The basis for the good and professional work of E-Bridge is the strict selection of its consultants considering academic training and practical experience. Today, the team consists of engineers, economists and business economists of more than six nationalities. The multi-disciplinary and complementary competence is a guarantee for a qualified, independent and efficient consulting.
Market DesignSecurity of SupplyTransmission System Operator
René Beune, Principal Consultant at E-Bridge Consulting B.V., has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy sector. Among others, René has practical experience in system and network planning, system operations as well as in wholesale markets and market integration.
His solid knowledge of technical, economical and operational relationships is the basis for his practical and implementation-oriented advice for TSOs, power exchanges and regulatory authorities.
René has played a major role in or was responsible for several studies and projects in the international electricity business. He has more than 10 years of experience as a leader of complex studies in research and development, policy development, generation planning, balancing market design and market development and congestion management concepts.
Additionally he convened several international project groups, working groups and studies.
René received his M. Sc. in Applied Mathematics/Operations Research at Twente Technical University in 1981.
Asset ManagementDistribution System OperatorNetwork PlanningProsumer
Kilian Bienert deals with issues of network planning and grid operation in the area of distribution grids. His work focuses on the integration of decentralized generation units and the exploration of new flexibility options in the course of increasing digitization and electrification. As part of his studies, he acquired extensive expertise in both the technical aspects of electrical energy systems and the economic and regulatory aspects of energy supply.
In his work as a student assistant and as a bachelor and master at the Institute of Electrical Systems and Energy Economics (IAEW) at the RWTH Aachen University, Kilian also dealt with the regionalization of decentralized generation plants and electrical consumers.
Kilian studied electrical energy engineering at the RWTH Aachen University. He is certified in PRINCE2 Project Management (PRINCE2® Practitioner).
Market-Grid InterfaceRedispatch 2.0Regulation
Gerald Blumberg’s main topics include issues at the interface between grid and market in the tension triangle of energy economics and technology as well as regulation. In the course of his scientific research, he dealt with the interdependencies between flexible market participants in the distribution grid and the energy market, with questions of market design as well as long-term energy system modeling and scenario design.
As a former team leader for renewable energies and grids at the Chair of Energy Economics, Gerald was particularly involved in the project “SDL-Zukunft” (SDL Future), where he was instrumental in developing a proposal for the introduction of a reactive power procurement system to implement the European requirements in the context of the Electricity Market Directive.
At E-Bridge, Gerald focuses on clients such as grid operators, utilities and investors, currently e.g. on the practical implementation of Redispatch 2.0 processes as well as questions regarding grid expansion planning. Questions about market design, its design variants, interfaces with the regulatory framework and implications for energy supply companies and network operators form another topic area of Gerald, where he deals with subjects of further development in the gas and/or hydrogen regulatory regime as well as the efficient integration of flexibilities and sector-coupling technologies.
ControllingDistribution System OperatorNetwork Tariff CalculationRegulation ManagementWholesale Markets
In his consulting, Steffen Boche is able to draw on almost 20 years of energy-sector experience. He has both extensive business-management expertise and practical management experience. His primary focuses in operational regulation management include management-oriented studies of network-relevant issues. In such work, he covers a wide range of topics, including network-fee calculation, modeling of the impacts of incentive-based regulation on earnings maximization and assessment of investment decisions.
At E-Bridge, Steffen also supports utilities in identifying cost-cutting potential and in selecting strategic options for cost-shifting. In addition, his tasks include assessing electricity and gas networks in conjunction with concessions and network acquisitions.
Prior to joining E-Bridge, he held a range of management positions at Verbundnetz Gas AG. Steffen studied at the University of Rostock.
Steffen is certified PRINCE2® project manager.
Business ModelsCorporate StrategyDigitizationEnergy MarketsRetail Markets
Jens Büchner has worked in the energy sector for more than 25 years. His extensive international experience, his solid grasp of technical and operational interrelationships and his understanding of complex economic and regulatory issues give him a broad foundation for consulting oriented to actual practice and implementation. He advises regulatory authorities and utilities in connection with complex, sensitive issues requiring both technical know-how and implementation-based experience.
