A bit about myself
I am Professor of Smart Grids and Power Systems at The University of Melbourne, Australia and part-time Professor of Smart Grids at The University of Manchester (former UMIST), UK. I am an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer since 2015 and an IEEE Senior Member since 2012. From 2007 to 2010 I was a Research Fellow in Energy Systems at the University of Edinburgh, UK. In 2010 I also undertook an industrial secondment with the Edinburgh-based company Psymetrix Ltd (now part of GE). I hold a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering received from UNI (Peru), and a Research MSc and a PhD in Electrical Power Engineering, both received from UNESP Ilha Solteira (Brazil). I am co-author of more than 130 research papers (list of publications and Research Gate) in peer-reviewed top class international journals and conferences and more than 50 technical reports, and co-inventor of one patent filed by Psymetrix Ltd. I am also Visiting Professor at UNICAMP (Brazil) since 2014.

Brief Intro

Research Interests

Within the 'big area' of Flexible Low-Carbon Distribution Networks (medium and low voltage) the following are my main research interests:
  • Integration of Distributed Low-Carbon Technologies (wind, photovoltaics, electric vehicles, storage, demand side management)
  • Active Network Management (Smart Grids)
  • Optimisation of Distribution Networks (operation and planning)
  • Future Distribution Network Management Systems
  • Real-Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) Hardware-in-the-Loop Studies

Want to learn more? These webinars, IEEE Smart Grid Webinar 1 (Q&A), IEEE Smart Grid Webinar 2, and IEEE PES Webinar, and this IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter will give you an idea of our world-class research in future distribution networks (Smart Grids).

Below is also a short video showing how the electricity industry is taking the first steps towards Smart Grids.



    Ongoing Industrial and Academic Projects
    • HV-LV Analysis of Mini Grids Clusters. Funded by AusNet Services, Australia
    • Active Management of LV Networks - EDF R&D, France. Funded by EPSRC, UK and EDF R&D, France
    • MY-STORE: Multi-energY storage-Social, TechnO-economic, Regulatory and Environmental assessment under uncertainty - Funded by EPSRC, UK. EPSRC Website
    • Multi-scale ANalysis for Facilities for Energy STorage (Manifest) - Funded by EPSRC, UK. EPSRC Website

    Completed Industrial Projects
    • Assessing the Benefits of Reactive Power Compensation in HV Networks - ENWL, UK. Funded through Ofgem's IFI

    IEEE and European Activities

    Selected Technical and Policy Reports (list of reports)
    • Final Report for WP 1.1 and 1.2 "Wide-Scale Adoption of PV in UK Distribution Networks". WISE PV Project. Download the full report here
    • Work Activity 5 "Esprit-Enabled Deterministic Impact Studies". My Electric Avenue Project. Download the full report here
    • Work Activity 4 "Business as Usual Deterministic Impact Studies". My Electric Avenue Project. Download the full report here
    • "Planning and Optimization Methods for Active Distribution Systems". CIGRE WG C6.19, August 2014. Download from e-cigre.org (reference 591)
    • "Distributed Generation: From Cinderella to Centre Stage". Research inquiry chaired by Laura Sandys MP and launched on Dec 5th, 2012 at the UK Parliament. Download the full report here

    Selected (recent) journal papers

    According to current IEEE regulation (see here) only accepted paper versions are being made available.
    • A. Ballanti, L.F. Ochoa, "Voltage-Led Load Management in Whole Distribution Networks," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Accepted in June 2017, In PressClick here for the https://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2017.2716945 or the Accepted Paper version
    • A. Ballanti, L.F. Ochoa, K. Bailey, S. Cox, "Unlocking New Sources of Flexibility: CLASS: The World's Largest Voltage-Led Load-Management Project," IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, vol 15, no 3, p 52-63, May/June 2017Click here for the https://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MPE.2017.2660799 or the Accepted Paper version
    • J. Quiros, G. Valverde, A. Arguello, L.F. Ochoa, "Geo-information is power: Using geographical information systems to assess rooftop photovoltaics in Costa Rica," IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, vol 15, no 2, p 48-56, March/April 2017Click here for the https://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MPE.2016.2637158 or the Accepted Paper version
    • J.F. Franco, L.F. Ochoa, R. Romero, "AC OPF for smart distribution networks: An efficient and robust quadratic approach," IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Accepted in February 2017, In PressClick here for the http://doi.org/10.1109/TSG.2017.2665559 or the Accepted Paper version
    • C.G. Kaloudas, L.F. Ochoa, B. Marshall, S. Majithia, I. Fletcher, "Assessing the future trends of reactive power demand of distribution networks," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Accepted in February 2017, In PressClick here for the http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2017.2665562 or the Accepted Paper version
    • A.T. Procopiou, J. Quiros, L.F. Ochoa, "HPC-based probabilistic analysis of LV networks with EVs: Impacts and control," IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol 8, no 3, p 1479-1487, May 2017Click here for the http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TSG.2016.2604245 or the Accepted Paper version
    • A.T. Procopiou, L.F. Ochoa, "Voltage control in PV-rich LV networks without remote monitoring," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol 32, no 2, p 1224-1236, March 2017Click here for the http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2016.2591063 or the Accepted Paper version
    • M.C. de Almeida, L.F. Ochoa, "An improved three-phase AMB distribution system state estimator," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol 32, no 2, p 1463-1473, March 2017Click here for the http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2016.2590499 or the Accepted Paper version
    • C. Long, L.F. Ochoa, "Voltage control of PV-rich LV networks: OLTC-fitted transformer and capacitor banks," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol 31, no 5, p 4016-4025, September 2016Click here for the dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2015.2448663 or the Accepted Paper version
    • L.F. Ochoa, F. Pilo, A. Keane, P. Cuffe, G. Pisano, "Embracing an adaptable, flexible posture: Ensuring that future European distribution networks are ready for more active roles," IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, vol 14, no 5, p 16-28, September/October 2016Click here for the http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MPE.2016.2579478 or the Accepted Paper version
    • J. Quiros, L.F. Ochoa, S.W. Alnaser, T. Butler, "Control of EV charging points for thermal and voltage management of LV networks," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol 31, no 4, p 3028-3039, July 2016Click here for the dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2015.2448663 or the Accepted Paper version
    • S.W. Alnaser, L.F. Ochoa, "Optimal sizing and control of energy storage in wind power-rich distribution networks," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol 31, no 3, p 2004-2013, May 2016Click here for the dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2015.2448663 or the Accepted Paper version
    • A. Navarro, L.F. Ochoa, "Probabilistic impact assessment of low carbon technologies in LV distribution systems," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol 31, no 3, p 2192-2203, May 2016Click here for dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2015.2448663 or the Accepted Paper version
    • V. Rigoni, L.F. Ochoa, G. Chicco, A. Navarro, T. Gozel, "Representative residential LV feeders: A case study for the North West of England," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol 31, no 1, p 348-360, January 2016Click here for http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2015.2403252 or the Accepted Paper version

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