Distinguished Lectures by Professor Tapan Kumar Saha


IEEE UK and Ireland Section are delighted that Professor Tapan Kumar Saha, Chair, IEEE Australia Council & Member of Electrical College Board (Engineers Australia) and Leader, Power & Energy Systems Research Division, School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland, will deliver two IEEE Distinguished Lectures in Wales, England, Scotland and Ireland. The IEEE PES Student Branch of The University of Manchester invites you to the distinguished lectures on Tuesday 30th August 2016, D45a, Sackville Building

Lecture 1 - Impact of high solar PV penetrations on distribution network and solar PV research at the University of Queensland, Australia

Time: 11:00 – 12:30 

Rooftop solar PV penetration in the Australian distribution network has increased exponentially over the last five years. Total installed PV capacity has now exceeded wind generation capacity in Australia. This has been possible due to feed-in-tariff and other government subsidies along with customer's awareness of environmental sustainability and increased electricity price. This brings technical challenges and opportunities for the utilities and customers. University of Queensland has been in the forefront of solar PV integration research. University also has more than 4.5 MW solar PV plants in two campuses. This presentation will highlight some key research outcomes and research opportunities in this area.

Lecture 2 - Smart Condition Monitoring of Transformer

Time: 14:00 – 15:30

Large proportions of power transformers within electric utilities around the world are approaching the end of their design life. Many, perhaps most, seem to be operating satisfactorily. However, insulation degradation continues to be a major concern for these aged and expensive transformers. Although there are several chemical based diagnosis tools in practice for many years, no reliable electrical based diagnostics have become dependable to utility engineers. In recent years, new polarisation based diagnostic methods have been promoted complementary to the classical insulation resistance, power frequency dissipation factor and polarization index measurements. A number of smart diagnostic tools along with expert systems have been developed by the speaker & his team, which will be outlined in this seminar. This research has been conducted with a number of Australian distribution and transmission utilities for more than 20 years with funding from the Australian Research Council.




  Date and Time




  • Date: 30 Aug 2016
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 03:30 PM
  • All times are (UTC+00:00) Edinburgh
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  • The University of Manchester
  • Manchester, England
  • United Kingdom M1 3BB
  • Building: Sackville Street Building
  • Room Number: D45a
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  • Contact Trevor David on +44(0)785 008 7543 if you have questions.

  • Co-sponsored by Uni. of Manchester's PES Student Branch
  • Starts 15 August 2016 12:00 AM
  • Ends 30 August 2016 12:00 AM
  • All times are (UTC+00:00) Edinburgh
  • No Admission Charge


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Professor Tapan Saha is an IEEE Power & Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer. Tapan received his PhD from the University of Queensland in 1994. Previously Tapan obtained a B. Sc in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka in 1982 and a Master of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi in Electrical Engineering in 1985. Tapan has been with the University of Queensland since 1996, where he has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering since 2005. He is the leader of power & energy systems research group at UQ. He is an Adjunct Professor of Xi'an Jiaotong University and Hunan University in China. He has published more than 400 papers in Transactions & major power engineering peer reviewed conferences. He has successfully supervised 33 PhD & 7 MPhil students as the principal supervisor and currently supervises 12 PhD students. He has received numerous grants from Australian Research Council, other competitive agencies and from the electricity industry. His current research interests are in Solar/wind/geothermal energy integration to electricity grid and Smart condition monitoring for transformers. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Australia. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Queensland, Australia. 


Prof. Tapan Saha



Prof. Tapan Saha