Stefanie's background is in Mechanical Engineering, and whilst she likes to go into the technical details and to understand engineering systems properly, she has always been keen to look at the 'bigger picture' as well. Consequently, she has moved into the field of sustainable engineering, with the aim to evaluate the sustainability of technical solutions.
Her current work is on the RealValue project, an EU funded, Horizon 2020 project, looking at the social acceptability and implications of demand response and aggregating household energy storage devices (heat and hot water) in Ireland, Germany and Latvia.
Prior to joining the ECI, she has worked as a Research Engineer at TWI Ltd in Cambridge, whilst undertaking a doctorate with the University of Surrey. In her doctoral research she has investigated the sustainability of different material options that are used in the energy and transport sector, considering life cycle costs, environmental impact and risk aspects alongside each other.