Alex Afjool

Innovation Development Officer

Alex is an Innovation Development Officer working on the delivery of Heat Pumps Plus and ReFLEX.

I’ve been part of Orkney CES team since August 2019 and my main role involves working on a wide range of tasks from Data Analysis to Systems Engineering for both the SMILE and the ReFLEX projects. One of my achievements since joining the team has been work on a methodology to estimate Orkney-wide electricity curtailment. This is an inaugural piece of work, the results of which now feed into the Orkney Energy Audit. I was also one of the main contributors to the creation and deployment of the Orkney transportation habits survey. The information received from this local public consultation provided valuable insights which in turn have contributed to the ReFLEX project customer offering plans. Since the start of 2020, my main role has been to work on the set up of the ReFLEX Integrated Energy System (IES) model and I am a member of the project consortium modelling team.

I graduated with a Thermal and Energy Engineering (MSc) degree from Polytech Nantes in 2016 and then studied the MSc in Marine Renewable Energy at Heriot Watt’s Orkney campus from which I graduated the following year. Before returning to Orkney to work at CES, I was based in Antwerp, Belgium, working on the commissioning of offshore high voltage substations for the offshore wind industry. Realising the potential for me to make a positive impact in the wider field, I decided to join CES so that I can participate in the development of sustainable and innovative projects.

I’m a great fan of outdoor adventure and I spend most of my free time in the ocean. I surf Orkney’s cold waters all year round and it’s not unusual to see me heading for a quick surf session during a lunchbreak. Fun fact: I’m also a food enthusiast, I practically have a personal kitchen in the office!

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