Industrial PhD scholarship in Stability Enhancement of Weakly-Connected Offfshore Wind Power Plants by Wind Turbines with Grid-Forming Converter Control

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Centre for Electric Power and Energy (CEE) at the Department of Electrical Engineering (DTU Electrical Engineering), DTU and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy invite applications for a 3-year industrial PhD position in “Stability enhancement of weakly-connected offshore wind power plants by wind turbines with grid-forming converter control”. The industrial PhD project is funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark and Siemens Gamesa.

CEE offers outstanding career opportunities, has very strong relations to the industry and focuses on transforming the electric power system into an intelligent infrastructure based on renewable energy.

In the coming years the offshore wind market will experience an increased growth in several markets around the world. Consequently, renewable energy sources being able to offer ancillary services such as frequency support and synthetic inertia. An emerging solution to raise the renewable penetration limit and offer ancillary services is by operating converters from wind turbines and other renewable sources with grid-forming control. Due to the expected growth in the offshore market approximately 20-40 GW of the total installed offshore wind power, it is expected to require grid-forming based control by 2030. Therefore, it is critical to develop the technology and knowhow surrounding grid-forming to meet the market demands and requirements.

Responsibilities and tasks
The objective of the project is to investigate, develop and verify grid-forming wind turbine converter control that enhances the stability of weakly-connected offshore wind power plants (WPPs).

You will contribute to the following tasks:

  • investigating promising grid-forming control schemes
  • developing analysis tools that identify stability issues in the design/scoping phase of a grid-forming connected WPP; and
  • increasing knowhow of complex interactions that may exist between wind turbines with grid-forming technology and other WPP components.

Qualifications
You should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in Electrical Engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

The candidate with the following knowledge will be preferred:

  • Fundamental knowledge about the power system operation, control and analysis;
  • Good knowledge of power system simulation tools, such as PowerFactory, Matlab Simulink, etc.; and
  • Knowledge/experience about wind power modeling and control.

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.

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Qiuwei Wu and Associate Professor Tonny Wederberg Rasmussen from DTU Electrical Engineering, Team Leader Kim Hoej Jensen and R&D Engineer Emerson Guest from Siemens Gamesa. 

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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 PhD candidate will be employed at Siemens Gamesa and work at the Siemens Gamesa Lyngby office.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Qiuwei Wu, tel.: +45 4525 3529, email: qw@elektro.dtu.dk.

You can read more about DTU Electrical Engineering at www.elektro.dtu.dk/english.


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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 6 May 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)

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.

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