― What I do
I am a seasoned technical lead equipped with a critically constructive mindset, strong strategic thinking and the ability to translate complex topics towards different stakeholders. Throughout all stages of renewable energy projects, I have developed expertise in building and leading cohesive cross functional teams in an innovative and high-performance environment.
Power system studies
Grid integration of wind farms
Protection and SCADA system design
Offshore substation platform design
Testing & Commissioning
Factory Acceptance Testing
Site Acceptance Testing
Technical project management
Technical risk management
Engineering team management
― What I have built
Throughout my career, I have worked on both onshore and offshore wind farms, as well as mobile substations. As lead engineer, I managed the complete high voltage grid connection design, construction and commissioning of two major offshore wind farms, Gemini and Norther. Both wind farms have a combined installed power of 970.000 Watt.
For a period of 25 years, these wind farms will provide green energy to over 1 million families.
Norther Offshore Wind Farm
Norther is an offshore wind farm with a maximum capacity of 370 MW. Upon completion, it will be the largest offshore wind farm in Belgium. Each year, it will generate around 1,394 GWh of sustainable energy, equal to the energy use of almost 400,000 families.Learn More
Gemini Offshore Wind Farm
The 600 MW Gemini offshore wind farm consists of two offshore substations and one onshore substation. With two export cables of about 100 km, the Gemini high voltage grid connection pushed the boundaries of what is considered technically feasible with AC technology.Learn More
Northwind Offshore Wind Farm
Northwind is an offshore wind farm with an installed power of 216 MW, located in the Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone of the North Sea. It provides green energy to about 230 000 families.Learn More
Zuidlob Onshore Wind Farm
The 122.4 MW Zuidlob (Princess Alexia) wind farm is one of the largest onshore wind farms in the Netherlands. It supplies renewable energy to about 88 000 families.Learn More
― Lifelong Learning
Master of Science in Engineering, Energy
Graduated magna cum laude
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Mechanical - Electrical
Graduated cum laude
Construction Project Management
Five week course on Coursera
Leadership for Engineers
Five week course on EdX
zenon HMI/SCADA software, Advanced Certificate
Zenon Energy training course and examination
French Language Course
Module 3 - B1 Threshold
Multiple Training Courses on Power System Studies
Grid Connection of Renewable Generation,
Power Quality and Harmonic Analysis,...
Global Wind Organisation
Safety Training for Offshore Works
Sea Survival, Working at Heights, First Aid, Fire Awareness,
― Research & development
Techno-Economic Analysis of HVAC, HVDC and OFAC Offshore Wind Power Connections.
Jun, 2019 ― Stephen Hardy, Kristof van Brusselen, Stijn Hendrix (CG, Belgium), Dirk Van Hertem, Hakan Ergun (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Published and presented at the PowerTech 2019, Milan, Italy.
This work performs an economic analysis of High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) and High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission options for Offshore Wind Power Plants (OWPPs). The primary objective is to produce a range for each technology under which it is the most economic option. The economic model developed accounts for system losses and reliability. HVAC technological variations included are the use of a mid point compensation platform and Optimal Frequency AC (OFAC).
Optimal Design of the Mvar Controller of Far Shore HVAC Grid Connections
Oct, 2015 ― Tom Van Acker, Barry Rawn, Dirk Van Hertem (KU Leuven, Belgium), Stijn Hendrix, Etienne Lemaire (CG, Belgium)
Published and presented at the 14th Wind Integration Workshop in Brussels, Belgium.
This paper discusses the proposed design of a reactive power controller of a far shore HVAC grid connection under construction. The controller helps to reduce the negative effects associated with the increased capacitive charging current linked to the increasing HVAC cable lengths. Optimal usage of the reactive power capabilities of the both the Wind Turbine Generators (WTG) and the available onshore reactive compensation can lead to significant reduction of the active power losses resulting in financial gains.