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Strategic Transport and Energy Demand Model (STED)

Project Leader: Patricia Sauri Lavieri
Staff: To be announced
Collaborators: To be announced
Sponsors: To be announced
Primary Contact: Patricia Sauri Lavieri (patricia.lavieri@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: Electric Vehicles; renewable energy
Disciplines: Infrastructure Engineering

The electrification of automobile propulsion technologies brings challenges and opportunities to electrical grids. Potential increases in peak loads are likely to occur if demand management strategies are not put into place, as users tend to start charging their vehicles after arriving home from work, during the early evening period. On the other hand, effective demand management strategies create the opportunity for electric vehicles (EVs) to solve the timing imbalance between peak demand and renewable energy production.  

Considering that both the challenges and opportunities posed by EVs are heavily dependent on user travel and charging behaviour, there is a major need for the development of models that integrate energy and transport demand. This project will leverage techniques used in activity-based modelling and traditional strategic transport models to build an integrated macroscopic model of transport and energy demand.

The following knowledge is desired:

  • Statistical programming and analysis;
  • Transport systems modelling; and
  • Econometric modelling and discrete choice modelling.

The following is required:

  • Introductory statistics;
  • Introductory transport engineering knowledge (in particular, the Four-Step Transport Demand Model) or the desire to learn independently during summer;
  • Excellent analytical writing skills and the ability to conduct systematic literature reviews; and
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to engage with industry, government, research groups, and a variety of other stakeholders;

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