Plenary Session Speakers
Prof. Ibrahim Diab

DiabIr. Ibrahim Diab, MSc,

Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

Ibrahim Diab is a PhD researcher on trolley grids with the DC systems, Energy conversion, and Storage (DCE&S) group at the Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy, TU Delft, The Netherlands.

He completed his masters (honors) with the same group, with an MSc degree in Sustainable Energy Technology (SET).

He holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut.

Since July 2018 he is the manager of the “Virtual Student Mobility” project of the Dutch “4TU Federation” at TU Delft. The project aims to serve SET students by placing the expertise of each of the universities online, allowing students to virtually attend classes and earn credits at any of the Dutch technical universities.

This PCP is part of the “power” track of the TU Delft SET program, along with the courses “Electrical Power Conversion”, and “AC and DC Microgids”.

A Review of the Key Technical and Non-Technical Challenges for Sustainable Transportation Electrification: A Case for Urban Catenary Buses


The transport sector has been increasing its CO2 emissions, and its sustainable electrification faces a number of technical and non-technical challenges.

This paper investigates these challenges, namely those of the grid load demand modelling, renewables integration, the present infrastructure choices, and the policy/non-technical challenges.

In synthesis, the suggested vision for the future sustainable urban bus network is presented as a catenary grid running In-Motion-Charging trolleybuses, with integrated PV, EV chargers, and stationary storage systems, and involving external players such as the DSO/TSO and research/academic institutions with an active coordination body from pre-tendering to daily operations.