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Sara Jovanović
2021-11-25 at 09:53,

Matej Krpan wins the "Frano Luetić" award

We are proud to announce that our doctoral student Matej Krpan has been awarded the "Frano Luetić" award for the year 2020/2021 by the FER faculty council for excellence in postgraduate studies in the field of electrical power engineering.

Matej earned this award for coauthoring 14 journal papers (of which 10 are Q1/Q2) and 13 conference papers (of which 3 received excellent paper awards), for peer-reviewing more than 60 papers for renowned journals and conferences, and for more than 30 industrial studies for electric utility companies and private investors during his 5 years at the FER - Department of Energy and Power Systems.

Congratulations Matej! Keep up the good work!

The "Frano Luetić" award was established in 2019 on the initiative of the Luetić family who also donate the monetary prize to award winners. Previous winners are now postdoctoral researchers at our Department, Ivan Pavić (2019/2020) and Ninoslav Holjevac (2018/2019).

Marija Tafra
2021-11-17 at 17:21,

Researchers showcased their work at the ANIMATION project dissemination event

On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, researchers working on the project Active NeIghborhoods energy Markets pArTicipatION (ANIMATION) held a hybrid (live and virtual) dissemination event at FER with the aim to inform the public about the scope of the project and demonstrate how implementing household demand response will activate households.

The project leader, Hrvoje Pandzic, PhD, welcomed the the audience which was comprised of academics, researchers, industry experts, and other stakeholders who not only attended the live event but also joined the event remotely from various countries including India and Australia. In his introduction, prof. Pandžić showed the first set of laboratory equipment which was recently installed in the newly established Demand Response Lab, located within the Department of Energy and Power Systems. Once the equipment is connected to a household hub and interface, the laboratory will represent an active household whose electricity consumption will be managed in order to respond to signals from an aggregator or a power system operator. 

Since the project funded by the Croatian Science Foundation has been underway for almost two years, the researchers were able to showcase the results of their work thus far. Nikolina Čović demonstrated a model for thermally controllable loads which takes into account user preferences and comfort. Ivan Pavić, PhD, presented his analysis of various operating regimes of an active commercial energy consumer with an integrated battery and rooftop PV, while his colleagues Hrvoje Bašić and Vedran Bobanac, PhD, presented a detailed charging model for lithium-ion batteries based on laboratory measurements. In her presentation, Marija Miletić explored what could motivate consumers to switch to a dynamic electricity pricing tariff and which incentives could encourage suppliers to offer attractive pricing models for their consumers.

Our new researcher who joined the project team this Fall, Dr. Vivek Prakash, PhD, explained how frequency response acts to balance the demand and power supply upon frequency deviation. Furthermore, he presented the fast frequency control provision from active neighborhoods, noting some key facts (according to the EU Household Energy Consumption 2019) like the fact that about 40% of total demand in Europe are household applications with 64% of energy being used for heating homes. Additionally, Dr. Prakash justified the need for increased use of demand response given that (according to statistics from 2019) less than 2% of the global potential for demand response was being utilized.

Based on a case study using geographically specific input data from two locations (the island of Vis in Croatia and the island Ærø in Denmark), researcher Lin Herenčić presented a techno-economic assessment of decarbonization pathways for multi-vector energy communities. Lastly, Karlo Šepetanc shared a cluster-based model for charging a single-depot fleet of electric vehicles which has excellent scalability and tractability and simultaneously determines a charging schedule and EV dispatch.

Prof. Pandžić ended the event with closing remarks and invited the audience to visit the project website for more information on the project and to explore the publications related to the project. Photos of the event can be found below.


Relevant links:

Project website:

Laboratory website:

Croatian Science Foundation website:


Sara Jovanović
2021-11-17 at 10:11,

Our Department at the 15th Croatian CIGRE Session - 21 Papers

The 15th Croatian CIGRE Session was held on November 7 - 10, 2021. Besides an opportunity to catch up with long-time colleagues and embracing new ideas, our Department of Energy and Power Systems was well represented with 21 papers! All the papers were presented by our young #esearchers and well accepted within the audience. We are happy to contribute to a collaborative global community committed to the world's leading knowledge development programme for creating and sharing power system expertise. List of our presentations can be found below.

We’ll see you next year at the Croatian CIGRE 15th Symposium on Power System Operation!

Sara Jovanović
2021-11-15 at 09:21,

Another Successful PhD Defense in our Department

On November 12, 2021, Mateo Beus successfully defended his thesis "Model predictive control in hydro turbine power control" under the Scandinavian model after publishing three papers in JCR journals. Members of his PhD committee were prof. Mato Baotic (UNIZG-FER), prof. Andrej Jokić (UNIZG-FSB), prof. Igor Kuzle (UNIZG-FER). Mateo was a teaching assistant during his studies and now he is a postdoc with UNIZG-FER.

Congrats, Mateo, keep on the great work! :)

Marija Tafra
2021-11-10 at 16:02,

ANIMATION project to host a dissemination event on Tuesday, Nov. 16th

Join us next Tuesday for a dissemination event for the project Active NeIghborhoods energy Markets pArTicipatION (ANIMATION). Our researchers will showcase their research results from the first two years of the project, funded by the Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ). Come hear how ANIMATION will shake up the household demand response market and activate households.



