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I have graduated in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the area of Power Systems from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in July 2003. In the following year, I joined the Power Systems Unit of the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto (INESC Porto) where I have been developing my research activities. In December 2005 I obtained the MSc degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a specialization in Power Systems from FEUP. I later obtained my PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, also from FEUP, in November 2010.

My research interests have been directed towards the integration of Distributed Generation and Microgeneration in electrical distribution grids as well as to the development of advanced functionalities for Smart Grids involving Renewable Energy Sources, storage devices and Demand Response. In these areas, I have actively participated in the European FP5 MICROGRIDS project, FP6 MORE MICROGRIDS project and FP7 MERGE, SuSTAINABLE, iTESLA and evolvDSO projects, to name but a few. I was also involved in the national INOVGRID project with EDP Distribution (Portuguese DSO) and participated in several consultancy projects for EDP Distribution, EFACEC (Portuguese equipment manufacturer), EDA (System Operator of the Azores islands), GeSto Energia (Consulting company), among others. I was invited Assistant Professor at FEUP in 2015. In addition, I gave advanced training and presented technical workshops within the field of Microgrids and Smart Grids both in Portugal and abroad.

Currently I am a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Power and Energy Systems (CPES) of INESC Technology and Science (INESC TEC), coordinated by INESC Porto, where I am involved in European H2020 FEEdBACk, InteGrid and SENSIBLE projects and ERA-NET SmartGuide project. My main responsibilities are project management, preparation of proposals for R&D / consultancy projects and writing of deliverables, technical reports and scientific papers. I am also Assistant Professor at the Lusófona University of Porto (ULP) since 2011.

I am author of more than 40 papers in international journals and conferences, author of a book and co-author of four book chapters.



  • Name

    André Guimarães Madureira
  • Cluster

    Power and Energy
  • Role

    Senior Researcher
  • Since

    02nd February 2004


Advanced voltage control for smart microgrids using distributed energy resources

Olival, PC; Madureira, AG; Matos, M;


Large scale integration of distributed generation (DG), particularly based on variable renewable energy sources (RES), in low voltage (LV) distribution networks brings significant challenges to operation. This paper presents a new methodology for mitigating voltage problems in LV networks, in a future scenario with high integration of distributed energy resources (DER), taking advantage of these resources based on a smart grid type architecture. These resources include dispersed energy storage systems, controllable loads of residential clients under demand side management (DSM) actions and microgeneration units. The algorithm developed was tested in a real Portuguese LV network and showed good performance in controlling voltage profiles while being able to integrate all energy from renewable sources and minimizing the energy not supplied.


A view of microgrids

Pecas Lopes, JAP; Madureira, AG; Leal Monteiro Moreira, CCLM;


Large-scale integration of distributed energy resources in low voltage distribution grids will have a serious impact on power system operation. The development of the microgrid concept is presented as a solution to overcome some of the negative impacts of massive microgeneration deployment. It has paved the way for an active network management approach within the smart grid paradigm. The microgrid concept is able to address the integration of geographically dispersed energy resources, thus avoiding significant technical problems that may affect the security of operation. (C) 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Ancillary Services Market Framework for Voltage Control in Distribution Networks with Microgrids

André Guimarães Madureira; João Peças Lopes

EPSR - Electric Power Systems Research, vol.86, pp.1-7

In this paper, a proposal for an ancillary services (AS) market framework addressing voltage control in multi-microgrid systems is presented. This var market proposal for MV distribution systems can be adopted to involve Distributed Generation (DG) units and microgrids in AS provision. In the approach that was developed each player is given the opportunity to submit its bid to the var market and the market settlement is performed using an Optimal Power Flow (OPF) formulation in order to minimize the price of reactive power purchased by the Distribution System Operator (DSO). This market is based on var capacity use and runs daily after the scheduling of the generation units for a period of operation of one day.


Coordinated Voltage Support in Distribution Networks with Distributed Generation and Microgrids

André Madureira; João Peças Lopes

IET-RPG - IET Renewable Power Generation, vol.3, no.4, pp.439-454

This paper proposes a new methodology for coordinated voltage support in distribution networks with large integration of Distributed Generation and microgrids. Given the characteristics of the LV networks, it is shown that traditional control strategies using only reactive power control may not be sufficient in order to perform efficient voltage control. Therefore, microgeneration shedding must also be employed, especially in scenarios with extreme microgeneration penetration. An optimization tool based on a meta-heuristic approach was developed to address the voltage control problem. In addition, neural networks were employed in order to decrease computational time, thus enabling the use of the tool for online operation. The results obtained revealed good performance of this control approach.


Defining Control Strategies for MicroGrids Islanded Operation

Peças Lopes; Carlos Moreira; André Madureira

IEEE PWRS - IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol.21, no.2, pp.916-924

This paper describes and evaluates the feasibility of control strategies to be adopted for the operation of a microgrid when it becomes isolated. Normally, the microgrid operates in interconnected mode with the medium voltage network; however, scheduled or forced isolation can take place. In such conditions, the microgrid must have the ability to operate stably and autonomously. An evaluation of the need of storage devices and load shedding strategies is included in this paper.