Course paper / final thesis

Transient analysis of reversible solid oxide cell (rSOC) systems for energy storage and sector coupling

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Duration of contract

6 months

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

Your mission:

The intermittent nature of renewable energy sources demands energy storage systems to stabilize the grid. Energy storage systems are required to be versatile and offer a wide range of power and energy density.

The Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics at DLR is working on novel solutions based on rSOCs. In this concept excess electricity from renewable sources is stored by converting water to produce hydrogen. The gas produced is used to produce electricity when demand exceeds supply. To simplify such systems, SOCs can be operated in electrolysis mode and fuel cell mode.

Within the scope of the master thesis, the following tasks should be performed:

  • transient process system analysis of rSOC system for power to chemicals to power for electricity storage and sector coupling
  • optimization of existing process system architectures for efficiency, cost and chemical production
  • validation of rSOC reactor and system performance using experimental and literature data
  • development of feasible control strategies for the process system

Your qualifications:

  • Master studies in Chemical Process Engineering, Energy Engineering or similar
  • self-motivated student with a strong interest in exploring novelty is highly encouraged
  • background in electrochemistry or chemical process engineering, thermodynamics or similar is required
  • previous knowledge of electrolysers and fuel cells operation is beneficial
  • knowledge of modelica programming software and language is beneficial
  • fluency in written and spoken English is required

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Santhanam Srikanth
Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics

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