Prof. dr. ir. Michel De Paepe (°1972) is professor of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the Ghent University.
He graduated as Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering at the Ghent University in 1995. In 1999 he obtained the PhD in Electromechanical Engineering at the Ghent University, graduating on `Steam Injected Gas Turbines with water Recovery´.
Michel De Paepe is currently the head of the Research Group Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the Ghent University. Research in this group focuses on: thermodynamics of new energy systems, performance of HVAC systems and energy in buildings and complex heat transfer phenomena in industrial applications, as in compact heat exchangers, combustion engines, refrigerant two-phase flow and electronics cooling.
Michel De Paepe was supervisor/promotor of 19 PhDs defended at Ghent University. Michel De Paepe is (co)author of 119 papers published in international peer reviewed journals and more than 350 conference papers.
Michel De Paepe is president of EnergGhentic the Ghent University Energy Research Community. Member of the Advisory Committee for the International AIVC Conference 2005
Ing. M.Sc. Bruno Vanslambrouck is working at UGent, Campus Kortrijk, Research Group TEI. He graduated in 1981 as a Master in Industrial Sciences in Electromechanics and joined Howest (an University of Applied Sciences) in 1986. In October 2013 his department integrated into Ghent University.
He obtained a strong experience within the power generation sector (SPE Diesel power station Harelbeke). With this experience he was able to study and to realize a 288 kWe/478 kWth cogeneration unit, equipped with a didactic measurement system, built in 1995 and still in working order.
Besides teaching several energy related courses, he is initiating, coordinating or participating in multiple national and international research projects, focused on waste heat valorisation. He was also the organiser of the International Symposia on Waste heat Valorisation (topics ORC, industrial heat pumps, especially for drying applications and thermal storage), held in Kortrijk (Belgium) in May 2009, September 2012, May 2014 and May 2016.
M. Sc. Jad Al Koussa obtained his Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Technology from the Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands in 2014.
Since October 2014 he is working as an R&D professional on thermal energy systems at the Flemish institute for Technological Research (VITO) and EnergyVille where he works on local and European research and consultancy projects in thermal systems applications, aimed at increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy resources.
M. Sc. Kenny Couvreur graduated as Master of Bioscience Engineering in Chemistry and Bioscience Technology, from Ghent University in 2016.
Since then he is involved in the ShortStore project and pursuing his Phd degree on thermal energy storage.
M. Sc. Annelies Delnooz obtained her Master degree in applied economics at Hasselt University.
In November 2010 she joined the Energy Technology department at the Flemish institute for technological research (VITO) as a researcher. She is mainly involved in research on energy market designs and concepts in an international context. In addition to her expertise in the field of energy markets, she also looks at innovative business case calculations and feasibility studies for various energy technologies within a Smart Grid context.
Currently her main activity consists of project management of projects on local, national and European level. She is currently engaged in different national and international research projects focussing on these topics, inter alia CoordiNet, e-harbours, IndustRE, EASME and projects with Belgian energy market players.
Dr. Jan Diriken received his M.Sc in 2007 and PhD (funded by FWO Flanders and SCK-CEN) in 2013 at the Faculty of Science, KU Leuven.
Currently, he is working in the Energy Technology department at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO).
His research interests include thermal energy storage, thermal networks, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy management.
Dr. Ir. Sergei Gusev (°1972) graduated as Master of Science in Electromechanical Engineering from Ghent University in 2008. He started as a project engineer at Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen in Kortrijk, where he participated in several projects concerning waste heat recovery by means of organic Rankine cycles (ORC) or industrial heat pumps, with a focus on technology transfer and feasibility studies for industrial cases.
From 2012 until 2015, he was involved in the large ORCNext project with the aim of investigating and developing the future generation of ORC technology.
In 2016, he submitted patent application on a novel free-piston expander with a variable volume ratio. The proposed technology was approved as innovative and relevant for industry.
For a better understanding of the system functionality, a dynamic model involving working fluid flow rates, pressure change in the working chamber and the piston dynamics was developed. The results formed the basis of the doctoral research of Sergei Gusev which he defended on February 2019.
M. Sc. Elias De Keyser, energy engineer by training, focused on offshore renewable energy technologies during his academic research in Belgium (KULeuven), Spain (UPC) and Denmark (AAU).
He built expertise in the combination of different offshore energy resources like wind and wave to optimize their performance in the electricity markets, which gave rise to his interest in virtual power plant technologies.
At Next Kraftwerke, he is now closely following up market and regulatory developments to create new business opportunities for decentralized renewable energy assets.
Recently, his focus lies on the integration of energy storage technologies in the virtual power plant.
M. Sc. Marion Powilleit graduated in Energy and Process Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, in 2015.
Focusing on theoretical modeling, she completed her studies with a master’s thesis in modeling control strategies at Cranfield University, United Kingdom.
Since then she has been a member of the team for the development of the energy system optimization software TOP-Energy at the Berlin based research institute Society for the Advancement of Applied Computer Science (GFaI). Since 2017, she has participated in the ShortStore project together with the Ghent University. Within the scope of this project, Marion was engaged in creating optimization models for energy systems with latent and sensible storages.
Dr. Günter Schneider graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1992 at the University of Stuttgart and in 1999 he obtained a PhD on the same University.
In 1992 he started his career in EVS (now EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG) as a power plant engineer and project manager later on.
From 1998 till 2002 he worked as project manager and managing director on Fortum Kraftwerk Bughausen and Fortum Energy Hamburg.
From 2003 till 2006 he had the managing director position at Koch Transporttechnik Wadgassen (now FISchmidt) and till 2008 followed by the same position at M+W Zander Stuttgart (now M+W Group). From 2008 till today he’s the managing director of Enolcon gmbh, an engineering and planning office for the power generation sector and from 2013 till today also of their sister company Storasol, developing thermal storage solutions.
Dr. Wolf-Dieter Steinmann - German Aerospace Center, Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, Thermal Process Technology.
Dr. Anne Tretau graduated in Material Science in 2003 at the University of Weimar. In 2008 she obtained the PhD in Process Engineering at the University of Magdeburg, graduating on “Energy demand of convection dryers in the brick industry”.
Since 2005 she is working at IZF - Institut für Ziegelforschung Essen e.V. (Tile and Brick Research Institute) as a project engineer. Now she is scientific technical director of IZF.