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Doctor Muhammed Akmal BSc, MSc, PhD, SMIEEE

Senior Lecturer


Summary

I completed my PhD from Queen's University of Belfast in 2011. I was recipient of The Charles Parsons Energy Research Award from Science Foundation Ireland for my  PhD research.

Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam University as Senior Lecturer in September 2018, I was an Associate Professor at Abu Dhabi University (2017-2018) and Assistant Professor from 2012 to 2017.

My major research interests are in Renewable Energy Integration into Power Systems, Microgrids, Smart Grids, Power System Operation and Stability Analysis.

About

I did my BSc and MSc degrees in electrical engineering from University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan in 2006 and 2008 respectively and PhD in Electric Power Systems from Queen's University Belfast (QUB), UK, in 2011. I was recipient of The Charles Parsons Energy Research Award from Science Foundation Ireland for my PhD research.

Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam University as Senior Lecturer in September 2018, I was with Abu Dhabi University as Associate Professor (2017-2018) and Assistant Professor (2012-2017) where I have won 3 awards for excellence in teaching including one University Teaching Award for the academic year 2015-16.

I have secured research and equipment grants worth more than £125,000. I have published more than 30 research papers in prestigious international journals and conferences. My research interests are Power Systems modelling and simulation, Distributed Generation and integration into the grid, Smart Grids and Demand Side Management. 

I am an active reviewer for articles submitted to the prestigious journals of IEEE and IET related to Power and Energy. I am a senior member of IEEE and Member of IEEE Power and Energy Society.

Teaching

BEng Hon Electrical And Electronic Engineering 

MEng Electrical And Electronic Engineering 

MSc Electrical And Electronic Engineering 

1. MODERN ELECTRIC SYSTEMS (55-701311) 

2. ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY(55-601323) 

3. ELECTRICAL POWER AND MACHINES (55-501319) 

4. POWER ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICAL MACHINES (55-604681) 

Research

Dr Akmal has been working on Wind Power Integration and Support from the Demand Side. The recent research includes Microgrids, Smart Grids, Power System Operation and Stability Analysis. 

I collaborate with department colleagues on different projects. 

My external collaborators are: 

Prof Brendan Fox: Energy, Power and Intelligent Control, The Queen's University Belfast, UK 

Dr Wasif Naeem: Energy, Power and Intelligent Control, The Queen's University Belfast, UK 

Andy Frew: Northern Ireland Heating Executive, Belfast, UK 

Dr Lasantha Meegahapola, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia 

Publications

Key Publications

Ghazal, M., Akmal, M., Iyanna, S., & Ghoudi, K. (2016). Smart plugs: Perceived usefulness and satisfaction: Evidence from United Arab Emirates. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 55 (C), 1248-1259. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2015.07.096

Akmal, M., Fox, B., Morrow, J.D., & Littler, T. (2014). Impact of heat pump load on distribution networks. IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution, 8 (12), 2065-2073. http://doi.org/10.1049/iet-gtd.2014.0056

Akmal, M., & Fox, B. (2016). Modelling and simulation of underfloor heating system supplied from heat pump. International Journal of Simulation: Systems, Science and Technology, 17 (35), 28.1-28.9. http://doi.org/10.5013/IJSSST.a.17.35.28

Hassan, W., Mahmood, F., Akmal, M., & Nasir, M. (2020). Optimum operation of low voltage variable‐frequency drives to improve the performance of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning chiller system. International Transactions on Electrical Energy Systems. http://doi.org/10.1002/2050-7038.12481

Journal articles

Tarabsheh, A.A., Akmal, M., & Ghazal, M. (2021). Improving the Efficiency of Partially Shaded Photovoltaic Modules without Bypass Diodes. Electronics, 10 (9). http://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10091046

Raza, A., Benrabah, A., Alquthami, T., & Akmal, M. (2020). A Review of Fault Diagnosing Methods in Power Transmission Systems. Applied Sciences, 10 (4), e1312. http://doi.org/10.3390/app10041312

Hassan, M.W., Rasheed, M.B., Javaid, N., Nazar, W., & Akmal, M. (2018). Co-optimization of energy and reserve capacity considering renewable energy unit with uncertainty. Energies, 11 (10), 2833. http://doi.org/10.3390/en11102833

Al Tarabsheh, A., Akmal, M., & Ghazal, M. (2017). Series connected photovoltaic cells-modelling and analysis. Sustainability (Switzerland), 9 (3), 371. http://doi.org/10.3390/su9030371

Conference papers

Akmal, M., Al-Naemi, F., Iqbal, N., Al-Tarabsheh, A., & Meegahapola, L. (2019). Impact of distributed PV generation on relay coordination and power quality. 2019 IEEE Milan PowerTech. http://doi.org/10.1109/ptc.2019.8810791

Ninan, J., Othman, Y., Aldhuhoori, S., Meegahapola, L., & Akmal, M. (2019). Microgrid cost optimization: a case study on Abu Dhabi. 2018 8th International Conference on Intelligent Systems, Modelling and Simulation (ISMS), 2018, 120-125. http://doi.org/10.1109/ISMS.2018.00032

Al Tarabsheh, A., & Akmal, M. (2019). Calculation of the Shunt Resistance across the Absorber Layer of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Photovoltaic Cells. 2019 6th International Conference on Electrical and Electronics Engineering (ICEEE). http://doi.org/10.1109/ICEEE2019.2019.00010

