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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

Leadership

Leader EPSRC Network+ Decarbonising Transport through Electrification (DTE), A whole system approach

Leader "Sustainable Transport" in School of Engineering cross-cutting research theme and University's Sustainable Transport Research Network

Director Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence

Associate Editor (Smart Grids and Power Systems), Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, IF14.982

Expertise

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

Media

Telegraph 23 March 2021: Tidal-powered electric vehicle charger goes live in Shetlands

E&T Magazine Institution of Engineering and Technology 10 July 2020: Are we Geared up for EVs?

The Guardian 28 Jul 2021: Leading the charge! Can I make it from Land’s End to John o’Groats in an electric car?

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

NewStatesman 1 December 2020: Why the government needs to drive the UK’s electric vehicle dream 

New Scientist November 2020, Fix the Planet Commented on network of underground pipes containing a magnetized track to pull boxes around

BBC news 29 November 2018: Leadership needed on EVs, say experts

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

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

Express and Star  11 November, 2019: Electric revolution and the struggle for power

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

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

Carbon Brief with Dr Simon Evans Policy Editor 27 July 2017: Analysis: Switch to electric vehicles would add just 10% 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 integration into electricity and transport systems. My research expertise is excellently aligned with the current Government’s policies and initiatives. 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 . I am the leader of the Sustainable Transport cross-cutting theme in School of Engineering and a leading member of University's Sustainable Transport Research Network, carrying research and engagement activities on new and emerging transport technologies.

I am leading £1M EPSRC Network+ project Decarbonising Transport through Electrification, a whole system approach (DTE) with academic partners Cranfield University, University of Bristol, University of Birmingham, and 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. 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”.

DTE Network+ it was featured 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

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

  • House of Lords, where I served as an expert in “Shaping the Future of EVs, debating the EV Bill” roundtable (2018). This event discussed specific amendments to the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill as it entered Committee Stage in the House of Lords.
  • Member of WG1 (Transport and Energy Planning) Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce
  • Welsh Government.
  • National Assembly for Wales.
  • 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

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

1. My flagship secondment at National Grid under the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowship. During this secondment, I have:

2. Partnership with BP for the Future of Fleet Report.

3. 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 with first Vehicle-to-Grid unit in UK installed in a domestic property.

Honours and awards

  

Professional memberships

Speaking engagements

Committees and reviewing

  • Member of the Journal Editorial Board, Subject Smart Grids and Power Systems, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, IF14.982
  • Guest Editor, Special Section on "Intelligent Control and Enhanced Restoration in Urban Power Energy System", CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems, published jointly by CSEE (The Chinese Society for Electrical Engineering), IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering) and CEPRI (China Electric Power Research Institute), 2021
  • Member International Program Committee, IEEE International Conference on Industrial Cyber-physical Systems (2018, 2019)
  • Member International Program Committee Multiagent System Technologies Conference MATES (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Co-chair of the Technical Track #9: "Technologies and Infrastructures for smart grids, buildings, and cities", IEEE INDIN 15th International Conference on Industrial Informatics, Germany, 2017.
  • Expert evaluator EC H2020 (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • International Expert Evaluator for Nordic Energy Research Programme (NEOs) (2021)
  • International Expert Evaluator for Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (2021)
  • International Expert Evaluator for Science Foundation Ireland, Strategic Partnership Programme, (2021)
  • International Expert Evaluator, Exploiting Distributed GEneration (EDGE) Grant Call, Singapore Institute of Technology (2019)
  • International Expert Evaluator for Fund for Scientific Research-FNRS, Brussels, Belgium, for Grants and Fellowships Calls (2017-2020)
  • Member of review panel, New University Researchers Start-up Program of Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies, Canada (2016)
  • Member of Smart Grid International Peer Reviewer Panel of The Energy Market Authority, Singapore Government (2012)
  • Grant reviewer, EPSRC, Royal Academy of Engineering

Publications

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Teaching

Current Teaching

Module leader

ENT775/EN4775 Distributed Generation, System Design and Regulations

Module leader

ENT779/EN4708 Smart Grids and Active Network Devices

Module leader

ENT777/EN4807 Power Systems Protection

EN4103 Renewable Energy Design

Main supervisor of MEng group project “Energy Provision for Antarctic Infrastructure” in collaboration with British Antarctic Survey, who won Inspired Engineers Award, from 40 entries, June 2021

Conference publication of Year 3 project in collaboration with Network Rail

Arrmeila Jeyanathan, Samuel Chew, Liana Cipcigan, Donald Stevenson, “Whole Life Costing of Off- Grid Power Supplies for Rail Level Crossing Safety Systems”, Virtual UPEC 2021, 32 August – 3 September, UK

