Dr Ahmed Zobaa

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Senior Lecturer in Power Systems / MSc Course Director - Sustainable Electrical Power

Room: HWLL 220
Brunel University London
Uxbridge
UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 265335
Email: Ahmed.Zobaa@brunel.ac.uk

Summary

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Electric Power & Machines, 1st Class Honours, Cairo University, July 1992.
  • MSc Electric Power & Machines, Cairo University, May 1997.
  • PhD Electric Power & Machines, Cairo University, November 2002.

Professional history

Egypt:

  • 1992 – 1997 Instructor, Cairo University, Egypt
  • 1997- 2003 Teaching Assistant, Cairo University, Egypt
  • 2003 – 2008 Assistant Professor, Cairo University, Egypt
  • 2008 – Date Associate Professor (on leave), Cairo University, Egypt

United Kingdom:

  • 2007 – 2010 Senior Lecturer, Exeter University, UK
  • 2007 – 2010 Electrical Engineering Team Leader, PRIMaRE, UK
  • 2010 - Date Senior Lecturer, Brunel University, UK

Research and Teaching

Research Interests

  • Lighting Applications.
  • Power quality problems in power systems.
  • Evaluation and compensation of reactive power using capacitors and filters (passive or active).
  • Grid integration of (marine) renewable energy.
  • Design and optimization of wind energy systems (onshore & offshore).
  • Design, performance analysis, and cost benefit analysis of photovoltaic energy systems.
  • Energy management.
  • Smart Grids.

Current Research

  • Modular Development Plan of the Pan-European Transmission System 2050 (e-HIGHWAY2050), 2012-2015 (£13M, Co.I).

Previous Research

  • (VN-TU116) Investigation of the Possibilities for Implementation the Active Power Filters for Increasing the Energy Efficiency of the Use of Electrical Power and Improving Power Quality, National Science Fund, Bulgaria, 2005-2009. (€55k, Member).
  • Establishing a new Power Systems Laboratory at University of Exeter - I, Southwest Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), 2008. (£240k, PI).
  • ESRC/EPSRC Research Cluster: Britain’s Energy Security in a Multipolar World, ESRC/EPSRC, 2008. (£400k, Member)
  • Establishing a new Power Systems Laboratory at University of Exeter - II, Southwest Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), 2008. (£107k, PI).
  • Ocean Lider, Iberdrola Ingeniería, 2009-2010. (€30M, International Collaborator with University of Cantabria).

Teaching

Undergraduate courses:

  • Level 1: EE1068: Electronic Engineering Workshop
  • Level 2: EE2603: Electrical Engineering and Sustainability
  • Level 3: EE3605: Renewable Energy in Power Systems (Module Leader)

Postgraduate courses:

MSc in Sustainable Electrical Power

  • EE5519: Power Electronics and FACTS
  • EE5521: Power System Stability and Control (Module Leader)
  • EE5523: Sustainable Electrical Power Workshops
  • EE5524: Sustainable Power Generation (Module Leader)

MSc Advanced Electronic and Electrical Engineering

  • EE5568: Renewable Energy and Power Electronics Systems (Module Leader)

Activities

Professional qualifications

  • The Royal Society of Arts, Fellow
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology  (IET), Fellow
  • The Energy Institute (EI) in UK, Fellow
  • The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) in UK, Fellow
  • The Higher Education Academy (HEA) in UK, Fellow
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in USA, Senior Member
  • IEEE Standards Association, Member
  • International Solar Energy Society (ISES), Member
  • European Society for Engineering Education, Member
  • European Power Electronics and Drives Association, Member
  • Engineering Council UK, Registered Chartered Energy  Engineer
  • Engineering Council UK, Registered Chartered Engineer
  • Engineering Council UK, Registered International Professional Engineer
  • European Federation of  National Engineering Associations, Registered European Engineer
  • EgyptianSyndicate of Engineers, Member 
  • Egyptian Society of Engineers, Member

Training/Short courses

Developing and teaching power systems courses in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab of Emirates.

