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Professor Liana Cipcigan PhD, MIEEE, MIET

Professor Liana Cipcigan

PhD, MIEEE, MIET

Research theme leader - Sustainable Transport

School of Engineering

Email
cipciganlm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0665
Campuses
E/2.16, Queen's Buildings - East Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

Leader EPSRC Network+ "Decarbonising Transport through Electrification (DTE), A whole system approach" https://dte.network/

Leader "Sustainable Transport" cross-cutting theme https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/engineering/research/cross-disciplinary-research/sustainable-transport

Director "Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence" https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/research-units/electric-vehicle-centre-of-excellence

Leader "Transport Futures Research Network" https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/research-units/transport-futures-research-network

Associate Editor (Smart Grids and Power Systems), Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, IF 12.110

Expertise in:

  • Smart Grids
  • Sustainable Transport
  • Virtual Power Plants
  • Electric Vehicles integration in electricity networks
  • Smart Management of charging infrastructure
  • Distributed Generation

Media activites

Commented in an article on Telegraph about tidal-powered electric vehicle charger, "Tidal-powered electric vehicle charger goes live in Shetlands", 23 March 2021

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2021/03/22/tidal-powered-electric-vehicle-charger-goes-live-shetlands/

Interviewed and featured in an article in E&T magazine of the Institution of Engineering and Technology titled "Are we Geared up for EVs?", 10 July 2020

https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2020/07/are-we-geared-up-for-evs/

Member of the Business Leader panel “What will the car of the future look like?” and feature in the article in Business Leader Magazine, 30 July 2020

https://www.businessleader.co.uk/what-will-the-car-of-the-future-look-like/95232/

Interviewed and featured in an article in NewStatesman, "Why the government needs to drive the UK’s electric vehicle dream", 1 December 2020

https://www.newstatesman.com/spotlight/transport/2020/12/why-government-needs-drive-uk-s-electric-vehicle-dream

BBC news in “Leadership needed on EVs, say experts” 29 November 2018

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-46390201

The Engineer interview, "Research network set to electrify UK transport system", 20 June 2019

https://www.theengineer.co.uk/network-electrify-transport/

Highways Industry, “Does the future look bright with the rise of electric vehicles?”, 12 November, 2019

https://www.highwaysindustry.com/does-the-future-look-bright-with-the-rise-of-electric-vehicles/

Interview “Electric revolution and the struggle for power”, Express and Star, Nov 11, 2019

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/features/2019/11/15/will-electric-cars-spark-a-power-struggle/

NS Business, "How the UK’s green number plate plan could benefit from EV schemes in China and Norway", 23 October 2019

https://www.ns-businesshub.com/transport/green-number-plate/ 

Deutsche Welle (DW), “German e-cars still hampered by lack of charging stations” by Nik Martin, Germany, 8 August 2018

https://www.dw.com/en/german-e-cars-still-hampered-by-lack-of-charging-stations/a-45245116

Interview for Carbon Brief with Dr Simon Evans Policy Editor, “Analysis: Switch to electric vehicles would add just 10% to UK power demand”, 27 July 2017

https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-switch-to-electric-vehicles-would-add-just-10-per-cent-to-uk-power-demand

Biography

Since joining the School of Engineering, I have undertaken internationally recognised research in two fields of global importance and impact: Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles (EV) integration into electricity and transport systems. My research expertise is excellently aligned with the current Government’s policies and initiatives. The UK government identified EVs at the heart of their Industrial Strategy, which drives the research agenda of the government. Clean growth and Future of Mobility are identified as Grand Challenges – “the society-changing opportunities and industries of the future”. The widespread introduction of EVs requires an integrated whole system approach to address the short, medium and long-term challenges, covering the electricity supply system and charging infrastructure (including both wired and on/off-road wireless charging).

I have been at the forefront of this shift to electrified transport for over a decade, delivering international research leadership and excellence, collaborating widely with industry, and being recognised as an expert in EVs and Smart Grids with national and international esteem. I founded and directing the multi-disciplinary Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence and sitting on the Strategic Board of Sustainable Places Research Institute, where the centre sits. https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/research-units/electric-vehicle-centre-of-excellence I am the leader of the “Sustainable Transport” cross-cutting theme in School of Engineering https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/engineering/research/cross-disciplinary-research/sustainable-transport and a leading member of “Transport Futures Research Network”, carrying research and engagement activities on new and emerging transport technologies. https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/research-units/transport-futures-research-network

