Keynote Speaker 2

TITLE: The Role of Power Electronics in Providing a Sustainable Energy Supply

Abstract: Power electronics (PE) is an application-oriented and interdisciplinary area. It uses power semiconductor devices to perform switching actions in order to achieve the desired conversion strategy. The PE plays a crucial role of the conversion and control of electrical power. The effective use of electrical energy is a key technique for achieving energy efficiency, and power electronics technologies that can convert electric power into the optimum characteristics for each application are an essential part of this approach. Power electronics systems have attracted attention as key components for building a sustainable energy supply. PE-based power converters are also widely used in conventional and renewable energy systems.

 The advancement of semiconductor technology, including the power devices and other components that support power electronics and control techniques, has led to a smaller size, higher efficiency, and higher performance. In this lecture, I will describe some examples where power electronics and power devices are used in renewable energy and industrial applications and also highlight the role of PE in providing sustainable energy supply for the future generation.


Speaker:  Prof. Dr. Saad Mekhilef, CEng (UK), SMIEEE(USA), FIET(UK)

Director, Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Research Laboratory (divEARL)
department of Electrical Engineering
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 Bio: Prof. Dr. Saad Mekhilef is an IET Fellow and IEEE senior member. He is the associate editor of IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics and Journal of Power Electronics. He is a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Malaya, since June 1999.

He is currently the Director of Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Research Laboratory-PEARL- and the dean of faculty of engineering, University of Malaya.  He is the author and co-author of more than 300 publications in international journals and proceedings and 5 books with more than 27000.

 He frequently invited to give keynote lectures at international conferences. Prof. Saad listed by Thomson Reuters (Clarivate Analytics) as one of the Highly Cited (Hi Ci) engineering researchers in the world and included in the Thomson Reuters’ The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2018, 2019, and 2020. He is actively involved in industrial consultancy for major corporations in power electronics projects. His research interests include power conversion techniques, control of power converters, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.