Keynote speakers

Licheng LI, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd., China 

Report Title: New Power System Requires Power Electronics Technology

Mr. LI Licheng, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He was born in Jianhu County, Jiang Su Province in 1941. He graduated from Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University in 1967 and majored in High Voltage Technology. He was elected academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2007.

Li Licheng is an expert in power technology, especially in the field of power grid engineering and HVDC transmission technology. He presided over the theoretical research, key technology development and engineering construction of the worlds first ±800kV UHVDC transmission project. Li Licheng advocated VSC-HVDC transmission technology, presided over the theoretical research of VSC-HVDC and ultra high voltage multi terminal VSC-HVDC. In addition, he proposes the concept and theoretical framework of transparent electric network, integrating modern sensing technology, information technology, digital technology and intelligent technology into the power system, which makes power grid fully visible, observable and controllable.

Weijiang CHEN, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, State Grid Corporation of China

Report Title: Flexible Low-Frequency AC Transmission

Weijiang Chen was born in Zibo, Shandong province, China. He is an academician of the Chinese Acedemy of Sciences, expertise in high voltage and insulation technology, a senior consultant for the State Grid Corporation, a member of the Standing Committee of China Association for science and technologyan executive director of the Chinese Society of Electrical Engineering (CSEE) and China Electrotechnical Society (CES).

He received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China, in 1982, and the M.S. degree from China Electric Power Research Institute, Beijing, China, in 1985. His research interests focus on electromagnetic transient analysis methods and protection technologies for power systems. He was in charge of the fundamental research on electromagnetic and insulation characteristics of AC and DC UHV transmission systems, which supported the development of UHV transmission technology and engineering construction. His research area also includes the fundamental of lightning attachment process to power transmission lines and lightning protection techniques of overhead distribution lines. He proposed the damage risk assessment-based lightning protection method, which is widely used in power system and high-speed rail traction power supply system.

He has obtained more than 140 national invention patents and published more than 270 papers which are indexed by SCI and EI. In 2008, he won the second prize of National Technological Invention (ranking first). He won the National Science and Technology Progress Award Special Award in 2012 (ranking second). He was awarded the second prize of National Science and Technology Progress Award in 2015 (ranking first). He won the China Electric Power Outstanding Contribution Award in 2013. 

Kuang SHENG, Zhejiang University

Report Title: The Development of Power Semiconductor Devices for Power Transmission

Kuang Sheng received the B.Sc. degree from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 1995, and the Ph.D. degree from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, U.K., in 1999. He has worked in Cambridge University and was a tenured associate professor in Rutgers University. He is currently a distinguished professor and the Dean of the Electrical Engineering College in Zhejiang University. His research interests include power electronic devices and integrated circuits. He has published over 300 papers in academic journals and conferences. He holds 50 patents in power semiconductor devices and ICs. He is a Changjiang Scholar, a recipient of the Distinguished Young Scholar of the NSFC and the Second Prize of the National Technology Innovation Award. He was the General Chair of ISPSD 2019 and is an AdCom member of the ISPSD.


Jinjun LIU, Xi’an Jiaotong University 

Report Title: Power electronics driving transmission and distribution systems to a new era

Jinjun Liu received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU), Xi’an, China, in 1992 and 1997, respectively.

He then joined the XJTU Electrical Engineering School as a faculty. From late 1999 to early 2002, he was with the Center for Power Electronics Systems, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA, as a Visiting Scholar. In late 2002, he was promoted to a Full Professor and then the Head of the Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Center at XJTU. From 2005 to early 2010, he served as an Associate Dean of Electrical Engineering School at XJTU, and from 2009 to early 2015, as the Dean for Undergraduate Education of XJTU. He is currently an XJTU Distinguished Professor of Power Electronics. He co-authored 3 books (including one textbook), published over 500 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, holds 70 invention patents (China/US/EU, and delivered many times plenary keynote speeches and tutorials at IEEE conferences or China national conferences. His research interests include modeling, control, and design methods for power converters and electrified power systems, power quality control and utility applications of power electronics, and micro-grids for sustainable energy and distributed generation. Since 2013, he has been the Vice Chair of the Chinese National Steering Committee for College Electric Power Engineering Programs.

