Project Studies

The goal of project studies is to gain skills and experience by working on a specific topic related to a research-oriented or practice-oriented project. Generally, students are required to solve a practical task under the joint supervision of a sustainable venture and the Chair of Corporate Sustainability. The task stems from authentic needs or challenges faced by the sustainable venture.

While working on the project study, students will be able to develop skills and experience: a) dealing with every-day challenges faced by real organizations; and b) setting a first professional relationship with the members of a sustainable venture.

Important Information

The completion of the project study equals to 12 ECTS The project study is expected to be finished within a period of about 3 months (360 h; 9 full-time weeks) The project study is to be carried out in a team of two to four students.

Procedure

The project study starts with a kick-off meeting of the students, the sustainable venture representatives and the academic supervisors. During the project study, students will be working together with both the academic supervisors and the sustainable venture representatives. Before the submission of the project study, students present their results in a final meeting with the academic supervisors and the sustainable venture representatives.

Submission requirements

At the end of the project study, students are required to submit the following documents:

- Project study report (in printed version)

- Electronic version of the project study report (Word and PDF file)

- Electronic version of the presentation

- Raw data and analysis results

- Literature database

Venture Application

To apply for a project study as a venture, please send an e-mail to jeanette.kralisch@tum.de with the project description attached. Please follow the guidelines provided in the download section, we do not consider incomplete applications/requests.

Student Application

To apply for a project study as a student, please send an e-mail to jeanette.kralisch@tum.de indicating the name of the project study you intend to apply for and attaching the following documents:

- Curriculum vitae

- Current transcript of records of each student

Available Project Studies

Sustainable Business Models of Mini Grid Developers in Africa

 

Academic Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Frank-Martin Belz, Esther Salvi

Sustainable Venture: Africa GreenTec

Your Role

Identify five key mini grid developers in SSA and analyze their sustainable business models

Project Study Overview

Affordable and clean electricity for all by 2030 is one of the main Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations (SDG 7). Today, one billion people still live without access to electricity, about 60 % of these are located in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The latest generation of mini grids (PV, batteries and smart metering) provide a sustainable, profitable and scalable solution to reach the target of universal electrification in rural areas. The World Bank (2019) estimates the annual profit potential for the mini grid market to be around $ 3.3 billion within the next 10 years. Consequently, there are a number of mini grid developers in SSA with different approaches to realize this great potential.

The main task of the project study is to identify five key mini grid developers in SSA and to analyze their sustainable business models.

Contact: For further information please contact esther.salvi@tum.de

 

Impact Investors for Renewable Energies in Africa

 

Academic Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Frank-Martin Belz, Esther Salvi

Sustainable Venture: Africa GreenTec

Your Role

Identify five key impact investors for renewable energies and to analyse their investment strategies

Project Study Overview

Affordable and clean electricity for all by 2030 is one of the main Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations (SDG 7). Today, one billion people still live without access to electricity, about 60 % of these are located in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Latest generation mini grids (PV, batteries and smart metering) provide a sustainable, profitable and scalable solution to reach the target of universal electrification in rural areas. The World Bank (2019) estimates the annual profit potential for the mini grid market to be around $ 3.3 billion within the next 10 years. Consequently, there are a number of mini grid developers in SSA. One of the main challenges for such companies is to attract financing and investment for to realize the growth potential.

The main task of the project study is to identify five key impact investors for renewable energies and to analyse their investment strategies.

Contact person: For further information please contact esther.salvi@tum.de