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I research the economics of the energy system. I'm less interested in oil and gas and more so in renewables.

I study urban heating systems and their migration away from carbon-intensive sources within the Flexsus project (flexsus.org). This project is a collaboration between academia and 2 Danish municipalities and studies the transition of their heating systems to more sustainable and long-term options. Here, I focus on the distributional effects of retail pricing for urban heating systems.

I also conduct research on the economic consequences of renewables growth. The economic inefficiencies and inequities of small-scale renewables installed by households and small businesses is especially interesting to me. These effects are often hidden behind retail price descriptions and within externalities, yet increasingly burden many communities as renewables continue to grow. I wrote my PhD thesis about this subject.

Previously, I've also researched agent-based simulations of the electricity grid (Power TAC; powertac.org). Agent-based modeling performs remarkably well for simulating the complex web of relations and dependencies in the economic system supporting the modern electricity grid. I've used Power TAC to study the mechanism designs of electricity balancing and wholesale markets. I look forward to continuing this research in the future.

I've also taught many courses over the span of 12 years on subjects ranging from software development management to energy systems to English essay writing.

In 2021, I completed doctoral studies at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. In a previous life, I received an MSc in biomedical engineering (Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey) and a BSc in mechanical engineering (Sharif University, Tehran, Iran).

Publications

  • Academic (1)
    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2018). Cross-subsidies in Energy Co-operative Tariff Designs.

  • Academic (5)
    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2022). A review of equity in electricity tariffs in the renewable energy era. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 161, [112333]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2022.112333

    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2022). Economic inefficiencies of pricing distributed generation under novel tariff designs. Applied Energy, 313, [118839]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2022.118839

    • Fretzen, U., Ansarin, M., & Brandt, T. (2021). Temporal city-scale matching of solar photovoltaic generation and electric vehicle charging. Applied Energy, 282, [116160]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.116160

    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2020). The Economic Consequences of Electricity Tariff Design in a Renewable Energy Era. Applied Energy, 275, [115317]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.115317

    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2020). Cross-subsidies among residential electricity prosumers from tariff design and metering infrastructure. Energy Policy, 145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111736

  • Academic (8)
    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2022). How Does Distributed Generation Affect Economic Efficiency in Electricity Tariffs? In International Association for Energy Economics Online Conference (Vol. 313) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2022.118839

    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2020). Economic Inefficiencies of Distributed Generation under Novel Tariff Designs. In International Conference on Applied Energy

    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2019). Increasing Renewables In Energy Cooperatives Leads To Higher Cross-Subsidies, Depending On Tariff. In 42nd IAEE Conference (International Association for Energy Economics)

    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2017). Cross-subsidies in Energy Cooperative Tariff Designs. In Workshop on Information Technology & Systems (WITS)

    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2016). A cooperative aggregation model for pricing residential energy users with renewable energy sources. In Workshop on Information Technology and Systems

    • Ansarin, M., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2016). Analyzing and improving the energy balancing market in the Power Trading Agent Competition. In IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe (pp. 1) https://doi.org/10.1109/ISGTEurope.2016.7856197

    • Ansarin, M., Ketter, W., & Collins, J. (2016). Dynamic peak demand pricing under uncertainty in an agent-based retail energy market. In International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, AMEC/TADA Workshop

    • Ansarin, M., Ghiassi-Farrokhfal, Y., Collins, J., & Ketter, W. (2016). A Demand Response Model for Residential Energy Cooperatives with Distributed Generation. In Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS)

  • Internal (1)
    • Ansarin, M. (2021). The Economic Consequences of Electricity Pricing in the Renewable Energy Era. Erasmus University.

Courses

Past courses

BIM Master Thesis

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BMMTBIM
  • ECTS: 16 Level: Master

BIM Thesis Clinic

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020
  • Code: BMRM1BIM
  • ECTS: 2 Level: Master

Designing Business Applications

  • Study year: 2020/2021, 2019/2020, 2018/2019, 2017/2018
  • Code: BM02BIM
  • ECTS: 5 Level: ERIM, Exchange, IM/CEMS, Master

BIM Research Methods I - Old style

  • Study year: 2019/2020, 2018/2019
  • Code: BM05BIM
  • ECTS: 2

Next Generation Business Applications

  • Study year: 2016/2017, 2015/2016
  • Code: BMME016
  • ECTS: 6 Level: Master