University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo is considered a leading comprehensive university with nearly 36,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs.  University of Waterloo has been consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative university, and is the home to advanced research and teaching in science and engineering, mathematics and computer science, health, environment, arts and social sciences.

Prof. Claudio Cañizares’ group 

Prof. Claudio Canizares is a Full Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (E&CE) Department. He is a Fellow of IEEE, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and is the recipient of the 2016 IEEE Canada Electric Power Medal. He is holding leadership positions in various IEEE-PES Technical Committees and working groups.

His research group has the following research areas:

1. Smart grids and microgrids:

• Energy management systems for customers and distribution feeders, and study and optimal management of the impact of smart loads in transmission, distribution systems, and microgrids.
• Microgrids planning, dispatch, control, and stability analysis, particularly of unbalanced, remote (isolated) systems, considering technical, economic, and social issues.
• Modeling, simulation, and control of distributed generation (DG), for both large grids and microgrids.
• Integration of renewables, particular wind and solar power, and energy storage systems considering their impact in dispatch, stability, and control in large grids and microgrids.
• Electric vehicles’ smart charging and their impact on transmission and distribution systems.

2. Stability and security analysis and improvements of power systems in a deregulated environment and in the context of smart grids:

• Pricing of system security and controls.
• Stability analysis of power systems including HVDC and FACTS controllers, and development of new analysis methodologies and control strategies to monitor and avoid stability problems.
• Development of efficient computational tools for the analysis of stability, dispatch and planning problems in power systems.
• Application of optimization techniques to bifurcation and stability-constrained OPF problems.
• Nonlinear system theory application to power systems, particularly the study of bifurcations and chaotic behavior.

3. Optimal management and forecasting:

• Development of dispatch tools including DG and generation and load uncertainties.
• Reactive power management and markets.
• Probabilistic and stochastic OPF problems in grid dispatch and planning considering variable load and generation.
• Load and price forecasting.

4. Simulation and studies of energy systems with multiple energy carriers:

• Optimization and economic studies of multi-energy systems.
• Feasibility studies of hydrogen systems with emphasis on the use of hydrogen as a storage medium for solar and wind power integration.

5. Simulation, modeling and analysis of FACTS controllers in power systems:

• Development and validation of transient and power flow models.
• Development of stability control strategies.
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EU Horizon 2020

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 734796.

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