Sandia Energy > Programs > Electric Grid > Renewable Energy and Distributed Systems Integration > Key Personnel > Rachid Darbali-Zamora Ph.D. Rachid Darbali-Zamora Ph.D. Principal Member of Technical Staff Contact Information Rachid Darbali-Zamora / 505-844-1660 Biography Rachid Darbali-Zamora is a Principal Member of Technical Staff (PMTS) in the Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration (RDSI) group at Sandia National Laboratories. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez in 2013 and 2016, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in the field of Power and Energy Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. Dr. Darbali-Zamora was awarded the NASA Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium (PRSGC) fellowship in 2015, the Transformational Initiative for Graduate Education and Research (TIGER) fellowship in 2016 and the GEM fellowship in 2018. In 2019 he became an adjunct professor at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. As a staff member at Sandia National Laboratories, he supports student internships through several Minority Serving Institute Partnership Programs (MSIPP). His research interests include distributed energy resources, photovoltaic inverters, wind turbine generators, grid services for voltage and frequency, microgrids, power hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL) experiments, renewable energy systems, high density power supplies, electric vehicles and power electronics applied to aerospace systems. Education Ph.D., Energy Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez – 2019 Masters of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez – 2016 Bachelors of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez – 2013 Google Scholar: Rachid Darbali-Zamora Key Publications 2023 R. Darbali-Zamora, A. R. R. Dow, F. Palacios, J. D. Flicker and D. Bauer, “Development of a State-Space Average Nanogrid Model for DC Microgrid Power Management Applications,” 2023 IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT), Washington, DC, USA, 2023, pp. 1-5. C. B. Jones, C. J. Bresloff and R. Darbali-Zamora, “Electric Grid Vulnerability Analysis to Identify Communities Prone to Wildfires,” in IEEE Access, vol. 11, pp. 35630- 35638, 2023. F. Wilches-Bemal, R. Darbali-Zamora, B. T. Naughton and J. D. Flicker, “Model Characterization and Frequency Regulation in Wind-Diesel Hybrid Microgrids,” 2022 North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2022, pp. 1-5. 2022 G. E. North Piegan, R. Darbali-Zamora and J. C. Berg, “Development and Validation of a Wind Turbine Generator Simulation Model, “2022 North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2022, pp. 1-6. R. Darbali-Zamora, C. B. Jones, M. S. Lave and E. E. Aponte-Bezares, “The Capability of a Grid-Forming Inverter to Support Dynamic Microgrids with High Penetrations of Photovoltaics Systems, “2022 IEEE 49th Photovoltaics Specialists Conference (PVSC), Philadelphia, PA, USA, 2022, pp. 1091-1098. R. Darbali-Zamora, S. T. Ojetola, F. Wilches-Bernal and J. C. Berg, “Development of a Wind Turbine Generator Volt-Var Curve Control for Voltage Regulation in Grid Connected Systems,” 2022 North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2022, pp. 1-6. N. E. Saavedra-Peña, R. Darbali-Zamora, E. Desarden-Carrero and E. Aponte- Bezares, “Development of Photovoltaic Inverter Model with Islanding Detection Using the Sandia Frequency Shift Method,” 2022 IEEE 49th Photovoltaics Specialists Conference (PVSC), Philadelphia, PA, USA, 2022, pp. 0398-0404. 2021 R. Darbali-Zamora, N. S. Gurule, J. Hernandez-Alvidrez, S. Gonzalez and M. J. Reno, “Performance of a Grid-Forming Inverter Under Balanced and Unbalanced Voltage Phase Angle Jump Conditions,” 2021 IEEE 48th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, 2021, pp. 1409-1416, doi:10.1109/PVSC43889.2021.9518539. E. Desarden-Carrero, R. Darbali-Zamora and E. E. Aponte-Bezares, “Analysis of Grid Support Functionality Dynamics under Ride-Through Requirements Using Power- Hardware-in-the-Loop Implementation,” 2021 IEEE 48th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, 2021, pp. 1795-1802, doi: 10.1109/PVSC43889.2021.9518679. 2020 R. Darbali-Zamora, J. Hernandez-Alvidrez, A. Summers, N. S. Gurule, M. J. Reno and J. Johnson, “Distribution Feeder Fault Comparison Utilizing a Real-Time Power Hardware-in-the-Loop Approach for Photovoltaic System Applications” 2019 IEEE 46th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), Chicago, IL, USA, 2019, pp. 2916- 2922. CB Jones, AR Chavez, R Darbali-Zamora, S Hossain-McKenzie, “Implementation of Intrusion Detection Methods for Distributed Photovoltaic Inverters at the Grid-Edge,” IEEE, 2020. R. Darbali-Zamora, J. Johnson, N. S. Gurule, M. J. Reno, N. Ninad and E. Apablaza- Arancibia, “Evaluation of Photovoltaic Inverters Under Balanced and Unbalanced Voltage Phase Angle Jump Conditions,” 2020 47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), Calgary, AB, Canada, 2020, pp. 1562-1569.