Alaa Y. Alzughayyar, PhD candidate

Building No 10 Ravelijn
Room: RA 1242

Alaa Alzughayyar born on 1977 - Palestine - holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Technology from the University of Twente in 2011. His master thesis studied the design and analysis of islanded house using distributed generation technologies. Since then he worked for international organizations to study the renewable energy resources and applications in different developing countries in Asia, Africa and South America. In 2013 he joined his PhD program at CSTM department-University of Twente. Alaa and before doing his Master study at the University of Twente he worked with the European Commission in Palestine to promote renewable energy technologies, in this context his proposal to start the first wind energy project in Palestine (AWEP) was approved by the EC. Alaa managed this project for two years before he moved to the Netherlands.


Alaa Joined the CSTM to start his  research “Electricity Supply in Conflict, Contextual analysis of problems and solutions of electricity supply in Palestine. In this research he is interested in the causes and cost of this conflict on the electricity system. The objective of the research is to provide knowledge on:

  • A conflict oriented analyses of the electricity problems in the Palestine territories in order to get a better understanding of the causes of the electricity problems.
  • The technical and organizational problems of electricity supply in Palestine as well as the cause of these problems.
  • To provide knowledge on improvement of electricity supply in Palestine in the context of and accounting for the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

In this research he  therefore will analyze the electricity problems in the context of the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel. The research will be guided by the following research questions:

  • What are the problems of electricity supply in the Palestinian territories (PT)?
  • To what extent are these problems caused by or part of the (historical development of the) conflict between Israel and the Palestinians?
  • What are, according to literature, necessary technical and institutional conditions for a reliable and secure electricity supply?
  • What are feasible options to improve electricity supply in the PT accounting for the conflict oriented environment in the region?

The research is supervised by Prof Dr Hans Bressers and Dr Maarten Arentsen.

Research interests 

  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • North South Perspectives
  • Energy and Conflict
  • Projects management