Dirk holds a dual appointment at the Energy Center and the Risk Analytics and Optimization Chair. He investigates how vehicle to grid (V2G) can be used to pair fluctuating electricity production and consumption with the availability of electric vehicles parked at charging stations. Through mathematical models, he examines the technical, economic, regulatory, social, and environmental consequences of V2G deployment.
Dirk holds an M.Sc. degree in Energy Management and Sustainability and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, both from EPFL. Before his PhD, he has worked on the optimization of residential energy systems with a focus on the integration of solid oxide fuel cells - both from the academic side as a research assistant with Dr. Jan Van herle and from the economic side as a recipient of a scholarship from The Ark, a Swiss foundation encouraging start-ups in the canton of Valais. During a research stay at the Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU) with Prof. Daniel Müller, he developed an interest in dynamic material flow analysis.