(P.) Peter Palensky

Peter Palensky holds the Intelligent Electrical Power Grids chair at the TU Delft.

After holding various positions in industry (AIT, Envidatec Corp) and research positions (Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria, University Assistant at Vienna University of Technology, and researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), he is currently working on Intelligent power systems, Distribution Control, Modeling and Simulation of Complex Power Systems.

Peter Palensky is involved in a variety of research projects focused on grid management research (demand response) and intelligent networks.

Peter Palensky Career

  • He is active in several international standardization committees such as ISO, IEEE, and CEN, mainly in the area of automation networks, and he is associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics.
  • His main research elds are automation networks, distributed systems, embedded systems, cognitive systems, home and building automation and energy management.
  • In 2008 he joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    for 6 months research on wide area distributed energy management systems and demand response technology.
  • In March 2008 he became associate Professor at the University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa.
  • In August 2009 he became head of the business unit for Sustainable Buildings Technologies (SBT) at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Energy Department, leading a 35-head team doing research in the area of intelligent and sustainable buildings and cities.
  • In 2011 he was appointed the rst Principal Scientist of the AIT, the highest scienti c role at the institute, leading a team of high-profile researchers, and doing research on complex energy systems.
  • Since 2014 he is a full Professor for intelligent electric power grids at TU Delft. He leads a group of scientists that does research and education on future power grids, integrated energy systems, grid controls, and energy management.


  • 2015 Vienna University of Technology, (Habilitation), Vienna, Austria Venia docendi: \Intelligent Energy Systems”
  • 1997 – 2001 Vienna University of Technology, (Dr.), Vienna, Austria. Thesis: \Distributed reactive Energy Management”
  • 1991 – 1997 Vienna University of Technology (MSEE), Vienna, Austria.  Thesis: \Demand-Side-Management in private homes via LON”

Work Experience

  • 2014 TU Delft, Full professor on Intelligent electric power grids
  • 2011 – 2015 Austrain Institute of Technology, Principal scientist
  • 2009 – 2011 Austrian Institute of Technology, Head of Business Unit “Sustainable Building Technologies”
  • 2009 – 2009 Hanyang University, Guest professor
  • 2008 – 2009 University of Pretoria, Associate professor
  • 2008 – 2008 Lawrence Berkely National Laboratory (DRRC), Researcher
  • 2002 – 2013 Freelance consultant for energy management
  • 2002 – 2007 Vienna University of Technology, University assistant
  • 2001 – 2002 Envidatec GmbH Hamburg, Strategic Development and Research
  • 1997 – 2000 Vienna University of Technology, Researcher at the Institute of Computer Technology

Links to projects and researches

Research Group :

Intelligent Electrical Power Grids

Specialisatie :

Complex energy systems, Automation, Distributed systems

TU Delft

 Gebouw 31 Jaffalaan 5
       2628 BX Delft