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Post doc Economics of hydrogen as provider of grid flexibility

The postdoc position is part of the international research project ‘Super Power-to-Gas (SuperP2G)’, with partners from academia and business from a number of European countries (Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands). The Dutch contribution to this project will be

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Broerstraat, Groningen, Groningen
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 3353 - € 3353 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

The postdoc position is part of the international research project ‘Super Power-to-Gas (SuperP2G)’, with partners from academia and business from a number of European countries (Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands). The Dutch contribution to this project will be done by two postdocs and a researcher. These positions are funded by the NWO as part of the ERA-Net cofunding system.
The main objective of SuperP2G is to explore the options to facilitate the conversion of electricity into gas as part of the energy transition. Power to gas (PtG) systems can help to offer flexibility to electricity systems dominated by renewable electricity generation and to decarbonize the gas system. PtG can also be a tool to foster local and regional development. Therefore, the consortium will connect leading national projects/regions in the field of PtG in order to utilise synergies and extract “best practice” and “lessons learned”.

The Dutch research activities focus on a flexible use of energy infrastructure (electric, heat and gas) for the transport and distribution of energy. Innovation is required to support the complex decision making on transition paths for energy infrastructure. The research project aims to give insight in the economic relationships between the various components within the hydrogen chain: production and supply of inputs (electricity, gas), production of hydrogen through various technologies (including electrolysis), storage and to supply of hydrogen to end-users.
In particular, the research project wants to assess the economic potential of PtG as source of flexibility to stabilise future demand and supply of energy on a decentral basis. Application of conversion systems in regional areas (which is the focus of this theme) could also deliver frequency control and balancing services. Moreover, the integration of more flexibility and the coupling of energy systems may lead to significant reductions in infrastructure needs as it may reduce the presence of grid congestions. The North of the Netherlands, the region this project focuses on, already has significant issues with the capacity on the electricity grid. The regional approach in this project is likely to give insight in the economic value of decentralized electrolysis plants for electricity systems.

The postdoc will focus on a modelling tool that simulates the impact of renewable energy on a regional electricity grid in the presence of renewable electricity generation as well as hydrogen electrolysis plants. The postdoc will participate and cooperate in the ERA-NET Workgroup on storage and cross energy solutions. The postdoc will closely collaborate with the other researchers with in this program, the supervisors and other colleagues within the Centre for Energy Economics Research of the Faculty of Economics and Business.

Functie-eisen

• PhD in Energy Economics, Regional Economics or Electrical Engineering with a background in Economics (please note that candidates who will defend their PhD not later than 1 January 2021 are also invited to apply)
• strong academic record as evinced by curriculum vitae and list of publications
• demonstrated competences for quantitative modeling
• a background in the field of energy is appreciated
• affinity with or experience in working in business or service settings.
• candidates should be fluent in English.

Conditions

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a starting salary of € 2,791 (salary scale 10) until € 3,353 (salary scale 10-4) based on a fulltime position
- 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end of year bonus
- a temporary fulltime (1.0 FTE) appointment for a period of two years.

Starting date: as soon as possible

Additional information

Prof. Machiel Mulder
machiel.mulder@rug.nl