Dr Pietro Tricoli Dott-Ing, PhD, FHEA, MIEEE, MEI

Dr Pietro Tricoli

Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Reader in Power Electronics Systems

Contact details

Address
Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems
Engineering
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Pietro Tricoli is a Reader in Power Electronics Systems within the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. He is also a member of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education.

Pietro has over 100 research publications in international scientific journals and conference proceedings, as well as 2 book chapters and 1 university textbook in the fields of power electronics, electric machines and drives.

Qualifications

Reader in Power Electronics Systems:

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy, 2005
  • MEng (cum laude) in Electrical Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy, 2002

Biography

 

Dr Pietro Tricoli received the MEng (cum laude) and the PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in 2002 and 2005, respectively.

He was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, in 2005. In 2006, he was also a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan. From 2006 to 2011 he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy. He is currently a Reader in Power Electronics Systems in the Department of Electronic, Electrical, and Systems Engineering at the University of Birmingham. His research is supported by EPSRC, EU, Innovate UK and industry. He is the author of more than 100 scientific papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include energy storage for road electric vehicles and railways, wind and photovoltaic generation, and the modelling of switching power converters.

Dr. Tricoli is a member of IEEE, the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) and the Energy Institute.

Teaching

 

Teaching Programmes

  • Lectures BEng/MEng3 Power Electronics and Power Systems
  • Lectures BEng/MEng3 Mechatronic Design

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Pietro Tricoli is happy to supervise prospective postgraduate students in the field of power electronics and its application to renewable sources, energy storage and transport. Please get in touch via e-mail if you are interested in a postgraduate research programme in these areas.

Research

Research interests

My research activity mainly focuses on the modelling, analysis and control of power electronics applied to electrical drives, renewable energy sources and energy storage. Research in this area presents a multidisciplinary nature and this is, at the same time, fascinating and challenging. Electrical drive practical design requires always good knowledge on the fundamentals of solid state and electromechanical conversion theory, control theory, system theory, digital simulation, and DSP programming.

Current research themes

  • Motor drives for railway and road electric vehicles
  • Power converters for hydrogen and battery trains
  • Power converters for energy storage
  • Power converters for renewable power sources
  • Power converters for electric vehicle charging points

Other activities

  • Deputy Editor-in-chief of IET Journal Renewable Power sources
  • Web & Publication Chair of the IEEE International Conference “Clean Electrical Power”
  • General Chair of the 16th International Conference on Compatibility, Power Electronics, and Power Engineering (CPE-POWERENG) 2022.
  • Member of the IET Midland Power Group
  • Registered professional engineer in Italy

Publications

Selected publications

  • I. Krastev and P. Tricoli, “Boost multilevel cascade inverter for hydrogen fuel cell light railway vehicles”, IEEE Trans. Ind. Electron., in press.
  • T. Moore, F. Schmid, and P. Tricoli, “Voltage transient management for Alternating Current trains with vacuum circuit breakers”, IET Electr. Sys. in Transportation, in press.
  • M. Quraan, M. S. Abu-Khaizaran, J. Saed, W. Hashlamoun, and P. Tricoli, “Design and control of battery charger for electric vehicles using modular multilevel converter”, IET Power Electron., vol. 14, issue 1, pp. 140 157, Jan. 2021.
  • X. Fang, Z. Tian, Z. Yang, F. Lin, and P. Tricoli “A Simple Current Control of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machines for Railway Traction Operating in Six-Steps”, IET Electr. Power Appl., vol. 14, issue 13, pp. 2640 2647, Dec. 2020.
  • D. De Simone, L. Piegari, P. Tricoli, and S. D’Arco, “Windowed PWM: a configurable modulation scheme for modular multilevel converter-based traction drives”, IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 35, no. 9, pp. 9729 9738, Sep. 2020.
  • X. Sun, Z. Tian, Y. Rao, Z. Li, and P. Tricoli, “Probabilistic available transfer capability assessment in power systems with wind power integration”, IET Renew. Power Gener., vol. 14, issue 11, pp. 1912 1920, Aug. 2020.
  • X. Jiang, H. Hu, X. Yang, Z. He, Q. Qian, and P. Tricoli, “Analysis and adaptive mitigation scheme of low-frequency oscillations in railway traction power systems”, IEEE Trans. Transportation Electrification, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 715 726, Sep. 2019.
  • G. Zhang, Z. Tian, P. Tricoli, S. Hillmansen, Y. Wang, and Z. Liu, “Inverter operating characteristics optimization for DC traction power supply systems”, IEEE Trans. Veh. Technol., vol. 68, no. 4, pp. 3400 3410, Apr. 2019.
  • S. D’Arco, L. Piegari, and P. Tricoli, “Comparative Analysis of Topologies to Integrate Photovoltaic Sources in the Feeder Stations of ac Railways”, IEEE Trans. Transportation Electrification, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 951 960, Dec. 2018.
  • R. Moeini, P. Tricoli, H. Hemida and C. Baniotopoulos, “Increasing the reliability of wind turbines using condition monitoring of semiconductor devices: a review”, IET Renew. Power Gener., vol 12, issue 2, pp. 182 189, Feb. 2018.
  • M. Quraan, P. Tricoli, S. D’Arco, and L. Piegari, “Efficiency assessment of modular multilevel converters for battery electric vehicles”, IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 2041 2015, Mar. 2017.
  • M. Ochoa Gimenez, S. D'Arco, L. Piegari, and P. Tricoli, “Harmonics and inter-harmonics compensation with active front-end converters based only on local voltage measurements”, IEEE Trans. Ind. Electron., vol. 64, no. 1, pp. 796 805, Jan. 2017.
  • P. Thounthong, S. Sikkabut, P. Mungporn, C. Ekkaravarodome, N. Bizon, P. Tricoli, B. Nahid-Mobarakeh, S. Pierfederici, B. Davat, “Control of high-energy high-power densities storage devices by li-ion battery and supercapacitor for fuel cell/photovoltaic hybrid power plant for autonomous system applications”, IEEE Trans. Ind. Appl., vol. 52, no. 5, pp. 4395 4407, Sep./Oct. 2016.
  • M. Chen, Q. Li, C. Roberts, S. Hillmansen, P. Tricoli, N. Zhao, and I. Krastev, “Modelling and performance analysis of advanced combined co-phase traction power supply system in electrified railway”, IET Gener. Transm. Distrib., vol. 10, issue 4, pp. 906 916, Mar. 2016.
  • M. Quraan, T. Yeo, and P. Tricoli, “Design and control of modular multilevel converters for battery electric vehicles”, IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 507 517, Jan. 2016.
  • T. Ratniyomchai, S. Hillmansen, and P. Tricoli, “The recent developments and applications of energy storage devices in electrified railways”, IET Electr. Sys. in Transportation, vol. 4, issue 1, pp. 9 20, Mar. 2014.
  • D. Iannuzzi and P. Tricoli, “Speed-based state of charge tracking control for metro-trains with onboard supercapacitors”, IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 2129 2140, Apr. 2012.
  • P. Tenca, A.A. Rockhill, T.A. Lipo, and P. Tricoli, “Current source topology for wind turbines with decreased mains current harmonics, further reducible via functional minimization”, IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 1143 1155, May 2008.
  • S. D’Arco, D. Iannuzzi, E. Pagano, and P. Tricoli, “Analysis of active filter behaviour by means of modified z-transform method”, IEE Proc. Elect. Power Appl., vol. 152, issue 3, pp. 695 702, May 2005.

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