European Research Project
Enable Ancillary Services by Renewable Energy Sources
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EASY-RES Key facts
Increase the robustness of the power system towards abrupt frequency changes by introducing virtual inertia and damping in DRES, thereby adopting characteristics similar to SGs.
Contribute to the stability of the grid by providing frequency-dependent active power.
Increase the DRES penetration levels at both LV and medium voltage (MV) level, while avoiding investments for grid reinforcement.
Make the RES more grid-friendly by i) reducing the short-term electric power fluctuations at both DRES and HV/MV substation level and ii) introducing active harmonics filtering to each DRES converter.
Preserve the long-term grid security even under very large DRES penetration, by reducing reserve requirements after fault recovery.
Develop viable business models for all the stakeholders by (i) proposing new metrics for the quantification of the various AS and (ii) evaluating the economic cost and benefit of all the developed AS.
The EASY-RES Team
Dr. Charis Demoulias
Project Coordinator - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Dr. Demoulias S. Charis received the Dipl. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the AUTH, in 1984 and 1991, respectively. Currently he is Associate Professor with the Electrical Machines Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, AUTH. His research interests include power electronics, harmonics, electric motion systems, and the integration of renewable energy sources in the power grid. He has 50 publications in the fields of renewable energy sources, power quality and microgrids. From 1991 to 2003 he co-founded Alteren SA, a technical consulting company offering consultancy services in private and public energy-saving and renewable energy projects. From 1997-2003 he also acted as contractor for power quality projects (harmonic filters), industrial energy-saving projects and PV installations (stand-alone and grid-connected). He has participated as coordinator or partner in seven EU-funded projects and six national projects. Since 2011 he has been evaluator and reviewer of 25 EU-funded projects. He is senior member of IEEE and member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.
Dr. Spyros Gkavanoudis
Technical Manager - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Spyros Gkavanoudis was born in Larissa, Greece, in 1983. He received the diploma degree in foto.jpgelectrical and computer engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2008, and the Ph.D degree in power electronics from the same university under the mentorship of Dr. Charis Demoulias, in 2014. Currently, he is a post-doctoral researcher in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His primary research activities lie in the fields of power electronic converters, wind energy conversion systems, modeling and contol of electrcal machines, microgrids and energy storage systems. In particular, his research focuses on the design of dedicated power and control systems for wind turbine generators. His doctoral dissertation discussed the integration of supercapacitor energy storage systems in inverter-interfaced wind turbine generators, in order to enhance their fault ride-through capability, as well as to improve wind power quality. Since 2008 he has been with the Electrical Machines Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as a Research Assistant. He served as a teaching assistant the undergraduate courses of Electrical Machines (II & III), Power Electronics (I & II) and Electric Motion Systems. Currently he is also working as Electrical Engineer at ILVIEF Company, located in Volos. His main responsibilities are the study, design and commissioning of MV substations and LV distribution boards.
WP 4 - Universität Passau
Florian Niedermeier achieved his Diploma degree in computer science at the University of Passau in Germany in 2009. Since then, he is research and teaching assistant as well as PhD student at the chair of computer networks and communications, led by Prof. Hermann de Meer. He is interested in research on energy systems, virtualization and smart grids. He was involved in several national and international projects concerning energy efficiency and demand side management, recently EU FP7 projects “All4Green” and “DC4Cities”.
Dr. Angelos Marnerides
WP 4 - Lancaster University
Dr. Angelos K. Marnerides is Assistant Professor in Computer Networking in the School of Computing & Communications (SCC) at Lancaster University, UK. Prior to his current post, he was a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the department of Computer Science at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. In the past, he held postdoctoral appointments in the ECE department at Carnegie Mellon University, USA, in DCC at the University of Porto, Portugal and in SCC at Lancaster University, UK. He also held visiting researcher appointments in the SCC, Lancaster University, UK, and the EE department at University College London (UCL), UK. Dr. Marnerides has extensive research experience in the area of network resilience with particular interests in network security and smart-grid security. His research philosophy is in designing algorithms and systems with strong theoretical foundations and in providing practical data-driven implementations that are deployable in the real world. His research has been funded by several bodies in the UK (EPSRC, Innovate UK, GCHQ), the EU (FP6, FP7, H2020), the US (NSF) and Portugal (FCT). Within EASY-Res Dr. Marnerides will be working in all WP4 activities and concentrate on E2E security and resilience for the EASY-RES communication infrastructure.
