Archive of Topic: Energy Modeling

Martha Hoffmann

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:‑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

Con­tact: martha.​hoffmann@​rl-​stiftung.​de

Qin, Guangyu

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!

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Joyceline Marealle

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.

Gbemisola “Gbemi” Akinsipe

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)

Raghavan, Shuba

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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Path­ways to Decar­bonize Res­i­den­tial Water Heat­ing in Cal­i­for­nia, Shu­ba V Ragha­van, Max Wei, Daniel Kam­men, Ener­gy Pol­i­cy 109 (2017) 441–451
  5. 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.
  6. 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 Li

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 Yin

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.

 Cur­rent posi­tion:

Ph.D stu­dent in Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing, Tsinghua University.



Xiaoli Zhang

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

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.

Cur­rent posi­tion:

PhD stu­dent, North Chi­na Elec­tric Pow­er University


Natalie Fedorova

Natal­ie is an Ener­gy Engi­neer­ing (https://engineeringscience.berke​ley​.edu/​e​n​e​r​gy-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.

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