Analytical expertise, along with many years of experience with virtually all of the international energy sector’s key management issues, qualify Jens as a consultant for sensitive – and technically and economically challenging – tasks.
During his consulting career, he has played a key role in development of access regulations for electricity and gas markets, successfully supported major acquisition and merger projects in Europe and directed a range of management and cost-effectiveness studies.
Jens holds a doctoral degree from RWTH Aachen University.
Market Coupling Business ProcessesMulti-Client Project ManagementProgram & Project Management
Tjacka Bus began his work at E-Bridge in January 2012. He has gained his professional experience especially in the areas of energy production, energy trading and data management.
Tjacka has managed projects in the areas of analysis and improvement of accounting grid management, design and implementation of data-management processes and optimization of complex processes relative to network economics and sales. In addition, Tjacka has established and filled ad-interim positions for function managers and data managers in the energy-trading sector. Furthermore, his past work has covered areas such as IT security of invoicing processes.
Tjacka worked for over three years in the Dutch energy sector, and thus he has a first-hand knowledge of that sector’s processes and systems.
Prior to becoming a consultant, Mr. Bus worked for five years in the area of solid-state physics and conducted research into materials for innovative energy systems and semiconductor applications.
Tjacka studied nuclear engineering at the University of California (Berkeley) and materials science at Delft University of Technology.
Distribution System OperatorEnergy MarketsMarket DesignRegulatory ManagementRetail Markets
Benedikt Deuchert has been active in the electricity and clean-tech industry for more than 5 years. His main expertise is in market and regulatory issues related to the electricity grid, especially regarding the usage of flexibility.
Before joining E-Bridge, Benedikt was responsible for developing strategic business opportinities for Entelios, one of the leading demand response companies in Europe. In parallel, he was responsible for the activities of the NODES marketplace for local flexibility resources in Central and Western Europe. He was also engaged in research projects as well as regulatory affairs in this context.
Benedikt holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.
Market DesignMulti-Client ProjectsProgram & Project ManagementTransmission System OperatorTSO Cooperations
Susanne Dornick has been working in the energy industry since 2003. Prior to joining E-Bridge in 2014, she gained valuable experience in electricity markets at a transmission system operator and at an international electricity generator and commodity trader. Susanne currently focuses on the implementation of EU directives and programme and project management. In numerous international projects, she has successfully supported many European transmission system operators and power exchanges in various challenging multi-client projects as project manager, project support (PMO) and technical expert.
Susanne is a proven expert for multi-client cooperation projects. Customers highly value her efficient and target-oriented working approach. In the framework of implementing EU directives she supported more than 20 transmission system operators and power exchanges in establishing a joint IT platform enabling continuous intraday cross-border trading across Europe (XBID). At present she supports the EU transmission system operators in amending and enhancing the intraday IT platform as well as a cooperation of more than 50 power exchanges and transmission system operators in operating and further developing the day-ahead market coupling. Within these projects, Susanne focuses on supporting the project management, project planning and budgeting, coordination of sub-projects, cooperation agreements, external communication and acts as secretariat for the steering committee.
In addition to her excellent experience in project management, Susanne possesses profound technical expertise and is a certified PRINCE2® project manager.
Multi-Client ProjectsProgram & Project ManagementTSO Cooperations
Anne Frank has been working in the energy industry for several years. Among others, she focuses on the project management for cross-border energy trading. She is supporting transmission system operators and power exchanges in pan-European multi-client projects.
Prior to her work as a consultant, Anne worked for several years in various positions at DB Energie GmbH. Her responsibility included the project management of strategic and operational projects. She also worked in the field of market communication for the network operator.
During her studies, Anne supported international energy projects at GIZ GmbH in various roles.
Anne studied International Management, International Development Studies and Energy Management. In addition, she gained international experience and intercultural competence by working and studying abroad.
Best-Practice BenchmarkingNetwork PlanningSystem SecurityTransmission System Operator
Bart Franken is an electrical power engineer working as a Consultant for electricity network operators, energy sector regulators and generators in many countries.
Bart gained experience in all power system aspects when he was a member of the Management Team of Dutch electricity transmission operator ‘Transportnet Zuid-Holland’ (TZH). At TZH he was directly responsible for the control centre department, transmission system development planning and regulatory affairs.
