PhD & Masters Students

Valentin Rigoni

Distributed Energy Resources

Biography: Valentin Rigoni graduated with honours from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (Argentina) in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. He holds a MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Italy). His Master’s thesis title was “Statistical characterization of LV feeders and impact assessment of Low Carbon Technologies” and was pursued in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of The University of Manchester under the supervision of Dr. Luis Nando Ochoa and Dr. Gianfranco Chicco. He has developed himself as Project Engineer in different companies in Argentina working in HV/MV substations and distribution networks. He commenced his PhD in the Electricity Research Centre (ERC) in September 2015 under the supervision of Dr Andrew Keane.

Project:  Characterisation and quantification of the contribution which Distributed Energy Resources (DER) can make taking into account their characteristics, penetration levels, loading patterns, network constraints and location. Investigation of optimal control strategies for maximising the system benefits considering centralised and decentralised approaches. Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) to determine optimal investment paths for network reinforcement considering role of smart grid technologies and the role of ancillary service payments in DER viability.


V. Rigoni, L.F. Ochoa, G. Chicco, A. Navarro-Espinosa, T. Gozel, “Representative Residential LV Feeders: A case study for the North West of England”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems

V. Rigoni, L. F. Ochoa, “ENWL LV Network Solutions - Deliverable 3.7 Characterisation of LV Networks (Appendix J)”