Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - School of Business and Economics

Writing a Thesis - Thesis Seminar

Writing a Thesis - Thesis Seminar

Proposed topics for the Thesis

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

• a transcript about your courses and seminars (Agnes).

• a draft proposal of the topic of the thesis (half page). You may suggest several alternatives.

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

In line with current teaching at the chair, 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 their thesis.

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.

• After about half of the time, you will give a second presentation reporting preliminary results, open problems, changes in your approach, etc.

• The final presentation is about two weeks before the deadline for handing in the thesis. You will report progress and new problems and we will discuss last minute changes.

• 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 gas"


Some previous topics for 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 Airline Industry


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