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·         Short description of the University

Founded in 1997 as a private non-profit institution, Kadir Has University (KHAS) is one of the leading mid-size universities in Turkey. The university, which has seven faculties and three vocational schools, is dedicated to becoming a leader in university education in Turkey and neighbouring areas. More than 6,000 undergraduate students were enrolled at twenty-five different departments in the faculties of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, Management, Art and Design, Communications, Law, and Applied Sciences and at nine different departments in the vocational schools. The university also strives to link research with graduate education through around 1,000 students in its twenty-six master’s and nine Doctoral degree programs in the graduate schools of social sciences as well as science and engineering. As an outcome of the concrete steps taken since the strategic decision to shift its orientation from education to research was made in 2006, the university’s current research portfolio boasts 318 projects, most of which are funded by sources other than KHAS. For the last three years, the university has ranked in the top 50 universities in the University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Index List, prepared by the Turkish Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology. The university’s Innovation and Technology Transfer Research and Application Center (INEO) has been awarded funding by TÜBİTAK in 2014 for capacity building.

·         Role of the University in this project

KHAS is lead partner on WP1 which is dedicated to preparation activities to Project. In this WP, KHAS contributse to mapping the existing situation in engineering education with respect to smart grids, ICT and electricity markets, and the electricity market in Albania. KHAS co-leads this WP and ensure all project activities and deliverables are duly completed within the stipulated deadlines. Additionally, KHAS actively contributes in two development WPs co-leaded by other partner institutions. KHAS as a Program Partner, beside its contribution in the development of the new curricula / courses and capacity building of teachers and trainers in Partner HEIs, extensive contribute to the quality assurance and facilitate the overall project management and coordination. Lastly, KHAS will actively support the project dissemination and exploitation of the achieved results.

·         Staff involved in the project: photo and short BIO

 

Meltem Ucal (Coordinator of Khas)

Meltem Ucal is professor of economics at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey. Professor Ucal’s experience is on energy economics. Her current research interests/publications are energy efficiency/economics and climate change, public/consumer preferences for energy. Her master's thesis is about electricity demand forecasting models. She has also published many papers on electrical energy. She has published many articles, book, book chapters and conference presentation in international and domestic journal about energy issues. She is a highly cited academic author. She has received two education awards from Kadir Has University because of her high evaluation scores and she has also been awarded with energy efficiency award thanks to the project, which has successfully completed. She has coordinated and/or participated many research projects on energy, and related energy economics issues. She has organized several international conferences and supervised numerous graduate students, all of them now working in academia. In addition, she served as the head of the department of economics, member of the faculty board, and various commissions of the university. She has been involved in academic research and lectures at various times in USA, Germany, Belgium, England and other European countries. She has published around 10 books, booklets, and book chapters and around 100 papers of which 20 are in the SCI/SSCI indexed journals.

Selected Publications:

1.             Ucal, M. (2019). “The role of Trade and FDI for CO2 Emissions in Turkey: Nonlienear Relationships”, Energy Economics, 81, pp. 297-307.

2.             Ucal, M. (2018). “Turkish Public Preferences for Energy”, Energy Policy, 120, pp. 492-502. (With Volkan Ş. Ediger, Gökhan Kirkil, Emre Çelebi, Çiğdem Ketmen-Çin)

3.             Ucal, M. (2017). Energy Saving Behaviour of Turkish Women: A Consumer Survey on the use of Home Appliances, Energy & Environment, (28), 7. pp. 775-807.

4.             Ucal, M. (2014) “Energy Efficiency of Household Appliances and Awareness Modeling”, Energy, Science and Technology Conference 2015, 20-22 May, Karlsruhe, Germany.

5.             Kayacan, B. and Ucal, M., et al. (2012). “A primary econometric approach to modeling and forecasting the demand for fuelwood in Turkey”, Journal of Food Agriculture and Environment, Volume: 10 Issue: 3-4 Pages: 934-937 Part: Part 2 Published: JUL- OCT.

6.             Kayacan, B. and Ucal, M. et al. (2012). “Modeling and forecasting the demand for industrial round wood in Turkey: A primary econometric approach”, Journal of Food Agriculture and Environment, part II, vol.10, no:2, April.

Selected Projects:

1. “Increase Awareness of Public Understanding Through Building Stakeholder Capacity on National Climate Action” funded by Capacity Building in the Field of Climate Change in Turkey Grant Scheme (2017-2018)

2. European Energy Poverty: Agenda Co-Creation and Knowledge Innovation (ENGAGER 2017-2021) is a research network funded via the H2020 European Co-operation in Science and Technology (COST) scheme.

