The Copenhagen School of Energy Infrastructure (CSEI) is proud to announce that it has been awarded two fellowships under the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral networks. This recognition underscores CSEI’s commitment to cutting-edge research and innovation in sustainable energy systems and green transition. As part of these fellowships, CSEI will be welcoming two new Ph.D. students in 2025. The projects, CoDeF and IDEAL4GREEN, will run for four years and bring together exceptional candidates from around Europe to investigate these challenges. 

The CoDeF project is dedicated to training innovative doctoral researchers who will lead the charge in addressing the challenges posed by consumer energy flexibility. The project recognizes that consumers and citizens play a pivotal role in achieving net-zero carbon energy. Through a multidisciplinary approach, this network will deliver integrated research outcomes that inform energy policy and drive societal change. CoDeF seeks to understand how to incentivize consumer flexibility through behavioral change, demand response interventions, and market mechanisms. The project focuses on facilitating flexible consumer demand through enablers such as control algorithms, smart grids, and home-based smart devices. Institutional frameworks are also explored. The research will also evaluate the impact of consumer energy flexibility on emissions, the energy system, and society at large. CSEI will be hosting one PhD student to work on this project and collaborate with the larger consortium with the angle of energy systems modeling and empirical data on flexibility behavior. 

The CoDeF consortium, under the leadership of University College Dublin (UCD), brings together expertise from academia, industry, and research institutions. By addressing technical, economic, and societal challenges, we pave the way for increased consumer participation in energy markets. The consortium consists of: University College Dublin, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, University of Stavanger, Copenhagen Business School, KU Leuven, the Technical University of Denmark, TU Delft, the Lithuanian Energy Institute, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology,  VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Stavanger Municipality, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Electric Ireland, Urban Sympheny, the German Energy Agency, Zurich Soft Robotics, Kaunas University of Technology, Aurora Energy Research, Lyse, NORCE Norwegian Research Center, Alliander, TNO Energy and Materials Transition, TREFOR, Center Denmark, and AI Energy. 

The IDEAL4GREEN project tackles urgent global challenges related to climate change and the transition toward sustainable energy systems. This project will focus on the development and integration of microgrids. These microgrids play a critical role in managing the variability of renewable energy resources and achieving ambitious decarbonization targets. IDEAL4GREEN contributes to the EU Commission’s commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 by empowering energy communities and optimizing local supply and demand. The project will focus on developing innovative research on microgrid planning, design, and operation. This will be achieved through improved mechanisms for microgrid islanding, reconnection, and overall system resilience. The project will also explore the planning, policy, and economic feasibility of interconnected grids and microgrids. IDEAL4GREEN emphasizes creating complete and integrated microgrid design frameworks. By utilizing advanced energy system modeling, the project aims to transform traditional grids into sustainable energy systems. CSEI will be hosting one PhD student as part of IDEAL4GREEN who will work alongside the consortium on issues involving microgrid modeling and tariffication. 

The IDEAL4GREEN Consortium is led by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and consists of: Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the Grenoble Institute of Technology, TU Berlin, the National Technical University of Athens, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Copenhagen Business School, the University of Vaasa, GIP AG Society for Industrial Physics, ODIT-E, TNEI Services, TeknoCEA, NANOE, Schneider Electric, MicroEnergy International, Protasis, Pixii, Vattenfall, and Danfoss Drives.  

The objective of a Marie Currie Doctoral Network is to implement doctoral programs through partnerships among organizations from various sectors across Europe and beyond. These networks aim to train highly skilled doctoral candidates, stimulate their creativity, enhance their innovation capacities, and boost their long-term employability. Doctoral Networks collaborate with universities, research institutions, infrastructures, businesses (including SMEs), and other socio-economic actors from different countries. These networks respond to well-identified needs in various research and innovation areas, exposing researchers to both academic and non-academic sectors. Additionally, they offer research training and transferable skills relevant to innovation and employability. 

For further information, please contact: 

Dr. Jens Weibezahn, CSEI Project Coordinator, Email: