BEng, MSc, PhD, MIET, MIEEE
Lecturer in Sustainable Electrical Power Engineering
Department of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering
School of Engineering
Dr Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos has been with the University of Greenwich since January 2012. Within that time, he was successful in applying for external funding from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), having already been awarded three grants worth £24,823, as well as a commercial grant from ARUP's Global Research Challenge worth £29,450. He was also awarded one of the prestigious University of Greenwich Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarships, worth £52,425.
He has worked closely with commercial organisations to develop an industry-relevant research portfolio, as well as volunteering as a subgroup leader of the IEEE P2030.1 workgroup and as a member of the new IEEE P2030.4 workgroup. He is a member of the IET and the IEEE, an invited reviewer in well-known journals and conferences, as well as a member of the H2FC SUPERGEN Science Board and a reviewer of EPSRC funding proposals. The focus of his research so far has mostly been on agent-based control of distributed energy resources (DER) such as micro-generators, fuel cells and electric vehicles (EV), as well as distributed energy storage and second-life EV batteries. He has authored and co-authored several journal and conference publications, as well as a book chapter.
Prior to joining the University of Greenwich, Dr Skarvelis-Kazakos was working towards his PhD thesis at Cardiff University, under the supervision of Dr. Liana Cipcigan and Prof. Nick Jenkins. During this time, he was able to secure support from the EU FP7 DERri programme, in order to access essential laboratory infrastructure for testing the multi-agent system he had developed. He also participated in the high-profile FP7 project MERGE. He has experience working in consultancy and research projects throughout his undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
Responsibilities within the university
Teaching and administrative activities
- Introduction to Power Engineering
- Power Engineering
- Alternative and Sustainable Power Systems
- Main supervisor for the PhD: 'Grid connection of combined offshore wind and wave farms', 2012-2015
University of Greenwich 'Research and Enterprise Early Career Researcher Travel Bursary 2012/13', worth £750, for attendance and presentation at the CIRED Conference, 10th-13th June, 2013.
Dr Skarvelis-Kazakos is in a number of IEEE Workgroups:
- Generation Subgroup Leader of Task Force 2: Grid Impact of IEEE P2030.1 Guide for Electric-Sourced Transportation Infrastructure
- Member of IEEE P2030.4 Guide for Control and Automation Installations Applied to the Electric Power Infrastructure
- Smart grid
- Renewable energy (RE)
- Distributed generation (DG)
- Electric vehicles
- Grid integration of RE and DG
- Aggregation of distributed energy resources (DER)
- Multi-agent systems
- Virtual power plants
The research of Dr Skarvelis-Kazakos revolves around smart grids and renewable energy, topics which are essential in future energy systems. The main theme of his research is on balancing micro-grids, achieving that through control of distributed energy resources (DER) such as renewable and non-renewable micro-generators, micro-CHP, electric vehicles, fuel cells and distributed energy storage devices. A secondary research theme is the grid integration of marine renewables through HVDC.
Recent funded projects
Technology Strategy Board (TSB)
- 'Redox batteries for balancing urban micro-grids', (Aug 2013 - Oct 2013), Buildings Better Connected competition – Partners: C-Tech Innovation Ltd (lead), University of Greenwich – Grant: £13,425 (total project grant: £38,258) – Principal Investigator
- 'Agent-based controllers for electric vehicles and micro-generators', (Oct 2012 - Apr 2013), Smart Power Distribution and Demand competition – Partners: DSE Consulting Ltd (lead), University of Greenwich, Cardiff University, Critical Software Technologies Ltd – Grant: £4,655 (total project grant: £24,953) – Principal Investigator
- 'Grid-shift and peak reduction through Distributed Storage, Smart DC and VPP models', (Jun 2012 - Mar 2013), Smart Power Distribution and Demand competition – Partners: Moixa Technology Ltd (lead), Protea Enterprises Ltd, University of Sheffield, University of Greenwich – Grant: £6,743 (total project grant: £100,000) – Principal Investigator
Commercially funded projects & PhD scholarships
- 'Balancing urban micro-grids in future planned communities', ARUP Global Research Challenge, (Oct 2013 - July 2014) – Grant: £29,450 – Principal Investigator
- Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarship: 'Grid connection of combined offshore wind and wave farms', Grant: £13,590 (stipend) and £3,885 (fees) per year, for 3 years (2012-2015).
- Interreg ECOTEC 21 – biofuels in Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generators – participant
- FP7 project DERri - Distributed Energy Resources Research Infrastructures: Lead User of DERri project: 'Carbon Agents for a Virtual Power Plant', (2010), Grant: €2,894
- FP7 project MERGE - Mobile Energy Resources in Grids of Electricity, Deliverables 1.2 and 1.3
- FP6 project EU-DEEP - The birth of a EUropean Distributed EnErgy Partnership, Internal Report