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Carlos Alvarez-Bel

Institute for Energy Engineering
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV)
(349) 638-7924 x0
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Dr. Carlos Álvarez-Bel, Professor, Universidad Poltécnica de Valencia (UPV), received his MSc and PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1976 and 1979 from the Universidad Poltécnica de Valencia, where he is Professor since 1989.  His professional activity has been performed in the electric energy systems field in the framework of utilities, research centers and Universities. He has been involved in many projects and consulting work with utilities both in Spain and abroad, in the fields of state estimation, load modeling, standard markets, micro-grids, etc. His current interest areas are basically related to the distribution and commercialization of the electric energy in the free electricity market, such as voltage quality, reliability of distribution systems, demand side management, integrated distribution management systems, and new micro-grid structures.   He was consultant in Electricity Supply Commission (ESKOM, South Africa, 1981) and has developed research programs and projects with utilities in and out of Spain. He was visiting professor and researcher (1984/85) at the Energy Systems Research Center of the University of Texas at Arlington (Texas, USA), where he participated in projects for the utility Dallas Power and Light. He recently conducted a project with Progress Energy Florida in the area of Responsive Demand Participation in deregulated electricity markets. He has been involved in several projects in the field of Demand Side Management in Europe (SAVE: Rational Use of Energy Resources in Cities Through DSM, 1998-1999) in USA and Canada (Customer Load Analysis Methodology for Market Load Research for DSM applications) and Spain. His current work is in the areas of the Flexible Delivery and commercialization of the electric energy in free market environments (new products, voltage quality, reliability of distribution systems, integrated distribution management systems, etc.) He is author of many publications in international reviews and books (IEEE and IEE transactions, Kluwer, McGarw Hill, etc.) in the Power Area. He has taught many seminars and doctoral courses in different Universities and enterprises in Spain and other countries of Europe and South America, where he is conducting a Doctorate Program in the field of “Management of Electric Energy”, in collaboration with the “Universidad de Caldas” and the “Universidad Nacional de Bogota”, both in Colombia.  He was visiting professor and researcher for one academic year (1984/85) at the Energy Systems Research Center of the University of Texas at Arlington. He has been teaching for more than 15 years as Full Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the “Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV)”, where he is at present in charge of the Power Systems and Electricity Markets area as well as the Circuit Analysis and Network Design area. He has also taught several in-house courses for the utilities in Spain and South America such us Iberdrola, in Spain, Chilectra, in Chile,  Empresas Públicas de Medellín, in Colombia, etc., in the areas of Distribution Automation, Power Quality and Distribution Management Systems and functions. He has organized and taught many courses for the industry in the area of Electric Energy Efficiency and Load management for the Industry, in collaboration with the local energy agency (Instituto para la Mediana y Pequeña Industria Valenciana, IMPIVA) He has conducted, in the last ten years, more than 10 funded research projects with Spanish utilities (IBERDROLA, Unión Fenosa, ENDESA) in the areas of Distribution Systems and control centers, Power Quality, Environmental Impact and Technology Evaluation and Development, etc. He has participated, as head of the UPV group, in the Electric Energy Systems University Enterprise Training Partnership (EES-UETP) that is a joint effort between Universities and Electric Utilities all over Europe, with Universities and Enterprises in the power sector from 9 different European countries, to provide training to the enterprises in specialized fields. He has recently participated (2010/11) in the EC funded G4V Project (Grid for Vehicles) as WP leader. The aim of this project was the adaptation of distribution grids in Europe for a massive deployment of Electrical Vehicles. He was the developer, in 2001, of the foundation of the Institute for Energy Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where he is currently in charge of the Electricity and Power Systems Research Group.   He is PI of the Institute for Energy Engineering of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in the European supported project  “The birth of an European Distributed EnErgy Partnership that will help the large scale distributed energy resources in Europe (EU-DEEP)” involved (2004-09) , where there are involved nine gas and electricity utilities covering more than 80 million customers in Europe, being responsible for the demand description , modeling and analysis of the impact of price Demand Response.   He has been involved in several conferences and activities such as (among many other): IASTED International Conference on Power and Energy Systems, Marbella, Spain, September 2003 (Chair). Co-founder, with some other professionals relevant in the field, of the Spanish Chapter of the IEEE Power Engineering Society of Spain.- He was Vice-Chairman during the first year (June 1994-959) and Chairman of the Chapter in the second year (from July 1995 to December 1996). During this period and among other activities, he chaired the organization of a seminar about “Technical issues in the connection of IPPs to the network” and a round table about “Technical Issues in Power Sector restructuring in Spain”. IASTED International Conference on Power and Energy Systems, Clearwater Beach, Fl, USA, November 2004 (Chair on Demand Response) Associate Editor, since 2000, of the International Journal of Power and Energy Systems (USA).