Postdoc in Grid Integration of Large-Scale Water Electrolyser Plant and Hybrid Energy Plants

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Today, a multi-stack modular electrolyser could reach a capacity of multi-MWs. It is commercially available and could be coupled with renewable energy plants, like wind turbines and PVs, to deliver green hydrogen. Optimal sizing and integration of the modular electrolysers into a large-scale electrolyser plant, e.g. hundreds of MWs, will be the next tipping point for achieving cost-competitive green hydrogen production.

At the Department of Electrical Engineering, we are looking for an ambitious young researcher for a 2-year Postdoc position to work on the topic “Grid integration of large-scale water electrolysers”. The Postdoc will be part of a research group working on smart grids, integrated energy systems and P2X integration into the power system.

Responsibilities and Qualifications
The Postdoc project aims at developing applicable solutions for integrating large-scale waster electrolyser plant, particularly using Alkaline electrolysers, into the power system from an electrical engineering perspective. 

Your primary responsibilities and tasks will be to:

  • Develop dynamic electrical simulation models for water electrolysers.
  • Conduct simulation-based investigation of various electrical system designs for large-scale electrolyser plants, w.r.t. voltage level selection, topology design and optimal sizing of power converters, transformers and electrical cabling, etc. 
  • Exam the techno-economic feasibility of innovative hybridization concepts, such as using common DC links to couple electrolyser modules, intermittent renewables (e.g. wind turbine and solar panel) and battery storage etc. .
  • Develop grid-service-oriented control and operation strategies for water electrolysers in the context of the Danish/Nordic/European markets for electricity and ancillary services.
  • Collaborate with other researchers and industrial stakeholders on related topics and contribute to project deliverables.
  • Disseminate the results in peer-reviewed journals and supervise M.Sc., and PhD students.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). Furthermore, strong English communication skills are essential. Applicants should strive towards scientific excellence, be ambitious, and are comfortable with meeting deadlines.

More specifically, you are expected to have the following qualifications:

  • Solid knowledge of power system modeling and analysis as well as high power converters.
  • Superior knowledge and experience of power system modeling and simulation tools, e.g. matlab or PowerFactory.
  • Experience with electrical layout/topology design for converter-related power systems/plants/loads.
  • Knowledge of water electrolyser and electricity market would be an advantage but not compulsory.
  • An interest in generating real-world impact and collaborating with the industry.
  • Excellent communication and language skills.

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 is 2 years, starting on 1 November 2021 or soon thereafter.  

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Shi You, tel.: +45 61396266, sy@elektro.dtu.dk

You can read more about Department of Electrical Engineering at www.elektro.dtu.dk and Centre for Electric Power and Energy on www.cee.elektro.dtu.dk

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 25 July 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • Copy of a single publication that is relevant to the post

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

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