Joni Rossu, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, leader of UNITED-GRID WP2.


RISE recently recruited the energy expert Joni Rossi who will now gradually take over the leadership of UNITED-GRID’s work package2.

Energy and environmental engineer Joni Rossi, originally from Belgium, began her career doing research in agriculture, for a period in collaboration with a research centre in rural Tanzania.

– Our work focused on land use and land use change and how it would affect climate change. When I returned to Belgium I kept on working with climate change issues as a project manager in the environmental sector, she says.

– More and more I came across energy issues because energy and climate are so often related.

Joni Rossi has led several national and international projects on renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental protection. Her latest employment was at the sector association Cogen Flanders where she gave technical, financial and regulatory advice to industrial stakeholders and authorities.

– WP2 is largely about strategical questions and the general evolution of the energy system and markets, subjects I am familiar with. But many of the technical parts of the UNITED-GRID project are new to me so I hope to learn a lot, she says.

It is now a year since Joni and her family (partner and two children) moved from Belgium to Sweden and Gothenburg. She learns Swedish quickly and already speaks Dutch, French and English.

– So, you see: UNITED-GRID is the perfect project for me. It’s about a research area I find interesting and know much about – and I have all the necessary languages! says Joni Rossi.

Claes Sandels, also researcher at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, started out as leader for WP2 but will now gradually hand over the management responsibilities to Joni Rossi. Claes will still contribute with work in some of the WP2 activities.

Claes Sandels is a work package leader in the Fossil Free Energy District (FED) project, which will be used as a demonstrator site in the UNTED-GRID project. Thus, Claes will be able to provide knowledge about demonstrator to the UNITED-GRID project

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