Summer School on Energy Systems for Young Researchers

4 DAY Online Course

Hydrogen and electricity in the future energy system

The Florence School of Regulation and the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence “Integrated Energy Systems” are organising the 2nd edition of the Summer School on Energy Systems for Young Researchers. This year, the focus will be on the role of different energy vectors, notably hydrogen and electricity, in a sector-coupled energy system and the policy and regulatory issues that they raise.

The Summer School on Energy Systems will focus on the economic, policy and regulatory aspects of sector coupling in the European Union and the possible ways to model and investigate them quantitatively. During the four days of the school, lectures presenting the economic, policy and regulatory aspects will alternate with lectures dedicated to modelling and research skills. In this way, participants will gather a general overview of current developments in the European energy policy and the importance of integrating different energy end-uses and vectors to achieve the energy transition. Further, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to explore relevant regulatory and policy issues from concrete modelling exercises and exemplary applied research. Participants will also have the possibility to present their current research on the topic and receive accurate feedback from peers and the course faculty.

This course is designed for PhD students and young researchers interested in learning more about sector coupling and its modelling.

The 2021 edition of the Summer School will be held online due to the enduring pandemic situation and the uncertain developments over the coming months.

Please note that applicants are required to provide the outline of their research following the template they can download here.

  • Dates
    28 Sep 2021 - 01 Oct 2021
  • Level
    Specialised
  • Type
    Online
  • Register by
    04 Jul 2021
Overview

The Summer School on Energy Systems provides participants with an in-depth look at the economic, policy and regulatory aspects of sector coupling in the EU and the role hydrogen and electricity will have as important energy vectors of the energy system of the future. These issues are analysed both from a qualitative and quantitative point of view. Every day, lectures presenting the economic, policy and regulatory aspects will alternate with lectures allowing participants to dive deeper into modelling issues and see how quantitative models can be used to investigate economic, policy and regulatory problems. On the final day, participants receive the possibility to present and discuss their own research under the supervision of the course faculty.

Content

The aim of the training is:

  • To give an understanding of the European Green Deal and why sector coupling runs high on the current policy agenda.
  • To explain different approaches in energy modelling and how to apply or elaborate accurate models for a useful analysis of energy-related issues.
  • To illustrate recent quantitative research and tools to model coupled energy sectors.
  • To examine the interactions between different sectors and better understand the related challenges for policymakers, regulators and businesses.
  • To understand the role of hydrogen and further electrification in a sector-coupled system.
  • To provide in-depth exchanges and peer-to-peer feedback on the participants’ related research work.
Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of sector coupling in the current policy debate in Europe.
  • Develop a comprehensive view of the interactions between the sectors and the challenges that they raise for policymakers and regulators.
  • Distinguish the different pathways of hydrogen and electricity in the future energy system.
  • Quantitatively model some aspects of coupled energy sectors, in order to investigate specific economic, technical and regulatory problems.
  • Exchange knowledge and experiences with fellow participants and closely interact with experts in the field.
  • Gather feedback on their own related research work.
Course structure

The course is structured along four days. During the first three days, professors and experts will provide interactive lectures. Each lecture will present a general overview of the topic in a way that participants with different backgrounds can reach a similar understanding. After this overview, the lecturers will deepen specific issues that they may consider of relevance. Adequate time for discussion and questions from the participants will be provided.

On the last day of the course, participants will have the possibility to present their current research and receive feedback from their peers. Each researcher presenting his or her work will also have to discuss the research conducted by one of his or her peers. Instructors will be involved in providing comments and suggestions. Please do note that only a selected number of participants will be able to present their work due to time constraints.

During the Summer School, instructors will mix a theoretical and a practical approach, alternating between lectures about principles and case studies. The course is designed to encourage the active participation of students and close interaction with the experts.

Target group and knowledge level

The training is designed for PhD students, post-doctoral researchers, young academics and researchers that deal with energy systems topics. A minimum understanding of quantitative methods and energy systems modelling is required. A background in engineering or energy economics is recommended.

Requirements

Please do note that only a selected number of participants will be admitted. Participants are required to enclose to their registration form a short CV (max. 2 pages), a motivation letter (max 2,500 characters) and an outline of their research work (max 3,500 characters) they are willing to present.

Applicants are required to provide the outline of their research following the template they can download here.

The outline of the applicants’ research work is mandatory, as to guarantee a certain level of advancement and to enable participants to be efficiently matched for peer-reviewing and further interaction.

Please do note that there will be a selection of the papers that will be presented on day 4 due to time limits.

Participants will receive a response regarding their admission two weeks after the registration deadline.

Fees

Student Fee: 500 EUR

Course Faculty

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