M.Sc. Smaranda Sgarciu


Building 3E - Room 2.21
T +49 (0) 355 69-4513

Consultation Hours: by arrangement, via mail

Since 10/2020: Research assistant at the Chair of Energy Economics

10/2017 – 09/2020: M. Sc. in Environmental and Resource Management, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg
Master Thesis: "Quantifying the effect of competition in the German Photovoltaic Auction program: an agent-based model".

06/2017 - 09/2020: Working Student at Elia Grid International in Berlin, Germany -  Working in the Regulation and Markets Department on the project "the Internet of Energy" within 50 Hertz and proposal drafting for Data Hubs.

10/2016 - 01/2017: Student Assistant at Politehnica University of Bucharest.

02/2015 - 07/2015: Exchange Studies in Electrical Engineering, Technical University 

07/2015 - 10/2015: Internship at ASTI Automation SRL in Bucharest, Romania.

10/2012 - 07/2016: Bachelor in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering with focus on Applied Electronics in German language, Faculty of Engineering in Foreign Languages, Politehnica University of Bucharest
Bachelor Thesis: “Modelling the proportional–integral–derivative controller for a two-tank water system”.

Awards and Grants:

  • Best student award for the paper "Multi-Stage Stochastic Optimization for Battery Energy Storage Systems in the Iberian market” at the 2nd International Conference on Energy Transition in the Mediterranean Area, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Publications / Working Paper

Riepin, I., Sgarciu, S., Bernecker, M., Möbius, T., Müsgens, F. „Grok It and Use It: Teaching Energy Systems Modeling” (January 9, 2023). | Preprint

Sgarciu, S., Scholz, D., Müsgens, F., (2023). ‘How CO2 prices accelerate decarbonisation – The case of coal-fired generation in Germany’. Energy Policy 173, 113375. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2022.113375 | Preprint

Ahsen, S. S., Sgarciu, S., Gallego, A., (2022). 'Multi-Stage Stochastic Optimization for Battery Energy Storage Systems in the Iberian market', 2nd International Conference on Energy Transition in the Mediterranean Area (SyNERGY MED), pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1109/SyNERGYMED55767.2022.9941438. Preprint

‘Towards a carbon-free future: impacts of regulatory and market-based instruments in Germany’

‘The impacts of weather uncertainty on the future European electricity system’

‘Multi-Stage Stochastic Optimization for Battery Energy Storage Systems in the Iberian market’ 

‘Is Germany on the right track to achieve 2030 climate and energy targets?’

‘Clustering techniques for stochastic weather modelling in energy systems’

The inter-annual weather variability in structural power system modelling

  • Hertie School Energy Research Seminar, February 2nd, 2022

‘How CO2 Prices Accelerate Decarbonisation – The Case of Coal-fired Generation in Germany’

‘Discount factors and hurdle rates: the dark horses of capacity expansion planning’

  • ENERDAY 2021 - 15th International Conference on Energy Economics and Technology; Dresden, Germany, April 9th, 2021. PDF.
  • IEWT 2021 Vienna, Austria, September 8th-10th. Contributions
  • EMP-E 2021: Re-Energising Sustainable Transitions in Europe, October 26th – 28th. Program | Presentation


  • Energy Systems Modelling (ESM).

  • Wärmeversorgung und Wärmewirtschaft

  • Ausgewählte Themen der Energiewirtschaft