A Research Platform for Singapore

Master Thesis (Demand Side Flexibility and Bidding Strategies for Flexible Building Loads)

Department:Electrification Suite & Test Lab
Posted Date:26 September 2019
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed Term (6 months)

Project Title: Demand Side Flexibility and Bidding Strategies for Flexible Building Loads

TUMCREATE is a research platform for the improvement of Singapore's public transportation, including the deployment of electric and autonomous mobility. Researchers from Technical University Munich and Nanyang Technological University join forces and are funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation as part of the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE).

In TUMCREATE, over 100 scientists, researchers and engineers work together, led by Professors from the Technical University of Munich and Nanyang Technological University. The Mission of TUMCREATE is to seek the ultimate public transport system for the people of Singapore. Our innovative road transport solutions will provide high comfort and a positive travel experience, best protection of the environment and maximum benefit to the society and the economy.

The research group Electrification Suite & Test Lab (ESTL) research area in TUMCREATE puts an emphasis on the interaction of the electricity grid with advanced electrified public transport systems for Singapore. Ranging from charging infrastructure optimisation to demand side flexibility and integration of renewable energies, ESTL covers many hierarchy levels of the electrification concept in the context of the major goals of TUMCREATE.


A research project has been established to investigate electric demand side flexibility (DSF) in air-conditioned buildings in Singapore. The Control-oriented Building Climate Model (CoBMo) and the flexible distribution grid demonstrator (FLEDGE) software frameworks are being developed to demonstrated the ability of flexible loads to mitigate challenges in distribution grid due to electric vehicle (EV) charging and photovoltaic (PV) generation.

The goal of this thesis is to investigate the DSF potential of Singapore’s building stock and to formulate bidding strategies for flexible building loads in a liberalized energy market. The main tasks are:

  1. Define representative building types for a district of Singapore and investigate typical electric demand profiles as well as thermal demand characteristics.
  2. Represent these building types in CoBMo and investigate the DSF potential for the district.
  3. Formulate bidding strategies for flexible building loads and study the ability of different centralized and decentralized market frameworks to harness the DSF potential in FLEDGE.


What we exect from you

  • Basic understanding of numerical optimization and energy market mechanisms
  • Experience with Python / Julia is an advantage
  • Reliable, independent, precise and scientific working style
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills in both written and spoken English and ability to work with people from different backgrounds and cultures


What we offer you

  • Financial support
  • Exposure to the state of the art research topics
  • An international and multidisciplinary working environment
  • Guidance by researchers from world-renowned universities
  • Opportunity for publishing in international journals and conferences
  • Multicultural and dynamic working atmosphere


Enquires and How To Apply
Please send your complete application including cover letter, CV, university transcripts and degree certificates to sebastian.troitzsch@tum-create.edu.sg