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Internship for a Master Thesis in the field of control of sustainable heating and cooling systems

The Institute for Renewable energy of Eurac Research is involved in several research projects in the field of innovative district heating and cooling networks operated at low-temperatures and making use of water to water heat pumps to balance the thermal loads. In this context, a punctual and continuous control of the substations is needed to optimize the management of the energy fluxes along the network.

The Master Thesis contribute to the development of an advanced control algorithm that aims at managing several decentralized heat pump systems enhancing the interaction between district heating network and electric grid in a smart way. Simulations will be performed to develop and countercheck the controller's performance.

This work will be part of the H2020-RewardHEAT project coordinated by Eurac Research and will be carried out in close collaboration with the senior researcher responsible for the development. The foreseen duration of the activity is about 6 months including thesis writing.



It is expected that the candidate will:

  • develop and implement simplified models of substations including heat pumps and thermal storage in Python
  • develop and implement control algorithms in Python
  • simulate a range of system operating conditions
  • organize the results in a structured document written in English



  • Basic knowledge of control theory and optimization
  • Basic knowledge of Python programming language
  • Knowledge of Modelica programming language is a plus
  • Knowledge of oral and written English


We offer:

  • The opportunity to work on a master thesis dealing with an innovative topic, contributing to the development of an advanced controller for decentralised units;
  • The opportunity to work in a young international team in a fast-growing sector;
  • Working conditions which allow professional growth and know-how acquisition with career opportunity as applied researcher;
  • A surrounding offering a high quality of life.


How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their application (CV, cover letter and further relevant documents) by 30.01.2020 to the following address:

Eurac Research
Institute for Renewable Energy

Viale Druso 1 – 39100 Bolzano
Email: jobs.renewable.energy@eurac.edu - www.eurac.edu
Tel: +39 0471 055 600 / Fax: + 39 0471 055 699

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