2017 the 5th IEEE International Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering
August 14-17, 2017 | Oshawa, Canada

Keynote Speakers

From Academia


Dr. Hossam A.Gabbar, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Canada


Dr. Gabbar is a full Professor in the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, and cross appointed in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, where he has established both the Energy Safety and Control Lab (ESCL) and Advanced Plasma Engineering Lab. He is the recipient of the Senior Research Excellence Aware for 2016, UOIT. He is leading national and international research in the areas of smart energy grids, safety and control systems, advanced plasma systems and their applications on nuclear, clean energy and production systems. He is leading research in Canada with international recognition in energy safety and control for nuclear and energy production facilities. Dr. Gabbar obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1988 with first class of honor from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University (Egypt). In 2001, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from Okayama University (Japan) in the area of Safety Engineering. From 2001 till 2004, he joined Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), as a research associate in the area of process systems engineering. From 2004 till 2008, he joined Okayama University (Japan) as a tenured Associate Professor, in the Division of Industrial Innovation Sciences. From 2007 till 2008, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
Dr. Gabbar has been successful in attracting national and international funds from a number of organizations including, Qatar National Research Foundation, NSERC, OCE, MaRS, and other industrial collaboration, including NSERC Discovery Grant on Resilient Interconnected Micro Energy Grids, and Regional Planning of Gas-Power Grids for Energy and Transportation Infrastructures with different fuel options in Ontario, Canada. His research have been widely recognized and reflected to his publications in patents, books, chapters, and journal and conference papers.
He has more than 210 publications, including patents, books / chapters, journal and conference papers. He been invited and participated in world-known conferences and delivered plenary talks on number of scientific events and through invitations to international universities, including: Alexandria University-Egypt, Helwan University-Egypt, Qatar University-Qatar, PI-UAE, Mayor of Nanjing-China, Tsinghua University-China, China University of Petroleum-China, UTM-Malaysia, Oil & Gas Industry-UAE / Kuwait, University of New Mexico-USA, Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA)-Canada, R&D Priorities to Integrate Natural Gas and Electricity infrastructure to Maintain Flexible-Canada, Canada Mission to China, Energy Hearing Committee in the House of Commons in Ottawa-Canada, and Canadian Workshop on Fusion Energy-Canada.


Speech Title: Resilient Interconnected Micro Energy Grids for Clean Energy and Transportation Infrastructures


Abstract: This talk will present research advances in micro energy grid design, control, and protection methods and systems and how to improve performance in terms of cost, environmental impacts, and energy supply and generation performance. The talk will present advances in energy storage and generation technologies and best practices in effective deployment strategies. Design and control of advanced flywheel energy storage and generation systems will be explained with regional deployment strategies. Integration of NG and H2 within micro energy grids will be explained with planning, design, control, and deployment strategies on transportation and smart cities.

Prof. Osama A. Mohammed, Energy Systems Research Laboratory, Florida International University, Miami, Florida USA


Dr. Osama Mohammed is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and is the Director of the Energy Systems Research Laboratory at Florida International University, Miami, Florida. He received his Master and Doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1981 and 1983, respectively. He has performed research on various topics in power and energy systems in addition to design optimization and physics based modeling in electric drive systems and other low frequency environments. Professor Mohammed is a world renowned leader in electrical energy systems. He has performed research in the area of electromagnetic signature, wideband gap devices, power electronics, and ship power systems modeling and analysis. He has current active research projects for several Federal agencies dealing with; power system analysis and operation, smart grid distributed control and interoperability, energy cyber physical systems, and co-design of cyber and physical components for future energy systems applications.
Professor Mohammed has published more than 450 articles in refereed journals and other major IEEE refereed international conference records. He also authored a book and several book chapters. Professor Mohammed is an elected Fellow of IEEE and is an elected Fellow of the Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society. Professor Mohammed is the recipient of the prestigious IEEE Power and Energy Society Cyril Veinott electromechanical energy conversion award and the 2012 outstanding research award from Florida International University.
Professor Mohammed has lectured extensively with invited and plenary talks at major research and industrial organizations worldwide. He has served or currently serves as editor of several IEEE Transactions including the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, and the IEEE Transactions on Industry Application. Professor Mohammed served as the International Steering Committee Chair for the IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference (IEMDC) and the IEEE Biannual Conference on Electromagnetic Field Computation (CEFC). Professor Mohammed was the General Chair of six major international conferences in his areas of expertise in addition being general chair for two future IEEE major conference.


