The European commission together with the 28 Member States pave the way to Energy Transition. All the European decisions supporting this transition represent a chance for the future evolution of Europe but a lot of challenges will need to be addressed, from a technical, economical, regulatory, cultural and societal point of view. The technical revolution in the energy sector, including the development of new technologies (RES, storage, smart home solutions and smart cities and communities, biofuels for transport) and the new ways to envisage and operate the European Energy Markets require a comprehensive understanding of their implication on the system.



The services provided as well as the topics addressed in the ASSET project help at answering STRATEGIC QUESTIONS for the energy sector in Europe and succeeding in implementing the EU’s Energy Union Strategy in its five closely related and mutually reinforcing dimensions (VRE Integration, Flexibility and Design of the electricity market, smart energy and Energy Efficency, Legilsative and Policy Framework, Social and Human Development and Research and Innovation).



The project aims at providing studies in support to EU policy making, including for research and innovation. More specifically, of the order of 50% of the effort bear on the EU electricity system in a context of an increasing share of variable renewable energy sources. Topics of the studies include detailed aspects such as consumers, demand-response, smart meters, smart grids, storage, etc., not only in terms of technologies but also in terms of regulations, market design and business models. Connections with other networks such as gas (e.g. security of supply) and heat (e.g. district heating, heating and cooling) as well as synergies between these networks are also be studied. The rest of the effort deal with heating and cooling, energy efficiency in houses, buildings and cities and associated smart energy systems, use of biomass for energy applications, etc.  Foresight of the EU energy system at horizons 2030, 2050 are of interests.

The studies not only summarize the state-of-the-art in these domains, but conduct detailed analyses (including quantitative analyses) on the basis of recognized techniques.

The Consortium

The consortium is composed of three partners  allowing providing highly qualified expertise to deal with TECHNICAL, POLICY, HUMAN AND SOCIAL and ECONOMICS analysis of the energy sector to a large extent requires experts, methodologies, modelling capabilities and experiences.


Tractebel E3M Ecofys

With SEVERAL HUNDREDS OF CONSULTANTS AND ENGINEERS the consortium has sufficient expert capacity to carry out any type of mission on short notice and according to highest professional standards. In addition, the involvement of some of the members of the consortium in utility groups provides recourse to other considerable resources from universities and industries. The consortium is understood to be a network on its own.

The consortium is capable of handling large-, medium- and small-scale assignments in all energy sectors, including all sub-sectors which are subject to the studies (
ELECTRICITY, HEATING AND COOLING, GAS AND FUELS, SOCIAL AND HUMAN SCIENCE and European Union LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY FRAMEWORK). Moreover, the members of the consortium proved being able to manage requests from the DG Energy to the good satisfaction of the policy officers in previous tenders.


In order to cover the complete technical and professional capacity requested for the contract, we have identified highly qualified experts who are specialised in services to be provided. The qualifications of most experts meet more than one task area, which enhances possible team compositions to best suit to Terms of References of each quick or long study. It is worth underlining that all experts are “in-house” experts, and that the consortium can react rapidly to any demands from the European Commission by setting up the adequate and appropriate project team.

The project is lead by Sarah Ouziaux (sarah.ouziaux@tractebel.engie.com) supported by a Coordination and Quality Board composed of experienced representatives of the different companies involved in the consortium.

From left to right: Sarah Ouziaux (Tractebel), Laurence Charlier (Tractebel), Pantelis Capros (E3M) and Izabela Kielichowska (Ecofys).



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"The study is carried out for the European Commission and expresses the opinion of the organisation having undertaken them. To this end, it does not reflect the views of the European Commission, TSOs, project promoters and other stakeholders involved. The European Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information given in the study, nor does it accept responsibility for any use made thereof."