Energy Economics Group, PSI
1. Development of a web-based tool for Swiss and EU energy/electricity scenarios
EEG undertakes numerous long-term energy and electricity scenarios using energy economic models. We aim to develop an interactive web-based tool to synthesize and present energy scenarios on our website.
Requirements: good programming skills (in visual basic or equivalent). A basic understanding of the energy sector is also desirable.
2. Characterization of electricity storage technology
From a model database/literature review, we aim to characterise a set of electricity storage technologies, such as power-to-heat, power-to-gas/fuel, with or without re-powering, pumped hydro, batteries, etc. The characteristics will include: time response, quantity of energy that can be stored per unit, investment costs, type of services to the grid, typical ownership, efficiency, etc.
Requirements: a good understanding of technology behaviour and database management.
3. Introducing behaviour into integrated energy and transport system models
New technologies have to be accepted by consumers, so it is necessary to include real household preferences in energy models capturing purchase decisions and usage of heating and transport technologies. Realistical research representations of consumer choices in heating and mobility increasingly use technical-economic attributes (e.g. purchase cost, efficiency) and behavioural and other social aspects (e.g. driving patterns, social status, neighbouring effects, etc.). This internship aims to examine ways to introduce behavioural and socio-economic aspects into integrated energy and transport system models.
Main tasks: undertake literature reviews to identify appropriate consumer behaviour methodologies and energy system models, and build a prototype that can be potentially integrated in EEG’s large scale Swiss energy system model. Requirements: a basic understanding of the energy system, a good understanding of heating and car technologies, feel comfortable with mathematics, good knowledge of EXCEL and basic knowledge of GAMS or MATLAB.
26 September 2016