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Towards interoperability of offshore DC transmission grids


School of Engineering

About the Project

Aberdeen HVDC research centre is offering a PhD research project on the topic of interoperability of offshore DC transmission grids.

The candidate will be integrated as a PhD student in The Aberdeen HVDC research Centre https://www.abdn.ac.uk/engineering/research/aberdeen-hvdc-research-centre-472.php which has 8-10 researchers, with an external income of around £3.7 million since 2010 (£1.5 million in live grants), mostly from EU and UK research councils.

The proposed EU North Sea DC transmission grid is a key facilitating technology for integrating large offshore wind energy. The interoperability of converters and other components is recognised as one of the most important barriers, since current state of the art point-to-point HVDC systems are normally supplied by a single vendor. The project will evaluate various options to resolve interoperability, including dynamic, frequency domain performance specification, in line with recommendations from the recent EU project BestPaths.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering and have a good background knowledge in power electronics, power systems and control engineering. They should also be motivated to perform theoretical research and simulation studies.
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APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV

Informal inquiries can be made to Professor D Jovcic (), with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School (.

Funding Notes

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of the discipline of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for Tuition fees, living expenses and maintenance. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting View Website. THERE IS NO FUNDING ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT.

References

[1] D Jovcic "High Voltage Direct Current Transmission: Converters Systems and DC Grids", 2nd edition Wiley, 2019

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