Job title: Project manager
Company: Elimes AG
Tell us about your education and working life up to now.
I received my diploma in systems engineering from the University of Applied Sciences (HES-SO), Switzerland. After which I spent seven years working at a research centre for energy & cities in Martigny, Switzerland. During this time my core competencies were focused on sustainable districts, energy concepts of districts and cities, and energy systems. At the end of 2015 I moved to work at Elimes AG, an engineering company based in Brig, Switzerland. Here, I am working on conceiving and planning energy concepts for districts and cities, as well as participating in various research projects in order to valorise the ground experience.
What is your main expertise?
I’m an energy systems planner, working specifically on district heating and cooling.
What is your work focused on in the Sim4Blocks project?
The goal is to collect data and experiences from our own energy systems and share this information with Sim4Blocks partners – in particular HES-SO. This will hopefully help us to identify potential new business models related to demand response capacities.
What are the main challenges you face in this work and how are you meeting these challenges?
The main challenge we face is to do with the communication technologies. Whilst our energy systems exist for five to ten years, the communication systems are already outdated. The aim is to update and adapt the existing communication technology so that we can begin transferring data in a robust and quality-assured manner. We will then be able to begin testing the flexibility of the energy system.
How do you see your work helping the project achieve its main objectives?
One of the main objectives of this H2020 project is to broadly enhance the development of innovative solutions that help to achieve energy and environmental goals fixed in European and/or country-specific energy strategies.
What impact do you see Sim4Blocks having in the future?
If the results are sufficient, it could permit the development of new business models related to demand response and enhance the profitability of energy systems.
“Sim4Blocks enables me to share my experiences with other energy system managers, which I really enjoy”
What does the future hold for demand response?
Demand response will be able to offer flexibility, energy efficiency and cost savings right from the customer to the energy provider. However, as energy strategies at local and regional levels promote renewable energy production, it will mainly be decentralised and unstable. As a consequence, electricity production will change and the corresponding energy demand will need to be adapted – mainly through demand response and energy storage systems. However, with the implementation of demand response comes a number of challenges: providing robust solutions that are easy to understand and handle by customers; solutions that can handle the increase of decentralised renewable energy in the electricity mix.
What do you enjoy more about working on a project like Sim4Blocks?
I really enjoy sharing my experiences with other energy system managers. I also find participating in innovation processes with universities and institutes very stimulating.
How would you like to see your work develop after the project ends?
Here at Elimes AG, the team would be proud if we are able to implement and offer reliable and effective new business models based on the results gathered from the project.