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Fabrizio Sossan's personal webpage

Hi, welcome to my website! I am a researcher and lecturer in the field of renewable-based power and energy systems. My research interests are planning, scheduling, and control paradigms for distributed energy resources in behind-the-meter (consumer and power plant levels) and grid (distribution and transmission) applications. These configurations have inherently different operational requirements. My objective is to understand how these heterogeneous applications can be harmonized and coordinated to enable feasible techno-economic operations of future power grids and a transition to renewable resources.

I currenlty hold a professorial appointment (associate professor) at MINES ParisTech - PSL University, in France (link here). I am associate editor of Sustainable Energy Grids and Networks (Elsevier SEGAN). I am also co-founder of ModBESS, a US-based company that develops software to optimize the operations of energy systems and commercializes some of my algorithms.

For more information, these are my Google Scholar, Research Gate, and Scopus pages. My CV is here.

Recent news
  • January 2022: My research project on integrated energy systems has been funded with € 300'000 by Region Sud - Provence Alpes ... read more.
  • January 2022: My research project on integrated energy systems has been funded with € 300'000 by Region Sud - Provence Alpes Cote Cote d'Azur and MINES ParisTech under the framework 'AAP Recherche'. It will support the creation of a beyond-state-of-the-art microgrid laboratory with multiple energy carriers at MINES ParisTech in Sophia Antipolis.
  • December 2021: I will edit a special issue of IET together with Prof. Zechun Hu (Tsinghua University) on grid integration of ... read more.
  • December 2021: I will edit a special issue of IET together with Prof. Zechun Hu (Tsinghua University) on grid integration of electric vehicles. Call for papers will be out in early 2022.
  • November 2021: Biswarup and I finalized a work on planning of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and submitted it ... read more.
  • November 2021: Biswarup and I finalized a work on planning of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and submitted it to IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. The work is available here.
  • November 2021: I presented at the wear-and-tear seminar of the H2020 project XFLEX-HYDRO our method for fatigue-informed cont ... read more.
  • November 2021: I presented at the wear-and-tear seminar of the H2020 project XFLEX-HYDRO our method for fatigue-informed control of medium- and high-head hydropower plant. Two journal papers covering all aspects of this subject (including using a battery system to reduce penstock stress), authored by Stefano and I, are currently out for revision. Preprints are preliminary available here and here.
  • October 2021: Biswarup and Stefano presented two our papers at the conference ISGT 2021. One is on comparison of smart charg ... read more.
  • October 2021: Biswarup and Stefano presented two our papers at the conference ISGT 2021. One is on comparison of smart charging and vehicle-to-grid based on an extensible optimal power flow framework (more here); the other proposes guide vane-to-head and guide-vane-to-torque linearized models of hydropower plants for efficient model-based control (more here).
  • September 2021: Stefano and I are developing an exciting demonstration of model predictive control (MPC) to reduce the mechani ... read more.
  • September 2021: Stefano and I are developing an exciting demonstration of model predictive control (MPC) to reduce the mechanical stress in penstocks. We have set up and instrumented a 15-meter long, 2-inch diameter pipe to reproduce the "water hammer" effects happening in medium- and high-head hydropower plants when they provide regulating power to the power grid. By modeling hydraulic dynamics inside this pipe, we are capable of synthesizing a control law that avoids excessive forces on the pipe walls. In doing so, we increase the service life of this critical component while ensuring maximum flexibility for grid services — exciting stuff and probably an absolute worldwide prime. Stay tuned for more!
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Contact information
Dr. Fabrizio Sossan
PERSEE Center
MINES ParisTech - PSL University
1 Rue Claude Daunesse
06904 Sophia Antipolis, France
fabrizio.soss

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For students    I typically have availabilities for thesis and internships in a wide variety of focus areas, from theoretical to experimental and applied. If you are interested in my research topics and pursuing a thesis or internship, and have a solid knowledge of power/energy systems operations and coding skills, drop me an email with a statement of motivation.
Bio and research experience

I got my master's degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Genova (Italy) in 2010. In 2014, I obtained my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark DTU with a work on control of flexible demand in application to providing ancillary services to the power grid. From 2014 to 2017, I was a postdoctoral fellow with the Distributed Electrical Systems Laboratory at EPFL (Switzerland), working on integration of battery energy storage systems in the grid. In 2018, I was a guest scientist at NREL (USA) working on an independent research project on cooperative dispatch schemes for distribution grids and a scientist with the Supply of Electricity program of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research at ETH (Switzerland).

Working for among the world's most advanced laboratories and experimental facilities with great researchers shaped my research vision on the methodological barriers we need to tackle to achieve the energy transition.