Sonam Norbu

PhD Student
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS
Supervisor: Valentin Robu
Secondary Supervisor: David Flynn

Sonam Norbu is a PhD student in the Smart System Group at the Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems (ISSS), EPS. He is from Bhutan and is working as faculty in Electrical Engineering Department at College of Science and Technology, Royal University of Bhutan. Sonam completed his four year Electrical Engineering Degree in 2007 from Royal University of Bhutan and Master of Engineering in Power Electronics & Drives from Hindustan University, India in 2010. He has worked as research fellow under India Science and Research Fellowship at Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Department of Energy Science and Engineering, Mumbai, India from July to December 2016.
His current Phd research is focused on the topic, “Advanced Optimization and Control Methods for Adaptive Microgrids”. Specifically, he is working on developing a Peer-to-Peer Energy Transaction Model to support decentralized energy trading in micro-grids. The main aim of the research is to explore the issue of enabling resilient energy communities or local microgrids, which increasingly rely on local renewable generation, with the reduced dependency on a centralized national or regional power grid. In his PhD research, he will explore Game-Theoretic modelling approaches that enables peer-to-peer energy negotiation without mediators (such as large energy companies), and further investigate blockchains and smart contracts as a key enabling technology for peer-to-peer energy transactions.