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Miguel Cruz Zambrano

Candidate for Product Manager Photovoltaic Center


Miguel Cruz-Zambrano is Industrial Engineer (2008) from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), and holds a Master Degree in Economics and Regulation (2009) from the University of Barcelona (UB). He worked at the Center of Technological Innovation in Static Converters and Drives (CITCEA-UPC) as a research fellow from 2006 to 2008, and joined the National Energy Commission (CNE) in 2008. From 2009 he works for the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) being responsible for the Energy Economics Research Group within the Electrical Engineering Area (2009-2014), and Head of the Smart Grid and Energy Economics Research Group (currently).

He specialises in techno-economic, market and policy analysis of innovative energy systems, particularly on electric vehicles, smart grids and renewable energy sources. Miguel Cruz-Zambrano has a large experience in joint industry research projects in the field of energy systems in collaboration with Spanish and European institutions and companies. He has been project manager and/or senior engineer in more than 25 research projects. He has published more than 15 articles in different peer reviewed conference proceedings and specialized Magazines, and has co-authored three books.

Work experience

Mar 2009Present

Head of the Smart Grid and Energy Economics Research Group

Institut de Recerca en Energia de Catalunya
  • Reporting to the Director of the Electrical Engineering Research Area, coordinate the Smart Grid and Energy Economics Research Group, composed of 12 researchers.
  • Development and coordination of more than 25 research projects in the field of energy economics and smart grids.
  • Cost-benefit analyses and life cycle assessment of energy solutions.
  • Impact assessment of alternative policy options in energy, transport and climate change policies.
  • Energy techno-economic assessment and modelling of energy systems.
  • Coordination of technology transfer by means of industrial projects.
  • Responisble for the synthesis and dissemination of IREC's smart grid and energy economics research projects.
Jan 2008Nov 2008

Internship - Assistant to a member of the Board of Directors

National energy commission (CNE)
  • Follow up and analisys of national and EU energy policy and regulation.
  • Internal coordination, preparation and follow up of dossiers and sectoral reports for the Board of Directors.
  • Participation in the Mediterranean Regulators Group for Electricity and Gas (MEDREG) meetings.
Jun 2006Jan 2008

Internship - Project Engineer

  • Energy economics and regulation research projects.
  • Consultancy projects on: energy efficiency applications for industry and elevation systems; electricity distribution networks design.  


Sep 2010Sep 2015

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Electrical Engineering PhD Program (CITCEA - IREC)
  • Thesis title "Electric vehicle integration into the Smart Grid"
  • Supervisors: Dr. Oriol Gomis, Dra. Cristina Corchero
Jun 2014Jul 2014


ESADE Business & Law School
  • The course zeros in on critical milestones and challenges faced by entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs in their start-up journey, from inception through growth and exit.
  • It seeks to equip the participants in the Program with concepts, frameworks, and insights into the process of identifying an innovation based business idea and turning it into a successful new venture.
Jan 2009Sep 2009


Universitat de Barcelona
  • Specialized training in the regulation of network services (energy and telecommunications),
  • the provision of territorial services (water and transport) and,
  • the reform of policies on the regulation and introduction of competition in the management of public services.

Industrial Engineering

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • Specialized in Thermoenergetics
  • Final project: "Energy efficiency in elevation systems"

Relevant projects


High energy lithium sulphur cells and batteries (HELIS) 

European Commission, H2020 Research Program

Task Leader on “Life Cycle Assessment” and “Second Life Applications”. Lithium sulphur batteries (LSB) are viable candidate for commercialisation among all post Li-ion battery technologies due to their high theoretical energy density and cost effectiveness. Within HELIS project the main remaining issues that need to be solved before mass market are addressed in order to provide final direction of LSB technological development.


Ideal Grids for All (IDE4L)

European Commission, 7th Framework Program

Technical coordination of Working Package 6 on “Distribution network dyanamics”, where the energy aggregator concept as a new market agent is being developed. The IDE4L Project aims at demonstrate the next generation of active distribution networks which fully comply with new sustainable energy and efficient use of electricity frameworks. 




IREC Project manager and technical coordinator. Development of an energy management system for energy storage systems based on electric vehicle second life batteries combined with a PV system. Identification of future business models and regulatory framework assessment. 


European Framework for electromobility (Green eMotion)

European Commission, 7th Framework Program

IREC Technical Officer performing research on Smart Grid applications and Technical, Environmental, Economic and Social evaluation of electric vehicles. The Green eMotion project was part of the European Green Cars Initiative (EGCI) that was launched within the context of the European Recovery Plan. It supported the achievement of the EU’s ambitious climate goals, such as the reduction of CO2 emissions by 60 percent by the year 2050.  


More than 25 research projects on smart grids and energy economics

Public and private customers

PV systems, Lithium batteries, Hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs), Fast charging stations for EVs,  Bi-directional charging systems for EVs (V2G), Building energy management systems, Distribution network management systems, Fuel cells, Fusion power plants, LED lighting systems, CHP systems, Off-shore wind farms, Energy efficiency in railway systems, Mechanical and thermo-electrical energy harvesting devices.

Personal Skills

Languages: Spanish and Catalan (mother tonge); English (Proficient user)

Driving licence: A, B

Computer skills: Competent with Microsoft Office programmes and technical software

Communication skills: Responsible for disseminating IREC’s Smart Grid and Energy Economics project results in congresses, workshops and fairs, more than 15 peer reviewed conference papers, 4 journal papers and 3 book chapters