Dr. George Papaioannou
WP1, WP2, WP5, and WP6 - Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO, ADMIE) SA
George P. Papaioannou, PhD studied Mechanical Engineering (energy concentration) at the Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, U.S.A (BEng and MEng), and obtained his PhD from the University of Patras, Greece. He also studied Social Sciences (Labor Economics) at the London School of Economics (LSE), Management in Henley Business School, U.K and Strategic Modeling and System Thinking at the London Business School, U.K. He held various engineering and management positions in Greek companies, accumulated almost thirty-five years of experience in the Power Industry and has taught in colleges and technological institutions in Greece. He is currently the Director of the newly established Research, Technology & Development Division of ADMIE SA. He is also an adjunct researcher at the Center of Research and Analysis of Nonlinear Systems (CRANS) of the University of Patras and he is the author of two textbooks and of a number of peer-reviewed papers in leading scientific journals, focusing on the modelling of energy markets and power systems.
Prof. Dr. Peter Palensky
WP 6 - TU Delft
Peter Palensky is full Professor and Chair of Intelligent Electric Power Grids at TU Delft (Netherlands). Before that he was Principal Scientist for complex energy systems and Head of Business Unit “Sustainable Building Technologies” at the Austrian Institute of Technology, CTO of Envidatec Corp., Hamburg, Germany, associate Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, University Assistant at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California. He is active in international committees like ISO, IEEE and CEN. He carries a PhD (EE, 2001) from the Vienna University of Technology and is an IEEE senior member. His research field is complex energy systems and smart grids. In his research he models, (co-)simulates and optimizes heterogeneous cyber-physical energy systems. The areas of optimization are stability, robustness, efficiency and control of smart grids.
Dr. David Hutchison
WP 4 - Professor, Lancaster University
Prof. David Hutchison is Professor of Computing at Lancaster University and founding Director of InfoLab21. He has been working at Lancaster for more than 25 years. David served on the TPC of top conferences such as ACM SIGCOMM, IEEE Infocom, and served on editorial boards of Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Computer Networks Journal and IEEE TNSM, as well being editor of the Wiley book series in Computer Networks and Distributed Systems. He has helped build a strong research group in computer networks, which is well known internationally for contributions in a range of areas including Quality of Service architecture and mechanisms, multimedia caching and filtering, multicast engineering, active and programmable networking, content distribution networks, mobile IPv6 systems and applications, communications infrastructures for Grid based systems, testbed activities, and Internet Science. He now focuses largely on resilient and secure networking, with interests in the Future Internet and also the protection of critical infrastructures including industrial control systems. Within these area he has worked in various EU and research council projects, exceeding 25 with major leadership responsibilities. Within EASY-Res he will be responsible for the resilience strategies within WP4, specifically in Task 4.1 and 4.2
WP 6 - TU Delft
Umer Mushtaq is a Ph.D. candidate at TU Delft. He received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan. He worked three years at Fatima Group LTD as a project and design engineer. In September 2013, he was awarded an Erasmus Mundus joint Master Degree Scholarship from EACEA European Union (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency). He has a master degree in Sustainable Transportation and Electrical Power Systems. During this prestigious, integrated and international master degree programme, he studied at the University of Oviedo, Spain (Program Coordinator), the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Portugal and the University of Nottingham, UK. In his master degree thesis at the University of Oviedo, Spain, he designed, developed and tested a prototype of Hybrid Reactive Power Compensation System (Hybrid-STATCOM) for low voltage applications with OPAL RT hardware in the loop system. Prior to his Ph.D. position, he worked at Grupo ISASTUR S.A Spain as design and commissioning engineer on electrical and instrumentation project of Skangas Oy LNG Terminal at Pori, Finland.
Dr. Juan Manuel Mauricio
WP 2, WP 6 - Universidad de Sevilla
Dr. Juan Manuel Mauricio received the degree in electrical engineering from the National University of Comahue, Neuquen, Argentina, in 2003, and the Master’s and Dr. Eng. degrees from the University of Seville, Seville, Spain, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Since 2004, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Seville, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His primary research interests include power systems and electrical machine control, renewable generation, voltage source converters-based applications, and electrical vehicles. He has 27 publications in the fields of power systems modelling and control and renewable energy sources. Since 2011 he co-founded Ingelectus SL, a technical consulting company offering consultancy services in electrical engineering including development and installation of power plant controllers for renewable plants around the world. He has participated as partner in two EU-funded projects and seven national projects. He is member of IEEE.
