Biography: Prof. Dr. Saad Mekhilef is an IEEE and IET Fellow. He is a Distinguished Professor at the School of Science, Computing and Engineering Technologies, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, an Honorary Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Malaya, and a distinguished visiting professor at the Institute of Sustainable Energy, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia. He authored and co-authored more than 600 publications in academic journals and proceedings, five books with more than 47,000 citations, and more than 85 Ph.D. students who graduated under his supervision. He serves as an editorial board member for many top journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Open Journal of Industrial Electronics, IET Renewable Power Generation, E-Prime, Journal of Power Electronics, and International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications. His research interests include Power Conversion Techniques, Control of Power Converters, Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), Renewable Energy, and Energy Efficiency.
Title: The Role of Power Electronics in Achieving a Modern Carbon-Neutral Society
Abstract: The global energy system is transitioning significantly to become carbon neutral. The energy generation will be renewables, and electricity will carry more energy. Power electronics (PE) is an application-oriented and interdisciplinary area. It uses power semiconductor devices to perform switching actions to achieve the desired conversion strategy. The PE plays a crucial role in converting and controlling electrical power. The effective use of electrical energy is a vital technique for achieving energy efficiency, and power electronics technologies that can convert electric power into the optimum characteristics for each application are an essential part of this approach. Power electronics systems have attracted attention as critical components for building a sustainable energy supply. PE-based power converters are also widely used in conventional and renewable energy systems. The presentation will discuss the power electronics technology, where it is applied, and the main future challenges for the technology in creating a carbon-neutral society that is believed to be dominantly electrical-based.
Biography: Carlo Alberto Nucci is a Full Professor of Electric power systems at the Department DEI – “Guglielmo Marconi”, University of Bologna. He is an IEEE and CIGRE Fellow. Prof. Nucci is Doctor Honoris Causa of the University Politehnica of Bucharest, a member of the Academy of Science of Bologna Institute and Advisory professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. His research interests concern smart grids, energy communities, smart cities, power systems dynamics and electromagnetic transients, with particular reference to restoration after blackout and lightning impact on power systems. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Electric Power Systems Research journal (Elsevier) from 2010 to 2021. He has served as the President of the Italian Group of the University Professors of Electrical Power Systems (GUSEE) from 2012 to 2015. He is presently serving as the Italian Representative in the Horizon Europe Mission “Climate-Neutral and Smart cities”, serving as MUR reference for the MITE revision of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, and as a member of the Technical Scientific Committee of the Regional Energy Plan of Emilia Romagna Region, Italy. He is also serving as chair of the International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP.
Biography: Professor Jesús Toribio graduated in Civil Engineering in 1982 and then in Mathematics in 1986. In 1987 he
was awarded his PhD in the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and turned into Associate Professor in
that Institution. In 1992 he became Full Professor and Head of the Materials Science Department of the
University of La Coruña (at the age of 32, thus being the youngest Full Professor in the area of Materials
Science in Spain). In 2000 he moved to the University of Salamanca (USAL) where is currently Full
Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Head of the Fracture & Structural Integrity Research
Group (FSIRG) of that Institution.
His research work is mainly concerned with fatigue and fracture mechanics, environmentally assisted cracking, stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement/degradation/damage of metals and alloys (mainly cold drawn pearlitic steel wires for civil engineering and austenitic stainless steels for nuclear engineering and energy applications), covering theoretical, computational and experimental aspects. He actively participates in International Scientific Conferences, very often being a member of the International Advisory Committee, organising Special Sessions and Symposia, being Session Chairman or specially delivering Plenary/Keynote/Invited Lectures. Professor Dr. Jesús Toribio has published more than 600 scientific papers, most of them in international books and journals.
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