I joined the College of Engineering at Swansea University after six years of work in the power industry with the aim to use my experience to solve the challenges related to the integration of power electronics devices in the transmission and distribution systems.

The research topics I am working on include:

  • Development of advanced control systems to provide robust and reliable operation of power-electronics devices, and study of the interaction of these devices with the power system
  • Development of ancillary functions which help to support grid operation, including reactive power injection, power oscillation damping and harmonic filtering.
  • Assessment of the impact of harmonic components on power measurements

The tools used to perform my research include computer simulations, laboratory testing and field testing. 

Technical Expertise:

Power systems

Modelling and simulations of power systems for steady-state and transient analysis, power systems studies including TRV analysis, harmonic analysis, insulation coordination, power flow, network reduction, network impedance plots for harmonic filter design

Power Electronics and Controls

Development of control and protection functions for power-electronics based devices, use of Matlab toolboxes toprogram hardware equipment, laboratory testing of control and protection functions with real-time simulator

Renewable energies

Modelling of wind turbines and solar inverters for power systems studies, studies of interactions between distributed resources and the power system

Power Quality

Study of harmonic phenomena for power systems: harmonic filter design, harmonic performance and rating studies, spectral analysis of waveforms, effect of resonance on harmonic amplifications, power quality measurements    

Publications

  1. Control and Derating of a PV Inverter for Harmonic Compensation in a Smart Distribution System. Presented at IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting 2017, Chicago, IL USA: Energizing a more secure, resilient, and adaptable grid.
  2. Shunt flexible a.c. transmission. In A.F. Zobaa and H. E. Aleem (Ed.), Power Quality in Future Electrical Power Systems. -204).
  3. Review of Tidal Lagoon Technology and Opportunities for Integration within the UK Energy System. Inventions 2(3), 14

Teaching

  • EG-233 Placement Preparation: Engineering Industrial Year

    This generic cross-disciplinary module is for all students who have enrolled (or transferred) onto the Engineering Year in Industry scheme. The module focuses on the underpinning and fundamental requisites required to gain, enter and progress effectively through an industrial placement. Learners will be introduced to a) sourcing placements, CV writing and application techniques; (b) interview Techniques - how to pitch yourself and be successful; (c) workplace fundamentals and IP awareness, behaviours and expectations; (d) key employability skills; getting the most from your Industrial Placement; and (e) health and safety in the workplace.

  • EG-241 Electrical Machines

    This module introduces the operation and configuration of: - transformers - dc machines - asynchronous machines - synchronous machines

  • EGA107 Power Engineering

    To provide an introduction to the fundamental topics in electrical power systems and magnetic circuits

Supervision

  • Renewable Energy for Solving the Energy Crisis in Nepal (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Pavel Loskot

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
May 2010 PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA, USA
July 2005 MSc Electrical Engineering Politecnico di Milano, Italy
July 2003 BEng Electrical Engineering Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
September 2013 July 2016 Senior Power Systems Engineer General Electric (formerly Alstom Grid), Power Electronics/FACTs, Philadelphia, PA, USA
June 2010 September 2013 Senior Power Systems Consultant EnerNex LLC, Knoxville, TN, USA
August 2007 May 2010 Teaching Assistant Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA