Sascha Birk is a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Process Engineering, Energy and Mechanical Systems at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, where he conducts research on the operation of decentralized energy appliances in distribution grids under supervision of Professor Wolfgang Ketter and Professor Thorsten Schneiders.
Sascha holds a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from the Corporate State University Mannheim and a M.Sc. in Renewable Energy from the University of Applied Sciences Cologne.
Upon completion of his Bachelor studies, he joined the German Railroad company as an electrical engineer, where he gained two years of practical experience in the area of low voltage installations.
During his master studies, he started his research in the field of sector coupling in distribution grids, where he gained knowledge on the modelling and simulation of energy appliances and energy grids. In November 2017, he finished his master thesis titled “Influence of sector coupling in future low voltage grids”. His research was later published in the proceedings of the “15. Symposium Energieinnovation 2018” in Graz, Austria.
After his master studies, Sascha joined the chair of Professor Thorsten Schneiders at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, where he focuses on applying the concept of virtual power plants on distributed energy appliances in the medium and low voltage grid. He also supervises Bachelor’s and Master’s theses as well as student projects in his area of expertise.