Conference publication of MEng project in collaboration with National Grid

William Seward, Ryan Huxtable, Bradley Beynon, Arnas Zvirblys, Nicolas Camacho-Hunt, Maurizio Albano, Liana Cipcigan, “Modelling of Static Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging and its Impact on a Typical GB Distribution Network”, UPEC 2019, Bucharest, Romania, 3-6 September 2019

Conference publication of MSc project in collaboration with Oman Electricity Transmission Company

Ahmed Ali Al-Nadabi; Liana Cipcigan, Quasi Dynamic Simulation for the Voltage Control in the Active Networks, Oman Case Study, 54th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC), 3-6 Sept. 2019, Bucharest, Romania

Conference publication of MSc project

Saud Alotaibi, M., Cipcigan Liana and Papadopoulos, Panagiotis 2012. Short term load forecasting using support vector machines. Presented at: Saudi Arabia Smart Grid Conference, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 8-11 December 2012. 

Conference publication of Year 3 project

Papadopoulos; A.E. Umenei; I. Grau; R. Williams; L. Cipcigan; Y. Melikhov, Effectiveness of a new inductive fault current limiter model in MV networks, Published in: 45th International Universities Power Engineering Conference UPEC2010, 31 Aug.-3 Sept. 2010

External Examiner MSc Sustainable Electrical Power, Brunel University, 2020-2024

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)

EPSRC grant for DTE Network+

£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

 

£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

£750,000

¥3M

J.Liang,

L.Cipcigan

O. Rana

EPSRC and China NSF 

 

2020-2021

Low-cost electric Land Rovers for farmers and landowners

£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

Climate Diplomacy Fund

2020

The Future of Fleet report

£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

 

£48,300

L.Cipcigan

O.Rana

EPSRC IAA

2018-2021

Electric Road System for Dynamic Charging of Electric Vehicles

National Grid story

£214,000

L. Cipcigan

M. Haddad

National Grid

2019-2021

Feasibility study to unlocking flexibility from within industrial and commercial users

£128,422

L. Cipcigan

M. Haddad

National Grid

2018-2021

Transport Futures Research Network

£15,000

L. Whitmarsh

L. Cipcigan

University Research Networks Fund

2015-2021

FLEXIS East

Flexible Integrated Energy Systems

 

£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

£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

£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

EPSRC grant

£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

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

£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

£134,112

L. Whitmarsh

L.Cipcigan

D. Xenias

Intelligent Energy Europe -EC

2014-2017

SCADA Cyber Security Lifecycle (SCADA-CSL)

£277,000

P. Burnap

O. Rana

L.Cipcigan

Endeavr Wales

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

£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

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Hub 

L.Cipcigan

C.Featherston

Konstantions Stamatis

New technologies for EV charging

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Hub 

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, £85,000

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Hub 

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

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Hub Sustainable Transport scholarship

 

P. Cocoran(COMSC)

A. Gagarin (MATH)

L. Cipcigan

 

Past projects

PhD Completed

Title Awarded
Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos

Emissions of Aggregated Micro-Generators

Senior Lecturer, Univeristy of Sussex

2011
Panagiotis Papadopoulos

Integration of Electric Vehicles into Distribution Networks

Elin Verd S.A., Director of Business Development - Smart Energy Systems

2012
Inaki Grau

Management of Electric Vehicle Battery Charging in Distribution Network

URSA, Energy Efficiency Program Manager

2012
Al Ali Dawood Ali

Probabilistic Reliability Assessment of Transmission Systems

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)

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

International Project Manager at LEONI Factory Automation

2015
Erotokritos Xydas

Smart Management of the Charging of Electric Vehicles

Argus Media, Head of Data Science

2016
Abubakar Sani Hassan

Management of Distributed Energy Resources in Energy Systems

Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Nigeria

2016
Charalampos Marmaras

Charging of Electric Vehicles at Commercial Buildings

Smart Wires Inc., Power Systems Engineer

2017
Mohammed Jasim Al Essa

The Integration of Distributed Energy Resources into Electric Power Systems

Assistant Professor, University of Kufa, Iraq

2017
Zeyad Assi Obaid Al-Obaidi

Stability and Control of Frequency in Future Smart Grids

Lecturer, University of Diyala College of Engineering, Iraq

2017
Mazin T. Muhssin

Adaptive Control and Dynamic Demand Response for the Stabilization of Grid Frequency

Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering at Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, Iraq

Received David Douglas Award from the South Wales Institute of Engineers Educational Trust for outstanding research submissions in the field of engineering.

2018
Rilwan Olaolu Oliyide

Load Management of Electric Vehicles and Heat Pumps in Emerging Electricity System

Principal Lecturer at Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Nigeria

2019
Fasina Emmanuel Taiwo Localised Energy Systems in the Nigerian Power Network 2019
Nan Xiaodan Impact analysis of domestic building energy demand and electric vehicles charging on low voltage distribution networks  2021