Scholar Activities Intake 2023-2025

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Attendace to the conferences is open to the academic community and REM+ associate partners.

  • 18/04/2024. A. Shekhar “Reliable Power Electronic Systems”
  • 17/06/2024. J. Henriques “Balances of physical quantities with applications to renewable energies”
  • 18/06/2024. J. Henriques “Symplifiying Complexity Using Dimensional Analysis”
  • 18/06/2024. T. Vyzikas “Numerical tools for the modelling of water waves and extreme waves”
  • 18/06/2024. F. Tejero “Data driven methods for engineering applications”
  • 19/06/2024. F. Tejero “Data driven methods for engineering applications”
  • 19/06/2024. T. Vyzikas “Climate and energy policies related to Marine Renewable Energy & Career paths for engineers”
  • 19/06/2024. P. Ricci “Design and development of offshore renewable farms”
  • 20/06/2024. P. Ricci “Design and development of offshore renewable farms”
  • 20/06/2024. J. Davidson “Numerical Wave Tank testing for Marine Renewable Energy Device”

Aditya Shekhar is Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in the field of Reliable Power Electronic Systems in Delft University of Technology since 2021 and developed the Power Electronics and Reliability Lab (The PEARL) where accelerated lifetime tests of power electronic modules can be performed. He completed his Phd in the topic of Reconfigurable DC Links from the same university in 2020. He has 15 Journals and  more than 30 conference papers on several research topics such as reliable power electronics, capacity enhanced medium voltage dc grids, smart charging of electric vehicles, modular multilevel converters, partial discharges in cables, series arc protection in dc micro-grids, wireless EV charging and solar roads.

João C. C. Henriques was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1969. He received the Diploma in Mechanical Engineering in 1993, the M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996, and the Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2006, all from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon (presently University of Lisbon). From 1993 to 2007, his main research topic was the development of numerical methods for simulating high-speed compressible flow. Since 2008, his main areas of research are the numerical and experimental modelling of wave energy converters (WECs), control of the power take-off system of WECs and the aerodynamic design of air turbines for oscillating water column WECs. He published 40 papers in peer-refereed journals. He also holds five patents, four in the field of wave energy and another in wind power. He participated in eight European projects in the area of wave energy. Presently is a Principal Investigator at Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica (IDMEC) and an Assistant Professor at IST.

Tomas Vyzikas was born in Kavala, Greece, in 1987. He has a background in Civil Engineering with research expertise in fluid mechanics, numerical modelling and application on marine structures, coastal engineering and ocean energy. Currently he is panel coordinator and project offcier at Horizon Europ, in the Research Energy Agency of the European Commisson. He works as a coordinator of the ENG panel of MSCA programme supporting doctoral training, research and innovation in the fields of climate mitigation & adaptation, contributing to the achievement of the European Green Deal. He teaches Climate Change impacts, mitigation and adaptation at the Open University of Cyprus.

Fernando Tejero was awarded a 5-year full-time diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 2011. Upon the successful completion of his postgraduate studies, he pursued a PhD in the topic of Flow Control in Aeronautics at the “Institute of Fluid Flow Machinery – Polish Academy of Sciences” in 2015. Fernando is involved in a wide range of research areas: computational fluid dynamics, numerical methods, multidisciplinary design optimization, data-driven methods and machine learning. He has an international standing built upon a well-established research track record and has been involved in research projects within the FP7 EU and Horizon 2020 programmes.As part of his teaching activities, Dr. Tejero is leading the CFD for gas turbine module which is part of the Thermal Power MSc programme. He is also the module leader for the Thermofluids course within premaster’s in Engineering. Dr. Tejero has received several fellowships throughout his career. This includes two grants for young researchers approved by the Spanish government and a Marie Curie fellowship to undertake his doctoral studies.

Pierpaolo Ricci is Chartered Engineer with more than fifteen years of experience in the marine and offshore industry. He has a MsC in mechanical engineering from the University of Bologna and a PhD in mechanical engineering from Instituto Superior Tecnico, University of Lisbon.  Dr. Ricci has cutting edge research experience in the offshore renewables and hands-on industry experience of design, construction and installation of floating structures. He has held several positions in Tecnalia, Global Matitime Consultancy, Orwell Offshore and Tadek Offshore. Currently, he works in SSE Renewables as Floating Wind Technical Authority.

Dr Josh Davidson is from Townsville, Australia, where he studied at James Cook University, earning a First Class Honours degree and a PhD in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. He served as the Deputy Director at the Centre for Ocean Energy Research (COER), Maynooth University, Ireland, working on nonlinear hydrodynamic modelling and control of wave energy converters and the development of Computation Fluid Dynamics based Numerical Wave Tanks. He was the Committee Chair for the International Network on Offshore Renewable Energy (INORE). He is currently a Research Fellow at the Dept of Fluid Mechanics at Budapest University of Technology and Economics supported by an EU grant for the project Nonlinear Rock and Roll – Modelling and Control of Parametric Resonance in Wave Energy Converters.



Aerodynamic shape optimization is a complex task due to thehigh dimensionality of theproblem, the associated non-linearity and its large computational cost. These threeaspects have an impact on the overall time of the optimization routine. For this reason, emerging methods are being developed to accelerate the design process. They include advanced geometry parameterizations, low order modeling (e.g. Kriging interpolation or neural networks), dimensionality reduction and multi-fidelity techniques. The proposed activities for this scholarship will cover the main mathematical aspects of these methods and worked examples for aeronautical applications.

The activity consists of four presentations that address the following topics:

1) “Introduction” (1h)

– Motivation
– Focus
– Challenges
– Opportunities & direction

2) “Failure modes and condition monitoring” (1h)

– Components in power electronic systems
– Failure modes of power electronic switches
– Condition monitoring

3) “Converter reliability” (1h)

– Components to systems
– Reliability block diagram
– Mission profile based component stresses

4) “MMC reliability” (1h)

– Block diagram of MMC
– Reliability of MMC
– Impact of redundancy

Lectures’ timetable:
April 18 (15h00 to 17h00) Lect. 1 & 2
April 18 (17h30 to 19h30) Lect. 3 & 4


Lecture timetable: June 18 (08h30 to 11h00)


Lectures’ timetable:

June 18 (15h30 to 18h00) Lect. 1
June 19 (08h30 to 11h00) Lect. 2


Lectures’ timetable:

June 19 (15h30 to 18h00) Lect. 1
June 20 (08h30 to 11h00) Lect. 2


Lecture timetable: June 19 (11h30 to 14h00)


Lectures’ timetable:

June 20 (11h30 to 14h00) Lect. 1
June 20 (15h30 to 18h00) Lect. 2

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[last update = 05/16/2024]