School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Speaker: Dr Farhad Shahnia
Seminar Date: Wed, 15/11/2017 - 09:00
Venue: Room 302, building 7 (Parnell)
Host: Prof Tapan Saha

Seminar Type:  ITEE Research Seminar


Electricity systems around the world are experiencing a radical transition as the consequence of replacing fossil fuels (used for electricity production) by sustainable and cleaner energies. The growing penetration of renewable energies requires smarter techniques capable of handling the uncertainties of these intermittent sources. Along with this change, traditionally centralized power systems are also converting into distributed self-sufficient systems, often referred to as microgrids, that can operate independently or in grid-connected mode. This presentation focuses on remote area microgrids as a hot research topic in Australia and Southeast Asia that have hundreds of remote and off-grid towns, communities, and islands. It is expected that remote area microgrids will strongly benefit these remote locations in the forthcoming years. This presentation will introduce and discuss some of the technical challenges and research gaps of such systems that needs to be addressed by the researchers.


Dr Farhad Shahnia received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane in 2012. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering, Murdoch University, Perth. Before that, he was a Lecturer at Curtin University, Perth (2012-15), a research scholar at QUT (2008-11), and an R&D engineer at Eastern Azarbayjan Electric Power Distribution Company, Iran (2005-08). Dr. Shahnia's research falls under operation and control of distribution networks, smart grids and microgrids. He has edited 6 books, and has authored 9 book chapters and over 100 peer-reviewed scholarly articles in international conferences and journals in the above research areas. Three of his conference papers have won the Best Paper Awards in IEEE conferences in 2011, 2014, and 2016. He has also received the IET Premium Award for his paper in the IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution journal in 2015. One of his articles was listed under the top-25 most cited articles in the Electric Power System Research journal in 2015 while one of his 2015 journal articles has been listed under the top-5 most read articles of the Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He was the recipient of Curtin Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award in 2014 and the Australia-China Young Scientist Exchange Award in 2016.