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Associate Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Albana ILO

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Technische Universität Wien
Institute for Energy Systems and Electrical Drives
Gußhausstraße 25/370-1
A - 1040 Wien

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Winner of the award "50 most impactful green LEADERS (global listing)"

New Paradigm for Smart Grids

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Research areas and projects

Research areas

  • LINK-Solution
  • Integration of decentralized generation
  • Smart grids and their impact on Transmission and Distribution networks

Industrial research projects

  • Central Volt/Var Control in presence of DG’s (ZUQDE)
  • Flexible electricity network to integrate the expected 'energy evolution' (FENIX)

Industrial projects

  • EMS - Transmission network applications, Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • DMS - Distribution network applications, Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • DMS - Distribution network applications, Linz, Austria
  • DMS - Distribution network applications, Manila, Philippines
  • DMS - Distribution network applications, Budejovice, Czech Republic
  • DMS - Distribution network applications, Košice, Slowakia
  • DMS - Distribution network applications, United Arab Emirates

Research projects

  • Finding the Smart Grid Paradigm and a new architecture to enhance the controllability associated with future power system operation (SmaGPa)


[74] ETIP SNET Position Paper "Smart Sector Integration, towards EU System of Systems: Building blocks, enablers, architectures, regulatory barriers, economic assessment." Drafting team: Ilo A., Oudalov A., Iliceto A., Mataczyńska E., Del Grosso F., Ziegler J., Münster M., Samovich N., Constantinescu N., Pedersen R.; April 2021; 122 S.

[73]  Schultis, D.-L., Petrusic, S., Ilo, A. "Modelling of low voltage grids with high PV share for medium voltage grid analysis." CIRED, 22.-23. September 2020, Berlin, Germany, 1-5.

[72]  Ilo, A. "Use cases in Sector Coupling as part of the LINK-based holistic architecture to increase the grid flexibility." CIRED, 22.-23. September 2020, Berlin, Germany, 1-5.

​[71] Schultis, D.-L. & Ilo, A. "Adaptation of the Current Load Model to Consider Residential Customers Having Turned to LED Lighting". 11th IEEE PES Asia Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC), 1.-4. December 2019, Macao, China, 1-5.

[70] Ilo A. "Design of the Smart Grid Architecture According to Fractal Principles and the Basics of Corresponding Market Structure." Energies 2019, 12, 4153.

​[69] Schultis, D.-L. & Ilo, A. "Behaviour of Distribution Grids with the Highest PV Share Using the Volt/Var Control Chain Strategy." Energies 2019, 12, 3865.

[68]  Ilo, A., Prata, R., Iliceto, A. & Strbac, G. "Embedding of Energy Communities in the unified link-based holistic architecture." CIRED, 3.-6. June 2019, Madrid, Spain, 1-5.

[67]  Schirmer, C., Kloibhofer, L., Groiß, C. & Ilo, A. "Impact of the correct modelling of low voltage grid with high DG share on the medium voltage grid calculations". CIRED, 3.-6. June 2019, Madrid, Spain, 1-5.

[66]  Schultis, D.-L. & Ilo, A. "Response of low voltage grids with connected prosumers to a voltage dip."  CIRED, 3.-6. June 2019, Madrid, Spain, 1-5.

[65]  Rinaldi, R., Losa, I., De Nigris, M., Prata, R., Albu, M., Kumala, A., Samovich, N., Iliceto, A., Amann, G., Pastor, R., Friedl, W., Ilo, A., Maracek, J., Samdham, J., Carrilero-Borbujo, I. "ETIP-SNET Vision 2050 – Integrating smart networks for the energy transition." CIRED, 3.-6. June 2019, Madrid, Spain, 1-4.

[64]   ETIP SNET White Paper, "Holistic architectures for power systems", Drafting team: A. Ilo, R. Prata, G. Strbac, S. Giannelos, G. R. Bissel, A. Kummala, N. Constantinescu, N. Samovich, A. Iliceto, March 2019, p. 1-53.

 [63]    Ilo A., Schultis D.L., "Low-voltage grid behaviour in the presence of concentrated var-sinks and var-compensated customers”, Elsevier, Electric Power Systems Research Journal, Vol. 171, June 2019, p. 54-65.

[62]    Schultis D.L., Ilo A., “A new Volt / var local control strategy in low-voltage grids in the context of the LINK-based holistic architecture”, IEWT, 13.-15. February 2019, Vienna, Austria, p.1-11.