Since 2002, Bart has been working as an independent Consultant, using his in-depth power systems knowledge in different projects that are mainly related to (transmission} system operations, regulation and electricity markets.
Specific areas of interest are quality regulation, ancillary services markets, system operation and incident investigations.
Energy MarketsPortfolio-AnalysesPPAsPricing Strategies
Andreas Gelfort has many years of experience in European electricity and emissions trading. Focus of his activities is on the procurement and sales optimization of customer and asset portfolios as well as on proprietary trading. Over many years, Andreas has led and built up international trading teams. He was responsible for significant trading budgets and revenues.
Andreas has extensive expertise in the optimization of renewable energy portfolios as well as in the structuring and management of PPAs. Furthermore, he is successfully involved in the development of new markets and trading products.
Andreas joins E-Bridge’s Energy Markets team and works with utilities, trading companies, exchanges, investors, network operators and regulatory and supervisory authorities.
EU Network CodesMarket DesignRegulatory ManagementTransmission System OperatorTSO Cooperation
Fabian Heus, Senior Consultant at E-Bridge Consulting B.V., has worked in the energy sector for nearly 20 years. Recently started as a senior consultant, Fabian has a broad experience within the Dutch Transmission System Operator (TenneT TSO), having worked on topics ranging from technical studies on transport and system issues to projects related to establishing companies facilitating the EU internal electricity market and its regulatory aspects.
Amongst Fabian’s strengths are his strong analytical skills combined with his ability to explain complex matters in an understandable way, his broad experience in convening and facilitating workgroups in a multi-cultural and multi-stakeholder environment, and his profound project management skills.
At E-Bridge, Fabian will mostly focus on the provision of management and expert support for the European TSOs at the interface between grid operation and electricity market (design) and regulation.
Fabian holds a M.Sc. in Dutch language and literature from the University of Amsterdam.
Hydrogen EconomyRegulatory IssuesSector Coupling
Philipp-Matthias Heuser is elaborating the integration of hydrogen into the energy system and energy markets. His work focuses on the development of gas markets and transport networks, sector coupling and regulatory analyses for the implementation of the national hydrogen strategy. Furthermore, Philipp supports national and international projects in project management.
He gained expertise and experience in this field during his doctoral studies at the Institute for Energy and Climate Research of the Research Center Jülich, where he designed a concept for a worldwide hydrogen infrastructure based on renewable energy. In addition, Philipp participated in the “Energy System 2050” project of the Helmholtz Association, where he was involved in the study “Wege für die Energiewende – Kosteneffiziente und klimagerechte Transformationsstrategien für das deutsche Energiesystem bis zum Jahr 2050“ (only German version available). As part of his work as a working student at Trianel GmbH, Philipp also dealt with the fundamental analysis for the operational planning of power plants and the development of the electricity market.
Philipp graduated from RWTH Aachen University with master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering (specializing in Energy Engineering) and in Management, Business and Economics.
Economic RatingEnergy MarketsMarket DesignStorage & Consumer
Janis Kaltschnee deals with strategic questions regarding market design, new trends and regulatory issues. At E-Bridge he mainly focuses on “Wholesale Markets”, supporting clients like network operators, utilities and international investors. In different projects he analyzed the potential of the rising share of renewables for various market participants.
Through his internship at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin, Janis gained a close insight into a regulatory authority. During his time at 50Hertz, he focused on the future role of a transmission grid company. He worked on strategic questions with regard to an electricity system with a high share of renewable generation and its opportunities.
Janis studied Energy Management at the University of Applied Science Darmstadt (Bachelor). His master program was Renewable Energy Management at University of Applied Science Cologne.
Congestion ManagementDecentralised FlexibilityDistribution System OperatorsModellingSimulation
Philipp Laschet joined the DSO team of E-Bridge in May 2020 and is involved in modeling and simulation of energy industry issues. Especially congestion management is one of his core competences. Philipp has gained experience in this field mainly in the context of his master thesis, in which he developed a procedure for the simulation of congestion management in the transmission network under consideration of decentralised flexibility.
