The last fifteen years or so have seen considerable developments in distributed generation (DG) technologies and a corresponding growth in the number of installations, to the extent that DG has become a feature of a modern power distribution network. The liberalization of the electricity industry around the world and the ever increasing popularity of renewable energy resources have been important factors in encouraging favorable decisions to be made about distributed generation.
However, the impact that DG can have on distribution networks, optimized over many decades to distribute electricity reliably and economically in one direction from the substation to the load, is quite considerable. The aim of this short presentation is to provide an appreciation of the technical aspects involved of the design, planning and operation of distributed generation and the array of ‘smart grid’ potential solutions available to alleviate the impact of DG on the distribution network.
Bashar Zahawi - received his BSc and PhD degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, in 1983 and 1988. From 1988 to 1993 he was a design engineer with a UK manufacturer of large variable speed drives and other power conversion equipment. In 1994, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. From 2003 to 2014 he was a Senior Lecturer at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. In 2014 he joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE where he holds the position of Professor of Electrical Power Engineering. His research interests include, power conversion, renewable energy and the application of nonlinear dynamical methods to electrical circuits and systems.
Dr Zahawi is a recipient of the Crompton Premium awarded by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and the Denny Medal awarded by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST).
The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Boumerdes formerly called the National Institute of Electricity and Electronics- INELEC, came into existence as a result of an agreement signed between the National Company for Manufacture and Assembly of Electrical and Electronic Equipment, SONELEC, and Education Development Center, EDC, Newton, Mass., USA. The agreement was signed as early as March 1976, according to the program set forth in the planning study conducted for SONATRACH in March 1974.
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