[61]    Schultis D.L., Ilo A., Schirmer C., “Overall performance evaluation of reactive power control strategies in low voltage grids with high prosumer share”, Elsevier, Electric Power Systems Research Journal, Vol. 168, March 2019, p. 336-349.

[60]    Ilo A., "Sicherung der Versorgungssicherheit in der Zukunft: Herausforderungen und Chancen der ganzheitlichen LINK-Lösung", Speech: Energietage: Netzstabilität der Zukunft, 14.-15 November 2018. Vienna, Austria (invited).
[59]    Ilo A., Sustaining Security of Supply in the Future: Challenges and Opportunities of the holistic LINK-Solution", Speech: GPEX 2018 Global Power & Energy Exhibition,
17- 20. September 2018, Barcelona, Spanien (invited).

[58]    Schirmer C.. Ilo A., "The impact of the uncoordinated local control of decentralized generation on the reactive power margin", CIGRE, Paris; 26.08.2018 - 31.08.2018; in: "CIGRE Session 47, SC2 - System Operation and Control", 2018, Paper-Nr. C2-119, 26-31 August, Paris, France, 16 S.

[57]    Ilo A.; Schultis D.-L.; Schirmer C., "Effectiveness of Distributed vs. Concentrated Volt/Var Local Control Strategies in Low-Voltage Grids", Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 1382, p. 1-21.

[56]    Ilo A., Robust holistic architecture for smart power systems”, Round Table, CIRED Workshop, 7-8 June 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenian, (invited).

[55]    Schultis D.L., Ilo A., Schirmer C.,Evaluation of different local var control strategies in low voltage grids”,  CIRED Workshop, 7-8 June 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenian, p. 1-4.

[54]    Ilo A., Schirmer C., Schultis D.L., “Robust holistic architecture for smart power systems”, CIRED Workshop, 7-8 June 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenian, p. 1-4.

[53]    Schirmer C., Kloibhofer L., Ilo A.,  “The effect of highest DG-integration on reactive power exchange with the high voltage grid”, Smart Energy Systems Week Austria (SESWA), 14-18 Mai 2018, Vienna, Austria (Poster).

[52]    Schultis D.L., Ilo A.,  “Discrimination of prosumers by local control of photovoltaic inverters”, Smart Energy Systems Week Austria (SESWA), 14-18 Mai 2018, Vienna, Austria (Poster).

[51]     Ilo A.:  LINK – solution for the decarbonisation of power industry, World CSR Day Congress, 17-18 February 2018, Mumbai, India, (invited).

[50]     Ilo A.:  LINK – technology for a complete Smart Grid solution”, International Conference on Clean Energy for the World's Electricity Grids, 20-22 November 2017, Geneva, Switzerland, (invited).

[49]      Ilo A.: "Demand response process in context of the unified LINK-based architecture". In Bessède, Jean-Luc. Eco-Design in Electrical Engineering Eco-friendly Methodologies, Solutions and Example for Application to Electrical Engineering, 2017, Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelberg Germany. ISBN 978-3-319-58171-2.

[48]      Ilo A.: "Are the Current Smart Grid Concepts Likely to Offer a Complete Smart Grid Solution?";
Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Journal, 8 (2017), 7; p. 252 - 263.

[47]      Ilo A., Torabi-Makshos E., Wötzl G., Gawlik W.: "Behaviour of street lighting feeders supplying traditional and new led lamps"; Poster: Congrès International des Réseaux Electriques de Distribution (CIRED), Glasgow, Scotland; 12. - 15.06.2017; in: "24th International Conference on Electricity Distribution", (2017), Paper-Nr. 0836, p. 1-5.

[46]      Ilo A.: "Austria Electricity Market Model in Contest of the Unified LINK-based Architecture"; Poster: Smart Energy Systems Week Austria 2017, Graz; 15. - 19.05.2017; in: "SESWA17", (2017), 1 p.

[45]      Ilo A.: "Unified LINK-based Architecture for a Complete Smart Grid Solution"; Poster: Smart Energy Systems Week Austria 2017, Graz; 15.- 19.05.2017; in: "SESWA17", (2017), 1 p.

[44]      Ilo A.: ""LINK" provides the paradigm shift for the power grid"; Vortrag: Vienna Energy Forum, Wien (invited); 10.05.2017; in: "Micro-Grids Bringing Mega Change", (2017), p. 1-19.

[43]      Ilo A.:Unified LINK-based architecture - the key to future power systems”, Policy on Emission Reduction and Development of Energy Science and Technology, 16 December 2016, Taipei, Taiwan (invited).

