Manuel Avendaño is the Key Manager of Emerging Technology in the Smart Grid & Technology group at ComEd. His team performs the technical evaluation of new and emerging grid technologies and combinations of these technologies, such as Microgrids, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Storage, and Data Analytics. (Manuel balances power system aspects from a technical perspective with the technology, policy, and business models shaping the evolution of the delivery of electricity services to develop practical solutions for the overall benefit of ComEd customers. This enables him to support technical and business decision-making based on solid technical foundation.)
Prior to joining ComEd in 2015, Manuel worked at S&C Electric Company in system impact and interconnection studies for renewable energy and energy storage projects. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Manchester (UK) and SIEMENS conducting research on HVDC connection of offshore wind farms. Manuel holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Power Quality from the University of Manchester.
Manuel is an active member of industry working groups including IEEE P1547 Draft Standard for Interconnection and Interoperability of Distributed Energy Resources with Associated Electric Power Systems Interfaces (full revision of IEEE Std 1547), DOE's Voices of Experience Intermittent Resources, and AEIC DER Sub-committee. He has published papers in international peer-review journals and conferences on diverse topics including technical and economic assessment of power quality disturbances, optimal monitoring for power quality and fault location, simulation and analysis of VSC-connected wind farms, and financial modelling of energy storage for ancillary services.