Dr Derrick Holliday


Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I joined the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2011, and am a member of the Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Conversion (PEDEC) research group.  My research is based around power converters, with a focus on high-power applications.  My teaching encompasses power electronics, electrical machines and drives.


Active-forced-commutated bridge using hybrid devices for high efficiency voltage source converters
Li Peng, Finney Stephen J., Holliday Derrick
IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics Vol 32, pp. 2485-2489, (2017)
MMC with parallel-connected MOSFETs as an alternative to wide bandgap converters for LVDC distribution networks
Zhong Yanni, Roscoe Nina M., Holliday Derrick, Finney Stephen J.
Journal of Engineering, (2017)
Simulation study of FACTS devices based on AC-AC modular multilevel hexagonal chopper
Li Peng, Adam Grain P., Holliday Derrick, Finney Stephen J., Williams Barry W.
IET Power Electronics, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1049/iet-pel.2016.0582
Cascaded commutation circuit for a hybrid DC breaker with dynamic control on fault current and DC breaker voltage
Shan Yunhai, Lim Tee C., Finney Stephen J., Guang Weixiao, Williams Barry W., Holliday Derrick, Ding Xiao
IET Power Electronics, (2017)
Controlled transition full-bridge hybrid multilevel converter with chain-links of full-bridge cells
Li Peng, Adam Grain Philip, Holliday Derrick, Williams Barry
IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics Vol 32, pp. 23-38, (2017)
Plug-in repetitive control strategy for high-order wide output range impedance source converters
Wang Yachao, Badawy Ahmed, Holliday Derrick, Williams Barry W.
IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, (2016)

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My main contribution to teaching is in the areas of electrical machines, drives and control.  I deliver lecture series at 4th year, 5th year and MSc levels:

  • EE466/EE966  Power Electronics, Machines & Applications
  • EE575/EE975  Power Electronics for Energy and Drive Control

I also lecture on the subject of electrical machines to 1st year PhD students in the Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Wind Energy.

I supervise individual and group projects at 3rd year, 4th year, 5the year and MSc levels.

Research interests

Current research interests include modelling and control of power converters for HVDC applications.

Professional activities

IET International Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference 2016
IET Power Electronics (Journal)
Editorial board member
7th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives PEMD 2014
Photovoltaic Systems: Electrical Engineering Challenges
The Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research (SISER) aims to enhance collaboration in the area of solar technologies - both within Scotland and internationally - as well as providing a expertise and facilities to support up-and-coming R&D and future commercialisation in the field.
6th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives PEMD 2012
Member of programme committee

more professional activities


DC Grid for Empowering PV Generation in Qatar
Williams, Barry (Principal Investigator) Holliday, Derrick (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2017 - 01-Feb-2020
Power Networks Research Academy (PNRA) - Epsrc Contribution | Watson, Gordon
Finney, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Holliday, Derrick (Co-investigator) Watson, Gordon (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2011 - 18-Sep-2015
Energy Networks Grand Challenge: Top And Tail Infrastuctures | Zhong, Yanni
Finney, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Holliday, Derrick (Co-investigator) Zhong, Yanni (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 01-Oct-2015
Energy Networks Grand Challenge: Top And Tail Infrastuctures | Page, Frederick
Finney, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Holliday, Derrick (Co-investigator) Page, Frederick (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 02-May-2016
Doctoral training centre in wind energy systems | Lian, Yiqing
Finney, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Holliday, Derrick (Co-investigator) Lian, Yiqing (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 15-May-2016
PROMOTioN - Progress on Meshed HVDC Offshore Transmission Networks H2020 SC3 Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy
Xu, Lie (Principal Investigator) Bell, Keith (Co-investigator) Finney, Stephen (Co-investigator) Holliday, Derrick (Co-investigator) MacIver, Callum (Researcher)
Period 01-Jan-2016 - 31-Dec-2019

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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