1. Dr. Tomas Hornik (Senior Control Engineer)

Dr. Tomas received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1991 from the Technical College V Uzlabine, Prague (Czech Republic), the BEng and PhD degree in electrical engineering and electronics from The University of Liverpool, UK, in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the same university from 2010 to 2011. He joined Turbo Power Systems as a control engineer in 2011. He is the author or co-author of Control of Power Inverters in Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration (Wiley-IEEE Press, 2013) and several journal and conference papers. His research focuses on classical and advanced control theory and applications, including power electronics, renewable energy and smart grid integration and electric drives. He is a member of the IET and the IEEE.

The architectural retrofit of existing residential buildings represents an opportunity to improve their energy efficiency. The project HEART tries to find way to reconcile the necessity and demand for modern and sustainable energy technologies. I am looking forward to cooperation with other 15 members from 10 different countries on this interesting project.

2. Steve Mitchell (Embedded Systems Engineer)

Steve has graduated from the University of Salford with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Biomedical and Bioelectronic Engineering, 1994. He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Steve have previously worked as a lead engineer for Bosch Security Systems (2007 -2010) designing and developing infrared illuminators and number plate recognition cameras) and as a test and development engineer for G.E. (2002 -2006, inspection tools for gas and oil pipelines). He has also worked for Filtronic Components (1998 – 2002) designing and developing electronics for military applications (detector log video amplifiers and digital frequency discriminators). Currently Steve is working as an embedded systems engineer for Turbo Power System since 2010, where he is involved in the development and implementation of new controllers and controller firmware for grid linked converter applications.

The HEART project is a bold attempt to combine several technologies with the aim of producing a cost effective and efficient retrofit kit for social housing. I look forward to working on the project and producing a multiple input multiple output power converter that we can all be proud of.