6th Research Symposium on High Voltage and Power Systems

6th Research Symposium on High Voltage and Power Systems

One of the key targets of Abu Dhabi’s 2020 vision is to ‘develop a sufficient and resilient infrastructure capable of supporting the anticipated economic growth’, and to achieve this target, diversification of electricity energy production sources, maintenance and future adaptation of the electricity grid network infrastructure is needed. In line with this vision, the High Voltage and Dielectric Materials (HVDM) research group at Khalifa University aims to carry out advanced fundamental and applied research to help achieve this target. This group, which is part of the Advanced Power and Energy Centre (APEC), focuses on key research areas recognized as fundamental to ensure that high voltage electrical energy systems are protected from disruptions and blackouts while ensuring safety and maximum efficiency; with millions of homes, business and industry relying on the high voltage electrical power grid. The grid infrastructure comprises transmission and distribution lines, high-cost equipment such as transformers, high-voltage cables, insulators, bushings, surge arresters, and circuit breakers and these operate under increasingly challenging and variable electrical and environmental stress conditions. Particularly important for high voltage insulation in the climate of the Gulf, is the requirement for the system to perform under particularly extreme environmental stresses. The challenge is therefore to provide a reliable power supply at high efficiency to a wide variety of industrial, commercial and domestic loads while evolving towards a power system supplied by sustainable and environmentally friendly energy sources.

This symposium, the sixth of its series organized by the HVDM group, builds upon previous successful events and features presentations covering a breadth of research topics within the scope of high-voltage engineering and applications, power systems, power electronics, grid integration of renewables, lightning protection and grounding. Speakers include a mix of researchers and experts from Japanese universities, KUST faculty and researchers, and local universities. It creates a forum for attendants to exchange ideas and discuss future opportunities for collaboration.

Target participants:

  • Faculty, researchers and students in the area of electrical power engineering or related discipline
  • Engineers and technicians from the electrical power transmission and distribution industry, utilities and manufacturers
  • Technical managers and asset managers in the electrical power industry

The Advanced Power and Energy Centre (APEC) has been recently created at Khalifa University to help address the rapid and increasing change in the UAE’s electrical energy infrastructure. One of APEC’s key missions is to provide solutions for new challenges brought about by these changes, and to develop innovative ideas and solutions for optimizing and advancing future energy delivery. The Center covers a broad spectrum of pressing and important energy related issues including renewable energy integration, power electronics and conditioning, distribution and transmission system operation and high voltage engineering. The center capitalizes and builds upon the strength available at all three Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KUST) campuses with an overall main goal of becoming the R&D hub for power and energy innovation in UAE. The center has already received interest as well as financial commitment from key stakeholders (locally and internationally) including but not limited to Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Getra (Italy), and Manitoba Hydro International (Canada). It will contribute to setting Khalifa University as one of the leading research driven universities in energy and equally important a catalyst for producing the next generation of engineers essential for addressing industry power and energy needs in the years to come.

Masaru Ishii 

Received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1971, 1973, and 1976, respectively. In 1976, he joined the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo, where he was a professor of high voltage engineering during 1992-2013. He became an emeritus professor of the University of Tokyo and an advisor of Central Research Institute of Power Industry (CRIEPI) in 2013. He was a Vice President of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan from 2007 to 2008 and is the President of the Institute of Electrical Installation Engineers of Japan since 2015. Prof. Ishii is a Life Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of IEE of Japan, and a Distinguished Member of CIGRE. He is the convener of CIGRE WG C4.36 on winter lightning.



Dr. Ehab El‐Saadany

Is a professor at the ECE department at Khalifa University, where he is Director of the Advanced Power and Energy Center (APEC). He received his PhD from the University of Waterloo in 1998, joined the Waterloo ECE department in 2000 as an assistant professor, till he becomes full professor in 2010. He was the director of the Power MEng program at the University of Waterloo 2010‐15. His main research focus is on Distribution System Operation and Control, smart/micro grids, renewable integration, power quality and protection systems. He has authored more than 390 top tier international journals and conferences publications with four US patents. He raised over $11M in research funds from different federal, provincial and industrial entities. Two‐time recipient of the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Energy systems and Smart Distribution Systems, (2009‐2014 and 2014‐2018) respectively. Dr. El‐Saadany is a fellow of the IEEE, an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and Power Systems and a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.



