Onyema Nduka
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Dr Nduka is a Lecturer in Sustainable Power Systems in the Electronic Engineering (EE) Department of Royal Holloway University of London. He is also the Senior Tutor and Library Liaison Officer for the department. He is the module leader for Professional and Sustainable Engineering and Mathematics for Engineers 1. He has previously been involved with the teaching of Electronic Circuits and Components. 

His research has mainly focused on contributing towards the achievement of the United Nations SDGs 7 (clean and affordable energy for all) and 11 (sustainable cities and communities). Hence, he has developed analytical and computational tools for fast-tracking the adoption of renewables (especially solar photovoltaics) and low-carbon technologies (electric vehicles and battery energy storage systems) in power networks and microgrids. Some of the tools which he has developed include the following: EMANA, ECAHA, ECAHLFA and RECAHPFA, which are published with the IEEE Transactions journals. He is also research active in microgrid modelling, operations and control, renewable energy modelling and control, power electronics, power systems optimisation, energy internet of things (EIoT), power distribution systems modelling and state estimation, power systems big data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning applied to power systems.

Prior to joining Royal Holloway University of London, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London, UK, where he worked on the Joint UK-India Clean Energy (£1M) project for almost two years. During his time at Imperial College London (both as Postdoc and PhD researcher), he supervised a total of nine (9) masters’ projects in sustainable power systems and co-supervised a PhD candidate (on electric vehicle fleet integration into power distribution networks and microgrids), in addition to conducting his independent research. He was actively involved in the formation of an energy research consortium between Imperial College London and some African universities as part of the Imperial College Global Challenge Research Fund project. This resulted in two workshops (alongside invited lectures) held in Nairobi, Kenya and Abuja, Nigeria. Also, in 2019, he was a Visiting PostDoctoral Researcher to the University of Alberta, Canada, with research focus on power quality state estimation.

Between 2016 and 2018, he served as a Power Quality Engineering Consultant for Imperial Consultants (ICON) in the UK Power Networks NIA (Network Innovation Allowance) project on Domestic Energy Storage and Control (DESC). As the Lead for the Power Quality aspect of the project, he contributed to the development of the project specification document. He also extracted power quality field measurements from Ranger PM1000 power quality analyser and validated the data set. He designed and implemented power quality studies for UK representative low voltage distribution network and also presented findings to the clients and other stakeholders. The DESC project won the Energy Storage Award of the British Renewable Energy Award of 2018. Also, in 2016, the research group he worked with won the Imperial College President’s Outstanding Research Team Award. This award celebrated research teams that conducted impactful research for industries and the entire society. Onyema was a recipient of a prestigious Nigerian Federal Government Scholarship which enabled him to lead a research on power quality (particularly voltage unbalance and harmonics analysis and control) in active power distribution networks while he was at Imperial College London. He was also awarded the Rivers State Governor's Special Overseas Scholarship among several other awards and recognitions.

He was formerly an academic (appointed owing to graduating top of his class (with first class honours)) at the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department of Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria. There, he taught modules ranging from introduction to high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology, power systems, control engineering and engineering mathematics.  

He has been an invited speaker at different institutions including the prestigious IEEE lecture series, Kharagpur Section, India, 2019. He chaired a session on Power Systems Modelling and Analysis in the 2020 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM). He has served and is still currently serving as Reviewer for different reputable journals including the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Sustainable Energy, Power Systems, Power Delivery, IEEE Access and IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution etc. He has being serving as a technical committee member for several IEEE Power and Energy Society sponsored conferences. He is a Registered Electrical Engineer (REng) with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), a Senior Member of the IEEE (SMIEEE) and a Member of IET (MIET). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Teaching and Learning from Royal Holloway University of London. 

He holds both a PhD in Electrical Engineering and MSc in Control Systems from Imperial College London and a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (with majors in Power Systems Engineering Technology) from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria.

His current research works involve collaborations with the Power Disturbance and Signalling Laboratory of University of Alberta, Canada, Control and Power Group of Imperial College London, UK, Electrical Engineering Department of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, several universities and minigrid developers in Nigeria, and a UK electric utility. He is also a Visiting Researcher to the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department of Imperial College London, UK.

He is accepting PhD students with full funding and strong academic and/or technical background in sustainable electric power systems. Kindly send him an email at Onyema.Nduka@rhul.ac.uk with a 2-page CV and a brief explanation of your source of funding.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Electrical Engineering, PhD and DIC, Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 Jul 2018

Control Systems, MSc and DIC, Imperial College London

Award Date: 1 Nov 2014

Electrical and Electronic Engineering, BEng, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria

Award Date: 23 Feb 2011

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