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PhD scholarship - Electric Vehicles Powered Hybrid Power Plants
DTU Electrical Eng
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The Department of Electrical Engineering (DTU Elektro) invites applications
for a 3-year PhD position in the research area of grid integration of electric
vehicles within the Centre for Electric Power and Energy (CEE). The
scholarship is funded by DTU as part of its alliance program with the
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
You will join the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) group, which has
received increased recognition internationally for its contribution to both
methodological and application-related aspects of modern power system
engineering. The group is currently involved in several research projects
covering grid integration of distributed flexible demand, generation and
energy storage, with focus on e-mobility, solar PV, wind power, demand
response and energy conversion including the aspects of user behavior.
The PhD project will be supervised by DTU Associate Professor Mattia Marinelli
and co-supervised by NTNU Professor Magnus Korpås. The PhD student is expected
to spend a period at NTNU and collaborate with PhDs at both Institutions.
PhD key elements
The PhD project main objective is to define suitable charging strategies to
pool an aggregation of electric vehicles and provide the necessary flexibility
to a hybrid power plant consisting of renewables sources. Selected power
plants from Denmark and Norway will be considered as test cases and based on
realistic driving patterns from the two countries, the potential for
flexibility provision will be defined and validated.
The following elements may be considered:
Define the concept of hybrid power plant powered with geographically
distributed electric vehicles and identify challenges and advantages
within future power systems.
Assess the role of electric vehicles in adding flexibility in hybrid power
plants, as well as their benefits and drawbacks.
Develop forecasting techniques for the flexibility provided by
aggregations of electric vehicles considering user behavior.
Design charging control strategies for the aggregation of vehicles in
parking lots to enhance the controllability of the hybrid power plant.
Validate selected control strategies in properly designed test cases.
Connected research projects
The present alliance scholarship will be connected to the ongoing research
projects ACDC and Insulae. ADCD is a Danish funded project, which is
developing an electric vehicle autonomous smart charge controller to ensure
the fulfillment of specific grid services (www. acdc-bornholm.eu). Insulae is
a H2020 funded project, which aims at proving technologies for increasing
renewables and energy independency in 3 demo-islands, including the island of
Bornholm (https:// insulae-b020.eu/).
You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar
degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.
The applicants should fulfil the following requirements:
Excellent grades in your master program.
Knowledge of power systems operation and electric vehicles grid
Familiar with distributed energy resources grid integration.
Knowledge of simulation software such as Matlab-Simulink or dedicated
power system simulation tools such as Powerfactory.
Ability to present results in technical reports and prepare scientific
papers for publication in international journals.
Proficient use of the English language.
Dedicated person with desire to learn is an essential quality.
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 DTU's rules for the PhD education.
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.
The place of work will be at the Department of Electrical Engineering, DTU
Risø Campus, Roskilde, Denmark. Lyngby campus will be visited on a weekly
basis depending on meeting/teaching commitments.
You can read more about career paths at DTU here.
Further information may be obtained by Associate Professor Mattia Marinelli,
firstname.lastname@example.org or DER group leader Associate Professor Chresten Træholt,
You can read more about DTU Electrical Engineering at www. elektro.dtu.dk and
about CEE at www. cee.elektro.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.
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than Monday 14
February 2022 (local 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
A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma including official description of
A 1-page research statement, including figures and references if deemed
necessary (max 500 words). Research achievements (if any),
methodological approaches and research objectives relevant to the
framework of the PhD study are recommended elements to be included.
You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree but cannot begin
before having received it.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability,
religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
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technologies. We offer studies at BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels, and
participate in joint international programmes. We conduct state-of-the-art
research within antenna and microwave technology, robot technology, power and
physical electronics, acoustic environment, electro-acoustics, electric power
and energy. Our department has more than 200 members of staff.
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