PhD & Masters Students

Steve Heinen

Harnessing planning and operational synergies between gas and electricity systems

Bio: Steve started his PhD at ERC in January 2014. Steve previously worked four years as a power sector technology analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, where he co-authored IEA’s Smart Grid Technology Roadmap (2011), Energy Technology Perspectives 2012 and 2014, Tracking Clean Energy Progress Report 2012, 2013 and 2014, and the energy policy review for Ireland and Morocco. He has a Master of Science from ETH Zurich in mechanical engineering and a Master Energy, Finance, Carbon from Paris-Dauphine University. Steve’s master thesis at ETH Zurich involved a cradle-to-grave comparison for alternative drivetrains for passenger vehicles and his master thesis at University Paris-Dauphine analysed smart grid business models and policy. Steve also did a six-month internship with Alstom Power as a commissioning engineer at the construction site of a 420 MW combined cycle power plant in Malaga Spain.


Steve Heinen is supported by the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg (Project Reference 6018454) and the ERC.


Project: Energy systems are already interlinked across fuel pathways. Gas and electricity systems in particular provide the bulk of energy demand and interact through supply and demand. Steve’s research target is to harness planning and operational synergies between the 2 infrastructures by strategically integrating them in order to deliver economic, secure and clean energy systems. Currently, the focus of his research is on system benefits for dual-fuel gas-electric heating technologies.


Key words: energy system integration, dual-fuel heating systems, planning