Course paper / final thesis

Analysis of Self-Consumption Potential in Community Energy Systems in Germany

Starting date

2 January 2020

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.

With the expansion of distributed generation of renewable energies as one of the pillars of energy transition, the share of locally consumed electricity is increasing. The local consumption of electricity can be for instance inside a building or in a wider geographical region (e.g. a community energy system). This self-consumption is on one hand highly affected by the available technologies (such as heat pumps and battery systems) inside the community. On the other hand, the induced taxes and levies as well as incentives such as feed-in tariff determine the profitability of self-consumption. Therefore the aim of this thesis is to investigate how the political frameworks affect the self-consumption in various community energy systems in Germany. For this analysis an existing community energy system model will be applied.    During your thesis you will work on the following subtasks:  

  • Literature review and evaluation of current studies on the self-consumption regulations and community energy systems in Germany
  • Development of meaningful scenarios, which describe community energy systems’ political framework and technological structure
  • Application of 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), energy economics, physics or a comparable field of study
  • Good understanding of German energy system
  • Good programming skills, e.g. in Python 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 or German. The thesis can be written in German or English

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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