Prof. Dr. Rached Dhaouadi
Petrofac Research Chair in Renewable Energy
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
American University of Sharjah, UAE
Rached Dhaouadi received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota, USA, in 1988 and 1990 respectively, in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Dhaouadi has over 30 years of industrial and academic experience in various universities. From 1990 to 1994 he worked as a Visiting Researcher with the Hitachi Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd., Japan, where he was engaged in the design and development of motor drive systems for rolling mills. In 1994, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. From 1994 to 2000 he was with the Polytechnic School of Tunisia, University of Tunis. He also held Visiting Scholar positions at Rice University, Houston, Texas, in 1998, 1999 and 2001, at Tokyo University, Japan, in 2013, and at The George Washington University, USA, in 2022. Dr. Dhaouadi supervised over twenty graduate students and published over 130 scientific papers in highly reputable refereed journals and international conferences. He has served as a member and chairman in many professional committees and scientific advisory boards. He also took leadership roles in course curriculum design, administration, and teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in electrical engineering and mechatronics. He is currently a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Petrofac Research Chair in Renewable Energy at the College of Engineering, American University of Sharjah, UAE. His research interests are in the areas of motor drives, intelligent motion control systems, and energy systems, with applications to autonomous systems, and solar energy systems. Dr. Dhaouadi is a Senior Member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.
Title: ONLINE MONITORING AND EFFICIENCY OPTIMIZATION OF SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS
This keynote presents an overview of the research activities conducted at the Renewable Energy Research Center, American University of Sharjah, in the areas of solay energy, energy efficiency, solar technologies, and smart remote monitoring for large solar farms. The research work is used to enable and support the study of the effects of environmental factors on solar farms, such as dust accumulation and its effect on power generation efficiency. The developed smart monitoring systems will enable stakeholders to monitor and control critical operations and evaluate system efficiency. This is made possible via IoT communication, software, and hardware technologies which are inherently designed for large scale distributed ecosystems. The research work outcomes will allow the Center to provide timely and accurate advice to solar plant operators on issues related to energy efficiency and optimal cleaning schedule of solar plants, which will result in energy and maintenance costs savings.