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Smart Grids PhD researcher wins prestigious award for paper in Japan

Ahmad Makkieh (second right) with his IEEE award, along with his Strathclyde co-authors, left to right: Professor Graeme Burt; Dr Rafael Pena-Alzola; Dr Abdullah Emhemed

A Strathclyde PhD Researcher has received a prestigious award at an international conference in Japan.

Ahmad Makkieh from the Institute for Energy and Environment, part of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Conference on DC Microgrids held in Matsue in May.

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organisation and the paper, ‘Capacitive Earthing Charge-Based Method for Locating Faults within a DC Microgrids’ was presented at their 3rd annual DC microgrids conference.

The paper presents an innovative grounding solution for DC power distribution, and examines its ability to accurately locate faults in DC microgrids in support of improved system resilience.

Ahmad’s research is being conducted as part of the ESPRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Network and Smart Grids, a centre combining the expertise and facilities of Strathclyde and Imperial College London to train 55 doctoral level engineers for realising the future low carbon smart grid. Four other papers from the Strathclyde team were also presented at the conference.

Ahmad said: “I am honored to have received this award and share with the international research community the great work that’s happening at Strathclyde.

“I would like to express my appreciation to the co-authors Dr Rafael Pena-Alzola, Dr Abdullah Emhemed, Dr Adria Junyent-Ferre and Professor Graeme Burt for their support and contribution.”

Graeme said: “At the heart of the Centre is a training programme designed to ensure that students are equipped to conduct breakthrough research in the area of power networks and smart grids.”

“I am delighted with this international recognition of the quality research being undertaken within Strathclyde’s DC grids team, and look forward to the ongoing experimental validation of these innovative schemes.”