PhD Scholarship in Wpp Support for Weather Dependent Active Distribution Networks

A PhD scholarship in power engineering is available at Technical University of Denmark. This position is available for 4 years. Applications are welcome before November 15, 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.

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This PhD scholarship is fully funded through a recently awarded European Training Network (ETN) project, by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Marie Skodowska-Curie Actions programme. ETNs provide training through doctoral research to talented early stage researchers (ESRs).The ESRs in this project, called WinGrid, will enrol on PhD degree programmes and be employed for 36 months in a network of universities and industry with expertise in wind power generation and supply. Through 15 ESR research projects, WinGrid will address the technical challenges linked to the large-scale deployment of wind generation, focusing particularly on the modelling and control aspects of wind turbine and grid interface design, system stability and robust implementation.

Candidates must be eligible according to the ITN recruitment guidelines for Early Stage Researchers, i.e. they must have maximum 4 years research experience and have not been awarded a doctoral degree, be nationals of any country other than Denmark, and cannot have resided or carried out their main activity in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.

The substantial increased amount of distributed generation (DG) in future distribution networks transforms them into highly weather dependent networks. Currently, there is a lack of detailed knowledge of weather dependent renewable energy sources (RES) and consumption in real time and this might potentially have an adverse impact on network operation and control. Furthermore, limited observability of distribution networks with DGs along with limited controllability of wind power used to support actively the distribution networks is already a major challenge today and relevant research presented in the literature. However, the results available in literature, regarding improvement of voltage quality in future distribution networks through active control of DG do not take weather dependency of RES into account.

The overall objective of this PhD project is to develop novel method to incorporate variability and uncertainty from weather dependent generation and loads (using weather data/models, AMR data, SCADA data) to model, assess and analyse the impact of forecast error uncertainty on the voltage profile of LV/MV distribution. Uncertainty quantifications, wind power forecasts and asset characteristics (tap-changers, capacitors, cables etc.) will be used to develop an enhanced control methodology for controlling the wind power plants (WPPs) connected at MV in order to improve the voltage quality of the whole distribution network. Developing such control methodology and furthermore analyzing the value of other assets (storage, tap-changers, reactors, FACTS, etc.) will be useful for better monitoring, planning and operation of network with higher share of renewables.

Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree Electrical Engineering / Power Engineering / Computer Engineering. The successful candidate must fulfil the requirements for admission to a doctoral program at DTU.

Prior knowledge on wind power - in addition to the above requirements - will strengthen the candidate profile.

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Anca D. Hansen, Kaushik Das and Matti Koivisto.

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 upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The workplace will be DTU Wind Energy, Ris Campus at Roskilde.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information may be obtained from Head of section, Jens Carsten Hansen, +45 4677 5074, or Associate Professor Anca D. Hansen, +45 2132 7285 ( or Researcher Kaushik Das, +45 2465 0961 (

Please submit your online application no later than 15 November 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.

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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