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Reference number: D123/2018, Electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, energy engineering, physics, computer science

Master thesis: Stochastic total cost of ownership model for electric vehicles in Germany

Start of work: at once / by arrangement

Background:
Currently in the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-3) introduction strategies for hydrogen applications in different areas, including necessary infrastructure, are being developed. Initial analysis of potential hydrogen demands has showed that fuel cell private passenger vehicles, local busses, heavy duty vehicles, trains and forklifts could play an important role in the market introduction phase. On grounds of high technical development, long range and further advantages compared to other established and alternative drivetrain technologies these applications are being increasingly deployed especially in the EU, China, Japan and the US.

Project Description:
Goal of the project is to develop a python-based total cost of ownership (TCO) model for mobility application and to apply it on usage areas as private and public passenger vehicles, road freight and material handling vehicles. On this basis fuel cell and battery electric applications in the relevant usage area will be compared for defined scenarios. The project consists of following work packages:

  • Literature research regarding the methodology of TCO for fuel cell and battery electric applications
  • Derive the necessary mathematical relations as well as data analysis for the necessary input parameters
  • Design and develop a stochastic python-based TCO model for mobility applications in usage areas: private and public passenger vehicles, road freight and material handling vehicles
  • Validation of the model and comparison with the results in the literature
  • Comparison of fuel cell and battery electric applications for defined scenarios in considered usage areas

Requirements:
Excellent academic marks in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, energy engineering, physics, computer science or related fields of study. Ability to work autonomously and analytically within a project team. Ideally you already have experience in modelling, programming (preferred in python).

We offer:

  • A pleasant working environment within a highly competent, international team in one of the most prestigious research facilities in Europe
  • You will be supported by top-end scientific and technical infrastructure as well as close guidance by experts
  • You will have the opportunity to work with excited researchers from various scientific fields and take part in the design of a future European energy system
  • The master thesis is remunerated

Contact:
Simonas Cerniauskas
Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK)
IEK-3: Electrochemical Process Engineering
Process and Systems Analysis
52425 Jülich

http://www.fz-juelich.de/iek/iek-3
Phone.: +49 2461 61-9154
e-mail: s.cerniauskas@fz-juelich.de