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Steffen Nielsen is an Associate Professor at Aalborg University with a research background spanning over a decade. With a specialization in strategic heating planning, Nielsen's expertise lies in harnessing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for mapping energy demands and renewable energy resources. He adeptly links these spatial analyses to intricate energy system models, facilitating a comprehensive understanding of energy dynamics crucial for transitioning towards 100% renewable energy systems.

Over the course of his career, Nielsen has demonstrated a keen interest and a commitment to addressing the challenges associated with transitioning to sustainable energy paradigms. His primary research focus revolves around the heating sector, a critical domain in the broader context of renewable energy transitions.

One of the characteristic aspects of Nielsen's research is his emphasis on energy efficiency in buildings. Recognizing buildings as major energy consumers, he has spearheaded initiatives aimed at enhancing energy performance through innovative design, insulation, and integration of renewable energy technologies. His work has contributed significantly to the development of sustainable building practices and policies, with implications for reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change.

Collaboration forms a cornerstone of Nielsen's research endeavors, as evidenced by his active engagement in numerous European research projects. Through partnerships with industry stakeholders, local and regional governments, and academic institutions, he has fostered a collaborative network conducive to knowledge exchange and technology transfer.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


  • Energy
  • GIS
  • Geografiske informations systemer
  • District Heating & Cooling
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy and buildings
  • Energy Planning
  • Geografic Information Systems
  • Geospatial Analysis


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