Get to know David Cabezuelo from Mondragon Unibertsitatea!
Currently, he is working as a lecturer and researcher at the Mondragon Unibertsitatea. Formerly he was part of the Applied Electronics Research Team (APERT) at the University of the Basque Country, where he was working as a lecturer and researcher and towards his PhD. His research areas are oriented towards the development of advanced control and energy management techniques for ac, dc and hybrid systems dominated by electronic converters systems dominated by electronic converters, and the integration of distributed generation and energy storage systems into the grid.
What was your original motivation to become a researcher/project manager?
I never thought of going into research, I started my PhD out of inertia when I was presented with an opportunity to continue working on the same topic that I covered in my master’s degree. However, I have changed my engineering speciality several times in my life and I have discovered that I like to learn new things and pass them on to others, so I feel comfortable in my current position as a researcher and university lecturer.
What is your (main) research area today?
My research areas are oriented towards the development of advanced control and energy management techniques for ac, dc and hybrid systems dominated by electronic converters systems dominated by electronic converters, and the integration of distributed generation and energy storage systems into the grid. However, I am also comfortable in the area of control and modulation of SRM motors for electric vehicles, as this was the subject of my PhD.
What is the main focus of your team in iSTORMY?
We are focused on the development of EMS, both the overall system itself and the specifics of the individual Use Cases. We coordinate the work package in which the EMS is developed, the algorithm that seeks to extend the lifetime of the system as an alternative to the basic EMS, and the possible commercial applications of the system once it is scaled up to a larger range than the current prototype.
Could you describe your favourite moment/satisfaction when working for the project and – more in general – for your organisation?
I believe that the greatest moment of satisfaction has not yet come, as I foresee it will be when we see all the separately developed pieces working as a single system all together. I believe in the project, in the people who are part of it, and I know that the end will be an ecstasy of collective happiness.
How do you expect iSTORMY results will affect your organisation and the energy storage sector?
The project is already yielding results, as we have been able to meet very good researchers from all over Europe, and this enriches and strengthens the collective knowledge. However, on a more concrete level, both the prototype and the knowledge developed will serve as a basis to help the European energy transformation, which gives us the energy to go all the way.
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