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

The Institute for Renewable energy of Eurac Research is involved in several research projects in the field of district heating and cooling systems and urban excess heat recovery solutions. In this context, planning tools capable of computing the performance of waste heat recovery plant are needed, enabling decision makers to select suitable applications to be set up.

The Master Thesis will focus on contributing to the development of a software tool for the performance assessment of low-temperature district heating and cooling systems, including heat exchange substations. Both hydraulic and heat transfer models are included in the tool.

The simulation results will be used to assess how decentralized excess heat recovery substations impact on the system hydraulics and on the energetic and environmental performance of the district heating and cooling system.

This work will be part of the Life+ LIFE4HEATRECOVERY 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 in English.



It is expected that the candidate will:

  • implement models of district heating and cooling networks
  • run simulations to assess district heating and cooling networks when different waste heat sources are integrated
  • organize and report the results in a structured document written in English

Data for the implementation of the networks will be made available by EURAC, including information on the needed control logics.



  • Basic programming skills, in any language, and interest towards programming
  • Good understanding of hydraulics and thermodynamics
  • Knowledge of oral and written English language
  • Knowledge in the field of district heating and cooling is a plus
  • Knowledge in the field of heat pumps is a plus
  • Knowledge of one or more of the Matlab, Python, and Modelica languages is a plus


We offer:

  • The opportunity to work on a master thesis dealing with an innovative topic, contributing to the development and testing of a simulation tool
  • 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 opportunities 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

For further information please contact Roberto Fedrizzi: Tel: +39 0471 055 610

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