Keynote Speeches and Plenary Speeches

Prof. Igor Kuzle

University of Zagreb, Croatia

Igor Kuzle ( is a Full Professor and the Head of the Department of Energy and Power Systems at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and in November 2017 he was promoted to Tenured Scientific Adviser. He is member of two scientific councils of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Scientific Council for Technological Development and Scientific Council for Crude Oil and Gas Economy and Power Supply). Since 2017, he has been an associate member of the Croatian Academy of Engineering. Prof. Kuzle was awarded the Croatian National Science Award for the year 2017 for his outstanding contribution in the field of smart grid applications in the transmission system. In 2016, he received annual Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing award for Science - for outstanding achievement in research work or innovations in the last five years. Currently he is a project coordinator of two H2020 projects: "CROSSBOW and IRES-8" and a project leader of the two national research projects: "FENISG and WINDLIPS" financed by the Croatia Science Foundation and one Croatia-China bilateral project "WIND ASP".
His scientific interests include problems in electric power systems dynamics and control, maintenance of electrical equipment, as well as smart grids and integration of renewable energy sources.
He is member of 10 journal editorial boards (Associate Editor in the three journals) and he serves as a technical reviewer for various international journals. Igor Kuzle published four books and more than 300 journal and conference papers including technical studies for utilities and private companies. He served as chairman of the three international conferences (IET Medpower 2018, IEEE Energycon 2014, IEEE Eurocon 2013) and participated in more than 50 conference international programs committees. Also, he was the project leader for more than 70 technical projects for industry and electric power companies. Since 2012, he has been a member of Croatia TSO Coordination Group for Connection of renewable energy sources and member of Advisory expert committee of the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection in the evaluation of environmental impact of the RES. He is a member of technical commission for assignation of Croatian quality mark of Croatian Chamber of Economy and a member of Croatian Chamber of Electrical Engineers and a Licensed Engineer since 1994.
He is senior member of IEEE (2009-2012 IEEE Croatia Section Chair, 2015-2016 IEEE Region 8 Vice Chair for Technical Activities). Prof. Kuzle is CIGRE member and he has been a member of the Croatian National Committee CIGRE executive board (2009-2012).

Challenges of Frequency Control in Low-Inertia Systems

Abstract: Environmental concerns lead to replacement of a significant share of conventional fossil fuel-based power plants with renewable energy resources (RES). These units, primary inverter-coupled wind turbines and photovoltaics typically do not provide rotational inertia, and this has implications for the frequency dynamics and power system stability and operation. Thus, the traditional assumption that grid inertia is sufficiently high with only slight variations over time is therefore not valid in the modern power systems, which become low-inertia systems where frequency dynamics are faster making frequency control and power system operation more challenging. The lecture considers the challenges of such low-inertia power systems and the possible set of solutions that can be applied to address them.



Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat FAHRIOGLU

Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus, Turkey

Dr. Murat Fahrioglu obtained the BS (Hon) degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, in 1993, the MS degree (1994) and the PhD degree (1999) from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is currently an Assoc. Professor at Middle East Technical University - Northern Cyprus Campus in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. His main research is electric power systems and more specifically in the design of demand management contracts between electric utilities and their customers to avoid forced outages. He is also working on renewable energy integration into power systems and assessment of solar and wind energy resources. His most recent research is about interconnecting the power systems of neighboring countries to enhance renewable energy use.

Sustainable Energy, Smart Grids and Demand Side Management

Abstract: Traditional power system grids become more efficient when operated as smart grids. Most countries have been working on forming micro grids within their power grids and using smart grid technologies to improve the efficiency of the system and help them integrate sustainable energy options into existing electrical networks. Demand side management if used correctly can also be an effective tool in power systems. This presentation will talk about how smart grids can help with sustainability and how electrical interconnection between countries can help build a "green" future


Prof. Lijian Wu

Zhejiang University, China

Prof. Wu got his PhD from University of Sheffield in the UK. After that, he joined Siemens Wind Power and was responsible for offshore large scale direct drive permanent magnet wind power generators. He designed 7MW wind power generator, which was the largest at that time and awarded best offshore turbine for two consecutive years in 2016 and 2015. In 2016, he got the award of 'Thousand Talent Program' and joined Zhejiang University as a Professor. In 2017, he established Zhejiang University-Shanghai Electric Wind Power Research Center. Now, In addition to his academic position in Zhejiang University, he is also the director of this research center and the chief engineer of Shanghai Electric Wind Power Group Co., Ltd.

Future Development of Wind Power Technology

Abstract: In the shadow of fading subsidy, wind power still finds increasing penetration into electrical grids. According to CREO2018 (China Renewable Energy Outlook 2018), 50% of electricity will be generated from wind energy in 2050. For a future with about 80% renewables in electricity generation, the load and generation profiles together with operation of the whole system will experience dramatical changes, which are difficult to predict 30 years in advance. Realization of such grand envision faces three main challenges: Uncertainty nature of wind resources, more distributed wind power generation, and competitive cost of wind power equipment. The path forward requires efforts from scientists in different disciplines, looking for breakthrough in wind power and grid system relevant technology. In this presentation, I will look at the potential development trends of wind power technology serving the dominating level of wind energy penetration in the future.