dr. Tarek Alskaif
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Tarek AlSkaif received the Ph.D. degree (Cum-laude) from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain in 2016; his dissertation was titled, “Energy Sharing in Smart Grids: A Game Theoretic Approach”. He obtained the B.Sc. degree and the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering at Damascus University, Syria in 2007 and 2011 respectively. He started his professional career as a junior lecturer at Al Wadi German Syrian University, Syria from 2008 till 2011. During the last two years of his Ph.D. studies, he did an internship at Schneider Electric, a European multinational corporation that specializes in energy management and automation solutions, where he was involved in projects related to network monitoring, demand side management and energy efficiency. He also collaborated for 6 months with the e-learning team at Schneider Electric worldwide.

Since 2016, he is a postdoc at the group of Energy & Resources at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University focusing on different research problems in smart grids, including demand side management, consumers/prosumers engagement and smart integration of distributed energy resources with an emphasis on modeling, optimization and data management. He is currently working on the EU-project: “PARticipatory platform for sustainable ENergy managemenT (PARENT)”. PARENT aims to reduce electricity consumption and increase PV self-consumption in buildings through community participation and technological solutions. In this project, he is leading a pilot implementation in Amsterdam: “the Borneo-Eiland Prosumers Community”, installing energy monitors in 50 households to gain insights on electricity consumption and PV production.

Involved in the following study programme(s)
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All publications
  2018 - Scholarly publications
Alskaif, T.A., Lampropoulos, I., van den Broek, M.A. & van Sark, W.G.J.H.M. (2018). Gamification-based framework for engagement of residential customers in energy applications. Energy Research and Social Science, 44, (pp. 187-195) (9 p.).
Alskaif, T.A., Schram, W.L., Litjens, G.B.M.A. & van Sark, W.G.J.H.M. (18.01.2018). Smart Charging of Community Storage Units Using Markov Chains. The 7th IEEE PES International Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies - ISGT Europe 2017 (pp. 1-6) (6 p.). Torino, Italy: IEEE.
van der Stelt, Sander, Alskaif, T.A. & van Sark, W.G.J.H.M. (01.01.2018). Techno-economic analysis of household and community energy storage for residential prosumers with smart appliances. Applied Energy, 209, (pp. 266-276) (11 p.).
  2017 - Scholarly publications
, (2017) 33rd EU PVSEC Amsterdam (25.09.2017 - 29.09.2017) Borneoeiland Prosumer Community:
towards more energy independent neighbourhoods in Amsterdam, Poster, 7DV.1.26
Alskaif, T.A., Bellalta, Boris, Guerreo Zapata, Manel & Barcelo Ordinas, Jose M. (01.03.2017). Energy efficiency of MAC protocols in low data rate wireless multimedia sensor networks: A comparative study. Ad Hoc Networks, 56, (pp. 141-157).
Alskaif, T.A., C. Luna, Adriana, Guerreo Zapata, Manel, Guerrero, Josep M. & Bellalta, Boris (01.03.2017). Reputation-based joint scheduling of households appliances and storage in a microgrid with a shared battery. Energy and Buildings, 138, (pp. 228-239) (12 p.).
Alskaif, T.A., Guerreo Zapata, Manel, Bellalta, Boris & Nilsson, Anders (01.01.2017). A distributed power sharing framework among households in microgrids: a repeated game approach. Computing (Vienna/New York), 99 (1), (pp. 23-37).
  2017 - Other output
Alskaif, T.A., Lampropoulos, I., Söebech, Ólöf, van den Broek, M.A. & van Sark, W.G.J.H.M. (29.03.2017). Gamification to engage citizens in the use of smart metering systems.
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Alskaif, T.A. (26.07.2016). Energy sharing in smart grids : a game theory approach. (199 p.).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Alskaif, T.A., Guerreo Zapata, Manel & Bellalta, Boris (2015). A reputation-based centralized energy allocation mechanism for microgrids. The 6th International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm) (pp. 416-421). Miami: IEEE.
Alskaif, T.A., Guerreo Zapata, Manel & Bellalta, Boris (2015). Citizens collaboration to minimize power costs in smart grids: A game theoretic approach. The 4th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems (SMARTGREENS 2015) (pp. 1-6). Lisbon: SciTePress.
Alskaif, T.A., Guerreo Zapata, Manel & Bellalta, Boris (2015). Game theory for energy efficiency in Wireless Sensor Networks: Latest trends. Journal of Network and Computer Applications, 54 , (pp. 33-61).
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Key research areas:

  • Smart grids and microgrids
  • Modeling, optimization and data analysis
  • Game theory and its applications
  • Sensor networks
  • Users engagement and gamification
PARticipatory platform for sustainable ENergy managemenT (PARENT)
01.06.2016 to 31.05.2019
General project description 

The PARENT project (JPI Urban Europe) aims to increase engagement of individuals in the responsible management of their own electricity usage. It develops an innovative technical platform for participatory energy management, fuelled by novel analytics, visualisation and gamification techniques. Using energy monitors, electricity consumption and solar Photovoltaics energy production data in households is collected and analyzed, and information, tips and feedback are provided to each individual household using mobile and web applications. The PARENT project operates across three European cities: Amsterdam (Netherlands), Bergen (Norway) and Brussels (Belgium). 
In Amsterdam, the "Borneo-Eiland Prosumers Community" pilot installation aims to allow prosumers to have better insight of their electricity consumption and solar energy production, get personalized tips, engage with neighbors to reduce interaction with the electricity grid, and build an energy independent community. The pilot was launched in March 2017 targeting 50 households in the Borneo-Eiland . The pilot is lead and executed by Utrecht University and Resourcefully.

Role Researcher Funding
EU grant
Project members UU

Graduate students:

Master students:

  • Sander van der Stelt (Jul 2017). Title: "Household or community storage: a techno economic analysis".
  • Tom Terlouw (Feb 2018). Title: "Life Cycle Assessment of batteries: in stationary applications and electric vehicles".
  • Made Satyadhira Madalila (Apr 2018). Title: "Techno-economic analysis of residential energy system under various support schemes".

PhD students:

  • Marte Gerritsma (2017-2020). Thesis project: "Smart solar charging: Efficiency and economics of different electric vehicles charging optimization objectives".
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  • Master's thesis Energy Science (GEO4-2510)
  • 2016-2017 (4) Bachelor's thesis Milieu-Natuurwetenschappen (GEO3-2138)
  • 2017-2018 (3) Energy in the Built Environment (GEO4-2522)
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