Prof Luis(Nando) Ochoa

Overview

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 the co-author of 140+ research papers (list of publications and Research Gate) in peer-reviewed top-class international journals and conferences, 60+ technical reports, and the co-inventor of a patent filed by Psymetrix Ltd (now part of GE).

Interested in Smart Grids? These webinars, IEEE Smart Grid 2018, IEEE Smart Grid 2016, IEEE Smart Grid 2015 (Q&A), IEEE PES 2018, and IEEE PES 2014, and this IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter 2015 will give you an idea of our world-class research.

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

Below is a short video showing how the electricity industry (in the UK) is taking the first steps towards Smart Grids.

IEEE and European Activities

Selected Technical Reports (list of reports)

Smart Street Project "Key Findings from Final Deliverables"

Smart Street Project, Feb 2018. Download the report

Final Report for WP 1.1 and 1.2 "Wide-Scale Adoption of PV in UK Distribution Networks"

WISE PV Project, Jan 2017. Download the report

WP2 Part A - Final Report "Off-Line Capability Assessment"

CLASS Project, Sep 2015. Download the report

Work Activity 5 "Esprit-Enabled Deterministic Impact Studies"

My Electric Avenue Project, Sep 2015. Download the report

Dissemination Document "Low Voltage Networks Models and Low Carbon Technology Profiles"

Low Voltage Network Solutions Project, Jun 2015. Download the report. Download the data: LV Network Models and LCT Profiles

Deliverable 2.2 "Guidelines, benefits and limitations"

Low Voltage Integrated Automation (LoVIA) Project, Oct 2014. Download the report

Recent Journal Papers (list of papers)

According to current IEEE regulation (see here) only accepted paper versions are being made available.

"A voltage control scheme for generation-dominated networks to maximise power export"

IEEE Trans. on Power Systems - Power Engineering Letters, Nov 2018. Links: DOI and Research Gate

"AC OPF for smart distribution networks: An efficient and robust quadratic approach"

IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, Sep 2018. Links: DOI and Research Gate

"Defining customer export limits in PV-rich low voltage networks"

IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, Accepted Jun 2018. Links: Research Gate

"Robust recovery of missing data in electricity distribution systems"

IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, Accepted May 2018. Links: DOI and Research Gate

"Analytic considerations and design basis for the IEEE distribution test feeders"

IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, May 2018. Links: DOI and Research Gate

"A novel voltage sensitivity approach for the decentralized control of DG plants"

IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, Mar 2018. Links: DOI and Research Gate

"Voltage-led load management in whole distribution networks"

IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, Mar 2018. Links: DOI and Research Gate

"Assessing the future trends of reactive power demand of distribution networks"

IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, Nov 2017. Links: DOI and Research Gate

"Unlocking New Sources of Flexibility: CLASS: The World's Largest Voltage-Led Load-Management Project"

IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, May/Jun 2017. Links: DOI and Research Gate

"HPC-based probabilistic analysis of LV networks with EVs: Impacts and control"

IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, May 2017. Links: DOI and Research Gate

"Geo-information is power: Using geographical information systems to assess rooftop photovoltaics in Costa Rica"

IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, Mar/Apr 2017. Links: DOI and Research Gate

"Voltage control in PV-rich LV networks without remote monitoring"

IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, Mar 2017. Links: DOI and Research Gate

"An improved three-phase AMB distribution system state estimator"

IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, Mar 2017. Links: DOI and Research Gate