Job title: Research Fellow 

Company: EIfER Europäisches Institut für Energieforschung EDF-KIT EWIW

Tell us about your education and working life up to now.

I graduated from Sciences Po Lyon, France, in 2011 with International Relations and Affairs. After which I worked on a lot of international projects with a strong focus on French-German cooperation. Then in 2014 I turned to specialise in energy-related project before finally joining the European Institute for Energy Research (EIfER) in 2016 as a research fellow with particular focus on energy markets and policies across Europe with focus on the German energy transition.

What is your main expertise?

My expertise lie in the analysis of the German energy transition – this includes the development of renewables, the energy markets, sector coupling policies, energy efficiency policies and many other topics.

What is your work focused on in the Sim4Blocks project?

In the Sim4Blocks project you will find me working on the analysis of the electricity markets of the project’s six focus countries (Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, France, UK), and the current market access for demand response.

What are the main challenges you face in this work and how are you meeting these challenges?

One of the main challenges we come across with regards to demand response, is that the electricity markets across Europe are not yet harmonised. With very different market designs it can become complicated to understand all of them as precisely as needed. To help cater for this, we are fortunate enough to have a consortium complete with many experts who represent these six countries and are able to contribute in analysing and breaking down the jargon of these electricity markets for us.

How do you see your work helping the project achieve its main objectives?

Matters related to the markets of these countries is crucial for the development of demand response in Europe because, it is only if there is economic interest will this flexibility solution be taken into account and adopted. Therefore, it is my role to understand what the current barriers and challenges are facing demand response, in order to progress forward and participate in the electricity markets. It is also significant we understand what the recommendations to improve the participation of demand side management.

What impact do you see Sim4Blocks having in the future?

Sim4Blocks is focussing on residential and tertiary demand response systems and services which are currently not well known. By studying and developing these in real cases studies, the project could help to promote this as a real flexibility option for blocks of buildings.

What does the future hold for demand response?

How I see it, is that demand response actually benefits from a favourable context – the EC promotes the development of consumer participation and demand side management (expressed in its Clean Energy Package released in Nov. ’16). There is a but, however. The current status of demand response is still very different from country to country. There will need to be some considerable efforts made in the future to meet the EU’s requirements.

“One of the main challenges we’ve come across on the project is that the electricity markets across Europe are not yet harmonised”

What do you enjoy more about working on a project like Sim4Blocks?

I thoroughly enjoy exchanging with international and interdisciplinary partners as I find it a very exciting opportunity. We not only discuss best practices but also share issues we otherwise didn’t know we had in common.

How would you like to see your work develop after the project ends?

I hope that: the project’s results will contribute to build a strategy for demand response at European level; that Sim4Blocks will be seen as a valuable reference for future demand response projects so that we can support the EC and other consortiums in tackling the exciting topic of demand response!