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Electrical Engineering

The Electrical Engineering Research Area (EERA) started its activity in 2009 focusing on three main research lines: smart grids, electro-mobility and renewable energy integration. The aim of this unit is to become an international reference centre in the R&D sector. Particularly, in the domains of electrical generation from renewable energy sources, with special emphasis on wind energy, smart grids and electric mobility.

The EERA develops its activity and projects in the frame of its roadmap, which is aligned with the SET-Plan objectives, following the guidelines defined by the different European Industrial Initiatives (EII) for the Wind Energy and Electrical Grids. For the Electric Vehicles, which is the third area of interest, there is a subprogram of the European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI) related to Smart Grids functionality called “Integration of Renewable energy resources (RES), storage and Electrical Vehicle (EV)”, and, in addition, electric vehicles are included in the Smart Cities initiative which has more defined research and development goals.

The EERA research lines are focused on the resolution of challenges of the future power systems, allowing larger integration of renewable energy sources, energy storage, as well as power converters and electric vehicles. Power systems are evolving from passive networks to active systems with multiple power electronic converters and smart grid technologies, which are changing the way we understand the power systems as a whole from generation up to consumption; becoming a completely new energy paradigm.

The area activities cover a wide range of topics within the whole power flow and value chain (from generation to consumption). These work lines include the development and validation of tools and technologies. The area aims at both working in close relationship with industrial companies in technological transfer projects and research oriented projects.

 


Tesis dirigides

Power Systems Research Group

  • Renewable Energy integration:
    • Wind Power: Modellling, control development and validation, grid code validation testing, novel concept proposals, power converter designs, Cost analysis tools. Everything specially designed for offshore and floating offshore wind.
    • Solar PV: Modellling, control development and validation, grid code validation testing, novel concept proposals, power converter designs, Cost analysis tools.
    • Energy Storage: Characterization, modelling, grid integration, usage for ancillary services and power quality enhancement.
  • Electric Vehicle:
    • Power Converters: V2G technology, chargers for prototyping, Power converters for in-EV hybridization, control boards.
    • Battery Management System (BMS): design, development and validation
    • Communication: Communication delays impact, Testing of Communication protocols, Triprotocol board development, CyberSecurity.
    • Impact on grid of EV Chargers: Power Quality of the distribution grid and impact of harmonics on EV charging.
  • Smart Grids:
    • Transmission grids: HVDC and Multi-terminal Transmission systems, Hybrid AC-DC grids, Ancillary Services.
    • Distribution grid: Control of grid, grid automation, state estimation, stability and security of supply, RES penetration.
    • Digitalization, Communication and SCADA: IoT for Energy, Monitoring and Management (SCADA) development and validation, control and data acquisition board developments.
    • Microgrids: Grid modelling, islanded operation (MS and Droop control), Technology validation (i.e. Interconnection Switch).
    • CyberSecurity and Resilience: Cyber-threats detection on electrical systems, Climate change impacts on electrical grid, and security improvement techniques as self-healing and clusterization.

