Distribution Grid Monitoring and Automation


Distribution grids are undergoing a major evolution due to growth of renewable energy sources and the increasing demand brought by electric heating and mobility. These changes call for the deployment of smart automation in order to guarantee the efficient, reliable and secure operation of the distribution system. The team “Distribution Grid Monitoring and Automation” covers different topics associated to the whole automation chain, spanning from measurement techniques to state estimation-based monitoring, from automation architectures and communication protocols to grid automation algorithms. Main research topics are:

  • Design of low-cost measurement instrumentation
  • Development of new state estimation approaches for distribution grid monitoring
  • Definition of automation requirements and architectures for hybrid ac/dc grids
  • Testing of automation schemes in software and/or hardware in the loop
  • Design of innovative algorithms for distribution grid management, such as voltage control, fault location and network reconfiguration
  • Design of innovative automation architectures for improved resiliency

Team Leader: Marco Pau

Research projects of the team


Open Theses

Topic and Description Type of Thesis Language Contact
Last Resource letter for Blockchain-based Critical Infrastructure Protection and Automation Master en César Andrés Cazal
Consensus motor for consensus-based monitoring and automation on Power Systems Bachelor en/de César Andrés Cazal
Charukeshi Joglekar
Security assessment for the implementation of Last Resource Letter’s files Bachelor en/de César Andrés Cazal
Charukeshi Joglekar
Data handling for distribution grid management and congestion identification Bachelor en Marco Pau
Decoupled State estimation monitoring for hybrid AC/DC grids Bachelor/Master en Gaurav Roy
Design of an incremental meter placement strategy for the monitoring of distribution grids Master en Marco Pau
Implementation of a modified backward/forward sweep algorithm for distribution system state estimation Master en Marco Pau
Analog to Information Conversion for hybrid AC/DC grid monitoring Master en Carlo Guarnieri
Hilbert front-end for analytic signals-based data acquisition system Master en Carlo Guarnieri
Fast data transfer in non-RT operating systems for reliable SBC-based data acquisition Master en Carlo Guarnieri
Monitoring and lifetime diagnosis of Hybrid AC-DC grids Bachelor/Master en Gaurav Roy