Publications

Publications

Journal Papers

(2014) La Scala, M., Vaccaro, A. and Zobaa, AF., A goal programming methodology for multiobjective optimization of distributed energy hubs operation, Applied Thermal Engineering 71 (2) : 658- 666

(2014) Zobaa, AF. and Abdel Aleem, SHE., A new approach for harmonic distortion minimization in power systems supplying nonlinear loads, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics 10 (2) : 1401- 1412

(2014) Gargov, NP., Zobaa, AF. and Pisica, I., Separated magnet yoke for permanent magnet linear generator for marine wave energy converters, Electric Power Systems Research 109 (0) : 63- 70 Download publication

(2014) Vaccaro, A., Zobaa, AF. and Formato, G., Vulnerability analysis of satellite-based synchronized smart grids monitoring systems, Electric Power Components and Systems 42 (3-4) : 408- 417

(2014) Gargov, NP., Zobaa, AF. and Pisica, I., Investigation of multi-phase tubular permanent magnet linear generator for wave energy converters, Electric Power Components and Systems 42 (2) : 124- 131

(2014) Zobaa, AF., Optimal multiobjective design of hybrid active power filters considering a distorted environment, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics 61 (1) : 107- 114

(2013) Shahrazad, M. and Zobaa, AF., Optimal allocation of FACTS devices in distribution networks using Imperialist Competitive Algorithm, International Review of Electrical Engineering 8 (5) : 1539- 1547

(2013) Mitchell, J., Zobaa, A., Patra, A., Ribeiro, PF., Mylvaganam, S., Timmerberg, J. and Nolle, E., Then and now: perspectives on teaching electrical and electronic engineering, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION 50 (3) : 345- 350 Download publication

(2013) Arroyo, A., Manana, M., Gomez, C., Fernandez, I., Delgado, F. and Zobaa, AF., A methodology for the low-cost optimisation of small wind turbine performance, Applied Energy 104 1- 9

(2013) Suresh Kumar, V., Ramela, KR. and Zobaa, AF., A cuk converter to improve the ride-through capability of low power adjustable speed drives for voltage sag and swell, International Review of Electrical Engineering 8 (4) : 1302- 1310

(2013) La Scala, M., Vaccaro, A. and Zobaa, AF., A goal programming methodology for multiobjective optimization of distributed energy hubs operation, Applied Thermal Engineering

(2013) Aleem, SHEA., Elmathana, MT. and Zobaa, AF., Different design approaches of shunt passive harmonic filters based on IEEE Std. 519-1992 and IEEE Std. 18-2002, Recent Patents on Electrical and Electronic Engineering 6 (1) : 68- 75

(2013) Afifi, SN., Hassan, MG. and Zobaa, AF., How Market Regulatory Framework and Policy Affected the CHP Development in Meeting 2010 Targets in the UK (vol 7, pg 331, 2010), ENERGY SOURCES PART B-ECONOMICS PLANNING AND POLICY 8 (1) : 106- 106 Download publication

(2013) Mohanraj, K., Paramasivam, S., Dash, SS. and Zobaa, AF., Open and short circuit diagnosis of a VSI fed three phase induction motor drive using fuzzy logic technique, International Review on Modelling and Simulations 6 (6) : 1858- 1864

(2013) Pandi, VR., Zeineldin, HH., Xiao, W. and Zobaa, AF., Optimal penetration levels for inverter-based distributed generation considering harmonic limits, Electric Power Systems Research 97 68- 75

(2013) Vaccaro, A. and Zobaa, AF., Voltage regulation in active networks by distributed and cooperative meta-heuristic optimizers, Electric Power Systems Research 99 9- 17

(2012) Wang, JX., Zobaa, AF., Bie, ZH. and Xia, DZ., From mathematical analysis to experimental calculation: Teaching three-phase shortcircuits of a synchronous generator, International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education 49 (4) : 444- 463

(2012) Gargov, NP. and Zobaa, AF., Multiphase air-cored tubular permanent magnet linear generator for wave energy converters, IET Renewable Power Generation 6 (3) : 171- 176

(2013) Afifi, SN., Hassan, MG. and Zobaa, AF., Erratum: How market regulatory framework and policy affected the CHP development in Meeting 2010 targets in the UK (Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy 7: 4 (331-338)), Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning and Policy 8 (1) : 106- 106

