Christie Etukudor

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PhD Student
Supervisor: Valentin Robu
Secondary Supervisor: Wolf-Gerrit Fruh

Christie is a PhD student, she continues on at Heriot-Watt, having obtained her master’s degree with distinction in Energy Engineering here. Her research focuses on the design and development of a novel peer-to-peer (P2P) electricity market where households with solar home systems (SHS) can trade their excess energy to others within the community. Her work seeks to solve the electricity-deficit problem in rural communities of Sub-Sahara Africa by using a bottom-up (base-of-the-pyramid) approach in modelling a novel electricity market where local prosumers and consumers can directly negotiate electricity contracts using software agents. A 2016 fellow of the prestigious United States TechWomen program, Christie is keen on seeing renewable technologies innovatively deployed to provide access to electricity to all people in her home country Nigeria and the social impact these technologies bring to the communities where deployed.

Prior to starting her PhD studies, she lectured at Covenant University, Nigeria where she taught Renewable Energy technologies and power generation modules to penultimate Electrical and Electronics Engineering students.