Scientific Director, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Canada
Dr. Hassan Farhangi, Ph.D., SM-IEEE, PEng, is Dir of Smart Grid Research at British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby, BC, and Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Dr. Farhangi is the chief system architect and the Principal Investigator of BCIT’s Smart Microgrid at its Burnaby Campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Scientific Director and Principal Investigator of NSERC Smart MicroGrid Network (NSMG-Net). He has published and presented several papers in scientific journals and conferences in Smart Grid and is a member of various international standardization committees such as IEC CSC TC57 WG17 (IEC 61850), Cigre WG C6.21 (Smart Metering) and Cigre WG C6.22 (Microgrids Evolution). A frequent keynote speaker at various international Smart Grid conferences, Dr. Farhangi has more than 25 years of experience in academic and applied research. Before joining BCIT, he served as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of a number of companies involved in the design and development of systems, components and solutions for the Smart Grid. Dr. Farhangi is a member of Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEG), and a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
Keynote Title: Smart Microgrids: Platforms for Applied Research and Trainings in Energy Systems
Abstract: Given rapid depletion of hydrocarbon resources, combined with adverse impacts of climate change, the advanced economies of the world, as well as developing nations, need to invest in energy conservation, loss reduction and rationalization of energy use. The objective is to equip communities, large and small, on-grid or off-grid, remote or urban, with efficient, economical, environmentally responsible, reliable and sustainable energy. However, the technologies required for this purpose are still in the making by pockets of experts spread around the globe. To ensure successful integration of those technologies into affordable solutions, and deployment of those solutions into communities, two parallel environments have to be created; one is an integrated training/education program, interconnecting interdisciplinary expertise in energy system design, energy management, energy distribution, etc, and focus these on highly-focused research and development on actual solutions for affordable community-based electrification. Secondly, a physical sandbox to enable such solutions to be verified prior to deployment. This presentation describes a world-class R&D & Educational Platform constructed by BCIT researchers, enabling Scientists. Researchers and Educators to work together to develop, validate and train required resources and solutions for energy-efficient and green homes, hospitals, campuses, factories, communities and transportation. Solutions which could be adapted by many communities domestically and internationally.