Energy Systems Analytics Research Group

  • Smart energy management:
    • New energy market agents and functions: aggregator, new market designs, functional and technical definition and implementation.
    • Optimal Energy Management Systems: Microgrid Energy Management System (integrating optimally PV, energy storage, EV, …), Building EMS, District EMS. Integration of thermal and electrical management systems.
    • Flexibility integration: Flexibility definition: KPIs, market flexibility integration. Flexibility optimal management.
  • Sustainable mobility integration
    • Infrastructure optimization: optimal location charging infrastructure (gas, electric, slow charge, fast charge, e-bus, …).
    • V2X technologies: integration into the power systems, optimal management of V2X applications.
    • Urban e-mobility solutions: analysis of transport system and e-mobility impact, fleets management, policies evaluation.
  • Sustainability and Economic Assessment: Life cycle assessment & Life cycle cost (LCA, LCC), Levelized cost of energy (LCOE), Business Model evaluation.
  • Advanced energy systems optimization methods and data science for energy systems.
Dr. José Luis Domínguez
Power Systems Group Leader
Dra. Cristina Corchero
Energy System Analitics Group Leader
Adedotun J. Agbemuko
PhD student
Mattia Barbero
Project Engineer
Gabriela Benveniste
Project Engineer
Dr. Lluc Canals Casals
Researcher
Toni Cantero
Project Engineer
David Cardoner Valbuena
Project Engineer
Nicholas Chapman
Project Engineer
Alba Colet
Laboratory Leader
Jordi Farre Montane
Project Engineer
Josep Homs
Project Engineer
Lucía Igualada
Project Engineer
Anzhelika Ivanova
Project Engineer
Markus Lerch
PhD student
Pol Paradell
Project Engineer
Dr. Mikel de Prada
Researcher
Marta Rodríguez
Project Engineer
Daniel Sánchez Muñoz
Project Engineer
Sara Siniscalchi
PhD student
Alaia Sola
Project Engineer
Dr. Lluís Trilla
Researcher
Deidre Wolf
Project Engineer
  • ELDE (FEDER, Ris3Cat, Communitat Energia, COMRDI16-1-0066-05EI): El projecte ELDE té com a objectiu principal l'aplicació de les diferents tècniques de electrodepuració. En base a aquests estudis es construirà un pilot per tractar l'aigua de la indústria paperera amb l'objectiu de validar la tecnologia dins del procés de producció. El projecte persegueix reduir el consum energètic associat a les tècniques de electrodepuració mitjançant el desenvolupament de nous sistemes de potència d'alta eficiència i la utilització de fonts d'energia renovable. Així mateix s'avaluarà la viabilitat ambiental i econòmica de les tecnologies desenvolupades.
  • GrowSmarter (H2020, GA. 646456) In a rapidly urbanising world cities need to become smarter to respond to citizen needs and to reduce their environmental footprint. GrowSmarter brings together cities and industry to integrate and demonstrate ‘12 smart city solutions’ in energy, infrastructure and transport, to provide other cities with valuable insights on how they work in practice and opportunities for replication. The idea is to create a ready market for these smart solutions to support growth and the transition to a smart, sustainable Europe.
  • HELIS (H2020, GA 666221): The HELIS project will be addressing issues connected with the stability of the lithium anode during cycling, engineering of the complete cell and questions about LSB cell implementation into commercial products (ageing, safety, recycling and battery packs).
  • INCITE (H2020-MSCA-ITN, GA 675318): INCITE brings together experts on control and power systems, from academia and industry with the aim of training fourteen young researchers capable of providing innovative control solutions for the future electrical networks. New smart meters, distributed generation, renewable energy sources and the concern about the environment are redefining electrical networks. Now, both consumers and generators are active agents, capable of coordinating the power exchange in the electrical grids depending on multiple factors. To take full advantage of the new electrical networks, it is necessary a coordinated and harmonic interaction of the all actors in the network.
  • LIFES 50+ (H2020, GA 640741): LIFES50+ will develop next generation substructures for floating off shore wind turbines. Proving cost effective technology for floating substructures for 10MW wind turbines at water depths greater than 50 m.
  • Repro-light (H2020, GA. 768780) aims to support the European lighting industry in moving towards a more sustainable and competitive future. The Repro-light project will harness innovative technologies and materials to design a modular luminaire architecture with a smart production scheme as part of the circular economy, a reconfigurable customised LED luminaire, the ‘Luminaire of the Future’.
  • RESCCUE (H2020, GA. 700174) aims to help urban areas around the world to become more resilient to climate change. More precisely, RESCCUE will bring this objective to practice by providing innovative models and tools to improve the ability of cities to withstand and recover quickly from multiple shocks and stresses and maintain continuity of services.
  • SABINA (H2020, GA. 731211) aims to develop new technology and financial models to connect, control and actively manage generation and storage assets to exploit synergies between electrical flexibility and the thermal inertia of buildings.
  • SUPER-PV (H2020, GA. 792245) is pursuing an ambitious bus realistic goal for innovative PV system cost reduction and consequently significant LCOE reduction (26%-37%) by adopting hybrid approach combining technological innovations and Data Management methods along the PV value chain. To achieve that, key actions will be implemented at three main levels within the PV value chain: PV module innovation level, power electronics innovation level and system integration level.
  • KIC-Cofast (KIC Innoenergy) In this project a new concept of fast charging stations based on CHP technology is proposed, reducing the grid-dependence of fast charging stations and increasing energy efficiency of the solution. This technology provides CAPEX and OPEX reduction of fast charging stations in those places where the grid extension or the grid reinforcement is highly costing and there is also an existing demand for thermal energy. Moreover, the solution improves the energy efficiency of standard solution.
  • GEIDI (Ministerio Economia y Competitividad, TIN2016-78473-C3-3-R) aims to answer to the need to manage energy efficient Smart Communities from data generated by IoT (Internet of Things) sensors, studying various problems related to (i) the process of data generated by IoT sensors, (ii) the impact of these data on the energy management of Smart Communities. Specifically, the issues addressed are the semantic representation of the data generated by IoT nodes,the performance of semantic queries, the control of the accuracy and security of such data and how to use the information obtained to optimize the energy management of urban districts within the Smart Grids.
  • REFER (FEDER, Ris3Cat, Communitat Energia, COM15-1-0008) El projecte Reducció Energètica i Flexibilitat en Edificis en Rehabilitació (REFER) pretén millorar les alternatives energètiques disponibles per a edificis, dotant-los de flexibilitat amb varies opcions per afrontar la generació d’energia renovable i l’eficiència energètica. La realitat de les ciutats actuals és que les edificacions tenen usos i disposicions diverses, alguns són residencials i altres construeixen el teixit industrial i/o comercial del territori.
  • NAenCAT (FEDER, Ris3Cat, Communitat Energia, COM15-1-0039) El projecte NAenCAT pretén ser un referent de les noves Smart Grid, dotant d'innovadors sistemes de sensorització, telecomandament i automatització distribuïda a la xarxa elèctrica de Catalunya. D'una banda, en el projecte es desenvoluparan nous sensors adaptats a les característiques tècniques de la xarxa elèctrica de Catalunya, el que permetrà augmentar el coneixement del que està passant a la xarxa. D'altra banda, s'ampliaran les capacitats dels sistemes de telecomandament actuals, que seran més robustos i de menor cost, la qual cosa permetrà flexibilitzar l'operació de xarxa i un desplegament més ràpid.

Completed projects:

IRPWIND (finalitzat al 2018), PREEMPTIVE (finalitzat al 2017), FastPlan & FastPlan Cat, Optigas, SunBat, IDE4L, DER – IREC 22 @ MICROGRID, Digital HOME- IREC Living Lab, GREEN eMOTION, Charge & Ride, NOVARE, SURTIDOR, KIC-Subestacions Actives, KIC-EVCity, KIC-Smart Power, KIC-Instinct, Windleader, EMERGE, VENDAVAL, AZIMUT, KIC-OFFWINDTECH.