Dr Khaled Ahmed


Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I received my PhD degree in power electronics from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde in 2008. In 2011, following a period of employment as a Research Associate at Strathclyde, I was appointed as a Lecturer in Power Electronics at the University of Aberdeen, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015. Currently, I am a Reader in power electronics at the University of Strathclyde (PEDEC Group). I have over 12 years of research experience in power electronics, electrical power engineering, renewable energy integration, distributed generation, solar energy systems, off-shore wind energy, DC/DC converters, smart grids, and HVDC.

I have won funding of £2.9 million as Primary and Co-Investigator on projects funded by EPRSC, the EU, the British Council, the Royal Society, Encompass, the Carnegie Trust, the Scottish Funding Council, the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, and industry. Projects involve significant national and international collaboration: e.g. EPSRC grant EP/K006428/1 (£734,786) ‘DC Networks with DC/DC Converters for Integration of Large Renewable Sources’ which includes the Universities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde, the China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI), Hua Zhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).

I have extensive experience of working with industry, having collaborated with Aker Solutions, Proven, Technip Umbilicals Ltd, and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE). I have also designed and delivered a continuing professional development (CPD) course on HVDC for the SSE HVDC technology engineering team.

I have supervised/co-supervised 18 PhD students: 10 have graduated, and 8 are ongoing.

I with my collaborators published over 137 technical papers in refereed journals and conferences, 1 book, 1 book chapter, and a patent (PCT/GB2017/051364). Total citations of 4811 and h-index of 29.

I am a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Industrial Electronics and Power Electronics Societies, IET member and Charted Engineer. I am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA). I am a member of the international PEMD and ICRERA conference organising committees. I am an Associate Editor of the IEEE Open Journal of the Industrial Electronics Society and the Elsevier Alexandria Engineering Journal.



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Text Book: High Voltage Direct Current Transmission: Converters, Systems and DC Grids


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How to electrify UKCS oil and gas platforms?




Has expertise in:

    • Electrification for offshore Oil and Gas assets for future Energy Transition.
    • Modular DC/DC converter for high power applications
    • Grid-forming converters for future grids
    • Parallel operation of inverter based distributed generation units in microgrids
    • Distributed generation and microgrids for standalone and grid-connected applications 
    • Wind farm integration using power electronics
    • Multilevel converters for high power application (FACTS & HVDC)


  • IEEE Industrial and Power Electronics Societies, Senior Member.
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Member.
  • Engineering Council UK, Registered Chartered Engineer.
  • The Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow.
  • The Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research (SISER), Member.
  • The Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers, Member.


Comparative evaluation of converter-based compensation schemes for VSC systems to achieve full-range active power transfer in very weak grids
Wang Shuren, Adam Grain, Ahmed Khaled H, Williams Barry W
Electric Power Systems Research Vol 210 (2022)
A new model predictive current controller for grid connected converters in unbalanced grids
Andrew Euan Thomas, Ahmed Khaled Hani, Holliday Derrick
IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics Vol 37, pp. 9175-9186 (2022)
AC power flow analysis for inverters in microgrid application
Roslan M A, Azmi S A, Ahmed K H
Journal of Physics: Conference Series Vol 2312 (2022)
A secure system integrated with DC-side energy storage for renewable generation applications
Wang Shuren, Ahmed Khaled H, Alsokhiry Fahad, Al-Turki Yusuf
Journal of Energy Storage Vol 51 (2022)
Distributed ReStart: Nonconventional BlackStart Resources : RTDS Based Network Energization from Grid Forming Converters: Part 2
Alassi Abdulrahman, Feng Zhiwang, Syed Mazheruddin, Egea-Alvarez Agusti, Ahmed Khaled, Burt Graeme
Current-type power hardware-in-the-loop interface for black-start testing of grid-forming converter
Feng Zhiwang, Alassi Abdulrahman, Syed Mazheruddin Hussain, Pena Alzola Rafael, Ahmed Khaled, Burt Graeme
48th Annual Conference of the Industrial Electronics Society, IECON 2022 (2022)

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Research interests

Research Topics

  • Electrification for offshore assets and future Energy Transition.
  • High power high voltage DC/DC converters
  • Grid-forming converters for future grids
  • Distributed generation and microgrids for standalone and grid-connected applications 
  • Wind farm integration using power electronics
  • Resonant converters for high voltage high power systems
  • Multilevel converters for high power application (FACTS & HVDC)

Research Grants

  • Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Ltd, UK, ‘Circuit Optimisation for Multi-infeed HVDC Systems’, CI, 2012-2016.
  • EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), ‘DC Networks with DC‑DC Converters for Integration of Large Renewable Sources’, CI, 2013-2016.
  • Kick Start Award, Encompass project, ‘Coastal Solar Array’, PI, 2014.
  • The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Grant, PI, 2015.
  • Royal Society Research Grant, PI, 2015.
  • British Council Researcher Link Workshop Grant, PI, 2015.
  • Scottish Funding Council, ‘Micro Wind turbine’ PI, 2015.
  • EU Project, ‘Smart Grid Technology’, PI, 2016-2019.
  • Scottish Funding Council, ‘Modified Metal Detection Machine’ PI, 2016.
  • Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) and Technip Umbilicals Ltd, ‘Load-Bearing MV Cable Termination for Umbilicals’, CI, 2017.
  • KTP in collaboration with Ace Aquatec Ltd., ‘Fish Stunning Improvements’ PI, 2017-2019.
  • Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), ‘Realising the Value of Offshore Grid Access for Small Pools’ PI, 2019-2020.
  • Innovate UK, ‘High Speed, Magnet Free Traction Motors and Drives’, PI, 2019-2020.
  • Iberdrola, ‘Design and testing of novel AC/DC microgrid control algorithms’, PI, 2019-2020.
  • Rolls Royce Ltd., ‘Comparison of Power Electronics Converter System Options’, PI, 2019-2020.
  • Iberdrola, ‘Distributed Generation Black Start’, PI, 2020.

Professional activities

Unlocking Opportunities for DC Grids by DC-DC Fault Tolerant Converters
IEEE Access (Journal)
Associate Editor
Alexandria Engineering Journal (Journal)
How to Electrify UKCS Oil and Gas Platforms?
9th IEEE International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA) 2020
IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (Journal)
Guest editor

More professional activities


Realising the value of offshore grid access for small pools
Ahmed, Khaled (Principal Investigator) Burt, Graeme (Co-investigator) Xu, Lie (Co-investigator)
03-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
High Speed, Magnet Free Traction Motors and Drives
Ahmed, Khaled (Principal Investigator) Williams, Barry (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind & Marine Energy Systems | Morris, Jennifer
Ahmed, Khaled (Principal Investigator) Egea Alvarez, Agusti (Co-investigator) Morris, Jennifer (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2023
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Tait, James Gordon
Ahmed, Khaled (Principal Investigator) Burt, Graeme (Co-investigator) Tait, James Gordon (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Naraghipour, Kianoush
Ahmed, Khaled (Principal Investigator) Booth, Campbell (Co-investigator) Naraghipour, Kianoush (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 16-Jan-2022
REMS EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Marine Structures | Kervyn de Meerendre, Mathieu
Egea Alvarez, Agusti (Principal Investigator) Ahmed, Khaled (Co-investigator) Kervyn de Meerendre, Mathieu (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2022

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