Master Internship in Impacts of electric vehicles penetration on distribution grids (M/F)

Reference : ERIN-2018-INTERN_022

Type: Intern
Contract type: Internship
Duration: 6 months
Place: Belvaux



The successful candidate will join the “Environmental Research and Innovation” (ERIN) department. With a team of more than 170 scientists and engineers from life science, environmental science, and IT science, the department has the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to tackle major environmental challenges our society is facing today: climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, environmental pollution prevention and control.

The "Environmental Research and Innovation" (ERIN) department of LIST has an opening for an Intern position. The intern will be integrated in the Renewable Energy Systems Group as part of the Life Cycle Sustainability and Risk Assessment (LiSRA) Unit, which develops knowledge, transferable (software) technologies and practical methods for the integrative evaluation and management of the sustainability across different systems (e.g. energy systems) and toxicological risks of human driven systems.




The Renewable Energy Systems Group within the LISRA unit of the Environmental Research and Innovation Department is studying the effects of large scale integration of renewable generation in the electric energy system. The group applies optimisation methods, conducts simulations and develops models and software tools for companies and policy makers. The rising shares of decentralized and fluctuating power generation in the distribution grids, implementation of smart flexibility options (smart grid components) and increasing electrification of the mobility and heating sectors bring new challenges and opportunities for grid operators. The identification and quantification of such challenges and opportunities in relation to a large-scale electric vehicles (EVs) penetration should be studied on the basis of two examples (grid models of two districts currently under development).

The aim of the internship project is to undertake specific tasks including:

  • Literature review of the impacts of EVs penetration on distribution grids
  • Developing scenarios for EVs penetration and EVs charging behaviour and derive impacts on load profiles and grid constraints (e.g. low voltages)
  • Work out expected effects on EV users charging behaviour from “smart charging” business models, based on literature study
  • Run simulations to assess distribution grid impacts by EV penetration for predefined scenarios (models largely existing)





  • Motivated and creative intern who enjoys embracing challenges and working with a team of international researchers
  • Should be able to work autonomously under supervision of experienced researchers


Should possess the skills outlined below:

  • An emphasis on power systems and interests on electric mobility
  • Knowledge on the functionality of distribution systems
  • Knowledge of OpenDSS (or another distribution system simulation software)
  • Experiences in programming and data handling are of advantage
  • Good written and spoken English language skills
  • Good team working skills, with a creative problem solving approach
  • MSc student in Electrical Engineering/Power Systems


  • Fluent English (spoken and written) is mandatory
  • Fluent or a strong working knowledge of German or French is a must


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Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Daniel KOSTER
Dr-Ing. Enrico BENETTO