I am leading £1Million EPSRC Network+ project “Decarbonising Transport through Electrification, a whole system approach (DTE)” with academic partners Cranfield University, University of Bristol, University of Birmingham, University of Southampton. The network is bringing together expertise from across industry, academia and the public sector to transform current practices and research in the decarbonisation of transport, looking at the electricity networks, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, electric and hybrid aircraft and the electrification of the rail network, exploring drivers for change and technology innovation. https://dte.network/ The DTE Network+ project has been featured in Government News – twice. First, Number 10 discussed the Networks in a press release on “accelerating greener travel”. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cardiffs-new-transport-research-network-receives-1m-uk-government-cash-boost-to-turn-vehicles-green Second, the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales released that “Cardiff’s new transport research network receives £1m UK Government cash boost to turn vehicles green”. https://www.wired-gov.net/wg/news.nsf/articles/Cardiffs+new+transport+research+network+receives+1m+UK+Government+cash+boost+to+turn+vehicles+green+27082019121500?open

Features in the “Net zero targets and decarbonising transport”, House of Commons Westminster Hall, Debate initiated by Damian Hinds MP, Tuesday 4 February 2020, 9.30 – 11am https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CDP-2020-0018/CDP-2020-0018.pdf 

My expertise in EVs and Smart Grids has been recognised by:

  • The Committee on Climate Change, where I gave evidence as a member of the panel Session 2: Reducing emissions from transport, open meeting Cardiff, 23 November 2018 Twitter @theCCCuk – 23 Nov 2018 Next, the CCC takes evidence from leading experts on #transport. "Charging infrastructure in Wales is not fit for purpose, Wales is lagging behind the rest of the [UK]", says @cardiffuni's Dr Liana Cipcigan
  • Invited speaker at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, “Energy Transitions 2018: Leadership in a climate of disruptive change” international conference.
  • Invited speaker at Building Zero Carbon Britain Conference, November 2019, London
  • Journal paper included in the report “Climate Change 2014 Mitigation of Climate Change Working Group III Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report”, 2014, Chapter 8 Transport, pp 653.
  • Member of BSI technical committee ESL/120 Electrical Energy Storage.

I show a wide, sustained and impactful collaboration with industry, as highlighted by:

  • Innovate UK project “Ebbs and Flows Energy Systems” (£1.8M), where I led the development of Cloud-based Virtual Power Plant (C-VPP) using electricity storage assets, such as static batteries or vehicle-to-grid units, to flatten the peak demand profile of buildings, to manage buildings’ demand during triad peaks and to enable buildings manager participation in the grid balancing services market through demand side response. The C-VPP software platform was successful tested on commercial (Manchester Science Park) and domestic pilots (first Vehicle-to-Grid unit in UK installed in a domestic property) https://www.cenex.co.uk/news/cenex-leading-installation-uks-first-domestic-vehicle-grid-unit/

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/757939-installation-of-the-uks-first-domestic-vehicle-to-grid-unit-for-energy-storage

Honours and awards

  

Publications

2021

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2019

2018

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1998

Teaching

Current Teaching

ENT775/EN4775 Distributed Generation, System Design and Regulations, Module Leader

https://data.cardiff.ac.uk/legacy/grails/module/ENT775.html

ENT779/EN4708 Smart Grids and Active Network Devices, Module Leader

https://data.cardiff.ac.uk/legacy/grails/module/ENT779.html

ENT777/EN4807 Power Systems Protection, Module Leader

https://data.cardiff.ac.uk/legacy/grails/module/ENT777/.html

EN4103 Renewable Energy Design

https://data.cardiff.ac.uk/legacy/grails/module/EN4103.html

Research theme: Energy and Environment

Past and Present Contracts

Period

Title

Amount

Investigators

Sponsor

2019-2023

Decarbonising Transport through Electrification, A Whole System Approach (DTE)

https://dte.network/

https://gow.epsrc.ukri.org/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/S032053/1

£915,858

£300,000 (project partners)

L.Cipcigan

C. Featherston

M.Haddad

J.Liang

O.Rana

D.Potoglou

P. Morgan 

G.Santos 

EPSRC

2020-2025

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Hub – Sustainable Transport

https://idth-sustainable-transport.org/

 

£365,485 

 

C. Featherston

L.Cipcigan

J.Liang

O.Rana

D.Potoglou

P. Morgan 

EPSRC

2020-2023

Sustainable urban power supply through intelligent control and enhanced restoration of AC/DC networks

https://gow.epsrc.ukri.org/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/T021985/1

