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Xavier Rixhon
PhD student
Ir. at UCL in 2016
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Main project: Robust optimisation of the pathway towards a sustainable whole-energy system: role of synthetic fuels
Funding: Projet BEST – Fonds de transition énergétique
Supervisor(s): Francesco Contino, Hervé Jeanmart

Securing energy supply while mitigating the anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions embodies one of the biggest challenges of today’s -and tomorrow’s- society. In this perspective, renewable energies, mainly wind and solar, will be extensively installed. However, these resources per se present a time and space disparity which generally leads to a mismatch between supply and demand. Therefore, to harvest their maximum potentials, the energy system shall become more flexible, especially through the storage of this renewable electricity. The integration of electro-fuels seems to be a promising solution. They could play the role of long-term storage of electricity and energy carriers to supply other sectors (e.g. heat or mobility). To address the question of the role of these fuels in the energy transition, a multi-energy and multi-sector model, Energy Scope TD (ESTD), will be further developed. It optimizes the design of an energy system to minimize its costs and emissions. Defining an energy transition strategy for a large-scale system, such as a country, implies decisions with long-term impacts (20 to 50 years) and, hence, many uncertainties. To perform the uncertainty quantification (UQ), ESTD will be complemented with a surrogate-assisted UQ framework. The perspective of this project is then to provide the designers and the decision-makers with optimized energy system designs, including the knowledge we have on the uncertainties, in order to pave a robust pathway towards sustainability.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Energy

Keywords:
eletric energy systems
energy storage

Research group(s): TFL

  

Recent publications

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Journal Articles


1. Rixhon, Xavier; Limpens, Gauthier; Diederik Coppitters; Jeanmart, Hervé; Contino, Francesco. The Role of Electrofuels under Uncertainties for the Belgian Energy Transition. In: Energies, Vol. 14, no.4027 (2021). doi:10.3390/en14134027. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/249490

2. Rixhon, Xavier; Limpens, Gauthier; Jeanmart, Hervé; Contino, Francesco. Taxonomy of the fuels in a whole-energy system. In: Frontiers in Energy Research, Vol. 9, no.660073, p. 1-6 (2021). doi:10.3389/fenrg.2021.660073. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/249491


Conference Papers


1. Rixhon, Xavier; Colla, Martin; Tonelli, Davide; Verleysen, Kevin; Limpens, Gauthier; Jeanmart, Hervé; Contino, Francesco. Comprehensive integration of the non-energy demand within a whole-energy system: Towards a defossilisation of the chemical industry in Belgium. 2021 xxx. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/248092

2. Rixhon, Xavier; Colla, Martin; Tonelli, Davide; Verleysen, Kevin; Limpens, Gauthier; Jeanmart, Hervé; Contino, Francesco. Comprehensive integration of the non-energy demand within a whole-energy system: Towards a defossilisation of the chemical industry in Belgium. In: Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energ. Vol. 34, no.34, p. 154-165 (2021). Ryohei Yokoyama: Osaka Prefecture University, Japan, 2021 xxx. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/249489

3. Rixhon, Xavier; Limpens, Gauthier; Verleysen, Kevin; Coppitters, Diederik; Jeanmart, Hervé; Contino, Francesco. Uncertainty quantification of energy systems. 2020 xxx. http://hdl.handle.net/

4. 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 xxx. http://hdl.handle.net/2078.1/231513

5. Limpens, Gauthier; Rixhon, Xavier; Contino, Francesco; Jeanmart, Hervé. The role of renewable fuels in low carbon societies. 2020 xxx. http://hdl.handle.net/