Welcome to Renewable-energy Interface and Grid Automation (RIGA) Lab

Renewable-energy Interface and Grid Automation (RIGA) Lab is a research lab at the University of Manitoba which was established by Dr. Carl Ho. The establishment of the lab was funded by the CFI in Oct. 2014. And it has been completed in April 2016 and renovated in February 2019. Currently it is located at the room E1-468B. The lab is mainly to develop power electronics technologies for renewable energy and smart grid applications.

Upcoming Events

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Presentation at The APEC2020, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, ANew Orleans, LA, USA.

18.03.2020, 15:10 - 15:30, Room 206-207 Oral Session: A Supervisory Remote Management System for Parallel Operation of Modularized D-STATCOM (R. Abdalaal).

19.03.2020, 08:30 - 08:50, Room 206-207 Oral Session: Modelling and Experimental Evaluation of Ideal Transformer Algorithm Interface for Power Hardware in the Loop Architecture (M. Pokharel).

19.03.2020, 11:15 - 13:45, Dialogues Session: A Module-Based Hierarchical Microgrid with a Bottom-Up Building Approach for Rural Electrification (M. Pokharel).

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Latest lab news

IEEE IAS Chapters and Membership Departent Chair Visiting

The IEEE Industry Applications Society Chapters and Membership Department Chair Dr. Peter Magyar (IEEE Life Fellow) visited University of Manitoba and RIGA Lab. He gave a seminar to introduce The IEEE Industry Applications Society and established the "University of Manitoba Student Branch IAS Chapter" with RIGA Lab's PhD student Ms Radwa Abdalaal, and Dr. Carl Ho was appointed as "SB Chapter Advisor" to promote the IEEE IAS and its professional activities.

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A new accepted paper in the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics

Congratulate Yang Zhou and Ken Siu, RIGA Lab's MSc alumnus and PhD student, on publishing a paper in the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics,
Y. Zhou, C. Ho, and K. Siu, “A Fast MPPT Control Technique using Boundary Controller for PV Applications”, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics.

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Best Student Team Regional Award of the IEEE Empower a Billion Lives 2019 competition in the Americas region

The RIGA lab’s project team “Winnie the Power” received “Best Student Team Regional Award” of the IEEE Empower a Billion Lives 2019 competition in the Americas region and qualified to participate in the Global Round at the ECCE2019. The project provides a very innovative and practical microgrid solution to help many people to have power and light. The project is being led by the PhD Student Dong Li. Congratulations!

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A new accepted paper in the IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics

Congratulate Ken Siu, RIGA Lab's PhD student, on publishing a paper in the IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics,
K. Siu, C. Ho, and R. Li, “A Four-Quadrant Single-Phase Grid-Connected Converter with only Two High Frequency Switches”, IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics.

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A New MSc Thesis

Congratulate Avishek Ghosh, RIGA Lab's MSc student, on passing his MSc Thesis Oral Defense. Now, he becomes a PhD Student at RIGA Lab's continue the research on Power Electronics.

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A new accepted paper in the IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics

Congratulate Ken Siu, RIGA Lab's PhD student, on publishing a paper in the IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics,
K. Siu, and C. Ho, “Manitoba Rectifier - Bridgeless Buck-Boost PFC”, IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics.

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A new accepted paper in the IEEE Trans. on Industry Applications

Congratulate Dong Li, RIGA Lab's PhD student, on publishing a paper in the IEEE Trans. on Industry Applications,
D. Li, and C. Ho, “A Method for Solving Current Unbalance Problem of Paralleled Single-Phase Grid-connected Unipolar-PWM Inverters with Common DC Bus”, IEEE Trans. on Industry Applications.

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A new accepted paper in the IEEE Trans. on Industry Applications

Congratulate Radwa Abdalaal, RIGA Lab's PhD student, on publishing a paper in the IEEE Trans. on Industry Applications,
R. Abdalaal, C. Ho, C. Leung, and H. Chung, “A Remotely Central Dimming System for a Large-Scale LED Lighting Network Providing High Quality Voltage and Current”, IEEE Trans. on Industry Applications.

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A PhD Student was awarded the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF)

Congratulate the PhD Students Avishek Ghosh, on awarded the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships for 3 years.

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A new accepted paper in the IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics

Congratulate Yanming Xu and Avishek Ghosh, RIGA Lab's PhD students, on publishing a paper in the IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics,
Y. Xu, C. Ho, A. Ghosh, and D. Muthumuni “An Electrical Transient Model of IGBT-Diode Switching Cell for Power Semiconductor Loss Estimation in Electromagnetic Transient Simulation”, IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics.

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Received two awards at the IEEE SEGE

Congratulate Ken King Man Siu, RIGA Lab's PhD student, on received two awards at the IEEE SEGE,
1. Student Innovation Award "Power Electronics".
2. Best Paper Award 2019 – S8 Winner.
Click here to go to IEEE SEGE.

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The Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics Letter visited us

Prof. Yunwei (Ryan) Li, Professor at University of Alberta and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics Letter, visited RIGA Lab and provided a technical seminar entitled “Power Electronics Enabled Smart Grids” to our graduate students and local industry.

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A New PhD Thesis

Congratulate Ken Siu, RIGA Lab's PhD student, on passing his PhD Thesis Oral Defense. Now, he becomes a PostDoc Fellow at RIGA Lab's continue the research on Power Electronics.

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Renewed 5-year Term of Canada Research Chair

Dr. Carl Ho successfully renewed his Canada Research Chair in Efficient Utilization of Electric Power (10.2019 – 09.2024) with $500,000 funding.

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Received a 2018 Prize Paper Award for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics

The RIGA's paper listed below has been awarded a Second Place Prize Paper Award for 2018 in the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.
R. Li, C. Ho, and C. Xu “Active Virtual Ground - Single Phase Transformerless Grid-Connected Voltage Source Inverter Topology,” IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 1335 - 1346, Feb. 2018.

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A new accepted paper in the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Congratulate Radwa Abdalaal, RIGA Lab's PhD student, on publishing a paper in the Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
R. Abdalaal and C. Ho, “Characterization of Commercial LED Lamps for Power Quality Studies,” Can. J. Elect. Comput. Eng.,

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A new accepted paper in the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics

Congratulate Dr. Ken Siu, RIGA Lab's PostDoc Fellow, on publishing a paper in the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics,
K. Siu and C. Ho, “System Model and Performance Evaluation of Single-Stage Buck-Boost Type Manitoba Inverter for PV Applications”, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics,

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A new PhD student

We are pleased to welcome Jalal Dadkhah as PhD Student of the RIGA Lab.

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A New MSc Thesis

Congratulate Zhuang Zhang, RIGA Lab's MSc student, on passing her MSc Thesis Oral Defense. Now, she is becoming an Electrical Engineer at Hatch Ltd., Canada.

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A new accepted paper in the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics

Congratulate Isuru Jayawardana, RIGA Lab's PhD Student, on publishing a paper in the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics,
I. Jayawardana, C. Ho, and Y. He, “Boundary Control with Corrected Second-order Switching Surface for Buck Converters Connected to Capacitive Loads”, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics,

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A new accepted paper in the IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics

Congratulate Mandip Pokharel, RIGA Lab's PhD Student, on publishing a paper in the IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics,
M. Pokharel, and C. Ho, "Stability Analysis of Power Hardware in the Loop (PHIL) Architecture with Solar Inverter", IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics.

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