PhD position in energy systems- Short-term energy system integration in neighbourhoods,  transport and industry - effects on long-term system design

PhD position in energy systems- Short-term energy system integration in neighbourhoods, transport and industry - effects on long-term system design

Norway 01 Feb 2021


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Applicants are invited for a three-year PhD position at the Department of Electric Power Engineering , Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. The candidate will be part of an Electricity Market and Energy System Planning (EMESP) research group . 

This is an academic position, which will provide promising research recruits with the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD degree. The position is connected to the Norwegian Centre for Energy Transition Strategies (NTRANS) , which is a multidisciplinary national research centre studying transitions in the energy sector and related sectors. The NTRANS is a collaboration between 8 Norwegian research institutions and over 30 user partners from industry and the public sector. Key research areas are the future energy system, active consumers and distributed solutions, deep decarbonisation and sector couplings, and accelerating the energy transition.

In the 2015 Paris Agreement, world leaders pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions radically. The corresponding aim of rapid and deep decarbonisation will affect all sectors, such as energy, transport, industry, and buildings, as well as our everyday lives. The energy sector is crucial for transitions to low-carbon societies. As variable renewable energy enters a path of sustained growth, key energy transition challenges shift towards maintaining reliability and competitiveness, where additional system flexibility plays an important role.

One of the initial key success in energy transitions is a well-functioning energy market, allocating energy system resources optimally in the short-term while providing investment incentives for optimal resource allocation in the long-term. The long-term goals include welfare, fairness, sustainability, and security of supply. One challenge in designing markets is to meet these goals and understand the interplay between short-term system operation, market functions, and integration with transport, building, and industry sectors. The energy market should efficiently accommodate the changes in the energy system, including a higher degree of integration of the electricity sector with the transport and building sector, and the evolvement of local and decentralised solutions. 

By extending the use of electricity in the heat and transport sectors, it will be possible to provide a compelling case for deep decarbonisation pathways and policies with large-scale deployment of variable renewable energy resources. The development and integration of models in response to the coupling of different energy carriers and to assess the effects of future market design is the primary objective of this PhD position. The key research questions are: How should the energy markets and the energy system be designed to support the interaction between energy carriers such as heat and electricity? How should the interaction with other sectors in the economy, such as carbon/energy-intensive industries and the transport sector be addressed in the operation of local energy communities?

Associate Professor Hossein Farahamnd will supervise the PhD candidate at the Department of Electric Power Engineering, NTNU as the main supervisor and Professor Verena Hagspiel at the Department of  Industrial Economics and Technology Management, NTNU and Professor Magnus Korpås at the Department of Electric Power Engineering, NTNU are co-supervisors.

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