Smart Distribution Networks

The distribution network supplies electricity directly from the transmission system to end users, and will need to undergo significant developments to cope with the de-carbonisation of electricity generation, transport and heat. The distribution network, historically designed for unidirectional power flows and with very limited observability, will need to accommodate increased levels of small to medium scale distributed generation such as photovoltaic systems and wind farms. Meanwhile, electrical energy demand is set to rise with the electrification of transport and heat, putting additional strains on the network.

The challenges of adapting the distribution network to new and variable levels of demand and generation require forward thinking and technical innovation, and the EEPS Group is at the forefront of research and development in this sector. From understanding the ageing process of critical assets, to the evaluation of the cost-effective integration of technologies such as photovoltaics and storage, to the holistic assessment of multi energy vectors, EEPS is positioned as one of the strongest groups worldwide. Working directly with Distribution Network Operators, EEPS provides academic expertise and facilities to test and develop solutions to bring electricity distribution networks into the low carbon future.


Dr Luis nando Ochoa
Distribution network integration of low carbon technologies; Optimal operation and planning of future smart distribution networks.

Dr. Ochoa is Senior Member of IEEE, Chair of the IEEE-PES Modern and Future Distribution System Planning WG (PSPI), and Co-chair of the CIGRE Task Force on Methods for Active Network Planning (WG C6.19).

  • Distribution network integration of low carbon technologies
  • Optimal operation and planning of future smart distribution networks

Dr Pierluigi Mancarella 
Smart Cities: integrating multiple energy vectors; Modelling and analysis of integrated energy systems and distributed multi-generation.

Dr Mancarella is member of IEEE and CIGRE, with active participation in the CIGRE C6/22 WG on “Microgrids”.

  • Smart Cities: integrating multiple energy vectors
  • Modelling and analysis of integrated energy systems and distributed multi-generation

Dr Haiyu Li
Power Systems Automations and Communication Systems with emphasis on the applied sciences for the design and development of more flexible and sustainable power systems or “Smart Grid” for the future. 

Dr Li is Director of Electrical Energy and Power System MSc course, Members of CIGRE WG B5.38 “The Impact of Implementing Security Requirements using IEC 61850 “, WG B5.39 “Documentation requirements from design to operation to maintenance for Digital Substation Automation Systems”, and IEEE Power System cyber Security Task Force Working Group. He is a Member of both the IET and IEEE and a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

  • Substation automation and intelligent electronic devices

Prof Peter Crossley
Power system protection, integration of renewable energy resources, isolated power systems.

Prof Crossley is the director of Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Power Networks at The University of Manchester. 

Prof Jovica Milanovic
Power system dynamics, power quality and integration of embedded generation.

Prof Milanovic is Chartered Engineer, Fellow (foreign) of the Serbian Academy of Engineering Sciences, Fellow of the IET and IEEE and Distinguished IEEE PES Lecturer.

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