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Dr. Tao Ma

School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China


Talk Title
Renewable Energy for Power Supply in Remote Areas

Talk Abstract

At present, more than 1.3 billion peoples worldwide still lack access to grid electricity. Most of them live in remote areas (islands, villages, deserts), and thus grid extension to such areas is both uneconomical and technically difficult. Fortunately, such areas are usually rich in renewable energy (RE) resources, thus making it worthwhile to explore local available RE resources with the objective of producing much needed electricity. The aim of this study is to investigate the options of power supply and energy storage for remote areas. One remote inhabited island of Hong Kong is taken as a test site for the proposed RE systems and storage technologies, including system development, mathematical modelling, simulation, optimization, techno-economic evaluation, and sensitivity analysis. The operational performance of a real solar-battery system on the example island was evaluated. It is believed that the findings can provide a good reference for the selection of suitable RE and energy storage technologies, and the methodology presented can also be viewed as a starting point for planning and designing RE systems for remote communities around the world.

Short Biography

Dr Ma completed his PhD at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2015 and now he is an assistant professor in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Dr Ma's research is mainly related to renewable energy technologies and energy-efficient energy technologies for buildings and cities. He has already published 20+ peer-reviewed papers with high impact. His current h-index is 13 (Web of Science). In particular, his 2 papers have been indexed in Essential Science Indicators (ESI) as hot papers and 6 papers indexed as highly cited papers. Now he is an assistant editor for Applied Energy, and editorial member of several journals. He is also the invited reviewer for 20+ journals.

Talk Keywords
Renewable Energy; Remote are power supply; System modelling and optimization; Solar photovoltaic and wind energy
Target Audience
Students, Post doctoral, Industry, Doctors and professors
Speaker-intro video

The International Conference on Innovative Applied Energy (IAPE’18)