The research program is focusing on developing new building energy modelling tools to assess the energy performance of buildings with multiple energy carriers, while they also evaluate physical, social and techno-economic characteristics, flexibility aspects such DR actions (implicit and explicit) and interactions with the grid such as charging of EV vehicles. The program deals also with clustering of the buildings modelling and how these clusters are formulated so that their flexibility and services can be appropriately aggregated and delivered to the grid under different timely contexts such as energy communities, positive energy districts, smart cities etc
So, the two research topics/questions formulated that are fostering the heat transition in buildings are the following:
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Do you have a power systems and computer science background and you are eager to combine those two in formulating the building blocks of the future energy system? Then check what research of INBUILT focuses on below:
One of the main challenges of this research is the interdisciplinary approach that needs to be fostered for the accurate modeling of GIBs ( e.g. energy, physical characteristics of the buildings and social aspects )and the multi-carrier energy approach that needs to be considered at the end-user side. In order to cope with this challenge, you are going to be steered and mentored by an interdisciplinary team of professors and researchers in both Electrical Engineering and Built environment dpts. It is also expected that you are taking the advised courses for your own growth and development as a researcher.
INBUILT and your research will be a part of the Digital power and Energy Systems lab (EES DigiPES lab) of Electrical Engineering dpt. The lab focuses on intelligent energy network research, including: demand management and flexibility, digital twinning, data analytics, smart grid ICT architectures and systems integration in multi energy systems. The EES group has strong ties with industry both nationally and internationally, with several part-time industry researchers working in the group and a large group of strategic collaboration partners.
So, you are expected to drive INBUILT research to cover the real-world needs of the actors involved by also considering the societal prism. This means that social characteristics are expected to be considered not only during the modeling of the GIBs but also during the technical application of your outcomes e.g. energy communities application etc.
This position and research project are made possible by the BEHeaT program initiated by the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES). EIRES facilitates the collaborative development and swift deployment of new technologies and devices by bringing together TU/e researchers working on materials, systems, and processes for energy storage and conversion.
EIRES consists of collaborating research groups within TUe. These include over 140 researchers and more than 450 PhDs. EIRES brings these researchers together and creates new network connections between researchers and industry.
Within the focus area of energy transition in the built environment, a large-scale research program was recently launched. This program, BEHeaT, stands for Built Environment Heat Transition. The program is funded with TUe's own resources as well as contributions from industry. The research program has a pragmatic approach.
Within the BEHeaT program, research is conducted into the (further) development of various (new) materials, components and/or systems in relation to intelligent buildings, heat storage, heat networks and/or electricity grids. The focus is not only on physical materials, components and systems, but also on dynamic (predictive) models. We believe that in order to have impact, any research must take systems integration as its starting point. In addition, we believe that technology does not stand alone and should always be seen in relation to the (end) user. In this way, the impact of research results is increased.
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact prof.dr. J.K. (Koen) Kok, Professor Intelligent Energy Systems, j.k.kok[at]tue.nl.
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