Tutorial 2 - Advanced Distribution Energy Resource Interfaces to Increase Renewables

Prof. Augustin Mpanda, UniLaSalle Polytechnic Institute, Amiens, France


Power Electronic Converters for interfacing renewable energies (wind, solar PV, BESS, etc.) to the grid provide critical functionalities for interconnection. With the increase of the penetration of RES (Renewable Energy Sources) in smart grids, it is expected that the IBRs (inverter-based resources) capabilities will help address a number of issues such as behavior of low-inertia grids, local voltage support, ride-through requirements, optimization of active power injection, but at the cost of increased complexity. These required functionalities depend on the advanced control implemented to support the desired grid functions.

The seminar will focus on the modelling of some advanced IBRs and discuss the results to help understand the new functions that can be integrated to increase interconnection and support higher integration rates of renewables.


Professor Augustin Mpanda Mabwe (IEEE SM’97) is heading the Research Team SYMADE (Sustainable Energy Systems) at UniLaSalle Polytechnic Institute, Amiens, France. He holds a MSc. degree in Electrical Engineering (1985) and a Ph.D. degree in applied science (1990) both from University of Mons, Mons, Belgium.

Dr. Mpanda’s research interests include design, modelling and simulation of multi-phase electrical machines, power electronic converters, energy storage solutions for decarbonizing generation, sustainable energy, HVDC & FACTS, smart grid, and controls. He is an author and co-author of more than 50 papers in international journals, national and international conferences and has participated in many European Union, National and Regional Hauts-de-France projects collaborating with leading industries as Safran, Airbus, Umbra Cuscinetti, THALES, COMECA Group, and more.

Since 1995, Dr. Mpanda is Professor of Electrical Engineering at UniLaSalle campus of Amiens. From 2007 to date, he has been a visiting Professor within the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa. His academic network includes UBC-Vancouver, University of Akron, Florida International University, NCSU-Raleigh, BIT (China), and Shanghai Normal University.