presented by Professor Frede Blaabjerg, former editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics (2006–2012) and former President of IEEE Power Electronics Society for the 2019-20 term.

Figure: Poster of Webinar-02

The presentation began with the overview of the power electronics technologies and renewable energy system as well as their global impact. Issues like the demands for renewable energy systems including PV, wind power, mission profiles and grid codes were addressed. Topics like power converters for renewables, PV inverters at different power, and control for renewable systems, PV and wind power application were discussed in this presentation. Special focuses were paid on the future trends in power electronics for those systems like how to lower the cost of energy and to develop emerging power devices and better reliability tools.

Figure: Participants during the webinar session

Invebot Club from FKAB, UKM was in collaboration with the organizers. The title of the third webinar was “Thermal Energy Conversion: Examples of Research in Heat and Power Technology for Promoting Sustainable Energy”. The webinar was held on April 30, 2021 from 3.00 PM to 4.30 PM (GMT+08:00) via Microsoft Teams. It was presented by Professor Andrew Martin, Head of Division of Heat and Power Technology at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He is also the Coordinator of H2020 BRISK2 (10 Meuro Research Infrastructures Project in Bio-fuel). The event was attended by an audience of around 86 people.

Figure: Poster of the third webinar

The presentation began with the overview of the Division of Heat and Power Technology (HPT).In this webinar, the speaker discussed the Polygeneration Districts Heating And Cooling System Based on Renewable Resources. He explained the parameters of the polygeneration system, such as system integration, design, and manufacturing. The system performance evaluation and enhancements in the traditional sugar cane industry were explained. Moreover, integration of membrane distillation and solar thermal systems for co-production of purified water and heat was also discussed.

Figure: A screenshot showing content and participants of the third webinar

The title of the fourth webinar was ‘Wireless V2G-G2V Technologies’. The webinar was held on 6th May 2021 through Microsoft Teams. The invited speaker for this webinar was Professor Udaya Kumara Madawala from The University of Auckland, New Zealand. Invebot Club from Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (FKAB), UKM joined along with the organizers. About 55 participants from various universities and institutes joined the webinar. Thanks to Nurul Huda binti Abdul Razak, PES Day 2021 Ambassador (SB Category) for special initiatives to organize the event.

Figure: Poster of webinar-04

Professor Udaya is experienced for about 30 years in electric vehicles (EV) for green energy, including power electronics and energy fields. He is an IEEE Fellow and IEEE Power Electronic Society (PELS) Distinguished Lecturer. Previously he was an advisor, editorial and technical committee for IEEE PELS. Currently, he is a member of the Administrative Committee and Membership Development Committee of the IEEE PELS and at the same time as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.

Figure: Snapshot during the webinar

In this webinar, Professor Udaya shared his knowledge and research study about bi-directional wireless electric vehicles (EVs) charging systems for Vehicle-to-Anything (V2X) applications. To ensure sustainable living, many researches have conducted similar research and it was found that EVs can be the future transport and also can store energy. The Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and grid-to-vehicle (G2V) concepts and challenges were also explained, which require bi-directional power interface (for example, from home or from the electricity network (grid), the energy is then used for discharging and charging of electric vehicles). To make the system’s operation more efficient, Inductive Power Transfer (IPT) technology is introduced, which is safe, convenient and ideal for charging EVs.

Nurfarhana Mohamad Sapiee, Treasurer, IEEE UKM SB (Webinar-1)
Lee Xiao Xian, Vice Secretary, IEEE UKM SB (Webinar-2)
Tan Wai Seng, President, IEEE UKM SB (Webinar-3)
Nurul Huda binti Abdul Razak, PES Day 2021 Ambassador (SB) and Vice Chair of IEEE UKM SB (Webinar-4)