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Anya Heider was born on 26.07.1993 in Sendai (Japan).
She studied Renewable Energy Engineering B.Sc. and Sustainable Electrical Energy Supply M.Sc. at the University of Stuttgart. During her studies she started working as a tutor and became involved in student representation. She completed her bachelor thesis at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on perovskite solar cells. She also spent a research visit at ETH Zurich, where she worked on the qualitative and quantitative assessment of flexibility in energy systems. Outside the university, she was involved in educational work in the field of renewable energies and voluntary work with refugees.
After graduating in 2018, she worked as a developer at Venios GmbH and contributed to their software for distribution network planning and operation. Subsequently, she worked as a research assistant at the Reiner Lemoine Institute gGmbH on various open source software tools for distribution network optimisation and was part of the authoring team of the RLS overview study on energy system change in Germany.
"Holistic Flexibility Analysis of the German Energy System - Technical and Marketbased Analysis of Existing and Potential Flexibility Options"
In order to achieve the climate targets, a massive increase in renewable energy production is required. Wind power plants and photovoltaics in particular are already contributing to the energy supply today and will continue being used in the future to cover the demand for electricity. Since these weather-dependent generation units cause greater fluctuations in generation than conventional power plants, the need for flexible resources in the energy system to balance out these fluctuations is increasing. The dissertation will therefore deal with the holistic flexibility analysis of the German energy system.
Although flexibility in the future energy system is a relevant topic in research and many studies on individual options such as storage and some comparisons of several flexibility resources exist, it is lacking a holistic consideration and modelling of all existing options. This thesis aims to close this gap and find an optimal composition of flexibility options for an energy system based on 100% renewable energies. For this purpose, an open source model is to be created to enable its use beyond the scope of this dissertation.
In order to investigate which market design favours such an optimal composition and stimulates the use and installation of flexible resources best, an economic module will be implemented into the flexibility model. Based on the insights gained from this module, recommendations for policymakers will be drawn as to which market-related mechanisms should be implemented to make the energy system more flexible.