Course paper / final thesis

Analysis of the Impact of Decentralized Business Models (Community Level) on the Overall Energy System

Starting date

2 September 2019

Duration of contract

6 months

Type of employment


"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

In the Energy Systems Analysis division at the DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics we address a broad spectrum of issues related to energy economics and energy policy. In order to model and assess pathways towards a sustainable future energy system, techno-economic, but also social and various environmental criteria have to be taken into account.

The aim of this thesis is to investigate how community energy systems are defined and what role communities play in an energy system with the high share of renewable energies. In this context, the influence of business models at the level of community energy systems (e.g. self-consumption in the neighborhood) on the overall energy system and the electricity market in Germany will be examined. In these business models households are key actors and technologies such as batteries (e.g. PV-Storage and community energy storage system) and heat pumps play an important role. For this analysis, an existing community energy system model as well as the agent-based model of the German energy system (AMIRIS) will be coupled and applied.

During your thesis you will work on the following subtasks:

  • literature review and evaluation of current studies on the role of communities in the future energy system
  • development of meaningful scenarios for the analysis of the community energy systems in the overall energy system model AMIRIS
  • parameterization of AMIRIS
  • application of AMIRIS and the community energy system model for the evaluation of developed scenarios
  • statistical evaluations of the results
  • comprehensible documentation and presentation of scientific results

Your qualifications:

  • study in engineering (e.g. energy technology, industrial engineering) , physics or a comparable field of study
  • good understanding of German energy system
  • good programming skills, e.g. in Python and Java are advantageous
  • strong analytical skills, personal initiative and structured way of working
  • strong communication skills in the verbal and written presentation of scientific results
  • very good knowledge of spoken and written English. Good German knowledge is an advantage

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. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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