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Senior project manager at R2M Solution; Chairman of the Renewable Heating and Cooling European Technology and Innovation Platform (RHC ETIP). Researcher on solar thermal technology at private research institute Ambiente Italia (2003-2009), researcher on solar thermal technology at Politecnico di Milano (2009-2018), Senior project manager at innovation consulting company R2M Solution (2018-onwards).
Andrej works as Project Officer at the Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centers (EUREC). Prior to joining EUREC, Andrej worked as an interim Project Officer at Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA). He also worked for a Brussels-based consultancy company, trying to increase the participation of Slovak SMEs in European RD&I funding programmes and advising them on funding for their RD&I activities.
Jack Corscadden is a Project Officer at Euroheat & Power. He works as part of the DHC+ Technology Platform, the research and innovation hub, to advocate for the uptake of sustainable heating and cooling solutions. He leads the dissemination activities for several H2020 projects focused on integrating sustainable heat sources in district heating and cooling networks. Prior to joining Euroheat & Power, Jack worked at REN21 and Veolia, gaining experience in the renewable energy sector. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and an MSc in Environmental Sustainability.
Maria João Carvalho is a senior researcher at LNEG, the National Laboratory of Energy and Geology based in Lisbon, Portugal. LNEG (formerly known as INETI or LNETI) is an R&D institution focused on sustainable research. Since joining LNEG in 1982, she had held various research roles, including senior principal researcher in the Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency Unit and head of the Solar Energy Laboratory.
Gerhard Stryi-hipp is a physicist and is working in the solar energy sector since 1992. Until 2008, he was managing director of the German Solar Industry Association BSW-Solar and its predecessors. In 2009 he moved to the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE as Head of Energy Policy and Group Leader Solar Thermal Systems. Since 2011, he is coordinating the business area »Smart Energy Cities« at Fraunhofer ISE. With his Team he develops tools and concepts for the Transformation of today’s urban energy systems to sustainable and cost-efficient energy systems, e.g. the energy system Simulation program KomMod and methods for the development of road maps for the urban energy system transformation. Gerhard Stryi-Hipp chairs the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling’s Horizontal Working Group on 100% Renewables Energy Cities.
Miika Rämä has 17 years of experience in energy research in various positions and currently works as a research team leader at VTT, Finland. Rämä has specific expertise in modelling and analysis of heating and cooling technologies, especially in district heating and cooling and its role in an energy system. He has coordinated many international and national projects from installation specific feasibility studies to national energy policy reviews, e.g. a lead responsibility in past two IEA DHC Annex programme projects. Rämä succesfully defended his doctoral dissertation titled “District heating with low-carbon heat sources and low distribution temperatures” in 9/2020. Research profile available at https://cris.vtt.fi/en/persons/miika-rämä.
Reghina works as Policy Officer at the European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC). Prior to joining EGEC, Reghina worked in the European Parliament where she assisted MEPs from the S&D and EPP political groups. She also worked for Brunswick Group (Austria & CEE Office), a strategic advisory firm, where she advised clients on critical issues from TMT and transport industries.
DI Christoph Brunner is CEO of AEE INTEC in Austria. Before, he was head of department IPE - Industrial Processes and Energy Systems at AEE INTEC. The main topics of his work are energy and resource efficiency, the integration of renewable energy for the industry like solar process heat and membrane distillation for wastewater purification and process water upgrading. He was project coordinator of several national and international projects as and Operating Agent in the International Energy Agency - IEA SHC Task 49 - Solar Process Heat for Production and Advanced Applications and IEA SHC Task 62 for Solar thermal energy and industrial water management. Further he is working as an UNIDO expert in energy efficiency for the industry in Uganda, Balkan countries, Malaysia, India, Russia, Egypt and South America.
Giorgio Bonvicini is a Senior Energy Engineer at RINA and a certified Energy Manager according to Italian regulations. Since December 2020 he is Co-Chair of the HWG Districts of the RHC ETIP, endorsed by the European Commission to enable sustainable Heating & Cooling to reach its full potential everywhere in Europe. He is contributing to many R&D projects in the field of sustainable heating and cooling and supporting private companies and public institutions with energy/resource efficiency audits and climate change strategies.
Giulia works as a project manager at White Research, a social research enterprise specialising in consumer behaviour and market research as well as in digital and social innovation in several business sectors. Currently, Giulia collaborates in the W4RES project, a project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. W4RES supports the uptake of renewable energy in heating and cooling (RHC) from a gender-driven perspective in 8 European countries. White Research acts as the Regional Hub Manager for Belgium.
Nowadays he leads the ICTvsCC (ICT versus Climate Change group) within the Institute for Advanced Communication Technologies at UPV, called ITACA. where one of his research lines consists in the application of advanced modelling tools for the computationally aided design of energy systems (mainly in buildings and in systems where the soil is used as heat source). A further research line is the application of advanced control strategies for systems energy management. He is author of over 150 journal and conference articles in the field of physics and engineering. Dr. Urchueguía has participated in several European projects in the area of energy (participating also as coordinator). He is Chairman of the Geothermal Panel and Chair of RHC Platform. He’s also Vice-president of EGEC since 2016.
Margarita de Gregorio, Environmental Engineer and Ph.D. in Economy of Natural Resources, manages the Spanish Biomass Platform -BIOPLAT- and the Spanish Geothermal Platform -GEOPLAT-, where the Spanish geothermal and biomass sectors are grouped together to achieve a sustainable and successful implementation of biomass and geothermal technologies while creating added value in territories and supporting to fight climate change
Researcher in the Thermal Efficiency Area of Tecnalia, within the Energy and Environment Division. He currently focuses his work on the revalorisation of industrial and renewable heat by means of thermal and electrical heat pumps. Previously, he worked for more than 10 years in the Department of Thermal Machines and Systems at the Institute for Energy Engineering at TU Berlin. During his stay in Berlin he was involved in projects for the design, testing and monitoring of thermally activated heating and cooling systems, gas-fired heat pumps, trigeneration and solar cooling systems.
Pascual Polo Amblar is a lawyer and has been working since 1999 in the field of renewable energies, especially in the field of solar thermal energy. His current position is that of Managing Director of ASIT, the Solar Thermal Industry Association, an association in which he has been working since its foundation in 2004. He is also the Coordinator of SOLPLAT, the Spanish Low Temperature Solar Thermal Energy Technology Platform, since its creation in 2016. Previously, he worked in the renewable energy sector at HELIOS, the Andalusian Association of Solar Energy Manufacturers and Installers, from 1999 to 2004. The main highlights of his professional career are the dissemination of Solar Thermal Energy, training of ESTs, management of Dissemination and R&D projects, and representation in national and international forums.