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Electrical Engineering

The activities carried out by the Electrical Engineering Research Area (EERA) in order to become a leading centre are as follows:

Wind power. The aim of the EERA in the field of wind power is to improve the capacity, the efficiency and the power quality of wind generation, as well as the reliability of wind turbines, wind farm facilities, connections to the grid, storage technologies and transmission systems for both on-shore and off-shore wind farms.

Microgrids. The aim of the EERA in the field of microgrids is to develop the necessary technology in power electronics, communications, automation and control; and to propose contributions to the design of microgrids, energy management, grid support capabilities, power quality and operational safety.

Electric vehicles. The aim of the EERA in the field of electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles can be divided in the following fields: development of vehicles and components for the vehicles; integration with public grids and microgrids; development of energy policies and regulations; integration of the electric vehicle into the transportation system.

Theses supervised

The current research activities of the three main groups are as follows:

a) Power Electronics Research Group (PERG)

  • Digital control of converters. High capacity digital control boards based on DSP, with generalised converter control and specially designed functions for energy systems.

  • DC/AC, AC/DC and DC/DC bidirectional converter development. Creation of a laboratory to conduct research into electrical microgrids, energy storage systems and grid integration of renewable energy.

  • Development of converters for electrical generation emulators (hardware-in-the-loop). Design and construction of emulators for wind turbines, photovoltaic systems, energy storage systems and electrical grids.

b) Power Systems Research Group (PSRG)

  • Future electrical grids. Research on the control and operation of isolated and interconnected grids and microgrids, high voltage DC (HVDC) and flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS).

  • Smart grid automation and communication. Industrial communication systems, IEC61850, smart metering, wide area monitoring, condition-based maintenance and electrical grid state estimation.

  • Planning, analysis and operation of electrical grids. Grid integration of renewable energy and distributed generation, FACTS integration, detection, islanding and restoration of faults, energy efficiency optimisation, management of energy storage systems and FACTS devices.

c) Energy Economics Research Group (EERG)

  • Regulation of energy sectors. Regulatory proposals regarding access tariffs, the payment of regulated activities, the quality of energy supplies, feed-in tariffs for renewable resources, grid codes for transmission and distribution networks, and new challenges in the regulations (e.g. smart grids and electric vehicles).

  • Energy policy modelling. Use of advanced simulation tools for advising decision makers on the definition of energy policies. Development of studies on environmental taxation related to energy.

  • Smart grids and demand-side management. Integration of simulation and optimisation tools for carrying out research in the field of smart grids, identifying new market opportunities and demand-side management tools.

Dra.Cristina Corchero
Project Engineer
Gabriela Benveniste
Enginyera de Projectes
Luis Trilla
PhD Fellowship
José Luis Dominguez
PhD Fellowship
Mikel de Prada
PhD Fellowship
Manel Sanmarti
Adjunt a Cap de l'Àrea Electrònica de Potència i Xarxes Elèctriques
Lucia Igualada
Enginyera de Projectes
Alba Colet
Project Engineer
Alaia Sola
Enginyera de Projectes
Pol Paradell
Enginyer de Projectes
Markus Lerch
Becari Doctoral
Josep Homs
Enginyer de Projectes
Adedotun J. Agbemuko
Becari Doctoral
Sara Siniscalchi
Becari Doctoral
Mattia Barbero
Enginyer de Projectes
Dra. Cristina Nuñez del Toro
Jordi Farre Montane
Enginyer de Projectes
Anna Palau
Enginyer de Projectes
Marta Rodríguez
Enginyer de Projectes
Anzhelika Ivanova
Investigadors Pre-Doctorals
Dr. Lluc Canals Casals
Deidre Wolf
Enginyera de Projectes
David Cardoner Valbuena
Enginyer de Projectes
Nicholas Chapman
Enginyer de Projectes
  • 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.