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Dr Harry Van Der Weijde, MEI

Chancellor's Fellow

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Phone: 01316507304

Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

My research group has reached its maximum capacity. Only very highly qualified candidates with funding should get in touch to discuss PhD positions on uncertainty and risk in (complementarity-based) energy systems modelling.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Spatial economics
Master of Science, University of Edinburgh
Economics
Bachelor of Arts, University College Roosevelt
Liberal arts & sciences

Professional Qualifications

Member of the Energy Institute, MEI

My research in a nutshell

I am an applied economist and mathematician, trying to answer economic questions about engineering systems (energy and transportation) using mathematical tools, such as optimisation and complementarity modelling

Research Interests

My main interest is in modelling electricity and transport networks and markets, how they respond to policy decisions and how (new) technologies will change their functioning. I use these to:

  • Analyse interactions between electricity, financial and carbon markets, and especially the the role that financial markets play in mitigating investment risk in electricity. 
  • Investigate optimal market design for energy markets
  • Quantify the benefits of new technologies, including renewables, storage, and grid technology in electricity systems and markets, and analysis of the revenue streams available to investors in these new technologies.

In all of the above, I often use optimisation or equilibrium models. I also have an interest in further developing these models and their solution methods, especially stochastic and risk-averse modelling methods.

I am interested in a wide range of applications, including in the US, UK, mainland Europe, Chile, as well as the developing world where markets and/or physical energy systems are still underdeveloped.

I am Co-investigator in the UK National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, work package leader of the energy markets and policy work in the EU-funded ENSYSTRA Marie Curie Initial Training Network, Co-investigator in the EPSRC-funded "Realising Energy Storage in Low-Carbon Networks" project, as well as Co-I and PI of several smaller projects. I work part-time at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science in London, where I look at quantifying the value of new data sources in energy markets.

Research students

  • Alastair Heggie: optimising energy networks in developing countries, including methods to estimate unsuppressed load in constrained electricity network, optimally shed load in distribution networks, and optimally allocate a limited supply of electricity to regions. 
  • Esteve Borras Mora (IDCORE, working with EDF): modelling uncertainty in the planning of offshore wind farms, including advanced sensitivity analysis and interactions between project finance constraints and wind farm planning.
  • Syahrul Nizam Md Saad: integrating distributed solar PV in Malaysian transmission and distribution grids, including methods to jointly model investment in large-scale and distributed electricity infrastructure and distribution system operation.
  • Fabian Fuentes (joint with PUC, Chile): applications of game theory to the community energy sector, and impacts of community energy on centralised electricity infrastructure
  • Eduardo Rosales Ortega: the role of energy storage in emerging economies

Teaching

  • Course Organiser and lecturer, Energy & Environmental Economics, MSc Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Course Organiser and lecturer, Modern Economic Issues in Industry 5/MSc, Engineering MEng/MSc programmes
  • Lecturer, Engineering Mathematics 2B, undergraduate Engineering programmes
  • Guest lecturer, Energy & Climate, Online MSc Carbon Management (School of Geosciences)
  • Personal Tutor

Visiting and Research Positions

  • Turing Fellow, The Alan Turing Institute, London
  • Schoeller Fellow, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Associate Researcher, Energy Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge

Research projects

  1. Van Der Weijde - Schoeller Fellowship

    Project: Funded ProjectResearch

  2. Energy Systems in Transition

    Project: Funded ProjectResearch

  3. Turing Fellow

    Project: Funded ProjectResearch

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