Francisco M. Gonzalez-Longatt is currently a senior lecturer in Electrical Power Systems at the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) at Loughborough University and invited full professor in electrical power engineering at Institutt for elektro, IT og kybernetikk, Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge, Norway. Founder and leader of the DIgEnSys-Lab = Digital Energy Systems Laboratory and a global research initiative for digital energy systems.
His academic qualifications include first Class Electrical Engineering from Instituto Universitario Politécnico de la Fuerza Armada Nacional, Venezuela (1994), Master of Business Administration (Honors) from Universidad Bicentenaria de Aragua, Venezuela (1999), PhD in Electrical Power Engineering from the Universidad Central de Venezuela (2008) and Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Professional Practice from Coventry University (2013) and Diploma in Leadership and Management (ILM Level 3), Loughborough University (2018).
He is a former Lecturer in Electrical Power Systems at Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering and a member of the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) at Loughborough University, UK. He is a former academic staff of the Department of Aerospace, Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Coventry University, where he started as a Lecturer in Electrical Engineering in 2012 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering in 2013. He was formerly with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester as a Postdoctoral Research Associate (2009-2011). He is a former associate professor (1995-2009) and Chair (1999-2001) of the Department of Electrical Engineering of Universidad Nacional Politécnico de la Fuerza Armada Nacional, Venezuela (1995-2009).
He has written 20+ book chapters,50+ journal and magazine papers and 100+ conference papers. His work has over 4.5k+ citations, and his h-index is 33 (May 2023), according to Google Scholar. He has been invited as a professor at the Master of Renewables at the University of Seville, Spain, the Master of Renewable at the University Carlos III Madrid, Spain, and many other universities worldwide. He has been invited speaker at several top universities: KTH-Sweden, Leuven-Belgium, TU Delft-The Netherlands, etc.; keynote speaker at several important conferences, including session chair at very well-known IEEE conferences. He is an associate editor in several top-ranked scientific journals in the area of power systems.
He is Vice-President of the Venezuelan Wind Energy Association, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE), a member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology – the IET (UK), a member of the International Council on Large Electric Systems -CIGRE. He received professional recognition as FHEA – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in January 2014. His research interest includes innovative (operation/control) schemes to optimise the performance of future energy systems. His research is or has been supported by the Royal Society, British Council, UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) –UK. He has been collaborating on European research projects, including: “Integration of Offshore wind power into the Spanish Power System using HVDC”, at Universidad Carlos III, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain.
Two special research projects financially supported by the Royal Society and British Council deserve mention: “Exploring beyond the Frontiers to Build a Smarter Grid (EBF2BSG)” and “Smart Multi-Terminal DC micro-grids for autonomous Zero-Net-Energy Buildings”. More recent projects include Newton-Bhabha India UK Advanced Training School (IUATS), Optimal Design and Control of Smart Community: New Ideas for Off-grid Communities.