PhD scholarship in Energy Economics,Energy Systems Analysis, Modelling and Regulation [closing 14.02.2021]

Страна: Дания;

Город: Lyngby

Добавлена: 25.01.2021

Работодатель: The Sustainability Division at DTU Management

Тип: PhD position;

Для кого: For researchers;

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Дедлайн подачи: 14.02.2021

 

The Sustainability Division at DTU Management offers a Ph.D. funding in Energy Economics and Systems Analysis with a focus on regulatory frameworks and modelling for the flexible integration of data centres to electricity and district heating systems. The position is opened to be filled as soon as possible. 

The section provides tools and expertise, supporting national and international policy-making in the green transition of energy systems. The section offers an excellent research environment with international staff, postdocs, and PhD students.

The overall research question of the section is how energy systems can be decarbonised and how to design and operate systems and markets with large amounts of variable renewable energy. The section develops energy system models that integrate all energy carriers and sectors that at the same time enable a cost-efficient integration of low-carbon technologies in the energy system. This provides decision support for diverse stakeholders from both, policymaking and industry, in the context of the energy transition.

Hereby, the research in the section addresses some of the main challenges for modelling the green energy transition, for example considering the stochastic supply from renewable technologies, the increasing need of flexibility in the energy system and how regulation and market design can support the energy transition. Energy data is analysed and with the help of statistical and data science techniques to learn about the development of the energy system or to prepare the data for its application to large-scale energy system and power market models. The section combines competences within systems analyses, market design, regulation, econometrics, operations management and energy technology assessment.

This position is funded by DTU Management Engineering and the Ph.D. candidate will take part in the Cool-Data project. 

Data centres are responsible for an increasing share of global energy use and are driving CO2 emissions up. Today, 1 %, or 200 TWh, of the global electricity demand is used by data centres, and this demand is expected to double every five years due to the fast-growing digitalization of our economies. With 40% of data centres’ operating costs allocated to cooling the servers and 98% of lost waste heat, smart and efficient cooling systems have the potential to significantly reduce energy use in this sector, to bring costs down, and to participate in the global sustainable transition effort. The project develops an innovative modular cooling solution capable to reaching up to 80% energy efficiency improvement in the cooling of server rooms while offering flexibility services to electricity systems and enhancing the utilization of carbon-free waste heat in district heating.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The aim of the thesis will be to quantify the techno-economic and environmental gains of the flexible integration of data centres in Denmark and a selection of countries, to the electricity and heat sector and to assess the impact of new regulatory framework conditions that support the full integration of data centres. In detail, the PhD project focuses on the following research topics:

  • Inventory of regulatory and market framework conditions for the flexible integration of data centres to electricity and district heating systems
  • modelling (short-term operation and long-term investment optimization) of electricity and thermal system/district heating.
  • techno-economic and environmental assessment of integrated data centres 
  • Investigation of possible business models for the flexible integration of data centres to energy systems
  • Dissemination of project results in reports, articles, talks etc.
  • Participation to expert seminars and workshops involving policy and digital/energy stakeholders

The Ph.D. candidate shall employ micro economic and policy analysis, applicable to the electricity and heat sector, and the flexible electricity consumption, storage and heat waste utilisation of data centres.

The PhD candidate will work in collaboration with a team of researchers and industrial partners.

We are seeking candidates with Master’s degree (120 ECTS points) in economics, science or engineering, or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree, with experiences within energy systems modelling, regulation, and policy. Fluency in English is a requirement.

 
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