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PhD Scholarship in Mvdc Collection System for Large Offshore Wind Farms

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in power engineering at Technical University of Denmark. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for 3 years in Denmark. The deadline to apply is August 10, 2019.

The Department of Wind Energy in the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy) is seeking a PhD for the Integration and Planning Section (INP).

DTU Wind Energy is a mission driven university department with a vision to be the preferred university partner for the global wind energy sector. The department creates value for society through integration of research with education, innovation and research-based consultancy within key fields central to the development and use of wind energy.

You will be part of the international team carrying out research in Integration and Planning Section where the working language is English.

Our research is function oriented in the sense that we direct the research towards issues that are relevant for industrial development and applications, and we work in projects with system integration, control concepts for wind turbines, wind power plants, electrical components, grid connection and large-scale wind energy penetration.

Please look at www.vindenergi.dtu.dk for more details on the type of activities we undertake.

DTU has a strategic collaboration agreement with SINTEF and NTNU (Norwegian Technical University) and has established the Nordic Offshore Wind Research and Innovation Centre (NOWRIC). The NOWRIC Center is a solid platform for both academic and industrial collaboration. DTU Wind Energy supports the Center with this PhD position.

Offshore wind power development today is mostly done in large wind farms, located further from the shore. Depending on the distance, the transmission to shore is done using Direct Current (DC) technology. However, the collection system - the electrical infrastructure connecting the individual wind turbines - is based on Alternating Current (AC) technology. This is not optimal, as it involves another conversion stage - AC to DC - with the added components and additional losses. To overcome this, DC technology can be used for the offshore wind farm collection system. Several concepts have been proposed in the literature, however there is a gap in the analysis of the detailed implications of those concepts on the wind turbine control. Furthermore, there is great need of a unified tool that allows performing a techno-economic analysis of the different concepts.

The present PhD project will be associated to the Nordic Offshore Wind Research and Innovation Center, and will take advantage of collaboration with researchers at both DTU, NTNU and SINTEF.

The proposed PhD study will investigate concepts for MVDC collection grid in large offshore wind farms. The focus will be on large wind turbines, i.e. > 10MW. The main objective is to investigate, analyze, develop and implement MVDC topologies that will result in an overall lower cost of wind power. The analysis will cover the entire chain from wind turbines to offshore HVDC converter: wind turbine DC converter, MVDC cables, and DC/DC converters for MV to HV DC.

Detailed project plan will be developed with the supervisors and will include laboratory experiments.

Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in Electrical Engineering / Power Electronics / Power Engineering.

The successful candidate must also fulfill the requirements for admission to a doctoral program at both DTU and NTNU.

The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Prof. Nicolaos A. Cutululis from DTU and Prof. Elisabetta Tedeschi from NTNU.

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.

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

The workplace will be DTU Wind Energy, Ris Campus at Roskilde. During the 3 years of employment, a stay of one year is required with the co-supervisor at NTNU. It is expected that the candidate will obtain a double doctorate degree from both NTNU and DTU jointly, according to the framework agreement of 4 January 2017.

Further information may be obtained from Head of Section, Jens Carsten Hansen, +45 4677 5074 or Professor Nicolaos A. Cutululis, niac@dtu.dk, +45 2132 4965.

Please submit your online application no later than 10 August 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 in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their 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. The Department of Wind Energy is one of the world's largest centres of wind energy research and knowledge, with a staff of more than 240 people from 37 countries working in research, innovation, research-based consulting and education. DTU Wind Energy has approximately 40 PhD students. The department's cross-disciplinary research is organized through strategic research programmes that collaborate with Danish and international universities, research institutions and organizations, as well as the wind industry.

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.


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