Shuji Sato

Is a Professor Emeritus of Utsunomiya University, Japan. He is an Invited Professor until March 31, 2019, and is to advance to a Professor afterward at Hosei University, Japan. His major research fields cover high voltage measurements and numerical electric field analysis. He is a senior and a life member of the IEEJ, and currently acts as a member of MT16 (61083-1), MT7 (61083-2), WG20 (61083-3) and WG21 (61083-4) under IEC TC 42.




Dr Noureddine Harid

Is Associate Professor of High Voltage and Power Systems at Khalifa University of Science and Technology since 2013, serving as managing coordinator of the High‐Voltage and Dielectric Materials (HVDM) laboratory. Between 2001 and 2013, he joined Cardiff University, serving as manager of the HV lab and carrying out research in the Advanced High-Voltage Engineering Research Centre. His areas of interest are high‐voltage insulation, condition monitoring, grounding, lightning protection, and power system transients. He has conducted several consultancy projects for utilities and manufacturers in the area of HV testing and grounding measurement. He is a member of the IEEE, the IET, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK, and member of the IEEE High‐Voltage Test Techniques (HVTT) sub‐committee. He served in British Standards committees on Lightning Protection and Wind Turbines.




Tadashi Koshizuka

Received the B.E. and M.E. degrees in electrical engineering from Tokyo Denki University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1989 and 1992, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, in 2013.  In 1992, he joined the Heavy Apparatus Engineering Laboratory, Toshiba Corporation, Kawasaki, Japan. Since 2014, he has been a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Tokyo Denki University.  Dr. Koshizuka is a member of IEE Japan.



Prof. H. Griffiths

Received the B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Polytechnic of Wales and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Cardiff University, U.K. Between 1978 and 1990, he worked in the UK electricity supply industry. Since 1990, he was a faculty member at Cardiff University rising to the rank of full professor and where he is currently an honorary visiting professor. In Jan 2015, he was appointed as professor in the ECE Department at Khalifa University. His research interests include grounding systems, transients and high voltage insulation and he has co-authored more than 200 publications. He is a chartered engineer and a member of the IET and IEEE. He has been active over many years in British Standards Committees, CENELEC, IEC, CIGRE/CIRED technical working groups concerning high voltage grounding systems (BSi PEL/99, BSi GEL/81, BSi GEL/600, TC99X WG1, IEC TC99/MT4, CIGRE/CIRED WG B3.35)




Dr Shinya Ohtsuka

Is an Associate Professor of Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan.  His major research fields are high voltage, electrical insulation, PD measurement & diagnostics, lightning test for airplane, measurement and analysis of discharge-related signals and electromagnetic phenomena, and EMC. His research interests include safety and security for the electric power system, lightning phenomena and the influences, sensing technologies for IoT, and new material. He is a member of the IEEE, IEEJ, and CIGRE, and currently acts as a member of SAE AE2 (Lightning Committee) and CIGRE WG D1.66.



Kohei Higashikawa 

Is an Associate Professor of Kyushu University of Japan. His research field is superconducting engineering. He is developing a novel power system with superconducting cable and renewable energies. He is a member of MRS, IEEJ, and CSS.




Dr. Harada

Is a lecturer of Kyushu Electric College.

He is engaged in research on power electronics, photovoltaic power generation system and electric machines.




Hitoshi Hayashiya

Received master degree and doctor degree from the University of Tokyo in 1994, 1996 and 1999, respectively. He was Assistant Professor of the University of Tokyo from 1999 to 2002 and entered East Japan Railway Company in July 2002. After entering East Japan Railway Company, he worked for R&D center from 2002 to 2006, for maintenance depot of high-speed railway in Ohmiya Branch Office from 2006 to 2008, for railway operation headquarters from 2008 to 2016 and for Tokyo Branch Office from 2016 to 2018. Now, he is General Manager of Electrical & Signal Network System Department, Railway Operation Headquarters. His specialties were high voltage engineering (bachelor degree), magnetic levitation and linear motor (master and doctor degree), plasma physics and plasma diagnosis (assistant professor) and railway power supply (JR East).



