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Reactive Power Compensation using Plugged-in Electric Vehicles for an AC Power Grid

on December 4, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Speaker Reza Sabzehgar, Ph.D.
Topic Info

In recent years, Plugged-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) have become more popular due to the growing interest in energy security and emission reduction. In addition to fulfilling these objectives, PEVs can play a crucial role in balancing the active power as well as compensating the reactive power of the smart power grid. These ancillary services provided by PEVs, not only help in improving the reliability and quality of the power, but also benefit the grid operators and PEV owners financially. In this talk, a PEV-based reactive power compensation and a novel phase-detector-based feedback control system is discussed. The effects of reactive power compensation on the battery's State-Of-Charge (SOC) are investigated. Also, detailed analyses are carried out to assess the impacts of various components of a reactive power compensation circuit. Simulation results are provided to support the analysis and demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Sabzehgar is specialized in several areas related to Electrical Engineering including power electronics, energy harvesting, renewable energies, control applications in sustainable energy systems, mechatronics, and electric/hybrid electric vehicles. Prior joining San Diego State University, he was a faculty member of School of Energy at British Columbia Institute of Technology and the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University, Metro Vancouver, Canada, where he also received his Ph.D. degree and continued his research as a postdoctoral fellow.

Dr. Sabzehgar have taught courses/labs on Power Electronics, Electronics Circuits, Industrial Electronics, Industrial Control, Microelectronics, and Electro-Mechanical Sensors and Actuators. His current research is focused on power electronics converters with application to energy harvesting from renewable energy sources and smart grids. Dr. Sabzehgar have published several articles in high impact factor journals and high-quality conference proceedings in the above areas sponsored by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Dr. Sabzehgar served as vice-chair and chair of Power Electronics Chapter of IEEE Vancouver, Canada. He also served as referee for several journals and conferences such as IET Journal on Power Electronics, Elsevier Journal on Ocean Engineering, Journal of Development and Applications of Oceanic Engineering, American Control Conference, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Conferences, and Iranian Conference on Electrical Engineering.

Location 8326 Century Park Court, San Diego, CA 92123 (in Building 6)

Google Maps (see "Directions to SDG&E Century Park" in attachments below for additional information) 

Upon arrival, Security at the vehicle gate-entry will let you into the facilities, and then Security within Building 6 will provide you with a visitor pass.


6:00 - 6:30 pm: Food and Networking

6:30 - 8:00 pm: Presentation & Q/A

Cost Free for IEEE members & SDG&E employees; $5 for non-members (cash only at event)

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POC: Fred Raddatz,, 619-880-9761

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