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Guest lectures by Dr. Alessandra Parisio and Associate Professor Sergio Vazquez


24.01.2020 kl. 10.00 - 12.00


There will be two guest lectures on January 24 prior to the PhD defence of Mateja Novak


Energy Management Systems for Low-carbon Energy Systems: Coordinating Buildings and Microgrids


Dr. Alessandra Parisio, University of Manchester, UK


10:00 -11:00


The need to build a more sustainable urban environment and a smarter energy grid is widely acknowledged. Energy systems such as buildings and microgrids are increasingly active – they integrate not just loads, but distributed generation and storage resources as well, and they can generate, sense, compute, communicate and actuate. In this context, multiple active energy systems have to be consistently coordinated and controlled. This requires novel solutions to manage energy more efficiently and in a more distributed fashion.

Among the various methods adopted within the energy management literature, Model Predictive Control (MPC) has received particular attention. Because of the significant energy savings yielded by MPC strategies, both through large-scale extensive simulation and experimental studies, MPC is expected to become a common solution for energy management systems in the future.

This talk will address the potential benefits achievable by MPC frameworks to improve operation management and coordination of microgrids and/or buildings, through an optimized use of the flexibility afforded by demand side management, energy storage technologies and shared distributed energy resources.

About the lecturer

Alessandra Parisio received Ph.D in Automatic Control from the University of Sannio. During her Ph.D she spent one year at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, working on the research project "Use of weather and occupancy forecasts for optimal building climate control (OptiControl)". As a Post Doc within the Group for Research on Automatic Control Engineering (GRACE), University of Sannio, she worked on optimization and control of energy systems, in particular microgrids and energy hubs. She was Post Doc Research fellow within the Automatic Control Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden.

Currently she is a Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests include the areas of manufacturing system simulation and scheduling, optimization of energy systems and stochastic constrained control.


Recent Advances on Modulation and Control for Power Converters: Control of Grid-Connected Converters


Assoc. Prof. Sergio Vazquez, University of Seville, Spain


11:00 -12:00


This seminar presents the advantages of the new proposals of control in front of the conventional or standard controllers (PI - synchronous axes). It also introduces a historical perspective of the development of controllers giving the reasons why the industry uses some and not others. In addition, recent controllers are shown and their benefits are analyzed in order to show the reasons that make them interesting for the industry. 

About the lecturer

Sergio Vazquez (S’04-M’08-SM’14) was born in Seville, Spain, in 1974. He received the M.S. and PhD degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Seville (US) in 2006, and 2010, respectively. Since 2002, he is with the Power Electronics Group working in R&D projects. He is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electronic Engineering, US. His research interests include power electronics systems, modeling, modulation and control of power electronics converters applied to renewable energy technologies.

Dr. Vazquez was recipient as coauthor of the 2012 Best Paper Award of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and 2015 Best Paper Award of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine. He is involved in the Energy Storage Technical Committee of the IEEE industrial electronics society and is currently serving as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics.

THE guest lecture WILL TAKE PLACE in FIB 16 in room 1.108 (auditorium) and aLL are welcome


Department of Energy Technology


Fib 16. room 1.108 (auditorium)