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):

Gianluca Fulli (Ispra, IT)

Gianluca Fulli leads the activities of the Smart Electricity Systems and Interoperability team at the European Commission, Joint Research Centre, where he is Deputy Head of the Energy Security, Distribution and Markets Unit.

Tilemahos Efthimiadis (Petten, NL)

Tilemahos Efthimiadis holds a PhD in Monetary Economics from the University of Macedonia, Greece (2006), an MSc in International Economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business (2001), and a BA in Economics (AUTH, 2000).

Evangelos Kotsakis (Ispra, IT)

Evangelos Kotsakis received his B.Sc. degree in computer science from the University of Athens, Greece, his M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Salford, England.

Anna Mengolini (Petten, NL)

Anna Mengolini holds a MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bologna and a MSc in Environmental Engineering from Politecnico of Torino.

Philip Minnebo (Petten, NL)

Philip Minnebo is an electromechanical engineer (process technology) displaying twenty year experience as research engineer, mainly in the field of materials characterization and laboratory management.

Stefano Tarantola (Ispra, IT)

Stefano is a Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. He graduated in Engineering in 1992 and received his PhD in Science and Technologies for Engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan in 1996.

Silvia Vitiello (Petten, NL)

Silvia Vitiello conducts research on economic and regulatory issues related to smart grids deployment with the "Smart Electricity Systems and Interoperability" group at the European Commission, Institute of Energy and Transport, Joint Research Centre.

Heinz Wilkening (Petten, NL)

Heinz Wilkening works for the European Commission DG Joint Research Centre in Petten since 2003. For the first years he worked in the field of hydrogen safety simulation and fuel-cell simulations.

Nikoleta Andreadou (Ispra, IT)

Nikoleta Andreadou received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, the M.Sc degree in “Mobile Communication Systems” from University of Surrey, U.K., and the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications from Aristotle University ...

Mircea Ardelean (Petten, NL)

Mircea Ardelean got his BSc in Geography at West University of Timisoara and holds a PhD degree from Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He had previously worked in academics in the field of Cartography and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
He joined Joint Research Centre in September 2012 focusing on spatial data gathering, data consistency check, building geodatabases and map production. Since 2015 he carries out research concerning long power interconnections.

Stamatios Chondrogiannis (Ispra, IT)

Stamatios Chondrogiannis graduated from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2001.

Gianluca Flego (Petten, NL)

Gianluca Flego holds a first degree in philosophy from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, with a strong focus on social sciences. He switched then to economics through an MA from Collegio Carlo Alberto, and MPhil from Cambridge and a PhD from Bocconi University.

Luca Jansen (Ispra, IT)

Luca Jansen

Luca Jansen received her Bachelor's in Physics from the University Duisburg-Essen and holds a double-degree Master's in Renewable Energy Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology - KTH, Sweden and Ecole Polytechnique, France.

Alexandre Lucas (Ispra, IT)

Alexandre Lucas received his Electrical Egineering degree in 2007 from the Instituto Suerior de Engeharia de Lisboa and in 2009 his Master in Business and Industrial Strategy from the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão.

Antonios Marinopoulos (Petten, NL)

Antonios Marinopoulos received a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2003 from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Ioulia Papaioannou (Petten, NL)

Ioulia Papaioannou received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 2004 where she continued her Ph.D. studies in Energy. She received her doctorate in 2010.

Marta Poncela (Ispra, IT)

Marta Poncela received a PhD in Automation and Systems Engineering from the University of Valladolid, Spain in 2012 and a MSc in electrical engineering in 1998.

Giuseppe Prettico (Ispra, IT)

Giuseppe Prettico holds a Ph.D. in Photonics (The Institute of Photonic Science, ICFO) and a Master in Energy Efficiency and Energy Markets (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya).

Arturs Purvins (Petten, NL)

Arturs Purvins has over 5 years experience in techno-economic analysis of electricity systems and in smart grid application development for energy management systems.

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,...)

Catalin Felix Covrig

Catalin Felix Covrig holds a Diplomat Engineer Degree (5 years) in Mechanical Engineering (minor in energy generation and supply) and a Doctorate Degree, both from the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania.
Currently he is a researcher and the laboratory manager for the Smart Grid Interoperability Laboratory, Petten. Before joining the European Commission he was an Operations Engineer in the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant, Romania. Some of his research interests are in the field of power systems, renewable energy, energy storage, electric vehicles, V2G, IoT, data visualisation and big data.

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.

Marco Flammini

Marco Flammini has a bachelor degree in Mechanical engineering from the Politecnico of Milano, and a double master degree in Renewable Energy from Ecole Polytechnique, France. He is a PhD student of the Politecnico of Torino. He joined the "Smart Electricity Systems and Interoperability" group at the European Commission, Directorate Energy, Climate and Transport, Joint Research Centre in November 2016. His research activities focus on techno-economic modelling of electric vehicles and power grid 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

Among his achievements with us as a trainee: contributions to activities related to the smart grid interoperability laboratory set up and to the smart grid projects assessment.

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 in cooperation with Politecnico di Torino.

†Jose Mendes

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

Miguel Olariaga

Among his achievements with us: contribution to setup the smart grid interoperability laboratory, with particular focus on the TLC and ICT parts, smart grid laboratories inventorying, scientific output on the role of telecommunications in 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.

Amanda Spisto

Amanda Spisto holds a degree in Economics a MS in Environmental Economics and Territorial studies and a PhD in Environmental Law and Economics. She spent part of her studies at the Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg, the University of Barcelona and the University of Nottingham. Before joining the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and after a short period as post-doctoral fellow at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, she worked for the Italian Ministry for the protection of the environment, the Italian Power Market Exchange and the Italian Compensation Fund for Energy Tariffs. At JRC she conducts techno-economic analysis of the power system with focus on the economic impacts of energy technologies (i.e. renewable generation, electricity storage systems) and on the proposals for a new European electricity market design.

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.

Michel Vandenbergh

Michel Vandenbergh received his degree of electromechanical engineering from the “Université Libre de Bruxelles” in 1987, and his PhD in energy engineering in 1997 from the “Ecole des Mines de Paris”. He has more than 20 years experience in energy systems management, design and simulation, with a special focus on the integration of renewable energy technologies, smart grids and the production of electricity in rural areas.

In January 2014 he joined the "Smart Electricity Systems and Interoperability" team. His main activities are power system modeling and the management of the smart grid laboratory.

Julija Vasiljevska

Julija Vasiljevska received her degree at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University Sc. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, majoring in Power Systems. She holds a Ph.D degree from the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Porto in collaboration with INESC Porto. During this period she was actively involved in several European Commission funded projects focusing on large scale deployment of microgeneration and microgrids. Her research interests include optimization of power system operation, including microgeneration, microgrid operation, control strategies for microgrids deployment and multicriteria decision aid.
Since May 2012 she is with the "Smart Electricity Systems and Interoperability" group at the European Commission, Institute of Energy and Transport, Joint Research Centre.

Alessandro Zani

Alessandro Zani graduated in Informatics Engineering and holds a PhD in “Computational methods for forecasting and decision in Economics and Finance” (Università Degli Studi di Bergamo). With a Master in the Electricity Sector at Universidad Pontificia Comillas of Madrid (2008), in 2007-2008 he collaborated with the Regulation Department of Endesa. From 2008 he worked in RSE on topics related to power markets. Since October 2018 he has been collaborating with the Energy Security, Distribution and Markets Unit at JRC Ispra.