Diederik finished his industrial engineering degree at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2015. Thereafter, he obtained an electromechanical engineering degree at the Brussels Faculty of Engineering (BRUFACE) in 2017. Currently, he is performing a PhD thesis as a research fellow of the Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique - FNRS, under co-supervision of Prof. De Paepe at UMONS.
Diederik Coppitters evaluates if robust designs of hydrogen-based hybrid renewable energy systems provides industrial advantages compared to deterministic optimal designs. These robust designs are least sensitive to real-world uncertainties and therefore ensure with the highest probability that the system performance deviates the least from its mean over the system lifetime. To determine this deviation accurately and efficiently, Diederik implements probability density functions and imprecise probabilities to characterize the real-life uncertainties and propagates these uncertainties through the system model via efficient Polynomial Chaos Expansion algorithms.