3. “Climate Change and Green Dimension: Green Economy, Green Growth”, funded by Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation (Turkey) (2017-2018)

4. Turkish Public Preferences for Energy”, funded by Kadir Has University Scientific Research Project Grant (2017-2018)

5. Raising Awareness in Energy Efficiency of Household Appliances and Climate Change”, funded by UNDP (EVÜDP PIMS 4014 UNDP/GEF – Market Transformation of energy Efficient Appliances in Turkey Project (2014-2015).

 

Volkan Ediger

His research interests include energy resources’ reserve, exploration, production, and consumption; forecasting and modelling of energy production and consumption; energy economy and development; sustainable energy development; energy indexing; energy policies and strategies; international energy relations; energy security and geopolitics; oil and coal history; energy shift/substitution; energy transition. He has an MS degree from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara and a PhD degree from the Penn State University, State College. His professional career has been shaped by research, teaching, and consultancy simultaneously carried out at the Research Center of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation, the Middle East technical University, the Pennsylvania State University, and the Office of the President of the Republic of Turkey. Between 1998 and 2010, he was the first person to hold the position of the Energy Advisor to the President, where he had the chance to work with three successive presidents. He is currently the Founding Director of CESD-Center for Energy and Sustainable Development and Head of Energy Systems Engineering Department and at the Kadir Has University. He has published around 20 books, booklets, and book chapters and around 100 papers of which 26 are in the SCI/SSCI indexed journals.

Selected Publications:

1. Ediger, V.Ş., 2019, “Multi-energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables”,

Energy Procedia, 156: 2-6.

2. Ediger, V.Ş., Kirkil, G., Çelebi, E., Ucal, M., Kentmen, Ç., (2018), Turkish Public Preferences for Energy, Energy Policy, 120: 492-502.

Selected Projects:

1. H2020 - GEORISK-Developing Geothermal and Renewable Energy Projects by Mitigating Their Risks, - Consultancy.

2. H2020-EE-18-2017 (CSA) – ‘Envisioning and Testing New Models of Sustainable Energy Cooperation and Services in Industrial Parks (S-PARCS)’ (0,02 M EUR) – Partner.

3. H2020-LCSC3-RES-12-2018 (IA) – GeoSmart: Technologies for geothermal to enhance competitiveness in smart and flexible operation (0,05 M EUR).

4. H2020-LC-SC3-CC-2-2018 (RIA) – OpenENTRANCE: Open ENergy TRansition ANalyses for a low-carbon Economy. & Capacity Building in the Field of Climate Change in Turkey Grant Scheme (0,048 M EUR) – Partner.

5. H2020-COST – ‘European Energy Poverty: Agenda Co-Creation and Knowledge Innovation’ (0,6 M EUR) – Partner.

 

Ahmet Yücekaya

Ahmet Yucekaya is an Assoc. Prof. Dr. and department head at the Department of Industrial Engineering in Kadir Has University. He holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering, and a Master’s in strategy development from Istanbul Technical University, a Master ’s degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Auburn University. He has worked on the modelling and analysis of electric power systems in US PJM Market in his PhD research as well as an analyst in American Electric Power Company which is the largest power producer in USA. His research interests include energy markets, electric power systems, energy economics and policy, pricing, emissions, commodities, Operations Research, logistics and transportation systems, engineering economics analysis, decision support systems, and heuristics algorithms.

Selected Publications:

1.Yukseltan, E., Yucekaya, A.,Bilge, A., (2017), “Forecasting electricity demand for Turkey: Modeling periodic variations and demand segregation”, Applied Energy, Vol.193, pp.287-296

2.Yucekaya, A., “The Operational Economics of Compressed Air Energy Storage Systems under Uncertainty”, Renewable&Sustainable Energy Reviews, 22 (2013), pp. 298-305

3.Yucekaya, A., “Bidding of Price Taker Power Generators in Deregulated Turkish Power Market”, Renewable&Sustainable Energy Reviews,22 (2013), pp.506-514

4.Yucekaya, A., “Managing Fuel Coal Supply Chain with Multiple Objectives and Multimode Transportation”, ASEM-Engineering Management Journal, Vol.25 (1), pp.58-70, June 2013.

5.Yucekaya, A., “Multi-objective Fuel Supply for Coal-fired Power Plants Under Emission, Transportation and Operational Constraints”, Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning,and Policy, Vol.8(2), pp.179-189, (2013).