Mr. Akihiro Fukuyama

Is a master’s student of Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT), Japan. He is a member of Ohtsuka Lab in KIT. His major research field is EMC for power electronics and related sensor technology and new material. He is a member of IEEJ.


The high voltage and dielectric materials(HVDM)research laboratory is the first of its kind in the UAE. It has been created to build expertise and research capability to address the challenges and technical problems facing current and future electrical energy installations. Vital high-voltage equipment operates under increasingly challenging conditions, with the requirement to provide a reliable power supply at high efficiency to a wide variety of industrial, commercial and domestic loads. Additional environmental constraints on high-voltage outdoor insulations systems call for the development of new dielectric materials that are able to perform more efficiently under diverse climatic conditions. Research at the HVDM lab aims to understand these issues and provide informed solutions for future operation of electric power equipment in electrical power systems and industrial installations. The high-voltage research group has been steadily expanding, with 4 faculty members, 3 researchers over the past two years, one lab engineer and several MSc students. The team members have proven experience in international universities, and active participation in international research and standardization bodies including CIGRE, CENELEC and BSi. With the new PhD program at KUST, it is expected that the lab will attract talented students to reinforce existing research and initiate new research projects.

We are currently working to create an accredited laboratory that will be classified as Approved Measurement System by the relevant international body. The availability of such a test facility will help establish one of the leading centers of excellence in research, as well as in the areas of testing and certification, advanced diagnosis of high voltage plant and advanced system modelling. It will also help in the creation of collaborative research projects. Additional benefits include improving asset management, increasing lifetime and usability of high-voltage equipment, optimization of power plant operation and better maintenance practice, in addition to developing a local skill set through graduate projects and targeted specialist courses. Several research projects have been completed or are currently running in collaboration with international partners, including the University of Tokyo, Utsunomia University and Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan, Cardiff University, UK, IIT Madras, India, the University of Waterloo, Canada and Padova University, Italy.


Noureddine Harid
Associate Professor,Laboratory Coordinator
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5709
Email: noureddine.harid@ku.ac.ae




Huw Griffiths
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5749




Braham Barkat
Associate Professor
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5437




Naji Al Sayari
Assistant Professor

Office: +971 (0)2 607 5329




Ameer Abdul Quadir
Lab Engineer

HVDM lab, Room B156
Office: + 971 (0)2 607 6267




Mr. Bharath Kumar (2015-16)

Mr. Anurag Anand Devadiga (2015-16)

Mr. Febri Arwan Nugraha (2015-16)


Visiting scholars:

Dr. Shesha Jayaram (2015), University of Waterloo, CANADA

Dr. Massimiliano Coppo(2016)University of Padova, Italy



Research areas

  • Partial discharge (PD) measurement and diagnosis
  • Grounding systems: Advanced modelling, measurement and analysis
  • Signal processing techniques for PD analysis
  • Power system transients
  • Characterization of dielectric materials for high voltage insulation
  • Gas insulation systems
  • Frequency response analysis for transformer diagnosis
  • Condition monitoring


Research projects (past 5 years):

  1. Harid, H. Griffiths and B. Beig,

Title: “On-line monitoring of Power Transformers”, 2019-2022

Sponsor: ADNOC R&D (pending final approval)

Value: $ 540,000 Duration: 2 years,

  1. Harid, Huw Griffiths and Khaled Al Jaafari

Title: “Condition Monitoring of Electrical Power Transformers”, 2018-2020

Sponsor: Advanced Power and Energy Centre (APEC) RCII fund, Khalifa University

Value: $79,500 Duration: 2 years

  1. Huw Griffiths, N. Harid and Khaled Al Jaafari

Title: “Impact of Environmental Conditions on Polymeric Insulation in the Gulf Region”, 2018-2020

