Emmanuel De Jaeger
Recent publications

is Vice-Dean of the Louvain School of Engineering (Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain) in charge of the relationships with industry.
His research activities are related to Smart Grids, innovative concepts of virtual inertia and frequency containment reserves and their impact on power systems dynamics, active autonomous electricity distribution grids planning, innovative pumped hydro energy storage systems build on specific geologic sites (out of use quarries or underground cavities) and their integration in power systems, Power Quality and EMC in Smart Grids, Microgrids control...
Before holding his current position at the university, Emmanuel was Scientific Director and member of the Management Committee at Laborelec (GDF Suez - Research and Competence Centre in Electrical Power Technology). He has occupied different positions in this organization since 1991, from R&D engineer to Technical Director of the Electricity Grids and End-Use Department.

Research group(s): MEED

PhD and Post-doc researchers under my supervision:

Techno-economic viability of variable-speed pumped-storage hydropower based on centrifugal pumps used as turbines
Thomas Mercier

This research takes place in the frame of SmartWater, a 3.5-year research project funded by the Walloon region, Belgium, and whose goal is to investigate the conversion of former mines and quarries into pumped-storage hydropower (PSH) sites, taking advantage of existing cavities. The project involves several academic and industrial partners, among which Laborelec, Electrabel and Cofely, as well as sponsors, including Ores, Elia, Charmeuse and Ensival-Moret. The SmartWater project is divided in several work packages, ranging from the geological study of potential mines and quarries, to the economical and electromechanical aspects of pumped-storage hydropower.

Adequacy assessment of the belgian power system with the integration of electro-fuels
Aurélia Hernandez

The main goal of the project BEST is to study the contribution of synthetic and electro-fuels to the Belgian energy system.

With the decentralization of the energy production and storage, it can be expected that future power system will consist of big producers, big consumers, and quasi-autonomous areas representing the distribution grids. These latter are named in such a way because from the transmission network point of view, they are no longer seen as passive loads, but mainly neutral and now and then pulling or injecting power.

From this, it can be stated that the contribution of synthetic and electro-fuels will be studied on a future power system composed as mentioned previously by big consumers, big producers and quasi autonomous areas representing the distribution grid.

This PhD focuses on the power electric system part and more precisely on the adequacy assessment of future power systems where electro-fuels will be integrated.

“Adequacy is a way of measuring weather a power system meets the expected supply requirements of electrical energy at a certain point in time.”

Control of grid connected medium voltage DC micro-grids
Eduardo Rene Vasquez Mayen

Micro-grids allow the connection of renewable energies while being able to compensate for the variation in generation and thus avoid disrupting the end user or the main grid. Using DC voltage instead of AC proposes several advantages for micro-grids as less conversion losses can lead to a higher efficiency. The stability and control of mid voltage micro-grids is studied as their implementation and standardization is still in development.

The Impact of the Integration of Electrofuels in the Belgian Energy System on the Electric Power System Dynamics
Cyril Cousein

The goal of this thesis will be to study the dynamics and the stability of the future electrical power system of Belgium, because of penetration of renewables. Several scenarios regarding the evolution of the power grid will be studied. There will be specific attention for the impact of integrating power-to-fuel and fuel-to-power units into the grid, both centralized and decentralized, as well as the impact of reduced grid inertia and reactive power production on frequency and voltage control. For this, the transmission and distribution grid models will be developed, with a focus on the dynamic behavior of quasi-autonomous areas. Finally, based on these models, an integrated control will be developed that ensures the stability of the future grid.

Stability study of a grid using only renewable energies leading to an exclusive use of power electronics in the system
Quentin Delhaye

In this thesis, a dynamic study is carried out on a PEDS (Power Electronics Dominated System) due to the penetration of renewable energies. Indeed, due to the strong penetration of renewable sources, this leads to a lower inertia of the system. Stability is therefore threatened.
The studied electrical system is based on 100% renewable sources.
Initially, the modeling of electronic power converters will be done. Then, a stability study can be made on the basis of the modeling (for example stability criterion). Finally, the system will be simulated to illustrate the mathematical results found.

Erzen Muharemi

Providing a better understanding of typical converters (MPPT, Inverter/rectifier topologies, control structures) and finally creating accurate models of grid-tied converters. The research is done with the purpose of supraharmonics understanding.

Recent publications

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Journal Articles

1. Vasquez Mayen, Eduardo Rene; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Linearised Bipolar Power Flow for Droop-controlled DC Microgrids. In: 2021 International Conference on Engineering and Emerging Technologies (ICEET), (2021). doi:10.1109/iceet53442.2021.9659746.

2. Vasquez Mayen, Eduardo Rene; De Jaeger, Emmanuel; Wanlongo Ndiwulu, Guy; Lusala, Angelo Kuti. Voltage Unbalance Compensation for Islanded Microgrids with Hybrid Control Approach. In: 2021 International Conference on Engineering and Emerging Technologies (ICEET), (2021). doi:10.1109/iceet53442.2021.9659678.

3. Mercier, Thomas; Hardy, Clément; Van Tichelen, Pierre; Olivier, Mathieu; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Control of variable-speed pumps used as turbines for flexible grid-connected power generation. In: Electric Power Systems Research, Vol. 176, no.105962, p. 9 (2019). doi:10.1016/j.epsr.2019.105962.

