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Prof. A. R.Al-Ali

American University of Sharjah, UAE 

Biography: Professor A. R. Al-Ali (SM IEEE) received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and a minor in computer science from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA, 1990; Master degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York, USA, 1986 and B.Sc.EE from Aleppo University, Syria, 1979. From 1991-2000, he worked as an associate /assistant professor in KFUPM, Saudi Arabia. Since 2000 and till now, he has been a professor of computer science and engineering at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. His research and teaching interests include: embedded systems hardware and software architectures, smart homes automations, smart grid evolutions and development, remote monitoring and controlling industrial plants utilizing Internet, GSM, and GPRS networks.
Dr. Al-Ali has more than 100 conference and journal publications including two USA and European Patents. Professor Al-Ali has been invited to deliver keynote speeches on the recent evolution and development in the smart grid in several international conferences.  

Title of Speech: Smart Energy and Smart City Big Data Analytic 

Abstract: Smart Cities research and development nowadays is becoming one of the prime interests pf the academic, business, industry and government platforms. Smart cities provide its citizens with smart services such as smart heath, smart transportation, smart homes, smart buildings, smart factories, smart utilities and smart environment services. Talking about all these fancy services brings about the concept of big data. For example smart grid generates big data from sensors, consumers’ devices, meters, distribution transformers and substations, IEDs, SCADA, distributed energy and historical data. This data can be characterized and classified based on volume, velocity, variety, veracity and values (5Vs). The data will be integrated, cleansed, filtered, sorted, stored, analyzed, visualized and then monetized using data mining tools.
This talk will highlight the smart cites major pillars and services. A case study on big data sources and analytics in smart grid will be discussed.
In an effort to find out if the same big data techniques can be applied to monetize all the smart city big data, the speaker hopes to open the floor to get some constructive feedback from the audience.  




Prof. Ir. Dr. Ab Halim Bin Abu Bakar

University of Malaya, Malaysia 

Biography: Prof Ir Dr Ab Halim Abu Bakar received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom in 1976, M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Technology, Malaysia in 1996 and 2003 respectively. 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 63 ISI and 9 Scopus papers in journals and 47 papers in proceedings internationally. He has successfully supervised to completion 11 PhD, 3 master by research (M.Eng.Sc), 1 master of pilosophy (M.Phil) and 34 Masters by course work project (M.Eng) and has Web of Science H index of 12 and Google Scholar H index of 16. He is also involved as a reviewer for iternational journal such as IEEE Transactions Power Delivery, IEEE Transactions Power Systems, IEEE Smart Grid,IET Generation,Transmssion and Distribution IJEPES (Elsevier) and several international confereces. Prof Ir Dr Halim won several excellent awards during his professoinal and academic carrier. In 2008 he won IEEE PES Malaysian Chapter Outstanding Engineering Award.His research interest include power system protection and power system transients.  

Title of Speech: Islanding Protection of Network with Distributed Generator 

Abstract: In this presentation, Professor A.H.A. Bakar discusses the power system reliability in particular the protection of the network. The reliability of the protection network depends among others the reliability of the protection schemes. Failure of the protection scheme or the mal-operation of the protective relays will have catastrophic effect on the network. Widespread outage will occur, hence it will cause millions of dollars lost. To restore the supply, it will take some time depending on the complexity of the network. In order to avoid widespread outage most utilities adopt a defence scheme whereby during abnormal conditions the network will split into islands. For the island to survive there must be immediate load and generation balance, as an example during the Northeast blackout the New England Island survived.
With increasing concerned of the use of fossil fuels in conventional power plants, distributed generation (DG) such as solar PV, wind turbines, fuel cells, small scale hydro, tidal wave and micro turbines are gaining commercial and technical importance across the globe. They are preferred for their high energy efficiency (micro turbine, fuel cell), low environmental impact (PV, wind, hydro. A high degree of DG penetration as well as placement and capacity will have considerable impact on operation, control, and protection of the network. The area that is critically affected by large DG penetration is the protection coordination of the utility distribution system with bidirectional fault current flows. Further challenges are the impacts of steady state and dynamic behaviour of the DG on transmission system operator.
When the degree penetration was low, anti-islanding was imposed worldwide to prevent accidental islanding of DG. This feature is still being practised for personnel safety at the grid. Anti-islanding forces the DG to be disconnected immediately in the event of grid faults and loss of main. With the rapid growth of DG, DG penetration across the globe has significantly increased to a high level. This has resulted in reassessment of anti-islanding protection as it prevents utilization of DG for enhancement of power quality and reliability.
Various low cost and efficient digital islanding protection schemes are being developed, tested and validated through extensive research activities. Fast and efficient microprocessor-based islanding protection systems are suitable for operation of the active distribution networks both in stand-alone and grid connected mode. They can also ensure seamless operation of the inter-tie CBs for reconnection of the island zones without affecting original protection of the utility grid. The objective for islanding protection is to detect the power island condition to trip the inter-tie breaker between the power island and the utility. The power island will not affect the orderly restoration of the utility supply to the rest of the network. The tripping time for the island protection should be fast enough such that the two systems are successfully separated first before any out-of-synchronism reconnection attempt by automatic enclosure. Presently a maximum separation time of 0.5 seconds is recommended. The fault level of DG Power Island is much less than that of the grid and short circuit backup protection must be properly coordinated with this tripping time. The utility grid relays are too costly for DGs. For economic viability, there is a need for low cost completed DG protection. The use of a single unit microprocessor based relay with integrated protection functions is the best solution.