Sponsor: Advanced Power and Energy Centre (APEC) RCII fund, Khalifa University

Value: $76,800 Duration: 2 years

  1. Huw Griffiths, N. Harid

Title: “Pre-qualification tests of cable trays and ladders”, Apr 2017-Dec 2017

Sponsor: Power Solution Industries, Ajman, UAE

Value: AED 24,990 Duration: 9 months

  1. N Harid (PI), Kunihiko Hidaka, Braham Barkat, Huw Griffiths, Akiko Kumada, Naji Al Sayari, Masaru Ishii, Hisatoshi Ikeda (The University of Tokyo)

Title: “Transformer Diagnosis using Frequency Response Analysis”, 2015-2018

Sponsor: PIRC fund, Petroleum Institute

Value: $495,000, Duration: 3 years

  1. N Harid (PI), H. Griffiths, Shuji Sato(Utsunomiya University, Japan)

Title: “PI High-Voltage Accreditation Laboratory”, 2015-2018

Sponsor: PIRC fund, Petroleum Institute

Value: $142,000, Duration: 3 years

  1. N Harid (PI), B. Barkat, K. Alhammadi, N Al Sayari, A. Bouchalkha, Shinya Ohtsuka (KIT), Katsuhiko Harada (KIT) (Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan)

Title: “Design and Development of PD Diagnostic System for Power Cable Terminations based on Emitted PD Electromagnetic Waves”, 2015-2018

Sponsor: PIRC fund, Petroluem Institute, KUST, Value: $495,000, Duration: 3 years

  1. Dr N. Harid (PI) , Ahmed Al-Durra, Dr Kohei Higashikawa (Kyushu University), Dr. Junichi Arai (Kogakuin University, Japan), Dr. Tadashi Koshizuka (Tokyo Denki University), Dr. Harada Katsuhiko (KSU, Japan)

Title: ‘Research on electricity supply system to oil/gas site with superconducting cable’,  (2016-2018)

  1. N Harid, B. Barkat

Title: “Detection of incipient faults in high voltage cables”, 2014

Sponsor: RIFP fund,Petroluem Institute, KUST, Value: $33,000, Duration: 1 year

  1. Haddad A, Griffiths H, Harid N*

Title: “Risk Assessment of earthing systems

Sponsor: Scottish Power, Value: £100,000, Duration: 01/10/2010- 31/10/2013

  1. Haddad A, Griffiths H*

Title: Electrical discharges in carbon fibre composites

Sponsor: EADS, Value: $40,000, Duration: 2012-2013

  1. Haddad A, Griffiths H*

Title: National Grid HV Research Centre

Sponsor: National Grid, Value: $300,000, Duration: 2011-2013

  1. Haddad A, Griffiths H*

Title: Determination of effects of reactive power compensation on distribution networks

Sponsor: Western Power Distribution, Value: $60,000, Duration: 2013

  1. Haddad A, Griffiths H*

Title: Electrical Performance of the T-Pylon

Sponsor: National Grid, Value: $180,000, Duration: 2013

  1. Haddad A, Griffiths H*

Title: Lightning effects on carbon composites

Sponsor: Welsh Government, Value: $990,000, Duration: 2013-14

  1. Haddad A, Griffiths H*

Title: Earthing conduction mechanisms

Sponsor: Welsh Government, Value: $260,000, Duration: 2014-16

*at Cardiff University, UK




  • 600 kV, 60 kJ Impulse voltage generator and up to 20 kA impulse current generation capability
  • 150 kV alternating current (AC) test system
  • 135 kV DC, 135 kV impulse, 100 kV AC test system
  • 50 kV direct current (DC) test system
  • Oscillating wave test system for diagnosis of power cables
  • Partial discharge measurement system (Omicron)
  • Soil resistivity and earth resistance measurement systems
  • Sweep frequency response analysis (SFRA) measurement system
  • Transformer insulation analysis using frequency domain spectroscopy (FDS)
  • Tan Delta Automatic insulation analyser
  • Inclined plane erosion and tracking test facility as per ASTM D2303 and IEC 60587
  • Oil Insulation Tester
  • Recurrent Surge Generator (RSG)
  • Ultra-high speed framing CCD camera
  • High speed thermal imaging camera
  • Electrostatic voltmeter
  • Regulated DC supplies
  • Digital storage oscilloscopes (2GHz to 12.5 GHz)

