MatchIT: Efficient demand and supply matching by incentivizing end-users in buildings

The project aims to develop and test an interdisciplinary framework for a reliable, efficient, sustainable, and socially acceptable electricity grid with distributed generation and storage of energy. We develop control algorithms and an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platform coupled with automation to optimize matching of demand and supply that are acceptable to users in buildings. We examine which type of automation, and which financial and social incentives are acceptable and effective to promote demand-supply matching among users. The control algorithms combine the physics and communication constraints of the electricity grid with user incentives. The platform interfaces users with the grid, thereby considering their needs, indoor information, congestion, prices and control signals, to coordinate the energy consumption of buildings. We first evaluate our framework in living-lab settings, and then implement it in the Power Matching City, a futuristic field lab in the Netherlands.

1 April 2017
Duration: 3 years
Funded by: ERA-Net SG+ (H2020) and The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
Program: ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus
Contract number: 651.001.011

Research Adviser (Expert Contract). November 2016 – December 2018

Provide support to DG ENER’s activities on assessing and understanding how much value European society attaches to security of energy supplies. This understanding will be obtained by conducting specialized consumer surveys and will contribute to the implementation of the Energy Union Roadmap initiatives.

BIGS: Beijing Groningen Smart Energy Cities. July 2015 – July 2018

The objective of the BIGS project is to increase awareness of energy and understand citizen behaviour across countries. This is the fundamental step to create policies for improving citizens’ behaviour and increasing electric infrastructure efficiency, which is the second key objective of BIGS. Finally, this can only be achieved with an appropriate supporting ICT infrastructure that will be built as an enabling element of the project. The information collected and fed back to the citizen is then used to derive user models and to steer public behaviour. The ICT infrastructure is also the means for implementing the policies in a personalised, real-time and culturally tailored way.

1 October 2015
Duration: 3 years
Funded by: The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
Program: Joint Scientific Thematic Research Programme (JSTP) Smart Energy in Smart Cities
Contract number: 467-14-037

Energysense. July 2016 – December 2016

In this project I am responsible for the development and validation of the Energysense basic questionnaire. Energysense is an independent initiative on energy, at population-level. Energysense aims to provide researchers with energy information from 10.000 households in the Netherlands.

Start: June 2016
Duration: 6 months
Funded by: University of Groningen, Energy Academy Europe

Threat by Association. September 2010 – September 2015

This Ph.D. project focused on the influence of threatening global situations (e.g., global economic downturn, radicalization, global terrorism) on local intergroup relations (e.g., within the Netherlands). Specifically, we studied how people perceive threats from far away groups (e.g., Muslim Brotherhood within the Egyptian uprisings, Greece within the EU economic crisis), and how these perceptions of “intergroup threats” impact more local relations with local minority groups (e.g., immigrants within the Netherlands). We connected our research to current situations, such as the Arab uprisings, the expansion of the European Union, global terrorist threats, and the global economic downturn.

Start: September 2010
Duration: 5 years
Funded by: Heymans Institute for Psychological Research (University of Groningen)