Plenary Sessions

Prof. Séddik BACHA
Université Joseph Fourier Grenoble, France

Laboratoire Génie-électrique   Grenoble (G2ELab)

Professor Seddik Bacha
received the Engineering and Magister degree from École Nationale Polytechnique of Algiers in 1982 and 1990, and the PhD and HDR degrees in 1993 and 1998 from Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France, respectively. He is presently the manager of the Power System Group in the Grénoble Electrical Engineering Laboratory and Professor at the Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble. His interests are power electronics systems, power quality, and renewable energy.

Title: Power electronics offers for the future supergrid

Abstract: Renewable energy systems are increasing hugely these past years. The amount of the grid connected renewable, excepting large hydro plants, represents more than 300 nuclear units. Both transmission and distributed grids are not designed for such quantity. The renewables are, surely, mandatory in the energy mix but their integration must fulfill with some rules regarding mainly frequency and voltage stability. The various grid codes increase the degree of exigency making operators, producers, manufacturers obliged to control more drastically the different energy fluxes. Power electronic systems are in the middle of the solutions set.

The keynote will focus on Power electronics provides solutions for the energy fluxes control, power quality issues and in general makes possible the new grid architectures for grid integration: HVDC networks, FACTS, DFACTS…


University of Houston
Department of Engineering Technology
College of Technology
Houston, United States

Dr. Driss Benhaddou
is a Fulbright scholar and an Associate Professor at the University of Houston (UH), Texas. He was a Fulbright visiting Professor at Al Akhawayn University, School of Science and Engineering during academic year 2012/2013. He is actively involved in optical networking, sensor networks research activities, and network-centered smart systems. He developed state of the art wireless and optical networking research lab ( and the AT&T lab ( at UH. Dr. Benhaddou has an extensive industrial experience with Lambda Optical Systems and Sprint, where he played a key role in protocol development and systems integration activities. He holds two doctoral degrees in optoelectronics and telecommunication networking from the University of Montpellier II, France, in 1995, and the University of Missouri in 2002.

Title: Wireless Sensor Networks for Distributed Renewable Energy in Smart Grid

Abstract: The current power grid is evolving toward a “smart grid” concept with power generation and distribution not limited to only large power stations. With the advent of small scale renewable energy technologies, such as solar energy (i.e. photovoltaic (PV)), and wind energy, smart grid will be composed of complex distributed systems of generators that accommodate renewable power spread in diverse locations, including customers. A typical scenario to consider is a customer implementing a solar energy system that will be used to deliver electricity to its needs while interacting with the smart grid for optimum operation of the building. Such a customer can store the solar energy, draw more energy from the grid, or sell energy back to the smart grid. To make this scenario happen, the customer’s system needs to communicate with the grid (by interacting through the advanced metering system) in order to get all necessary control information. This presentation will talk about trends and challenges in implementing algorithms and software components that will enable efficient integration of solar energy in buildings in a smart grid environment using wireless sensor networks. The talk will also present the current implementation at the University of Houston, challenges and research opportunities.

Prof.  Enrique J. DEDE
University of Valencia.
R&D Director at the company  GH Electrotermia S.A.

Professor. Enrique J. Dede
obtained his PhD in Electronics from the University of Valencia. Full Professor in Power Electronics at the University of Valencia since 1991 and R&D Director at the company GH Electrotermia S.A.

Dr. Dede holds several international patents on high frequency inverters for induction heating and has written more than 200 papers in the field of Power Electronics. He has more than 30 years experience in the field of Power Electronics and particularly in the design of high frequency inverters for induction heating, telecom power and recently in the conception and design of fast DC chargers for EV´s.

Prof. Dede was former member of the European Working Group of the IAS-IEEE, past President of the joint Spanish IEEE Chapter of the Power Electronics Society (PELS) and Industrial Electronics Society (IES) and was the General Chair of the European Power Electronics Conference-EPE 2009- held in Barcelona (Spain), with more than 1.000 delegates.

Dr. Dede is actually serving as the Vice- President of the European Power Electronics Association (EPE) and he is member of the International Advisory Board of the PCIM-Europe and PCIM-Asia.

Title: e-Mobility, a key technology for achieving the 2020 EU objectives

Abstract: The presentation aims to give an overview on different aspects related to e-mobility in a global context, emphasising the EU situation, for the real deployment of electric vehicles, as one of the key players for solving some of the current social Megatrends and specially those related to sustainability, energy efficiency and competiveness in EU.

EV infrastructure deployment is a key issue for the success of e-Mobility in Europe and worldwide. EV´s charging modes, charger requirements and corresponding applicable standards for contact charging are presented as well as the current power converter topologies for on-board and off- board chargers. Wireless charging is also a subject discussed during the presentation.

The integration of chargers in smart grids is extensible described, as well as the actual ICT services for the smart charging of EV´s.