Anup Kavimandan

Project 10: Cluster supervisory control of large offshore wind power plants – Danmarks Tekniske Universitet – DTU

I am an Electrical Engineer from India and one of the Marie Curie Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) working at Danmarks Tekniske Universitet – DTU.  I pursued my undergraduate studies in the field of Electrical Engineering (EE) at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur in West Bengal from 2006 to 2010.  During this phase, I was introduced to the fundamental concepts of Electrical Machines, Drives, Power Electronics, Power Systems and Control Systems, which aroused my interest in the subject and inspired me to go for higher education.

I pursued a Master’s program in EE at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, U.P in 2010.  My M.Tech thesis was titled “Grid integration of three-phase single-stage current source inverter based solar photovoltaic system”.  It was required to develop the complete power electronic experimental hardware set up for this system in the lab.  In the process, I encountered several practical issues associated with developing and controlling a hardware set up, overcoming which, made me a confident engineer.

In 2012 after finalizing my Master’s Thesis, I joined ABB Grid Integration R&D Team to work on Power Electronics, converter design, control and modulation, power semiconductor devices and development of innovative technologies in the area of HVDC and FACTS solutions.  It was an enriching experience to work on different projects with international R&D teams.

With 5+ years’ experience at ABB, I decided to embark on a new exciting journey with the InnoDC project, as it presents a unique opportunity to work in close cooperation with industry and other universities, while dealing with the challenges in the doctoral research on HVDC technology and wind energy, both of which are emerging technologies as far as the future of bulk power generation and transmission is concerned.

I am highly motivated to deepen my knowledge and gain expertise in this field.  My research interests include power electronics, HVDC systems, grid integration of Offshore Wind Power Plants (OWPPs) to name a few.

I joined the InnoDC project in Spring 2018.  As an ESR my research project focuses on addressing the “Cluster Supervisory Control of Large Offshore Wind Power Plants”.  The objective is to investigate the management of active and reactive power within the cluster of large OWPPs with a supervisory controller, while dealing with the stability issues in the offshore grid during start up or fast transients, such as transformer energization, leading to resonances.  My supervisors are Nicolaos Antonio Cutululis, Kaushik Das and Anca D. Hansen.

Singing is one of my passions. So in my spare time I like to record songs and listen to good music. I also like playing cricket and table tennis, travelling, trekking, cooking and reading.

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