Computational facilities

  • XFDTD – 3D electromagnetic simulation
  • CDEGS – Integrated Software for Power System Grounding, Electromagnetic Fields and Electromagnetic Interference
  • EMTP-RV – software for the simulation and analysis of transients in power systems
  • ETAP –  software for power systems analysis
  • XGSLAB – software for grounding system analysis, electromagnetic fields, interference and lightning analysis
  • PSIM – software to simulate electronic circuits
  • COMSOL multiphysics


  • On-site and Off-site fault diagnosis of power cables
  • Fault diagnosis of power transformers
  • Breakdown testing of solid, liquid and gaseous insulation
  • High voltage testing of power cables, transformers, surge arresters, Insulators as per international standards
  • Visual monitoring of corona
  • Partial discharge detection and measurement
  • Resistivity measurement of soils
  • Resistance measurements of earthing systems
  • Tan delta and capacitance measurement
  • Moisture analysis of transformers
  • Advanced modeling of electromagnetic wave propagation
  • Modeling and design of power systems and analysis of transients
  • Modeling and analysis of grounding systems
  • Advance electromagnetic simulation of power apparatus

Publications (Past 5 years)


  1. Arai, K. Higashikawa, T. Koshizuka, H. Ikeda, N. Harid and A. Al-Durra, “Feasibility Study of Superconducting Cable Application to Oil/gas Power Supply Network”, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, DOI 10.1109/TIA.2018.2866466, 2019.
  2. Anane, A. Bayadi, N. Harid, “A dynamic corona model for EMTP computation of multiple and nonstandard impulses on transmission lines using a type-94 circuit component”, Electric Power Systems Research, 163 (2018), pp. 133-139, 2018.
  3. Albano, Maurizio, Haddad, Abderrahmane, Griffiths, Huw and Coventry, Paul, ‘Environmentally friendly compact air-insulated high-voltage substations’, Energies 11 (9), 2492, 2018. 10.3390/en11092492
  4. Chiheb, O. Kherif, M. Teguar, A. Mekhaldi and N. Harid, “Transient behaviour of grounding electrodes in uniform and in vertically stratified soil using State Space Representation”,IET Science, Measurement & Technology, Volume: 12, Issue: 4, 7 2018, pp. 427-435, DOI: DOI10.1049/iet-smt.2017.0310, 2018.
  5. Kherif, S Chiheb, M Teguar, A Mekhaldi, N Harid, “Time-domain modelling of grounding systems’ impulse response incorporating nonlinear and frequency-dependent aspects”, IEEETransactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, 60 (4), 907-916, 2018.
  6. Abdul Hamid, N. Harid, A. Haddad, andH. Griffiths, “Modelling of a 400-kV MSCDN Reactor for Computation of Voltage and Field Distributions during Switching Transients”, IEEE Access, pp 1-9, DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2849929, 2018.
  7. A. Devadiga, N. Harid, H. Griffiths, N.Al Sayari, B.Barkat, S. Jayaram, H. Ikeda, Tadashi Koshizuka, Y. Taniguchi, “Winding Turn-to-Turn Short-Circuit Diagnosis using FRA Method: Sensitivity of Measurement Configuration”, IET Science, Measurement & Technology, 10pp, DOI:  10.1049/iet-smt.2018.5331 , August 2018.
  8. Widger, H. Griffiths and A. Haddad, ‘Insulation Strength of CF3I-CO2 Gas Mixtures as an Alternative to SF6 in MV Switch Disconnectors’, IEEE Trans. Dielectr. Electr. Insul., Vol. 24, No. 1. 2018.
  9. Kherif, , S. Chiheb, M. Teguar, A. Mekhaldi and N. Harid, “Investigation of Horizontal Ground Electrode’s Effective Length under Impulse Current”, IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, DOI:10.1109/TEMC.2018.2864130, August 2018.
