Thomas Mercier
PhD student
Master Ingénieur civil électromécanicien, Université catholique de Louvain, 2013 - Master Energy and markets, IFP School, 2015

Main project: Techno-economic viability of variable-speed pumped-storage hydropower based on centrifugal pumps used as turbines
Funding: Walloon Region
Supervisor(s): Emmanuel De Jaeger

This research takes place in the frame of SmartWater, a 3.5-year research project funded by the Walloon region, Belgium, and whose goal is to investigate the conversion of former mines and quarries into pumped-storage hydropower (PSH) sites, taking advantage of existing cavities. The project involves several academic and industrial partners, among which Laborelec, Electrabel and Cofely, as well as sponsors, including Ores, Elia, Charmeuse and Ensival-Moret. The SmartWater project is divided in several work packages, ranging from the geological study of potential mines and quarries, to the economical and electromechanical aspects of pumped-storage hydropower.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Dynamical and electromechanical systems
Fluid mechanics

eletric energy systems
electrical power systems quality
energy storage

Research group(s): MEED
Collaborations: Collaboration with Prof. Mathieu Olivier, Laboratoire de Mécanique des Fluides Numérique, Université Laval


Recent publications

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Journal Articles

1. Mercier, Thomas; Olivier, Mathieu; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. The value of electricity storage arbitrage on day-ahead markets across Europe. In: Energy Economics, Vol. 123, no.106721, p. 106721 (2023). doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2023.106721.

2. Mercier, Thomas; Hardy, Clément; Van Tichelen, Pierre; Olivier, Mathieu; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Control of variable-speed pumps used as turbines for flexible grid-connected power generation. In: Electric Power Systems Research, Vol. 176, no.105962, p. 9 (2019). doi:10.1016/j.epsr.2019.105962.

3. Mercier, Thomas; Olivier, Mathieu; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Operation ranges and dynamic capabilities of variable-speed pumped-storage hydropower. In: Journal of Physics: Conference Series (Print), Vol. 813, p. 012004 (2017). doi:10.1088/1742-6596/813/1/012004.

4. Mercier, Thomas. Storage-Based Frequency Control and Grid-Frequency Deviations Forecasting. In: Revue E tijdschrift, Vol. 2016, p. 1-13 (2016).

5. Mercier, Thomas. Revenues of Pumped-Storage from Energy and Reserves Markets. In: Revue E tijdschrift, Vol. 2016, p. 1-15 (2016).

Conference Papers

1. Jomaux, Julien; Mercier, Thomas; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Provision of frequency containment reserves with batteries and power-to-heat. 2017 xxx. doi:10.1109/PTC.2017.7980915.

2. Mercier, Thomas; Jomaux, Julien; Olivier, Mathieu; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Provision of primary frequency control with variable-speed pumped-storage hydropower. 2017 xxx. doi:10.1109/PTC.2017.7980920.

3. Mercier, Thomas; Olivier, Mathieu; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Variable-Speed Pumped Storage Bringing Flexibility to the South African Power System. 2017 xxx.

4. Jomaux, Julien; Mercier, Thomas; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. A methodology for sizing primary frequency control in function of grid inertia. 2016 xxx. doi:10.1109/ENERGYCON.2016.7513886.

5. Mercier, Thomas; Jomaux, Julien; De Jaeger, Emmanuel. Stochastic programming for valuing energy storage providing primary frequency control. 2016 xxx. doi:10.1109/ENERGYCON.2016.7513938.

Book Chapters

1. Locht, Marc; Georis, Bruno; Mercier, Thomas. A Typical PHES Unit, the Example of Coo in Belgium. In: Encyclopedia of Energy Storage , xxx, 2022. 9780128197233. xxx xxx. doi:10.1016/b978-0-12-819723-3.00144-x.