Jean-Nicolas Louis

Jean-Nicolas Louis


D.Sc.(Tech.), M.Sc.(Tech.)
Energy and Environment

14 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 129 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 49 citations. The author has a h-index of 6.00. (Google Scholar)


Academy of Finland post-doctoral research fellow at the Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit at the University of Oulu, Finland. He received his PhD in 2016 from the University of Oulu in Energy and Environmental Engineering with his work on dynamic environmental indicators for energy system optimisation. His research interests lie in sustainability assessment, energy system and smart buildings modelling, especially optimisation problems in the context of smart energy networks under climate change constraints. Lately, his research focused on including environmental impact indicators in energy system model optimisation and a NEXUS optimisation of the cross-sectorial energy network. He has worked in POLES and EUCAD/EUTGRID model for the development of a pan-European power network model for the investments in power lines reinforcement and dispatch power technologies. Before carrying out academic research, he has spent few years as an R&D engineer in the heat pump industry. He received his engineering degree in energy and environmental engineering from Napier University of Edinburgh in 2008, and University of Oulu in 2012


Research interests

  • Energy systems
  • Environmental impact
  • Smart grids
  • Smart houses
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Computational modelling
  • Prospective technologies


To follow the Academy project, go on the NEXUS4EU project website.

Current Courses and Past Courses

Susatinable Urban Energy (488506S): Building Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC), Psychrometric Charts, air to air heat recovery systems, U-Values and building physics

Energy Systems Engineering (488507S): Demand and generation forecast, Environmental impact of energy systems

Smart Grid 1 (488501S): Energy Mix and Renewable Energies, Environmental impact of energy system and smart grid, Microgrids: an introduction

Smart Grid 2 (488502S): Introduction to smart houses, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Home Energy Management System, Multi-objectivity in smart homes. Exercise on smart house modelisation (MatLab).

Smart Grid 3 (488503S): Environmental impacts of 2050 scenarios, Future climate scenario and impact on energy systems;

Industrial Ecology: Energy efficiency

Sustainable Energy course: Smart House modelling.

(MOOC) Vietnam Project: Air to air heat recovery systems, HVAC systems

Production and Use of Energy (488202S): Building and Households, Design for the energy efficiency

Editorial Activity

Special issue co-editor "Sizing and Optimal Control of Energy Storage in Energy Markets". Submit directly using this link.

Social media

Scientific merits

Professional and community activities

  • Deputy Member of the University Internationalisation Strategy
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member (SDEWES Conference Series: SDEWES 2019, LA SDEWES 2020, AP SDEWES 2020, SEE SDEWES 2020, SDEWES 2020, SDEWES 2021)
  • Session chair in ICAE 2019 (Applied Energy - Elsevier Conference)
  • Special issue co-editor: "Sizing and Optimal Control of Energy Storage in Energy Markets" in Sustainability
  • Member of the IEA-ECB Annex 82 on building flexibility
  • Session chair in EUROSIMS2020 Conference

