Ancillary services provision from HVDC and integration into energy markets

KU Leuven
October 03 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) at KU Leuven offers a PhD position on ancillary services provision from HVDC and integration into energy markets The Electrical energy & computer architectures ELECTA division covers the broad spectrum of electrical energy systems and robust control of industrial systems. The development of the future smart grid is the key activity.

As the largest research group on electrical energy systems in the Benelux, ELECTA wants to be recognized as a center-of-excellence on these topics, where fundamental research is combined with immediately and prospectively applicable solutions for the industry.

Alongside this development of know-how, it is important is to share gained knowledge with the academic community, students, industry and the society as a whole. ELECTA is also co-founder of the knowledge center EnergyVille together with VITO and imec. The work location is the EnergyVille Campus of the university of Leuven, located in Genk / Belgium.

HVDC has seen massive interest from industry and academia in the last decades, driven by the drive towards more renewable energy, in particular offshore, and more interconnections for energy trade.

These devices are more flexible and dynamic compared to traditional power system equipment and are hence able to provide ancillary services.

In an international collaboration project, the researcher will work at integrating the capabilities of HVDC technology into existing power systems. In particular, the technical limitations and potential economic benefits of inertia exchange via HVDC will be investigated and quantified. 

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