Decentralized Energy Transformation and Systems


Renewable energy technologies differ significantly from fossil power generation in sizing, siting, and variability. Smaller capacities are spread out over various places of the country and require a change in network infrastructure and operation as well as they may induce adjustments to the market design. While the characteristics differ, also the costs of technology for solar photovoltaics (PV) and batteries decreased over the past years and allowed not only large actors to generate power but also small entities such as single households or small firms. The combination of both creates new land and need for research. CSEI participates in researching the development of decentralised energy generation and its implications by focusing on the following key areas:

  • Decentralized Renewables Development and Integration
  • Peer-to-Peer Trading in local networks: business models and regulation/market design
  • Consumer Power Purchase Agreements
  • Future Electricity Markets

Work in progress

  • Dumistrescu, R., Lüth, A., Weibezahn, J., & Groh, S. (2021). Prosumer Empowerment through Community-Power-Purchase-Agreements: A Market Design for Peer-to-Peer Swarm Grids. Work in Progress.

Selected publications

  • Lüth, A., Weibezahn, J., & Zepter, J. M. (2020). On Distributional Effects in Local Electricity Market Designs—Evidence from a German Case Study. Energies, 13(8), 1993.
  • Lüth, A., Zepter, J. M., Crespo del Granado, P., & Egging, R. (2018). Local electricity market designs for peer-to-peer trading: The role of battery flexibility. Applied Energy, 229, 1233–1243.
  • Zepter, J. M., Lüth, A., Crespo del Granado, P., & Egging, R. (2019). Prosumer integration in wholesale electricity markets: Synergies of peer-to-peer trade and residential storage. Energy and Buildings, 184, 163–176.

For further information, please contact:

Jens Weibezahn