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Success for Heriot-Watt Researcher in Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2018

Merlinda Andoni wins Energy Technology Partnership sponsored Academic Award

The Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2018, sponsored by ScottishPower Renewables were held at the Glasgow Science Centre on May 24th.  This event brought together the renewable energy industry in Scotland to celebrate and recognise those who will be driving the evolution of Scotland’s energy system.

The Young Professionals Green Energy Awards recognises those who have achieved beyond all expectations, those who are pioneering new ideas and have the drive and ambition to change the renewable energy industry for the better. Applicants must have been working in the industry for five years or fewer.

Awards were made in ten categories with a further commendation being made by the organisers. Click here for a full list of winners and nominees. the winner in the Academic category was Dr Merlinda Andoni a PhD student in the Smart Systems Group at the Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems at Heriot-Watt. She is currently working towards a PhD degree in Smart Grid Management and Renewable Energy at Heriot-Watt University which aims to explore artificial intelligence and game-theoretic techniques to actively manage electricity networks with increased penetration of renewable generation, under the supervision of Dr. Valentin Robu. Her research is about generation curtailment, a crucial issue for renewable generators installed in remote areas of Scotland,

This is really brilliant news for Merlinda. The high quality and consistent levels of dedication to  her work have led her to this, well done. A tremendous achievement which she fully deserves. Another great example of the impact and position we have now established in the energy system space.David Flynn Director of the Smart Systems Group, Heriot-Watt University

Merlinda Andoni's work at Heriot-Watt includes accurately forecasting the health of energy system assetsccurately forecasting the health of energy system assetsthe applications of big data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence in the smart grid; the use of demand modelling for community energy analysis; and the application of blockchains to energy trading. To see more of Merlinda's work on blockchain and energy, click here

Given the high profile of these awards in the energy industry, it's really great that Heriot-Watt is recognised in the best young academic in the energy space in Scotland in 2018! Valentin Robu

 Images, copyright Valentin Robu 2018. Used with permission


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