A Research Platform for Singapore

Master Thesis / Internship Grid Expansion Planning using Storage Devices in the Smart Grid

Department:Electrification Suite & Test Lab
Posted Date:7 February 2020
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed Term


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.

More information about TUMCREATE can be found on our web pages at www.tum-create.edu.sg.

About this Position

The research group Electrification Suite & Test Lab (ESTL) 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 management 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 model, implement, analyse and propose a solution to the challenge of installing fast charging stations in the system. The smart grid is facing a big challenge, since fast charging strategies for electric vehicles require peak demands of up to 600 kW per charger. Therefore, multiple bus depot and charging stations cannot deploy more than one charger due to distribution system limitations. The distribution grid does not have the capacity to satisfy a significantly increased demand that includes the charging of the electric vehicles. Therefore, the challenge is to investigate possible options and solutions for the expansion planning of the smart grid.

The goal of this internship is to investigate, implement and analyse different solutions from technical and cost efficiency aspects to the above-mentioned problem. The aim is to present a case study that will demonstrate different options and their benefits or disadvantages. The main tasks are

  1. To identify, design and model different solutions.
  2. To implement and analyse the models using modelling, optimization and analysis software.
  3. Conclude the results and present the significance of the proposed approaches.


  • Good knowledge of power systems
  • Programming skills; Matlab; ideally GAMS;
  • Ideally: Skills in convex optimization
  • 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

  • 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

Enquiries and How To Apply

Please send your complete application including cover letter, CV, university transcripts and degree certificates to Andrej Trpovski: andrej.trpovski@tum-create.edu.sg.