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form of EV batteries, is also particularly relevant, especially in scenarios with high integration of renewable
energy: intelligent access to energy storage mitigates the
problems that may occur during operation. Finally, before
an actual implementation, the adequate testing of such
new operation strategies and of the prototypes was conducted under controlled conditions in a specific laboratory infrastructure. This exercise provided not only
confidence in the simulation results but also a testing
environment, enhancing the partnership with the equipment manufacturing industry. This was revealed to be an
essential step to accelerate the deployment of such solutions to real-world applications.

acknowledgments
We wish to recognize the cooperation received from
Empresa de Eletricidade da Madeira SA and from Eletricidade dos Açores SA contributing to the work reported.

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Biographies
Helena Vasconcelos (mhv@fe.up.pt) earned her degree in
electrical engineering in July 1996, her M.Sc. degree in
October 1999, and her Ph.D. degree in January 2008, all
from the Engineering Faculty of Porto University (FEUP).
She is currently a senior researcher at the Center for
Power and Energy Systems of INESC Technology and Science and assistant professor at FEUP.
Carlos Moreira (carlos.moreira@inesctec.pt) earned his electrical engineering degree (five-year course) in 2003 and his
Ph.D. degree in 2008, both from the Engineering Faculty of
Porto University (FEUP). He has been a senior researcher and
smart grid area leader in the Center for Power and Energy Systems of INESC Technology and Science since 2010. He has also
been an assistant professor at FEUP since 2009.
André Madureira (andre.g.madureira@inesctec.pt) earned
his licentiate degree (five-year program), his M.Sc. degree
(two-year program), and his Ph.D. degree in electrical and
computer engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of
the University of Porto, Portugal, in 2003, 2005, and 2010,
respectively. He is currently a senior researcher at the Center for Power and Energy Systems of INESC Technology and
Science and an assistant professor at the Oporto Lusophone University in Oporto, Portugal. He is a member of the
Engineers' Association of Portugal.
João Peças Lopes (jpl@fe.up.pt) earned his electrical engineering degree and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal, in 1981 and
1988, respectively. In 1996, he received the Aggregation
degree from the University of Porto. Currently, he is a full
professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of
the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and a
member of the Board of Directors of INESC Technology
and Science. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE.
Vladimiro Miranda (vmiranda@inescporto.pt) earned his
Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Faculty of
Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal, (FEUP) in
1982. In 1981, he joined FEUP and currently holds the position of full professor. He has been a researcher at INESC
since 1985 and is currently the director at INESC Porto, the
leading institution of INESC Technology and Science, an
advanced research network in Portugal. He is also president of INESC P&D Brasil. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

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