When Geert Vergoosen and Muhammad Hafeez Saeed started a demand response project in their first year of the MSc in Smart Cities programme, they didn’t realize it would lead them to present a research paper on stage at the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) event. Geert and Hafeez happily share their experiences in bringing this idea from an EIT InnoEnergy Master School project to a published paper – with the message that anything is possible if you are willing to put in the work!
The research paper, co-authored with Nikita Stepanyuk, Jamie Zouras, Saga Carle, and KTH researcher Anders Nilsson, provides a conceptual framework to implement demand response strategies using household characteristics. Geert explains, “It helps the policymakers, researchers, and technology implementers to identify areas that are suitable for upscaling demand response programmes. Furthermore, it would act as a tool to help tailor-make demand response programmes according to the household characteristics of individual neighbourhoods, thereby optimising the possible flexibility of demand in specific areas.” Hafeez clarifies why this fresh approach is so important: “The previous research in this area focuses on the how, what, and when of implementing demand response strategies. Whereas our research answers the important question of where to implement them subject to socio-economic and dwelling characteristics of different neighbourhoods in cities.”