Postdoc in Techno-Economic Analysis of Power-to-Gas and Battery Energy Storage

torsdag 23 maj 19

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We seek a talented and engaged postdoc willing to be part of a world leading research environment and contribute to laying the foundation for a new concept of the North Sea Energy Hub, able to integrate massive amounts of wind power.

Center for Electric Power and Energy (CEE) provides cutting edge research in sustainable, reliable and cost-efficient energy systems to the benefit of society. At CEE you will enjoy the advantages of a creative and inspiring work environment shared with about 100 highly skilled and motivated colleagues. Our new colleague will be affiliated with the Electric Power Systems research group.

As a postdoc in techno-economic analysis of power-to-gas (P2G) and battery energy storage systems (BESS) you have significant impact on shaping research towards realization of the North Sea Energy Hub.

The goal of the techno-economic analysis is to identify how P2G and BESS technologies could improve energy yield, reliability and cost of large and far offshore wind power plants.

In collaboration with industry partners and colleagues at CEE, you will be responsible for identifying novel concepts within P2G and BESS and selecting promising technologies for further studies in a subsequent research project to be conducted in relation to the North Sea Energy Hub (description below).

Responsibilities and tasks
At CEE, we recently initiated a pre-study aiming at identifying innovative solutions for a cost-efficient implementation of the North Sea Energy Hub. The intention is to realize the large amount of far offshore wind power potential in the North Sea with a concept known as Hub and Spoke. The idea behind the hub and spokes concept is to construct one or more artificial island, or large offshore substations, on which several gigawatts of wind power can be tied-in and exported to countries around the North Sea. This requires a tremendous transmission infrastructure, and the project might benefit from synergies between electricity and other energy carriers, such as P2G and BESS.

Your contributions in this regard could be of great value. We expect you to establish and communicate an overview of candidate technologies within P2G and BESS.

Then apply your profound understanding of energy systems (electrical or other) for assessing the candidate technologies according to a range of criteria, including; 

  • Cost and benefits
  • Ability to operate in and/or support weak electric grids with zero or low inertia
  • Environmental impact
  • Technological maturity
Lastly, you will collaborate with colleagues and industry partners in defining research projects to support the deployment of novel concepts for the North Sea Energy Hub to the benefit of society.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent within energy systems, electric power systems, electro-chemical processes or similar.

Experience in research grant applications or project management is an advantage.

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 terms of employment
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 in this position is 1 year. However, we expect this pre-study to generate promissing research proposals, in which case an extention of the employment would be considered.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Project manager: Spyros Chatzivasileiadis,, tel.: +45 4525 5632 or Group Leader: Arne Hejde Nielsen,, tel: +45 4525 3504.

You can read more about DTU Electrical Engineering on and Center for Electric Power and Energy at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 20 June 2019 (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 include: 
  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Electrical Engineering educates students within electrical engineering 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.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.