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XU Zhao

B.Eng (ZJU), M.Eng(NUS’pore), PhD(UQ).SrMIEEE.MIET
Professor
Chairman, IEEE PES/IES/PELS/IAS Joint Chapter, IEEE Hong Kong Section

Room: CF611

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Biography

Professor Zhao Xu received B.Eng, M.Eng and Ph.D from Zhejiang University (China), National University of Singapore, and The University of Queensland in 1996, 2002 and 2006 respectively. He joined as an Assistant Professor, and later became Associate Professor, at Centre for Electric Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) since 2006. In Feb 2010, He joined Department of Electrical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), where he is now a Professor and Leader of Smart Grid Research Area.


He is the Directors of Power System Laboratory and Smart Microgrid Laboratory, and Leader of B. Eng (PT Electrical Engineering 41080).


He has edited 1 book, and published over 150 technical papers in international top journals, and conferences. He has led and participated in several large scale research and consulting projects in Europe, China, and Australia, concerning wind energy, demand side, electric vehicles, electricity market, and power system planning etc., including Hong Kong Research General Council Theme Based Research Projects on Smart Solar Energy harvesting, Storage and Utilization and Sustainable Power Delivery Structures for High Renewables, Wind Energy Development in China (www.dwed.org.cn) and the EDISON project (www.edison-net.dk). He has secured more than 20 million HK$ research funding from local and overseas authorities and organizations. Since 2006, he has successfully supervised 10 PhD students, and more than 30 M.sc students as main or co-supervisor.


Professor Xu is a Co-Principle Investigator and Leader of PolyU team for the 5-year Theme Based Research Project ‘Smart Solar Energy harvesting, Storage and Utilization’ (2014-18, total budget HK$60.33 Million), sponsored by Hong Kong Research General Council. He is also a Co-Investigator for Theme Based Research Project ‘Sustainable Power Delivery Structures for High Renewables’ (2015-19, total budget HK$47.12 Million).


Professor Xu is an Editor for the following journals


- IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
- IEEE Power Engineering Letters (for IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Transactions on Power Systems, Smart Grid, Sustainable Energy, Power Delivery, and Energy Conversion)
- Electric Power Components and Systems (Taylor&Fancis),


He also Member of Editorial Board, Springer Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy, which is the China's first power engineering journal in English. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and Chairman of IEEE PES Joint Chapter, IEEE Hong Kong Section. Under his Leadership, the IEEE Hong Kong JC won 2017 Best Chapter Award from IEEE IES Society.


Prof. Xu receives the Top Five Best Algorithm Award in IEEE Competition on 'Application of Modern Heuristic Optimization Methods for Solving Optimal Power Flow Problems' in 2014. Under his supervision, his PhD students receive Third Prize in 2014 IEEE Hong Kong Student Paper Contest, organized by IEEE HK Section, 2nd Prize in 2015 IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific) Postgraduate Paper Contest, and the Best Poster Award in 2015 CUHK EneryDay Event. He is the recipient of 2005 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Overseas Student Aboard. He is a foreign Associate Staff of Centre for Electric Technology, Technical University of Denmark.


Prof. Xu is actively looking for excellent candidates as Research Postgraduates/Research Staffs in the following areas (please contact Prof. Xu directly via email)


• Solar/wind/battery storage system design, control and hardware implementation
• Electronic converter design, modeling/simulation and hardware implementation
• Microgrid control and optimization, stability analysis and hardware implementation
• Power system operation and control, and security analysis under high wind/solar penetration
• Cyber-physical power system modeling and security analysis
• Optimal and robust commitment/system dispatch considering uncertainties and risks
• Emerging/Evolutionary optimization techniques for system operation and planning
• Demand side management and control, modeling and simulation

Honours and Awards

• Best Chapter 2017, IEEE IES Society (As the Chairman of IEEE PES/IES/PELS/IAS Joint Chapter Hong Kong)


• Winner (together with my research students Ming Niu, Youwei Jia, and Professor Kit Po Wong) as One of the Best Five Algorithms), in the IEEE Competition on Application of Modern Heuristic Optimization Algorithm for Solving Optimal Power Flow Problems, Presented in IEEE PES General Meeting, Washington, July, 2014


• Third Prize in 2014 IEEE Hong Kong Student Paper Contest for a Paper coauthored with my PhD student Mr Youwei JIA


• The First Prize in the IEEE Hong Kong Section 2015 Undergraduate Student Paper Contest (co-authored with Mr. AUNG Zeya)