6.Yucekaya, A., “Landfill gas to energy potential of Turkey: A scenario Based Multi- period Simulation”, Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy,Vol.8 (3), pp.227-234, (2013)

7.Yucekaya, A., Valenzuela, J., “Agent Based Optimization to Estimate Nash Equilibrium in Power Markets”, Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy, Vol.8 (2), pp.209-216, (2013)

8.Yucekaya, A., Valenzuela J., Dozier, G. "Strategic bidding in electricity

markets using particle swarm optimization”, Electric Power Systems Research (2009), Vol. 79, No.2, pg. 335-345.

Selected Projects:

1.H2020-EE-18-2017 (CSA) – ‘Envisioning and Testing New Models of Sustainable Energy Cooperation and Services in Industrial Parks (S-PARCS)’ (0,02 M EUR) – Partner.

2.H2020-LC-SC3-CC-2-2018 (RIA) – OpenENTRANCE: Open ENergy TRansition ANalyses for a low-carbon Economy. & Capacity Building in the Field of Climate Change in Turkey Grant Scheme (0,048 M EUR) – Partner.

Gökhan Kirkil

Gökhan Kirkil obtained his PhD degree from University of Iowa in civil and environmental engineering and worked as a research staff member in Atmospheric, Earth and Energy Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for three years. His research interests include energy system modelling, renewable energy systems. He has been teaching Energy Economics and Markets and Energy Modeling and Simulation courses at Kadir Has University for the past 3 years. His recent work is on model renewable energy transition scenarios for Turkey using Leap and Osemosys. She is the KHAS coordinator of 3 ongoing H2020 projects. He has awarded a career project from National Science Foundation of Turkey on wind energy forecast in 2013.

Selected Publications:

1. Massaga, D. J., Kirkil, G., & Çelebi, E. (2019, September). A Comparative Study of Energy Models for Turkish Electricity Market Using LEAP. In 2019 16th International Conference on the European Energy Market (EEM) (pp. 1-4). IEEE.

2. Ediger, V.Ş., Kirkil, G., Çelebi, E., Ucal, M., Kentmen, Ç., (2018), Turkish Public Preferences for Energy, Energy Policy, 120: 492-502.

Selected Projects:

1. H2020-EE-18-2017 (CSA) – ‘Envisioning and Testing New Models of Sustainable Energy Cooperation and Services in Industrial Parks (S-PARCS)’ (0,02 M EUR) – KHAS Coordinator.

2. H2020-LCSC3-RES-12-2018 (IA) – GeoSmart: Technologies for geothermal to enhance competitiveness in smart and flexible operation (0,05 M EUR). – KHAS CoordinatoR.

3. H2020-LC-SC3-CC-2-2018 (RIA) – OpenENTRANCE: Open ENergy TRansition ANalyses for a low-carbon Economy. & Capacity Building in the Field of Climate Change in Turkey Grant Scheme (0,048 M EUR) – KHAS Coordinator.

 

Emre Çelebi

(He left his job at Khas but continues to support the project)

He received his PhD degree in management sciences from the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada, in 2011. Later, he had joined Kadir Has University as an assistant professor at the Industrial Engineering Department. His areas of research interests include models of energy markets, supply chain design/management problems, large-scale optimization/equilibrium problems, and algorithms for their solution. His recent research is in regional energy hubs and co-optimization of transmission/generation investments with market equilibrium models in electricity markets.

Selected Publications:

1. Ediger, V.Ş., Kirkil, G., Çelebi, E., Ucal, M., Kentmen, Ç., (2018), Turkish Public Preferences for Energy, Energy Policy, 120: 492-502.

Selected Projects:

1.H2020-EE-18-2017 (CSA) – ‘Envisioning and Testing New Models of Sustainable Energy Cooperation and Services in Industrial Parks (S-PARCS)’ (0,02 M EUR) – Partner.

2.H2020-LC-SC3-CC-2-2018 (RIA) – OpenENTRANCE: Open ENergy TRansition ANalyses for a low-carbon Economy. & Capacity Building in the Field of Climate Change in Turkey Grant Scheme (0,048 M EUR) – Partner.

 

Hazal Mengi Dinçer

(Admistrative Staff)

She received her MA degree in Energy and Sustainable Development Master’s Program at Kadir Has University, her Master’s thesis entitled “The Role of IRENA in Global Renewable Energy Policies” was granted Heinrich Böll Scholarship Program in 2018. She joined Kadir Has University’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development Research Center in 2018, and currently works at the Center as administrative staff. She organizes symposiums, conferences at the Center and she also contributes to the Center’s project preparation and coordination processes. She is currently a first-year student in European Union Ph.D. Program at İstanbul University and interests energy and environmental policies.

·         Contact Person and Coordinator of KHAS for this Project

Prof. Dr. Meltem Ucal

meltem.sengun@gmail.com

msengun@khas.edu.tr

www.meltemucal.com

·         University official website

https://www.khas.edu.tr/en