KIT-UoM Joint PhD: Economic risk to residential energy systems
The risk related to household energy infrastructure is large in the case of natural hazards (such as extreme heat, cold, rain, hail, etc) on solar panels, wall batteries and other privately owned systems in an industry where technology is driving rapid change for the consumer and needs to be quantified. The project deals with the fundamental trade-off between flexibility and vulnerability of a complex and partly decentralized energy system out of the household’s perspective: Modelling the household decisions and assessing the risk for different roles (consumer vs. prosumer) and for different configurations and cost of the (local) energy system.
If successful, the PhD candidate will be enrolled at both the University of Melbourne and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and will be co-supervised by supervisors at both institutions. The researcher will be based at KIT, and will spend at least twelve months at the University of Melbourne.
The application process is competitive, with higher than the equivalent of a University of Melbourne 80% in a relevant degree expected. Information on undertaking a doctorate at KIT and eligibility information can be seen here, with information on the University of Melbourne entry requirements here.