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Johan H. Enslin

Johan EnslinProfessor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Duke Energy SmartGrid Technology Chair
Director, Energy Systems Program at CURI

Ph.D., 1988 - Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
M.S., 1983 - Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
B.S., 1981 - Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
Electrica land Electronics Engineering

Contact Information
Office: 109 Zucker Family Graduate Education Center   
Office Phone: 843.730.5117


Professor Johan Enslin is a Fellow of the IEEE and SAIEE and Registered Professional Engineer in South Africa. He is the Director for the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center and the Duke Energy Endowed Chaired Professor in SmartGrid at Clemson University in North Charleston SC. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Johannesburg in South Africa. He comes to Clemson as the first Director for the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) and the Duke Energy Distinguished Chair in Power System at University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Johan has combined a balanced industry and academic career with 35-year leadership experience in industry and academia throughout the US, Europe and South Africa. He served as an executive, with P/L responsibilities for private business operations and a professor in electrical engineering. Dr. Enslin initiated and led renewable energy teams, incubate startup companies and was the lead PI for large multi-disciplinary power system research, planning and construction projects. Some of his industry appointments include Chief Technology Officer, Petra Solar; Vice President, Quanta Technologies; Vice President, KEMA; General Manager at Alpha Energy; Director, ESKOM and Spoornet.  

Over the course of his career Johan worked for more than 90 US, European, Asian and African power utilities, governments and industries. He authored and co-authored more than 300 technical journal and conference papers for IEEE and other organizations, and has written several chapters in scientific books. Johan is a life-long leader in the IEEE and CIGRÉ working groups and committees. He holds more than 25 provisional and final patents and received the 2014 Charlotte Business Journal Energy Leadership Award. 

Current Research 

Dr. Enslin’s research is focused mainly in the area of building a smarter, modern power grid. Among others he is evaluating the role and optimization of energy storage technologies in grid modernization. Priority is given to technologies and approaches that support large-scale renewable energy integration, improve energy efficiency, stack performance and show positive business cases. A stacked-value methodology for integrating and controlling energy storage is developed and evaluated with field trials at utility substations. Other research areas include Virtual Power Plants, distributed intelligence for distribution assets and smart power electronic converters.