4. Martin, Benoît; Feron, Baptiste; De Jaeger, Emmanuel; Glineur, François; Monti, Antonello. Peak shaving: a planning alternative to reduce investment costs in distribution systems?. In: Energy Systems, Vol. 10, p. 871-887 (2019). doi:10.1007/s12667-018-0299-3.

5. Duponcheel, Matthieu; Leroi, Caroline; Zeoli, Stephanie; Winckelmans, Grégoire; Bricteux, Laurent; De Jaeger, Emmanuel; Chatelain, Philippe. Investigation of the complete power conversion chain for small vertical- and horizontal-axis wind turbines in turbulent winds. In: Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 1037, no.1037, p. 072046 (2018). doi:10.1088/1742-6596/1037/7/072046.

6. Mercier, Thomas; Olivier, Mathieu; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Operation ranges and dynamic capabilities of variable-speed pumped-storage hydropower. In: Journal of Physics: Conference Series (Print), Vol. 813, p. 012004 (2017). doi:10.1088/1742-6596/813/1/012004.

7. Matagne, Ernest; Labrique, Francis; Dehez, Bruno; De Jaeger, Emmanuel; Janssens, Noël; ROBERT, Alain. Recherches dans le domaine des systèmes électriques au Laboratoire d'Electrotechnique et d'Instrumentation de l'Ecole Polytechnique de Louvain. In: Revue E tijdschrift, Vol. 124, no. 4, p. 4 (2008).

Conference Papers

1. Wanlongo Ndiwulu, Guy; De Jaeger, Emmanuel; Kuti Lusala, Angelo. Inner Current Control Loop Influence on Islanded Microgrid Dynamic Behavior. In: CIRED Proceedings. p. 1-5 (2019). 2019 xxx.

2. Leroi, Caroline; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Modelling of harmonics produced by Compact Fluorescent Lamps in the frequency range 2-150 kHz. 2019 xxx.

3. Wanlongo Ndiwulu, Guy; De Jaeger, Emmanuel; Kuti Lusala, Angelo. Islanded Microgrid Voltage Control Structure Small-Signal Stability Analysis. In: Proceedings of IEEE PowerTech. p. 1-6 (2019). 2019 xxx. doi:10.1109/PTC.2019.8810896.

4. Leroi, Caroline; De Jaeger, Emmanuel; Cassano, Stefano. Modeling of harmonic propagation of fast DC EV charging station in a Low Voltage network. 2019 xxx.

5. Wanlongo Ndiwulu, Guy; De Jaeger, Emmanuel; Kuti Lusala, Angelo. Local stability performance analysis of islanded microgrid based on inner control loops approach. In: CIRED Proceedings. p. 1-4 (2018). 2018 xxx.

6. Martin, Benoît; Glineur, François; De Rua, Philippe; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Loss reduction in a windfarm participating in primary voltage control using an extension of the Convex DistFlow OPF. In: Proceedings of the 20th Power Systems Computation Conference, IEEE, 2018, 978-1-910963-10-4 xxx. doi:10.23919/PSCC.2018.8442758.

7. Duponcheel, Matthieu; Leroi, Caroline; Zeoli, S.; Winckelmans, Grégoire; Bricteux, L.; De Jaeger, Emmanuel; Chatelain, Philippe. Investigation of the complete power conversion chain for small vertical- and horizontal-axis wind turbines in turbulent winds. 2018 xxx. doi:10.1088/1742-6596/1037/7/072046.

8. Mercier, Thomas; Olivier, Mathieu; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Variable-Speed Pumped Storage Bringing Flexibility to the South African Power System. 2017 xxx.

9. Wanlongo Ndiwulu, Guy; De Jaeger, Emmanuel; Kuti Lusala, Angelo. Inner control loops approach to control the islanded photovoltaic microgrid. In: IEEE Africon Proceedings. p. 1204-1209 (2017). 2017 xxx. doi:10.1109/AFRCON.2017.8095646.

10. Jomaux, Julien; Mercier, Thomas; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Provision of frequency containment reserves with batteries and power-to-heat. 2017 xxx. doi:10.1109/PTC.2017.7980915.

Book Chapters

1. Martin, Benoît; De Jaeger, Emmanuel; Glineur, François; Latiers, Arnaud. A dynamic programming approach to multi-period planning of isolated microgrids. In: Advances in Energy System Optimization (Proceedings of the first International Symposium on Energy System Optimization) , Springer, 2016, p. 123-137. 978-3-319-51794-0. xxx xxx. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-51795-7_8.

2. Matagne, Ernest; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Modeling and Pamameter Determination of the Saturated Synchronous Machine. In: Electrical Actuators, Identification and Observation (Electrical Actuators; xxx), John Wiley & Sons, ISTE Ltd: Great Britain and United States, Chippenham and Eastbourne, 2010, p. 49-117. 978-1-84821-096-7. xxx xxx.

3. Matagne, Ernest; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Modélisation et détermination des paramètres de la machine synchrone saturée. In: Identification et observation des actionneurs électriques 1. Mesures et identification (EGEM; xxx), Lavoisier, Hermès-science: Paris, France, 2007, p. 69-139. 978-2-7462-1544-3. xxx xxx.

Working Papers

1. Latiers, Arnaud; Glineur, François; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Feasible solutions to a non-linear state-dependent delay control problem. 2014. xxx xxx.


1. De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Modélisation des machines synchrones saturées, prom. : Garrido Da Silva, Manuel, 1991.