Willy Villasmil (*1984) studied Mechanical Engineering and graduated with honors in 2006 from Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2008, he joined the Institute of Energy Technology at ETH Zurich, where he obtained his MSc and PhD degrees, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. During his graduate studies at ETH in the group of Renewable Energy Carriers, his research focused on the development, simulation, and experimental demonstration of novel processes for solar fuel production through high-temperature thermochemical cycles. After obtaining his PhD, he was appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Solar Technology Laboratory at Paul Scherrer Institute (Villigen, Switzerland) until 2015. He then joined the energy technology sector, working as a Senior Development Engineer between 2015 and 2017 at Flow Products Ltd (Chester, UK), where he contributed to the development and optimization of a micro combined heat and power system for residential applications.
In 2017, Willy Villasmil joined the Competence Center Thermal Energy Storage at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. His current research targets the development of novel concepts and cost-effective materials for seasonal thermal energy storage (STES) applications. In his role as a Senior Research Associate, he manages a variety of applied R&D projects with industry partners aimed to promote the large-scale integration of STES in residential buildings and district heating systems.