Web Exclusive | October 2016
First ABB research award given to Dr Jef Beerten
Dr Jef Beerten from KU Leuven, Belgium and EnergyVille, post doctoral fellow of Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), Belgium, has received a $?300,000 grant over the next three years for ongoing research at the forefront of energy technology. The first recipient of the ABB Research Award in honour of Hubertus von Gruenberg, Dr Beerten was recognised for his doctoral thesis, ‘Modeling and Control of DC Grids’. He was chosen from 69 applicants from leading institutions around the world, representing a wide range of disciplines. Dedicated in honour of former ABB chairman Dr Hubertus von Gruenberg, the award recognises outstanding academic work in energy and automation and is accompanied by one of the highest research grants of its kind. It will be given every three years. This new research challenges previous approaches to modeling, controlling, and operating electrical grids. It reminds us that we have to embrace these changes by challenging existing paradigms and thinking outside of the box,” said Dr Beerten.