Course paper / final thesis

Analysis of Control Energy Market and its Interplay with the Electricity System

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Duration of contract

6 months


according to German TVöD 5

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Your mission:

The DLR’s Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics is working on the utilization of technologies of energy conversion that are efficient and gentle on resources as well as on the accelerated utilization of renewable energy sources. Within this context our research group provides methods and tools which support problem solving in the field of energy related systems analysis and technology assessment. The control energy market enables participants to offer controllable power that is used to stabilize the grid and to ensure a secure operation of the power supply system.

Formerly, the market offers comprised merely capacity and energy from thermal power plants. The ongoing deployment of renewable energy sources (RES) along with an increase of decentralized electricity generation made a market opening necessary. In addition, small electricity generators may offer secure capacity at the control energy market. This is interesting especially for the use of storage technologies like batteries.

The aim of your Master's Thesis is to analyze the control energy market data of the past years and to identify explanatory data patterns for this data. Your study will cover questions on how the used amount of control energy and its price are related to demand, RES feed, wholesale market prices among others. Your results will help to estimate the economic potential of new storage technologies in this market and will be crucial for an assessment of further RES deployment and the security of the power supply system of Germany.

Your qualifications:

  • Study background: Energy Studies, (Industrial) Engineering, Physics, Economics or related fields
  • willingness to scrutinize a lot of data and interdisciplinary literature
  • willingness to learn and work with data analysis tools
  • programming skills (e.g. Java, Python) would be advantageous

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. We are striving to increase the proportion of female employees and therefore particularly welcome applications from women. Disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

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Dr. Marc Deissenroth
Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics

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