  10. Lujia Chen; Phillip Widger; Mohammad Saufi Kamarudin; Huw Griffiths; A. Haddad, ‘CF3I Gas Mixtures: Breakdown Characteristics and Potential for Electrical Insulation’, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Volume: 32, Issue: 2, 2017.
  11. M Teguar, A Mekhaldi, A Boubakeur, N Harid, “Flashover performance of non-uniformly polluted glass insulating surface under hvac stress”, Journal of Power and Energy Systems 37 (3), 2017.
  12. T Rouibah, A Bayadi, N Harid, K Kerroum, “Transient electromagnetic field radiated by grounding systems caused by lightning strike in a dissipative half-space”, Cogent Engineering4 (1), 1410986, 2017.
  13. Hiraide T. Nakajima, T. Koshizuka,H. Ikeda, Y. Taniguchi, E. Haginomori, N. Harid, N. Al Sayari,B. Barkat and A. Devadiga, “Frequency Response Analysis For Exact Power Transformer Impedance”, CIRED Open Transactions Journal, Volume 2017, Issue 1, p. 189 – 193, October 2017, DOI:  10.1049/oap-cired.2017.0296 , Online ISSN 2515-0855, 2017.
  14. Harid, A. Bogias, H. Griffiths, S. Robson and A. Haddad, ‘A Wireless System for Monitoring Leakage Current in Electrical Substation Equipment, IEEE Access, Vol. 4, 2965-2975, July 2016.
  15. Chen; H. Griffiths; A. Haddad; M. S. Kamarudin, ‘Breakdown of CF3I gas and its mixtures under lightning impulse in coaxial-gil geometry’,IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Volume: 23, Issue: 4, Pages: 1959 – 1967, 2016.
  16. Sarathi; V. Sri Harsha; N. J. Vasa; H. Griffiths; A. Haddad, ‘Water droplet initiated discharges on epoxy nanocomposites under DC voltages’,IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Volume: 23, Issue: 3, Pages: 1743 – 1752, 2016.
  17. Albano; R. T. Waters; P. Charalampidis; H. Griffiths; A. Haddad, ‘Infrared analysis of dry-band flashover of silicone rubber insulators’, IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Volume: 23, Issue: 1, Pages: 304 – 310, 2016.
  18. Widger; A. Haddad; H. Griffiths,‘Breakdown performance of vacuum circuit breakers using alternative CF3I-CO2 insulation gas mixture’, IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Volume: 23, Issue: 1, 2016.
  19. Harid N, Griffiths H, Mousa S, Clark D, Robson S, and Haddad A, ‘On the Analysis of Impulse Test Results on Grounding Systems’, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications 51(6):1-1 · November 2015.
  20. Clark D, Guo D, Lathi D, Harid N, Griffiths H, Ainsley A andHaddad A, ‘Controlled Large-Scale Tests of Practical Grounding Electrodes—Part I: Test facility and measurement of site parameters’, IEEE Trans. on Power Delivery, Vol. 29, N0.3, pp. 1231-1238  , June 2014.
  21. Clark D, Guo D, LathiD, Harid N, Griffiths H, Ainsley A and Haddad A, ‘Controlled Large-Scale Tests of Practical Grounding Electrodes—Part II: Comparison of Analytical and Numerical Predictions with Experimental Results’, IEEE Trans. on Power Delivery, Vol. 29, N0.3, pp. 1240-1248 , June 2014.
  22. Mousa S, Harid N, Griffiths H, Haddad A, ‘Experimental investigation of high frequency and transient performance of earth rod systems’, Electric Power Systems Research, Electric Power Systems Research, Volume 113, pp. 196–203,April 2014.
  23. El Mghairbi A, Harid N, Griffiths H, Haddad A ‘Comparative assessment of enhancements to wind turbine earthing systems, IEEJ Japan Transactions on Power and Energy B, Vol. 134, No. 7, 2014
  24. El Mghairbi A.,Ahmeda M, Harid N, Griffiths H, Haddad A, ‘Technique to Increase The Effective Length of Practical Earth Electrodes: Simulation and Field Test Results, Electric Power Systems Research, Volume 94, pp 99–105, Elsevier, January 2013


Articles in refereed conference proceedings:

