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Laboratory for Renewable Energy Systems, University of Zagreb (Croatia)

Laboratory for Renewable Energy Systems, University of Zagreb (Croatia)
Organisation: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Country: Croatia
Contact person(s): Prof. Željko Ban
Position: Associate professor
Phone: +385 1 6129840
Who we are: 

Laboratory performs:

  • R & D of control in Renewable Energy Systems
    • Control of:
      • Wind turbines and wind farms
      • Hydrogen-based energy power sources and storage systems
      • Solar power plants
      • Microgrids and smart grids
      • Energy-efficient buildings
    • Prediction of available energy from renewable sources

  • Education in the domain of control of renewable energy systems

  • Cooperation (interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary) in the area of renewable energy systems engineering

  • Involving students, experts, researchers and scientists into interdisciplinary domain of high technology sustainable development in renewable energy systems
Expertise areas:  Smart buildings ,  Energy efficiency ,  Renewable energy ,  Cooperative / coordinated / multi-agent ,  Coordination ,  Synchronization
Main achievements:

Built set-ups for experimental research in control of:

  • Wind turbines (scaled megawatt class wind turbine in a wind tunnel);
  • Photovoltaic systems (20 kWp of photovoltaic panels, fixed and on two-axes trackers with controllable power electronics and solar irradiance measurements);
  • Hydrogen storage systems (electrolyzer cascaded with metal-hydride tanks and a fuel cell); and
  • Microgrids (wind, solar and hydrogen components integrated through power converters and ICT)
International experience:
  • ACROSS – Centre of Research Excellence for Advanced Cooperative Systems (2011-2015), FP7-CSA, FER coordinator
  • AEOLUS - Distributed Control of Large‐Scale Offshore Wind Farms (2008 –2011) (STREP) – FP7, partner, coordinator: Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Solar Irradiance, Wind Speed and Wind Turbine Models for the Design and Control of Hybrid Power Systems (2009) – Project financed by United Technologies Research Center, Hartford, USA
  • Research on the full digital control system of the novel Switched Reluctance servo motor drive (2006-2007) – Bilateral project with China University of Mining & Technology, Xuzhou, China
  • Advanced Control Techniques in Electromechanical Systems (2008-2009) – Bilateral Project with Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Automation and Applied Informatics, Budapest, Hungary
  • Research on the Pivotal Technology of the Novel Linear Generator System for Oceanic Tidal and Wave Energy Generate Electricity (2008-2009) – Bilateral project with China University of Mining & Technology, Xuzhou, China
  • MONGS - Monitoring of Wind Turbine Generator Systems (2010-2012) - PLUS,(partner) coordinator: Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Collaboration interest:
  • Joint R&D proposals
  • Bilateral/multilateral projects
  • Planning energy sources solution for end-users
  • Transfer of knowledge
  • Student exchange/secondments
  • PhD Students exchange
Additional information:

Number of researchers: 14