(2012) Hassan, MG., Afifi, S. and Zobaa, AF., How market regulatory framework and policy affected the CHP development in meeting 2010 targets in the UK, Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning and Policy 7 (4) : 331- 338

(2012) Aleem, SHEA., Zobaa, AF. and Aziz, MMA., Optimal C-Type Passive Filter Based on Minimization of the Voltage Harmonic Distortion for Nonlinear Loads, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS 59 (1) : 281- 289 Download publication

(2012) Elmathana, MT., Zobaa, AF. and Hegazy, Y., Optimal harmonic filters design based mean value estimation of the source and load characteristics, Recent Patents on Electrical and Electronic Engineering 5 (2) : 155- 163

(2012) Ali, HAM., Zobaa, AF. and El-Zahab, EEA., Single-tuned passive harmonic filters design with uncertain source and load characteristics, Recent Patents on Electrical Engineering 5 (1) : 72- 80

(2013) Afifi, SN., Hassan, MG. and Zobaa, AF., The impacts of the proposed nabucco gas pipeline on eu common energy policy, Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning and Policy 8 (1) : 14- 27

(2011) Vaccaro, A., Velotto, G. and Zobaa, AF., A Decentralized and Cooperative Architecture for Optimal Voltage Regulation in Smart Grids, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS 58 (10) : 4593- 4602 Download publication

(2011) Rozlan, MBM., Zobaa, AF. and Aleem, SHEA., The Optimisation of Stand-Alone Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems Using HOMER, INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING-IREE 6 (4) : 1802- 1810 Download publication

(2011) Palanivel, P., Dash, SS., Chellammal, N. and Zobaa, AF., Performance Analysis of Three Phase Multilevel Inverters Using Sinusoidal Pulse Width Modulation with Zero Sequence Signal, INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING-IREE 6 (2) : 566- 573 Download publication

(2011) Abd, WS., Zobaa, AF. and Aziz, MMA., Assessment of different objectives for harmonics passive filters design, Recent Patents on Electrical Engineering 4 (3) : 193- 201

(2011) Vaccaro, A. and Zobaa, AF., Cooperative fuzzy controllers for autonomous voltage regulation in Smart Grids, Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing 2 (1) : 1- 10

(2011) Moirangthem, J., Dash, SS. and Zobaa, AF., Different methodologies to determine break point relays in a power system protection, International Review on Modelling and Simulations 4 (6) : 3208- 3213

(2011) Khaleghi Kerahroudi, S. and Zobaa, AF., Dynamic performance of the wind synchronous generators with different types of excitation systems, International Review on Modelling and Simulations 4 (6) : 2802- 2810

(2011) Rabbani, R. and Zobaa, AF., Dynamic performance of wind asynchronous generators using different types and locations of fault, International Review on Modelling and Simulations 4 (6) : 2795- 2801

(2011) Subramani, C., Dash, SS., Zobaa, AF. and Kumar, V., Line stability index for steady state stability enhancement using FACTS device, International Review on Modelling and Simulations 4 (6) : 3119- 3124

(2011) Kavitha, D., Zobaa, AF., Renuga, P. and Kumar, VS., NSGA-II Optimized Neural Network Controlled Active Power Line Conditioner Under Non-Sinusoidal Conditions, INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING-IREE 6 2604- 2610

(2011) Zobaa, AF. and Lecci, A., Particle swarm optimisation of resonant controller parameters for power converters, IET Power Electronics 4 (2) : 235- 241

(2011) Zeineldin, HH. and Zobaa, AF., Particle Swarm Optimization of Passive Filters for Industrial Plants in Distribution Networks, ELECTRIC POWER COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS 39 1795- 1808

(2011) Delgado, F., Ortiz, A., Renedo, CJ., Pérez, S., Mañana, M. and Zobaa, AF., The influence of nuclear generation on CO2 emissions and on the cost of the Spanish system in long-term generation planning, International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems

(2011) Delgado, F., Ortiz, A., Renedo, CJ., Pérez, S., Mañana, M. and Zobaa, AF., The influence of nuclear generation on CO2 emissions and on the cost of the Spanish system in long-term generation planning, International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems 33 (3) : 673- 683

