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Ausschreibender Bereich: IEK-3 - Techno-ökonomische Systemanalyse
Kennziffer: 2020M-036, Energy engineering, process engineering, mechanical engineering, sustainable energy supply, industrial engineering

Master thesis: Techno-economic analysis of the utilization potential of concentrated solar power plants in combination with photovoltaics on a global scale

Start of work: at once/by arrangement

In the light of shrinking fossil energy reserves and international climate protection goals, a further massive expansion of renewable energies (especially wind and solar energy plants) is considered as indispensable worldwide. Their fluctuating occurrence requires further developed solutions for large-scale energy storage. In contrast to photovoltaics, solar thermal power plants do not convert the solar radiation directly into electrical energy, but concentrate it to use the heat in a thermal power process. One advantage of concentrated solar power (CSP) plants is the simple integration of heat storage systems, which can make such power plants operable on base load. While the electrical energy obtained can be fed into the power grid or used to produce synthetic fuels such as hydrogen, the heat can be used in industry processes.

In this context, the IEK-3 is working on international energy concepts in which the integration of renewable energy sources into the energy system of the future is investigated by means of different models. For an economic use of the gained energy in the form of electric power or heat, an investigation of regions and countries with high solar energy potential is of great interest. .

Your task
:Within the scope of this work the potential of solar thermal power plants in combination with PV in previously selected countries is to be determined and evaluated from a technical and economic point of view. For this purpose, the technically eligible land area for solar thermal energy, the time series and the cost curves of electricity and heat generation from solar energy are to be determined. To do this, worldwide geo and weather data as well as in-house modelling tools are available. The objective of the work is to implement a model for the simulation of solar thermal energy and to make a quantitative statement on the amount of electricity and heat that can be produced and the associated production costs in combination with PV for different countries of the world.

For this purpose the following work packages are to be worked on:

  • Selection of the regions to be investigated on the basis of potential atlases and demand parameters (electricity demand, heat demand in industry)
  • Parameter research on land eligibility and demand for use by CSP
  • Integration into existing models for the determination of solar energy and its eligible land areas
  • Implementation of a model for the simulation of concentrated solar power plants using weather data
  • Derivation of time series of electricity and heat production
  • Determination of cost curves without and in combination with PV

Your profile

  • Very good academic records in energy engineering, process engineering, mechanical engineering, sustainable energy supply, industrial engineering or comparable fields
  • Interest in power systems and future energy markets
  • High individual motivation
  • Self-reliant and analytical way of working
  • Experience of programming in GIS and Python desirable

Our offer

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

Dr. Heidi Heinrichs
Tel. 02461 61-9166

Philipp Heuser
Tel. 02461 61-9742

Institute of Energy and Climate Research
IEK-3: Techno-economic systems analysis
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52425 Jülich