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The Centre of Research Excellence for Advanced Cooperative Systems (ACROSS) is an interdepartmental research centre at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. The centre performs research in cooperative systems related to robotics, networked embedded systems and renewable energy systems. Its establishment and operation is funded by the European FP-7 Capacities "Research Potential" program [285939, FP7-REGPOT-2011-1].

Published: 2012-11-20 at 11:28
Edited: 2012-11-21 at 09:57
Ph.D. thesis defense of ACROSS...

The Council of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb, on its 622th session, held on November 14, 2012, unanimously accepted the evaluation of Ph.D. thesis of Vedrana Spudić, dipl.ing. as proposed by the Thesis Evaluation Committee. The Faculty Council nominated members of the Ph.D. thesis Defence Committee as follows:

  1. Professor Nedjeljko Perić, Ph.D.
  2. Professor Ivan Petrović, Ph.D.
  3. Assistant Professor Andrej Jokić, Ph.D., University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture
  4. Professor Manfred Morari, Ph.D.,  ETH Zurich
  5. Professor Eduardo F. Camacho, Ph.D., University of Seville

and their deputies:

  1. Assistant Professor Jadranko Matuško, Ph.D.
  2. Krešimir Vrdoljak, Ph.D., Končar-Power Plant and Electric Traction Engineering

Advisor:  Professor Mato Baotić, Ph.D.


Vedrana Spudić, dipl.ing. will defend her Ph.D. thesis entitled:

"Coordinated optimal control of wind farm active power"
on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 08:00.
TCR (Teleconferencing room)
(Building A – ground floor)


More about the thesis and the speaker can be found in the detailed news content.

Thesis abstract:

The thesis gives a new perspective to an active and important research
area of integration of large amounts of wind power in the electrical
grids. A cooperative wind farm control concept is developed that
optimises the operation of a wind farm in such manner that the power is
produced more cost-efficiently, while the wind farm performs tasks
required by the new grid codes. The developed controller is appropriate
for implementation at very large wind farms that are being built today.

The following original scientific contributions are made:
1. Wind turbine model suitable for the wind farm controller synthesis
    and an upgrade of the wind farm simulator that enables wind farm
    controller evaluation.
2. The wind turbine model predictive controller design suitable for the
    coordinated optimal wind farm active power reference tracking and
    reduction of wind turbine dynamic loads.
3. The parametric optimization based control design procedure, which
    relies on a hierarchical control concept and separation of the
    time-scales present in the system, together with an algorithmic
    implementation of the optimal controller for coordinated control of
    active power of large wind farms.


Short bio:

Vedrana Spudić received her Master of Engineering degree in Electrical
Engineering, major Control and Computer Engineering, from FER, in 2007.
She is currently finalizing her Ph.D.

Vedrana was employed at FER, in 2008, as a research assistant at the
Department of Control and Computer Engineering. From 2008 to 2011 she
was carrying out most of the FER's research in the FP7 project
Distributed Control of Large-Scale Offshore Wind Farms (AEOLUS). She
also actively participated in the project Multicriterial Control of Wind
Turbine (MULTIWIND), financed by the Croatian Science Foundation.

Since 2011 she has been employed on the ACROSS project, as a member of
the Optimal Control Group, with participation in research at the
Laboratory for Renewable Energy Systems. Her research interests are
advanced control methods (optimal control, model predictive control,
distributed and cooperative control) and control applications in wind
energy systems (wind turbine and wind farm control and optimization).

Domagoj Herceg
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ACROSS project has received research funding from the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (Grant Agreement No. 285939 FP7-REGPOT-2011-1).


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