RAP Sessions

RAP Session #1   FEB. 19, 2023 (14:00-15:15) 

Power Electronics Role in Future Hydrogen Systems 

Decarbonization of major energy-consuming sectors is a top priority of the 2015 Paris Agreement and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate change 2022 report. Perhaps the most promising strategy for addressing this challenge is the implementation of hydrogen production technologies. These are seen to be a solution for many sectors, including so-called hard-to-abate areas in which it can be used as a feedstock or directly as a fuel. Hydrogen is the world’s cleanest energy source, with around 80 million tons currently being produced annually. Furthermore, production is expected to exceed 200 million tons by 2030, and 500 million tons by 2050, according to the Net Zero Scenario.

In this context, power electronics is expected to play an important role in terms of coping with and accelerating current and future plans for hydrogen production and utilization. Although the state-of-the-art power electronic solutions that can cope with the dynamic behaviour of different hydrogen systems, solutions with higher power density and efficiency that also offer

lower weight at lower cost will be fundamental.

Special attention should be paid to applications in which hydrogen is produced with renewable energy. The inherent fluctuations of such energy sources will also demand new electrical layouts. Control methods, together with new semiconductor materials such as silicon carbide (SiC) and novel power converters may result in innovative solutions. The goal of this session is to discuss the power electronics role in the electrification of future hydrogen systems. 

Ahmed Abdelhakim (Senior Member, IEEE 

Speakers’ bio: 

Ahmed Abdelhakim was born in Egypt on April 1, 1990. He received the B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. (Hons.) degrees in electrical engineering from Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt, in 2011 and 2013, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Padova, Padova, Italy, in 2019. Since August 2018, he has been with ABB Research Sweden, Västerås,

Sweden, where he held several roles and has been a Principal Scientist and R&D Project Manager since February 2022. In 2017, he was with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, as a Visiting Scholar for ten months, where he was working on several research activities. From 2011 to 2014, he was a Demonstrator and then a Lecturer Assistant with Alexandria University. His research interests include power electronics converters and their applications for energy storage and hydrogen systems, investigation of new power converter topologies, and application of wide-bandgap

semiconductor devices for high-frequency and high-power density power converters. Dr. Abdelhakim has received the first classified excellent Ph.D. Dissertation Award from the Societý Italiana di Electronica among Italian universities in 2019. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS and IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON TRANSPORTATION ELECTRIFICATION. 

Francisco Canales (Member, IEEE) 

Speakers’ bio: 

Francisco Canales received the B.S. degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, Mexico, the M.Sc. degree in electronic engineering from the Centro Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico (CENIDET), Cuernavaca, México, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA. He was Senior Research Assistant at the Center for Power Electronics Systems, Virginia Tech, where he was involved in core research and several industry-sponsored projects. He was an Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering, CENIDET. He is currently Corporate Research Fellow at ABB Corporate Research

Ltd. His current research interest includes modular converter designs, resonant switching concepts and high-efficient conversion topologies for industrial, traction and renewable energy applications. 

Prof. Dr. Saad Mekhilef 

Title: Efficient Green Hydrogen Production with Power Electronic

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, and an Honorary Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Malaya. He authored and co-authored more than 500 academic journals and proceedings publications, five books with more than 40,000 citations, and more than 70 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, Journal of Power Electronics, and International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications. 

Prof. Mekhilef has been listed by Thomson Reuters (Clarivate Analytics) as one of the world's Highly Cited (World's Top 1%) engineering researchers. His research interests include Power Conversion Techniques, Control of Power Converters, Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT), Renewable Energy, and Energy Efficiency. He is actively involved in industrial consultancy for major corporations in the Power Electronics and Renewable Energy projects.

Dr. Samir Mahmoud

Title: Challenges facing Hydrogen Production and Transportation

RAP Session #2   FEB. 20, 2023 (14:00-15:15) 

Power Electronics for Electric Vehicles – Egypt Opportunities 

Power Electronics is the spinal of the advanced propulsion system used in modern electric vehicles (EVs). It represents the state of art of controlling and optimizing the energy conversion within the vehicle. In addition to the drive train system, power electronics components are extensively used in auxiliary components such as air compressors, water pumps…etc.

Nowadays, the design for manufacturing of power electronics components would require a wide range of skills and expertise. These skills don’t only include the knowledge of the power semiconductors, but also, a deep knowledge of mechanical, thermal, electromagnetics, embedded and cybersecurity design.

