This position is a part of a large NOW Crossover project called NEON. NEON is a multidisciplinary project that address three related societal challenges: clean energy, intelligent green transport, and climate action. It aims at developing solutions for quickly transforming our energy and mobility systems from running on fossil fuels to running on renewables. NEON will make use of a cross-disciplinary and integral approach to address complex aspects of the energy transition: the interaction between energy and mobility, the relation between technology innovation and personal preferences, the regulation and standardization of future energy and mobility systems, etc. This will involve the collaboration of several academic and industrial partners from the Netherlands across multiple science domains.
Within NEON, this PhD project focuses on the challenge of charging mobility. For capacity planning, building of a limited number of medium voltage fast charging stations with high capacity instead of rebuilding low voltage electricity infrastructure at a large scale is preferred. Also, EVs manufacturers favor fast charging stations to increase the range of electric vehicles (Illustration: McKibillo - IEEE Spectrum). Therefore, the aim of this particular PhD project is to consider the implications of medium-voltage connected, transformerless, fast-chargers on the voltage quality. Additionally, the potential of such fast-charging stations which include storage to offer grid support (e.g. congestion management and voltage control) will be considered.
This project focuses on the impacts of large-power power electronics connected to the medium-voltage network. This involves research in power electronics modelling (the charger topology will be the topic of one of the partnering PhDs) and power system modelling. The research is part of the NEON (New energy outlook for the Netherlands) NWO (Dutch Research Council) project and it will be conducted within the Electrical Energy Systems (EES) group of the Department of Electrical Engineering, TU/e, in cooperation with the Electromechanics and Power Electronics (EPE) and Control Systems (CS) groups, Damen, Prodrive, Elaad and the other NEON partners.
For the PhD position in this project, a candidate with a MSc degree in Electrical Engineering will be selected and hired as a doctoral candidate in the Electrical Energy Systems Group for a 4-year period. The candidate should have the following competences:
For more information contact: dr. Vladimir Cuk (v.cuk[at]tue.nl) or Prof. dr. Sjef Cobben (j.f.g.cobben[at]tue.nl)
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