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Carsten Dortans is a Masters candidate at the Centre for Sustainability. He is originally from the Ruhr-area in Germany (North-Rhine-Westphalia) and has lived in New Zealand since June 2017. Carsten finished his Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Water management at the University of Applied Sciences Ruhr West in Germany. His undergraduate thesis was co-supervised by the Centre for Sustainability and incorporated a five-month research project involving the economic evaluation of local energy trading within the New Zealand community of Waitati, linked to the Blueskin Energy Local Market Project.
Carsten continues his postgraduate study (MA) at the University of Otago, focussing on the estimation of the technical potential for residential electricity demand response in New Zealand.
Carsten is interested in how a sustainable and generation responsible energy transition can be formed by increasing energy consciousness and facilitating active community engagement in the electricity market. Through his background in energy management within the German electricity system, he is further interested in identifying the impact of electricity generation on communities and landscapes in the context of climate change, governmental aims, and international climate targets.
Carsten has been focussing on the technical potential for residential electricity demand response and comparing it to energy efficiency in New Zealand. He captures electricity load profiles of household appliances and estimates the technical potential for electricity demand response based on three scenarios such as 1) full load curtailment, 2) halved load curtailment, and 3) load shifting. His work is part of the GREENGrid project.
Carsten submitted his thesis "Estimating the Technical Potential for Residential Household Appliances to Reduce Daily Peak Electricity Demand in New Zealand" at the end of March 2019. It is currently under examination.