Nikolakakis, Thomas

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Last updated January 31, 2023
Thomas Nikolakakis is a power sector consultant and PhD candidate at Columbia University focusing on modeling the components of the electricity grid, studying ways to minimize the technical and environmental impact of large-scale solar and wind integration. Thomas' research interests include renewable energy integration modeling, power flow analysis, thermodynamic modeling of energy production units and energy storage technologies, modeling deregulated power systems economics (Unit Commitment and Economic Dispatch), and modeling operating emissions from different power sources.

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    Integrating Variable Renewable Energy into Power System Operations
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2015-01) Nikolakakis, Thomas ; Chatopadhyay, Debabrata
    Wind and solar energy is a fast-growing share of the global energy mix. But integrating them into power-system operations requires significant adaptations to compensate for their variability. Solutions include increasing the amount of flexible generation within the system, combining, and dispersing variable resources to smooth aggregate output, expanding the transmission network, using smart technology to control supply and demand, and storing electricity.
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    Bosnia and Herzegovina Power Sector Note: Least-Cost Power Development Plan
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2017-03) Chattopadhyay, Debabrata ; Nikolakakis, Thomas ; Malovic, Dzenan ; Vayrynen, Jari
    This report presents the findings of the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Power Sector Note that focuses on a least-cost planning analysis of the BiH power sector over the next two decades (2016-2035). This World Bank ESMAP-funded study was developed in association with the Independent System Operator (ISO or NOSBiH) and other BiH stakeholders, including governmental entities and the generation utilities in BiH. The analysis presented in this report takes a critical look at the demand-supply balance in Bosnia and Herzegovina over the next twenty years (2016-2035) to identify generation investments that are most economical for a number of alternative scenarios, including policy scenarios around BiH’s policy objectives on carbon emissions, local emissions control, renewable energy and energy efficiency. In particular, the analysis compares and contrasts an optimized or least-cost plan with the Indicative Plan that has been prepared by ISO, collating a wide range of projects proposed primarily by two of the main Elektroprivreda (EP) generation companies in BiH, namely EPBiH and EPRS. A significant part of the work involved active consultations with all stakeholders to develop inputs, modelled scenarios, and vetting initial rounds of model results to refine and revise inputs or scenarios.