Tuesday, April 17th at 11:00 a.m., Dr. Martin Ordonez, Canada Research Chair in Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems, will be presenting “The Future of Power and Energy Infrastructure”.
Day & Time: Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
11:00 a.m. ‐ 12:00 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Martin Ordonez
Canada Research Chair in Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems
Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of British Columbia
Location: Room BA4287, Bahen Center of Information Technology
40 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4
Organizer: IEEE Toronto IAS & PELS Joint Chapter
Abstract: The incorporation of distributed renewable energy generation, smart control systems, and electric/hybrid vehicles into the existing grid infrastructure are challenging but necessary steps towards a more sustainable future. This presentation will describe key technologies and techniques that are necessary to modernize electrical generation, distribution and consumption. The work that is currently ongoing at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) campus will be used to illustrate some modern and future implementations. Techniques such as load shedding, peak shifting, active power factor correction, and backup will be discussed. The technical challenges and solutions associated with implementing these sustainable solutions will be addressed.
Biography: Dr. Martin Ordonez is the Canada Research Chair in Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems and Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is also the holder of the Fred Kaiser Professorship on Power Conversion and Sustainability at UBC. He was an Adjunct Professor with Simon Fraser University and Memorial University of Newfoundland. His industrial experience in power conversion includes research and development at Xantrex Technology Inc./Elgar Electronics Corp. (now AMETEK Programmable Power), where he developed high-density power converters and advanced controllers.
He is the principal investigator of several power conversion grants and has developed partnerships with various companies in the sector. With the support of industrial funds and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), he contributed more than 140 publications and R&D reports in the power area. Dr. Ordonez is an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, a Guest Editor for IEEE JOURNAL OF EMERGING AND SELECTED TOPICS IN POWER ELECTRONICS, an Editor for IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY serves on several IEEE committees, and reviews widely for IEEE/IET journals and international conferences. He was awarded the David Dunsiger Award for Excellence in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (2009) and the Chancellors Graduate Award/Birks Graduate Medal (2006), and became a Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies, Memorial University.