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João A. Peças Lopes (PhD) is Full Professor (Professor Catedrático) at the Faculty of Engineering of Porto University, where he teaches in the graduation and post-graduation areas.

Was for 7 years Director of the Sustainable Energy Systems PhD program at FEUP and Director of Advanced course on Sustainable Energy Systems also at FEUP.
He is Director/Member of the Board of INESC TEC.

He is Vice-Presidente of the board of the Portuguese Association for Electric Vehicles.

Prof. Peças Lopes was responsible by INESC Porto activities in several EU financed research projects, namely the project - MICROGRIDS - Large Scale Integration of Micro Generation to Low Voltage Grids  and MORE_MICROGRIDS -  Advanced Architectures and Control Concepts for More Microgrids and MERGE - Mobile Energy Resources for Grids of Electricity.

He supervised several consulting projects related with the impact analysis of the connection of wind parks in the electrical grids of Madeira, Azores,  Sal, S. Vicente and S. Tiago, in the Republic of Cabo Verde. He was the responsible for several consultancy projects related with the electrical grid impact resulting from the connection of large wind parks in Portugal.

He was also responsible for the definition of technical rules for the integration of wind power in Brazil. He coordinated also consultancy studies for the Hungarian Regulator regarding the evaluation of the integration of wind power in Hungary. He coordinates the participation of INESC Porto in the InovGrid project.

He was also the Chair of the Selection Committee of the public tender that decided about the integration of 1800 MW of wind generation in Portugal, launched by the Portuguese government in 2005.

He was member of the Executive board of the EES/UETP consortium and Chair of its course program committee.

He has served as research project evaluator for the European Commission and for governmental science organizations in Portugal, France, Italy, Greece, Finland, Danemark and Ireland.

He was for more than 4 years one of the coordinators of INESC Porto Power System Unit.

He is co-editor of the (SEGAN) Sustainable Energy Grids and Networks journal.

His main domains of research are presently related with large scale integration of renewable power sources in power systems (namely wind generation), power system dynamics, microgrids, smartmetering and integration of electric vehicles in electrical grids.

In 2012 he received the CIGRE Technical Committee Award in recogmition of his outstanding contribution to the work of the Study Committee C6 – Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation.

Prof. Peças Lopes is an IEEE Fellow
He is member of the Power Systems Dynamic Performance Committee of the IEEE PES.

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  • Name

    João Peças Lopes
  • Cluster

    Power and Energy
  • Role

    Associate Director
  • Since

    01st March 1989
049
Publications

2019

Long-Term Impact Evaluation of Advanced Under Frequency Load Shedding Schemes on Distribution Systems with DG Islanded Operation

Authors
Issicaba, D; da Rosa, MA; Resende, FO; Santos, B; Pecas Lopes, JAP;

Publication
IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid

Abstract
This paper presents a long-term impact evaluation algorithm to assess advanced under frequency load shedding (UFLS) schemes on distribution systems with intentional islanding of distributed generation (DG). The algorithm is based on a combined discrete-continuous simulation (CDCS) model which is utilized to verify the effect of the schemes on reliability indices such as the System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI), System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) and Energy Not Supplied (ENS). Moreover, a Polynomial Neural Network (PNN)-based approach to advanced load shedding is implemented to support DG islanding in order to illustrate the applicability of the evaluation. Simulation results highlight the long-term effect of employing UFLS to support intentional islanding of DG using an actual network from the South of Brazil. IEEE

2019

Smart transformers - Enabling power-frequency regulation services for hybrid AC/DC networks

Authors
Rodrigues, J; Moreira, C; Lopes, JP;

Publication
2019 IEEE Milan PowerTech, PowerTech 2019

Abstract
The progressive decommissioning of large synchronous generators that should take place in face of increasing penetration ratios of Distributed Generation (DG) will demand additional control mechanisms for inertia provision and frequency and voltage regulation in the power system. The need to cope with increasing penetration ratios of DG in distribution grids, added to the necessity to integrate an expected massification of EV and distributed ESS, and to the necessity to enhance Power System resilience and controllability, makes the Smart-Transformer (ST) a suitable solution. In this paper it is demonstrated the feasibility of the ST to contribute to frequency control through the control of the resources available in the distribution AC/DC hybrid networks created from the ST. The feasibility of local droop controllers, acting on frequency and voltage magnitude of the AC/DC hybrid networks created from the ST, to achieve the aforementioned goal, is demonstrated through computational simulation. © 2019 IEEE.

