Tracks and special sessions

Call for special session proposals

Do you want to propose a special session? Please have a look to the call for special sessions and submit the SS proposal form before the deadline.

Technical tracks

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Track chairs
  • Efstratios Batzelis, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
  • Maria Carmela Di Piazza, ISSIA-CNR Palermo, Italy
  • João Pedro Trovão, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
This track includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:
  • Multi-physics approaches for power converter and electrical machine simulations
  • Models for the analysis and design of magnetic components, renewable sources and energy storage systems
  • Modelling of electrical appliances, electrical systems and power plants
  • Real-time simulation and hardware-in-the-loop validation methods
  • DSP and FPGA technologies for parallel and distributed computation in electrical engineering
  • Continuous-time and discrete-time formulation of high complexity dynamical electrical systems

Track chairs
  • Mario Cacciato, Università degli studi di Catania, Italy
  • Bruno Sareni, ENSEEIHT, France
  • Dmitri Vinnikov, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
  • New topologies for wireless power transfer systems and multilevel converters
  • Power factor correction circuits, static var compensators, active power filters
  • Methods and techniques for the energy harvesting
  • New devices and technologies for enhancing energy efficiency and reliability
  • HVDC and HVAC power system architectures
  • Wired and wireless architectures for electric vehicles charging
  • Fault tolerant architectures for power processing and energy management systems
  • Resilient electrical power systems (generation, transmission, distribution and utilization)
  • High performance converters using wide band-gap power devices
Track chairs
  • Carlos Andres Ramos Paja, Universidad national de Colombia, Colombia
  • Seiichiro Katsura, Keio University, Japan
  • Eftichios Koutroulis, Technical university of Crete, Greece
Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
  • New progresses in nonlinear and adaptive control, optimal and robust control, predictive control
  • Motion control for electrical machine
  • Power quality in microgrids and renewable energy generation
  • Drives and battery management systems in hybrid and electric vehicles
  • Advanced control methods and modulation techniques for multilevel converters
  • Power converter interfaces and control techniques for photovoltaic and wind farm applications
  • Artificial intelligence, neural networks and fuzzy logic for power electronics controls and energy management in smart grid
  • ICT and IoT solutions in power electronics, transportation, distribution and smart grid applications
  • Microcontroller and embedded system for real-time and model-based controls

Track chairs
  • Federico Baronti, Università di Pisa, Italy
  • Pavle Boskoski, Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Marie-Cecile Pera, Université de Franche-Comté, France
Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
  • Online diagnosis of renewable sources, power converters, electrical machines and energy storage systems
  • Fault detection and fault identification techniques
  • Accelerated lifetime simulation, degradation and ageing phenomenon identification and modelling
  • State of health estimation methods for Fuel Cell, Super capacitor, Batteries, Electrolyser (EIS-, data-based approaches, ...)
  • Battery state of charge estimation
  • Thermal, noise and vibration issues in electrical machines
  • Smart monitoring and smart sensors

Special sessions

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Special session chairs
Theme and topics

In competitive markets, there is a significant pressure on engineers working in R&D departments to reduce the time to market. There is then a real need of developing new design tools in order to make available the appropriate electrical drives in the shorter time possible. In general, due to its use since decades and its accuracy as compared to measurements, the finite element method is widely used in R&D departments. However, its use requires a certain expertise and is time consuming, in particular for 3D problems. It is in this perspective that there is a research effort in order to develop faster and more easy modelling tool.

The main objective of this special session is to bring the ideas of the worldwide research community into common platform, to present the latest advances and developments in modelling and design of electromagnetic devices for different applications.

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
  • Analytical and semi-analytical modelling (2D and 3D problems)
  • Coupling of analytical models with numerical
    and semi-numerical models
  • Numerical problems
  • Multi-physic modelling
  • Design optimization

SS1 call for paper (26th November 2018)

Special session chairs
Theme and topics

Modelling and simulation play an important role in the analysis and design stages of PV systems. Feasibility study and project development rely on energy yield simulations, that in turns require proper PV system modelling together with fast and accurate simulation tools.

