Khaled Ahmed


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I received my PhD degree in power electronics from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde in 2008. In 2011, following a period of employment as a Research Associate at Strathclyde, I was appointed as a Lecturer in Power Electronics at the University of Aberdeen, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015. Currently, I am a Professor of power electronics at the University of Strathclyde (PEDEC Group). I have over 20 years of research experience in power electronics, electrical power engineering, renewable energy integration, distributed generation, solar energy systems, off-shore wind energy, DC/DC converters, smart grids, and HVDC.

I have won funding of £5.2 million as Primary and Co-Investigator on projects funded by EPSRC, the EU, the British Council, the Royal Society, Encompass, the Carnegie Trust, the Scottish Funding Council, the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, and industry. 

I have extensive experience of working with industry, having collaborated with Aker Solutions, Proven, Technip Umbilicals Ltd, and Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE). I have also designed and delivered a continuing professional development (CPD) course on HVDC for the SSE HVDC technology engineering team.

I have supervised/co-supervised 20 PhD students: 12 have graduated, and 8 are ongoing.

I with my collaborators published over 180 technical papers in refereed journals and conferences, 1 book, 1 book chapter, and a patent (PCT/GB2017/051364). Total citations of 6000 and h-index of 28.

I am a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Industrial Electronics and Power Electronics Societies, IET member and Charted Engineer. I am a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA). I am a member of the international PEMD and ICRERA conference organising committees. I am an Associate Editor of the IEEE Open Journal of the Industrial Electronics Society and the Elsevier Alexandria Engineering Journal.



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Text Book: High Voltage Direct Current Transmission: Converters, Systems and DC Grids


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How to electrify UKCS oil and gas platforms?


Research Interests

Research Topics

  • Electrification for offshore assets and future Energy Transition.
  • High power high voltage DC/DC converters
  • Grid-forming converters for future grids
  • Distributed generation and microgrids for standalone and grid-connected applications 
  • Wind farm integration using power electronics
  • Resonant converters for high voltage high power systems
  • Multilevel converters for high power application (FACTS & HVDC)

Research Grants

  • Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Ltd, UK, ‘Circuit Optimisation for Multi-infeed HVDC Systems’, CI, 2012-2016.
  • EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), ‘DC Networks with DC‑DC Converters for Integration of Large Renewable Sources’, CI, 2013-2016.
  • Kick Start Award, Encompass project, ‘Coastal Solar Array’, PI, 2014.
  • The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Grant, PI, 2015.
  • Royal Society Research Grant, PI, 2015.
  • British Council Researcher Link Workshop Grant, PI, 2015.
  • Scottish Funding Council, ‘Micro Wind turbine’ PI, 2015.
  • EU Project, ‘Smart Grid Technology’, PI, 2016-2019.
  • Scottish Funding Council, ‘Modified Metal Detection Machine’ PI, 2016.
  • Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) and Technip Umbilicals Ltd, ‘Load-Bearing MV Cable Termination for Umbilicals’, CI, 2017.
  • KTP in collaboration with Ace Aquatec Ltd., ‘Fish Stunning Improvements’ PI, 2017-2019.
  • Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), ‘Realising the Value of Offshore Grid Access for Small Pools’ PI, 2019-2020.
  • Innovate UK, ‘High Speed, Magnet Free Traction Motors and Drives’, PI, 2019-2020.
  • Iberdrola, ‘Design and testing of novel AC/DC microgrid control algorithms’, PI, 2019-2020.
  • Rolls Royce Ltd., ‘Comparison of Power Electronics Converter System Options’, PI, 2019-2020.
  • Iberdrola, ‘Distributed Generation Black Start’, PI, 2020.

Academic / Professional qualifications

  • IEEE Industrial and Power Electronics Societies, Senior Member.
  • The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Member.
  • Engineering Council UK, Registered Chartered Engineer.
  • The Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow.
  • The Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research (SISER), Member.
  • The Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers, Member.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Electrification for offshore Oil and Gas assets for future Energy Transition.
  • Modular DC/DC converter for high power applications
  • Grid-forming converters for future grids
  • Parallel operation of inverter based distributed generation units in microgrids
  • Distributed generation and microgrids for standalone and grid-connected applications 
  • Wind farm integration using power electronics
  • Multilevel converters for high power application (FACTS & HVDC)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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