My research is focused on microgrids and hydrogen. Microgrids may be defined as small power systems with local power generation, storage and consumption, which can be connected to the main electric grid or not. Keywords related to my research in this area include:
- Microgrids, electric power systems, cyber-physical energy systems
- Energy management, renewable energy integration, resilience, sizing, demand response
- Hydrogen energy, fuel cells and electrolyzers integration, diagnostics and prognostics
- Agent-based control systems, optimization, real-time simulation, co-simulation
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Selected current projects
- Funding: French national research agency (ANR), 2020-2023
- Partners: IRIT, LAPLACE, EATON, FEMTO-ST
This project is a continuation of the DATAZERO project. It mainly focuses on uncertainty management and mitigation, infrastructure reconfiguration, and IT and power resources scheduling.
- Funding: French national research agency (ANR), 2018-2022
- Partners: GEPASUD, PROMES, H2SYS, FEMTO-ST / FCLAB
The goal of this project is to design and test an isolated micro-grid for cogeneration of electricity andcold. The system aims to intelligently integrate renewable generation, hydrogen energy storage and thermochemical process for the supply of electricity and cold. A pilot demonstrator will be installed in French Polynesia.
- Funding: H2020 program / FCH JU 2, 2018-2021
- Partners: SINTEF, Hydrogenics, Tecnalia, Uni. del Sannio, Varanger Kraft Wind, KES, UBFC
This project aims to install a 2.5 MW PEM electrolyzer in the Raggovidda wind farm in Norway, whose growth is limited by grid bottlenecks. Several business models (energy storage, mini-grid, fuel production) will be evaluated for the use of the produced hydrogen. A particularity of the wind farm is that it is difficult to access and is operating in arctic conditions, which requires remote monitoring and control capabilities, as well as minimal maintenance. Our technical focus in the project is on the diagnostics and prognostics of the system. We also lead the dissemination work package.
- Funding: French national research agency (ANR), 2015-2019
- Partners: IRIT, LAPLACE, EATON, FEMTO-ST
The goal of this project is to design a 1 MW datacenter entirely powered by renewable energy. This is achieved through a negotiation between the IT side and the electrical side, which is expected to help find a tradeoff between IT quality of service, costs and reliability. On the electric side, we consider PV panels, wind turbines, batteries and hydrogen storage in the form of an electrolyzer and a fuel cell. Our work is on system structure and interactions, modeling the microgrid with a focus on aging, and energy management.
- Funding: H2020 program, 2016-2020
- Partners for the ESR: LNE, EDF R&D, METAS, UTBM / FEMTO-ST
This project is a European training network, which aims at training 11 PhD researchers in the field of smart grid metrology. Each PhD student, also called early stage researcher or ESR, is based at an institution and spends several months at three secondment institutions. He/she also participates in multiple dedicated training events. The work of the ESR is focused on supraharmonics, which are harmonics in the range of 2 to 150 kHz. The final aim is to design a calibration platform for the measurement of such signals.
Other finished projects
- Passivity-based control of hydrogen-based microgrids
- Coordination of interconnected microgrids in collaboration with CIAD
- Sizing and energy management of hydrogen-based microgrids
- Innovative pricing schemes for residential demand-side management, in collaboration with Colorado State University and South Dakota State University
- Energy management in smart neighborhoods with local energy trading, in collaboration with Colorado State University
- Agent-based control system for gas turbines power plants, in collaboration with GE Power & Water
- Agent-based battery management system for large battery packs, in collaboration with LE2I
- Dr. Meiling Yue (since 2019)
- Dr. Raffaele Petrone (2019)
- Dr. Berk Celik (2017-2018)
- Qian Li (since 2019)
- Hugo Lambert (since 2019)
- Dr. Suyao Kong (2016-2020)
- Dr. Jin Wei (2015-2019)
- Dr. Deepak Amaripadath (2016-2019)
- Dr. Bei Li (2015-2018)
- Dr. Berk Celik (2014-2017)
- Dr. Feng Yang (2014-2017)
- Corey Duncan (since 2020)
- Francesco Vitale (2019-2020)
- Suyao Kong (2016)
As FCLAB members, we have access to its facilities for safe, long term tests using hydrogen equipment, such as fuel cells and electrolyzers. In addition to that, we also have a kW-scale DC microgrid we use for some of our research (see figure below), as well as other extensive hardware-in-the-loop equipment from Typhoon HIL.