Electric power systems and applications

Overview

Electric power systems and applications

Today's electricity grids are described by large, complex and highly nonlinear systems. They possess a huge variety of actuators and operational constraints, while persistently being subjected to disturbances, such as failures in transformer substations and power lines. At the same time, modern societies crucially depend on a secure, reliable and efficient electricity supply. 

Our researchers address important challenges and problems at diverse stages of electric power systems and applications, ranging from generation and conversion to transmission, distribution, and consumption. We aim to provide sustainable and innovative solutions for the power industry, thus contributing to a low-carbon future with a high level of security and affordable energy prices. 

The group’s work is characterised by a systematic combination of modern mathematical tools from the areas of system theory, control engineering and optimisation with recent developments in power electronics and drives as well as information and communications technology. For example, we are:

  • Providing forward-thinking solutions for enhanced grid-integration of power-electronics-interfaced generation units
  • Developing state-of-the-art converter topologies and their modulation and control methods for medium to high-power applications
  • Investigating flexible distributed operation strategies for next-generation power systems
  • Developing advanced methods for transient stability analysis, real-time security assessment, and preventive control in power systems
  • Analysing the benefits of flexible AC transmission systems devices (FACTS) for smart grids.

Research team

If you are interested in collaborating with us or joining our research team, please get in touch. 

Dr Petros Aristidou
Dr Ben Chong
Dr Jasmin Corda
Dr Norman MacLeod (Visiting Professor from industry)
Dr Johannes Schiffer
Dr Li Zhang