 

£750,000

¥3m

J.Liang,

L.Cipcigan

O. Rana

EPSRC and China NSF 

 

2020-2021

Low-cost electric Land Rovers for farmers and landowners

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/2475969-on-the-road-to-a-cleaner,-greener-glastonbury-festival

£82,875

C.A. Featherston,   

L. Cipcigan

Innovate UK

2021

Opportunities from the consumer BEV market inflection point

£26,000

L.Cipcigan

P. Wells

Grayling & Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC  

2021

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in UK

£5,000

L. Cipcigan

P. Wells

J.  Liang

UK Government

British Embassy Beijing

2020

The Future of Fleet report

https://www.bp.com/en_gb/united-kingdom/home/products-and-services/bp-fleet/the-future-of-fleet-report.html

£1,500

L. Cipcigan

BP

2021

Feasibility of using repurposed Li-ion batteries in stationary applications

£6,000

K.Stamatis

L.Cipcigan

EPSRC IAA

2021

Integration of Electric Vehicles charging infrastructure with distribution grid: Global review, India’s gap analyses and way forward

£3,000

L. Cipcigan

IIT Bombay with funding from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

2019

Cloud-based Virtual Power Plant (C-VPP) software platform. Pathways to market

https://dte.network/cbvpp

 

£48,300

L.Cipcigan

O.Rana

EPSRC IAA

2018-2019

Electric Road System for Dynamic Charging of Electric Vehicles

https://www.smarternetworks.org/project/nia_ngto001

£214,000

L. Cipcigan

M. Haddad

National Grid

2019-2020

Feasibility study to unlocking flexibility from within industrial and commercial users

http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/nia_ngto0031

£128,422

L. Cipcigan

M. Haddad

National Grid

2018-2021

Transport Futures Research Network

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/research-units/transport-futures-research-network

£15,000

L. Whitmarsh

L. Cipcigan

University Research Networks Fund

2015-2021

FLEXIS East

Flexible Integrated Energy Systems

http://www.flexis.wales/

 

£1.5M

N Jenkins

J Wu

L Cipcigan

C Ugalde Loo

M Quadrdan

Welsh European Funding Office

2015-2021

FLEXIS West

Fast-track project - Unlocking Flexibility within Port Talbot Works

http://www.flexis.wales/

£416,912

Jenkins N

Cipcigan L

J. Wu

Ugalde-Loo C

Qadrdan M

Welsh European Funding Office

2015-2016

Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship

Future balancing services for high levels of embedded electricity generation

https://www.raeng.org.uk/publications/other/dr-liana-cipcigan-ifs-case-study

£30,000

L Cipcigan

Royal Academy of Engineering

2015

Energy Strategy and Policy

£10,000

L Cipcigan

National Grid

2015-2017

Ebbs and Flows Energy Systems

£1.8M total value of the project

https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=EP%2FM507131%2F1

£345,145

L Cipcigan

O. Rana

EPSRC

Innovate UK

2013

Ebbs and Flows Energy Systems (feasibility study)

£10,657

L Cipcigan

O. Rana

Innovate UK

2014-2017

MASTERING

Multi-Agent Systems and Secured coupling of Telecom and Energy Grids for Next Generation smart grid services

http://www.mas2tering.eu/

£396,378

M. Mourshed

Y. Rezgui

L.Cipcigan

O. Rana

EC

ICT-Smart Energy Grids

2014-2017

Grid Economics, Planning and Business Models for Smart Electric Mobility

£314,000

N. Jenkins

J. Wu

L.Cipcigan

EPSRC

2014-2017

I CVUE : Incentives for Clean Vehicles in Urban Europe

£145,516

H. Davies

L.Cipcigan

G. Santos

Intelligent Energy Europe -EC

2013-2016

eBRIDGE: empowering e-fleets for business and private purposes in cities

http://www.ebridge-project.eu/en/

£134,112

L. Whitmarsh

L.Cipcigan

D. Xenias

Intelligent Energy Europe -EC

2013-2016

SCADA Cyber Security Lifecycle (SCADA-CSL)

£277,000

P. Burnap

O. Rana

L.Cipcigan

EADS Innovation Works

2012-2014

Smart Management of Electric Vehicles (SMEV)

£93,402

L Cipcigan

EPSRC

2012-2013

Agent-based controllers for EVs and micro-generators

£5,699

L Cipcigan

Innovate UK

2012-2013

Upgrading the small equipment base for early career researchers in the Engineering and Physical Sciences

