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: 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: 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.

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

Nikola Hrelja is a MSc student of Applied Statistics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. His main research interests include electricity demand forecasting, generation adequacy analysis and smart grid data analytics.

Tao Huang

Tao HUANG is an invited scientist to join the Energy Security, Systems and Market Unit at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy and Transport to advance the modelling of distribution system operators, and of regional electricity systems as an international expert. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. He holds a master’s degree in Electric Power System and Automation and two bachelor’s degrees in Electric Power System and Automation and Finance from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China). Currently, he is with Politecnico di Torino as a senior research fellow.
His research works include global system science and complex system science and their applications to energy systems, especially to electricity markets, policy decision making aid, energy security, including critical infrastructure protection, emerging distribution grids, etc.

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

Maria Malvoni is a Ph.D student in Energy Systems and Environment at the Faculty of Engineer of the University of Salento, Italy. She is an electronic engineer and her research interests include renewable energies, forecasting applied to energy systems and grid integration.
She currently is with the “Smart Electricity Systems and Interoperability” team at the European Commission, Institute of Energy and Transport, Joint Research Centre, working on cost-benefit analysis of smart grids infrastructures.

Alexis Meletiou

Alexis Meletiou is a Ph.D student and his main research interests include European electricity markets and the techno-economic aspects of smart electricity systems. He is an economist with specialization in the management of energy resources. He holds a bachelor diploma in Economics from the University of Piraeus in Greece as well as a master diploma in Environmental and Resource Management (specialization in energy analysis) from the Vrije University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Jose Mendes

Jose Mendes contributes 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.

Ijeoma Onyeji

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