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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 10.556

Expertise in:

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

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

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

Attended the SETsquared Future of the Car online roundtable event and was featured on an article for  Business Leader magazine, titled "What will the car of the future look like?" found at :

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

Participated at the “Engaging citizens in the future of mobility” round table on 24th of July organised by UKRI Sciencewise programme. Sciencewise is an internationally recognised public engagement program led and funded by UK Research and Innovation, with support from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial  Strategy. 

https://sciencewise.org.uk/2020/10/engaging-citizens-in-the-future-of-mobility/ 

The summary report can be found at the following link 

https://sciencewise.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Sciencewise-future-of-mobility-event_summary-report___FINAL.pdf 

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 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/engineering/research/cross-disciplinary-research/sustainable-transport

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”. 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”. The stories can be found on the Government website at the following links: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-accelerates-towards-greener-travel-with-new-300-million-investment

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cardiffs-new-transport-research-network-receives-1m-uk-government-cash-boost-to-turn-vehicles-green

Some other stories can be found at the following links: https://www.theengineer.co.uk/network-electrify-transport/

https://epsrc.ukri.org/newsevents/news/networks-to-prepare-uk-transport-for-a-low-carbon-future/

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 That concludes our first session on reducing emissions from buildings. 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:

  • My flagship secondment at National Grid under the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship. https://www.raeng.org.uk/publications/other/dr-liana-cipcigan-ifs-case-study
  • https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/566969-meeting-energy-challenges-on-an-industrial-secondment
  • During this secondment, I have:
    • Developed new areas of research, with two follow-up projects funded by National Grid: “Electric Road System for Dynamic Charging of Electric Vehiclesand “Feasibility study to unlocking flexibility from within industrial and commercial users”, a collaborative project with TATA Steel Port Talbot (part of FLEXIS project) (£330k total).
    • Supported and influenced the Network Innovation Allowance project “Frequency Sensitive EV and Heat Pump Power Consumption”.
    • Contributed to documents that form the basis of National Grid’s network planning: “Future Energy Scenarios” 2015 (Electricity Storage case study) and “System Operability Framework” 2016 (Balancing Case section).

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

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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

2019-2021

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

L.Cipcigan

C. Featherston

M.Haddad

J.Liang

(ENGIN)

EPSRC

2020-2025

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Hub – Sustainable Transport

https://dte.network/doctoral-training-hub

 

 

C.A. Featherston,  

 L. Cipcigan

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

 

 

J.Liang,

L.Cipcigan

W. Ming,

O. Rana

EPSRC

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

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

£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

Lorraine Whitmarsh

Liana Cipcigan

Omer Rana

Phil Morgan

University Research Networks Fund

2015-2021

FLEXIS East

Flexible Integrated Energy Systems

http://www.flexis.wales/

 

£1.5M

N Jenkins

L Cipcigan

C Ugalde Loo

M Quadrdan

J Wu

J Liang

Welsh European Funding Office

2015-2021

FLEXIS West

Fast-track project - Unlocking Flexibility within Port Talbot Works

http://www.flexis.wales/

£416,912

N Jenkins

L Cipcigan

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

http://www.ernw.ac.uk/en/news-and-events.htm?id=40

£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

Nick Jenkins

Omer Rana

EPSRC

Innovate UK

2013

Ebbs and Flows Energy Systems (feasibility study)

http://www.eandfes.co.uk/

£10,657

L Cipcigan

Omer 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

Monjur Mourshed

Yacine Rezgui

L.Cipcigan

Omer Rana

EC

ICT-Smart Energy Grids

2014-2017

Grid Economics, Planning and Business Models for Smart Electric Mobility

£314,000

Nick Jenkins

Jianzhong Wu

L.Cipcigan

EPSRC

2014-2017

I CVUE : Incentives for Clean Vehicles in Urban Europe

£145,516

Huw Davies

L.Cipcigan

Georgina 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

Lorraine Whitmarsh

L.Cipcigan

D. Xenias

Intelligent Energy Europe -EC

2013-2016

SCADA Cyber Security Lifecycle (SCADA-CSL)

