Associate Professor

Dr. Andy Swingler is an expert in renewable energy systems and has more than 15 years of product-based industry experience; including serving as Head of Technology Anticipation for Schneider Electric’s global off-grid solar business. Dr. Swingler started his career as an electrician’s helper before obtaining a technologist diploma at the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology, a bachelor’s degree at Lakehead University and finally a Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia in 2004 – all in the field of Electrical Engineering and with a focus on power electronics for renewable energy applications. Dr. Swingler’s experience and expertise ranges across the intelligent grid spectrum from the optimal design of high-performance off-grid PV-hybrid power systems to the integration and optimization of injecting PV and stored energy directly to the grid. Dr. Swingler has designed and managed a number of pioneering micro-grid research projects in Canada and has also been active with the International Energy Association’s PVPS Task 11 and 14 multinational expert working groups.

Recent Publications

Initial perspective on a 100% renewable electricity supply for Prince Edward Island

International Journal of Environmental Studies, 2018

12 years of residential 'off grid' PV hybrid system operation and evolution in Nemiah Valley, Canada

3rd International Hybrid Power Systems Workshop, Tenerife, ES, May 8-9, 2018, 2018

Nemiah Valley photovoltaic-diesel mini-grid: System performance and fuel saving based on one year of monitored data

IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 2012

Development of a bi-directional DC/DC converter for inverter/charger applications with consideration paid to large signal operation and quasi-linear digital control

2002 IEEE 33rd Annual IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference. Proceedings, June 23-27, Cairns, Qld., Australia, Australia, 2002

Research Classification

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Research Interests

  • Energy systems modelling
  • Photovoltaic power systems
  • Deployable micro-grids
  • Low cost energy storage
  • Battery performance
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