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Reference number: D152/2017, Energy engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, informatics/computer science

Master thesis: Characterization of Regional Wind Power Siting Preferences in Europe

Start of work: at once/by arrangement

In the light of shrinking fossil energy reserves and the international climate protection goals a further massive expansion of renewable energies (wind turbines and photovoltaic power plants in particular) is considered as indispensable. Their fluctuating occurrence requires further developed solutions of energy storage on an industrial scale. For this purpose the conversion of electricity to hydrogen by means of electrolysis, also referred to as power to gas, offers a promising technical solution by which reductions of CO2 in further energy sectors such as the transport sector can be achieved at the same time. Thereby the usage of hydrogen is very promising to store fluctuating renewable energy (FRE).

In order to achieve its strong emission reduction targets, the European Union is expected to install more and more renewable energy systems (RES) in the years to come. In this realm, wind power is sure to play a significant role. However, as the installed wind capacity in Europe increases, optimal placement options for new wind parks become scarce. To add to this, safety concerns, conservation efforts, and local preferences influence new park placement as well. Therefore, a robust understanding of wind power’s role in future energy system goes beyond simply modeling current wind parks in future climate scenarios. It also depends on a realistically determined distribution parks at these times.

Your task
The current master project aims to produce a model capable of estimating this distribution. By using the current locations of wind parks in Europe, the various European regions will be characterized by their response to multiple wind park siting criteria. Future distributions will then be estimated by using these characterizations, taking into account both the construction of new parks as well as the replacement of existing parks which would have reached the end of their lifetime. The following tasks are to be dealt with in the course of the master thesis

  • Literature and policy research of wind park siting in European regions
  • Status quo and geo-referencing of wind park systems across European regions
  • Characterization of various Europeans region’s siting behavior using regression or other means
  • Determining probable wind park distributions in future capacity scenarios

Your profile

  • Excellent academic records in energy engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, informatics/computer science or comparable fields
  • Excellent communication skills in English, German is a plus
  • Interest in power systems and future energy markets
  • High individual motivation
  • Understanding of policy and social factors influencing wind park siting
  • Familiarity with emission targets of European nations and how that translates to the construction of new wind parks
  • Experience with geographic information system (GIS) applications
  • Programming skills; python preferred

Severin Ryberg, M.Sc.
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK)
IEK-3: Electrochemical Process Engineering
Process and Systems Analysis
52425 Jülich