This Special Session is intended for papers that present innovative analytical and computers solutions to model, identify and simulate either the full PV system or its components, such as PV modules and/or the power converters connected to it. Different solar technologies as Si-PV and Organic solar cells are in the focus of this call. In the same way, modelling, simulation and experimental results about monofacial and bifacial PV systems are of interest. Different types of simulation techniques are appropriated for this call, which include (but is not limited to) pure simulation techniques, both Offline and Real-Time, as well as hardware in the loop simulation methodologies (HIL, PHIL, CHIL and Rapid Prototyping). Moreover, validation studies of different PV solar cells and modules models are relevant for this Special Session.

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
  • Optical, electrical and thermal modelling of PV systems
  • Multi-scale and multi-physics models of PV systems’ components
  • Simulation tools to design and analyse PV systems
  • Off-line simulation of PV systems
  • Real-Time simulation of PV systems
  • HIL, PHIL and CHIL simulation of PV systems
  • PV Model Validation
  • Identification of PV modules and systems parameters aiming at faster and/or more accurate simulation

SS2 call for paper (10th December 2018)

Special session chairs
Theme and topics

Whenever any components of a photovoltaic (PV) system fail or degrade, the performance of the full system is affected. Issues may arise in terms of system downtime and lower energy production, as well as reduced reliability and safety of the whole PV system. Thus, a correct and timely detection of components faults and degradation is core to maintain proper performance, ensure safety and reduce Operation and Maintenance (O&M) cost of PV systems, enabling also for a lower Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE).

This special session aims to focus on state-of-the-art research and development in the areas of identification, diagnosis and prognosis of PV systems. Studies in better understanding of the root causes of PV systems failures open the way to development of more reliable PV systems, novel diagnosis/prognosis methodologies and optimized maintenance strategies; thus they are appropriated for this call. Different solar technologies, as Si-PV and organic solar cells as well as monofacial and bifacial PV systems, are in the focus of this Special Session, whose main intention is to allow researchers to share experience and discuss advancements included in (but not limited to) the following topics of interest.

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
  • Failure mechanisms in PV systems
  • On-line and Off-line fault detection of PV systems’ components
  • Real-time fault detection
  • Statistical fault detection
  • New methods to diagnose fault types in PV systems
  • Identification of PV modules and systems parameters for diagnostic purposes
  • Early identification of PV system components’ degradation
  • Failure forecasting techniques for PV applications
  • New techniques for PV system state-of-health monitoring/supervising
  • Identification of PV modules mismatch
  • Root cause of PV systems failure and reliability of PV systems’ components

SS3 call for paper (10th December 2018)

Special session chairs
Theme and topics

With the steadily increasing penetration of distribution generators and DC loads, electric distribution grid may experience more challenges in terms of low power quality, high voltage variation, stability issues and less inertia. Moreover, the AC network for distribution generators, e.g. PV panels, fuel cells, and micro-wind turbines, as well as DC loads connection has been proved lower efficiency than the DC network. The distribution network needs to be reinforced by increasing the capacity of existing components, like larger size cables, larger capacity transformers and providing hybrid AC/DC grids. However, these upgrades are costly, time consuming and may lead to disruption of customers.

The solid-state transformer-based Smart Transformer, can reduce the distribution network reinforcement and provide the connectivity of DC networks. Smart Transformer can provide extra ancillary services to distribution grids, e.g. power flow control, harmonic compensation, resonance damping, load identification and soft reduction, and hybrid operation of AC/DC grids as well. The objective of this session is to focus on the potential application of ST in future distribution grid, to provide an open opportunity for presentation and discussion of advanced technologies, while promoting academic and industrial interaction and cooperation.

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
  • Advanced architectures of Smart Transformer to improve system faulty tolerance and operating efficiency
  • Protection in Smart Transformer-fed AC and DC networks
  • High power quality and Electro-Magnetic Interference suppression
  • Post-grid fault operation of Smart Transformer
  • Ancillary services provided by Smart Transformer for distribution grid
  • DC network management
  • Impacts of Smart Transformer on distribution grid stability

SS4 call for paper (26th November 2018)

Special session chairs
Theme and topics

There is an ever-increasing need for Energy Storage Systems (ESSs) in mobile and stationary electrical applications such as electric/hybrid vehicles, robots and drones, renewable energy systems, and micro/nanogrids. Depending on the application, ESSs can represent the only available power source, be used as a backup source, or act as a short-term or long-term energy buffer; in the latter case, they also enable the implementation of suitable management techniques aimed at maximizing system efficiency or autonomy, minimizing operating cost, etc..