Speech Title: Energy Cyber Physical Systems and Communication Challenges for Operational Security in Utility and Industrial Systems


Abstract: The development of innovative cybersecurity technologies, tools and methodologies that advance the energy system’s ability to survive cyber-attacks and incidents while sustaining critical functions, is needed for the secure operation of utility and industrial systems. It is essential to verify and validate the ability of the developed solutions and methodologies so that they can be effectively used in practice. The development of solutions to mitigate cyber vulnerabilities throughout the energy delivery system is essential to protect hardware assets. It will also make systems less susceptible to cyber threats and provide reliable delivery of electricity if a cyber incident occurred. In this talk, we will describe how the developed solution can protect the power grid and industrial infrastructure from cyber-attacks as well as build cybersecurity protection into emerging power grid components and services. This includes microgrid and demand-side management components as well as protect the network (substations and productivity lines) and data infrastructure (SCADA) to increase the resilience of the energy delivery systems against cyber-attacks. These developments will also help utility security systems manage the large amounts of cybersecurity risk data and cybersecurity operations. For these developments to succeed, cybersecurity testbeds and testing methodologies are necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of any proposed security technologies.
The focus in the development of cybersecurity capabilities in energy systems should span over multiple strategies; in the near term, midterm and long term. The continuous security state monitoring across cyber-physical domains is the goal in the near term. The development of continually defending interoperable components that continue operating in degraded conditions is required in the midterm. The development of methodologies to mitigate cyber incidents to quickly return to normal operations is necessary for all system components in the long term. We will discuss R&D efforts in these areas centered on the development of operational frameworks related to communication and interoperability, control and protection.
The importance of interoperability between smart grid applications and multi-vendor devices is important and must be considered. The current grid is composed of multi-vendor devices and multi-lingual applications that add to the complexity of integrating the smart grid components and also securing them. Standards development entities have been working with utilities, vendors, and regulatory bodies on developing standards that address interoperability in the smart grid. These include IEEE, IEC, NIST, ANSI, NERC and many others. In this presentation, we will conceptualize a comprehensive cyber-physical platform which involve the communication and power network sides integrating the cyber information flow, physical information flow, and the interaction between them. A data-centric communication middleware provides a common-data bus to orchestrate the system’s components together leading to an expandable multi-lingual system. We will present a hardware protocol gateway that was developed as a protocol translator capable of mapping IEC 61850 generic object oriented substation event (GOOSE) and sampled measured value (SMV) messages into the data-centric Data Distribution Service (DDS) global data bus. This is necessary for integrating the widely used IEC 61850-based devices into an exhaustive microgrid control and security framework.
We will also discuss a scalable cloud-based Multi-Agent System for the control of large scale penetration of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and their infrastructure into the power grid. This is a system that is able to survive cyber-attacks while sustaining critical functions. This framework’s network will be assessed by applying contingencies and identifying the resulting signatures for detection in real-time operation. As a result, protective measures can be taken to address the dynamic threats in the foreseen grid-integrated EV parks where the developed system will have an automated response to a cyber-attack. In distributed energy management systems, the protection system must be adaptive. It is assisted by communication networks to react to dynamic changes in the microgrid configurations. In this regard, this presentation will also describe a newly developed protection scheme with extensive communication provided by IEC 61850 standard for power networks to monitor the microgrid during these dynamic changes. The robustness and availability of the communication infrastructure is required for the success of protection measures. This scheme is an adaptive protection scheme for AC microgrids that is capable of surviving communication failures through energy storage systems.

Prof. Masafumi Yamaguchi Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya, Japan


Masafumi Yamaguchi is Distinguished Professor at the Toyota Technological Institute (TTI), Nagoya, Japan, Director of the Research Center for Smart Energy Technology (SET) at the TTI, Research Supervisor of the “Creative Clean Energy Generation using Solar Energy” under the JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency), Visiting Professor of the Kyushu University, and Visiting Professor of the Kyushu University. He was won the following awards the Becquerel Prize from the European Commission in 2004, The William Cherry Award from the IEEE in 2008, The PVSEC Award in 2011, The WCPEC Award in 2014, The Science and Technology Award by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in 2015.


