International conference on Power, Energy and Innovations October 16-18, 2019, AMBASSADOR CITY JOMTIEN, PATTAYA, THAILAND

Prof. Mohana Lakshmi J.

Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Malnad College of Engineering, Hassan, Karnataka, India

Title: Smart Grid and Smart City – A Global Innovation Arena

Creating liveable, sustainable cities is a major challenge of the 21st century as an increasing amount of the world’s population resides in urban areas. According to the United Nations, currently half of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, the UN projects, two-thirds of the world’s 9.7 billion people will dwell in cities. The trend towards urbanization, however, puts pressure on existing city services and systems. More people mean more complications for public safety and health, transportation, energy and water, among others. The energy infrastructure is arguably the single most important feature in any city. If unavailable for a significant enough period of time, all other functions will eventually cease.  A smart grid alone does three things. First, it modernizes power systems through self-healing designs, automation, remote monitoring and control, and establishment of Microgrid. Second, it informs and educates consumers about their energy usage, costs and alternative options, to enable them to make decisions autonomously about how and when to use electricity and fuels. Third, it provides safe, secure and reliable integration of distributed and renewable energy resources. All these add up to an energy infrastructure that is more reliable, more sustainable and more resilient. Smart grids are modernised electricity grids that interact with technology and infrastructure to increase the transparency of energy use for consumers. Modernizing our electric grid through smart grid enhancements is an integral first step to enabling smart cities. Thus, a smart grid sits at the heart of the smart city, which cannot fully exist without it.


Mohana Lakshmi J. is currently with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Malnad College of Engineering, Hassan, Karnataka, India, as Assistant Professor. She obtained her B.E. degree from PES College of Engineering, Mandya and M.Tech. Degree from Malnad College of Engineering, Hassan in the year 2010 and 2012 respectively. She has completed her doctoral degree in the month of July, 2018 in the field of power electronics and drives. She is a 1st Rank holder and Gold medallist in her M.Tech programme. Her areas of research focus on power electronics applied to drives control, electric vehicle technology and renewable energy systems. She has received best project guide award for the project titled “Fabrication of potable solar water purifier” in the year 2018. She has also received best paper presenter award for the research article “Performance analysis of 5-level inverter for Hybrid Distribution Generation System”. She has published several research articles in International Journals/Conferences. She is also a member of IEEE PES chapter Bangalore section.


Prof. Gowtham Nagaraju

Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering, Mysuru, Karnataka, India

 Title: Grid Integration Issues and Power Quality: Brief Insights and Mitigation Techniques

Electric energy is one of the most fundamental needs for all the living beings. In order to take care of the developing energy demand, the electric power utilities and end users are becoming progressively concerned about the quality of power. The integration of renewable energy sources (RES) like Wind, Solar, Biomass, Hydro, and Co-Generation is very much important to meet the growing energy demand. Due to the proliferation of non-linear loads and the increase of renewable energy penetration in the grid, grid integration issues are becoming a major area of interest. In renewable energy systems, noise from the electrical equipment at the source can deteriorate power quality on the grid. In the case of Photo Voltaic solar systems, the DC from the solar panels is converted to AC by an inverter. These inverters create harmonics because of the switching devices used. The important property of electric power is that its characteristics depend not only on the electricity producer or distributor but also on the equipment and end users. The quality of electrical power has become a strategic issue for the electricity supply companies, end users and also for the equipment manufacturers. As a result, the use of novel techniques to enhance the quality of power in the power distribution network is customary.


Gowtham N received his B.E in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering, Mysuru and M.Tech in Microelectronics and Control systems from Dayananda Sagar of College of Engineering, Bengaluru. His PhD is in the area of Power Quality. He was a summer faculty research fellow at IIT, Delhi. Currently he is with, Vidyavardhaka College Engineering, Mysuru, Karnataka, India Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering as Assistant Professor. His research interests include Application of power electronics and FACTS to power systems. He has published a book titled “Transmission and Distribution” for Undergraduate students. He research article is published as a book chapter for Tata McGraw-Hill Publications. He has attended several IEEE conferences including IEEE TENCON2017. His research article has been accepted in IEEE PES ISGT Asia 2019, China and AEAB 2019 symposium MIT, Boston. He has published several internationals journals. He is an active member of IEEE PES Bangalore section and  IEEE PES student branch advisor.