Research groups

  • Post doctoral researcher, Water Energy and Environmental Engineering

Selected publications

  • Pulkkinen, J; Louis, J-N; Pongracz, E (2019) Impact Of Climate Change to the Total and Peak Energy Demands of A Northern Finnish Building By 2050. (Artikkeli ammatillisessa konferenssijulkaisussa). - Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Applied Energy, Vol 4, Part 3, Sweden, 2019 (ICAE2019). Ei sarjaa/No series, ICAE, 602. [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Pulkkinen, J; Louis, J-N; Pongracz, E (2019) Utilizing Flexibility of Electric Heating in Demand Side Management Programs in Finland in 2050. (Artikkeli ammatillisessa konferenssijulkaisussa). - Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Applied Energy, Vol 4, Part 3, Sweden, 2019 (ICAE2019). Ei sarjaa/No series, ICAE, 601. [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Louis, Jean-Nicolas; Allard, Stéphane; Kotrotsou, Freideriki; Debusschere, Vincent (2019) A multi-objective approach to the prospective development of the European power system by 2050. - Energy online, online . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Xu, Yueqiang; Ahokangas, Petri; Louis, Jean-Nicolas; Pongrácz, Eva (2019) Electricity Market Empowered by Artificial Intelligence: A Platform Approach. - Energies 12 (21), 4128 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Louis, Jean-Nicolas; Allard, Stéphane; Debusschere, Vincent; Mima, Silvana; Tran-Quoc, Tuan; Hadjsaid, Nouredine (2018) Environmental impact indicators for the electricity mix and network development planning towards 2050 – A POLES and EUTGRID model. - Energy 163, 618-628 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Isohätälä, Jaana; Louis, Jean-Nicolas; Mikkonen, Kristina; Pyhältö, Kirsi (2017) Towards a doctoral degree and future career : perceptions of doctoral students at the University of Oulu. - Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. Series F, Scripta academica 12. Oulu. [Original]
  • Louis, Jean-Nicolas Louis; Pongracz, Eva (2017) Life cycle impact assessment of home energy management systems (HEMS) using dynamic emissions factors for electricity in Finland. - Environmental impact assessment review 67, 109–116 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Louis, Jean-Nicolas; Caló, Antonio; Leiviskä, Kauko; Pongrácz, Eva (2016) Modelling home electricity management for sustainability: The impact of response levels, technological deployment & occupancy. - Energy and Buildings 119, 218–232 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Louis, Jean-Nicolas (2016) Dynamic environmental indicators for smart homes : assessing the role of home energy management systems in achieving decarbonisation goals in the residential sector. - Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. Series C, Technica. Oulu. Artikkeliväitöskirja. 118. [Original]
  • Louis, Jean-Nicolas; Caló, Antonio; Leiviskä, Kauko; Pongrácz, Eva (2015) Environmental Impacts and Benefits of Smart Home Automation : Life Cycle Assessment of Home Energy Management System. (Artikkeli tieteellisessä konferenssijulkaisussa). - 8th Vienna International Conferenceon Mathematical Modelling - MATHMOD 2015. Breitenecker, Felix; Kugi, Andreas; Troch, Inge. IFAC-PapersOnLine. Vienna. 880-885. [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Louis, Jean-Nicolas; Pongrácz, Eva; Leiviskä, Kauko (2015) The trade-off between technology deployment and enviro-economic benefits in smart buildings. (Artikkeli tieteellisessä konferenssijulkaisussa). - European Energy Markets. Ei sarjaa/No series. 1-5. [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Louis, Jean-Nicolas; Caló, Antonio; Leiviskä, Kauko; Pongrácz, Eva (2014) A Methodology for Accounting the CO2 Emissions of Electricity Generation in Finland - The contribution of home automation to decarbonisation in the residential sector. - International Journal on Advances in Intelligent Systems 8 (3&4), 560-571 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Louis, Jean-Nicolas; Calo, Antonio; Leiviskä, Kauko; Pongracz, Eva (2014) Home Automation for a sustainable living : Modelling a detached house in Northern Finland. (Artikkeli tieteellisessä konferenssijulkaisussa). - Proceedings of the7th International Conference EEDAL'2013 Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting, 11-13 September 2013, Coimbra, Portugal. Trenev, Gueorgui; Bertoldi, Paolo. Ei sarjaa/No series, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute of Energy and Transport. 561-571. [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Louis, Jean-Nicolas; Calo, Antonio; Pongracz, Eva (2014) Smart Houses for Energy Efficiency and Carbon Dioxide Emission Reduction. (Artikkeli tieteellisessä konferenssijulkaisussa). - ENERGY 2014, The Fourth International Conference on Smart Grids, Green Communications and IT Energy-aware Technologies. April 20 - 25, 2014 Chamonix, France. Fries, Steffen; Dini, Petre. Ei sarjaa/No series. 44-50, 30038. [Original]

Thesis supervisions

Doctoral Thesis
  • Transition pathways to carbon neutral cities: The role of smart buildings in optimizing the heat and power consumption of urban energy systems 

    Jari Pulkkinen - 2019 - 2023 (Fully funded)

  • The value of flexibility in the Finnish energy system; Socio-economic and Environmental impacts of Demand Response

    Adeleye Adetunji - 2019 - 2023

Master's thesis

Research visits

  • G2ELab
    1.3.2017 to 30.9.2017

    Visit of the "Electricity network system" laboratory of the University of Grenoble (SYREL). The visit aimed at integrating environmental indicators in the European transmission network planning (Prof. Vincent Debusschere and Prof. Nouredine Hadjsaid)