The Smart and Sustainable Grids research unit is an interdisciplinary group at the IIT which is focused on the analysis and development of models for the simulation and optimization of future electricity networks. These networks will enable us to ensure the viability of the model of sustainable energy required by society in the 21st century. This model is characterised by the centrality of the role of renewable energies with distributed characteristics, by a flexible energy demand and the capacity to meet that demand, and by a quality of service which meets the expectations of the digital society. We offer an important range of activities, making a significant research contribution both nationally and internationally: Externally financed research and development projects which include European projects, national CENIT projects, and a number of projects commissioned by private institutions and companies. A contribution to the scientific knowledge base in the form of PhDs, articles in the most important journals in this field and participation in international conferences. The development of our own software for the simulation of large networks. This software has a range of applications and can be sold under licence. The most relevant is the Reference Network Model, designed for the planning of large scale distribution networks and for assessing the impact of Distributed Energy Resources. An important teaching role in the PhD and Postgraduate programme in Electrical Engineering in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería (ICAI) - including the Master’s Degree in the Electricity Sector and a close collaboration with the training courses of the EES-UETP.
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 30 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 35 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 currently cooperates in the on-line education program of the Florence School of Regulation.