£277,000

Pete Burnap

Omer 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

Karen Holford, Et.al

L.Cipcigan

EPSRC

2011-2012

Pathways – Electric Vehicle Value Chain, Bridging the gaps

£39,164

L Cipcigan

Karen Holford

Huw Davies

EPSRC

2011-2013

Scenarios for the development of smart grids in the UK

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

£140,270

Lorraine Whitmarsh

DimitriosXenias

L.Cipcigan

UKERC

2010-2013

Mobile Energy Resources in Grids of Electricity (MERGE)

http://www.ev-merge.eu/

£238,558

JanakaEkanayake

Nick Jenkins

L.Cipcigan

Jianzhong Wu

EC FP7

2010-2012

European network on electric vehicles and transferring expertise (ENEVATE)

http://www.enevate.eu/

£335,408

Huw Davies

L.Cipcigan

Paul Nieuwenhuis

EC

INTERREG IVC

 

Supervision

Current PhD Supervision (main supervisor)

1. Dominic Dattero-Snell, Decarbonising transport through electrification

2. Konstantions Stamatis, New technologies for EV charging

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

4. Abdullah Khallufah M Shaher, Smart Community Energy Systems

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

6. Emmanuel Mudaheranwa, Advanced Analysis of Load Management and Energy Conservation Strategies in Electric Power Systems, Commonwealth Scholarship

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

8. Mohammed Turki E Alruwaili, Microgrids for the Development of Sustainable Communities

9. Ali Garada, Smart Grids for Sustainable Communities

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

Current PhD Supervision (Second supervisor)

1. Krzysztof Jakubiak, Efficient & autonomous (bi-directional) charging for multi modal electric vehicles, EPSRC CASE Scholarship, J. Liang, L. Cipcigan

2. Tobias Singh, Sustainable Urban Power Supply Through Intelligent Control and Enhanced Restoration of AC/DC Networks, J. Liang, L. Cipcigan

3. Mohamed Mussa Elgbaily, DC to DC Converter for a Residential Grid Connected Solar Energy System, J. Liang, L. Cipcigan

4. Lucy Maybury, Electrical Vehicle Routing Optimization Using Machine Learning, P. Cocoran (COMSC), A. Gagarin (MATH), L. Cipcigan

Past projects

PhD Completed 

1. Emissions of Aggregated Micro-Generators, 2011, Dr. Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos

2. Integration of Electric Vehicles into Distribution Networks, 2012, Dr. Panagiotis Papadopoulos

3. Management of Electric Vehicle Battery Charging in Distribution Networks, 2012, Dr. Inaki Grau

4. Probabilistic Reliability Assessment of Transmission Systems, 2015, Dr. Al Ali Dawood Ali

5. Achieving a Technical Transition from Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles to Battery Electric Vehicles in the Automotive Sector in Europe: Challenges and Strategies, 2015, Dr. Ozel Fatih Mehmet

6. Smart Management of the Charging of Electric Vehicles, 2016, Dr. Erotokritos Xydas

7. Management of Distributed Energy Resources in Energy Systems, 2016, Dr. Abubakar Sani Hassan

8. Charging of Electric Vehicles at Commercial Buildings, 2017, Dr. Charalampos Marmaras

9. The Integration of Distributed Energy Resources into Electric Power Systems, 2017, Dr. Mohammed Jasim Al Essa

10. Stability and Control of Frequency in Future Smart Grids, 2018, Dr. Zeyad Assi Obaid Al-Obaidi

11. Adaptive Control and Dynamic Demand Response for the Stabilization of Grid Frequency, 2018, Dr. Mazin T. Muhssin

12. Load Management of Electric Vehicles and Heat Pumps in Emerging Electricity System, 2019, Dr. Rilwan Olaolu Oliyide

13. Localised Energy Systems in the Nigerian Power Network, 2019, Dr. Fasina Emmanuel Taiwo