Planning for the integration of up to 100 GW of offshore wind power in the North American Atlantic

Name of the presenter: Prof Prof Johan H Enslin, PhD, FIEEE, FSAIEE, PrEng.

University of Johannesburg and Clemson University

Date: 12th May 2022

Time: 15:00

Platform (virtual): Virtual (Zoom / Teams) – 


The Eastern United States is currently planning to integrate large levels of offshore wind power. At least 30 GW lease areas are identified and some contracted for wind power development by 2035 in the Northeastern United States Atlantic. Wind resources are estimated to be 100 GW, around 10% of total United States installed capacity of over 1000 GW. HVDC transmission is currently preferred for offshore interconnection networks and are currently considered for multi terminal operation in a backbone structure. These HVDC links or multi-terminal transmission networks need to be integrated on existing HVAC onshore systems. The objective of this presentation is providing options for this large wind power development, offshore High-Voltage DC backbone to support the wind power development and the technology readiness of the collector and offshore interconnection systems.

Extremely brief bio (not more than 80 words):

Johan H Enslin is the Duke Energy Endowed Chaired Professor and the Director for the Academic Programs at the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center at Clemson University in Charleston SC, USA. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Full bio or a link to full bio:

Dr. Johan H Enslin is the Duke Energy SmartState Endowed Chaired Professor in Smart Grid at Clemson University in North Charleston SC and Executive Director for the Energy Systems Program at the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Earlier Johan was the first Director for the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) and the Duke Energy Distinguished Chair in Power System at UNC Charlotte.  In previous roles Johan served as the Chief Technology Officer for a smart grid and renewable energy technology company based in New Jersey, Petra Systems. He was also in Vice-President roles for Quanta Technology and Alpha Technologies Group, where he was general manager for the company’s Renewable Energy Division.  Johan was earlier also the Vice President of Power System Planning at KEMA, Inc., with lead responsibility for establishing a new medium voltage, smart grid and power electronics research, development and testing laboratory in Arnhem, The Netherlands.

In South Africa, he worked at the power utility ESKOM, Railway Company (SPOONET) as well as at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Pretoria as department chair and full professor. Johan has combined a 41-year career with leadership in industry and academia, in the US, Europe and South Africa. He served as a senior executive for private business operations and a professor in electrical engineering. He initiated and led grid modernization and renewable energy integration teams and executed multi-disciplinary power system projects.

Over the course of his career, Johan worked for more than 90 US, European, Asian and African power utilities, governments and industries. He authored and co-authored more than 350 technical journal and conference papers for IEEE and other organizations and has written several chapters in scientific books. Johan is a life-long leader in the IEEE and CIGRÉ working groups and committees. He holds more than 25 provisional and final patents. He received the 2014 Charlotte Business Journal Energy Leadership Award. He is a registered Professional Engineer in South Africa, Fellow of the SAIEE and Fellow of the IEEE. He is currently serving as the IEEE Vice President for Standards and AdCom member for the Power Electronics (PELS) Society. He is a Graduate of Leadership North Carolina (LNC) – Class XXII.

Dr. Enslin’s research focused over his career on building a smarter, decarbonized, hybrid AC-DC and integrated power grid with high penetration of Inverter Based Resources. Among others, he is evaluating the role and optimization of energy storage technologies in grid modernization initiatives for Virtual Power Plants (VPPs). He is a registered Professional Engineer in South Africa, Fellow of the SAIEE and Fellow of the IEEE. He is currently serving as VP of Standards and Board member for the IEEE PELS Society.


May 12, 2022

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