Tomislav Pukšec, PhD, is assistant professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (UNIZG FSB). His research interests include fields of energy, sustainable development, energy systems modelling, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. He is supervising, managing or working as a team member on the numerous Horizon 2020 projects. His recent research activities related to demand response and smart energy systems include the development of a national framework for cross sectoral integration of demand/supply model, with Croatia as the case study. The demand response research is focused mostly on power2heat topic, which is done through individual research projects funded by the European Commission like Coolheating (Market uptake of small modular renewable district heating and cooling grids for communities) and PLANHEAT (Integrated tool for empowering public authorities in the development of sustainable plans for low carbon heating and cooling). Smart energy systems, based on prosumer integration, are researched through the project PROSEU (PROSumers for the Energy Union: mainstreaming active participation of citizens in the energy transition). Together with prof.dr. sc. Neven Duić, he is coordinating PentaHelix project (Multistakeholder and governance approach for SECAP development and implementation) which aims to empower local and regional authorities to find innovative and cost-effective approaches to develop, finance, implement and improve sustainable energy and climate action plans (SECAPs) that contribute to reaching national and European climate and energy goals and policies. He is acting as a Supervisory Board Member of the SDEWES Centre (Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems Centre).
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