Topics for master theses

Topics for master theses

Here is a list of possible topics to write a Master thesis under the supervision of ENE’s researchers:

  • Topics on Environmental Economics

    Topics on Environmental Economics

    Potential topics are:

    • Zero emissions (in shipping/buildings/road veh/airplanes): too much, or just right?
    • Certificates of Origin for Electricity; Stepchild or rising star?
    • A carbon cap for Norwegian farmers: Let forests do what cows and farmers cannot?
    • Carbon footprint and economic analysis for a firm/sector
    • Hydrogen: which part is failing: cars, hydrogen or filling and logistics
    • A new look at biomass and biofuels: can photosynthesis propel transport
    • Oceans in a sustainability strategy
    • Solar power: if a leap lies ahead, what can trigger it
    • Decentralized power generation in Norway: framework and business analysis
    • Renewable power in Norway: shall it expand, and with what instruments
    • A role for Norway as a battery for Europe’s intermittent power
    • A business analysis of Norway’s three proposed carbon capture and storage projects (cement, fertilizer, waste dump)
    • Analysis of emission reduction prospects in Norwegian transport
    • Econometric analysis of demand for energy (or carbon) intensive goods, transport
    • Forests: More wood and biomass in buildings: Economic analysis of climate prospects
    • Financial markets: is there evidence of ‘sin portfolios’ or ‘virtue’ (or green/fossil)? The value of fossil assets / promises in financial markets
    • Analysis of CO2 markets
    • Modeling energy exchange in Northern Europe

    Supervisor: Gunnar S. Eskeland.

  • Analysis of electric batteries and improvements in electricity networks

    Analysis of electric batteries and improvements in electricity networks

    In cooperation with ENOVA

    Contact: Gunnar Eskeland (NHH) and Børge Nilssen Stafne (ENOVA)

  • Logistics: improvements in efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions

    Logistics: improvements in efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions

    In cooperation with ENOVA

    Contact: Gunnar Eskeland (NHH) and Arnt Gunnar Lium (ENOVA)

  • Purchasing patterns for electrical vehicles: What matters? Environmental concern or egoistic economic incentives?

    Purchasing patterns for electrical vehicles: What matters? Environmental concern or egoistic economic incentives?

    Supervisor: Stein Ivar Steinshamn.

  • The petroleum industry in the Barents Sea and other vulnerable areas: environmental and economic analysis of the activity

    The petroleum industry in the Barents Sea and other vulnerable areas: environmental and economic analysis of the activity

    Supervisor: Stein Ivar Steinshamn.

  • Fossil fuel markets and management: Should the transition to renewable go through natural gas?

    Fossil fuel markets and management: Should the transition to renewable go through natural gas?

    Supervisor: Stein Ivar Steinshamn.

  • Electricity in the transport sector: Economic and environmental effects

    Electricity in the transport sector: Economic and environmental effects

    Supervisor: Stein Ivar Steinshamn.

  • Waste problems in the fashion industry in Norway: Oleana case

    Waste problems in the fashion industry in Norway: Oleana case

    In cooperation with Oleana

    Supervisor: Gunnar Eskeland

  • The future of fashion sustainability, customer behavior

    The future of fashion sustainability, customer behavior

    In cooperation with Oleana

    Supervisor: Gunnar Eskeland

  • Are there any economical/political motivations for sustainability in the fashion industry?

    Are there any economical/political motivations for sustainability in the fashion industry?

    In cooperation with Oleana

    Supervisor: Gunnar Eskeland

  • Shared economies: is there a future for the fashion industry?

    Shared economies: is there a future for the fashion industry?

    In cooperation with Oleana

    Supervisor: Gunnar Eskeland

  • Development and implementation of textile waste recycling, project case

    Development and implementation of textile waste recycling, project case

    In cooperation with Oleana

    Supervisor: Gunnar Eskeland

  • Insentiver for, og konsekvenser av off grid løsninger

    Insentiver for, og konsekvenser av off grid løsninger

    Ny teknologi for lokal kraftproduksjon og lagring (eksempelvis solceller og batteriløsninger), gjør det mulig for forbrukere å klare seg uten det nasjonale energisystemet som er bygget opp de siste hundre årene. Hvilke privatøkonomiske insentiver finnes for slike løsninger, hvilke fordelingsvirkninger kan det ha, og hvilke samfunnsøkonomiske og bedriftsøkonomiske konsekvenser kan dette få?

    In cooperation with BKK

    Supervisors: Endre Bjørndal and Mette Bjørndal.

  • Regulation and benchmarking of natural monopolies in the energy sector

    Regulation and benchmarking of natural monopolies in the energy sector

    Supervisors: Endre Bjørndal and Mette Bjørndal.

  • Pricing and congestion management in wholesale electricity markets

    Pricing and congestion management in wholesale electricity markets

    Supervisors: Endre Bjørndal and Mette Bjørndal.

  • Integration of renewable energy sources in electricity markets

    Integration of renewable energy sources in electricity markets

    Supervisors: Endre Bjørndal and Mette Bjørndal.

  • Local flexibility markets and demand response in the electricity sector

    Local flexibility markets and demand response in the electricity sector

    Supervisors: Endre Bjørndal and Mette Bjørndal.

  • Integration of regional electricity markets and use of HVDC interconnectors

    Integration of regional electricity markets and use of HVDC interconnectors

    Supervisors: Endre Bjørndal and Mette Bjørndal.