• The Second Prize in 2015 IEEE Region 10 (Asia Pacific) Postgraduate Research Paper Contest (co-authored with Mr. JIA Youwei)


• The 1st runner-up of 2014 - 15 Best Final Year Project Competition (Individual) organized by Energy Institute (Hong Kong Branch), (Mr. AUNG Zeya supervised by Dr. Xu)


• Excellent Reviewer Award 2014, Springer International Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy


• One of the Best Conference Paper in IEEE PES GM2016 (J. Zhao, C. Wan, Z. Xu, “Impacts of Large-scale Photovoltaic Generation Penetration on Power System Spinning Reserve Allocation”, IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PES), 2016, Boston, July, 2016)


• Salary Merit Reward, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2014,2015)


• Special Salary Regulation Award, Department of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (20kDKK), 2008

 
• Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (2005) (5kUS$)


• ITEE full PhD scholarship, University of Queensland, 2002-06


• Research Scholarship, National University of Singapore, 2000-02

Selected Publications

[1] Y. W. Jia, C. S. Lai, “A Spectral Approach to Efficient Identification of Uncontrolled Separation of Power Transmission Network”, accepted by Electric Power Components and Systems July2017

[2] J. Y. Li, Z Xu, J Zhao, C Wan, “A Coordinated Dispatch Model for Distribution Network Considering PV Ramp”, accepted by IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, June, 2017

[3] Y.J. Li, Z. Xu, K. Meng, K. P. Wong, “Power Flow Features and Balancing in MTDC Integrated Offshore Wind Farms”, Volume: 45   Issue: 10, Pages: 1068-1079, Electric Power Components and Systems, 2017

[4] C. S. Lai, Y. W. Jia, M. D. McCulloch, Z. Xu, “Daily Clearness Index Profiles Cluster Analysis for Photovoltaic System”, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Volume: 13   Issue: 5   Pages: 2322-2332, OCT 2017

[5] K. Meng, Z. Wang, Y. J. Li, Z. Y. Dong, Z. Xu, K. P. Wong, “Hierarchical SCOPF Considering Wind Energy Integration through Multi-Terminal VSC-HVDC Grids”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Volume: 32, Issue: 6, Pages: 4211-4221, NOV 2017;

[6] Y.C. Zhang, Y. Xu, Z. Y. Dong, Z. Xu, K. P. Wong, “Intelligent Early-Warning of Power System Dynamic Insecurity Risk: towards Optimal Accuracy-Earliness Tradeoff”, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Volume: 13, Issue: 5, Pages: 2544-2554, Published: OCT 2017;

[7] J. Zhao, Z. Xu, “Ramp-Limited Optimal Dispatch Strategy for PV-Embedded Microgrid”, Vol: 32   Iss: 5   Pages: 4155-4157, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Sep 2017

[8] Y.J. Li, Z. Xu, J. Østergaard, D. J. Hill, “Coordinated Control Strategies for Offshore Wind Farm Integration via VSC-HVDC for System Inertia Support”, Volume: 32   Issue: 3   Pages: 843-856, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, Sep 2017;

[9] J. Zhao, J. H. Wang, Z. Xu, C. Wang, C. Wan, C. Chen, “Distribution Network Electric Vehicle Hosting Capacity Maximization: A Chargeable Region Optimization Model”, Volume: 32   Issue: 5   Pages: 4119-4130, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Sep 2017

[10] F. Zhang, G. B. Wang, K. Meng, J. H. Zhao, Z. Xu, Z.Y. Dong, and J. Liang, “Improved Cycle Control and Sizing Scheme for Wind Energy Storage System Based on Multi-objective Optimization”, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, Volume: 8   Issue: 3   Pages: 966-977, July 2017.

[11] Y. W. Jia, C. S. Lai, Z. Xu, S. J. Chai, K. P. Wong, “An Adaptive Partitioning Approach to Self-Sustained Smart Grid”, IET Proc. On Generation Transmission &Distribution, Volume: 11, Issue: 2, Pages: 485 – 494, Jan 2017.

 
[12] Y.J. Li, Z. Xu, “Coordinated Control of Wind Farms and MTDC Grids for System Frequency Support”, Electric Power Components and Systems, Volume: 45   Issue: 4   Pages: 451-464, 2017

 
[13] Y. W. Jia, Z. Xu, “A Direct Solution to Biobjective Partitioning Problem in Electric Power Networks”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Volume: 32   Issue: 3   Pages: 2481-2483, May, 2017;
 
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