DATE:            Tuesday, November 16, 2021
TIME:             10:00 – 14:00 h
LOCATION:  Siva vijećnica (FER)

10:00 – 10:10 - Introduction (Prof. Hrvoje Pandzic)
10:10 – 10:30 - Learning indoor temperature predictions for optimal load ensemble control (Nikolina Čović)
10:30 – 10:50 - Optimal battery sizing for commercial building with rooftop PV (Ivan Pavić, PhD)
10:50 – 11:10 - Results of laboratory testing of lithium-ion batteries (Hrvoje Bašić & Vedran Bobanac, PhD)
11:10 – 11:30 - The effects of household automation and dynamic electricity pricing on consumers and suppliers (Marija Miletić)
11:30 – 11:40 - Short coffee break
11:40 – 12:00 - Fast frequency control provision from active neighborhoods (Dr. Vivek Prakash, Ph.D.)
12:00 – 12:20 - Techno-economic assessment of decarbonization pathways for multi-vector energy communities (Lin Herenčić)
12:20 – 12:40 - A cluster-based model for charging a single-depot fleet of electric vehicle (Karlo Šepetanc)
12:40 – 13:00 - Closing remarks and Q&A (Prof. Hrvoje Pandzic)
13:00 – 14:00 - Reception (location: Gallery)


You can find more information on the project here: .

Please contact the project administrator Marija Tafra ( should you have any questions.


Sara Jovanović
2021-11-09 at 11:51,

Koncar held a lecture in Electric Power Systems 1

Our professor Božidar Filipović-Grčić hosted a team from Koncar Power Transformers Ltd. which held a lecture in Electric Power Systems 1. Thank you all. It was a pleasure!

Matej Krpan
2021-11-05 at 12:13,

Prof. Tomšić gave an interview to BH Radio 1 on status of nuclear energy worldwide

Our professor Željko Tomšić gave an interview to Bosnia and Herzegovina Radio 1 on October 22, 2021. He talked about nuclear energy and its status worldwide as well as addressing plans of Croatia and Slovenia to build a new nuclear power plant. The entire broadcast is available here.

Sara Jovanović
2021-11-05 at 09:16,

Participation in the program "Poslovni plan"

Prof. Zeljko Tomsic participated in HRT's program called "Poslovni plan". The topic was: Nuclear power plants and EU Green Plan Taxonomy.

Matej Krpan
2021-11-03 at 11:42,

PowerTrip 2021 a Huge Success!

On the 21st and 22nd of October, fifty of FER's 1st to 5th year students visited the hydro power plant (HPP) Jaruga inside the Krka National Park, HPP Zakučac, HPP Prančevići, the Prančevići dam, HPP Kraljevac and the wind power plant Voštane-Kamensko together with its substation.

This trip was organized through the PowerTrip project which aims to promote Croatia's beautiful nature, low-carbon technology and sustainability and the field of electric power engineering. The PowerTrip project is coorganized by KSET, the Department of energy and power systems and the Croatian chapter of IEEE PES. The 50 students were accompanied by Matej Krpan and Marija Miletić, research & teaching assistants at the Department.

HPP Jaruga is one of the oldest hydroelectric power plants in the world, while HE Zakučac is the largest Croatian power plant and HPP Kraljevac is a living museum where large, old Ganz turbine-generators can still be seen.

We thank our hosts HEP-Proizvodnja and ENCRO for showing us these facilities and for enabling the students to learn more about electric power generation and high-voltage technology.

Take a look below at some of the moments from our awesome trip!


Sara Jovanović
2021-11-02 at 10:13,

A new research laboratory was established at FER!

In September 2021, a new research laboratory, the Demand Response Lab (DRLab), was established at FER, headed by professor Hrvoje Pandzic.

The laboratory is designed as an active household consisting of a series of devices (battery stack, electric vehicle charger and numerous household appliances) whose electricity consumption is managed in order to respond to signals from an aggregator or a power system operator.

Within the DRLab, two projects are being implemented that deal with the demand response from smart households (ANIMATION - HRZZ) and the development of prototypes of connected stationary battery energy storage systems (USBSE - EFRR). Both projects are fully in line with the new power system paradigm according to which current passive electricity customers will become active power system participants.

More information about FER’s new research lab and a few photos can be found below.

Namely, given the increase in the share of renewable energy sources, there are increasingly more non-controllable electricity generators in the system (wind and solar power plants) and the balancing of the system is shifting to the consumption side. It is, therefore, important to act in two directions: to awaken the market for the demand response for households and activate their flexibility and to develop energy storage systems for storing energy from renewable energy sources.

Active consumers who can move their consumption over time, so that it coincides with production from renewable energy sources, are key to a very high share of electricity production from renewable sources and consequently for the sustainable development of modern society. Because of their controllable devices, active consumers can manage their consumption and change their load profiles. Although these devices have relatively small individual powers, their aggregation can achieve great potential in terms of demand response programs.