PhD scholarship for Electrical modelling and reliability service provision of Hybrid Power Plant (HPPs)

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Do you want to be involved in the green energy transition? Do you wish to contribute to the development of wind energy and are you looking for a career in R&D or academia, then we have an opportunity!

We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled candidate to join us as PhD scholar within the Grid Integration and Energy Systems (GRID) section.

DTU Wind Energy is a world-leading wind energy department that puts knowledge to work through cutting-edge research, innovation and development of technology. We have internationally leading research environments, and we prioritize strong cross-disciplinary collaborations within DTU, with leading international universities and facilities, and with private companies. We have a strong focus on the development of wind energy as the backbone of the future energy system and collaborate with the full sector.

You will be part of the international team carrying out research in the GRID section where the working language is English. Our research in GRID is dedicated to Grid Integration and Energy Systems related to wind energy in general.

Please look at https://windenergy.dtu.dk/english/research/research-sections/grd for more details on the type of activities we undertake.

Responsibilities and tasks
Hybrid Power Plants (HPPs) combine multiple sources of electricity generation and potentially storage assets in a single power plant have the potential to increase overall project profitability through multiple avenues.

The project focuses on developing the tools and models for simulating and analysing the dynamic performance of HPPs. It considers different electrical topologies, such as common AC bus, common DC bus, or hybrid AC/DC, focusing on dynamic performance and transient stability, extended to grid codes compliance. The ability of HPPs in efficiently participating in ancillary services provision will also be investigated. Special focus will be placed in developing advanced reliability services, such as grid forming operation and black-start from renewables. Determining which type of control (at the plant level) is most appropriate for grids with high renewable share and the assessment of the grid support services for future grid codes shall be key focus areas.

The main purpose of the PhD will be to strengthen DTU Wind Energy’s competences within electrical design and reliability services provision from hybrid power plants combining wind power, solar PV and storage.

Your primary tasks will be:

  • Plan and manage your PhD project in collaboration with supervisors
  • Model and analyze different electrical topologies and their static and dynamic performance
  • Develop controllers and investigate grid code compliance and ability to provide advanced reliability services such as grid forming and black-start
  • Demonstrate and validate the developed controllers in laboratory environment

A detailed project plan will be developed with the supervisors within the first three months after enrolment.

Candidates should have a Master in engineering, natural sciences or similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a Master’s degree. The successful candidate is required to have:

  • MSc degree in Electrical or Control Engineering
  • Documented background in wind/PV electrical modeling and control
  • Experience with converter control, both in simulation and in laboratory setups
  • Ability to work in a project team and take responsibility for own research goals
  • Fluency in communicating and reporting in English
  • Contribute to education as teaching assistant and co-supervision of BSc and MSc student projects.

The successful candidate must also fulfill the requirements for admission to a PhD program at DTU.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

The workplace will be DTU Wind Energy, Risø Campus at Roskilde, Denmark.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Nicolaos A. Cutululis, (niac@dtu.dk) or Head of section Gregor Giebel (grgi@dtu.dk).

You can read more about DTU Wind Energy on www.vindenergi.dtu.dk

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 30 September 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
  • A 1-page research statement on the above research topic

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Wind Energy is one of the world’s largest centers of wind energy research and knowledge, with a staff of more than 240 people from 37 countries working in research, innovation, research-based consulting and education. DTU Wind Energy has approximately 40 PhD students. The department’s cross-disciplinary research is organized through strategic research programmes     that collaborate with Danish and international universities, research institutions and organizations, as well as the wind industry.

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