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Researcher Profile

Tara Esterl MSc, MSc

 Tara Esterl MSc, MSc


Senior Research Engineer



Competence Unit

Integrated Energy Systems




+43 50550 6077


Giefinggasse 2, 1210 Vienna


Field: Power System Planning and Operation

Main Research: Virtual Power Plants

Experience: Her main research area is the integration of prosumers into the short-term electricity markets (day-ahead, balancing, imbalance settlement) taking into account the distribution grid. She has participated in several European and national projects and has coordinated national projects focusing on the market participation of flexibility from small prosumers.

  • 2013-2019: 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
  • 2015: AIT Poster Award


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

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