During his work as a research assistant at the Institute of High Voltage Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University, Philipp worked on models and simulations concerning market coupling and power plant scheduling. During his internship at PNE AG, he worked on processes for the planning of wind farms and market analyses.
Philipp studied industrial engineering and management, specialising in electrical power engineering, at RWTH Aachen University.
Grid and Market SimulationsMarket CouplingProgram & Project ManagementTransmission System Operator
Zongyu Liu, Senior Consultant at E-Bridge Consulting B.V., has been involved with the energy sector for more than 6 years. He has extensive experience from various EU projects which he conducted during his work at the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands) in cooperation with leading manufacturers of network systems, transmission system operators and leading technical universities in Europe. His expertise in the fields of system modelling, stochastic modelling of the infeed of renewable energies, modelling and optimisation outstandingly qualifies Zongyu to support the E-Bridge team.
Zongyu studied electrical engineering at the Chalmers Technology University (Sweden) and electrical engineering and IT at the McMaster University (Canada).
Electricity MarketsRisk AnalysesTransmission System OperatorUncertainty Analyses
During his five-year doctoral studies at the Institute of Energy Systems and Energy Economics (IAEW) in Aachen, Ivan Marjanovic gained work experience as a consultant and project manager in projects for ministries, transmission system operators and other industrial partners. His main areas of expertise include congestion management in the transmission grid, grid planning, power generation and electricity markets.
In his diploma thesis, Ivan focused on the assessment of flow-based capacity calculation models taking into account uncertainties. According to this research topic, he has extensive expertise in modeling uncertainties relevant to the operation of a power grid as well as conducting risk analyzes and stochastic optimization.
Ivan studied electrical engineering at the University of Belgrade and the RWTH Aachen University. He is certified PRINCE2® project manager.
Cross-Border Market IntegrationEuropean Market DesignTransmission System Operator
David Myška has worked in the energy sector more than 14 years and is with E-Bridge since July 2016. His work is mostly linked to European power market design and cross-border market integration.
Before joining E-Bridge, David worked as COO at Joint Allocation Office created by the merger of CAO Central Allocation Office and CASC, capacity auction offices providing services to 20 TSOs. Prior to the merger he was employed as Business Development and Contracts Manager at CAO. While working at CAO, David was convener of 8 CEE TSOs Working Group for 5 years dealing with cross-border capacity auction rules, auction office processes and CEE cross-border market design. He was also the moderator of the ENTSO-E drafting team for 2 years, which successfully prepared harmonized European rules for forward cross-border capacity allocation. At CAO, David was in addition responsible for all contractual arrangements with TSOs, market participants and IT services providers, including respective budget aspects.
Prior to this, he worked at ČEPS, being responsible for cross-border trade and contracts for purchase of ancillary services and representing the Czech TSO in various international projects.
David studied power engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague.
Implementation EU Network CodesIT & Process ManagementProject ManagementTransmission System Operator
Oliver Obert has been working in the energy industry since 2001. Prior to joining E-Bridge Consulting in 2008, he gained valuable experience in energy management at a transmission system and distribution network operator. His current consulting focus is on the implementation of EU directives, process and IT consulting as well as project management. In numerous national and international projects, he has successfully supported a large number of European transmission system operators in different and challenging issues as project manager and technical expert. In other projects he advised distribution system operators, energy supply companies and regulatory authorities.
Oliver is a proven expert in regional TSO coordination. In this environment, he has successfully supported TSOs in Central and Northern Europe in establishing Regional Safety Coordinators (RSC). Oliver has been instrumental in developing methods for operational safety analysis and non-availability planning for the implementation of EU directives. In many projects he has developed business processes and specified IT systems and supported customers in their implementation.
In addition to his excellent technical expertise, Oliver has many years of experience in project management and is a certified PRINCE2® project manager.
Network PlanningStrategic ConsultingTransmission System Operator
Dr. Baris Özalay deals with various energy-related issues in the TSO sector and advises not only European transmission system operators, but also distribution system operators, ministries and authorities on current key energy-related issues. These concern both strategic positioning and business models as well as the concrete implementation of European Regulation and network codes. His work focuses on the planning and operation of the future transmission grid as well as the analysis of the effects of changes on the generation and grid side.
