Meet the Team


Professor Nick Jenkins

Cardiff University, Principal Investigator

Nick Jenkins is the Leader of the Energy Theme in the School of Engineering at Cardiff University. Before moving to academia, his career included 14 years industrial experience, of which 5 years were in developing countries. While at University he has developed teaching and research activities in both electrical power engineering and renewable energy. He is a Fellow of the IET, IEEE, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Learned Society of Wales. From 2009-2011 he was the Shimizu Visiting Professor to the Atmosphere and Energy Program at Stanford University.

Prof Jianzhong Wu

Cardiff University, Co-Principal Investigator

Jianzhong Wu joined Cardiff University in June 2008 (Lecturer 2008; Senior Lecturer 2013; Reader 2014; Professor 2015). From 2006 to 2008, he was a Research Fellow in the University of Manchester. He received his PhD in 2004 from Tianjin University, China and then worked there from 2004 to 2006. His final position in Tianjin University was Associate Professor. Prof. Wu researches on Smart Grid and energy infrastructure (modelling, analysis and design of integrated smart energy supply networks,i.e. integrated electricity/gas/heating/cooling/hydrogen networks). He has contributed to a number of EU and UK funded projects as a Principal Investigator or a Co-Investigator. He is a co-author of book “Smart Grid: Technology and Applications” (2012, Wiley).Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Dr Yue Zhou

Cardiff University, Research Associate

Yue Zhou joined School of Engineering, Cardiff University as a research associate from 2017. He received his bachelor, master and doctor degree in 2011, 2013 and 2016 from Tianjin University, China, all in electrical engineering. His research interests include demand response, smart home energy management, peer-to-peer energy trading, optimization and blockchain technology.

Qi Qi

Cardiff University, PhD Candidate

Qi Qi received her BEng in electrical and electronic engineering with first class honours from Cardiff University, UK in 2014. She is currently working toward the Ph.D degree in electrical engineering. Her research interests include optimal operation and planning of smart distribution system.

Avinash Aithal

Cardiff University, Research Assistant

Avinash is employed as a Research Assistant and is also enrolled for his PhD, at Cardiff University since 2014. He has an M.Sc. in Electrical Energy Systems (2013-2014) from Cardiff University.
Prior to his academic career, Avinash has worked in the distribution industry for 5 years, as a Design Engineer at GE Energy (2009-2012) and as a Senior Engineer at Alstom (2012-2013). He is a registered Chartered Engineer at the Engineering Council UK. His research interest include distribution automation and protection of MV networks with connected power electronics.

Alexandre Canet

Cardiff University, Research Associate

Alexandre Canet joined Cardiff University as a research associate to work on the FLEXIS project in 2017. He has a background in computer science and energy planning with more than four years working experience in France, Denmark and UK. His focus is on data science, integrated energy system, district heating and energy planning. Contact:

Dr. Liana M. Cipcigan

Cardiff University, Reader

Dr. Liana M. Cipcigan is Reader at Cardiff University’s School of Engineering, Centre for Integrated Renewable Energy Generation and Supply. She has previously worked at Durham University as a Research Associate, at Alberta University, Canada as a Research Fellow and at Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania as a Senior Lecturer. Her research experience covers power system analysis and control, Smart Grids and Distributed Energy Resources integration in distribution networks. She is leading the research of Electric Vehicles integration and control in distribution networks. She has collaborated widely with industry, more recently during her placement as Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellow at National Grid, working in the Energy Insights department. She contributed at 2015 Future Energy Scenarios (Chapter 7 Electricity Storage). These scenarios form the basis of National Grid network planning and is the industry standard for the future energy landscape. She is the PI of the Innovate UK / EPSRC project of technology transfer “Ebbs and Flows Energy Systems”. In this collaborative project with School of Computer Science and Informatics she developed a cloud-based Virtual Power Plant for controlling static batteries and V2G storage from electric vehicles for demand side response. She is a member of BSI technical committee ESL/120 Electrical Energy Storage and a nominated expert on IEC/TC120/WG1 Electrical Energy Storage Terminology She was a member of the CEN-CLC eMobility working group on Smart Charging; IEEE P2030.1 working group on “Draft Guide for Electric-Sourced Transportation Infrastructure” and a member of Low Carbon Vehicles Steering Group at the Welsh Government.

Dr Carlos E. Ugalde-Loo

Cardiff University, Senior Lecturer

Dr Carlos E. Ugalde-Loo was born in Mexico City in 1980. He received the B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from ITESM, Mexico, in 2002; the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from IPN, Mexico, in 2005; and the Ph.D. degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K., in 2009. Dr Ugalde joined the School of Engineering of Cardiff University in 2010 and is currently Senior Lecturer in Electrical Power Systems. He is part of the Centre for Integrated Renewable Energy Generation and Supply (CIREGS) and has worked on a number of CEU, EPSRC and industry funded projects. His academic experience includes research in power system stability and control, grid integration and control of renewables, modelling of dynamic systems, multivariable and classical control and HVDC transmission. He is Cardiff's Principal Investigator for the CEU FP7 project BEST PATHS – a large consortium with 40 partners from 11 European countries. He has published more than 25 journal papers and 30 international conference papers.