Speech Title: Towards Creation of Mobility Society using Solar Energy


Abstract: The nuclear power plant accident occurred in Fukushima, Japan in March 2011 has given us very important messages such as unclearness for safety and cost effectiveness of nuclear energy and important of clean renewable energies including PV (photovoltaics) instead of nuclear energy. These suggest importance of further installation of PV power systems in Japan and importance of development of science and technology of PV and international collaboration and cooperation for PV. This paper overviews PV R&D activities in Japan as the PV R&D Project Leader of NEDO and JST. Present status of various solar cells efficiencies under NEDO and JST PV R&D projects are presented: 44.4% for concentrator III-V compound 3-junction solar cell, 37.9% for 1-sun III-V compound 3-junctiion cell, 26.3% for single-crystal Si cell, 22.3% for CIGS cell, 19.2% for Perovskite cell, 14.0% for a-Si based 3-junction cell, 11.9% for dye-sensitized cell and 11.1% for organic cell. Efficiency potential of various solar cells is also discussed. Future prospects of PV and our recent approaches towards creation of “Mobility Society by using Solar Energy” are discussed. Very large-scale installation of PV power systems is needed and thus development of ultra-high performance, low cost and highly reliable solar cells is very important. In addition, development of low cost and long lifetime batteries, highly reliable and intelligent system technologies such as smart grids is necessary. We are now challenging III-V/Si tandem solar cells. Because III-V/Si tandem solar cells have great potential for high-efficiency, low-cost and light-weight solar cells. Automobile applications by using solar energy are also very important and very attractive. Recently, we have developed high-efficiency (32%) InGaP/GaAs/InGaAs thin-film 3-junction solar cells module with an area of 32cm x 32cm and 30% efficiency InGaP/GaAs/Si mechanically stacked 3-junction solar cell. Those are expected to be one of seeds for solar electric vehicle applications.

Prof. Liuchen Chang, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Brunswick


Dr. Liuchen Chang joined the faculty of University of New Brunswick in 1992 and is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He held the position of NSERC Chair in Environmental Design Engineering during 2001-2007, and was the Scientific Director and Principal Investigator of pan-Canadian Wind Energy Strategic Network (WESNet) during 2008-2014. He was a recipient of CanWEA R.J. Templin Award in 2010 for his contribution in the development of wind energy technologies, and the Innovation Award for Excellence in Applied Research in the Province of New Brunswick in 2016 for his contributions in smart grid and renewable energy technologies. He was the general chair of the 2015 7th IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE 2015) in Montreal, Canada, and 2016 8th IEEE International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference - ECCE Asia (IPEMC 2016-ECCE Asia) in Hefei, China. He is a fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE) and a Vice President of IEEE Power Electronics Society. He has published over 320 refereed technical papers in journals and conference proceedings. His expertise is in power converters, direct load controls and distributed generation systems.


Speech Title: Alternative Power System Resources based on Distributed Energy


Abstract: The penetration of renewable energy systems has been increasing globally. The intermittent renewable energy resources require additional power system resources to balance the fluctuations in both loads and intermittent generators. The additional system resources have traditionally been supplied by dispatchable central generation stations, some are fossil fuel based. However, keeping adding central generation plants to power systems is unsustainable due to their high environmental impacts. Various energy storage systems using pumped hydro, compressed air, battery, flywheel and hydrogen systems as sources have been used in utilities. In addition to other limitations, costs are still high for these available energy storage systems in utility applications. Dr. Chang will present an alternative energy storage resource for power systems based on distributed energy resources. The distributed energy resources include distributed generators (wind, solar etc.), customer loads and battery storage systems including electric vehicles. The customer loads have thermal energy storage capacities, such as water heaters, electrical thermal storage units, ice making units, HVACs, etc. With aggregated controls and virtual power plants, the overall power consumed by these loads can be ramped up or ramped down continuously without negative impact to the normal end use, similarly to other energy storage systems. Distributed generation systems, energy storage systems, and direct load control systems thus form generalized energy storage systems as new and alternative power system resources for ancillary services or/and peak load shaving, which can enable integration of a high percentage of intermittent renewable energy systems in utilities.

Prof. C.Y. Chung, FIEEE, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Canada


Dr. C. Y. Chung is a Professor, the NSERC/SaskPower Senior Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Technologies, and the SaskPower Chair in Power Systems Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. He is a prominent leader for advancing academic activities and applied research in power systems engineering development in the province of Saskatchewan. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IET. He is also an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer and the Member-at-Large (Global Outreach) of IEEE PES Governing Board.
Dr. Chung received the B.Eng. degree (with First Class Honors) and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, in 1995 and 1999, respectively. He has worked for Powertech Labs, Inc., Surrey, BC, Canada; the University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada; and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China. Dr Chung’s research interests include smart grid, renewable energy, power system stability/control, planning and operation, applications of advanced optimization methods, power markets and electric vehicle charging. His research work has not only generated 3 US patents, 2 book chapters and over 100 international journal papers, but has also resulted in successful transference of two new commercial software packages developed for power system analysis. Software package “Small Signal Analysis Tool (SSAT)” developed by him is now being used by over 80 power companies and nearly 90 universities worldwide.
Dr. Chung was the Member-at-Large (Smart Grid) of IEEE PES Governing Board, the IEEE PES Region 10 North Chapter Representative, the Past Chairman of the IEEE Hong Kong Section, IEEE Hong Kong Joint Chapter of PES/IAS/PELS/IES and IET Hong Kong PES. He was the General Chair of IEEE PES APPEEC2014, Co-Chair of IEEE TENCON2015, IEEE PES APPEEC2013 and IEEE ICHQP2012, Vice-Chairman of IET APSCOM 2015 and IET APSCOM2012, Technical Chairman of IET APSCOM2009, and Honorary Secretary of IEEE DRPT2004 and IEEE IAS 2005 Annual Meeting. Dr. Chung is currently an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, and IEEE Power Engineering Letters, and an Associate Editor of IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution.


Speech Title: Smart Grid Modelling: The Key to Smart Grid Analysis and Design


Increasing concerns about energy security, fuel diversity and climate change have spurred growth in renewable energy sources in Canada and worldwide. Building a smart grid is an efficient means of enabling greater use of renewable energy and preventing large-scale system blackouts. The application of a broad array of emerging technologies has therefore been considered to modernize the existing power grid (collectively referred to as “smart grid technologies”). These smart grid technologies, which include new approaches and devices, are significantly changing the way power systems operate. Therefore, understanding and modelling these technologies are prerequisites for effective system analysis and design.
Canada is speeding up plans to virtually eliminate coal-fired electricity by 2030. SaskPower, owned by the Province of Saskatchewan, also has a very ambitious program to expand and modernize the existing power grid to support the provincial target of using 50% renewable energy by 2030. Dr Chung is now leading a research team, supported by SaskPower and NSERC of Canada, to conduct cutting-edge and long-term smart grid research for SaskPower and address critical technical issues associated with smart grid technologies and their applications to real power systems. This presentation will report some of their latest works on smart grid modelling including renewable energy generation, real-time thermal rating, energy storage and load demand.

Prof. Elisabetta Tedeschi, Department of Electric Power Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Dr. Elisabetta Tedeschi joined the Norwegian University of Science and Technology as faculty member in 2013, and is currently professor within offshore grid at the Department of Electric Power Engineering. Having received a Marie Curie Fellowship, from 2011 to 2013 she was an Experienced Researcher at Tecnalia Research and Innovation in Spain. Subsequently she had a part time position as Research Scientist at Sintef Energy Research, in Norway, between 2013 and 2014. In 2015, she was granted funding under the “Young Research Talent” scheme of the Research Council of Norway for an international project on Integrated Design and Control of Offshore HVDC networks. She has led and/or contributed to more than 15 national and international scientific projects.
She was program chair of the 17th IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics, (COMPEL) 2016, Member of the Technical Programme Committee of the IEEE Smart 2015 Conference and member of the Program Committee of the IEEE EVER-Monaco Conferences since 2012. Her research interests include design and control of energy conversion systems, offshore transmission and distribution networks and power quality issues.

Speech Title: Making the offshore grid “smart”: perspective and challenges


The rising environmental concern and the urge to exploit more renewable resources are drawing increasing attention to the oceans, which are a huge source of untapped energy. The “blue energy” potential is not limited to offshore wind, but includes also other emerging renewables, such as wave and tidal energy systems. An additional benefit provided by such resources, especially in the North Sea, comes from their possible integration with oil and gas platforms and subsea equipment. Such installations represent large electric loads locally supplied by inefficient and polluting gas turbines or diesel generators. The possible electrification or renewable power supply to such loads would drastically cut their CO2 emissions.
On the other hand, the systematic integration of offshore resources with the onshore power systems at very large scale could make them part of a trans-national “Super Grid” that interconnects offshore renewables, distant loads and energy storage systems. This, however, requires a complete shift in the way the offshore grid will be designed and operated, overcoming the uncoordinated approach that characterized the first deployments.
Besides providing an overview of the main generation and consumption centers present in the offshore environment, this talk will discuss the challenges related to the implementation and operation of the corresponding electric infrastructure. Newly built offshore grids, mostly using HVDC technologies, will be characterized by high penetration of power electronics, high interoperability and flexibility of operation, and increased exchange of real-time information among all players. By exploring such aspects, the talk will underline how new design and optimization strategies are required to ensure stable interconnection with the onshore system, while synergically considering topology, operation and control aspects of the offshore grid.