In this session: we will discuss the challenges and future trends in the power electronics design for EVs with a group of experts from OEMs, Tier-1 suppliers, and academics. This will include their understanding of the existing skill gaps in the market and the way forward to close these gaps in order to bring more opportunities for Egypt to get into this market.

Dr. Mohamed Taha Abdelkader

School of Engineering-University of Warwick-UK

Moderator Biography

Dr Mohamed is a Principal engineer (Associate Professor) at the school of engineering, University of Warwick. He joined the Power Electronics Applications and Technology in Energy Research (PEATR) group to lead the research team in the @FutureBeV project which is led by a well-known OEM (BMW). Before Joining the PEATER group, he was a former lead engineer at Jaguar Landrover (JLR) where he led the team to develop the drive motor and Inverter for the first Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) for JLR in 2019. He has wide academic and industry experience where he has taken different positions at Warwick Manufacturing Group-UK, Ghent University-Belgium, Schneider electric-Egypt, and Cairo University-Egypt.

Professor Phil Mawby 

BSc. PhD (Leeds) C.Eng. FIET SMIEEE FinstP, Chair of Power Electronic, Applications and Technology in Energy Research,

School of Engineering-University of Warwick-UK

Professor Mawby joined the University of Warwick having spent 19 years at the University of Wales, Swansea. He has built an international reputation in the area of power electronics and power device research. His main interests are materials for new power devices, modelling of power devices and circuits, power integrated circuits. He has also worked extensively on development of device simulation algorithms, as well as optoelectronic and quantum-based device structures. Professor Mawby graduated from the University of Leeds, and obtained his PhD from the same institution in 1986, where he studied GaAs/AlGaAs Heterojunction bipolar transistors for high power radio frequency applications in conjunction co-workers at the GEC Hirst Research Centre in Wembley. Whilst in Swansea Professor Mawby established the Power Electronics Design Centre, and held the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair for Power Electronics. In 2005, he joined the University of Warwick where he is now Head of Electronics Power and Microsystems at the School of Engineering. He is also head of the PEATER (Power Electronics Applications and Technology in Energy Research) group he founded in 2005 to establish a world-class centre for research into power electronics, power semiconductor devices and applications in power systems, and power conversion. Professor Mawby is on many international conference committees including, ISPSD, EPE, BCTM and ESSDERC. He is Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the IET, and a Fellow of the Institute Physics as well as a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has authored or co-authored over 200 Journal and conference papers, and is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Electron devices society. 

Dr. Abdelmomen Mahgoub

Chief Engineer at Brightskies

Speaker Biography

Dr. Abdelmomen Mahgoub was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1986. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Cairo University, Giza, Egypt, in 2008 and 2010, respectively. He received his PhD degree in electrical engineering from Kyushu University, Japan in 2014. He is an Associate Professor in the Electrical Power Engineering Department, Cairo University. Currently, he is currently a chief engineer at Brightskies. His role includes the development and implementation of algorithms for different motor control features in automotive applications (main powertrain, or auxiliaries). His current research interests include machine drives, Grid connected inverters, low-volume high-efficiency dc-dc converters, resonant converters, multilevel inverters, and renewable energy systems.

Dr. Ayman S. Abdel-Khalik

Professor- Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University

Speaker Biography

Dr. Ayman S. Abdel-Khalik (Senior Member, IEEE) received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt, in 2001 and 2004, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Alexandria University, and Strathclyde University, Glasgow, U.K., in 2009, under a dual channel program. He is currently a Professor with the Electrical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Alexandria Engineering Journal. He also serves as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IET Electric Power Applications Journal. His current research interests include electrical machine design and modelling, electric drives, energy conversion, and renewable energy.

RAP Session #3   FEB. 21, 2023 (14:00-15:15) 

Predictive Control for Power Converters and Drives: Concept, Applications, and Trends 

Model Predictive Control (MPC) has been a topic of research/development for long time. Firstly, it was proposed in the process industry. Then, in the recent years, thanks to technological advances in microprocessors, it has been proposed as a promising solution for the control of power converters and electrical drive systems. MPC has several features, for instance, it can be utilized in a variety of processes, is simple to apply in multivariable systems and presents a fast dynamic response. Furthermore, it allows for nonlinearities and constraints to be easily included in the controller design. The aim of this session is to revisit the operation principles of MPC and to present the current state of MPC for power converters and drives including the most recent advances and trends. Furthermore, several application examples of MPC in power converters and drives will be presented. Additionally, the extension of the principles of the MPC to speed and position observers in electrical machines will be explained. Finally,  the new trends and challenges for applying MPC in power converters and drives will be analyzed.

