• Developing a Smart Meter Sourcing Strategy at Eandis

      Varganova, Olga; Samii, Behzad (2017)
    • Event identification and demand management at Fluvius

      Varganova, Olga; Samii, Behzad (2019)
      As a Distribution System Operator (DSO) in the Flemish Region of Belgium, Fluvius plays a role of strategic importance. With the growing energy demand and proliferation of new energy technology, DSOs require significantly more resilience to withstand upcoming disruptions. The energy system-wide approach towards building resilience aims to develop monitoring and prevention procedures. Smart meter data analytics opens a new avenue for the use of event management, enabling decision-makers to detect anomalous events in real-time and respond within a short time frame. Although some events strike either immediately or after a short warning, other events are anticipated well in advance. It is suggested that the danger of growing peak consumption will be combatted with demand management tools, which involve the consumer's engagement and more efficient use of technology. On the one hand, opting for dynamic pricing can leverage the consumer's potential to change consumption behaviour and decrease the harmful spike peak for the power infrastructure. On the other hand, electricity storage can decrease congestion in the power grids and support more active adoption of renewable technology. The systematic approach towards disruptions can build Fluvius' resilience, so that the organisation can bounce back with low impact on performance.
    • Fluvius looking forward: Investigating the lifecycle of renewable energy technologies

      Andersen, Stephen; Samii, Behzad (2020)
      Renewable energy is only as sustainable as the technology that harvests it, and decisions around sustainable technology infrastructure need to be made with this in consideration. For example, a wind turbine's blade can be made of a reinforced carbon composite that cannot be recycled; an electric vehicle (EV) battery contains lithium - a finite, highly demanded resource with a heavy environmental cost in mining and manufacture; insulation used in medium to high voltage transmission often uses sulphur hexafluoride, which has a greenhouse gas equivalency 23 500 times greater than carbon dioxide; and many advanced electronics required rare earth elements (REEs), which have an uncertain, dynamic global supply chain. This teaching case and note is designed to be taught in Operations Management or Technology Management courses. The goal is to generate discussions focusing on the challenges that stakeholders encounter in adapting to the dynamic renewable energy landscape, and enable effective, nuanced decisions that go beyond purchasing and electrical output.
    • Incorporating New Business Opportunities at Eandis

      Varganova, Olga; Samii, Behzad (2017)
    • Smart meter technology acceptance at EANDIS

      Li, Lingxin; Samii, Behzad (2014)
      This case could be taught in a course of operations management or technology management. It leads to some solutions to the difficulties that Eandis was facing during its smart meter installation projects: uncertainty of the link between smart meter installation and energy saving; users were not taking efforts in energy saving; customers were challenging these projects with regards to security, privacy and trust to the system, and so on. The case gives suggestions in Eandis’ possible further actions, by applying the UTAUT (Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology) framework in the field of social psychology. The case discussion will be directed to analysing the challenges during smart meter installation rollout within the UTAUT framework. There are a number of discussion topics: what should Eandis do in order to raise the concern of energy saving? How to overcome customers’ privacy concerns regarding smart meter installation? How can Eandis analyse based on current data on hand and what further analysis Eandis should perform? What is currently missing in the UTAUT framework and what actions should be taken in the future? These points come together providing an integrated solution as a whole to increase customers’ acceptance of smart meter technology.
    • Sustainability in the Supply Chain (A): Alpro - The Sustainable Supply Chain of Soya

      Louche, Céline; Samii, Behzad; Lepoutre, Jan; Boute, Robert (2012)
      This is part of a case series. This case is a series of two caselets: C&A and Alpro. It provides insights into the challenges companies face in integrating sustainability in their global supply chain. The caselets portray two very different companies but with many commonalties among which a global supply chains and active in the agricultural commodity supply chain (C&A in cotton, and Alpro in soybeans). Despite a high commitment to sustainability, they face numerous challenges and dilemmas in implementing sustainable supply chain. The caselets illustrate real-life implementation of sustainability in the supply chain and raise some of the implementation challenges. Used together, the caselets help to compare and contrast company practices. They also challenge students with the complexity and diversity of implementing sustainability in the supply chain. Although the general principles and goals may be quite similar, the companies' practices are very supply chain related. Nonetheless, general learning can be drawn from the two cases.
    • Sustainability in the Supply Chain (B): C&A - The Sustainable Supply Chain of Cotton

      Louche, Céline; Samii, Behzad; Lepoutre, Jan; Boute, Robert (2012)
      This is part of a case series. This case is a series of two caselets: C&A and Alpro. It provides insights into the challenges companies face in integrating sustainability in their global supply chain. The caselets portray two very different companies but with many commonalties among which a global supply chains and active in the agricultural commodity supply chain (C&A in cotton, and Alpro in soybeans). Despite a high commitment to sustainability, they face numerous challenges and dilemmas in implementing sustainable supply chain. The caselets illustrate real-life implementation of sustainability in the supply chain and raise some of the implementation challenges. Used together, the caselets help to compare and contrast company practices. They also challenge students with the complexity and diversity of implementing sustainability in the supply chain. Although the general principles and goals may be quite similar, the companies' practices are very supply chain related. Nonetheless, general learning can be drawn from the two cases.