Meet the future Anubhav Jain

Meet the future - Anubhav Jain

Monday 08 Jun 20


Anubhav Jain
PhD student
DTU Wind Energy
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From Gurgaon in India over Zürich in Switzerland to DTU Wind Energy at Roskilde Fjord. Anubhav Jain’s journey has been long but worth it, says the PhD student and electrical engineer.

Usually Anubhav works at DTU Wind Energy at DTU’s campus at Risø but because of the Corona crisis he is working from home, just like everybody else at DTU. Consequently, the interview is taking place on the phone.

When asked about his experience before coming to DTU Wind Energy in 2018, Anubhav replies that from the time at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi he has a background as an electrical engineer. Developing an interest in renewable energy, he got an opportunity to pursue his studies further in Zurich. He received a scholarship for the residency, and after completing his master's degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, he had a short stint with robotics and synthetic biology. At a fair where DTU was present, he heard about the Department of Wind Energy, and from that moment his interest of doing a PhD at the department aroused to continue his goal of working in renewable energy. “I remember that my professors and mentors had strongly recommended Denmark as the best place to work in wind energy", says Anubhav. So to find the right PhD project in Wind Energy he kept a close eye on the DTU Wind Energy website. One day, the right project opening showed up and after a series of interviews with a bit of luck, Anubhav got it! Now, he is working as a PhD student at The Section for Integration and Planning at DTU Wind Energy under the supervision of professor Nicolaos Cutululis.

To the question of why he chose DTU Wind Energy, Anubhav answers that the description of the project not only excited his curiosity, but also seemed to be a perfect fit between his interests in renewable energy and skills in electrical engineering - including power electronics and power systems. This made the choice for the execution of his PhD fall at DTU. The close cooperation with the industry of the Department of Wind Energy was another reason for his wish to come to DTU Wind Energy, as his ambition is a career in the practical application of renewable energy for a sustainable society.

Please tell me about your specific research interests regarding renewable energy?
Anubhav's commitment to his PhD project is obvious when he tells what his research is about: "In my project, I will explore how wind farms can be used as back-ups for power systems when they fail (blackstart)", he says with enthusiasm in his voice. Today, gas, diesel fuel and other "blackstart" units are being used to restore electricity systems but Anubhav's desire is to find a solution based on sustainable energy, more specifically wind. He says, however, that there are technical challenges in getting wind farms to function as a battery for the power system, and these are among others some of the problems he will try to solve in his project.

He is not the only one who sees a need to use wind turbines as a backup for the power system. His PhD project is part of the EU Horizon 2020 research program INNODC under Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), which has awarded him a scholarship for the research. In addition to the financial support needed for the project, the EU and Marie Curie's stamp of approval is helping to attract attention from private companies. The energy company Vattenfall and the manufacturer of components for the electricity network CG Power Systems have shown interest in his project. Anubhav is pleased with the interest of the companies, as this makes his project get more closely linked to the challenges of reality - including those outside the university: "I'm interested in solving the problems that are right here and right now", he says, elaborating: "To see my work have an impact outside of academic research in the real world, even if few years down the line, is quite thrilling."

How do you experience the corporate culture here at DTU Wind Energy?
Here at the Department of Wind Energy you can easily talk about technical problems with your colleagues", Anubhav says, because he feels that he is in a relaxed environment where people are more open and helpful. In India, on the other hand, there is fierce competition in the workplace, he says, but at DTU Wind Energy you work together for a common overall goal, and you can get highly detailed answers to specific questions from the other PhD students. Anubhav sums up: “There is a general fairness here at the Department of Wind Energy, from the top down in the system - a positive environment so that you in no way feel that you are invisible, but rather that you are part of a family. It only makes the joy of being here greater, especially for someone far-away from their family”, he says.

Do you have any good advice for upcoming PhD students?
“Come with an open mind and be flexible. For yes, there are cultural differences but also many similarities. Do not be afraid to take the first step to create relationships both professionally but also socially, even if it can be difficult. Being outgoing and outreaching will only be positively reciprocated”, Anubhav concludes.