Prof. Jose Rodriguez, 

Jose Rodriguez (M´81-SM´94-F´10-LF´20) received the Engineer degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, in Valparaiso, Chile, in 1977 and the Dr.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany, in 1985. He has been with the Department of Electronics Engineering, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, since 1977, where he was full Professor and President. Since 2015 to 2019 he was the President of Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile. Since 2022 he is President of Universidad San Sebastian in Santiago, Chile. He has coauthored two books, several book chapters and more than 700 journal and conference papers. His main research interests include multilevel inverters, new converter topologies, control of power converters, and adjustable-speed drives. He has received a number of best paper awards from journals of the IEEE. Dr. Rodriguez is member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering. In 2014 he received the National Award of Applied Sciences and Technology from the government of Chile. In 2015 he received the Eugene Mittelmann Award from the Industrial Electronics Society of the IEEE. In years 2014 to 2021 he has been included in the list of Highly Cited Researchers published by Web of Science.

Prof. Ralph Kennel,

Ralph Kennel (Senior Member, IEEE) was born in Kaiserslautern, Germany, in 1955. He received the Diploma and the Dr.-Ing. (Ph.D.) degrees from the University of Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany, in 1979 and 1984, respectively, and the Doctoral degree honoris causa from Universitatea Stefan cel Mare, Suceava, Romania, in 2018.

From 1983 to 1999, he worked on several positions with Robert BOSCH GmbH (Germany). Until 1997, he was responsible for the development of servo drives. He was one of the main supporters of VECON and SERCOS interface, two multi-company development projects for a microcontroller and a digital interface especially dedicated to servo drives. Furthermore, he took actively part in the definition and release of new standards with respect to CE marking for servo drives. Between 1997 and 1999, he was responsible for “Advanced and Product Development of Fractional Horsepower Motors” in automotive applications. His main activity was preparing the introduction of brushless drive concepts to the automotive market. From 1994 to 1999, he was appointed as a Visiting Professor with the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K. From 1999 to 2008, he was a Professor of electrical machines and drives with Wuppertal University, Germany. Since 2008, he has been a Professor of electrical drive systems and power electronics with Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany. His main interests include sensorless control of AC drives, predictive control of power electronics, and hardware-in-the-loop systems. Dr. Kennel is a Fellow of IET and a Chartered Engineer in the U.K. Within IEEE, he is a Treasurer of the Germany Section. He was a recipient of the Harry Owen Distinguished Service Award from IEEE-PELS, in 2013, the EPE Association Distinguished Service Award in 2015 as well as the 2019 EPE Outstanding Achievement Award. He was appointed “Extraordinary Professor” by the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) from 2016 to 2019 and as “Visiting Professor” with the Haixi Institute by the Chinese Academy of Sciences from 2016 to 2021. There he was appointed as “Jiaxi Lu Overseas Guest Professor” in 2017. In 2018, Dr. Kennel was appointed Guest Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Harbin, China. Dr. Kennel was appointed Honorary Chair Professor (distinguished visiting professor) at Shandong University in Jinan, China.

Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahem

Mohamed Abdelrahem was born in Assiut, Egypt, in 1985. He received the B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Assiut University, Assiut in 2007 and 2011, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, in 2020. Since 2019, he is the head of the research group ``Renewable Energy Systems'' at the Institute of High-Power Converter Systems (HLU), TUM. Since 2020, he is an Assistant Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department, Assiut University, Egypt. In 2020, Dr. Abdelrahem received Walter Gademann prize from faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, TUM, in recognition of his excellent PhD dissertation entitled ``Predictive Control and Finite-Set Observers for Variable-Speed Wind Generators''. Furthermore, he has received a number of best paper awards from high prestigious international conferences of the IEEE. Dr. Abdelrahem is recorded in the world's top 2% scientist's list by Stanford University. He is a senior member of the IEEE.  His research interests include power electronics, predictive and encoderless control of variable-speed wind generators, photovoltaic energy systems, and energy storage systems 

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