In her doctoral studies in Germany, Martha is working on the realization of a socially just and accepted energy transition. For this, she plans to add social and ecological aspects to the current technical and economical focus within energy transition planning processes. The development of an integrated energy system model will assess the impact of energy market reforms on community and household level as well as their implications for distributive justice. Her interests, broadly, encompass, energy justice, the energy transition, energy modeling, and Open Source methods and strategies.
Her work is supervised by Prof. Dr. Pao-Yu Oei from the Department of Energy and Environmental Management at Europa-Universität Flensburg (EUF).
Martha wrote her masters degree thesis at the TU Berlin in the research group Off-Grid Systems at the Reiner Lemoine Institut and developed the simulation tool Offgridders, which sizes electrification options. Following this, from 2019 to 2021, she worked as a researcher at the Reiner Lemoine Institut and was responsible for the project management within the scope of the H2020 research project E-LAND, in which RLI develops and applies a simulation tool for sector coupled energy systems (Multi-Vector Simulator).
Martha’s fellowship is financed through the C-BEAR+ project (link: https://reiner-lemoine–institut.de/en/c-bear/) , funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action of Germany.
She will be a visiting scholar at RAEL for Spring 2023
Guangyu joins us for a year from North China Electric Power University, where he has already worked on clean energy markets and wind energy forecasting.
At RAEL (and LBL) he will be working on aggressive decarbonization pathways for China, and the expansion of clean energy services in heavy industry.
His recent paper on day-ahead wind forecasting is available on the RAEL publications pages. To take a look, click here.
Send him note and welcome & get to know Guangyu!
Joyceline is a Tanzanian who holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester.
Her research interest lies in energy decentralization, diversification, economics and policy making to empower women and improve the standard of living in East Africa.
She currently works at the Renewable & Appropriate Energy Laboratory on Off grid systems in remote areas in East Africa.
Prior to her MS, Joyceline interned at MIT and conducted research on aluminum batteries for electric vehicles. Additionally, since 2017 she has been working to empower marginalized young women of New Hope For Girls Organization in Tanzania. Among her recent projects is her team winning a $10,000 Davis Project for Peace Fellowship to establish a greenhouse farming business to act as a sustainable income generator for the girls.
My interests range from the integration of renewables into existing grids,the possibility of indigenes (especially women) in rural communities producing their own power or at least understanding its workings and the interaction between science and policy making in developing countries. I would love to study in the Renewable & Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) or the Energy Modeling, Analysis and Control Group (EMAC)
Shuba is the co-director of the California Energy Commission sponsored project
“ Engaging Communities in the Design of Sustainable Energy and Localized Futures (SELF)”
Among her many publications are a number that addresses the energy-access-affordability-climate nexus, including:
- The California Demand Response: Potential Study, Phase 3; Brian F.Gerke,Giulia Gallo,Sarah J. Smith, Jingjing Liu, Peter Alstone, Shuba V. Raghavan, Peter Schwartz, Mary Ann Piette, Rongxin Yin and Sofia Stensson.
- Translating climate change and heating system electrification impacts on building energy use to future greenhouse gas emissions and electric grid capacity requirements in California; Brian Tarroja, Felicia Chiang, Amir AghaKouchak, Scott Samuelsen, Shuba V. Raghavan, Max Wei, Kaiyu Sunand Tianzhen Hong, Applied Energy, 2018, vol. 225, issue C, 522–534
- Building a Healthier and More Robust Future: 2050 Low-Carbon Energy Scenarios for California. California Energy Commission. Primary Authors: Max Wei, Shuba Raghavan, Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez, Contributing Authors: Rodrigo Henriquez Auba, Dev Millstein, Madison Hoffacker, Rebecca Hernandez, Eleonara Ruffini, Brian Tarroja, Amir Agha Kouchak, Josiah Johnston, Daniel Kammen, Julia Szinai, Colin Shepard, Anand Gopal, Kaiyu Sun, Tianzhen Hong, and Florin-Langer James. Publication Number: CEC-500‑2019-033; March 2019
- Pathways to Decarbonize Residential Water Heating in California, Shuba V Raghavan, Max Wei, Daniel Kammen, Energy Policy 109 (2017) 441–451
- Adoption of Solar Home Lighting Systems in India: What might we learn from Karnataka? Harish, Iychettira, Raghavan, Kandlikar, Energy Policy, Vol 62, November 2013, pp –697–706.
- Assessing the impact of the transition to Light Emitting Diodes based solar lighting systems in India, Santosh Harish, Shuba V Raghavan, Milind Kandlikar, Gireesh Shrimali, Energy for Sustainable Development, Volume 17, Issue 4, August 2013, pp. 363–370.
Bo is a doctoral student in Electrical Engineering at Chongqing University. His work is focused on the integration of renewable energy and of electric vehicle fleets into the Chinese power grid.
Guangzhi is a PhD student in Energy Systems Analysis at Tsinghua University. He has bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Management from Tsinghua University. He has been a visiting student at the University of Bath and at the Israel Institute of Technology.
His work is focused on the role of carbon pricing and renewable energy deployment in China.
Guangzhi will be a visiting student at RAEL from October 2019– July 2020.
Ph.D student in Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University.
Xiaoli is a PhD student in the School of Environmental & Natural Resources, Renmin University of China
She has a range of research interests, including the Low-carbon transition pathway of China’s power sector, the job creation potential of the new green energy economy, and the role of energy storage in decarbonization in China and Europe.
She will be a visiting research student at RAEL from October 2019 — August 2020.
Dongran Liu is a doctoral student in the School of Economic and Management at North China Electric Power University. She has research interests in energy markets, optimization and risk management, and distributed energy resource planning.
At RAEL she is working on modeling the future of the Chinese electric power system using SWITCH. She is part of a partnership with European energy storage associations to examine the market opportunities and carbon benefits of the installation of a range of energy storage technologies.
She will be a visiting student in RAEL from October 2019 — August 2020.
PhD student, North China Electric Power University
Natalie is an Energy Engineering (https://engineeringscience.berkeley.edu/energy–engineering/) major at UC Berkeley. Her studies focus on integrating power system analysis with data science, optimizing resource use and studying the outlook of renewable technology adoption in various parts of the world.
In RAEL, Natalie is currently engaged in the SWITCH China project. She works on modeling grid expansion for China, looking at how decarbonization pathways and electric vehicle grid integration will affect the future energy mix. Her topics of interest include long-term power system planning, applications of international energy policy, projecting energy demand, and storage technology adoption.