Vattenfall Energy Award goes to Bram van der Heijde for the

Vattenfall Energy Award goes to Bram van der
Heijde for the MSc thesis done at Industrial
When Vattenfall Energy Award was handed out at KTH Energy
Dialogue on the 20th of November, the first prize was awarded to
Bram van der Heijde, who studied KIC InnoEnergy MSc Smart
Cities, for his thesis on how the energy consumption of nearly 15
000 buildings in Stockholm can be improved. The supervisors of
the thesis are Nils Brandt and Hossein Shahrokni, division of
Industrial Ecology at SEED.
Last week Vattenfall Energy Award for the best MSc thesis projects in
the energy field was handed out for the third time. The jury consisted
of four professors from the Royal Institute of Technology, a
representative from Vattenfall and an expert from the Ny Teknik
newspaper. The winners were announced at KTH Energy Dialogue,
which is hosted annually by KTH Energy Platform.
Three theses were selected from a total of 34 received and reviewed
submissions. All three finalists were students of KIC InnoEnergy
Master School that offers MSc programs in sustainable energy with a
focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. In Sweden, Vattenfall and
KTH are formal partners of KIC InnoEnergy.
The first prize and a scholarship of SEK 25 000 was received by Bram
van der Heijde (MSc Smart Cities) for his thesis work "Big Data
Analytics towards a Retrofitting Plan for the City of Stockholm" in the
Industrial Ecology field. Van der Heijde’s thesis summarised and
evaluated the processing of large datasets, so-called "Big Data", for
nearly 15 000 buildings in Stockholm with the goal to find patterns
and track inefficiency in energy consumption. The author also
provided suggestions on measures for decreasing the energy use that
can be beneficial for the city of Stockholm.
The jury motivated their choice to award van der Heijde the first
prize: "A thesis where recent methodologies are used for studying a
timely topic. ‘Big Data’ and ‘Smart Cities’ are buzz words of our time.
The thesis demonstrates a methodology to evaluate measures for
decreasing the energy use and the environmental impact of the
complicated system we call cities."