Student Research and Theses

 

Here you can find offered topics for theses (Study-, Bachelor-, Diploma- and Master theses) at the FCN.

If you are interested in one of the open Bachelor- or Study theses topics, please contact the research associate directly (Application with an up-to-date CV, study performance record (Notenspiegel), and a short letter of motivation). The thesis topic may be adapted in collaboration with the supervisor to the specific interests of the student. It is possible to write the thesis in either German or English. For FCN, the preferred language is English.

Applications for a Master or Diploma thesis with a description of one or more self-defined topics in the fields of Energy Economics, Environmental Economics or Economics of Technological Diffusion, together with the above-mentioned documents, can be sent by e-mail directly to Prof. Madlener ().

Important note:
Before registration of the thesis’ topic, each candidate has to give a presentation in front of the Professor and staff of the institute. This presentation should contain a proposal with regard to the aim and the structure of the thesis.

According to certain exam regulations, in some cases (e.g. failing in the third written attempt or in the case of theses in certain university courses) a second examiner is required. In these cases, Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Thomas Kittsteiner is the second examiner at our institute.

For preparation of the thesis, the template in the download section must be used (see below).

Information from the Faculty of Business and Economics about the procedure for registration for Bachelor's and Master's thesis can be found here.

Depending on your study program a final presentation of your thesis (typically 12-15 min plus 5-10 min discussion) is mandatory and part of the evaluation. Please make sure that the scheduling of the presentation with the supervising professors/assistants is effected in a timely manner, as otherwise the grading procedure may be delayed.

 

Student research topics currently offered (selection, own suggestions welcome!)

Title of Thesis Type of Thesis Study Area PDF

Entwicklung einer optimalen Handelsstrategie im Intraday-Strommarkt für Anlagenbetreiber mit Multi-Use

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(B.Sc.)
M.Sc.
Faculty 8 pdf (German)

Effizienz und Problemverschiebungen durch Verbundwerkstoffe im Fahrzeug-Leichtbau

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Ökonomische Bewertung der strategischen Energiereserven Deutschlands

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Market Design and Regulatory Needs for the “Internet of Energy”

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Inertia by Wind Farms: Trends and Technical and Economic Potentials

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Sustainable Operation of Geothermal Energy Plants from an Economic Perspective

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Willingness to Pay for the Avoidance of Black Swans in Energy Supply

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

E-Homes Revisited: Market Potentials Between Over-hyping and Reality

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

The Impact of Regulation on Car Sales in Five European Markets

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8 Download
Komplexitätsreduktion von Energiesystemmodellen B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 4
Faculty 8
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Soziale Innovation als Treiber der Energiewende? Eine Analyse zivilgesellschaftlicher Selbstorganisation und neuer Geschäftsmodelle im Strom- und Gebäudesektor

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8 Download (in German)

Diffusion of Renewable Energy Technologies in Brazil
(good knowledge of Portuguese language required)

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Diffusion of DC-Technology (integrated in the Forschungscampus FEN)

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Regulatory Regimes and Technology Adoption Behavior of Utilities (integrated in the Forschungscampus FEN)

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Economic Evaluation of the Efficiency of Subsidies in one of these Fields: (1) Technologies to increase Residential Energy Efficiency, (2) Battery Storage Devices or (3) Biomass/Biogas Plants

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Schwermetall-Emissionen deutscher Kohlekraftwerke: eine umweltökonomische Analyse

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Virtual Power Plant as Part of a Future Municipal Energy Supply System: A Real Options Approach for Sequential Investment Decision-Making

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Real Options Valuation of National Grid’s UK Future Energy Scenarios

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Internet of Things (IOT) Platforms, Frameworks & Protocols

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Game-Theoretical Analysis of Strategic Heating Behavior among Residents in Apartment Buildings

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8 Download

Methoden zur Wirtschaftlichkeitsanalyse dezentraler Speicher im Elektrizitätssystem

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M.Sc. Faculty 8 Download (in German)

The Impact of Hypothetical Choice in Conjoint Studies:
A Comparative Experiment in Light Bulb Choice

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8 Download

Restructuring the German Electricity Market with New Energy and Environmental Policies

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8 Download

How Long Does the CO2 Storage Capacity in Europe Last in Light of the 'Energiewende': A Dynamic Model Analysis

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Swarm Behavior in Social Science Research, Potential and State-of-the-Art for Research in Energy Economics and Prosumer Research

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Ultra-Long Lived Capital Goods (e.g. Investments in Final Disposal Sites for Nuclear Waste; Storage Power Plants; Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS))

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Recent Advancements in Feed-in-Tariffs- vs. Tradable Green Certificates-Support Systems

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

A Critical Economic Efficiency Analysis of the Energy Saving Act (“Energieeinsparverordnung”, EnEV)

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Internalization of External Effects Through Intensified e-Mobility: A Cost-Benefit Analysis

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Diffusion of LED Technology in Public Space: A Critical Economic Analysis with a Special Focus on Rebound Effects and Light Pollution

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Quality Label for Non-Renewable Raw Materials and Sustainable Recycled Metals and Synthetic Materials

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Boom or Bust? Fracking Investments and Implications for the Financial Markets

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Smart Grids, Smart Homes, Smart Everywhere - Limits of Managing Complex Socio-Technical Systems

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Energy and Income Distribution Inequalities: Global Trends and Innovative Measures

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Cross-Border Portfolio Optimization for Electric Utility Companies Given Liquidity Constraints

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

The Expected Rebound Effects of 3D Printing

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Dealing with NIMBYism and Social Acceptance: The Proposal of Tennet to Establish Citizen-Owned Electric Grids

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

Market Integration Premium for Coordinated Wind Power Plant Operators

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8

How Can Grid Expansion and Demand Side Management to Mitigate the Need for Capacity Markets?

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B.Sc.
M.Sc.
Faculty 8