Akmal, M., Jawad, A., & Tarabsheh, A.A. (2018). Design and simulation of solar grid-connected charger for electric vehicles. Proceedings - 2018 UKSim-AMSS 20th International Conference on Modelling and Simulation, UKSim 2018, 108-113. http://doi.org/10.1109/UKSim.2018.00031

Tarabsheh, A.A., Etier, I., Akmal, M., Sweleh, A., & Ghazal, M. (2017). Modeling of series-connected photovoltaic cells. 2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017, 1-4. http://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2017.8366323

Ghazal, M., Al Hadithy, T., Al Khalil, Y., Akmal, M., & Hajjdiab, H. (2017). A mobile-programmable smart mirror for ambient IoT environments. Proceedings - 2017 5th International Conference on Future Internet of Things and Cloud Workshops, W-FiCloud 2017, 2017-J (2017-J), 240-245. http://doi.org/10.1109/FiCloudW.2017.106

Akmal, M., Ali, S., Al Khalil, Y., Iqbal, N.B., & Alzaabi, A. (2017). Integration of solar energy and optimized economic dispatch using genetic algorithm: A case-study of Abu Dhabi. 2017 IEEE Power and Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, ISGT 2017, 1-5. http://doi.org/10.1109/ISGT.2017.8085990

Al Tarabsheh, A., Akmal, M., & Hareb, M. (2017). Analysis of Photovoltaic modules attached with a vertical-axis wind turbine. 2017 6th International Conference on Clean Electrical Power: Renewable Energy Resources Impact, ICCEP 2017, 41-45. http://doi.org/10.1109/ICCEP.2017.8004789

Akmal, M., & Fox, B. (2016). Modelling and simulation of underfloor heating system supplied from heat pump. Proceedings - 2016 UKSim-AMSS 18th International Conference on Computer Modelling and Simulation, UKSim 2016, 246-251. http://doi.org/10.1109/UKSim.2016.13

Tarabsheh, A.A., Etier, I., Akmal, M., Sweleh, A., & Ghazal, M. (2016). Modeling of series-connected photovoltaic cells. Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 1523-1526. http://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2016.7749873

Akmal, M., Kashif, A.E., Ghazal, M., & Tarabsheh, A.A. (2016). Demand response enabled sustainable smart home design in the middle east environment. EEEIC 2016 - International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering. http://doi.org/10.1109/EEEIC.2016.7555703

Al Tarabsheh, A., Akmal, M., Hareb, M., Kahla, M., Qadir, A., Mohammad, E., & Ghazal, M. (2016). A modified photovoltaic wind hybrid system. IET Conference Publications, 2016 (CP694). http://doi.org/10.1049/cp.2016.0579

Akmal, M., Fox, B., & Morrow, D.J. (2013). Emergency reserve from flexible loads and impact on existing plant portfolio. 2013 IEEE Grenoble Conference PowerTech, POWERTECH 2013. http://doi.org/10.1109/PTC.2013.6652498

Hassan, W., Akmal, M., & Kamran, M. (2013). Portable and compact grounding system. Proceedings of the Universities Power Engineering Conference. http://doi.org/10.1109/UPEC.2013.6715006

Fox, B., Akmal, M., Thompson, S., Jordan, C.M., & Black, J. (2011). Maximising wind turbine generator capacity at 11 kV. IET Conference Publications, 2011 (579 CP), 141. http://doi.org/10.1049/cp.2011.0154

Akmal, M., Fox, B., Morrow, D.J., & Littler, T. (2011). Impact of high penetration of heat pumps on low voltage distribution networks. 2011 IEEE PES Trondheim PowerTech: The Power of Technology for a Sustainable Society, POWERTECH 2011. http://doi.org/10.1109/PTC.2011.6019401

Akmal, M., Flynn, D., Kennedy, J., & Fox, B. (2009). Flexible heat load for managing wind variability in the Irish power system. Proceedings of the Universities Power Engineering Conference.

Qureshi, S.A., Akmal, M., & Arif, R. (2009). Power quality based comparison of compact fluorescent lamp with fluorescent light. 2009 3rd International Conference on Electrical Engineering, ICEE 2009. http://doi.org/10.1109/ICEE.2009.5173175

Khan, R.A.J., & Akmal, M. (2008). Mathematical Modeling of Current Harmonics Caused by Personal Computers. PROCEEDINGS OF WORLD ACADEMY OF SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, VOL 29, 29, 325-329.

Ata-Ur-Rehman, N., Afghani, S., Akmal, M., & Yousaf, R. (2008). Microcontroller and sensors based gesture vocalizer. PROCEEDINGS OF THE 7TH WSEAS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SIGNAL PROCESSING, ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION, 82-+.

Jabbar, R.A., Akmal, M., Masood, M.A., Junaid, M., & Akram, M.F. (2008). Voltage waveform distortion measurement caused by the current drawn by modern induction furnaces. ICHQP 2008: 13th International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power. http://doi.org/10.1109/ICHQP.2008.4668764

Jabbar, R.A., Al-Dabbagh, M., Muhammad, A., Khawaja, R.H., Akmal, M., & Arif, M.R. (2008). Impact of compact fluorescent lamp on power quality. 2008 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference, AUPEC 2008.

Jabbar, R.A., Muhammad, A., Muhammad, J., & Muhammad, A.M. (2008). Operational and economic impacts of distorted current drawn by modern induction furnaces. 2008 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference, AUPEC 2008.

Jabbar, R.A., Qureshi, S.A., Akmal, M., Qureshi, W.A., & Ahmad, A. (2007). Practical analysis and mathematical modeling of harmonic distortions caused by electronic loads. Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Energy and Power Systems, 151-156.

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