Geza Joos

Geza Joos

Electrical and Computer Engineering
McGill University

Chair title

NSERC/Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair on the Integration of Renewable Energies and Distributed Generation into the Electric Distribution Grid

Chair program

Industrial Research Chairs program


Chairholder since 2009


The research program addresses critical issues associated with the integration of distributed generation, including generation based on renewable energy sources, into the electric distribution grid, taking into account technical requirements imposed by distribution utilities, operational issues and economic considerations. The key activities of the Chair include the study of the impact of a large penetration of distributed generation on the electric grid, the changes required in grid operation and configuration, including the implementation of distribution automation, generation and storage protection, control system design and operation, and monitoring and communication technologies. The relevant expertise of the Chairholder covers power electronic conversion systems applied to electronic interfaces and electric generator control, power system stability and control, and the integration of renewable and alternate energies. The expected contributions will help in the deployment of new generation, and produce tools for the quantification of impacts and benefits of a large scale deployment, and structural and control approaches to adapt distribution systems.

The Chair is a response to the commitment of electric utilities to integrate renewable and alternate energy as a means of reducing green house gases and diversifying the energy supply mix. Its mandate is to make expertise available to utilities, including the sponsoring organization, Hydro-Québec, to help in their commitment to this integration process. Hydro-Québec will provide the practical framework for the research, identifying critical issues and making available test facilities and distribution system configurations. The research program will train engineers in new techniques of electricity generation embedded in electric distribution systems.


  • Hydro-Québec

Contact information

Electrical and Computer Engineering
McGill University
McConnell Engineering Building, Room 633
3480 University Street
Montréal, Québec

Tel.: 514-398-7118
Fax: 514-514-398-44


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