Davide Pinzan

Project: Performance of outdoor insulation under HVDC stress at Cardiff University (1 March 2018 – 28 February 2021).

Watch his work package 1 short video and read the work package reports.

Journal publications:
Performance of Composite Outdoor Insulator under Superimposed Direct and Switching Impulse Voltages, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery 2020.

Conference presentations and posters:
COMSOL, Cambridge, Sept 2019.
International Symposium on High Voltage Engineering, Budapest, Aug 2019.
UHVnet Colloquium, Manchester, Jan 2019.
HVDC Colloquium, UPC, Barcelona, Sept 2018.

PowerPoint video presentations:
Performance of Composite Outdoor Insulator under Superimposed Direct and Switching Impulse Voltages (10 mins) Oct 2020.
Performance of Composite Outdoor Insulator under Superimposed Direct and Switching Impulse Voltages (45 mins) July 2020.

Policy related work:
Recommended to the UK Parliament as an expert, 2021.
European Energy Innovation InnoDC feature contributor, autumn 2020.
China State Grid, Aug 2019. 
National Grid UK, June 2018.

Public work:
European Researchers’ Night, Cardiff, Nov 2020.
Virtual lecture to MSc students, Oct 2020.
European Researchers’ Night, international, Sept 2019.
Renewable energy demonstration, Cardiff, May 2019.
Secondary school workshop, Venice, April 2019.
European Researchers’ Night, Bristol, Sept 2018.
Eisteddfod festival, Cardiff, Aug 2018.
Secondary School, Figueres, May 2018.

Coordinator for Cardiff University’s Marie Curie Fellows’ Network (2019 onwards) and co-managed their contribution to European Researchers’ Night 2020.

CEPRI (China State Grid), summer 2019.
Uporto, winter 2018/19.

Negotiating experience:
Negotiated and coordinated the purchase and delivery of DC supply for Cardiff University, May-August 2019. 

Utility Week Live:
 Creating a Safe Space for Innovation (2020); National Grid: electricity transition: 2030 & 2050 offshore wind targets (2020); IEEE: How to write for publications; contributed to successful European Commission grant proposal application (2019);  ACDC international conference, Coventry (2019);  BIN@Porto (2018). Network meetings: KU Leuven (2021), Cinergia & UPC (2020), Cardiff University (2020), Elia (2019), DTU (2019), Uporto & Efacec (2018) and UPC (2018).  Cardiff University coursesParliament for Researchers (2019); Research Impact Workshop (2019); Welsh Language Awareness (2019); Mandarin Intensive (2018); Fire Safety Awareness (2019); Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity (2019); Countering Fraud & Bribery (2019) and Information Security (2019).   

I was an Exchange Scholar at the Center for Advanced Power Systems of Florida State University in 2017, where I worked in the Collaborative Intelligent Infrastructure (CI2) international team.  I hold an MSc degree in Electrical Energy Engineering from Università degli Studi di Padova (2017) with full marks and a BSc in Energy Engineering (2015) from the same institution.  My main research interests are Power System Resilience Measurement and Enhancement, Smart City Risk Assessment for Power and Transportation infrastructures, Offshore Wind Energy HVDC system performance and cost effectiveness.

I am now proudly an Early Stage Researcher for the European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie funded InnoDC project at the Centre for Integrated Renewable Energy, Cardiff University.

My objective for March 2021 is to contribute to the development of products and services regarding the nature of my personal research project, which is Outdoor Insulation Performance under HVDC stress.  The main applications are Offshore Wind Energy Systems and HVDC Transmission Lines.

Where does my motivation come from?  Please, let me answer with a question.  Can you see the impact of human activity on our planet?  I do.  Beyond the genuine common desire for a less polluted environment, hard work needs to be implemented, and I decided to contribute to this cause.  The more people are willing to work hard for this, the more impactful the outcomes.  This is not just for us today, this is also for others in the future.

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