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Development and Validation of Distributed Generation Management at Cusomer sites for service provision through Virtual Power Plant Concept

Jibran contributed to the development of replicable solutions for optimal management of distributed energy resources, coordinated with larger generation assets, enabling the provision of energy services to the ancillary services market (in particular for reactive power service provision), following a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) concept.

The objective is the deployment of replicable solutions and of optimal management of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in Low-Medium Voltage Network, for energy service provision to regulated and liberalized actors of power system, through the VPP concept, which aggregates DER through advanced ICT. The identified architecture is based on European Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM), and implement service definition, provision and validation, allowing customer active participation in the electric markets. Validation of architecture and algorithms in a real context is expected, together will best practices definition for VPP deployment.


1st secondment

University of Genova (05.2017 – 12.2017)

2nd secondment

Laboratoire Nationale d’Essais (06.2018 – 07.2018)


  • Overview on FCR and aFRR control reserve markets in European countries
  • Identification of KPI to evaluate performance of flywheel to provide services to the grid
  • training on leading simulation tool (Digsilent), more towards dynamic simulations
  • Modelling and simulation of a Storage System as a Stand Alone portfolio element of an aggregator. The storage in question will be stairs MW (10.5 MW) and connected directly to the transmission network for the provision of services (primary regulation, secondary and tertiary)
  • modelling and simulation of technologies and systems (eg FACTS: SVC and STATCOM) to be integrated to conventional plants (COAL and CCGT) in order to increase the capability for the provision of voltage regulation services through reactive power
  • 11 publications and a quality thesis

Thesis title

Distributed Generation Management through Virtual Power Plant (VPP) Concept


  • “Reactive power provision to TSO/DSO by aggregators and conventional generators”. Jibran Ali, Stefano Massucco, Giacomo Petretto (2017 IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm)) [Repository Link: https://zenodo.org/record/3891219]
  • “Participation of Customers to Virtual Power Plants for Reactive Power Provision”. Jibran Ali, Stefano Massucco, Federico Silvestro, Andrea Vinci (2018 53rd International Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC)) [Repository Link: https://zenodo.org/record/3891259]
  • “Aggregation Strategy for Reactive Power Compensation Techniques—Validation”. Jibran Ali, Stefano Massucco, Federico Silvestro (Energies) [Repository Link: https://zenodo.org/record/3891631]
  • “Architecture of Virtual Power Plant for Ancillary Services”. Jibran. Ali, Stefano. Massucco, and Federico. Silvestro, (CIRED 2018 Ljubljana Workshop on Microgrids and Local Energy Communities) [Repository Link: https://zenodo.org/record/3891603]
  • “Distribution Level Aggregator Platform for DSO Support—Integration of Storage, Demand Response, and Renewables”. Jibran Ali, Stefano Massucco, Federico Silvestro (Frontiers in Energy Research) [Repository Link: https://zenodo.org/record/3891609]
  • “Coordinated Control Mechanism for Voltage Stability Utilizing Aggregation of Reactive Power Compensation Techniques”. Jibran Ali (2018 IEEE International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering and 2018 IEEE Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Europe (EEEIC / I&CPS Europe)) [Repository Link: https://zenodo.org/record/3891128]
  • “Conventional Power Plants to TSO Frequency Containment Reserves – A Competitive Analysis for Virtual Power Plant’s Role”. Jibran Ali, Federico Silvestro (2019 IEEE 5th International forum on Research and Technology for Society and Industry (RTSI)) [Repository Link: https://zenodo.org/record/3891366]
  • “Virtual Power Plant for Improving Power System Protection Issues: Solution to the Problem of Power System Reliability under Distributed Energy Resources”. Jibran Ali, Federico Silvestro, Mahmood Jamil (2018 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC)) [Repository Link: https://zenodo.org/record/3891348]
  • “Flexibility to DSO by VPP – Benefits, Regulatory Barriers, and Potential Solutions”. Jibran. Ali, Stefano. Massucco, and Federico. Silvestro (CIRED) [Repository Link: https://zenodo.org/record/3891622]
  • “STATCOM Application for Voltage Profiling of a Distribution Grid with High Penetration of Distributed Energy Resources”. J. Ali, S. Massucco, F. Silvestro (Mediterranean Conference on Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Energy Conversion (MEDPOWER 2018)) [Repository Link: https://zenodo.org/record/3891386]

Current position

Researcher at the heart of the North Carolina State University


Jibran Ali

Master of Science in Energy Engineering and Management


Dr. Ing. Giacomo Petretto

Host Institution