Writing a Thesis - Thesis Seminar

In order to write a thesis (master of bachelor) you have to make an appointment for office hours and hand in (by post or email):

  • a transcript from the examiners office about your courses and seminars,
  • a draft proposal of the topic of the thesis (one page).

Based on your proposal we will discuss the project during office hours.

In line with current research interest, I propose some topics from the design and regulation of network based energy systems and energy policy in general. But students can suggest own topics for the thesis from the fields of corporate finance, industrial organization, and real estate economics. (some old examples)

A condition for being accepted for writing a thesis at the chair is the successful participation in a seminar (preferable at my chair).

Once accepted, you will be signed up for the thesis seminar which provides the framework for the supervision of your work. You have to make three presentations in the seminar.

  • In the first, at the beginning of the term, you will outline your project: motivation, what kind of results do you want to obtain, the methodological approach, etc. Only then you will register for the thesis by filling out the form of the examination office.
  • You have three (five) month to finish the thesis. After about half this time, you will give a second presentation reporting preliminary results, open problems, changes in your approach etc.
  • The final presentation is about three weeks before the deadline for handing in the thesis. You will report progress and new problems and we will discuss last minute changes.

Proposed topics for the thesis

Distortion of energy prices through taxes and subsidies
Pricing network access
Competition for RES subsidies
Reserve Capacity Markets and RES Power
Cost of re-dispatch and intermittent power production in Germany
Zonal versus Nodal Pricing (in Germany)
Development of the European transmission system
Market coupling
Subsidies for power production from renewable sources in Germany
Public subsidies for conventional and renewable power production
Market designs for ancillary services and reserve capacity
The value of intermittent power production
Cost of re-dispatch versus cost of transmission capacity
the economics of power storage
The European CO2 market
Negative power prices and the value of flexibility
Challenges for `Energy Only' power markets
Capacity credits of wind and solar power
The economics of `power to gas'

>> some previous topics for master thesis

A harmonized European electricity balancing market
Market Coupling in the Electricity Markets: CEE and CWE regions
Market Design for Capacity Markets - Assuring resource adequacy in the German electricity market
Power Prices in Germany - Impact of renewable energy on power prices
Analysis of Short-Term Impact of Mergers and Acquisitions on Market Outcomes on Overlapping Routes in the