Mentors

Prof. Jianzhong WuJianzhong-Wu

Jianzhong Wu is a Professor of Multi-Vector Energy Systems and Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He joined Cardiff University in June 2008 (Lecturer 2008; Senior Lecturer 2013; Reader 2014; Professor 2015). From 2006 to 2008, he was a Research Fellow in the University of Manchester.

Prof. Wu researches on Smart Grid and energy infrastructure (modelling, analysis and optimisation of integrated smart energy supply networks). He has contributed to more than 40 EU, EPSRC and industry funded projects as a Principal Investigator or a Co-Investigator. Particularly he was the deputy leader of the Multi-Energy Theme of EPSRC HubNet, Principal Investigator of projects on dynamic demand funded by National Grid, Toshiba and OPEN ENERGI, and the Cardiff Principal Investigator of an EU Horizon 2020 projects on “Peer to Peer Smart Energy Distribution Networks” and “MAGNITUDE”. He is a co-Principal Investigator of £24m WEFO funded FLEXIS project investing future energy systems and co-I of a £5m EPSRC project on Multi-Scale Infrastructure Systems Analytics. He was also involved in 3 EPSRC/NFSC Smart Grid projects and 1 UK-India Smart Grid project. He is a co-author of books “Smart Grid: Technology and Applications” (2012, Wiley) and “Smart Electricity Distribution Networks” (2017, CRC).

 

Dr Carlos Ugalde-Loo

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Dr Ugalde-Loo is a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University. His academic expertise includes power system stability and control, grid integration and control of renewables, DC transmission, modelling of dynamic systems, and multivariable control. All of these areas are essential to facilitate the adoption of off-grid microgrid. He has been acting as PI and CO-PI for several EPSRC and European projects, such as, ‘BEST PATHS’ from CEU and ‘HEAPD’ from EPSRC.

Dr Peter Connor

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Dr Connor is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter. The adoption of microgrids requires new ways of thinking about incentives and rewards for investment in flexibility and innovation, as well as protection of consumers and investors, with interdisciplinary understanding of the technology and the regulatory needs. Dr Connor is involved in several live EU funded projects to consider smart microgrids, their benefits and issues, and in minimising costs while maximising utility and reliability.

 

Dr Wilson Macêdo

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Dr Macêdo received his Batchelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering at the Universidade Federal do Pará, Brazil, in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He achieved his doctorate in Energy from University of São Paulo in 2006, São Paulo/São Paulo/Brazil.

Currently Dr Macêdo is Professor at the Technology Institute of University Federal of Pará (UFPA), where he has been since 2009. He is Head of the Laboratory of Photovoltaic Systems and develops research in the area of photovoltaic systems and hybrid systems in the Grupo de Estudos e Desenvovimento de Alternativas Energáticas (GEDAE).

Prof. João Tavares Pinho

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Prof. Pinho holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Pará (1977), a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1984) and a PhD in Electrical Engineering – Rheinisch-Westfalischen Technischen Hochschule / Aachen (1990). He is a full Professor at the Federal University of Pará and Coordinator of the Group of Studies and Development of Energy Alternatives (GEDAE) until March 30, 2018. He was a member of the Energy Committee of the CYTED Program and ad hoc consultant and member of other advisory committees of several institutions in Brazil and abroad. He has experience in the field of Electrical Engineering, with emphasis on Renewable Energies and Applications of Electromagnetism, working mainly in the following subjects: wind energy, solar energy, renewable energies, hybrid systems and rural electrification.

Prof. Roberto Zilles

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Prof. Zilles holds a degree in Physics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (1985), a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1988), and a PhD in Telecommunication Engineering in the field of Photovoltaic Systems – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (1993). Free Teaching in Renewable Energy – University of São Paulo (2006). He is currently a full professor at the Institute of Energy and Environment at the University of São Paulo, Member of the Editorial Board of Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, and Head of the IEE-USP’s Planning, Analysis and Energy Development Division. He has experience in the field of electrical engineering, with emphasis on photovoltaic systems, working mainly on the following topics: photovoltaic systems, rural electrification, home photovoltaic systems, pumping photovoltaic systems, distributed generation and photovoltaic systems connected to the grid.

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