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Berkeley Cooperation

Since 2014, there has been a fruitful research cooperation with the Grid Integration Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California. LBNL is a globally leading energy research facility that conducts research on behalf of the United States Department of Energy and is operated under the University of California system. We regularly post offers for internships and Master’s thesis projects at LBNL on the Chair’s News page. You can find a list of previous Ph.D. and Master’s students who have worked with the team in Berkeley and information on their projects below.


Tobias Brandt (Ph.D. student, January 2014 – June 2014)

Tobias’ research project in Berkeley focused on Microgrids and how a Microgrid at a training facility of the U.S. Armed Forces can be implemented and optimally operated. His work was published in the following papers:

  • Brandt T, DeForest N, Stadler M, Neumann D: Power Systems 2.0: Designing an Energy Information System for Microgrid Operation 2014 (35th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2014), Auckland, New Zealand, 14-17 December 2014). (download:
  • DeForest N, Stadler M, Cardoso G, Brandt T, Narayanan S: Enabling broad adoption of distributed PV-storage systems via supervisory planning and control 2014 (ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 17-22, Pacific Grove, CA. 2014). (download:


Sebastian Wagner (Ph.D. student, July 2014 – December 2014)

During his time in Berkeley, Sebastian contributed to the development of DER-CAM. DER-CAM is a software product that optimizes investments into Microgrids as well as the day-to-day operations of the implemented Microgrids.


Anna Schönbein (Master’s student, July 2015 – December 2015)

For her Master’s thesis, Anna is working in Berkeley on the development of mechanisms that enable the operation of a Microgrid with different stakeholders, such as one would find in a residential area. Her project is supported by the DAAD’s FITweltweit program as well as the Energiereporter campaign of the Stiftung Energie & Klimaschutz Baden-Württemberg, for which she regularly posts insightful video reports.


Friedrich Ewald (Master’s student, October 2015 – March 2016)

For the Master’s project as part of his M.Sc. in Computer Science, Friedrich conducts an internship at LBNL during which he supports the ongoing development of DER-CAM.


Marie-Louise Arlt (Ph.D. student, since 01/2017)

During her stay at the LBNL, Marie-Louise Arlt is researching the contribution of microgrids in the form of system services to distribution networks, for which she works on and with DER-CAM. Publications that have emerged in this course are:  

  • Arlt, M.-L.; Cardoso, G. and Weng, D. (2017): Hydrogen Storage Applications in Industrial Microgrids. Talk and Publication in IGESSC Proceedings accepted for 2017 IEEE Green Energy and Smart Systems Conference (IGESSC 2017), Long Beach, USA, 06 – 07 November 2017.
  • Arlt, M.-L.; Cardoso, G. and Weng, D. (2017): Hydrogen Storage Applications in Industrial Microgrids. Poster accepted for 35th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference, Houston, USA, 12 to 15 November 2017.