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Electrical Energy and Power Systems

The Group focuses on future networks, with research into the design and operation of power-system plant, transmission networks, and smart low-carbon distribution networks, and the development of HVDC expertise. 

Achievements, facilitated by one of the best academic experimental facilities in the UK, include award-winning spin-out company Arago Technology, contributing to the design of Europe's first ester-filled 90MVA green transformer, development of a new approach to wide-area protection using GPS, integration within the European Monitoring System of the first GB-based phasor measurement system and a new method for optimal accommodation of distributed generation.

Research group



Prof Ian Cotton

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Sustainability enthusiast, Workplace engagement, Engagement, Wind energy, Renewable energy, Energy, Energy supply, Energy networks, Power system, Interdisciplinary, Knowledge exchange, Impact, Society, Applied research


Prof Peter Crossley

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Sustainability enthusiast, Workplace engagement, Engagement, Power system, Energy networks, Energy, Electric and electronics, Engineering, Power engineering, Renewable energy, Energy supply


Prof Jovica Milanovic

Jovica's research and consultancy work is equally split between the areas of Power System Dynamics and Power Quality with a common, underlying stream of probabilistic / stochastic modelling of uncertainties of events and system parameters. 

External engagement, Engagement, Business engagement, Business, Engineering, Consultancy, Power engineering, Energy, Energy networks, Power system, Electric and electronics, Smart grids, Systems analysis, Networks, Management, Society


Dr Ian Madley

The theme through my career has been leading and driving growth or major change. What I bring to organisations is a combination of strong strategic thinking and an ability to drive projects through to completion. Importantly I have been able to do this in a wide range of organisations large and small as well as private and public sector.

Business engagement, Business, Engagement


Dr Pierluigi Mancarella

Research interests:

- Modelling and analysis of smart multi-energy systems (electricity/heat/cooling/gas/transport) and distributed multi-generation (cogeneration, trigeneration);

- Impact of electro-thermal technologies (cogeneration, heat pumps, storage) on distribution networks;

- System level analysis of the electricity, heat and transport sectors;

- System integration of distributed energy resources and sustainable development of energy systems;

- Economics of future networks, energy markets, and business cases for new technologies;

Energy planning, Energy networks, Networks, Power system, Smart grids, Electric and electronics, Thermal energy, Technology, Cogeneration, Energy supply, Energy, Energy capture, Storage, Transport, Sustainability, Renewable energy, Risk, Evaluation, Teaching, Education, Solar energy, Photon science


Dr Luis Ochoa

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

Smart grids, Energy networks, Energy, Sustainability, Teaching, Education, Carbon, Energy planning, Technology, Emissions, Wind energy, Renewable energy, Solar energy, Electric and electronics, Photon science, Electric vehicles, Green travel


Dr Joseph Mutale

Dr Mutale obtained the BEng degree in Electrical Machines and Power Systems from the University of Zambia. His MSc in Electric Power Transmission and Distribution and PhD in Power System Economics, were obtained from the University of Manchester in 1987 and 2000 respectively. Prior to joining the University of Manchester in 2002 Dr Mutale spent over 15 years in the electric utility industry. His industrial experience includes a wide range of technical posts at ZESCO, the Zambian National Utility, including Director of Engineering Development and Transmission Manager.

Solar energy, Renewable energy, Technology, Sustainability, Energy networks, Networks, Electric and electronics, Energy, Power system, Energy supply, Business, Technical assistance, Engagement, Rural studies


Dr Vladimir Jankovic

The principal objectives of my past and current research have been about the scope, scale and social conditions of the scientific and social engagement with weather and climate. I am particularly interested in the socio-cultural forces behind the notion of atmospheric environment as a normative framing of climate as a resource and agency, with focus on climate as a space of mundane social identity and economic action. The shift from theorized towards lived climates has led me toward examining the problem of scale in the scientific and public understanding of the weather.

Weather, Climate, Community, Climate change, Society, Engagement, History, Cities, Sustainability, Teaching, Education