Working Together for a Low Carbon Future

PhD Researcher
Valentín Rigoni graduated with honours from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (Argentina) in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He holds a MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy). His Master’s thesis title was “Statistical characterization of LV feeders and impact assessment of Low Carbon Technologies” and was pursued in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of The University of Manchester under the supervision of Professor. Luis Nando Ochoa and Professor. Gianfranco Chicco. He has developed himself as Project Engineer in different companies in Argentina working in HV/MV substations and distribution networks. He commenced his PhD in UCD Energy Institute in September 2015 under the supervision of Assoc. Professor Andrew Keane. Project: With increasing penetration levels of low carbon technologies (e.g., electric vehicles, solar panels, electric heat pumps, etc.) in residential low voltage networks, voltage standards and thermal limits are likely to be violated. Therefore, low voltage distribution networks are expected to move from passive to active system operation. To facilitate this transition, many of the proposed solutions rely on centralized control strategies. However, they require significant investments to be implemented (e.g., communication networks, monitoring, etc.). The objective of my work is to separate from traditional approaches by looking at the problem from the context of local decentralized strategies without the need of improving existing infrastructure. I develop analysis tools and control strategies that due to their simplicity are expected to be attractive to the industry sector for future real applications.