Keynote Speaker

Distinguished professors from both academia and industry will be invited to give speeches.

Dr. Carl Ngai Man Ho,
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Efficient Utilization of Electric Power
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
University of Manitoba, Canada

Fast Charging Infrastructures for Autonomous Transportation and Smart Cities


Abstract: Decentralisation of power generation is generally acknowledged one of characteristics of future smart grids. Different conventional and renewable energy sources will be installed in different locations but supporting the common grid network. Currently, solar energy is the most commonly used among the renewable energy sources, since PV panel installation is very flexible, it can be down to few kilowatts or up to tens Magawatt. However, solar energy harvesting is not operating all the time, it only operates during day time and amount of extracting energy highly depends on the weather condition. It creates power quality issues in the future smart grids due to this unpredictable power generation. Besides, some new regulations of PV inverters are issued in various countries, it further limits the design of PV inverters. On the other hand, emerging semiconductors is getting close to be in application level. The design of PV inverters will be in a new era to achieve high efficiency. This seminar will discuss the technologies of PV inverter in the future based on the grid-environment, the regulations and the market environment. Moreover, the technology trend of improving system performance of PV inverters including semiconductors, magnetic materials and converter topology will be reviewed and discussed.

Bio: Dr. Carl Ho received the BEng and MEng double degrees, in 2002, and the PhD degree, in 2007, in electronic engineering from the City University of Hong Kong. He was involved in research on the development of dynamic power quality conditioning technology during his Ph.D degree. In 2007, he joined ABB Switzerland. He has been appointed as Scientist, Principal Scientist, and R&D Principal Engineer. He has led a research project team at ABB Switzerland to develop Solar Inverter technologies for three years. In October 2014, he joined the University of Manitoba in Canada, currently, he is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Efficient Utilization of Electric Power. He established the Renewable-energy Interface and Grid Automation (RIGA) Lab at the University of Manitoba and takes up the challenge of research into Microgrid technologies, Photovoltaic Inverters, Power-Hardware-in-the-loop, Power Quality Conditioning and Wide Bandgap semiconductors. Dr. Ho is currently an IEEE Senior Member and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics (TPEL) and the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (JESTPE). He received the Best JESTPE Associate Editor Award in 2018 and His student project team received “Best Student Team Regional Award” of the IEEE Empower a Billion Lives 2019 competition in the Americas region.