Keynote Speakers

Prof. Claudio Canizarez

Professor Claudio Canizares

University of Waterloo


Energy Management Systems (EMS) for Microgrids

Microgrids are not new to the power systems community, since these local and small grids have been widely deployed and utilized for electricity supply in remote and isolated communities such as islands and remote villages throughout the world. However, there is nowadays a rapid development and deployment of microgrids in the context of smart and resilient power networks, in good part motivated by the integration of distributed generation, especially those powered by renewable resources such as wind and solar, to reduce operational costs and the environmental impact of these grids, particularly for diesel-depended isolated microgrids.

In this talk, an overview of the main characteristics and challenges of EMS for microgrids will be discussed, and EMS architectures associated with deterministic, probabilistic, robust and interval methodologies developed at Waterloo, some of which are being implemented by an industry partner, will be described in some detail.  Thus, a two-step EMS approach, which allows to divide the Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programing (MINLP) EMS problem into a simplified Mixed Integer Linear Programing (MILP) unit commitment (UC)  problem and a very detailed Nonlinear Programing (NLP) dispatch optimal power flow (OPF) problem, and an EMS integrated architecture, which solves the combined UC+OPF MINLP problem, both based on model predictive control and receding horizon techniques, will be presented.  Novel stochastic programing and a robust optimization implementation of the UC problem, to better deal with uncertainty of particularly wind and solar power sources, will be also discussed, together with an interval approach based on Affine Arithmetic (AA) to model and solve uncertain OPF microgrid problems. The practical feasibility and benefits of the proposed EMS approaches will be demonstrated and compared based on results obtained from tests carried out on a realistic benchmark  microgrid.

About Professor Claudio Canizares

Professor Claudio Canizares is a Full Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (E&CE) Department of the University of Waterloo, where he has held various academic and administrative positions since 1993, and currently serves as the Hydro One Endowed Chair and the Associate Chair Research of the E&CE Department. He received the Electrical Engineer degree from the Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN) in Quito-Ecuador in 1984, where he held different teaching and administrative positions between 1983 and 1993, and his MSc (1988) and PhD (1991) degrees in Electrical Engineering are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research activities focus on the study of stability, modeling, simulation, control, optimization, and computational issues in large and small grids and energy systems in the context of competitive energy markets and smart grids. In these areas, he has led or been an integral part of many large to small grants and contracts from government agencies and companies, and has collaborated with industry and university researchers in Canada and abroad, supervising/co-supervising many research fellows and graduate students. He has authored/co-authored a large number of journal and conference papers, as well as various technical reports, book chapters, disclosures and patents, and has been invited to make multiple keynote speeches, seminars, and presentations at many institutions and conferences world-wide. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE), as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and is the recipient of the 2016 IEEE Canada Electric Power Medal and of various IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Technical Council and Committee awards and recognitions, holding several leadership positions in various IEEE-PES Technical Committees, Working Groups and Task Forces.



achaProfessor Enrique Acha Daza

Tampereen University of Technology


New paradigms in HVDC transmission systems

Continuous increases in electrical energy consumption have encouraged a great deal of technological development in the electrical power industry. In particular, the development of new equipment for power transmission that enables a more flexible power grid aimed at achieving higher throughputs, enhancing system stability and reducing transmission power losses, has been high on the agenda. The VSC-HVDC link is the latest equipment developed in the arena of high-voltage, high-power electronics and its intended function is to transport electrical power in DC form, as well as to enable the asynchronous interconnection of otherwise independent AC systems, and to provide independent reactive power support. The technology employs Insulated Gate BipolarTransistors (IGBTs), driven by pulse width modulation (PWM) control. This valve switching control permits to regulate dynamically, in an independent manner, the reactive power at either terminal of the AC system and the power flow through the DC link. Based on the mentioned above, this conference is focused on the new paradigms of using HVDC transmision systems to face the challenges in the expasion of network infrastructure.

About Professor Enrique Acha Daza

Professor Enrique Acha is a Professor of Electrical Power Systems at the Tampereen University of Technology (TUT) Finland since 2011. He was a Professor of Electrical Power Systems at Glasgow University, UK from 2002 to 2011, where he was the Chair of the inter-university Glasgow-Strathclyde Centre for Economic Renewable Power Delivery and Head of the FACTS Research Laboratory. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Universities of Toronto, Canada and Durham, England. He graduated from the University of Michoacan, Mexico in 1979 and obtained his PhD in Electronic Engineering from University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand in 1988 under the direction of Josu Arrillaga. He has been a Distinguished Lecturer under the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Program since 2005, has given  more than 20 invited plenary talks, more than 25 short courses, as well as being a Power Systems Consultant. He has more than 60 peer reviewed journal papers, and more than 80 international conference papers. He has published six scientific books and supervised 20 PhD students. In 2012 he was the recipient of the “Melchor Ocampo” Gold Medal awarded by the Congress of the State of Michoacán, México.