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 Hasan Berkem Sonder

Hasan Berkem Sonder

Research student, School of Engineering


Hasan Berkdem Sonder was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. He is currently a PhD candidate working on Electric Vehicles at the School of Engineering, Cardiff University. He is part of the Centre for Integrated Renewable Energy Generation and Supply (CIREGS) and Smart Grids and Electric Vehicle group since April, 2018. 

Berkem has received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Electrical Energy Systems from Cardiff University in 2016 and 2017, respectively. 

His research interests include power system analysis, sustainable transport, grid integration and control of renewable sources (particulary electric vehicles), power electronics, and smart grids. He is experienced in using different simulation software tools such as IPSA Power, PSCAD/EMTDC, Neplan, MATLAB, JavaScript andTyphoon HIL. 



Research interests

His main research interests include modelling of low voltage distribution networks and integrating Electric Vehicles and their charging modes (particularly DC fast/rapid charging) into the UK's electrical grids. His research topic also includes vehicle-to-grid, voltage control, network underground cable and transformer overloading mitigation techniques and battery storage solutions with the addition of rapid charging hubs.

Projects he's working on and past publications are given as follows:

CURRENT PROJECT (March-May 2021)

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure and Planning in the UK - British Embassy in Beijing, China.

-Demonstrate UK capabilities in EV charging infrastructure deployment and charging technologies
-Demonstrate EVs' support to the grid through flexibility, V2G and ancillary services.
-Review of policy, regulations and interventions on EV charging infrastructure.



Udoakah, Y., Sonder, H. Berkem. and Cipcigan, L. Low voltage distribution network simulation and analysis for electric vehicle and renewable energy integration. Presented at: 12th Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT NA 2021), Virtual, 16-18 February 2021. DOI: 10.1109/ISGT49243.2021.9372184


Sonder, H. Berkem, Cipcigan, L. and Ugalde-Loo, C. Integrating DC fast/rapid chargers in low voltage distribution networks. Presented at: Mediterranean Conference on Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Energy Conversion (MedPower 2020), Virtual, 9-12 November 2020. DOI: 10.1109/ENERGYCon48941.2020.9236619

Sonder, H. Berkem, Cipcigan, L. and Ugalde-Loo, C. Voltage analysis on MV/LV distribution networks with the integration of DC fast chargers. Presented at: 6th IEEE International Energy Conference (ENERGYCon 2020), Virtual, 28 September - 1 October 2020.

Nieuwenhuis, P., Cipcigan, L. and Sonder, H. Berkem. The electric vehicle revolution. In: Letcher, T. ed. Future Energy 3rd Edition: Improved, Sustainable and Clean Options for Our Planet. Elsevier, pp. 227-241, 2020. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-102886-5.00011-6

Mudaheranwa, E., Sonder, H. Berkem, and Cipcigan, L. Feasibility study and impacts of EV penetration in Rwanda's MV distribution networks. Presented at: 6th IEEE International Energy Conference (ENERGYCon 2020), Virtual, 28 September - 1 October 2020. DOI: 10.1109/ENERGYCon48941.2020.9236568


Sonder, H. Berkem, Cipcigan, L. and Ugalde Loo, C. Using electric vehicles and demand side response to unlock distribution network flexibility. Presented at: IEEE PES PowerTech Milano (PES 2019), Milan, Italy, 23-27 June 2019. DOI: 10.1109/PTC.2019.8810521



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