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Overview

I am a Senior Lecturer in Power System Planning, Operation and Reliability with the Electrical Energy and Power Systems Group of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester.

 
My educational qualifications include a Higher Technological Education degree in Electrical Engineering from the Institute of Piraeus (Greece, 2002) and a Class I BEng (Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from UMIST (2004). I was also awarded an MSc (2005) with distinction in Electrical Power Engineering at The University of Manchester. I completed my postgraduate studies with a PhD (2009) in Electrical Power Engineering examining methods for improving the power transfer capacity of overhead power line systems. During my studies in Manchester, I was awarded the Scottish Power Power Learning Award as well as the UMIST Electrical & Electronic Engineering Prize twice.
 
 
My research focuses on electrical power network component design aspects and operation strategies to improve networks’ resilience and flexibility. I have been delivering CPD courses and technical seminars in the area of overhead line design and modelling and reliability/security assessments. I am convener of CIGRE WG C4.25, member of the IEEE Grid Code Task Force, and I am/was consultant for several activities with national and international companies (UKPN, Mott Macdonald, Balfour Beatty, National Grid, CEATI). I am/was a member of advisory boards of EU projects (Grid4EU), Quality assurance organisations (H.Q.A.A.A.) and industry (ECOFYS). I have published more than 50 research papers and reports. I have also been part of Arago technology since the start of the company, collaborating in the development and evaluation of overhead line composite cross-arm, an IET Innovations award winning technology.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Qualifications

BEng(Hons, Greece), BEng I class (Hons, UK), MSc (Distinction, UK), PhD (UK)

Research interests

My research is situated within the broader area of Power System Planning, Operation and Reliability.

My research interests are concerned with Smart Grid realization through various ways of increasing the power transfer capacity of distribution and transmission networks. Such methods include, but are not limited to, incorporating system compaction, loadability optimization and implementation of novel technologies (e.g. HVDC, 6-phase, HTLS, New tower designs, FACTS, Demand Side Management, Storage). Such methods are known to allow for flexible power network expansion-operation and RES integration into existing systems. I am also particularly interested in the investigation of the impact of such technologies and optimization methods on network reliability and security.

The following is an illustrative list of the research topics I am currently involved with and will welcome any type of collaboration:

    •   System Planning – Modelling the impact of different generation, storage, interconnection scenarios
    •   Overhead Lines Planning – Design principles
    •   Various aspects of aerial power network’s performance evaluation, including:
        ~  Dynamic thermal rating
        ~  OHL system reliability
        ~  Insulation coordination
        ~  Higher order phase (6-phase) system conversions
        ~  AC/DC hybrid OHL systems
        ~  Novel conductor technologies
        ~  Composite cross-arms
    •   Security and Reliability for Smart Power Networks

My group

Opportunities

Research Associate in Power Systems and Future networks

Network Planning for increased flexibility and resilience

Project Starts: Sep./Oct. 2016

Duration: 2 years 
Deadline for applications: 1st of  August 2016
Supervisor: Dr Konstantinos Kopsidas

Email (for  any enquires): K.Kopsidas@manchester.ac.uk.

 

Postgraduate Opportunities

I am always interested in discussing postgraduate opportunities on my research interests or similar topics with well-qualified students. Due to the nature of the research projects that I supervise, I expect students to have strong analytical and practical skills as well as some programming experience.  
 
If you are interested in pursuing a PhD degree under my supervision, feel free to contact me via email at k.kopsidas@manchester.ac.uk.
 
A funded opportunity for PhD studentship (Only for Home/EU students with UG degree from UK):

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

MSc in Power Systems - With Distinction, UMIST

Sept 2004Sept 2005

Award Date: 15 Dec 2005

B.Eng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering - Class I, UMIST

Sept 2002Jul 2004

Award Date: 16 Dec 2004

B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus

Sept 1998Oct 2002

External positions

Member of External Experts Committee (EEC) , Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (H.Q.A)

20132014

Substations Design Engineering Trainee, Public Power Corporation (PPC)

Nov 2001Apr 2002

Areas of expertise

  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
  • Power Systens
  • Reliability and Security
  • Network Resilience
  • Overhead Lines
  • Underground Cables
  • Ageing mechanisms

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Energy
  • Advanced materials
  • Digital Futures

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