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Institute of Advanced Study

Professor Nikos Hatziargyriou

COFUND Policy & Enterprise Fellow at Van Mildert College (April – June 2013)

Professor Nikos Hatziargyriou is Professor of Power Systems at the National Technical University of Athens. He was Coordinator of several EU projects, including the EU FP7 MERGE grant and was a member of the EU Advisory Council for the Technical Platform on Future Power Systems (SmartGrids). Prof. Hatziargyriou is recognised as a world leader in the field of future power systems, particularly the integration of distributed and renewable energy generation into power systems.

Professor Hatziargyriou was nominated by Prof. Phil Taylor (Engineering and Computing Sciences), Dr Richard Davies (Durham Energy Institute) and Prof. Roger Crouch (Engineering and Computing Sciences). During his Fellowship, Nikos will investigate whether a philosophy of distributed control and intelligence in power supply can deliver the type of flexible network needed in the necessary change to a low carbon energy economy. He will work with Durham academics to create a simulated version of such an autonomic energy network which will give insights into the limits of this philosophy and what it will mean for investment and the energy market.

“The academics, students and all members of staff have been most friendly and cooperative creating a very fruitful and hospitable atmosphere. The multi-disciplinary, holistic approach in research encourages fresh insights and new ways of thinking.”

Professor Nikos Hatziargyriou, National Technical University of Athens