Dr. Miloš Cvetković
WP 6 - TU Delft
Milos Cvetkovic is an Assistant Professor at TU Delft. He received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. Before joining TU Delft, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at MIT, Cambridge, USA. Milos is working on research challenges of renewable energy integration. He is interested in modeling and control of engineering and economic processes for easier integration of renewable generation and flexible demand. He is fond of combining mathematical methods with numerical simulations. He has strong knowledge of control theory and optimizations. Within EASY-RES he will mainly be working in WP6 on evaluation and validation.
WP 7 Lead - Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern
Maximilian Irlbeck works at the ZD.B since January 2016. He is responsible for the topic platform “Digitization in the energy sector” and works on innovation for the future of energy. As coordinator of the topic platform, he is the contact person for all energy related questions at the ZD.B. Before working at the ZD.B, Mr. Irlbeck worked for 6 years at the TU München, at the chair for software & systems engineering at the department of informatics. He led several research projects in the energy sector, e.g. he was evaluating E-Energy, a research project with 6 model regions in Germany with a total volume of 160 Mio. Euros, for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy from the ICT perspective. Maximilian is an expert in the field of reference architectures for smart energy systems and wants to bring forward new ideas for the future of energy in Europe.
Kyriaki-Nefeli D. Malamaki
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Ms. Malamaki received the Diploma degree in electrical and computer engineering from the AUTH, in 2012. Since then, she is research and teaching assistant led by Associate Prof. Charis Demoulias, as well as PhD student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of AUTH. Her research interests include power quality, interface of renewable energy sources with the grid, and power electronic converters.
Dr. Jose Luis Martinez-Ramos
WP5 Leader - Universidad de Sevilla
Dr. Martinez-Ramos received the Industrial Engineering degree, major in Electrical Engineering, in 1988, and the PhD in Industrial Engineering in 1994, both from the University of Seville, Spain. Since 1990 he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Sevilla, becoming Full Professor in 2007. He served as Director of the School of Engineering of the University of Seville from October 2010 to January 2015, and as the Director of the Industrial Engineering graduate and postgraduate programs from 2015 to 2018. He is co-author of five books published by prestigious international publishers, and has co-authored over 50 papers in research journals and more than 60 papers at international conferences. Besides, he has supervised five PhD theses. His research activity is developed within the research group “Power systems” led by Prof. Antonio Gómez-Expósito. He is very active in R&D activities with electric utilities, including the main generation, transmission and distribution companies of the Spanish Power System. Dr. Martinez-Ramos is member of the Professional Association of Industrial Engineers of Western Andalusia, and Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE.
WP 4 - University of Passau
Ramona Kühn is a member of the research group of Prof. Dr. Hermann de Meer at the University of Passau since 2015. In 2018, she received her master’s degree in Computer Science and became a PhD student. She is interested in virtualization, virtual network embedding, energy systems, cloud security, and computer networks. In the EASY-RES project, she is working on the design and implementation of the ICT infrastructure, the Dashboard to monitor the grid status, and for data storage and management methods.
Dr. Konstantinos Oureilidis
All WPs - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Dr. Konstantinos O. Oureilidis received his Diploma (2008) and PhD degrees (2015) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and his Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki (2015). Currently, he works with the Hellenic Power Exchange (HEnEX) and he is a post-doc researcher at AUTh. During the winter semester of 2016-2017, he was an adjunct lecturer for the course of Electric Motion Systems in AUTh and he was a lab assistant for the course of Power Electronics at the Department of Electrical Engineering of Western Macedonia University of Applied Sciences. During the academic years 2015-2017, he received funding from IKY Fellowships of Excellence for postgraduate studies in Greece – Siemens Program for his post-doc research. He has extensive experience with Horizon 2020, Med and solar-era.net Projects, while he was a member of the writing research team of EASY-RES. He has also worked as a freelancer conducting energy projects, technical and economical projects for investment laws, and inspecting the design and performance of photovoltaic projects. His fields of interest include the microgrids, control of power electronics, distributed generation, renewable energy sources and protection. He is a member of IEEE and member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.
Dr. Antonios Marinopoulos
EASY-RES Advisory Board - Technical Project Officer, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Dr. Antonios Marinopoulos is a Technical Project Officer in the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Currently he is with the Electricity Distribution, Security and Markets Unit, working on European projects in the area of Smart Grids Interoperability and Energy Digitalisation. He has received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering and the PhD in Power Systems Engineering, in 2003 and 2009 respectively, from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. From 2010 to early 2017 he was with ABB Corporate Research Centre in Sweden, where he worked on renewable energy sources and energy storage grid applications as a principal scientist in various technology development projects. He is the author of more than 40 scientific papers in academic journals and conferences and a co-inventor of four granted patents in the field of solar and wind technology. His research interests cover the areas of power systems and renewable energy sources, distributed generation, and battery energy storage.
