Department of Energy and Power Systems was founded at the 129th Faculty Council’s Regular Session of the Technical College University of Zagreb, on Tuesday June 26, 1934. Department of Energy and Power Systems studies and innovates in the fields of generation, transmission, distribution and use of electrical energy, energy efficiency, high voltage engineering, smart grids, energy management, nuclear engineering and safety, electricity markets, and electric vehicles. Throughout the years, the Department has become the leading authority in the field of electrical power engineering in the region, maintaining long-term collaboration with the industry sector. Furthermore, it is recognized through its research activities and a large number of published scientific papers in JCR journals, as well as numerous national and international research projects. In total, the Department has 52 employees (16 Professors – 9 Full, 4 Associate and 3 Assistant) and offers substantial educational and R&D facilities, including five Research Laboratories, six department teaching halls and a department library. Through its activities, the Department has developed valuable international collaboration with many research institutions around the world. Researchers of the Department are currently involved in 3 HORIZON 2020 projects, 2 bilateral projects, 1 Erasmus+ project, 5 projects financed by the Croatian Science Foundation, as well as the principal investigators of a number of industry-funded projects.
Professor Igor Kuzle, Head of the Department of Energy and Power Systems at the University of Zagreb, had an invited lecture on 30. October 2015 on Aalborg University titled:
"The Smart Grid Design, Evolution and Future Trends in Croatia"
More information can be found on Aalborg University site and in the expended section of this announcement.
Due to the rapid increase in global energy consumption and the diminishing of fossil fuels, the customer demand for new generation capacities and efficient energy production, delivery and utilization keeps rising. In order to ensure reliable operation of the electric power system, it is required to keep the balance between total generation and consumption of power in real-time. The environmental concerns due to conventional power plants have given impetus for widespread utilization of renewable energy based distributed generation technologies. The increasing of distributed generation and renewable energy sources increases the stochastic element related to the generation side while increasing demand fluctuations of new consumers, such as electric heating and electric vehicles, decrease the overall predictability of demand. This creates a challenge of efficiently integrating these low carbon technologies and, at the same time, finding the optimal control that maximizes the utilization of their flexibility. As a consequence, the concepts pertaining to a smart grid with advanced functional architecture are evolving to incorporate these technologies and for meeting real-time load demand. It is expected that through development of a strong smart grid, overall power grid security and efficiency can be largely improved and significant growth of relevant industrial sectors can be achieved.
This lecture presents a brief overview for recent and expected advancements in the smart power grid in Croatia.
ABOUT THE LECTURER
Igor Kuzle is a Full Professor and the Head of the Department of Energy and Power Systems at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Zagreb.
His scientific interests include problems in electric power systems dynamics and control, unit commitment, maintenance of electrical equipment, as well as power system analysis, smart grids and integration of renewable energy sources.
He serves in more than 10 international journals as an associate editor or as a member of editorial boards. Igor Kuzle published three books and more than 200 journal and conference papers including technical studies for utilities and private companies. He served as chairman and participant in organization of few international scientific conferences and workshops. Also, he was the project leader for more than 60 technical projects for industry and electric power companies. Since 2012, he has been a member of Croatia TSO Coordination Group for Connection of renewable energy sources and member of Advisory expert committee of the Ministry of Environmental and Nature Protection in the evaluation of environmental impacts of the wind farms. He is a member of technical commission for assignation of Croatian quality mark of Croatian Chamber of Economy and a member of Croatian Chamber of Electrical Engineers and a Licensed Engineer since 1994.