Prior to joining E-Bridge, Baris worked at the Institute for High Voltage Equipment and Grids, Digitalization and Energy Economics in Aachen in the Transmission Systems Research Group, where he gained experience in energy industry abd research. In national and international projects for various partners, he acted as project team member and project manager.
Baris has a profound technical, economic and strategic understanding of the topics and interrelationships in the energy industry. His broad knowledge base and analytical approach qualify him to advise on complex issues.
Baris is certified in PRINCE2® project management.
Multi-Client ProjectsProcess ManagementProgram & Project Management
Dilan is supporting transmission system operators and power exchanges in multi-client projects. The focus of her work is program and project management for cross-border energy trading and system security.
Dilan studied Environmental Engineering at Istanbul Technical University and Energy Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. During her studies, she acquired broad expertise in designing and managing hybrid energy systems as well as simulating different scenarios for the environmental impacts of these systems.
In addition, she gained international experience by studying abroad and gained excellent teamwork and organizational skills by organizing both national and international conferences.
Dilan is certified in PRINCE2 Project Management (PRINCE2® Practitioner).
Electrical Power SystemsEU Network CodesMarket Integration and DesignMulti-Client Project ManagementTransmission System Operator
Dr. Pieter Schavemaker, Managing Director of E-Bridge Consulting B.V., has worked in the energy sector for more than 20 years. Pieter has a varied experience as assistant professor at the Delft University of Technology, with a large manufacturer of power system equipment (ABB), with a Transmission System Operator (Tennet TSO), and as a consultant.
Amongst Pieter’s strengths are his strong analytical skills combined with his ability to explain complex matters in an understandable way, his broad experience in convening and facilitating workgroups in a multi-cultural and multi-stakeholder environment, and his profound project management skills.
During the past years, Pieter was heavily involved in the international work on the boundary between system operations and the electricity market. Pieter is one of the founding fathers of the CWE Flow-based Market Coupling that is currently in operation.
Pieter holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Power Systems from Delft University of Technology, received his Didactic Qualification for University Education from Delft University of Technology, and is a certified PRINCE2® Practitioner. Pieter Schavemaker is author of the book ‘Electrical Power System Essentials’, published by Wiley.
Digitalization of Distribution Network OperationsFuture Network ManagementRedispatch 2.0Transformation Processes at Distribution Network Operators
Annika Schurtz deals with strategic and operational issues of future grid management and transformation processes for distribution grid operators. She has in-depth expertise in the area of digitalization of distribution grid operations and in the development of future-proof operational strategies. Currently, Annika is focused on the implementation of Redispatch 2.0 for German distribution system operators.
Before joining E-Bridge, Annika led the research group “Distribution Network Planning and Operation” at the Institute for Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics at TU Dortmund University, where she was responsible for the acquisition, planning and implementation of research projects and their coordination. Accompanying her research activities, Annika completed her dissertation on “State estimation methods and their contribution to congestion management in medium voltage grids”.
Annika has experience in the development of monitoring strategies for active distribution network operation in the lower voltage levels. Furthermore, she worked in cooperation projects with German DSOs on cross-grid level coordination of flexible feeders and consumers and their activation mechanisms.
Expansion and Digitization of Electricity and Gas NetworksFuture Scenarios of the Energy LandscapeRegulation and Legal FrameworkStrategy and Management Consulting
Henning Schuster is Managing Director of E-Bridge and also heads the “DSO” division. Besides the distribution system operators, he also advises transmission system operators as well as ministries and authorities on current issues and key topics. These include fundamental strategic issues for companies, the further development of market design and the regulatory framework for the energy transition as well as future-proof organizations and processes of grid operators.
In recent years, Henning has been instrumental in the development and implementation of many pioneering concepts in the energy industry, such as redispatch 2.0, flexibility markets, time-variable grid tariffs for the integration of e-mobility, grid planning with flexibility (peak capping).
Henning has a sound technical, economic and strategic understanding of the interactions in the energy industry. In all challenges, he is able to combine his technical understanding with market mechanisms, economic and strategic knowledge. His profound knowledge base and analytical approach qualifies him for consulting on complex and sensitive issues.