[42]      Ilo A.: „Load Reduction as part of Unified LINK-based Operational Architecture of Smart Power Systems”, 8th Arab-Austrian Economic Forum on Oil and Gas -The Future of Fossil Energy and the Rising Renewable Alternatives, 25 November 2016, Vienna, Austria, (invited).

[41]      Ilo A.:Minimization of exchanged data on the TSO-DSO cross border by application of a new operation architecture”, 2016 CIGRE International Colloquium, 2-3 November, 2016, Philadelphia, USA.

[40]     Ilo A.: „Distributed LINK-based operational architecture – the foundation of power systems of the new electricity age”,International Conference on Power and Energy Engineering - Furtherance of the Future Energy Industry -, 29-30 September, 2016, London, UK, (invited).

[39]     Ilo A.: „A new solution for future power systems”, EMN Smart Grid Technologies Meeting, 16-20 August, 2016 , Berlin, Germany, (invited).

[38]     Ilo A.: A completely new solution for the future power systems”, ICEM6 - towards a big picture, Smart Grids, 14-18 August, 2016 , Inverness, Scotland, UK , (invited).

[37]     Ilo A.: "Effects of the Reactive Power Injection on the Grid - The Rise of the Volt/var Interaction Chain”, Smart Grid and Renewable Energy - Journal - Scientific Research Publlishing, 2016, 7, 217-232. 

[36]     Ilo A.: "The Harmonization of Customer Plants and the Power Grid in a Holistic Model -Prerequisite for a Smart City”, BIT’s 6th Low Carbon & Green Growth Earth Summit, Smart Green City, June 30-July 3, 2016 , Gyeonggi-do, South Korea (Invited).

[35]     Ilo A.: LINK - a model for an overall power system architecture”, ERA Net Smart Grids Plus, Working Group - System Architecture and Implementation Modelling 16- 17 June 2016, Split, Croatia (Invited).

[34]      Ilo A.:  “Power Systems Physics and Market Rules in Presence of High Distributed Generation Share”, Energy Systems Conference, 14-16 June 2016, London, UK (Poster).

[33]     Ilo A.: „Stromversorgung durch ein Kettennetz“, Energy 2.0 Magazine (Print+E-Paper), Publish Industry Verlag, Mai 2016.

[32]     Ilo A.: „LINK – eine radikal neue Lösung für Smart Grids“, Science|Square – Highlights aus Forschung und Innovation, Hannover Messe, 25-29 April 2016, Hannover, Deutschland (invited).

[31]      Ilo A.: “Link- the Smart Grid Paradigm for a Secure Decentralized Operation Architecture”, Electric Power Systems Research - Journal – Elsevier, Volume 131, 2016, pp. 116-125.

[30]      Ilo A.: “Trends in Overall Power System Architecture”, ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus, Working Group “System Architecture and Implementation Modelling”, 3-4 December 2015, Budapest, Hungary.

[29]      Ilo A.: „LINK - offers secure operation of power systems combined with customer plants”, European Utility Week, 3-5 November 2015, Vienna, Austria.

[28]      Ilo A.: „The embedment of ZUQDE-project into the power system holistic approach”, FINESCE final event “Utility 4.0”, 15-16 September 2015, Berlin, Germany (invited).

[27]      Ilo A., Gawlik W., Schaffer W. Eichler R.: „Uncontrolled reactive power flow due to local control of distributed generators”, CIRED, 15-18 June 2015, Lyon, France.

[26]      Ilo A.: „Verlässliche, dezentrale Architektur zum Betrieb des elektrischen Energiesystems “, Smart Grids Week, 18-22 May 2015, Vienna, Austria (invited).

[25]      Ilo A., Gawlik W: „The way from Traditional to Smart Power Systems“, 9. Internationale Energiewirtschaftstagung, IEWT 11-13 Februar 2015, Vienna, Austria.

[24]      Ilo A., Gawlik W.: „Reactive Power Coordination at the HV/MV Grid Interface with the Increasing Share of Distributed Generation“, Smart Grids Week, 19-23 May 2014, Graz, Austria (invited).

[23]      Ilo A.: „The Energy Supply Chain Net“ Energy and Power Engineering, Vol. 5 No. 5, 2013, pp. 384-390. doi: 10.4236/epe.2013.55040..

[22]      Ilo A.: „Dynamic Optimisation of Medium Voltage Grid“ Eurelectric Smart Grid Projects Academy; 3d Workshop: Smart Distribution Management, 13 May 2013, Brussels, Belgium, (invited).

