PhD position: Design of advanced system controllers in HVDC grids

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)- BarcelonaTECH
September 08 2017
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InnoDC is a European Training Network (ETN) funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme. ETNs provide training through doctoral research to talented early stage researchers (ESRs). InnoDC ESRs will enrol on PhD degree programmes and be employed for 36 months in a network of universities and industry with expertise in offshore wind power generation and supply. Through 15 ESR research projects, InnoDC will address the technical challenges linked to the development of offshore grids and hybrid AC/DC systems. Four of them will conduct the doctorate in the UPC. Further information on the overall project can be found at

This is a unique opportunity to study for a doctoral degree in a network of wind power and power systems experts from academia and industry. We are therefore looking for high qualified and motivated candidates with the skills, background knowledge and enthusiasm to help the network make important research breakthroughs.

Design of advanced system controllers in HVDC grids

The project will be based on developing a methodology to design the different controllers needed to operate HVDC grids. The methodology will consider the complete HVDC grid dynamics, including the linearized DC grid and AC grid dynamics, the MMC converter and its inner controllers, the cables and different converters (DC-DC) that can be used in the system for power-flow control purposes or to connect sub-networks of different voltage levels.

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