Keynote Speaker:
Qing-Chang Zhong
Chair Professor in Control and Systems Engineering,
University of Sheffield, UK
Next-Generation Smart Grids: Completely Autonomous Power Systems (CAPS)

Power systems are going through a paradigm change from centralised generation, to distributed generation, and further onto smart grids. A large number of renewable energy sources, electric vehicles, and storage systems are being connected to power systems. Moreover, various loads are being required to take part in demand responses and to improve energy efficiency. These make it impossible to operate power systems in the conventional way, simply because of the huge number of players in the system. In this lecture, the architecture to achieve Completely Autonomous Power Systems (CAPS) is presented and a feasible technical route for implementation is demonstrated, based on the synchronverter technology that makes converters behave like synchronous machines.


Qing-Chang Zhong is the Chair Professor in Control and Systems Engineering at the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, The University of Sheffield, UK, and a Specialist recognised by the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Power Electronics Society. He obtained his PhD degree in control theory and applications in 2000 from Shanghai Jiao-Tong University and his PhD degree in control and power engineering in 2004 from Imperial College London (awarded the Best Doctoral Thesis Prize). In 2012-2013, he spent a six-month sabbatical at the Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics (CCSD), University of California, San Diego, USA and an eight-month sabbatical at the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA and visited more than 20 US research centers, national labs and major companies. He (co-)authored three research monographs, including Control of Power Inverters in Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration (Wiley-IEEE Press, 2013), and a fourth, Completely Autonomous Power Systems (CAPS): Next Generation Smart Grids, is scheduled for publication by Wiley-IEEE Press in 2015. He, jointly with G. Weiss, invented the synchronverter technology to make inverters behave like synchronous generators, which was awarded Highly Commended at the 2009 IET Innovation Awards. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a Senior Member of IEEE, the Vice-Chair of IFAC TC 6.3 (Power and Energy Systems) and was a Senior Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust, UK (2009–2010). He serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, IEEE Access, European Journal of Control and the Conference Editorial Board of the IEEE Control Systems Society. His research focuses on power electronics, advanced control theory and the integration of both, together with applications in renewable energy, smart grid integration, electric drives and electric vehicles, aircraft power systems, high-speed trains etc.