Research Internship Topic

Lithium-ion BESSs are an increasingly popular solution to serve in grid-related applications. The Container format is currently the most preferred installation option owing to enhanced safety, security, and performance. Lithium-ion batteries need to be operated within a certain temperature range for safe and optimal operation of the system, which results in lower cell degradation and better electrical performance. These container BESSs are installed outdoors, and are exposed to environmental conditions, such as the ambient temperature and the solar irradiation. Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are therefore necessary to ensure that the operating temperatures inside the containers stay within the stipulated range.

The tasks for this research internship are

  1. Augment existing HVAC models by studying datasheets and the state-of-the-art, to enable the consideration of a greater level of detail in simulations, and quantitatively compare the differences
  2. Enhance existing container thermal models by studying the state-of-the-art to include additional features, and quantitatively compare the differences
  3. Implement thermal management strategies which leverage features of the models enhanced in tasks 1 and 2
  4. Acquisition of requisite data for tasks 1, 2, and 3 from various sources to aid the modelling procedure. This includes component datasheets and meteorological data for various locations

Who can apply

Students of master degree programs at TUM, specializing in energy/power/electrical/mechanical engineering with good knowledge of programming in python may apply. Depending on the program, a duration of 9 weeks (full-time) and 12 ECTS credits can typically be expected for this internship.

Starting date


See also SimSES

time-series tool for detailed stationary storage system simulations

Send your applications to 

Anupam Parlikar, Chair of Electrical Energy Storage Technology, TU München Felix Forster, Smart Power GmbH, Munich, Germany




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