New operations director for PNDC

Iliana Portugues is hired by the Power Networks Demonstration Centre .

Iliana Portugues gets his hands dirty, Getty images.
Iliana Portugues gets his hands dirty, Getty images.

Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) has appointed Iliana Portugues as its new operations director. Portugues was previously a senior project manager at the Electric Power Research Institute in California.

PNDC, the £12.5m research centre to be launched later in 2012, is created by the University of Strathclyde, ScottishPower, and SSE, with support from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council.

Portugues said: “It is a pleasure to accept this appointment and be given the opportunity to drive this world-class facility forward. The Power Networks Demonstration Centre epitomises how collaboration between industry, the public sector and academia can turn great ideas into reality.”

Portugues added: "The centre will provide a unique environment to test and demonstrate these new technologies in a controlled and safe environment. This will speed up the development of the technology while reducing delivery risk."

Portugues, a chartered engineer, is also a founder of Elimpus, a university spin-out company that provides products and services for monitoring electricity sub-stations using radio frequency measurements.

Graeme Burt, director of the University of Strathclyde's Institute for Energy and Environment, and PNDC project director, said: "I am delighted to have Iliana join the team, and I am confident that under her leadership the centre will quickly earn recognition as a key facilitator of technology acceleration and adoption. This will support lower cost integration of low carbon solutions."