Besides encompassing the physical storage device, ESSs must include suitably devised AC/DC or DC/DC power electronic converters to process the energy flow. Furthermore, given that ESSs are often an expensive and long-term investment, accurate modelling and simulation play a crucial role for ensuring adequate performance in real-world applications. Finally, model-based ESS hardware emulation is a very useful possibility that lowers the cost and complexity of system tests.

This special session is aimed at presenting the latest advances and developments in ESS technologies of different kind (batteries of various chemistry, supercapacitors, hydrogen storage, flywheels, etc.), with particular reference to advanced modeling, high-performance/high-efficiency power electronic converters, high-performance linear and nonlinear control systems, high-power dynamic ESS hardware emulation, and advanced ESS management techniques.

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
  • power electronic converters for ESSs using novel hardware topologies and wide bandgap devices
  • high-performance linear and nonlinear control techniques for ESSs
  • advanced electrical and thermal models for ESSs
  • parameter identification techniques for ESS models
  • real-time ESS hardware emulation
  • Battery Management Systems / Energy Management Systems
  • hybrid generation and storage systems
  • supercapacitor and hybrid supercapacitors modeling
  • electrolyzers supply and control, and hydrogen storage technologies
  • applications of flywheel ESSs

SS5 call for paper (26th November 2018)

Special session chairs
Theme and topics

Electrical energy is today omnipresent and its distribution is undergoing a major revolution from a centralized production to a distributed generation. Thus a large number of active sources (wind farms, solar farms, small resources distributed energy, storage systems, flexible charges…) are connected to the power grid through static power converters systems. This imposes new challenges to the stability, quality and resilience of the future power systems. Therefore, it is important to develop new methods and tools for advanced control technologies so that all stakeholders can contribute to the power system regulation in an autonomous and responsible way. This is also true for other energy systems, as in the case of the more electric aircraft, all-electric ships and autonomous vehicles. Control of power electronic converters lies in the heart of these applications for efficient and optimized energy management. This special session aims to connect the forces of all communities working in the areas of control and power electronics, in academia or industry, to address emerging issues in modelling, control, and power electronic conversion systems.

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
  • control of power electronic converters
  • Power quality control
  • Power factor control
  • Emerging control strategies
  • Integration of wind, solar energy, energy storage
  • Control of multi-converter systems

SS6 call for paper (26th November 2018)

Special session chairs
  • Patrizia Lamberti
    DIEM - Dipartimento di ingegneria dell'Informazione ed Elettrica e Matematica applicata
    Università degli studi di Salerno, Fisciano (SA), Italy
  • Polina P. Kuzhir
    Research Institute for Nuclear Problems
    Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus
Theme and topics

Materials and devices based on graphene and related 2D materials are increasingly proposed in many industrial applications, such as power electronic sector, due to the exceptional intrinsic properties offered by such systems. In order to optimize the performances without extensive and costly trial and error tests and to move from lab-scale to industrial-scale, accurate modelling and simulation are required at both material and device level by keeping in to account uncertainties and tolerances affecting the production process. The aim of the session is to present recent results concerning the realization, modelling and simulation of new devices employing graphene and related 2D material. In particular, papers focused on either theoretical approaches or experimental techniques for achieving increased efficiency, reliability, robustness of the materials and devices are of special interest.

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
  • passive and active devices based on graphene and related 2D material
  • analytical and semi-analytical modelling of graphene-based devices
  • multi-physic modelling of graphene-based devices
  • circuital modelling of graphene-based devices
  • coupling of models with experimental results
  • sensitivity analysis of graphene-based devices
  • design optimization in presence of uncertainty of graphene-based devices

SS7 call for paper (1st CFP, 14th November 2018)

Special session chairs
  • Pierpaolo Polverino
    DIIN - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale
    Università degli studi di Salerno, Fisciano (SA), Italy
  • Samuel Simon Araya
    Department of Energy Technology
    Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Theme and topics

This Special Session aims at collecting the most recent updates on the development and application of models, methods and devices for monitoring and fault diagnosis of fuel cells. Contributions carried out within EU funded projects are highly encouraged.

