School of Engineering (Okanagan campus)
Liwei’s research focuses on power and energy conversion systems including mathematical modeling, control and design of the electrical energy systems, as well as integration of large-scale renewable energy sources such as wind and solar energy, into power transmission and distribution systems to improve efficiency. Very often, the renewables are located far away from load centers and their generations have high fluctuations due to weather conditions. In order to transmit the renewable energy over long distance with high efficiency and reliability, advanced power electronic converters are used to transform the voltage and current from AC into DC or vice versa. The long term goal of this research is to develop advanced and optimized high-power converter technologies and new modeling, analysis and simulation platforms to enable future-generation smarter and greener power grids.
Prior to UBC:
Liwei obtained his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, in 2010. He was a Senior Scientist and a Project Leader in ABB Sweden Corporate Research, one of the seven ABB global research centers, before he joined UBC Okanagan in 2014.
Liwei's research work has been published in many renowned IEEE Journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Power Delivery, Energy Conversion, Power Electronics, and Industrial Applications. He has filed eleven international patent applications with two granted recently. He was also an invited panel session presenter in the IEEE Task Force on Induction Machine Modeling in IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) General Meeting, Denver, 2015.
In his free time, Liwei enjoys Okanagan’s summer and winter. He likes swimming and kayaking in the Okanagan Lake, wondering if a real Ogopogo may appear suddenly. He loves skiing and tubing with his three young kids at Big White, one of the most famous ski resorts in the BC Interior.