M.Sc. Christian Perau

Research Focus

  • Integrated operation of electricity, gas and hydrogen transmission networks
  • Energy system analysis
  • Mixed integer linear programming (MILP)
  • DC optimal power flow analysis (OPF)
  • Generation, consumption, storage, and transmission of hydrogen
  • Spatially distributed modelling of demand and renewable generation


Current and finished Projects

  • Kopernicus Project - New Energy Grid Structures for the Energy Transition II (ENSURE II)
    Duration: 2019-2023
  • Kopernicus Project - New Energy Grid Structures for the Energy Transition III (ENSURE III)
    Duration: 2023-2026



  • Supervision of seminars
  • Supervision of team projects
  • Supervision of bachelor- and master theses (see open thesis options)
  • Completed theses:
    • Optimal allocation planning of hydrogen electrolysis in the energy system of the future with a high share of renewable energies (Master thesis)
    • Sector coupling via green hydrogen - which lines could be important? (Bachelor thesis)
    • Time series aggregation in order to investigate sector coupling under consideration of seasonal storages (Master thesis)
    • Identification of potential lines in electricity, gas, and hydrogen systems with high shares of renewable energies (Master thesis)
    • Allocation of thermal power plants depending on market design aspects (Master thesis)


Impact of Spatial Electrolyzer Allocation in the Central European Energy System
Perau, C.
2023, August 29. International Conference on Operations Research (OR 2023), Hamburg, Germany, August 29–September 1, 2023
Conference Papers
Piecewise Linearization and Linepack in Operation of Integrated Electricity and Gas Systems
Perau, C.; Ruppert, M.; Fichtner, W.
2022. 17th IAEE European Energy Conference
Regionalization of four storylines for the decarbonization of the European power system including flexibilities
Perau, C.; Slednev, V.; Ruppert, M.; Fichtner, W.
2021. 12. Internationale Energiewirtschaftstagung, IEWT: Das Energiesystem nach Corona: Irreversible Strukturänderungen - Wie?. 8. - 10. September 2021, Karlsplatz & Online, TU Wien
Journal Articles
Data-Driven Regionalization of Decarbonized Energy Systems for Reflecting Their Changing Topologies in Planning and Optimization
Kueppers, M.; Perau, C.; Franken, M.; Heger, H. J.; Huber, M.; Metzger, M.; Niessen, S.
2020. Energies, 13 (16), Article: 4076. doi:10.3390/en13164076

Academic Career

Since 2020

Karlsruhe Institute of Technologie (KIT)

Research associate at the Institute for Industrial Production (IIP), Chair of Energy Economics

2017 - 2020

RWTH Aachen University and Comillas Pontificial University Madrid

Master double degree studies in Business Administration and Engineering: Electric Energy Technic (Aachen) and Industrial Engineering (Madrid)

2013 - 2017

RWTH Aachen University

Bachelor studies Business Administration and Engineering: Electric Energy Technic