Master thesis – Designing flexibility markets for the electricity grid – Vattenfall R&D

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Master thesis – Designing flexibility markets for the electricity grid – Vattenfall R&D

Power Climate Smarter living – that’s our purpose. We are looking for the brightest students to make this happen. Together you will contribute to a fossil free future. You will have a unique position to contribute to our purpose. All we ask from you is to use your Superpowers and share your energy to help us achieve our goal.



Decarbonization, digitalization and decentralization are the three Ds that see energy transition accelerate. It also means that many new technologies and behaviors are rapidly shifting from becoming considered emerging trends to becoming integral parts of the energy system. The electrical grid, which can be seen as the enabler of this energy transition, connecting new types of generation and enabling fossil free transportation for example, has to adapt to this quickly changing pace. While grid reinforcements will most often be needed, some alternative solutions that leverage the smart grid should also be implemented in order to reduce the needs for investments. One aspect to study is customer flexibility.



The goal of this thesis is to design different flexibility markets for different power quality needs (especially congestion management / capacity) and perform simulations using a test electricity network to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of such markets.


Scope of the thesis (30HP)

We would like the student to:

1. Design different flexibility markets that leverage customer flexibility to provide assistance to the electricity grid. Different electricity market could be leveraging different aspect of flexibility or focus or solving different challenges. Designed markets should not only provide a technical way of working but also touch on the market/governance/regulatory aspect.

2. Develop/code the designed algorithm so that they can be tested with data.

3. Validate and compare the different flexibility market. An economic impact assessment would also be of interest.


What else do I need to know?

• This master thesis is done with Vattenfall R&D in cooperation with Vattenfall Eldisitribution.

• The base location for this work will be at Vattenfall R&D in Solna near Stockholm. Due to the current situation, the student(s) will be expected to also work remotely.



This work requires some knowledge in power system and especially power flow simulations, but also some knowledge in mathematics and modelling. We see you as a student with a interests in the energy sector, especially smart grids and grid analytics and with strong communication skills. It is also good if you have knowledge of the electricity market.

Swedish is not required but we appreciate if you intend on learning it during your thesis.



CV, cover letter, and grades are to be submitted in the application.

The interview process will be ongoing, as soon as relevant applicants are identified.



Deadline for application: 2019-11-29.



Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions:

Vincent Gliniewicz

Vattenfall R&D



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About Vattenfall

We have been electrifying industries, powering homes and transforming life through innovation and collaboration for more than 100 years. Empowered by our goal, we are determined to enable fossil free living within one generation. To succeed we, as one of Europe’s leading energy companies, must be fossil-free ourselves.


But that’s not enough. That’s why we are looking beyond our own industry, to see where we can really make a difference.

Join us in our journey towards a fossil-free life within one generation.

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Since Vattenfall is a part of the Swedish critical infrastructure, many of our services are security classed. If this position is security classed the final candidates might be subjected to a security vetting process, according to the Swedish legislation.

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