Dr. Hany Farag, York University, Canada


Dr. Hany Farag received the B.Sc. (with honors) and the M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt, in 2004 and 2007, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Waterloo, in 2013. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University. Dr. Farag is the principal investigator of the smart grid research laboratory and the lead developer of curriculum and laboratories in the new electrical engineering program at York University. He is also a registered professional engineer in Ontario and the executive secretary of Cigre international workgroup C6.28 for standardization of off-supply microgrids. Dr. Farag has authored and co-authored numerous papers published in top journals and various conference proceedings, where he proposed new modeling, planning, and operation techniques to integrate renewable energy resources, electric vehicles, and microgrid systems into utility grids.

Speech Title: Voltage and Reactive Power Control in Smart Distribution Grids: Challenges and Mitigation Strategies


Smart distribution grid initiative is based on several pillars among which integrating a wide variety of distributed and renewable energy resources (DG) is of particular importance. However, the connection of a large number of DG units may cause severe voltage and reactive power (Volt/Var) control problems due to their interference with utility-side load tap changers, line voltage regulators, and shunt capacitors (i.e. main Volt/Var control devices in distribution grids). Further, smart grids seek to decentralize active distribution systems with high penetration of DGs into microgrids that are able to operate in grid-connected and islanded modes of operation. Volt/Var control has been also identified as one of the main challenges that might impede the successful realization of islanded microgrids. Despite these challenges, other considerations show promise. Smart grids should provide new digital technologies such as monitoring, automatic control, two-way communication, and distributed energy storage units to improve the overall performance of the grid. These technologies would be the key component that can be utilized to mitigate the challenges of Volt/Var control in smart distribution grids. To that end, Volt/Var control challenges in smart distribution grids with consideration of islanded microgrids are discussed in this talk. Also, mitigation strategies for these challenges using smart grid technologies are introduced.

From Industry


Dr. Josipa G. Petrunic, Executive Director & CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC), Canada


Josipa G. Petrunic is the Executive Director & CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). She is leading the formulation of several large-scale transportation technology trials through CUTRIC’s consortium of private and public sector stakeholders, including the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial. Dr. Petrunic has also served as the lead researcher in electric vehicle policy studies at McMaster University. She is currently completing the Ontario Electric Vehicle Technology Roadmap funded by a federal Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) grant and slated for publication in Fall 2016. Dr. Petrunic worked previously as a senior research fellow at University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom focusing on Science and Technology Studies and the history of mathematics and engineering. She completed her PhD in the History of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) as a Commonwealth Scholar, after completing a Master's of Science in Science and Technology Studies (STS), also as a Commonwealth Scholar. She previously completed a Master's of Science in Political Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Journalism at Carleton University. Before pursuing graduate studies, Dr. Petrunic worked as a journalist at the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Edmonton Journal. Dr. Petrunic continues to lecture in Globalization Studies at McMaster University as part of the Institute for Globalization, and she lectures in interdisciplinary research methods as part of the Master’s of Arts in Integrated Studies program at Athabasca University.


Speech Title: Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Technology Demonstration & Integration Trial (Phase I, 2017-2019/2020)


