Gauthier Limpens
PhD student
Ir. at UCLouvain in 2015

Main project: Energy system modelling
Funding: UCLouvain Assistant
Supervisor(s): Hervé Jeanmart

The transition towards more sustainable, fossil-free energy systems is interlinked with a high penetration of stochastic renewables, such as wind and solar.

Integrating these new energy resources and technologies will lead to profound structural changes in energy systems, such as an increasing need for storage and a radical electrifcation of the heating and mobility sectors.

To capture the increasing complexity of such future energy systems, new

flexible and open-source optimization modelling tools are needed.
In collaboration with EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), we develop EnergyScope, a new open-source energy model for strategic energy planning of urban and national energy systems.

We applied our methodolgy to Switzerland and Belgium. During the end of the thesis, we are developping a transition pathway model representing the transition from 2015 until a long term target (such as 2050) with intermediary steps. The technologies merit order and the total cost of the transition will be key results.
In addition, other studies are under investigation (by master thesis or myself) about more countries, a multi-cells versions, an urban version, model coupling (EnergyScope-DispaSET), create an educational interface for citizens and policy makers or apply the model for uncertainty characterisation.

IMMC main research direction(s):

eletric energy systems
energy harvesting
energy storage
life cycle assessment
thermal engines
multi-energy systems

Research group(s): TFL
Collaborations: EPFL - IPESE (Pr Francois Maréchal)


Recent publications

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Journal Articles

1. Limpens, Gauthier; Jeanmart, Hervé; Stefano Moret; François Maréchal. EnergyScope TD: a novel open-source model for regional energy systems. In: Applied Energy, Vol. 255 (2019). doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.113729.

2. Limpens, Gauthier; Jeanmart, Hervé; Maréchal, François. Belgian Energy Transition: What Are the Options?. In: Energies, Vol. 13, no.261 (2020). doi:10.3390/en13010261.

3. Dias, Véronique; Pochet, Maxime; Limpens, Gauthier; Giorgetti Simone; De Paepe Ward; Bram Svend; Bricteux Laurent; Verhelst Sebastian; Parente Alessandro; Contino Francesco; Jeanmart, Hervé. Position Paper on Energy Transition. In: The Energy Industry Times, (2018).

4. Limpens, Gauthier; Jeanmart, Hervé. Electricity storage needs for the energy transition : an EROI based analysis illustrated by the case of Belgium. In: Energy, Vol. 152, p. 960-973 (01/06/2018). doi:10.1016/

Conference Papers

1. Rixhon, Xavier; Limpens, Gauthier; Verleysen, Kevin; Coppitters, Diederik; Jeanmart, Hervé; Contino, Francesco. Uncertainty quantification of energy systems.

2. Limpens, Gauthier; Rixhon, Xavier; Contino, Francesco; Jeanmart, Hervé. The role of renewable fuels in low carbon societies.

3. Limpens, Gauthier; Coppitters, Diederik; Rixhon, Xavier; Contino, Francesco; Jeanmart, Hervé. The impact of uncertainties on the Belgian energy system: application of the Polynomial Chaos Expansion to the EnergyScope model.. In: PROCEEDINGS OF ECOS 2020 - THE 33RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. Vol. 33, no.33, p. 711-720 (2020). Ryohei Yokoyama: Osaka Prefecture University, Japan, 2020.

4. Limpens, Gauthier; Jeanmart, Hervé; Stefano moret; Giangranco Guidati; Xiang Li; François Maréchal. The role of storage in the Swiss energy transition. In: Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energ. Vol. 1, no.1, p. 761-774 (2019).

5. Limpens, Gauthier; Jeanmart, Hervé. Quantification of electricity storage needs for Belgium energy transition: a sensitivity analysis based on EROI. In: proceedings of the 31st International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energ. Vol. 31 (2018).

6. Limpens, Gauthier. InnoEnergy annual conference 2019 - EnergyScope TD: a novel multi-energy tool for strategic energy planning.

7. Limpens, Gauthier; Jeanmart, Hervé. Electricity storage needs for the energy transition: an EROI based EROI based analysis.