Ben Bowler has nearly 15 years of experience in the electricity transmission and distribution sector in a wide range of roles including project delivery, network operations, business development, and energy sector regulation.
At HSLU, Ben primarily works within the Power Systems and Advanced Analytics group, part of the Institute for Electrical Engineering. He builds, manages and delivers research projects related to the digitalisation of energy systems, with a particular focus on advanced analytics and innovative energy markets. Ben also works within the Power Economy Competence Centre, primarily on the PACE project, focused on business models for small scale fuel cell technology. Lastly, Ben is responsible for identifying collaboration opportunities for Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects and for writing proposals.
From 2018 - 2019 Ben worked as Energy Markets Expert at EMAX Ltd (Brussels). In his role he delivered work packages on the Horizon 2020 Flexitranstore and Interrface projects. Both projects were focused on flexibility in wholesale markets using energy storage, grid infrastructure, and generation. Ben's role included detailed analysis of wholesale markets, including frequency services, as well as business model design, regulatory design, and enhanced market designs for flexibility. As part of the Flexitranstore project he worked with both wind farm and gas turbine demonstrations. Within the Interrface project he was involved in the development of peer-to-peer and local energy community business models and the specification of a TSO-DSO marketplace for flexibility. During his time at EMAX, Ben also played a main role in writing successful Horizon 2020 funding applications.
From 2009 to 2016 Ben worked as a business development manager and project manager for Siemens. In this role he played a central part in developing Siemens’ growth strategy for its electricity distribution business, with a focus on technology application and product development in cities, communities, and for industrial customers. He was also involved in business development in the offshore wind sector, as well as delivering project management work packages for National Grid.
Ben received a Masters of Engineering (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bristol University (UK) in 2005 .