  1. Loubani, N. Harid, and H. Griffths, “Analysis of UHF sensor response to EM waves excited by surface discharge in air using FDTD simulation”, IEEE 2018 Int. Conf. on High-Voltage Engineering and Applications, paper 440, 2018.
  2. Naji, N. Harid and H. Griffiths, “Enhancement of DUBAL Network Operational Performance Using HTS-FCL”, IEEE 2018 Int. Conf. on High-Voltage Engineering and Applications, paper 378, 2018.
  3. Wang, L. Gkoura, N. Harid, G. Papavassiliou, H. Griffiths, “1H NMR Tests on Damaged and Undamaged XLPE Samples”, IEEE 2018 Int. Conf. on High-Voltage Engineering and Applications, paper 435, 2018.
  4. Geyab, A. A. Quadir, H. Griffiths, N. Harid, D. Clark and A. Haddad, “Effect of current magnitude on measured apparent resistance of ground electrodes for 3 and 4-terminal low-voltage test configurations”, International Conference on Grounding and Earthing & 8th International Conference on Lightning Physics and Effects, Pirenópolis, Brazil – May, 2018.
  5. Nugraha, N. Harid, H. Griffiths, B. Barkat and N. Al Sayari, “Study of the AC surface discharge characteristics of insulation samples using the UHF method”, 20thInt. Symp. on High-Voltage Engineering, paper 176, 28-1 Sep,Buenos Aires, Argentina 2017.
  6. Andri Haryono, Noureddine Harid, Huw Griffiths, ‘Frequency Domain Simulation and Analysis of a Local FM Broadcasting Station Subjected to a Lightning Strike’, Lightning Protection (ICLP), 2016, 33rd International Conference on, pp1 -5, IEEE, 2016.
  7. Omar, S. Robson, A. Haddad, H. Griffiths, N. Harid, “HV Distribution Network Optimum Supply Restoration Strategy”, Int. Power System Comp. Conf., 2016.
  8. A. Nugraha, N. Harid, B. Barkat, N. Al Sayari, S. Jayaram, H. Griffiths, ‘Analysis of Electromagnetic Waves Emitted from PD in Air using the UHF and HFCT Methods’, in, Proceedings of 34thElectrical Insulation Conference, EIC 2016, IEEE, 2016.
  9. Omar, S. Robson, A. Haddad, N. Harid and H. Griffiths, ‘HV Distribution Network Optimum Supply Restoration Algorithm’, In proc. of 51stInt. Univ. Power Eng. Conference, UPEC 2016, Coimbra, Portugal.
  10. Coppo, R. Turri, H. Griffiths, N. Harid, A. Haddad, ‘A procedure for detailed assessment of ground fault-current distribution in Transmission Networks’, In proc. of 51stInt. Univ. Power Engineering Conference, UPEC 2016, Coimbra, Portugal.
  11. Albano, A. Haddad, S. Venuturumilli, H. Griffiths, N. Harid, S. Sarati, ‘Investigation of Surface Properties of Silicone Rubber Samples with Nanofillers’, In proc. of 51st Int. Univ. Power Engineering Conference, UPEC 2016, Coimbra, Portugal.
  12. Abdi, A. Boubakeur, A. Haddad, and N. Harid, ‘The Voltage and Current Characteristics at the First Instant of Breakdown in Transformer Oil under Impulse Voltage’, 10thNational Conference on High Voltage (CNHT 2016), May 24-26 Algiers, 2016.
  13. Al Fadil, N. Harid, H. Griffiths, D. Guo, A. Haddad, ‘A review of risk assessment processes applied to grounding systems’, DTE 2016 Conference, 13-15 September 2016, New South Wales, Australia.
  14. Tomohiro Yamada, Junichi Arai, Kohei Higashikawa, Hisatoshi Ikeda, Noureddine Harid, S.M. Muyeen, Ahmed Al-Durra, ‘Switching Transients at Cable Transmission System’, in proc. Of the International Workshop on High Voltage Engineering IWHV 2016, paper HV-16-085, Nov 4-5, 2016, Miyazaki, Japan.
  15. H Hamzehbahmani, A Haddad, H Griffiths, N Harid, D Guo, ‘Application of an analysis technique to characterise impulse response of grounding systems’, Lightning Protection (ICLP), 2016, 33rd International Conference on, pp 1-6, IEEE, 2016.
  16. A. Nugraha, N. Harid, N. Al Sayari, B. Barkat, S. Ohtsuka, K. Harada, Y. Okura, T Sonoda, “Investigation of DC Corona Discharge Properties Using UHF Method”, The 5th IEEE International Conference on Electrical Engineering and Informatics 2015, Bali, Indonesia.
  17. Omar, S. Robson, A. Haddad, H. Griffiths, N. Harid, ‘HV Distribution Network Optimum Supply Restoration Strategy’, 19thPower System Computation Conference, Genoa, Italy, June 20-24, 2016.
  18. Hasan, H. Hamzeh Bahmani, H. Griffiths, N. Harid, D. Clark, S. Robson, A. Haddad, ‘Characterisation of earth electrodes subjected to impulse and variable frequency currents’, in ISH 2015 – 19th Int. Symp. on High Voltage Engineering, Pilsen, Czech Republic, 2015.
  19. Griffiths, A. Haddad, D. Lathi and N. Harid, “Characterization of Ground Electrodes under Low Voltage Variable Frequency and Impulse Energization”, in 9th Asia-Pacific Int. Conf. on Lightning, Nagoya, Japan, 2015.
  20. Abdi, A. Boubakeur, A. Haddad and N. Harid, ‘Dynamic Characteristics of Breakdown in Transformer Oil under Impulse Voltage’, in ISH 2015 – 19th Int. Symp. on High Voltage Engineering, Pilsen, Czech Republic, 2015.

