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Researcher Profile

Tara Esterl MSc, MSc

 Tara Esterl MSc, MSc

Function

Head of Competence Unit

Center

Energy

Competence Unit

Integrated Energy Systems

Address

Giefinggasse 2, 1210 Vienna

Career

Field: Integrated Energy Systems

Main Research: Virtual Power Plants

Experience: Strong background in electricity markets and the integration of flexibility in these markets considering the distribution grid and of all stakeholder views. Project leader of large and complex research projects. Currently leading the unit Integrated Energy Systems at AIT. We focus on the analysis of energy economics, energy system modelling, the integration of flexible units in the electricity markets considering the electricity grid as well as coupling of the heating domain with the electrical domain. In these fields we consult clients directly as well as we lead and participate in large international and national research projects.

  • 2013-2018: Research Engineer Virtual Power Plants
    AIT Austrian Institute of Technology / Austria
  • 2012-2013: Student employee photovoltaic and battery storage
    Wien Energie GmbH / Austria
  • 2011-2012: Student employee photovoltaic market integration strategy for Germany and the U.S.
    IBC SOLAR AG / Bad Staffelstein, Germany
  • 2011-2011: Master thesis on KPIs and optimization potential of the O&M of wind parks
    OMV Power International GmbH / Austria
  • 2009-2011: Student employee for life cycle assessment of photovoltaic systems, e-mobility and biofuels
    PE International GmbH (now thinkstep) / Germany
  • 2007-2008: Student employee for business development and photovoltaic plant design
    SES 21 AG / Germany
  • 2007-2007: Intern PV and Biofuels
    PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH / Austria
  • 2020-now: Head of Competence Unit Integrated Energy Systems
    AIT Austrian Institute of Technology / Austria
  • 2019-2019: Senior Research Engineer Virtual Power Plants
    AIT Austrian Institute of Technology / Austria
  • 2015: AIT Poster Award

Publications

  • Basics of Electricity Grids (2014)
    TU Wien
  • Basics of Electricity Grids (2017)
    TU Wien

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