Raza is from Pakistan and is the ESR at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Before joining the MEDOW project, he had been studying and working in Germany since 2008. He completed a Master of Science in Power Engineering at Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus where he developed an interest in electrical generation via renewable sources, in particular wind power.
During his MSc, Raza did an internship at wind farm developer Siemens AG in Erlangen where he had responsibility for designing and developing the AC-AC converter model for stability analysis simulation of wind turbines. This helped him to steer his research towards grid integration of large offshore wind farms. He completed his MSc thesis in collaboration with RWE Innogy and on the topic of dynamic modeling and stability analysis of VSC-HVDC for grid connected large-scale offshore wind.
After his MSc, Raza worked at DIgSILENT GmbH as an Application Development Engineer. He was involved in development of PowerFactory software and its modules, particularly stability simulation module, power system network planning and distribution network tools and load flow calculation.
His research interests include power system stability and control, design and development of new technology for wind energy integration, power system simulation and software design.
Raza is expecting that the wide range of training and interaction with industry that he will receive as part of the MEDOW project will allow him to build on his existing research experience and interests and to develop a research career in the field of renewable energy.
His MEDOW project will focus on control of multi-terminal HVDC systems for offshore wind with an aim to develop and apply dynamic control systems for M-HVDC.
Independently of his MEDOW work, Raza has written a chapter for a book on ‘PowerFactory Applications for Power System Analysis‘ which was published in January 2015.