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Dr. Rafael Cossent Arín

Current position:
Research Assistant Professor
Association date:
SM26. D-401
Phone Number:
+34 91 542-2800 ext. 2753
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Rafael Cossent is a Researcher at the Institute for Research in Technology (IIT) of ICAI School of Engineering at Comillas Pontifical University, where he also acts as coordinator of the Research Unit on Smart and Sustainable Grids. Additionally, he currently coordinates the BP Chair in Energy and Sustainability. Besides his research activities, he teaches on the regulation of network activities in the power sector. Rafael holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Comillas Pontifical University-ICAI and a PhD. degree in Electrical Engineering from the same university, with a dissertation about the economic regulation of electricity distribution, defended in 2013. Throughout his academic career, he has participated in over 40 research and consultancy projects dealing with power sector regulation, distribution network regulation, integration of renewable and distributed generation, demand response, electric vehicles and smart distribution grids. He has published over 40 papers in national and international journals and conference proceedings on these topics. Rafael Cossent has been a visiting researcher at INESC (Porto-Portugal) and at Heriot-Watt University (Edimburgh-Scotland), and he has frequently contributed to the on-line education program of the Florence School of Regulation.

Areas of interest:

Power system economics and regulation. Regulation of electricity distribution activity, integration of renewable and distributed generation, demand response and smart distribution grids.

Journal Publications


Ph.D. Thesis

Conference Papers

International Exchanges

  • Jun - Sep 2011, School of Management & Languages; Chair in Energy Economics, Heriot-Watt University. Edinburgh (United Kingdom).
  • Aug - Sep 2010, Porto Power System Unit, Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Tecnologia e Ciência (INESC TEC). Porto (Portugal).

Invited Conferences and Seminars

  • Seminar "New business models for distribution grid stakeholders under high penetration of DER" Webinar. European Copper Institute. Online. May 2020.
  • Conference "Nuevos servicios que puede proveer la demanda industrial a los operadores de red. Casos prácticos de los Proyectos europeos InteGrid y CoordiNet." Jornada Técnica IIT-AEGE. Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica. Universidad Pontificia Comillas; y Asociación de Empresas con Gran Consumo Energético (AEGE). Madrid (Spain). Sep 2019.
  • Conference "Integration of PV and EVs in unbalanced residential LV networks and implications for the smart grid and advanced metering infrastructure deployment" 5th Armand Peugeot Chair International Conference - Electromobility: Challenging Issues. Governance and Regulation; y Vedecom Institute. Paris (France). Dec 2017.
  • Seminar "La estructura de la tarifa eléctrica en España: costes energéticos y no energéticos" Generación eléctrica distribuida y autoconsumo: evaluación técnica y económica. Fundacion Gas Natural Fenosa; Gobierno de Navarra. Pamplona (Spain). Apr 2016.
  • Seminar "Adapting distribution network regulation to the upcoming challenges" Next Generation of Researchers in Power Systems 2012. https://goo.gl/tjsAaU. Universidad Pontificia Comillas; y Universidad Castilla-La Mancha. Villarino de los Aires (Spain). Oct 2012.
  • Seminar "Reference Network Models: A Tool to Regulate Electricity Networks and Other Applications". Heriot-Watt University. School of Management and Languages. Edinburgh (United Kingdom). Sep 2011.

Organization of Scientific Meetings

  • Organization of "Jornada Técnica IIT-AEGE". Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica. Universidad Pontificia Comillas; y Asociación de Empresas con Gran Consumo Energético (AEGE). Madrid (Spain). Sep 2019.
  • Organization of "SUSPLAN-Regional Workshop on Results. “Energy Infrastructure Scenarios for the South-Western Region”". SUSPLAN EU Project, European Union. Madrid (Spain). May 2010.
  • Organization of "Technical Program Committee «Power System Computation Conference 2008»". https://goo.gl/gjbq7v. Glasgow (United Kingdom). Feb 2008.

Technical Reports

External Training Courses

External Relevant Positions

  • Member of BRIDGE Working Group in representation of Integrid project European Commission. Brussels (Belgium). Apr 2017 - Today.

Media and Research Dissemination

  • "La Cátedra BP reclama una transición energética más sostenible". Oilgas. Año 50. Núm. 568. p. 12-13. (Apr 2017)

Other Activities

  • Doctoral Defense Committee of Abdelmotteleb, I. «Designing electricity distribution network charges for an efficient integration of distributed energy resources and customer response». Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (Spain). Dec 2018.
  • Doctoral Defense Committee of Calvillo Muñoz, Ch. F. «Energy management in smart cities». Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (Spain). Nov 2017.
  • Doctoral Defense Committee of Vallés Rodríguez, M. «Efficient implementation and potential benefits of demand response in electricity distribution networks». Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (Spain). Jul 2017.
  • Reviewer in Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks. Elsevier Science BV.. Amsterdam (Netherlands). Dec 2015 - May 2018.
  • Reviewer in Utilities Policy. Elsevier SCI Ltd. Oxford (United Kingdom). May 2015 - Today.
  • Reviewer in Applied Energy. Elsevier SCI Ltd. Oxford (United Kingdom). Sep 2014 - Mar 2016.
  • Reviewer in Energy Policy. Elsevier SCI Ltd. Oxford (United Kingdom). Jun 2012 - Mar 2019.
  • Reviewer in Energy Economics. Elsevier. Amsterdam (Netherlands). Feb 2012 - Mar 2015.
  • Reviewer in Electric Power Systems Research. Elsevier Science Ltd.. Lausanne (Switzerland). Jun 2011 - Nov 2016.
  • Reviewer in IEEE transactions on Smart Grid. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Piscataway (United States of America). Mar 2011 - Apr 2016.
  • Reviewer in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Piscataway (United States of America). Apr 2010 - Oct 2017.
  • Reviewer in IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Hertford (United Kingdom). Apr 2010 - Jul 2017.
  • Reviewer in International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems - IJEPES. Elsevier SCI Ltd. Oxford (United Kingdom). Jul 2009 - Jun 2018.