Jinliang HE, Tsinghua University, China 

Report Title: Micro Current and Voltage Sensors for Intelligent Power Transmission Systems

Professor HE received a Ph.D. in high voltage engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing in 1994, and was a visiting professor in Stanford University from 2014 to 2015. Currently, he is a Cheung-Kong Scholar Distinguished Professor of the Ministry of Education of China in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University and leads the university’s High Voltage and Insulation Technology Research Institute. His research interests include advanced power transmission technology, smart insulaiton materials and equipment, and intelligent sensing technology. He is a member of CIGRE C4 committee, and was a memebr of IEEE PES Fellow Evaluation Committee. He is Fellows of IEEE, IET, CSEE, and HPEM.

Yantao LOU, Xi’an XD Power Systems Co., LTD 

Report Title: Application of IGCT in future high-power electronic equipments

Mr. LOU Yantao, the senior engineer, is currently the Secretary of the Party Committee and General Manager of Xi 'an XD Electric Power System Co., LTD. He is also the director of the National Energy Power Electronics Technology and Equipment R&D Center, and the director of Shaanxi Distributed Microgrid Engineering Technology Research Center.

His focus is mainly on the research and design of the HVDC transmission system, once participated in the research and design of several national key DC engineering systems and led the technical team to complete the autonomy and localization of HVDC transmission converter valves. He has participated in various national scientific research projects such as the National Science and Technology Support Program, the National 863 Program, and the National Key R&D Program. He has successively won the Science and Technology Progress Award of Shaanxi Province and the Science and Technology Award of China Machinery Industry. He has been authorized to accept more than 20 patents and published over 10 technical papers. 

Zhongdong WANG, University of Exeter, UK 

Report Title: Thermal Performance of Power Network Infrastructure for a Net-Zero Future

Prof. Wang is a Fellow of the IET and a Fellow of IEEE. She received her BEng degree and MSc degree from the Tsinghua University of Beijing China in 1991 and 1993, respectively, and her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from UMIST in 1999. She then joined The University of Manchester (then UMIST) in 2000 as a Lecturer and spent the next 20 years there progressing to Senior Lecturer in 2007, Professor in 2009, and the Associate Dean of Internationalization for the Faculty of Science and Engineering in 2016. In 2020 she became the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean for the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter. Her research interests lie in Smart Grids and Low Carbon Electrical Energy Networks, in particular condition monitoring techniques, thermal, electrical transient, and magnetic modeling techniques for power system networks, dielectric insulation aging mechanisms, alternative environmentally friendly liquid insulating materials, and transformer asset management.

Benjamin Marshall, HVDC Technology Manager

Report Title: Testing and Demonstrating Performance within Converter Dominated networks- De-risking Across the project lifecycle

As the HVDC Technical Manager, Ben oversees the team of Simulation Engineers undertaking detailed HVDC simulation studies in real-time using vendor-supplied replica hardware, to understand multi-infeed, multi-terminal and multi-vendor HVDC operation and interactions, for real schemes in GB; interpreting the results to gain insights to improve the design and operation of HVDC schemes.
Ben previously has had a 23 year long and varied career within National Grid with a broad range of experience, particularly with respect to the analysis of the operation and design of the AC and DC transmission systems. He has experience in both offline and realtime EMT simulation and in modelling of convertors across battery, solar wind and HVDC systems, He has developed deep technical skills relating to dynamic stability of power systems and the performance specification of HVDC convertors. Within the ESO, Ben advised on the specification, validation and modelling of new HVDC connections, supporting the compliance connection planning and requirements and provided technical leadership on AC and DC control systems, System Operability, Smart Grids and power system simulation; leading complex power system studies.

Dr Xiaoyao Zhou, Operability Policy Manager, National Grid Electricity System Operator

Report Title: Operating Grid in a High IBR Network

Dr Xiaoyao Zhou is a chartered engineer with two decades of transmission system operation, planning and investment experience. Xiaoyao's role is to set out operability policy for Great Britain's electricity network to enable the net zero operation, specify the technical requirements for new technologies and define future network needs so that market and 

network owners can invest in the right solutions at the right time.