IEEE PELS TC12 – EBL II
IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) TC 12: Energy Access and Off-Grid Systems
The Technical Committee – 12 is being formed by the IEEE Power Electronics Society to provide global leadership in the important area of power systems with more autonomous control that can be implemented in a highly decentralized manner.
Given below are some of the topics of interest:
- Energy access solutions
- Decentralized bottom-up grids
- Self-organizing grids and microgrids
- DC nanogrids
- Hyper-efficient appliances, including CHP
- Sensing, architecture, market, and business models for energy access
- Ultra-automation in AC or DC microgrids
- Autonomous inverters for inverter dominant grids
- Real-time control of inverters to meet physical, market and cyber needs
- Grid as an ecosystem
IEEE PELS Empower a Billion Lives
IEEE PELS Empower a Billion Lives is a recurring global competition to help create an ecosystem of technologists and entrepreneurs who develop, demonstrate, derisk and deploy new energy access solutions that are holistic, economically viable and can scale rapidly in the target market segments.
IEEE PELS Global Energy Access Forum
Bringing a diverse group of energy access stakeholders together, including policy, technology, business, social impact, finance, end users and NGOs, to create alignment in goals, metrics, strategy and approach to achieve the objective of universal access to abundant and sustainable energy for all by 2040.
Provide a forum and mechanisms for sharing information on needs defined by the energy access community, and new capabilities enabled by fast-moving technologies, business and financing models, and use-cases – which together can accelerate the access to energy and its utilization at scale.
Organize the recurring global competition – Empower a Billion Lives (EBL).
Organize regional and global events to support EBL and GEAF objectives – such as a newsletter, webinars and workshops covering topics such as enabling technologies, best-practices, open-source solutions, value-stacking, design of plug-and-play systems, business models, standards, interoperability, entrepreneurship, circular economy, end-use application requirements, etc.
EPE ’21 ECCE Special Session on Energy Access and Empower a Billion Lives Global Competition
This special session is dedicated to Braham Ferreira – Founder of Empower a Billion Lives
This special session is centered around the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) activities in the field of Energy Access and the technology gaps and opportunities available to provide improved solutions. A new PELS initiative, Global Energy Access Forum (GEAF), has been formed to bring together a diverse group of energy access stakeholders, including governments, industry, academia, financial institutions, NGOs and end-users, to create alignment in goals, metrics, strategy and approach to achieve the objective of universal access to abundant and sustainable energy for all by 2030. GEAF will enable partnering with other IEEE societies and initiatives, NGOs, government organizations, universities, and private industry. This Global Energy Access Forum is the home of IEEE Empower a Billion Lives (EBL), a recurring global competition to help create an ecosystem of technologists and entrepreneurs who develop, demonstrate, derisk and deploy new energy access solutions that are holistic, economically viable and can scale rapidly in the target market segments.
The session will further put a spotlight on IEEE Empower a Billion Lives as an IEEE PELS flagship initiative that started in 2018, will run the second round in 2021-2022 and will continue in the years to come. Including the comprehensive review of the criteria for establishing an EBL team and competition in this global competition.
Agenda EPE ’21 ECCE Europe
IEEE Power Electronics Society Introduction of the Global Energy Access Forum, Energy Access and Off-Grid Technical Committee and an in-depth presentation of the scope and requirements for the Empower a Billion Lives (EBL) Global Competition to Crowdsource Energy Access Solutions.
16:10 to 17:30 pm CET.
- Introduction: Sanjib Kumar Panda – Introduction to the Presentation and Technical Committee
- Panel Moderator: Deepak Divan – Introduction to the Global Energy Access Forum and EBL competition rules and overview.
- Panelists: Jelena Popovic, Issa Batarseh and Sanjib Kumar Panda
Short Bio of Session Organizers and Speakers
Dr. Deepak Divan is Professor, John E Pippin Chair, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director of the Center for Distributed Energy at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. His field of research is in the areas of power electronics, power systems, smart grids and distributed control of power systems. He works closely with utilities, industry and is actively involved in research, teaching, entrepreneurship and starting new ventures. Dr. Divan also serves as Founder and Chief Scientist at Varentec, in Santa Clara, CA, and was President and CTO from 2011-14, leading the company as it developed its suite of innovative distributed real-time grid control technologies. Varentec is funded by leading green-tech Venture Capital firm Khosla Ventures and renowned investor Bill Gates. Dr. Divan is an elected Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, member of the National Academies Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, a Fellow of the IEEE, past President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society, and is a recipient of the IEEE William E Newell Field Medal. He has 40 years of academic and industrial experience, 65 issued and pending patents, and over 400 refereed publications. He has founded or seeded several new ventures including Soft Switching Technologies, Innovolt, Varentec and Smart Wires, which together have raised >$160M in venture funding. He received his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur, and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Calgary, Canada.
Dr. Jelena Popović received the Dipl. Ing. degree from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and the Ph.D. degree from the Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. From 2005 to 2011, she was with the European Center for Power Electronics (ECPE). From 2008 to 2017 she was with the Delft University of Technology as an Assistant Professor. In 2018 she co-founded a start-up in energy access, Klimop Energy. From October 2019, she joined the Power Electronics group of the University of Twente as a parttime Associate Professor. She has published more than 80 publications in scientific journals, magazines and conferences. She has co-authored strategic research agendas, technology roadmaps and white papers in the field of power electronics, energy efficiency, solid state lighting. Her recent interests are bottom-up solutions
Dr. Issa Batarseh is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He received the Ph.D., and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and the B.S. in Computer Engineering and Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1983, ’85 and ’90, respectively. Dr. Batarseh’s power electronics research focuses on the development of advanced systems for solar energy conversion to improve cost, power density, efficiency and performance. The research includes the analysis and design of high frequency dc-ac inverters, resonant converter topologies; low-voltage dc-dc converters, small signal modeling and control of PWM and resonant converters; power factor correction techniques. He is an inventor on 36 patents and author of more than 300 articles and 2 books. Dr. Batarseh has significant commercialization experience as a founder of two start-up companies involved solar energy conversion: Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (APECOR) and Petra Systems. He is also a fellow member in National Academy of Inventors (NAI), AAAS, IEEE, and IEE.
Dr. Sanjib Kumar Panda received B. Eng. Degree from the South Gujarat University, India, in 1983, M.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, in 1987, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge, U.K., in 1991, all in electrical engineering. Since 1992, he has been holding a faculty position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore and currently serving as an Associate Professor and Director of the Power & Energy Research Area. Dr. Panda has published more than 450 peer-reviewed research papers, co-authored one book and contributed to several book chapters and six patents. His research interests include high-performance control of motor drives and power electronic converters, condition monitoring and condition based maintenance, building energy efficiency etc.
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