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Protection/Technical Issues When Implementing Renewables and Alternatives

August 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Microgrids are becoming increasingly attractive to consumers and as such in the future, a great number of them will be installed at consumer’s sites. In this situation, conventional distribution networks that accept distributed generation connections may face serious difficulty when its control and protection functions become more complicated. This incurs a burden to the network operation and some technical limitations will appear when a great number of distributed generations are installed. One way of overcoming such problems, a micro grid system is formed to provide reliable electricity and heat delivering services by connecting distributed generations and loads together within a small area. A microgrid is usually connected to an electrical distribution network in an autonomous way and employs various distributed generation technologies such as micro-turbine, fuel cell, photovoltaic system together with energy storage devices such as battery, condenser and flywheel. Micro grids can cause several technical problems in its operation and control when operated as autonomous systems. This presentation will review technical challenges on micro grid and embedded generation on the network.

Key takeaways from this webinar:

  • Micro grid and embedded generation pose technical challenges on the network.
  • Power System Protection, if properly commissioned can resolve many of the technical issues.
  • Importance of Power System Protection in the current privatized environment.

Presenter: Professor Akhtar Kalam, EIT Academic Board Chairman

BSc, BScEng, MS, PhD, FIET, CEng, FAIE, FIEAust, CPEng, NER, APEC Engineer, IntPE(Aus), PEV, MCIGRE, Life Senior Member of IEEE.

Professor Akhtar Kalam has been at Victoria University (VU), Melbourne since 1984 and a former Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science and Head of Engineering of the College of Engineering and Science. He is currently the Head of External Engagement at the College of Engineering and Science, VU. He is also the current Chair of the Academic Board, Texila College Australia, Melbourne, Australia and Deputy Chair of the Academic Board in the Engineering Institute of Technology, Perth, Australia. In addition, he is the Editor in Chief of Australian Journal of Electrical & Electronics Engineering. Further, he has Distinguished Professorship position at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; MRS Punjab Technical University – Bhatinda, India; Crescent University – Chennai, India; VIT – Vellore and Chennai, India, 1 Omani institution and 5 Malaysian universities.

He has wide experience in educational institutions and industry across four continents. He received his B.Sc. and B.Sc. Engineering from Calcutta University and Aligarh Muslim University, India. He completed his MS and Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma, USA and the University of Bath, UK. He has worked with Ingersoll Rand and other electrical manufacturers. He has held teaching appointments at the University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq and Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education, Rockhampton, Queensland.
He has been recognized internationally and nationally for his research. He is the first person to have received the John Madsen Medal from Engineers Australia in consecutive years 2016, 2019 and 2020. The John Madsen Medal is awarded for the best paper in Australia written by a current member of Engineers Australia and published in The Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His outstanding impact has most recently been highlighted by his prestigious ‘ACPE-CIGRE Outstanding Academic Award (2021)’ win. The award recognises an exceptional Australasian academic for outstanding career-long contributions to industry, teaching and research in electric power engineering.

He is regularly invited to deliver lectures, work on industrial projects, and examine external thesis overseas. His major areas of research interests are power system analysis, communication, control, protection, renewable energy, smart grid, IEC61850 implementation and cogeneration systems. He has been actively engaged in the teaching of Energy Systems to undergraduates, postgraduates and providing professional courses to the industry both in Australia and overseas. He regularly offers Continuing Professional Development and Master Class courses on Power System Protection, Renewable Energy, IEC61850, Cogeneration & Gas Turbine Operation and PBL in engineering education to practicing engineers, the Energy Supply Association of Australia (ESAA), Instructor Development Course (IDC) Technologies and Australian Power Institute (API). He also runs postgraduate distance education program on Power System Protection for the ESAA. He has conducted research, provided industrial consultancy, published over six hundred publications on his area of expertise, and written over 29 books in the area. More than 49 higher degree research students have graduated under his supervision, and he is an external examiner of many external doctoral students in Australia and overseas. He provides consultancy for major electrical utilities, manufacturers, and other industry bodies in his field of expertise. Professor Kalam is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Victoria (PEV), Fellow of EA, IET, AIE, a l if e S e n i or M ember of IEEE, NER, APEC Engineer, IntPE (Aus) and a member of CIGRE AP B5 Study Committee.

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August 3
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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