Smart flexibility strategies in (de)regulated electricity and ancillary service markets: from application level to market clearing (industrial and academic perspectives)

This special session will focus on the question how to optimally aggregate and integrate flexibility, coming from different – sometimes very local – sources such as demand response, storage and flexible generation, into different kinds of existing and future markets. The topics addressed will consecutively address the respective levels from bottom (device/application) to top (market clearing). Aspects that will be discussed are, amongst others, ICT challenges and requirements for smart control of large heterogeneous clusters of flexibility, the complexity of translating clustered flexibility into smart trading strategies and bids for different markets and the mathematical challenges and complexity of clearing markets allowing smart bids and taking into account locality aspects and grid constraints.

The high-quality invited speakers represent both academic and industrial perspectives and will reveal insights from past and ongoing research on international level, including lessons learned from various European research and demonstration projects.


Daan Six received his master’s degree in commercial engineering in 2004 from the University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium. Since 2008, he is with the Energy Technology department of the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) and EnergyVille, Belgium. After conducting research in the field of electricity markets and business modelling for energy technologies, he became project manager smart grids in 2009. He is currently supervising the EnergyVille research domain on energy market design and modelling, and advanced techno-economic business case assessments for innovative energy technologies in a smart grid context. He is involved in several (inter)national research and demonstration projects as well as commercial contract research on smart grids, demand response and renewable energy integration, a.o. Linear (, ADDRESS (FP7,, E-hub (FP7,, EvolvDSO (FP7,, S3C (, industRE ( …

Bertrand Cornélusse is a researcher at the University of Liege and consultant in the field of optimization applied to power systems. He received the electrical engineering degree and Ph.D. at the University of Liège in 2006 and 2010, respectively. At the university he is currently working on the implementation of smart distribution networks via the GREDOR project. For N-SIDE, he manages the Euphemia algorithm that sits at the heart of the European day-ahead electricity market.

Juan M. Morales received his M.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Málaga and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Castilla – La Mancha, Spain, in 2006 and 2010, respectively. In 2011, he was awarded a Hans Christian Ørsted postdoctoral fellowship by the Technical University of Denmark, where he currently holds an associate professorship position in Stochastic Optimization in Energy Systems within the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. Juan M. Morales’s expertise lies in the fields of Energy Analytics, Optimization and Economics, where he has contributed with a number of technical publications, including two books, on the challenges of a fossil-free energy system. He is also currently leading the work package “Decision making and support systems” in the Danish research center CITIES: Center for IT-Intelligent Energy Systems in Cities and the work package “Market architectures to integrate ancillary services from distributed energy resources” in the EU-H2020 project SmartNet.

Mitja Kolenc is currently working as an application engineer at the cyberGRID GmbH. His main fields of work are communication systems development as well as involvement in R&D projects and commercial deployments. He is responsible for communication systems and protocols development. He received his University degree in Electrical Engineering (Equivalent to M.Sc.) from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana in 2010. Before joining cyberGRID, he worked as a researcher at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. at University of Ljubljana. His research fields are digital signal processing, communication systems and intelligent power networks. He is also active member of IEEE for a several years.

Dr Simon Tindemans (Imperial College London) is a Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College London, UK. His main research interests are the quantification and control of responsive demand and the development of computational methods for reliability assessment.

Simon Verduijn likes to focus his creativity and analytical thinking on developing innovative solutions for complex, multidisciplinary problems. Working together, in a multidisciplinary team, gives him great energy. The design of products and the development of processes which give interpretation to sustainable objectives are in line with his personal interests, ambitions and background as an engineer. He graduated at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, simultaneously working for a building contractor on site. After graduation he started working at Royal BAM Group in multidisciplinary teams as a property- and area developer. He developed an interest in sustainable development and was involved in several research- and development programs on the transformation of houses and neighborhoods to net-energy-zero (districts). Amongst others ‘Gebieden EnergieNeutraal’, ‘Stroomversnelling’ and the REnnovates Horizon 2020 project.