A Research Platform for Singapore

Summer Internship (Electric Demand Side Flexibility in Singaporean Buildings)

Department:Electrification Suite & Test Lab
Posted Date:21 May 2019
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed Term (3 months)

Project Title: Electric Demand Side Flexibility in Singaporean Buildings

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.

About this Position
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 the airconditioning (A/C) systems of buildings in Singapore. In this project, the Control-oriented Building Climate Model (CoBMo, available at: https://github.com/TUMCREATE-ESTL/cobmo) was developed and DSF-enabled control frameworks based on numerical optimization were investigated. In fact, preliminary results show that DSF in office buildings can significantly reduce the impact of intermittent EV charging demand peaks. 

The goal of this internship is to investigate the DSF potential of different building configurations and to devise a roadmap for maximising DSF in future developments.
The main tasks are: 

1) Understand the existing building stock in Singapore and differentiate building types.
2) Represent the key building types in the CoBMo in order to investigate the DSF potential.
3) Identify key enabling building properties and configuration that maximise DSF potential and derive recommendations for retrofits and new building developments. 

• Good knowledge of thermodynamics
• Experience with Python / Pandas and objectoriented programming is an advantage
• Reliable, independent and scientific way of working
• 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
• Multicultural and dynamic working atmosphere 

Enquiries 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