Job title: Academic Researcher 

Company: HFT Stuttgart

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

I received a Bachelor of Science as a building physicist before working as an engineer and completing a masters in ‘sustainable energy competence’. Since graduating I now work as an academic researcher at the Stuttgart Technology University of Applied Sciences (HFT Stuttgart), Germany, in various national and European research projects.

What is your main expertise?

Renewable building heating systems with a focus on building simulation.

What is your work focused on in the Sim4Blocks project?

I work on a number of elements of the Sim4Blocks project: the development of building simulation environments; demand response optimisation; pilot site monitoring.

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

Some of the challenges I am faced with in the project include: defining simulation and optimisation strategies for each of the three pilot sites. This is heavily dependent on the various project partners as the work is carried out in different simulation and programming environments (INSEL, MatLab, Simulink, Python, R etc.). To address this complexity I find that regular workshops, meetings and telcos with partners helps to dissipate confusion and understand everyone’s opinions and ultimately find common strategies.

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

The work I do examines several demand response strategies which can be tailored for differing national conditions and markets. There is also the aim that these can be introduced to different European countries to help meet the project’s target of increasing flexible energy in the electricity market using renewable energy sources, European-wide.

What impact do you see Sim4Blocks having in the future?

Sim4Blocks explores various demand response strategies for a number of different conditions in several European countries. This wide research lays the groundwork for these different countries of what needs to be done, and followed, for flexible energy systems to be implemented in the future. It also shows how markets, and policies need to change to tap into the potential of bottom-up demand response.

What does the future hold for demand response?

In almost all elements of everyday life, ranging from power and heating systems to charging electric cars, the opportunities to implement flexible energy systems will continue to increase into the future. However, applications and interfaces have to be defined more precisely for demand response to develop and mature effectively.

“Defining optimisation strategies for each pilot site can be very challenging”

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

I really like the use of creativity available in solving tasks and problems. It’s also great incorporating different project partners and the three pilot sites across Europe allow you to get a much broader picture of the state of demand response.

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

I would like to see that the promising work on the strategies and solutions developed and implemented during the project can continue to progress and advance for real use.

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