International Collaboration and Events

  • The University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Utsunomiya University, Japan
  • IIT Madras, India
  • University of Padova, Italy


The HVDM group has organized several events on topics including:

  • Power cable diagnosis
  • Insulation systems
  • High voltage measurement
  • Superconducting cable research
  • Partial discharge and diagnosis of GIS
  • Gas discharge processes
  • Large-Scale Photovoltaic Generation
  • Inverter technologies
  • Grounding systems
  • Electric Machines
  • Power System Transients

Upcoming and Past Workshops

  • 6thHigh Voltage and Power Systems Reseacrh Workshop: to be held 10-11 february 2019: ADCO Auditorium, Sas Al Nakhl campus, Abu Dhabi
  • 5thHigh Voltage and Power Systems Reseacrh Workshop: held 11-12 february 2018:  ADCO Auditorium, Sas Al Nakhl campus, Abu Dhabi
  • 4thHigh Voltage and Power Systems Research Workshop: 13-14 February 2017.
  • 3rd Joint Research Symposium 2016 – Advances in Power System & High Voltage Engineering (23rd  February 2016)
  • 2ndHigh Voltage Research Workshop (26thFebruary 2015)
  • 1stHigh Voltage Research Workshop (2ndMarch 2014)











  • Grounding workshop (27th-28thof February2017)

CIGRE*/CIRED** working group B3.35 meetings held at Sas Al Nakhl campus on 27th-28thof February 2017. Grounding Workshop on 1stMarch 2017 with presentations from international speakers on:

  • Grounding of distribution systems
  • Grounding performance under transient conditions
  • Design of grounding systems in the UAE
  • Design of grounding systems in Australia desert region
  • Risk assessment approach to earthing system design
  • Practical measurement of grounding system impedance

* CIGRE is the global industrial organization for high voltage engineering covering large power systems ‘Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Électriques’

** CIRED is the global forum for electricity distribution ‘Congrès International des Réseaux Electriques de Distribution’


  • IEC ACTAD workshop (1-4 February 2016)

This workshop spanned over three sessions and presents an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with industry experts and researchers on issues related to electrical power transmission and distribution. Presentations were on the latest developments in IEC standards.


Contact Us

Dr. Noureddine Harid
Associate Professor Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringSas Al Nakhl campus, Arzanah Building, Room 8-321
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5709
Email: noureddine.harid@ku.ac.ae
Dr. Huw Griffiths
ProfessorDepartment of Electrical and Computer EngineeringSas Al Nakhl campus Arzanah Building, Room 8325
Office: +971 (0)2 607 5749
Email: huw.griffiths@ku.ac.ae
Mr. Ameer Abdul Quadir
Lab Engineer PIRC Building, Room B156
Office: + 971 (0)2 607 6267
Email: ameer.ibrahim@ku.ac.ae


The registration is free of charge.

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