(2011) Manana, M., Arroyo, A., Silio, D., Delgado, F., Perez, S., Fernandez, I., Moreno, V., Pigazo, A., Zobaa, A., Roa, P. and Cardenal, J., WET: A wave energy toolbox for oscillating-body converters, OCEANS 2011 IEEE - Spain

(2010) Ibrahim, DK., Zobaa, AF., E-Zahab, EA. and Abo-Hamad, GM., Improving Mho and Quadrilateral Relays Performance During Power Swings, INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING-IREE 5 (6) : 2919- 2928 Download publication

(2010) Zobaa, AF., Abdel Aziz, MM. and Abdel Aleem, SHE., Comparison of shunt-passive and series-passive filters for DC drive loads, Electric Power Components and Systems 38 (3) : 275- 291

(2010) Vaccaro, A. and Zobaa, AF., Cooperative fuzzy controllers for autonomous voltage regulation in Smart Grids, Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing 1- 10

(2010) Abdelsalam, NM., Aziz, MS., Zobaa, AF. and Abdelaziz, MM., Optimizing operation at the Mubarak pumping station in Egypt, International Journal on Hydropower and Dams 17 (6) : 87- 91

(2010) Zeineldin, HH., Saif, A., Salama, MMA. and Zobaa, AF., Three-dimensional non-detection zone for assessing anti-islanding detection schemes, Electric Power Components and Systems 38 (6) : 621- 636

(2009) Greaves, D., Smith, G., Attrill, M., Belmont, M., Chadwick, A., Conley, D., Eccleston, A., Godley, B., Harrington, N., Hor, CL., Hosegood, P., Johanning, L., Millar, D., Pan, S., Reeve, D., Williams, J., Wolfram, J., Xu, J., Zobaa, A. and Zou, Q., Marine renewable energy development - research, design, install, PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS-MARITIME ENGINEERING 162 (4) : 187- 196 Download publication

(2009) Aloquili, OM., Zobaa, AF. and Zeineldin, HH., Power factor correction based on transmission loss minimization with uncertain source harmonics and load characteristics, Electric Power Components and Systems 37 (3) : 331- 346

(2009) Hassan, MG., Hirst, R., Siemieniuch, C. and Zobaa, A., The impact of energy awareness on energy efficiency, International Journal of Sustainable Engineering 2 (4) : 284- 297

(2008) Abdel Aziz, MM., Zobaa, AF., Ibrahim, DK. and Awad, MM., Transmission lines differential protection based on the energy conservation law, Electric Power Systems Research 78 (11) : 1865- 1872

(2007) Zobaa, AF. and Boghdady, TA., Integration into undergraduate courses of transformer tests using MATLAB/Simulink, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING EDUCATION 44 (4) : 319- 332 Download publication

Conference Papers

(2013) Alikhanzadeh, AH., Taylor, GA. and Zobaa, AF., Future electricity highways for pan-European transmission systems: A GB transmission system perspective, UPEC 2013, Proceedings of the 48th Universities Power Engineering Conference 2013

(2012) Rabbani, R., Taylor, GA. and Zobaa, AF., Critical evaluation of reduced models for stability analysis on the GB transmission system, UPEC 2012, Proceedings of the Universities Power Engineering Conference

(2012) Gargov, NP., Zobaa, AF. and Taylor, GA., Direct drive linear machine technologies for marine wave power generation, UPEC 2012, Proceedings of the Universities Power Engineering Conference

(2012) Kerahroudi, SK., Zobaa, AF., Taylor, GA., Bradley, M. and Yang, L., Investigating the impact of stability constraints on the future GB transmission system, UPEC 2012, Proceedings of the Universities Power Engineering Conference

(2012) Gargov, NP., Zobaa, AF. and Taylor, GA., Structural designs and forces in direct drive linear generators for marine wave power generation, UPEC 2012, Proceedings of the Universities Power Engineering Conference

(2014) Rabbani, R., Mohammadi, M., Kerahroudi, SK., Zobaa, AF. and Taylor, GA., Modelling of reduced GB transmission system in PSCAD/EMTDC, , Proceedings of the Universities Power Engineering Conference

