People

In line with the mission of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the aim of the JRC Energy, Transport & Climate Directorate is to provide scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of community policies related to energy, transport and climate.

We are a multidisciplinary and multicultural team of JRC researchers - based both in Petten (NL) and Ispra (IT) - acting as in-house scientific consultants for EU policy-making on the on-going transformations of smart electricity systems.

Our team is currently composed of the following members

(past/temporary staff members, with whom we keep interacting and cooperating, are listed in the adjoining dedicated page):

Corina Alecu

Among her achievements with us: set-up and maintenance of the GIS (Geographic Information System) server, energy networks and critical infrastructures modelling and visualisation with GIS tools, development of energy-related GIS applications.

Ettore Bompard

Among his achievements with us: definition of the scientific strategy on power system integrated assessment, supervision of several PhD students, introduction of innovative research streams on complexity science and agent based modelling, co-auhtorship of peer-review publications on power systems, critical infrastructures and electricity markets.

Carlo Brancucci Martinez-Anido

Among his achievements with us as a PhD student: development of EUPowerDispatch, a minimum-cost dispatch model of the European electricity system, and publication of his PhD thesis entitled "Electricity Without Borders - The need for cross-border transmission investment in Europe".  Detailed information here.

Aymen Chaouachi

Among his achievements with us: development of physical and market models of the Baltic States, multicriteria decision analysis on offshore wind integration into the grid, studies on the interoperability of electric vehicles and smart grids with larger penetratin of distributed energy resources.

Ilhami Colak

Among his achievements with us: scientific supervision of smart grid laboratory activities and power system component testing expansion, scientific publications on smart grid deployment and opportunities in Turkey and Europe, scientific work on wind integration and balancing in evolving power systems, international events organisation.

Alexandru Colta

Among his achievements with us as a trainee: creation and maintenance of the smart grid projects database, system modelling of portions of the European power grid (UK,...)

Helder Ferreira

Among his achievements with us: assessment of cost and impact of innovative technologies (FACTS) on the European transmission system, evaluation of the impact of large penetration of Distributed Generation in the European distribution grids, analyses on energy storage technologies and integrated systems.

Flavia Gangale

Among her achievemntes with us: analysis of the socio-economic aspects of smart grid projects, demand response programs and consumer engagement strategies.

Vincenzo Giordano

Among his achievements with us: smart grid project inventorying and analysis, development of a complete cost-benefit methodology for smart grid projects, policy support and research on smart grids at European and international level (EC Smart Grid Task Force, European Electricity Grid Initiative, EU-US Energy Council).

Nikola Hrelja

Among his achievements with us as a trainee: support to electricity demand forecasting, generation adequacy analysis and smart grid data analytics.

Kevin Kok Heang

Kévin Kok Heang graduated in 2016 with a Master of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from Arts et Métiers ParisTech, France. During his studies, he was involved in a interdisciplinary project at HESAM Université commissioned by the Ile-de-France region on "new lifestyles: reinventing the links between urban and rural areas through short circuits" which sought to envision the future of the Paris metropolitan area at the horizon 2030 in terms of energy consumption and production, mobility, quality of life and the dynamics between centres and peripheries.
From September 2017, he will be pursuing a second MSc in Public Sector Innovation and eGovernance. The degree is awarded in conjunction by KU Leuven, the University of Münster and the Tallinn University of Technology.

Stavros Lazarou

Among his achievements with us: contributions to real time simulation activities, electricity transmission and distribution systems modeling and support to competitive research activities (FP7 projects).

Maria Malvoni

Among her achievements with us: cost-benefit assessment of smart grids infrastructure, analysis on PV systems perfomances and system integration in collaboration wirh the Engineering Faculty at the University of Salento, Italy. 

Alexis Meletiou

Among his achievements with us as a trainee first and Phd student afterward: Smart Grid Projects Outlook, regulatory analyses on the emerging distribution systems, PhD studies under completion in cooperation with Politecnico di Torino.

Jose Mendes

Jose Mendes contributed to the administrative activities of the "Smart Electricity Systems and Interoperability" Action and assists with the set-up and expansion of the smart grids experimental activities.

Miguel Olariaga

Miguel Olariaga has a degree in telecommunications engineering from the 'Universidad Politécnica de Madrid', Spain. His areas of expertise are voice and data networks, wireless communications, ICT security and audio-visual technologies. He holds several professional certifications including PMP, CCNP and ITIL.
His professional career has spanned for more than 15 years across 5 different countries where he has worked for IBM, Siemens, MCI/Verizon and, since 2006, the European Commission. In March 2013 he joined the Smart Electricity Systems and Interoperability group where he is working with all ICT-related aspects of Smart Grids.

Ijeoma Onyeji

Among her achievements with us as a trainee: contribution to the cost-benefit assessment of smart grid projects in Europe, evaluation of consumer engagement towards smart grid concepts.

Alessandro Setti

Among his achievements with us as a trainee: contribution to data gathering and processing for the smart grid projects inventory, contribution to the cost benefit analysis for the city of Rome.

Chiara Tardioli

Among her achievements with us as a trainee: support to the development of tools for smart grid inventorying and assessment, contribution to data gathering and processing for power system modelling.