PhD position in renewable hydrogen production systems

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 01 Aug 2021

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About the position

The Department of Chemical Engineering have a vacancy for a PhD Candidate within the field of Process Systems Engineering.  The earliest start date for the position will be agreed on with the candidate

The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of a further 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. 

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

You will report to your supervisor.


The Project

The hydrogen strategy from the EU considers renewable hydrogen as a key priority to achieve Europe's clean energy transition. Water electrolysis is one of the most promising technologies for producing renewable hydrogen as well as carbon-free fuels and chemicals.

While significant research efforts are made to design and operate the individual electrolyser stacks, much less work is done on how large-scale electrolyser systems should be operated optimally as part of an integrated production system that may include varying renewable power sources and downstream processes and hydrogen storage.


The research objective of this project is to study systematic methods for plant-wide optimal operation and control of large-scale electrolyser plants. Our main strategy will be to combine tools from optimization and control with tailored mathematical models. Building on previous work, the PhD Candidate will further develop control-oriented models of electrolyser stacks, and develop systematic methods for operating a large- scale electrolyser systems under varying operation conditions, such as changing electricity availability and hydrogen demand.

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