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AAU Professor Receives International Recognition

AAU Professor Receives International Recognition

Professor Zhe Chen from Department of Energy Technology receives one of the most prestigious awards in his field for his research in wind turbines.

Professor Zhe Chen from the Department of Energy Technology has received international recognition that brings him into the  premiere league of his field. Professor Zhe Chen has received the title of IEEE Fellow (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). IEEE Fellow is recognised as one of the most prestigious awards and career landmarks a scientist within the fields of technical sciences can achieve. IEEE is made up of more than 400,000 members in 160 countries and is one of the leading authorities within scientific fields, ranging from aerospace systems and computers to telecommunication and electric power.

'I am honoured by the recognition because it means that some of my work has been considered valuable by my peers and has some noticeable impact on the scientific community,' says Professor Zhe Chen.

Professor Chen receives the recognition for his great scientific contribution to the development of wind technology, among other things. This includes optimal design of wind turbines, design of interface with power electronics, wind farm design, and wind power grid integration. This scientific contribution has been tailwind in the development of modern wind technology and helping to maximize the yield from wind turbines and bringing costs down. The result is cheaper electricity from wind turbines, which has made wind turbines one of the most interesting options for green energy.

Professor Chen has also made large contributions to the research in modern power systems and electrical machines. His contributions include the areas of power system structural security, grid stability, smart distribution systems, and integration of multi-energy systems. In electromagnetic devices, Professor Chen and his team have made some new designs, such as high-efficient DC/DC transformers, which converts energy from one source with one voltage into another.

As early as in the mid 1990’s, Professor Chen pioneered the fully rated power electronic interfaces, which are used for transitioning between different energy supplies. The work has established the foundation of the fully rated power electronic interface for wind turbines and evolved as a major type of power electronic interface for renewable power generation.

The recognition as IEEE Fellow comes with the note that Professor Chen’s continuous outstanding work has made significant academic and industrial contributions towards strengthening the roles of the scientific communities for solving complex issues identified as priority of the society, such as renewable energy technology.

'It is a great reward. I really appreciate it and I am grateful to the long-time support from my family, friends, and colleagues, especially my group members. The award is understood by the scientific and technology community as a great landmark of a scientific career,' says Professor Zhe Chen.

Professor Chen received his education from Institute of Electric Power Engineering, Jilin City, China, and wrote his Ph.D. at Durham University, England. In 2002 he became full professor at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), London. As an outstanding recognition in Denmark, Professor Chen has been conferred with the title of Ridder af Dannebrogordenen, (Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog) in 2012.


Zhe Chen, Professor, Department of Energy Technology, +45 9940 9255, zch@et.aau.dk