Ontario’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), as issued by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) in June 2016 committed the province to radical reductions in transportation-related GHGs, including CO2, CO, and noxious gases emanating from diesel pollutants. Transit vehicles constitute GHG emitters. Diesel buses produce climate-affecting GHGs as well as smog-inducing noxious pollutants. While some transit agencies have experimented with and integrated small fleets of hybrid diesel-electric buses as well as compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in the past, there are currently no zero-emissions buses – i.e. fully battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell electric buses – on Ontario roads today. Paradoxically, Ontario’s near zero emissions electricity generation and distribution system, which benefits from sources of nuclear, hydro, solar and wind energy, renders the Province an ideal energy/electrical “fuel” landscape for the electrification of transit vehicles as part of a long-term strategy to reduce transportation-related GHG emissions. However, Ontario’s transit agencies and utility/local distribution companies (LDCs) face significant technological and operational hurdles in integrating “off the shelf” electric bus technologies today. These hurdles include technical challenges associated with a lack of international standardization for overhead charging systems; a lack of neutral, third party demonstration and trial data regarding vehicle and charging station performance in real world conditions; a lack of neutral third party (non-OEM) data regarding the lifecycle degradation of electric bus batteries and charging system infrastructure; and, a lack of qualified expert personnel on staff to manage e-mobility techno-infrastructural investments over the long-term. Throughout 2016 CUTRIC has worked to identify champion transit and utility agencies across Ontario that are ready to overcome these challenges by absorbing the abnormally high level of risk associated with electric bus integration into fleets (today) in the interests of reducing transportation emissions from operations over the long-term, and in the interests of helping manufacturers design and deliver better, more efficient, and less costly e-bus products in the future. Utilities in Ontario that joined CUTRIC’s 2016 E-Bus Consultation process (April-July 2016) indicated there are benefits to distributed charging episodes for heavy-duty bus loads. “Distributed” charging refers to both geographical distribution across a landscape of transformer equipment and chronological distribution over a time period (i.e. day and night). Geographical distribution allows for resiliency planning and redundancy planning with charging stations located across several areas that might not all at once be affected by a grid-side failure. Chronological distribution allows for energy management planning, such as the absorption of Ontario’s new renewable daytime slumps of energy – especially during the summer – as well as Ontario’s nighttime surplus power and wind power surges. Distributed charging systems offer transit agencies maximum “uptime” for e-buses, while enabling a rapid and robust fuel shift away from imported petroleum towards domestically produced electrons, thus enabling domestic job growth in the clean technology and green energy domains. The integration and confirmation of inter-operability among charging systems and e-buses requires extensive knowledge creation, planning and championship at all levels of government and at all levels of transit and utility operations. This is because these systems represent a completely new transportation-energy matrix – one that is mostly foreign to transit and utility sectors today. This presentation will review the outcomes of the CUTRIC-led Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial (Phase I) planning and funding efforts (2016-2017).

Mr. Dan Ruby, OCE


Dan Ruby joined OCE in January 2016 as a Business Development Manager for Eastern and Northern Ontario. Dan’s prior role was Economic Development Manager for the City of Vaughan, responsible for the Innovative Research, Development and Design convergence sector. In this capacity, Dan was responsible for leading the development of the Vaughan International Commercialization Centre (VICC) initiative. In his previous role as the Managing Business Consultant for the York Small Business Enterprise Centre, Dan created and led the “Business Innovation in Changing Times” conference series, a collaboration of 34 partner organizations including government, academia and industry. Also in this role, Dan created the Green Connections Network (GCN), a network of 45 organizations 12 dedicated to sharing environmental business practices. GCN awarded Dan the inaugural “Green Ruby” award in 2014, given annually to an individual or business who champions the green economy. Dan has also founded four companies in his career and he holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.


Kai Wong, Hydro One Networks Inc.


Kai has been working for Hydro One Networks Inc. (and former Ontario Hydro) for 27 years. He started his career as a field protection and control engineer working at a substation performing commissioning projects and maintenance work program for nine years. He also worked as design engineer in the same department that he manages now with 120 staff. In the last 11 years, he is part of a the diverse engineering management team as a Senior Manager. Together with the other Engineering teams, they oversee $1.2 billions work program in the Ontario transmission and distribution grids. Kai is always interested in innovation and technology applications throughout his career as an electrical engineer. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.


Speech Title: Modernizing the Distribution System for the Next Century


Ayesha Sabouba, Director – Transmission and Stations Engineering


Ayesha graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from Carleton University and completed her MBA at McMaster University. She is a Professional Engineer, licensed in the province of Ontario. Ayesha has worked for over 25 years in the utility industry, with experience in in field protection and control, asset management, managing R&D and Standards programs, generation connections, representing Hydro One with other utilities across North America at NERC and NPCC. She has worked as the Director – Telecom engineering in Hydro One Telecom to manage engineering, outside plant and service provisioning, and most recently was appointed as Director – Transmission and Stations Engineering in Hydro One.


Speech Title: Modernizing the Distribution System for the Next Century