Vattenfall Energy Award goes to Bram van der Heijde for the MSc thesis done at Industrial Ecology/SEED/ABE 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."
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