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Fully Funded PhD Position in Flexible Integration at University of Southern Denmark

Updated: May 15

University of Southern Denmark

Calling energy innovators! Shape the future of smart energy systems with a fully-funded PhD position at the University of Southern Denmark. Dive into the dynamic performance of electrolyzers and power-to-X technologies, and unleash the potential of sustainable energy solutions. Join our world-class research team and make a real impact on the decarbonization of our planet. Apply now if you have a passion for renewable energy and a strong engineering background.

The Center for Life Cycle Engineering at the Department of Green Technology, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for a 3-year PhD position in dynamic performance of electrolyzers and power-to-X technologies and their role in smart energy systems. This position is available from 1 January 2025, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Project Description:

Flexibility is key to tackling the variability of renewable energy sources and a flexible electricity demand-side process can potentially reduce fuel production cost. Besides, the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of power-to-X technologies highly depend on the type of electrolysis technology and electrolyzer operating hours on the site. As demonstrated, flexibility in the electrolysis technology is crucial to integrate the massive fluctuating renewable capacities necessary to meet climate goals cost-effectively. This project compares the dynamic performance of different types of electrolyzers in a power-to-X system under the framework of high installed wind and solar power capacities that we will have in Denmark in the near future, and assuming the other varying background conditions, i.e. the hour-by-hour electricity price variations, seasonal variation of CO2 availability, seasonal and daily variation of district heating demand, 24-hour variations in electricity grid capacity at electrolyzer location and potential seasonal variations in heat supply from waste incineration at electrolyzer locations.

Eligibility and candidate qualifications:

We are seeking a candidate with a master's degree or its equivalent in Mechanical or Energy Engineering or a related field, who possesses a curious mindset and is highly motivated to pursue a PhD in the field of power-to-X. The ideal candidate should demonstrate a good understanding of energy system modeling, role of power-to-X in decarbonized energy systems, sector-coupling and holistic optimization of smart energy systems, where various sectors are interconnected. Fluency in both spoken and written English is imperative for this position.

Application Documents:

  • Motivated application.

  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae.

  • Verified copies of the official bachelor diploma and master's diploma and transcripts of exams, both the original documents and in professional English translation.

  • Completed TEK PhD application form for 5+3 applicants. Find the form at the Faculty website.

  • Completed TEK PhD form for calculation grade point average. Find the form at the Faculty website.

  • An official document describing the grading scheme of the awarding universities (if not Danish).

  • Only for applicants from programmes that evaluate thesis/examination project by approved/not approved: Please submit an official and verified written assessment of the thesis or dissertation project from the grade giving institution. The statement must clearly state that the candidate has been among the top 30 pct. in the graduation class for the study programme.

The application may also include:

  • References, you're welcome to use the form for reference letter at the Faculty website.

  • List of publications and maximum 2 examples of relevant publications (in case you have any publications).

Application Deadline: Last Date: The application deadline is 30 June 2024 at 11.59 PM (CET/CEST).

To read more and to apply for this position, visit this Official Link



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