EREE2021 Keynote & Invited Speakers

Prof. Danny Sutanto | University of Wollongong, Australia

Danny Sutanto received his B.Eng. and Ph.D. from the University of Western Australia in 1978 and 1981 respectively.
Following his graduation he joined GEC Projects, Australia as a Power System Analyst. In 1982 he joined the School of Electrical Engineering at the University of New South Wales. In 1996 he joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as a Professor in Electrical Engineering. In 2006, he joined the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Wollongong as the Professor of Power Engineering.
His main areas of research are power system analysis, power system economics, voltage stability, harmonics, power electronics and computer aided education. He has published numerous papers in the areas of electromagnetic transient analysis, power system analysis, voltage instability, design of harmonic filters, FACTS, Battery Energy Storage Systems, computer aided teaching systems, power system expansion planning, electrical machines and power electronics, in total over 170 papers.
He was awarded the N. Svennson's Award for Teaching Excellence in the Faculty of Engineering in 1994. In 2000, he was awarded the HK Polytechnic University President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Teaching. He has extensive consultancy experience both in Australia and Hong Kong covering areas such as power system planning, fault analysis and harmonic filter design. While at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he received grants from the RGC, Learning and Teaching Development Committee (LTDC), British Council, various research studentship and grants from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University totalling more than HK$15 million. He was appointed as the Regional Representative of the Power Engineering Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Electronic) for Region 10, Asia -Pacific from 2001-2004. He has been invited to be the members of International Advisory Board for several international conferences. He is also a member of the International Editorial Advisory panel of the International Journal "Electric Power Systems Research".

Title of Speech: Future Power Distribution Grid

Abstract: This paper focuses on a review of the state of the art of future distribution grids, where new and modern technologies will be integrated into the power distribution grid and will become the future building blocks for electricity generation, transmission and distribution. The current power grids are undergoing an unprecedented transformation from the original design, changing the way how energy has been produced, delivered, and consumed over the past century. This new energy era includes the integration of renewable sources such as wind and solar, supported by distributed or community energy storage, to power distribution grids through innovative high-frequency magnetic links and power electronic converters. The use of emission-free transportation, such as electric vehicles, and energy-efficient technologies, such as superconducting generators and storage systems, are also rapidly emerging and will be integrated into the power grids in the foreseeable future. The energy systems are evolving to provide clean energy to consumers to meet increasing demands from smart appliances to electric vehicles. The connections are also developing among the power infrastructure and non-power infrastructures such as transportation, communication, etc. As these connections evolve, it is necessary to reconsider the current paradigms of system analysis and planning with a focus on how to achieve the most flexible, efficient, and reliable power grid for the future – the one that enables operation in a domain that is very different than the current one to deliver the services to consumers at an affordable cost.

Prof. Dr. Ab Halim Abu Bakar | University of Malaya, Malaysia

Prof Dr Ab Halim Abu Bakar received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Technology Malaysia. He spent 30 years of industrial experience with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) before joining University of Malaya. Prof Ir Dr Halim is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Malaysia, Member of IEEE, Cigre, Chartered Engineer (UK) and P.Eng (Malaysia). Currently he is a professor with the UM Power Dedicated Advanced Centre (UMPEDAC), University of Malaya, Malaysia. He is an established academician and a practical engineer. He has to-date published 92 ISI and 141 Scopus papers in journals and 47 papers in proceedings internationally. He has successfully supervised to completion 15 PhD, 4 master by research (M.Eng.Sc), 1 master of philosophy (M.Phil) and 50 Masters by course work project (M.Eng) and has H index of 24. He is also involved as a reviewer for several Web of Science international journals and several international conferences. Prof Ir Dr Halim won several excellent awards during his professional and academic carrier. In 2008 he won IEEE PES Malaysian Chapter Outstanding Engineering Award and MNC Cigre Contribution award 2018. His research interest includes power system protection and power system transients.

Prof. Deepak L. Waikar | EduEnergy Consultants LLP, Singapore

Dr. Deepak L. Waikar (Managing Partner, EduEnergy, Singapore and Chair of the IEEE Education Society Chapter, Singapore) has been involved in education, training, research, and management fields for more than three decades. He started his professional career as an Assistant Director at the National Power Engineers Training Institute in India after his post-graduation from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in India. He has authored/co-authored book chapters, research articles, and policy papers on power, energy, management, sustainable development, leadership, and education-related topics. He has served on various committees in professional bodies such as Chair of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Power & Energy Society (PES) Chapter, Singapore, and Chair of the IEEE Education Society Chapter Singapore. He is a recipient of the IEEE-PES Outstanding Power Engineers' Award 2003 and SP Green Buddy Award 2004. Dr. Waikar has been associated with Singapore Certified Energy Manager’s programme for more than a decade. He has also been a member of the Global Industry & Academia Advisory Forum of Indo-Universal Centre for Engineering Education, USA for over two years.
He has delivered invited keynote, plenary, and panel session presentations on power, sustainable and clean energy, education, management, sustainable development, and leadership related topics at the international conferences, seminars and forums in North & South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.
Dr. Waikar has conducted several student, faculty, and management development programmes on various topics such as Sustainable & Clean Energy, Designing & Managing Innovative Research and Development projects, Strategies for Infusing Blended Learning, Rethinking Teaching and Learning, Trainopreneurship and Transforming Higher Education.
He has been offering advisory and consultancy services through EduEnergy, Singapore, and Tacstra Solutions, Singapore for the past seven years. He has been associated with the premier institutions, polytechnics, colleges, and academies in India and Singapore as well as with British and Australian Universities offering courses in Singapore.
He is a Senior Member of IEEE USA and a Life Member of the Institution of Engineers, India with Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore, M.S. from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, M.Tech. from the Banaras Hindu University, India, and PD Certificate in University Teaching from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He obtained PG-DBM and B.E. degrees from the Nagpur University, and the Government Engineering College Aurangabad in India, respectively. His research interests include Sustainable Energy Development, Rethinking Teaching, Learning and Academic Leadership, Re-inventing and Transforming Tertiary Education, SMART Model for Talent and Leadership Development, Innovative Project Design and Management, Smart and Micro Grid. His hobbies include cricket, chess, and poetry.

Title of Speech: Smart, Clean, and Green Energy Future: Challenges and Opportunities

Abstract: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals include the substantial deployment of clean energy resources for minimizing the adverse impact of the global climate crisis. Energy conservation, energy efficiency, clean and green energy technologies have been strongly advocated worldwide for that purpose. One of the major challenges is the high level of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) emissions and pollution in the generation, supply chain, and utilisation of fossil energy. The rapid transition to a low carbon economy is another critical factor. Therefore, there is an urgent need to accelerate research and development for finding out sustainable solutions, prototyping, and commercialisation of smart, clean, and green energy technologies. Scientists, experts, policymakers, and academicians have put greater emphasis on sustained efforts to realise the goals and objectives of the Paris Accord 2015. Analysts and planners have also recommended the infusion of smart grids, microgrids, smart meters, and artificial intelligence in addressing anomalies in the conservative power and energy sector. In view of these and related developments, identifying and addressing challenges and exploring potential opportunities for transition to the smart, clean, and green energy future is chosen as the theme of this presentation. The scope for research, potential student projects, internships, and career opportunities in the smart, clean, and green energy sector will be deliberated and discussed. Case studies on how to involve youths in such innovations and technological challenges will also be highlighted.