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Reference number: 2019M-066, Mechanical engineering, automotive engineering, energy technology, physics, computer science

Master thesis: Scalable cost model for means of passenger and freight transport in Germany

Start of work: immediately / by agreement

At the Institute for Energy and Climate Research (IEK-3) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, strategies for meeting the Federal Government's greenhouse gas reduction targets are being developed in the Department for Techno Economic Energy System Analysis (TSA). These targets include the transport sector, which by 2017 is the only sector to have achieved no reduction compared with the reference year 1990. In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector, alternative propulsion systems such as fuel cell-powered and battery-electric vehicles are to be used. A decisive component of the techno economic evaluation of the drive alternatives is a well-founded determination of the techno economic properties.

Your tasks:
The aim of this work is therefore to develop a scalable cost model. The model should differentiate between the relevant means of passenger and freight transport as well as the possible drivetrain alternatives (conventional, battery electric, fuel cell, etc.). In addition, the development of costs in the different phases of market penetration should be mapped. Subsequently, scenarios for the cost development of means of transport will be derived and analysed on the basis of the model.

In this context, your tasks essentially comprise:

  • Development of a suitable approach for cost analyses in the transport sector
  • Derivation of the necessary mathematical correlations and data requirements
  • Data research for the required data and input parameters
  • Design and development of a Python-based cost model for passenger and freight transport applications
  • Validation of the model and comparison with the results in the literature
  • Analysis and comparison of possible cost developments using the scenario technique

Your profile

  • Very good grades in the fields of mechanical engineering, automotive engineering, energy technology, physics, computer science or related subjects
  • Interest in current energy technology issues
  • Ability to work independently and analytically in a project team
  • Ideally, you already have experience in modeling, programming (preferably in Python)

Our offer:

  • A highly motivated working group in one of the largest research institutions in Europe
  • Excellent scientific and technical infrastructure
  • Intensive support of the work on site
  • The master thesis is remunerated

Stefan Kraus
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Institute of Energy- and Climate Research (IEK)
IEK-3: Electrochemical Process Engineering

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