Australian Institute o f Energy

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AIE 2014 Scholarship Winner - Carmen Wouters

Carmen Wouters is the recipient of the AIE Youth Study Scholarship for 2014-15.

Carmen graduated with an MSc in Energy Engineering from the University of Leuven, Belgium which featured a year focusing on power systems and renewable energy at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. She joined University College London (UCL) in 2013 at their Adelaide campus on a BHP Billiton scholarship, to pursue a PhD looking at the interdisciplinary modelling and optimisation of the design, operation and regulation of residential energy integrated microgrids. Carmen is supervised jointly by Dr. Adrian James (School of Energy and Resources, UCL) and Professor Eric Fraga (Centre for Process Systems Engineering, UCL). Prior to joining UCL, Carmen undertook a three month engineering internship with BASF Asia Pacific in Shanghai, China.

Carmen’s research interests lie at the interface between electricity regulation and techno-economic modelling to support the development of a cost effective, reliable and sustainable future energy supply system featuring microgrids. To advance her PhD research and support her field of interest, Carmen will use the AIE Youth Study Scholarship to attend and present a paper at the World Forum on Energy Regulation (WFER) in May 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. The WFER is held every three years and provides a platform to review progress, exchange views, identify good practices, and discuss a range of energy sector regulatory issues. Carmen will present her paper jointly with co-author Dr. Katelijn Van Hende (Energy laws lecturer at UCL) on the role of microgrids within future regional electricity markets. This will lead to valuable insights to be brought back to Australia. Carmen is very grateful to receive the financial support from the AIE under the scholarship, and is looking forward to sharing her findings with the AIE community upon her return to Australia.