Before joining the consulting business, Henning headed the research group for network planning and operation at the Institute of Power Systems and Power Economics.
Henning Schuster is certified in PRINCE2 project management (PRINCE2® Practitioner).
Capacity AnalysesCongestion ManagementModelling and SimulationsSystem SecurityTransmission System Operator
Cai Oliver Thier supports the TSO team of E-Bridge and is mainly involved in modelling and simulation around topics such as capacity determination and congestion management in the European transmission grid.
During his studies at the Institute for High Voltage Technology (IFHT) in Aachen, Cai Oliver worked on different issues of frequency stability in future transmission networks, especially in the case of network separations. He wrote his master thesis on “Determination of design relevant grid separations for the European transmission grid”.
Cai Oliver studied industrial engineering at the RWTH Aachen University, specialising in electrical power engineering.
Market IntegrationProgram & Project ManagementStrategy and Management ConsultingTransmission System OperatorTSO Cooperations
Tuncay Türkuçar, Managing Director of E-Bridge Consulting, has been working in the energy-sector for more than 20 years. Tuncay knows how to implement market and regulatory technical standards in practical shape in business strategies and processes. For example, he was involved in the evaluation and implementation of liberalized markets in Germany and the Netherlands.
Tuncay is currently advising transmission system operators in strategic projects. This concerns both the support for the strategic positioning, optimization of business processes as well as in the applications. His technical and organizational knowledge enables Tuncay to support market participants in the evaluation and selection of appropriate commercial and technical systems to improve competitiveness and achieve cost savings potential.
In the past 15 years, Tuncay has advised numerous German and European transmission system operators in the evaluation, documentation and development of business processes, the development of organization and cooperation models and the development of technical and operational strategies in the areas of system management, system services, congestion management and the medium and long term planning.
Tuncay studied at Technische Universität Dortmund.
Competition StrategyEnergy MarketsMarket CouplingProgram & Project Management
Tobias Veith joined the E-Bridge team in November 2011 and focuses on topics of European market design, regulation and competition and cross-border trade.
In previous projects, Tobias worked for different European TSOs, NRAs and producers with dedicated experience as an economic expert for market design and auctions. He has specific knowledge in the fields of control and balancing energy markets in Western European countries (CWE), Ireland and the UK as well as in the Nordics. Beyond, Tobias is working on topics of RES integration into the current energy system and models for integrating intermittents into control energy markets. Based on his practical experience, Tobias regularly publishes in academic journals on these topics.
Before joining E-Bridge, Tobias was a project manager and research fellow at the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, Germany. He primarily participated in projects on regulation and competition issues for the German government and for European enterprises. Today, he is supporting E-Bridge as “Associated Senior Consultant”.
Since February 2014, Tobias is also Professor of Energy Economics at the University of Applied Sciences Rottenburg, Germany.
Asset ManagementCongestion Management / Redispatch 2.0Future Distribution Network OperationMulti-Client Project Management
Matthias Wessels mainly advises network operators, energy supply companies and manufacturing industry and ministries.
Focus of his work is the operation of electrical distribution grids. His work covers a wide spectrum: From the future role and strategic challenges of German distribution grid operators (“DSO 2.0”) to asset management for single and multi-division companies, the future-oriented design of network planning and operation – driven by decentralised flexible plants, among other things – and also the further development of corporate processes through digitalisation in the grid business.
Matthias links the topics to a target operating model for future-oriented DSOs, also for closed distribution grids. In addition, he advises in the non-regulated area on the topics of new business models and electromobility, among others. Within the thematic focus areas, he bridges the gap from strategy development to targeted implementation.
Matthias` technical expertise is flanked by his determination and strength in implementation, which is particularly applied in the management of multi-client projects and project programmes.
Before joining E-Bridge, Matthias worked at Soptim AG on software solutions for the energy sector and contributed to scientific projects at the Institute for Electrical Systems and Energy Economics at RWTH Aachen University.
Matthias studied industrial engineering at RWTH Aachen University. He is certified in PRINCE2 project management (PRINCE2®).