Institution of Engineers India (IEI) Qatar Chapter recently conducted a technical webinar session on ‘Future Power Network (Smart Grid) – Challenges and Trends”. The session was attended by around 100 engineers via Zoom.
Dr Mohamed Abdulla E al-Hitmi, head of Electrical Engineering Department, Qatar University, was the chief guest. Dr al-Hitmi, associate professor, explained that the traditional electricity grids had almost no storage capabilities. They are demand driven and have a hierarchical structure. A smart grid is an electricity network enabling a two-way flow of electricity and data whereby smart metering is often seen as a first step towards and future possibilities for electric vehiclesl.
Professor Atif Iqbal, vice-chair IEEE Qatar Section and from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Qatar University, was the keynote speaker. His talk highlighted the challenges and requirements for changing the power grid face from traditional to smart. The concept of smart grid includes renewable energy sources and electric vehicle integration. The increasing penetration of EV in the power grid as upcoming challenge for DSOs was highlighted in the talk. Other enabling technologies such as advanced sensing and control technologies, information and communications technologies (ICT), power electronics controllers, and energy storage were also discussed.
Abdul Sathar, honorary chairman of IEI Qatar chapter, welcomed the gathering, introduced the guest speakers to the gathering and talked about the topic. Dr Abdul Hameed, IEI honorary secretary, compered the event and Ajay Kumar Singh proposed the vote of thanks.