PhD post open: Techno-economic analysis of solar and district heating

The PhD student will be part of a graduate school in solar heating funded within the SHINE project that is a part of the broader SolNet collaboration framework. The graduate school has three work packages: WP1 Solar District Heating; WP2 Solar Heat for Industrial Processes; WP3 Sorption Processes and Materials. The PhD post offered here is in WP1, where there are 5 other PhD students working.

The main aim of the research to be made by the PhD student that we are seeking is to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of centralized and decentralized solar collector fields in district heating networks and to derive the technological and economic boundary conditions for profitable operation. Both de-centralized feed-in (connection on primary side) and district heat augmented systems (connection on secondary side) will be covered. The work involves analysis of field measurements, system simulation of centralized and decentralized systems and economic analysis.