(2014) Aleem, SHEA., Balci, ME., Zobaa, AF. and Sakar, S., Optimal passive filter design for effective utilization of cables and transformers under non-sinusoidal conditions, , Proceedings of International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power, ICHQP 626- 630

(2013) Ahmed, KH., Massoud, AM., Adam, GP. and Zobaa, AF., A state of the art review of control techniques for power electronics converter based distributed generation systems in different modes of operation, , Proceedings of 2013 International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications, ICRERA 2013 1042- 1047

(2013) Rabbani, R., Zobaa, AF. and Taylor, GA., Performance comparison of SVC with POD and synchronous generator excitation system to investigate oscillation damping control on the GB transmission system, , Proceedings of the Universities Power Engineering Conference

(2012) Kerahroudi, SK., Taylor, GA., Bradley, M. and Zobaa, AF., A framework for coordinated stability control in the future GB transmission system using HVDC and power flow controller devices, , IET Conference Publications (2012)

(2012) Leuchter, J., Bauer, P. and Zobaa, AF., An efficiency investigation and experimental verification of EGS with VSCF, Industrial Electronics Conference

(2012) Rabbani, R., Zobaa, AF. and Taylor, GA., Applications of simplified models to investigate oscillation damping control on the GB transmission system, , IET Conference Publications (2012)

(2012) Elmathana, MT., Zobaa, AF. and Abdel Aleem, SHE., Economical design of multiple-arm passive harmonic filters for an industrial firm - Case study, International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power

(2012) Aleem, SHEA., Zobaa, AF. and Sung, ACM., On the economical design of multiple-arm passive harmonic filters, Universities Power Engineering Conference

(2012) Muniz, LM., Manana, M., Zobaa, AF., Arroyo, A., Martinez, R. and Venero, G., Portable test platform for evaluating voltage dip immunity of industrial robots and components in the automotive industry, , IET Conference Publications (2012)

(2011) Gargov, N. and Zobaa, AF., Multiphase tubular permanent magnet linear generator for wave energy converters, , IET Conference Publications (2011) : 32- 32

(2010) Leuchter, J., Bauer, P., Zobaa, AF. and Bojda, P., An interface converter of hybrid power sources with supercapacitors, , IECON Proceedings (Industrial Electronics Conference) 3250- 3257

(2010) Leuchter, J., Rerucha, V. and Zobaa, AF., Mathematical modeling of photovoltaic systems, , Proceedings of EPE-PEMC 2010 - 14th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference

(2010) Mageed, HA., Zobaa, AF., Ghitas, A., Helmy, M., Raouf, A., El-Rahman, AHA. and Aziz, MMA., New concept in measuring and calibrating the solar cell short circuit current, , 3rd International Metrology Conference 2010, CAFMET 2010 290- 296

(2010) Zobaa, AF. and Lecci, A., Power circuit design based on PSO optimization, , Proceedings of EPE-PEMC 2010 - 14th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference

(2010) Leuchter, J., Bauer, P. and Zobaa, AF., Power electronics and energy management of hybrid power sources with supercapacitors, , IET Conference Publications (2010)

(2010) Zobaa, AF., Vaccaro, A., Zeineldin, HH., Abdel Monem, AM. and Lecci, A., Sizing of passive filters in time-varying Nonsinusoidal environments, , ICHQP 2010 - 14th International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power

(2009) Zobaa, AF., Orabi, M. and Youssef, M., A cost effective inverter topology for fuel cell residential power applications, , 2009 13th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, EPE '09

(2009) Saket, RK. and Zobaa, AF., Power system reliability evaluation using safety factor concept and Simpson's 1/3rd rule, , IFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline) 68- 73

(2008) Mageed, HA., Halawa, M., Zobaa, AF. and AbdelAziz, MM., Establishment and characterization of a traceable ac voltage source at nis, Egypt, , Proceedings of the Universities Power Engineering Conference

Book Chapters

(2011) McConnach, JS., Zobaa, A. and Lapp, D., Impacts of Climate Change on the Power Industry and How It is Adapting. In: Blanco, J. and Kheradmand, H. eds. Climate Change - Research and Technology for Adaptation and Mitigation. InTech 345- 356

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