2019

The future of power systems: Challenges, trends, and upcoming paradigms

Authors
Lopes, JAP; Madureira, AG; Matos, M; Bessa, RJ; Monteiro, V; Afonso, JL; Santos, SF; Catalão, JPS; Antunes, CH; Magalhães, P;

Publication
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment

Abstract

2018

Modulation Strategy for a Single-stage Bidirectional and Isolated AC-DC Matrix Converter for Energy Storage Systems

Authors
Varajao, D; Araujo, RE; Miranda, LM; Pecas Lopes, JAP;

Publication
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics

Abstract
This paper presents a new modulation and control strategies for high-frequency link matrix converter. The proposed method aims to achieve controllable power factor in the grid interface as well voltage and current regulation for a battery energy storage device. The matrix converter is a key element of the system, since performs a direct AC to AC conversion between the grid and the power transformer, dispensing the traditional DC-link capacitors. Therefore, the circuit volume and weight are reduced and a longer service life is expected when compared with the existing technical solutions. A prototype was built to validate the mathematical analysis and the simulation results. Experimental tests developed in this research show the capability to control the grid currents in the synchronous reference frame in order to provide grid services. Simultaneously, the battery current is well regulated with small ripple which makes this converter ideal for battery charging of electric vehicles and energy storage applications. IEEE

2018

Stability of autonomous power systems with reversible hydro power plants: A study case for large scale renewables integration

Authors
Beires, P; Vasconcelos, MH; Moreira, CL; Pecs Lopes, JAP;

Publication
Electric Power Systems Research

Abstract
This paper addresses the dynamic stability analysis of an islanded power system regarding the installation of a reversible hydro power plant for increasing renewable energy integration. Being a high-head facility, the hydro power plant consists of separated pumps and turbines (Pelton type). In order to properly support the identification of hydro pumps connection requirements and the technology to be used, different options were taken into consideration, namely: fixed speed pumps coupled to induction machines directly connected to the grid and adjustable speed pumps supplied by a drive system. Extensive numerical simulations of the power system's dynamic behaviour response allowed the evaluation of the hydro power plant's role for the purpose of grid stability conditions. These simulations showed that the high-head hydro power installation provides a marginal contribution to system frequency regulation when explored in turbine operation mode, leading to a reversible power station with a single penstock. Moreover, due to the significant additional system load introduced by the hydro pumping units, the obtained results clearly indicate that supplementary regulation flexibility is required to attend the need of assuring the stable operation of the system in case of critical disturbances such as grid faults. The study case demonstrates that, although the foreseen operation of a reversible hydro power plant creates new security challenges to overcome in an autonomous power system, robust technical solutions can be identified without increasing, from the local system operator's perspective, the operation complexity of the power system. © 2018 Elsevier B.V.

Supervised
thesis

2018

Engaging researchers in research data management: creating metadata models for multi-domain dataset description

Author
João Daniel Aguiar de Castro

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Islanding Operation and Black Start Strategies for Multi-Microgrids using the Smart Transformer

Author
Mário Jorge Teixeira Couto

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Assessing the Impact of Short Term Dynamics on Microgrids Architectures

Author
João Carlos Barreira Guerra Iria

Institution
UP-FEUP

2017

Multi Energy System Operation and Planning

Author
António Manuel Freitas Coelho

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

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Author
Rosária Maria Afonso Rodrigues de Melo

Institution
UP-FCNA