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Ms. Fatima Al-Janahi and Ms. Sawsan Shukri selected as finalists and present an invited research poster at the 14th Annual QNRF UREP Competition

Masters of Science student Ms. Fatima Al-Janahi, and Ph.D. student Ms. Sawsan Shukri were selected as final contestants in the14th Annual Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) Competition. They presented their invited research poster entitled “Characterizing DC Arcs for Photovoltaic Arc Fault Detection” on October 18, 2022.

Their project developed a computer-controlled mechatronics arc generation test bed using the pull-apart method described in UL1699B. The test bed enabled to team to study the electrical characteristics of direct-current arcs using various parameter combinations including electrode material and geometry, electrical current and voltage, and the electrode separation gap profile. The analysis of the results can be help researchers to identify key distinguishing features of the arc that can be used to design a reliable arc detector. The methods developed in this project have been adopted and are in use by industry.

This project was made possible by QNRF grant # UREP24-023-2-010 from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of the Qatar Foundation). The statements made herein are solely the responsibility of the authors.

Ph.D. Final Examination: Dr. Aaqib Peerzada

The REAPER lab congratulates Dr. Aaqib Peerzada for successfully defending his Ph.D. dissertation, related to modelling and statistical methods for distributed energy resource into the electrical power grid. Dr. Peerzada was an affiliate of the REAPERlab and was in-residence at both the TAMU College Station and TAMU Qatar locations. His relevant research focused on power quality at the grid edge and the impact of a D-STATCOM on the operation of the power distribution systems. His Ph.D. adviser and committee chair is Dr. Miroslav Begovic and Dr. Balog served as his co-adviser.

Dr. Peerzada received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Srinagar India, in 2011 and the M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University at College Station, TX USA in 2018.

The REAPER lab congratulates undergraduate students Ms. Maria Khan and Ms. Swati Singh on the publication of their Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) thesis.

The REAPERlab congratulates undergraduate students Ms. Maria Khan and Ms. Swati Singh on the publication of their Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) undergraduate honors research thesis entitled “I-V Curve Tracer Communication Protocol.”

Their research pertains to experimentally measuring the current vs. voltage characteristic curve of photovoltaic cells, modules, or even arrays. They developed a communication protocol for an i-v curve tracer and addressed the challenge of a scalable, low latency communication between the Pi-Arduino-Relay interface by significantly reducing the packet size of the transmitted data and eliminating the need for bloated and slow IoT platforms.

Their thesis can be found at the following URL: https://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/196546

Welcome Dr. İBRAHİM GÜNEŞ

The REAPER lab welcomes Dr. İBRAHİM GÜNEŞ as a Visiting Scholar (Post Doctoral Fellow). Dr. GÜNEŞ received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Istanbul University in 1999, 2005, and 2010 respectively. Currently he is an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department at Istanbul University – Cerrahpaşa in Istanbul, Turkiye, where he has been a faculty member since 2001. He was an Adjunct Faculty in Arizona State University, 2007-2008, performing research on insulation materials in high voltage applications.

His current research interests include power electronics for renewable energy systems including photovoltaic systems, energy efficiency applications, economics of energy, power generations transmission and distribution, high voltage techniques, mechanics of power transmission lines, energy management, finite element methods (FEM).

Dr. Robert Balog presents two research papers at the 3rd International Conference on Photovoltaic Science and Technology, Ankara, TÜRKIYE

Dr. Robert S. Balog presented two research papers co-authored with Ms. Nabila Elbeheiry and Ms. Sajida Yazjeen at the 3rd International Conference on Photovoltaic Science and Technology (PVCON) in Ankara, TÜRKIYE on July 5 -7, 2022.

The paper entitled “Sensor Nodes in Smart Agriculture: Methodological Review” explored the state of the art in smart agriculture while the paper entitled “Open-Platform Sensor Node for PV Powered Smart Agriculture” presented resent results from building our own smart sensor node for use in smart agrivoltaic applications

These publications were made possible by grant # AICC02-0505-190022 from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of Qatar Foundation). The statements made herein are solely the responsibility of the authors.

Dr. Robert Balog presents two research papers at the 10th International Conference on Smart Grid, Istanbul, TÜRKIYE

Dr. Robert S. Balog presented two research papers co-authored with Dr. Wesam Rohouma, Ph.D. student Mr. Aaqib Ahmad Peerzada, and Dr. Miroslav M. Begovic at the 10th International Conference on Smart Grid in Istanbul, TÜRKIYE on June 27 – 29, 2022. The papers, available through the IEEE Explorer, are entitled “Capacitor-less D-STATCOM for Voltage Profile Improvement in Distribution Network with High PV Penetration” and “Use of D-STATCOM for Solid State LED Lamp Harmonic Power Mitigation.”

In these papers, results are presented showing the performance of a distribution static synchronous compensator (D-STATCOM) for use in a low voltage distribution network to provide the necessary voltage support under high penetration of photovoltaic energy systems (PV) and compensation of harmonic power introduced under high penetration of solid-state lighting such as light-emitting diodes (LED). The D-STATCOM technology is based on a matrix converter (MC) topology using model predictive control (MPC). It is capable of long service life since it uses inductive energy storage instead of the traditional electrolytic capacitor and was shown to improve the overall system reliability.

These publications were made possible by NPRP grant # 13S-0213-200357 from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of Qatar Foundation). The statements made herein are solely the responsibility of the authors.

The REAPER lab congratulates undergraduate students Ms. Leen Al Homoud, Mr. Safin Bayes, and Mr. Rinith Reghunath on the publication of their Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) thesis.

The REAPERlab congratulates undergraduate students Ms. Leen Al Homoud, Mr. Safin Bayes, and Mr. Rinith Reghunath on the publication of their Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) undergraduate honors research thesis entitled “Cyber-Physical Defense in Smart Distribution Networks.”

The their research pertains to cyber-physical security for electrical power distribution systems by applying machine learning techniques to identify authenticated but malicious control commands. Such a scenario may exist if an attacker gains access to the control systems so that they appear to be authenticated, spoofing as a bona fide agent in the system. Such an attack vector would be undetectable with traditional cyber-security authentication methods. Their thesis can be found at the following URL: https://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/195462

Ms. Al Homoud is currently pursuing her MSEE degree at Texas A&M University under the supervision of Dr. Katherine Davis. Mr. Bayes is currently pursing his MASc degree at McMaster University.

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