National Centre for Energy Systems Integration

Staff Profile

Merlinda Andoni
Merlinda Andoni staff profile

Merlinda is a second-year PhD student in the Smart Systems Group at Heriot-Watt University and a Research Associate for the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI).

Her PhD research focusses on Smart Grid Management and Renewable Energy, exploring artificial intelligence and game-theoretic techniques to actively manage electricity networks with increased penetration of renewable generation.  Other research interests include investigating the technical potential of distributed ledger or blockchain technologies as an enabler for low carbon energy transition and multi-agent systems modelling for smart grids and generation curtailment, a crucial issue for renewable generators installed in remote areas of Scotland, such as Orkney and Shetland, where renewable generation is high and the network capacity is inadequate to transfer the energy where required.

Merlinda completed her first degree in 2010 from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in Electrical and Computer Engineering, specialising in Energy. She gained an MSc in Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation with Distinction from Heriot-Watt University in 2015.  Whilst studying for her MSc, she was awarded the Prize for Best Postgraduate Taught Performance in the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences. 

She has worked for several years as an energy consultant for renewable and hybrid energy investment projects and a portfolio of over 140 MW of RES projects.

She has participated in a number of national and international conferences and workshops, including the 24th International Conference & Exhibition on Electricity Distribution (CIRED 17’), the 15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 16’) and the IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT Europe 16’).

She was awarded the ‘best paper award’ presented at ACAN 16’ and was nominated for the Academic Award in the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2017. She is a student member of EI and IEEE.

Merlinda is primarily involved in CESI Work package 4: Energy Demand.

She also contributes to the Blockchain as a tool for energy retail exchange task.

Publication list:

[1] Andoni, M., Robu V. and Flynn D. Blockchains: Crypto-control your own energy supply. Nature, 548 (7666), p.158, 2017, DOI: 10.1038/548158b.
[2] Andoni, M., Tang, W., Robu, V. & Flynn, D. Data analysis of battery storage systems. In 24th International Conference & Exhibition on Electricity Distribution (CIRED 17’), 2017.
[3] Andoni, M., Robu, V., Fruh, W-G., & Flynn, D. Game-theoretic modeling of curtailment rules and network investments with distributed generation. Applied Energy, 201, 174-187., 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.05.035.
[4] Andoni, M., Robu, V., & Fruh, W-G. Game-theoretic Modeling of Curtailment Rules and their Effect on Transmission Line Investments. In Proceedings of the IEEE Power Engineering Society 6th Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe Conference IEEE., 2016.
[5] Andoni, M., & Robu, V. Using Stackelberg Games to Model Electric Power Grid Investments in Renewable Energy Settings. In International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (pp. 127-146). Springer International Publishing, 2016.
[6] Andoni, M., & Robu, V. Game-theoretic modeling of transmission line reinforcements with distributed generation. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (pp. 1291-1292), 2016.