Tom Brijs joined Boston Consulting Group in 2017. He is a core member of the Energy and Climate & Sustainability practices at the firm, focusing on energy transition topics including hydrogen, renewables, storage, grids, and energy markets. He is also active in BCG’s broader Infrastructure practice, working on topics in rail, logistics, water, and waste. Tom’s client work is mostly focused on helping companies along the energy and infrastructure value chain, as well as investment funds, and key institutions in the public sector,, to make strategic decisions related to organic growth, portfolio mix, large investments, M&A opportunities and transactions, and (digital) transformation programs.
In addition, Tom was selected to be part of BCG’s leadership team in Belgium, acting as BCG’s recruiting director in that country, and in 2021 he co-led the firm’s thought leadership on the integration of variable renewable energy sources in electricity systems.
Before joining Boston Consulting Group, Tom worked in academia for four years as a PhD researcher in electrical engineering at KU Leuven and Johns Hopkins University. During his research he developed macro-scale power generation models and trading algorithms for power plants and storage assets to advise on asset valuation, operation and trading strategies, energy policy, and decarbonization.
As electricity markets become more volatile, the value of using energy flexibly is increasing. Companies can take four practical actions to create advantage.
Hydrogen is emerging as a key lever for achieving the EU's energy goals and emission targets. This report assesses Belgium's current position and identifies the next strategic steps to achieve its H2 ambitions.
By causing gas plants to close, renewable energy could disrupt the pricing of electricity, impairing investment signals. What comes next will depend on which of three technologies emerges to support the rise of renewables.
As governments decarbonize their economies through renewable energy generation, volatility in electricity prices will surge. Players can use multiple levers to mitigate it—but they must act carefully to avoid damaging industrial competitiveness and increasing costs.
As the share of variable renewable energy climbs, tackling four challenges will become an urgent task for system operators and designers.
Variable renewable energy generation will transform electricity systems and increase price volatility. To navigate these changes, companies need to be more flexible in the way they consume electricity.