PhD student on the development of a solid state transformer for application in smart grids in the Electrical Energy Systems (EES) group
, department of Electrical Engineering.
The Department of Electrical Engineering is one of the nine departments of the Eindhoven University of Technology and provides BSc and MSc programs in Electrical Engineering. The department has nine research groups and has research collaborations with other departments at the Eindhoven University of Technology as well as with a large number of other universities and companies, both within the Netherlands and internationally. The department has approximately 350 employees and 600 students.
Within the Dutch Topsector Energy the TKI Urban Energy has launched a new round of projects related to the Innovation Contract. For the Flexible & Active - Power Electronic Substation we are looking for a motivated and experienced PhD candidate. Starting date as soon as possible.
The project aims to develop a flexible MV/LV substation based on solid-state transformer (SST) technology that will provide a distribution network operator with additional functionality to cope with the changing character of the grid associated with high penetration levels of renewables and distributed energy resources. The project will deliver a proof-of-concept as well as a demonstrator for a field trial of 1 year in the Dutch distribution grid of Enexis or Alliander.
In addition, the project aims to:
• investigate the impact of a SST on power quality of distribution grids
• investigate the impact of a SST on energy efficiency in distribution grids
• investigate the feasibility for providing ancillary services to the grid
• investigate the impact on reliability of deploying an SST substation compared to standard transformer based substations.
• analyze the socio-economic benefit of the proposed solution.
The project includes power electronic control and protection, electro-magnetic transformer design, (real-time) modelling, simulation and extensive laboratory and field testing.