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Conference Paper: Real Time Simulation of a Photovoltaic System with Maximum Power Point Tracking

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My recent publication is a paper accepted in the proceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Power Engineering in Bacau, Romania (CIEI 2014).
Abstract This work presents an experimental stand for the study of a power electronics control system to locate and track the maximum power point of a photovoltaic (PV) array to ensure efficient power transfer from the solar cells to the load under varying environmental conditions. A real-time photovoltaic solar cell measurements and a control system was developed to guarantee that the maximum power output is attained. This stand is built at the Electrical Machinery Laboratory of “Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacau, Romania.
The full paper can be found in the Constellation UQAC repository and below you will find the power point presentation presented on May 22, 2014.

The Impact of Lebanon's Political Crisis on Academic Publication and Higher Education

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It doesn't take a genius to tell you that violence and triggered wars are occurring in the Middle East. As much of a pain it is to witness such violence and hate, there should be no place for pessimism. Therefore, this post is not aimed at discussing the reasons, but rather the impact of the political conflicts of the last decade on research publication in Lebanon, a small study that I hope will touch others, whom share the same responsibilities. 
At first, if you are not familiar with SCImago Journal & Country Rank, I suggest you get to know the SJR metric. It basis it algorithm on the information contained in the Scopus database (Elsevier) since 1996. It allows you to visualize, compare, and analyze the ranks of journals, countries and even regions. I based my analysis and study on the results generated by SCImagoon the region of the Middle East; particularly on Lebanon.  
Lebanon ranks 9th in the Middle East in terms of total number of documents (citable and non-citable) publ…