Dr Rafael Pena Alzola

Senior Lecturer

Electronic and Electrical Engineering


Personal statement

Rafael Peña-Alzola received the combined licentiate and M.Sc. degree in industrial engineering from the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain, in 2001, and the Ph.D. degree from the National University for Distance Learning (UNED), Madrid, Spain, in 2011. He has worked as an electrical engineer for several companies in Spain. From September 2012 to July 2013, he was Guest Postdoc at the Department of Energy Technology at Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark. From August 2014 to December 2016, he was Postdoc Research Fellow at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. From January 2017 to May 2017, he was with the University of Alcalá in Madrid, Spain for a short-term industrial collaboration. Since June 2017, he is with the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK initially as Research Fellow and since 2019, as a Lecturer within the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Electrical Power Systems, Institute for Energy and Environment. His research interests are energy storage, LCL-filters, solid-state transformers, power electronics for hybrid electric aircraft and innovative control techniques for power converters. He is an IEEE Senior Member and Associate Editor of the IEEE Open Journal of Power Electronics.

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Adaptive Smith predictor for enhanced stability of power hardware-in-the-loop setups
Feng Zhiwang, Peña-Alzola Rafael, Syed Mazheruddin H, Norman Patrick J, Burt Graeme M
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics Vol 70, pp. 10204-10214 (2023)
Characterizing semiconductor devices for all-electric aircraft
El-Wakeel Abdelrahman, McNeill Neville, Pena Alzola Rafael, Galla Gowtham, Surapaneni Ravi, Ybanez Ludovic, Zhang Min, Yuan Weijia
IEEE Access Vol 11, pp. 73490-73504 (2023)
System wide reliability impact of power converters in more-electric aircraft applications
Millar Kieran, Fong Kenny, Peña Alzola Rafael, Norman Patrick, Burt Graeme
SAE Technical Papers (2023)
Gate driver circuit with all-magnetic isolation for cascode-connected SiC JFETs in a three-level T-type bridge-leg
McNeill Neville, Vozikis Dimitrios, Peña-Alzola Rafael, Wang Shuren, Pollock Richard, Holliday Derrick, Williams Barry W
Energies Vol 16 (2023)
Current-type power hardware-in-the-loop interface for black-start testing of grid-forming converter
Feng Zhiwang, Alassi Abdulrahman, Syed Mazheruddin Hussain, Pena Alzola Rafael, Ahmed Khaled, Burt Graeme
48th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (2022)
Non-unit distance protection algorithm for multiterminal MMC-HVDC systems using DC capacitor resonance frequency
Lacerda Vinicius, Monaro Renato Machado, Peña Alzola Rafael, Campos-Gaona David, Coury Denis Vinicius
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics Vol 69, pp. 12924-12933 (2022)

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Professional Activities

Current-type Power Hardware-in-the-Loop Interface for Black Start Testing of Grid Forming Converter

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Converter Design Review
Pena Alzola, Rafael (Principal Investigator) Norman, Patrick (Co-investigator)
16-Jan-2023 - 15-Jan-2023
Zero Emissions for Sustainable Transport 1 "ZEST1"
Zhang, Min (Principal Investigator) Pena Alzola, Rafael (Co-investigator) Yuan, Weijia (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2025
Converter prototyping
McNeill, Neville (Principal Investigator) Norman, Patrick (Co-investigator) Pena Alzola, Rafael (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 13-Jan-2019
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Makkieh, Ahmad
Burt, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Pena Alzola, Rafael (Co-investigator) Makkieh, Ahmad (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 29-Jan-2022

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Dr Rafael Pena Alzola
Senior Lecturer
Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Email: rafael.pena-alzola@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 444 7261