MY BIO

I'm a chartered power systems engineer and academic researcher working on solving the future challenges facing power systems. This requires advanced modelling and analysis techniques but also a detailed understanding of the practical realities and constraints that exist in electrical networks. My background means I can deliver cutting edge solutions for real power systems.

Dr Robin Preece is a Reader in Future Power Systems in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester, where he has been an academic since July 2014. Since then, he has helped to secure over £6 million in research funding for The University of Manchester. Dr Preece has published more than 90 international peer-reviewed papers in numerous different top-tier journals. His research is focussed on the dynamic stability of power systems with large quantities of power electronics and in quantifying the impacts of uncertainties and variability on network performance. He has presented his research at major international conferences hosted by the IET, IEEE, IFAC, and Cigré. 

THE OFFICIAL BIO

ACADEMIC CAREER

READER IN FUTURE POWER SYSTEMS

The University of Manchester

July 2022 - Present

  • I'm currently supervising 5 PhD students, have graduated 5 already, and have supervised more than 30 MSc students through their research projects (all working on these research topics).

  • I'm working on a number of different research projects at the moment and have already completed a few more (details here).

  • I teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses on power systems analysis and dynamic performance and have visited industrial companies to deliver seminars and lectures on these topics as well.

SENIOR LECTURER IN FUTURE POWER SYSTEMS

The University of Manchester

July 2018 - July 2022

LECTURER IN FUTURE POWER SYSTEMS

The University of Manchester

July 2014 - July 2018

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

The University of Manchester

January 2013 - June 2014

  • I worked on an EPSRC project about quantifying the dynamic stability risks in uncertain mixed AC/DC power networks.

  • I was investigating the effects of modern technologies, large renewable energy resources, and system uncertainties on power system dynamic performance.

PHD

The University of Manchester

September 2009 - December 2013

  • My PhD was funded by EPSRC and National Grid Electricity Transmission.

  • I was researching power system stability analysis, HVDC modelling, controller design, and optimised multi-dimensional sampling.

A Probabilistic Approach to Improving the Stability of Meshed Power Networks with Embedded HVDC Lines

BENG (HONS) ELECTRICAL & ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING WITH INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE

The University of Manchester

September 2005 - June 2009

  • I graduated as the top student in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

  • I was sponsored by EDF Energy Networks through the IET Power Academy scheme throughout my degree.

INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE

TECHNICAL PANEL MEMBER

Northen Powergrid

June 2020 - Present

  • I sit on the technical panel for Northern Powergrid, scrutinising their submission to Ofgem for the RIIO ED2 price control period. 

  • I provide technical review and support the development of the submission to ensure it balances risk and value for customers and that it includes comprehensive technical justifications. 

CONSULTANT (PART-TIME)

Electricity North West, Manchester

February 2012 - June 2014

  • I've completed consultancy projects analysing fault data from across the network and looking into the advanced dynamic control of machines in order to limit fault current.

  • One project acted as a feasibility study which has since led to a successful £6M OfGEM Low Carbon Network Fund project for Electricity North West.

ELECTRICAL DESIGN TECHNICIAN

EDF Energy Networks, Crawley

September 2007 - June 2008

  • I produced technical standards on electrical substation earthing and national guidance on substation flood protection to reduce environmental impacts and electrical system damage.

GET IN TOUCH

If you're interested in anything I've worked on already or if you have some exciting new ideas and want to work together, get in touch using the details below.