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
  • Advanced diagnostic methodologies
  • Fault detection and isolation
  • Experimental characterization
  • Degradation and lifetime monitoring
  • Devices for on-board monitoring and diagnosis
  • Diagnostic oriented converters and inverters
  • Online state estimation

SS8 call for paper (26th November 2018)

Special session chairs
  • Francesca Soavi
    Department of Chemistry “Giacomo Ciamician”
    University of Bologna, Italy
  • Silvia Bodoardo
    Dipartimento di Scienza Applicata e Tecnologia
    Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Theme and topics

Advances in Li-ion battery and post Li-ion battery chemistries and supercapacitors will be presented with a focus on materials, material processing and cell design. Low environmental impact approaches and strategies to manage end-of-life devices are included. Modelling studies will be discussed as powerful tools to evaluate energy storage system performance for e-mobility, smart-grids and renewable energy storage plants. Test and analysis method for the evaluation of system safety and longevity are welcome.

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
  • Lithium-ion batteries and beyond
  • Supercapacitors
  • Materials for electrochemical storage application
  • Modelling
  • LCA and second-life
  • Cell design
  • Test and Analysis

SS9 call for paper (3rd December 2018)

Special session chairs
Theme and topics

Li-ion batteries (LIBs) technology is widely adopted, from large-scale applications (e.g. utility use case, e-mobility) to small-scale applications (e.g. portable devices, mobile phones, and e-cigarettes). Passing from single cells to modules and packs, failure modes become increasingly complex, and their potential damage can be huge (e.g. vehicle burn down) and difficult to address. Thermal, mechanical or electrical abuse may develop into thermal runaway, which is the most safety-critical failure mode of battery cells. There are many causes that can trigger battery thermal runaway: overcharge, overheat, short circuit. Failures that can lead to thermal runaway can be classified into external to the cell (e.g. external short circuit, external fire, overcharge, crush) or internal to the cell (e.g. dendrites, manufacturing defects). Of all the possible scenarios, the presence of manufacturing defects is by far the most worrying. In fact, they cannot be predicted, nor intercepted by current battery management systems (BMS). Therefore, the identification and adoption of innovative procedures and technologies to predict and mitigate this type of phenomena is essential for large utilities in order to reduce the operation and maintenance costs of assets such as BESSs (Battery Energy Storage Systems).

This special session is aimed at presenting the latest advances and developments in fields such as: data-driven and rule-based algorithms for real-time predictive diagnostics, anomaly/fault detection, capacity degradation estimation, thermal runaway characterization, prediction and detection, techniques for risk mitigation and increased safety of LIBs.

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
  • Innovative control systems for large scale BESSs based on statistical and AI techniques applied to detect potential critical events (thermal runaway)
  • Machine learning data analytics to enable storage plant predictive maintenance capabilities
  • Predictive diagnostic algorithms for evaluation of critical scenarios precursors (predictive diagnostic, anomaly/fault detection)
  • Characterization of thermal runaway and related triggers; techniques to mitigate the risk of thermal runaway and thermal propagation
  • Data-driven and rule-based algorithms for the estimation of capacity derating of large scale BESSs
  • Non-intrusive external or internal sensors and measurement devices for real-time State of Health estimation for large scale BESSs

SS10 call for paper (26th November 2018)

Special session chairs
  • Fabrizio Marignetti
    DIEI - Department of Electrical and Information Engineering
    University of Cassino and South Lazio Italy
  • Piergiacomo Cancelliere
    Central Directorate for Technical Safety and Fire Protection
    Italian National Fire Rescue and Service (CNVVF)
    Ministry of Interior, Italy
Theme and topics

Electrical systems, especially for civil and industrial installations, must guarantee operation in critical conditions. In disruptive events like floods, explosions, fires, earthquakes, some parts of the plants must be operated to prevent further damages to structure and plants and help saving human lives. Electrical components and systems must be designed to operate in critical conditions or to withstand extreme temperatures and pressures. This special session is devoted to the analysis of components under these conditions.

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:
  • fire-safe transformers, electrical machines and cables
  • risk assessment of electrical systems and components
  • fire performance of batteries and power switches
  • waterproof components
  • safety electrovalves
  • communications for emergency devices

SS11 call for paper (11th December 2018)

Do you want to propose a special session? Please have a look to the call for special sessions and submit the SS proposal form before the deadline.

Last update: 12th December 2018