[21]      Ilo A., Schaffer W., Rieder T. Dzafic I.: Dynamic Optimization of Distribution Network – Closed loop operation results“, VDE Kongress, 5-6 November 2012, Stuttgart, Deutschland.

[20]      Ilo A.: „The New Electricity Age”. Siemens 6th Spectrum Power User Group Conference, October 26-28, 2011, Rome, Italy.

[19]      Ilo A.: Secondary control in MV-networks – ZUQDE, an industrial research project”. Vortrag: SIEMENS 6th Spectrum Power User Group Conferenence, 26–28.10. 2011, Rome, Italy.

[18]     Fuchs E., Heher A. Ilo A., Trimmel J., Cech H., Rodriguez J.M., Sezi T., Werner T.: „The fenix Demonstration Project A step towards the future of electricity networks”, WEC Montréal, 12-16 September 2010.

[17]      Ilo A.: „Zentrale Spannungs- und Blindleistungsregelung für dezentrale Erzeuger”, Workshop TIWAG, Innsbruck, Tirol, 31 Marz 2010.

[16]      Rieder T. Ilo A.: „Smart Grids Modellregion Salzburg – Zentrale Spannungs- und Blindleistungsregelung für dezentrale Erzeuger”, Smart Grids Week Salzburg, 22-25 Juni 2010.

[15]      Ilo A.: „Voltage var control (VVC)“: FENIX Bulletin 7, 2/2009

[14]       Ilo A.: “Real time voltage control with TVPP“: CIRED – FENIX Tutorial, Prague, June, 8th 2009

[13]      Oyarzabal J., Marti J., Ilo A., Sebastian M., Alvira D., Johansen K.: “Integration of DER into power system operation through Virtual Power Plant concept”:  CIGRE - IEEE PES Symposium Calgary, Canada, 29-31 July, 2009

[12]      Ilo A., Eichler R., Gandotra V.: ”Cost justification of SCADA/DMS due to loss reduction”, National Conference on Distribution Automation, 30-31 October 2007 Bangalore, India. p.126-132.

[11]      Ilo A., Reischböck M., Jaklin F., Kirschner W.: „DMS Impact on the Technical and Economical Performance of the Distribution Systems”, CIRED 2005, Turin, Italy.

[10]      Cespedes R., Roytelman I., Ilo A., Parra P., Rodriguez L., Socorro H.,Romero T.: “Accurate modeling for losses reduction using a real-time power flow at ENELVEN”, CIRED 2003,  Barcelona, Spanien

[9]        Ilo A., Koppensteiner J., Reischböck M., Parra P., Socorro H., Rodríguez L., Romero T.,  Cespedes R.: “On-Line Estimation and Location of Non-Technical Losses in a Distribution System”, CIRED 2003, Barcelona, Spain.

[8]       Ilo A.: “Behaviour of transformer cores with multi-step-lap joints”, IEEE Power Engineering Reviewp. 43 -46, March 2002.

[7]        Ilo A., Pfützner H., Nakata T.: “Behaviour of transformer cores with multi-step-lap joints”, ICEM, 28-30 August 2000, Espoo, Finland.

[6]        Nussbaum C., Pfützner H, Booth T., Ilo A., Clabian M.: “Neural network for the prediction of magnetic transformer core characteristics”. IEEE Transaction on Magnetics, 36, 1, 313-329, 2000

[5]        Ilo A., Pfützner H., Bangert H., Eisenmenger-Sittiner C. : “Sputtered search coils for flux distribution analyses in laminated  magnetic cores. J.Physique IV 8, 733-736, 1998.

[4]        Ilo A., Pfützner H., Nakata T.: “On the role of hysteresis for flux distributions in transformer cores”, J.Physique IV 8, 651-654, 1998.

[3]        Ilo A., Pfützner H., Bangert H., Eisenmenger-Sittiner C. : “Sputtered search coils for flux distribution analyses in laminated  magnetic cores. Soft Magnetic Materials Conference, SMM-13, 24-26.09.1997, Grenoble, France, 1997.

[2]        Ilo A., Weiser B., Pfützner H. :“Influence of geometric parameters on magnetic properties of model transformer cores”, J.Magn.Magn.Mater.160, 38-40, 1996.

[1]        Nussbaum C., Booth T., Ilo A., Pfützner H.: “A neural network for the prediction of performance parameters of model transformer cores”. J.Magn.Magn.Mater.160, 81-83, 1996