ECE Graduate Seminar Lecture by Professor Ahmad Harb, German Jordanian University

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
3:00 pm
Floor/Room #: 
AK 233


Impacts of Renewable Energy on Electric Power Grid

(Application to Jordanian Power Grid)



For many environmental and strategic reasons in the last years, Jordan was one of many countries around the globe that intended to increase the shares of the energy production from renewable energy resources by setting up a regulation that define exactly this minimum required share which called “Renewable Portfolio Standard”. Due to their availability and low investment cost compared to other renewable resources wind and Photovoltaic (PV) technologies were the dominant resources to achieve these targets.

The objective of this seminar is to discuss the impacts of renewable energy on the power grid and to see the behavior and the stability of the Jordanian electrical system in the presence of such large amount of intermittent renewable generation units after expected severe disturbances like faults events, loss of generation units, and sudden decrease in the production of renewable resources units. A software, such as PSSE and Digzilent are used to simulate the dynamic analysis. The study shows that the risk of integrating more intermittent renewable resources on the Jordanian electrical system is massively increased if it is working independent of the Egyptian electrical system; i.e. while the electrical interconnection between the two countries is out of service, where any loss of large generating unit or fast decrease in the generated power from renewable energy resources will cause significant drop in the frequency of the system.



Ahmad Harb

Professor, School of Natural Resources Engineering and Management
German Jordanian University, GJU
Amman – Jordan



Twenty years of experience in electrical engineering and power and renewable energy engineering. Dr. Harb graduated from one of the best school in United States of America, Virginia Tech, in 1996. Directly he appointed as director of a factory in Baku Azerbijan, where he spent one year as administrative and management experience. He established a new factory and managed it for one year. After that Dr. Harb joined Virginia Tech. as researcher in the department of Electrical Engineering. In 1998, Dr. Harb joined Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). During the last 20 years, Dr. Harb involved in many international projects related to electrical engineering problems, such as power electronics in renewable energy, with total budget 1.5 million USD.

Dr. Harb is highly active in the academic arena. Dr. Harb has published more than 80 papers in various international journals and conferences. Dr. Harb is the Editor-in-Chief for two International Journals, first the International Journal of Modern Nonlinear Theory and Applications (IJMNTA), USA, and the second, International Journal of Power and Renewable Energy Systems (IJPRES), USA. Dr. Harb chaired three International conferences in Modern nonlinear theory (Bifurcation and Chaos), one in Montreal-Canada and the second in Orlando, Florida, USA. Dr. Harb is a senior member of the IEEE, and the third one was in renewable energy was held in Amman Jordan. 

Dr. Harb is coauthoring a new book in Power Electronics published by Springer, Dec. 2017.   Currently, Dr. Harb is a Professor at school of natural resources engineering at German Jordanian University (GJU), Amman – Jordan.

Host: Professor Yousef Mahmoud