Maria Xylia is a Research Fellow at SEI Headquarters – Governance and Institutions Unit. She is working with energy systems analysis with particular focus on the transition to fossil-free solutions for transport and off-grid solutions. Maria is involved in projects on fossil-free freight options, low-emission steel production, the EU project Landmarc as well as the SEI Initiative on Gridless solutions and Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT).
Prior to SEI, Maria has worked as a senior energy systems consultant with focus on energy strategies, as a researcher on energy systems analysis and planning and as an energy technology consultant with focus on design of solar and wind power installations. She has extensive experience with project management and collaboration across various stakeholder groups.
Maria holds a PhD on energy technology from KTH Royal Institute of Technology with focus on strategic planning for charging infrastructure deployment, a Licentiate from KTH Royal Institute of Technology on energy efficiency policies in hard to decarbonize sectors such as industry and transport, a M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Dipl. Ing. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Patras.