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Johan H Enslin is the Duke Energy 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 comes as the founding Director for the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) and the Duke Energy Distinguished Chair in Power System at UNC Charlotte. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Johannesburg in South Africa. Johan received the BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), South Africa, in 1981, 1983 and 1988 respectively.

He has combined a balanced industry and academic career with 38-year leadership experience in industry and academia throughout the USA, Europe and South Africa. Johan served as an executive, with P/L responsibilities, for private business operations and a professor in electrical engineering at several universities. Dr. Enslin initiated and led renewable energy teams, incubate startup companies and the lead PI for large multi-disciplinary power system research, system planning and construction projects. Some of his industry appointments include Chief Technology Officer, Petra Solar Systems; Vice President, Quanta Technologies; Vice President, KEMA; General Manager at Alpha Energy; Director at ESKOM and Spoornet.

Dr. Enslin’s current research focusses mainly on the area of building a smarter, modern integrated power grid with high penetration of renewable energy generation. Among others he is evaluating the role and optimization of energy storage technologies in grid modernization initiatives and for Virtual Power Plants (VPPs). Priority is given to technologies and approaches that support large-scale renewable energy integration, improve energy efficiency into a more secure and resilient power system that show positive business cases. Other research areas include high power electronic converter systems for HVDC, MVDC, solar, energy storage, variable speed generation and wind energy conversion.

He is a registered Professional Engineer in South Africa, Fellow of the SAIEE and Fellow of the IEEE.