EASY-RES Advisory Board - Policy Director, SolarPower Europe
Aurélie Beauvais is the Policy Director of SolarPower Europe, the European association representing over 200 companies and organization active across the Solar value chain. She develops and steers the implementation of SolarPower Europe’s political strategy, with the aim of shaping the European regulatory environment to enhance business opportunities for solar power in Europe. Prior to joining Solar Power Europe, she headed the European Affairs department of the French Union of Electricity (UFE) from 2012 to 2017. She holds a Double Master’s degree in Political Sciences and Public Affairs, delivered by the Political Science Institute of Bordeaux (SciencesPo).
EASY-RES Advisory Board - EDSO
Florian Gonzalez has been EDSO’s Communications and Projects Officer since 2016. He holds two Master’s Degrees in European studies, from the University of Strasbourg and Bruges’ College of Europe. Since 2012, he has been working in the energy sector through experience in various organisations: France’s Ministry of Defence on EU security of energy supply, in consultancy firm CEIS, at the European Commission’s DG Energy and for France’s largest DSO Enedis. EDSO for Smart Grids (EDSO) is an international association, formed in 2010, representing leading European Distribution System Operators (DSOs) for electricity, cooperating to bring smart grids from vision to reality. The association now gathers 36 leading DSOs and associations throughout the European Union, connecting around 70% of all metering points in the EU. EDSO’s mission is to facilitate knowledge-sharing among DSOs, to contribute to European smart grid projects, to monitor European energy policies and contribute to the European institutions’ initiatives related to distribution grids. In the field of projects, EDSO for Smart Grids’ core mission is to foster knowledge-sharing and help its members to innovate through European projects. Since its creation in 2010, EDSO and its third-parties have gained a thorough knowledge of smart grid developments, TSO/DSO coordination, stakeholder engagement, data collection and customer relations through their previous projects such as Grid+, Meter-ON, REServiceS, EvolvDSO, Grid+Storage, Flexiciency and INTENSYS4EU.
Dr. Susanne Nies
EASY-RES Advisory Board - ENTSO-E
Dr. Susanne Nies is heading the Strategy and Communications Section of the European Association of Transmission Network Operators, ENTSO-E since March 1st 2015. Until then she was Head of Unit Distribution System Operators with EURELECTRIC, the European electricity sector association based in Brussels, since June 2014. Before and from 2010 she was heading the Energy Policy and Power Generation Department for the same association. German national by origin she holds a PhD from Bonn University and a Habilitation from Berlin Free University, as well as Sciences Po Paris, in Political Sciences, in International Relations, as well as an economics degree from London School of Economics. Previously she was heading the French Institute for International Relations Brussels branch and was affiliated as a senior researcher to the energy programme of the Institute; was working with CERI and IRIS, Free University Berlin, CIFE Nice and Heinrich Boell Foundation. She has a long track of academic publication on energy, international relations and Eastern Europe, affiliation to research and lecturing, as well as consulting. She speaks fluently German, English, French and Russian.
EASY-RES Advisory Board - ENTSO-E
Norela Constantinescu is leading the research and innovation team of European Networks for Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). She also leads the work of drafting ENTSO-E R&D Research Plans and R&I projects monitoring and applications activity. She leads the work related to the participation of ENTSO-E in Horizon 2020 projects and coordinates the Research, Development and Innovation Committee of ENTSO-E formed out of 35 TSOs members and the activities related to Horizon 2020 Intensys4EU and TDX Assist projects. She is working with market design, renewable integration storage, digitization. She is also leading the development and the implementation of Research and Innovation strategy of ENTSO-E. She is member of Governing Board of ETIP SNET and member of the WG1 Power System and WG4 Digitalization and Customer of ETIP SNET. Before she was working for 6 years with European Commission DG Energy leading on the SET Plan activities and being responsible for wind research and innovation activities and smart cities and communities. She obtained a Master Degree in energy engineering from University Politechnica Bucharest, Romania, she holds an MBA from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Solvay School and post graduate studies in Applied Computer Science from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She has recently obtained a diploma from Florence School of Regulation for Power System Regulation and Network Codes.