BUET PES SB Chapter’s Update: RIPE: Research and Innovation in Power and Energy Summit

To exchange knowledge regarding different existing and possible research initiatives in power and energy sector, “First RIPE: Research and Innovation in Power and Energy Summit (Virtual)” was held on 12 June 2021. The event was jointly organized by IEEE Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) Student Branch (SB), BUET SB WIE Affinity Group, PES BUET SB Chapter, IEEE Bangladesh Section, and PES Bangladesh Chapter. The event hosted 200 enthusiastic participants from 8 different countries. The percentage of IEEE members among the participants was 66% and the percentage of IEEE PES members among the IEEE members was 40%. The event hosted talks from the following speakers:

  • Dhivya Sampath Kumar
    Post-Doctoral Research fellow, National University of Singapore
  • Dr. Anurag Sharma
    Asst Professor & Degree Program Director, EPE, Newcastle University Singapore
  • Anggoro Yudho N
    Electrical Manager, PT Asia Pacific Fibers Tbk – Indonesia (APF)
  • Rainier Ong 
    Advisor, IEEE Power and Energy Society Philippines Chapter
  • Rajeev Kumar Singh 
    Associate Professor, Department of EE, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU)
  • Dr. Vidya. H.A
    Professor & Chairperson, Dept. of E&EE, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Biographies of the keynote speakers can be seen here.

Md Maisoon Rahman, Chairperson of IEEE BUET PES SBC welcomed everyone to the virtual summit. Then the event proceeded with the collaborated co-hosting done by Nayeeb Rashid, Chairperson of IEEE BUET SB, and Sukanya Islam, Chairperson of WIE Affinity Group, IEEE BUET SB. The event moderator Dr. Shaikh Fattah, advisor of PES BUET SBC and Chair of IEEE PES HAC, delivered a welcome note. He inspired the guests to join the initiative of PES Humanitarian Activity and explained the Humanitarian Technology Project Design Competition (HAC HTPDC 2021) thoroughly. Dr. Celia Shahnaz, IEEE PES WiP R10 Representative, and Chair, IEEE Bangladesh Section, shared her experience and invited the speakers.

The first speaker Dhivya Sampath Kumar demonstrated the impacts of power grid at high penetration renewables. Then, she gave an overview of the network analysis on the Texas Power System. She concluded her wonderful presentation by explaining the collaborative works she was involved in.

The event’s second speaker, Anurag Sharma gave an overview of the present electricity sector and plans regarding decarbonizing of Singapore. As research opportunities, he mentioned smart buildings, green transport, regional grid, right carbon pricing, efficiency in production, decentralized grid etc. Finally, he concluded by mentioning that Singapore’s main concern for the future is to become the “Bright Green Park” from “Little Red Dot” by reducing carbon emission.

After that, Anggoro Yudho N passionately described the different sectors of electricity generation and consumption of Indonesia. The presentation topic was “Electrifying Archipelagic Nation”. He started his presentation by giving an introduction of Indonesia. He gave an overview of the different sectors of electricity generation and Consumption. He ended his presentation by discussing different potential sources of energy.

Rainier Ong, Advisor, IEEE PES Philippines Chapter, gave a general overview of the present research and innovation opportunities in the power and energy sector. He mentioned that Internet of Things, Big Data, and Cybersecurity will have the biggest impact in the coming years. He also pointed out that multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge from separate individuals is a key factor in solving a problem.

Our other speaker, R. K. Singh started his talk by describing the basics of power processors. Then he discussed the role of the power processor in Electrical/Electronics/Computer Science and Engineering followed by various research areas of the particular field. He described the application of power electronics in the working principle of HEVs. He mentioned Energy Active Elements, Passive Elements, Semiconductor Switches, and Load as the four most important things to learn for electrical engineers. He concluded by describing the future prospects of power electronics.

At the end of the event, the event’s final speaker Dr. Vidya H. A gave a presentation on the importance of power quality. She discussed Denoising of Partial Discharge Signals using Adaptive Thresholding based on Statistical Parameters,  Modelling and Designing of Converters for Power Quality Improvement for Real TIme Applications of Hybrid Power Systems.

The session duration was three hours. At the end, the event moderator Dr. Shaikh Fattah initiated an open discussion with the speakers and a lot of active participation from the audience was observed. The event ended with a discussion regarding the future prospects of “Research and Innovation in Power and Engineering” and IEEE BUET PES SBC.

The recorded event can be viewed from this Facebook link.

Md Maisoon Rahman, Chairperson, IEEE BUET PES SBC
Sabbir Ahmed Rifat, Social Media Coordinator, IEEE BUET PES SBC