  • Strategiske tilpasninger til reguleringen

    Strategiske tilpasninger til reguleringen

    Mange av de økonomiske insentivene I NVEs inntektsregulering av nettselskaper påvirker eiernes avkastning. Samtidig har ledelsen i nettselskapet en ikke ubetydelig innflytelse på drifts- og investeringsbeslutninger, og hvor valgt løsning vil kunne påvirke selskapets inntektsramme, og dermed også eiernes avkastning. Burheim & Dahl (2016) gjorde i sin masteroppgave en spørreundersøkelse blant ansatte i selskapene for å kartlegge de ansattes kunnskap om og selskapenes tilpasninger til reguleringen, og oppgaven til Dahl & Faugstadmo (2018) så på styrets rolle og ansvar. Den nye oppgaven skal belyse om og i tilfelle hvordan selskapene kan påvirke sin lønnsomhet gjennom strategiske tilpasninger innenfor det reguleringsregimet de er underlagt. Har selskapenes frihetsgrader for tilpasning økt de siste årene, og er dette i så fall noe som bør tas hensyn til i reguleringen?

    Supervisors: Endre Bjørndal and Mette Bjørndal.

  • Nye oppgavevariabler i reguleringsmodellen

    Nye oppgavevariabler i reguleringsmodellen

    NVE har satt i gang et arbeid med å utrede en ny oppgavevariabel som bedre fanger opp det arbeidet som gjøres av nettet, både med hensyn til avstand og volum (energi/effekt). Thema Consulting gjennomfører for tiden et prosjekt for NVE, og de tar utgangspunkt i en metode som beregner «optimalt» antall effekt-/energikilometer. Når dette arbeidet er ferdig i november 2019 vil det være aktuelt for Elbench-forskere og masterstudenter å se nærmere på det, både hvordan man kan lage en god kostnadsdrivervariabel som fanger opp både avstand og volum, samt hvordan en slik variabel eventuelt bør brukes i en normkostnadsmodell basert på effektivitetsanalyser (DEA, SFA eller lignende).

    Supervisors: Endre Bjørndal and Mette Bjørndal.

  • European integration of intraday and balancing markets

    European integration of intraday and balancing markets

    Supervisors: Endre Bjørndal and Mette Bjørndal.

  • Does natural resource wealth slow down innovation?

    Does natural resource wealth slow down innovation?

    Natural resource booms often stimulate the local economy, at least some sectors. However, research has shown that resource booms can have negative side effects such as slower manufacturing growth or a rise in corruption. This has led to warnings of a potential “resource curse”. Could it be that the local discovery of oil&gas and minerals or a long period of high prices of these commodities attract people away from innovative sectors, and thereby have surprising negative economic effects in the long run?

    Supervisor: Paul Pelzl

  • Sustainable energy and development

    Sustainable energy and development

    Around the world, the governments are imple- menting policies to foster the introduction of renewable energy. In that context, there are different research questions to develop in a master thesis that could contribute to develop a sustainable economic system.

    1. Which will be the relation between renewable energy and hydrogen?
    2. Which are the policies introduced in cities to reduce carbon emissions?
    3. Which will be the impact of the adoption of renewable energy in women unemploy- ment? Could the introduction of renewable energy increase the gender gap?
    4. Which will be the changes in the design of electricity markets induced by the intro- duction of renewable energy?
    5. Which is the relation between hydrogen and lithium batteries? Which is the best way to store electricity in the short-term and in the long-term?
    6. Which policies could be implemented to promote energy effciency?
    7. How do the electricity grid need to change to accommodate renewable energy?

    Supervisor: Mario Blazques de Paz

  • Transmission constraints

    Transmission constraints

    Electricity markets are moving through the integration around the world. Moreover, the countries are increasing their investments in renewable production capacity to fulfil with the agreements in carbon emission reductions. In that context, the transmission grid plays a crucial role promoting the integration of electricity markets and accommodating the renewable production capacity into the system. In re- lation with this topic, there are different research questions that could be of interest to develop a master thesis.

    1. Which should be design of electricity markets in the presence of transmission con- straints.
    2. Could the integration of electricity markets in Europe increase competition? Which will be the impact of that integration in the investments in transmission capacity, and in renewable production capacity?
    3. Which should be the relation between the spot and the redispatch market when the transmission lines are congested? How we can design those markets to increase com- petition?
    4. How should the regulator design transmission tariffs to guarantee investments in trans- mission capacity, and transmission effciency?

    Supervisor: Mario Blazques de Paz

  • Certificates of origin

    Certificates of origin

    During the last years, the governments around the world have implemented different policies to promote the investments in renewable production capac- ity. One of those instruments is the certificates of origin. Those certificates operate as a guarantee for final consumers that the electricity that they are consuming comes from renewable production capacity. In relation with this topic, there are different research questions that could be of interest to develop a master thesis.

    1. Could the presence of transmission constraints reduce the impact of the certificates of origin promoting investments in renewable production capacity?
    2. Could the certificates of origin operate jointly with other incentives to boost the investments in renewable production capacity?
    3. Which is the role of consumers in this context? Could consumers' heterogeneity in their willingness to pay for clean energy be a barrier to the implementation of certificates of origin?
    4. Which is the effectiveness of certificates of origin promoting investments in renew- able production capacity when the suppliers are heterogeneous in their production technologies?

    Supervisor: Mario Blazques de Paz