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Quentin Maximilien Ploussard

Postdoctoral Appointee

Optimization and financial analysis of hydropower plant operations


Quentin Ploussard was born in 1989 in Aix-en-Provence, France. He received the Electrical Engineering degree from École Supérieure d’Électricité (Supélec), Paris, France, in 2014, the M.S. degree in Economics from Université Paris Sud XI, Paris, France, in 2014, and the joint Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid, Spain, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands. 

From 2010 to 2014, during his Master studies, he achieved multiple student internships at the French National Railway Company (SNCF), the French Distribution System Operator (Enedis), and a top-10 international utility company (Engie).

In 2014, he was selected as a PhD candidate of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies (SETS) and awarded an Erasmus Mundus Fellowship. During his doctoral research work, he investigated the ways to reduce the size of the Transmission Network Expansion Planning (TNEP) problem in its spatial, temporal and search-space dimensions. This research work resulted in 3 articles published in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.

He is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, United States of America. His research interests include the optimization of hydropower plants and reservoir operations and the financial analysis of hydropower plant operations.