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Reference number: D169/2018, Electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, energy engineering, physics, computer science

Master thesis: Assessment of near-term power-to-gas facility localization and production

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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, fast fueling and further advantages compared to other established and alternative drivetrain technologies these applications are being increasingly deployed especially in the EU, China, Japan, S. Korea and the US. Hence installation of significant new hydrogen production capacities will be required. Compared to other production options, power-to-gas (PtG) in form of electrolytic hydrogen production can additionally support integration of variable renewable energy sources and ensure long-term carbon free hydrogen production.

Project Description:
Goal of the project is to develop a python-based power-to-gas (PtG) facility localization and production assessment model. On this basis potential short- and medium-term PtG facility locations and corresponding production potentials will be assessed. Moreover, effects of different production site localization strategies on overall supply chain development in Germany will be analyzed. This project consists of following work packages:

  • Literature review of existing PtG projects and PtG installation criteria
  • Choice of PtG localization criteria selection for model design
  • Gathering of relevant geo-spatial data and implementation for Germany
  • Development and implementation of PtG localization and production assessment model
  • Model verification and comparison with existing PtG projects
  • Model implementation into existing hydrogen infrastructure model and hydrogen supply chain analysis for defined hydrogen demand scenarios

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 and 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

Simonas Cerniauskas
Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK)
IEK-3: Electrochemical Process Engineering
Process and Systems Analysis
52425 Jülich
Phone.: +49 2461 61-9154