Research Group GUSEE

GUSEE (University Research Group on Power and Energy Systems – Torino Unit)

The activity of the research group deals with power and energy systems, with applications to generation, transmission, distribution and utilisation of electricity. The specific topics include production from renewable sources and multi-generation, analysis and optimisation of electrical networks (smart grids), competitive electricity market, vulnerability of electrical systems, electrical safety, power quality and applications of artificial intelligence to electrical systems.


Gianfranco CHICCO

Activity description

Power generation and renewable systems: grid integration of photovoltaic and wind systems with reference to technical and economic aspects and of energy productivity analysis. Analysis, optimisation and network integration of multi-generation systems with storage, with energy efficiency, environmental impact and profitability assessment.

Transmission and Super Grids: Analysis of the vulnerability of the transmission systems based on extended topological models. Network security assessment against attacks and natural threats.

Distribution and Smart Grid: Development and simulation of complex multi-layer models for smart grid modelling at different levels (physical, ICT, social, environmental, etc.). Analysis and optimisation of electrical distribution networks with distributed resources: development of multi-objective and multi-criteria optimisation techniques, use of metaheuristic methods. Power quality and reliability analyses.

Power system economics and electricity markets: Analysis and modelling of the electricity markets and their interaction with the network infrastructures, with models based on game theory and multi agent systems.

Electricity utilisation and electrical safety: Development of theoretical and experimental models for the analysis of electrical safety, risk assessment in hazardous areas with explosive gas atmospheres, protections against lightning. Characterisation of the electrical loads with clustering methods, load forecasting with artificial neural networks.


Participation in the ERIC-LAB (European Real-time Integrated Co-simulation laboratory),, (resp. Ettore Bompard), real-time simulator located into a federation of EU labs in different member states, enabling a cost-effective sharing of HW and SW facilities at EU level for furthering smart electricity solutions.

Mobile laboratory for experimental testing of power quality and grid-connected photovoltaic systems (resp. Filippo Spertino).


  • EERA JP Smart Grid
  • ENEA
  • European Commission, JRC, IET
  • Grenoble Electrical Engineering (G2ELab)
  • Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Politecnico di Bari
  • RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • State Grid Corporation of China
  • Università di Napoli “Federico II”
  • Universitatea Politehnica din Bucureşti, Romania
  • Universitatea Valahia Targoviste, Romania
  • University of Manchester, UK

ERC Group sector

PE8_6 Energy systems (production, distribution, application)