Mousa Marzband

Title: Post Doctoral Researcher
Role: Researcher
Location: University College Cork
Phone: +353 (0)21 486 4365


Mousa is a Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate at MaREI where he is working as a researcher in the Offshore Renewable Energy Technology group. His main role is to deliver the CREDENCE project in addition to other ongoing national and EU projects. The main purpose of this project is to design, develop and test a highly reliable electrical generation system suitable for home microgrid applications using the Lir National Ocean Test Facility. Research interests include power systems, energy economics, market design, renewable energy integration, optimization and game-theoretic modelling.

Current Activities

  • Multi-energy modelling of flexible distributed energy resources (generation, storage and demand) with particular focus on electro-thermal resources (heat pumps, combined heat and power etc.).
  • Modelling of thermal inertia of home Microgrid components, multi-criteria optimisation (cost, carbon) and development of various energy system business cases (energy cost minimisation, grid fee minimisation, mature and new ancillary service revenue maximisation).
  • Involvement in design considerations and implementations of advance power technologies to fully utilize the market operations and reliability of the grid through the use of power systems.
  • Providing expertise on studies and acting as project coordinator in the design, engineering, and testing of market software.
  • Working on complex engineering, market structure, and optimization assignments.
  • Supporting grid operators to analyze and explain unit commitment and dispatches continuously and promptly fix and correct any system issues and/or find a workaround to keep operations running reliably.
  • Integrating, enhancing, improving, testing, and supporting day ahead and real-time electricity market, applications as well as other advanced applications related to operations.
  • Performing all functional testing of existing applications and new features added in the domain of day ahead and real-time electricity markets.
  • Ensuring complete and accurate documentation of implemented application or modification is developed and maintained to provide permanent records of system component and backup material with a focus on adherence to requirements and compatibility of all segments of the project including the quality of the work done by others.


Since 2011, Mousa has been involved in different research projects at UPC with emphasis on smart grids and microgrids. The research projects worked on at UPC have been supported by Cataluniya Institute for Energy Research, Barcelona, Spain. Since Feb 2014, Mousa joined the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical sciences, Electrical Energy and Power Systems Group, The University of Manchester, as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Co-supervised several M.S. and P.hD. students in collaboration with his Ph.D and postdoctoral project supervisor.

Research interests include microgrid operation and power system analysis, distributed energy storage, hierarchical and cooperative control, optimal energy management systems, power system analysis and power system economic and operation, integration of renewable energies in smart grids, and energy hub management systems. Recently, Mousa has been focused on demand side management for the sake of power system stability enhancement. A member of the Technical Committee of Renewable Energy Systems, and also the IEEE Task Force on Microgrids Stability, Analysis, and Modeling. Mousa’s research findings have been published in 2 books, more than 30 top field journals and more than 10 proceedings of international conferences.

Previous projects

  • NobelGrid project (European Union0s Horizon 2020)
  • Design4Energy project (FP7-2013-NMP-ENV-EeB)
  • COOPERATE project (FP7 project)
  • Sino-Danish


  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, Jan. 2014 (supervisor: Prof. Andreas Sumper).
  • M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems), University of Mazandaran, Babol, Iran, Nov. 2004.
  • B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (Control Systems), Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran, Sep. 2010.

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