Seminar: Edson Bortoni

“The Meaning of Energy Transition for the Brazilian Energy System”
Thursday, Oct. 7 at 1:00pm
Via Zoom
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sponsored by the ECE IDEA Committee
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 15–Oct. 15
Thanks to Texas Instruments for Their Support


This talk will focus on energy transition currently being experienced by several countries. A historical analysis of several countries’ installed energy composition, from fossil-based to renewable generation, will be presented, highlighting the current global trend. Technological challenges and some researched solutions will be introduced. The Brazilian energy mix case will be further exposed. Energy storage and the hydrogen energy based solutions will be discussed.


Dr. Edson Bortoni is a professor and the president (Rector) of the UNIFEI. He received an electrical engineering degree from the University of Itajubá (UNIFEI), Itajubá, Brazil, in 1990, and the M.Sc. degree in energy systems planning from the University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil in 1993. He received his in power systems from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil, in 1998, and the Habilitation from USP, São Carlos, Brazil, in 2012. He was a visiting scholar in the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (2015), and in Politecnico di Torino, Italy (2019). Dr. Bortoni is an Associate Editor of IET GTD Journal, the Flow Measurement and Instrumentation Journal, and the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion Journal. He is the secretary of the IEEE PES Electric Machinery Committee and former chair of the Generator subcommittee. He is the recipient of the ISA Power Industry Division Achievement Award (2018), the Hydropower Foundation Educator of the Year Award (2019), and recognized as a distinguished lecturer from the IEEE Power and Energy Society. Dr. Bortoni has almost 400 published books, chapters, and papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His research interests include: designing electrical machines, testing, modeling, power generation, energy systems design, sensors, and smart grids. Dr. Bortoni is the head of the EXCEN, the Energy Efficiency Excellence Center, president of the Brazilian Society of Energy Planning, a fellow of the International Hydropower Association, a fellow of the International Society of Automation, and a senior member of IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.