ECE professor Johan Enslin was recently re-elected as the IEEE PELS Vice President of Industry Standards and will continue to serve in the position for the next two years.
Dr. Enslin is the Duke Energy Endowed Chaired Professor in Smart Grid at Clemson University in North Charleston SC and Executive Director for the Energy Systems Program at the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center. He has combined a balanced industry and academic career with over 38-years of leadership experience in industry and academia throughout the USA, Europe and South Africa. Dr. Enslin initiated and led renewable energy teams, incubated startup companies and acted as the lead PI for large multi-disciplinary power system research, system planning and construction projects.
Dr. Enslin’s current research focusses mainly in the area of building a smarter, modern integrated power grid with high penetration of renewable energy generation. Among others he is evaluating the role and optimization of energy storage technologies in grid modernization initiatives and for Virtual Power Plants (VPPs). Priority is given to technologies and approaches that support large-scale renewable energy integration, improve energy efficiency into a more secure and resilient power system that show positive business cases. Other research areas include high power electronic converter systems for HVDC, MVDC, solar, energy storage, variable speed generation and wind energy conversion.
The Power Electronics Society (PELS) is one of the fastest growing technical societies of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). For over 30 years, PELS has facilitated and guided the development and innovation in power electronics technology. This technology encompasses the effective use of electronic components, the application of circuit theory and design techniques, and the development of analytical tools toward efficient conversion, control, and condition of electric power. PELS has two main focuses:
As a volunteer organization, PELS and IEEE in general, rely on the tireless efforts of its members to organize the field, disseminate advancing ideas and technologies, educate new and existing power electronics engineers, and facilitate networking of the practicing professionals in order to promote their professional growth as well as the growth the field.