£498,326

K. Holford

Et.al

L.Cipcigan

EPSRC

2011-2012

Pathways – Electric Vehicle Value Chain, Bridging the gaps

£39,164

L Cipcigan

K. Holford

EPSRC

2011-2013

Scenarios for the development of smart grids in the UK

http://www.smartgridscenarios.org.uk/

£140,270

L. Whitmarsh

L.Cipcigan

D. Xenias

UKERC

2010-2013

Mobile Energy Resources in Grids of Electricity (MERGE)

£238,558

J. Ekanayake

N. Jenkins

L.Cipcigan

J. Wu

EC FP7

2010-2012

European network on electric vehicles and transferring expertise (ENEVATE)

£335,408

H. Davies

L.Cipcigan

P. Nieuwenhuis

EC

INTERREG IVC

 

Supervision

Current PhD Supervision (main supervisor)

Dominic Dattero-Snell Decarbonising transport through electrification

L.Cipcigan

C. Featherston

Konstantions Stamatis New technologies for EV charging

L.Cipcigan

M.Haddad

C. Featherston

Hasan Berkem Sonder Using Electric Vehicles and Demand Side Response to Unlock Distribution Network Flexibility

L.Cipcigan

C.Ugalde-Loo

Abdullah Khallufah M Shaher Smart Community Energy Systems

L. Cipcigan

J. Liang

Saad Awad Hamad Al-Qahtani Optimal Control and Operation of Distribution Networks with Distributed Energy Resources

L. Cipcigan

J. Liang

Emmanuel Mudaheranwa

Advanced Analysis of Load Management and Energy Conservation Strategies in Electric Power Systems

Commonwealth Scholarship

L.Cipcigan

C.Ugalde-Loo

Ye-Obong Nkereuwem Udoakah Smart Localised Energy Systems Design for a Sustainable Energy Future

L. Cipcigan

J. Liang

Mohammed Turki E Alruwaili

Sustainable airports: green energy solution to achieve carbon neutrality

L. Cipcigan

J. Liang

Ali Garada Smart Grids for Sustainable Communities

L. Cipcigan

J. Liang

Saad Kadhim Khalaf Demand Response in Smart Grids, Iraq case study

L. Cipcigan

N.Jenkins

Current PhD Supervision (Second supervisor)

Krzysztof Jakubiak

Efficient & autonomous (bi-directional) charging for multi modal electric vehicles

EPSRC CASE Scholarship

J. Liang

L. Cipcigan

Tobias Singh Sustainable Urban Power Supply Through Intelligent Control and Enhanced Restoration of AC/DC Networks

J. Liang

L. Cipcigan

Lucy Maybury Electrical Vehicle Routing Optimization Using Machine Learning

P. Cocoran (COMSC),

A. Gagarin (MATH),

L. Cipcigan

 

Current supervision

Emmanuel Mudaheranwa

Research student

Ye-Obong Nkereuwem Udoakah

Research student

Mohammed Alruwaili

Research student

Saad Khalaf

Research student

Lucy Maybury

Research student

Past projects

PhD Completed

Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos Emissions of Aggregated Micro-Generators 2011
Panagiotis Papadopoulos Integration of Electric Vehicles into Distribution Networks 2012
Inaki Grau Management of Electric Vehicle Battery Charging in Distribution Network 2012
Al Ali Dawood Ali Probabilistic Reliability Assessment of Transmission Systems 2015
Ozel Fatih Mehmet Achieving a Technical Transition from Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles to Battery Electric Vehicles in the Automotive Sector in Europe: Challenges and Strategies 2015
Erotokritos Xydas Smart Management of the Charging of Electric Vehicles 2016
Abubakar Sani Hassan Management of Distributed Energy Resources in Energy Systems 2016
Charalampos Marmaras Charging of Electric Vehicles at Commercial Buildings 2017
Mohammed Jasim Al Essa The Integration of Distributed Energy Resources into Electric Power Systems 2017
Zeyad Assi Obaid Al-Obaidi Stability and Control of Frequency in Future Smart Grids 2017
Mazin T. Muhssin Adaptive Control and Dynamic Demand Response for the Stabilization of Grid Frequency 2018
Rilwan Olaolu Oliyide Load Management of Electric Vehicles and Heat Pumps in Emerging Electricity System 2019
Fasina Emmanuel Taiwo Localised Energy Systems in the Nigerian Power Network 2019