A Research Platform for Singapore

Research Engineer (Platform for Interconnected Micro-Grid Operation)

Department:Electrification Suite & Test Lab
Posted Date:16 September 2020
Closing Date:Open until filled
Hours:Full Time
Duration:Fixed Term (2 years)

Project Title: Platform for Interconnected Micro-Grid Operation

TUMCREATE is a research platform for the improvement of Singapore's public transportation, including the deployment of electric and autonomous mobility. Researchers from Technical University Munich and Nanyang Technological University join forces and are funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation as part of the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE).In TUMCREATE, over 100 scientists, researchers and engineers work together, led by Professors from the Technical University of Munich and Nanyang Technological University. The Mission of TUMCREATE is to seek the ultimate public transport system for the people of Singapore. Our innovative road transport solutions will provide high comfort and a positive travel experience, best protection of the environment and maximum benefit to the society and the economy.

About this Position
The research group Electrification Suite & Test Lab (ESTL) in TUMCREATE is working on the topic of micro-grid optimisation and management in a competitive electricity environment. A project is currently being established with industry partners & local universities to enable the integration of micro-grids in the tropical urban environment of Singapore. This project aims at creating the platform for interconnected micro-grid operation (PRIMO) which is capable of (1) operating the local micro-grid by (2) cost-optimal control of distributed energy resources (DERs), (3) coordination with neighbouring micro-grids and (4) participation in the national electricity market. This software framework needs to integrate the numerical optimisation algorithms from previous work at TUMCREATE with the required communication interfaces to facilitate the coordination of DERs and participation in the energy market.

The goal of this work will be to develop the software architecture and implement the fundamental building blocks of the PRIMO software framework to a proof-of-concept state. The main tasks are:

  1. Preparation of a detailed model for a microgrid test case based on DER models from previous work at TUMCREATE and data supplied from project partners.
  2. Development of the software architecture based on the optimal microgrid operation and coordination algorithms from previous work at TUMCREATE.
  3. Design and implementation of the communication interfaces for integration of DER assets and interaction with the energy market.

What we expect

  • Excellent degree in electrical engineering, software engineering or related discipline
  • Excellent academic record and independent, precise and reliable working style
  • Excellent experience with Python & Pandas
  • Ideally, knowledge of Electric Power Flow / Optimal Power Flow / Numerical Optimisation
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communica¬≠tion skills in both written and spoken English

What we offer

  • An attractive salary
  • Exposure to the state-of-the-art research topics
  • An international and multidisciplinary working environment
  • Guidance by researchers from world-renowned universities
  • Opportunity for publishing in international journals and conferences
  • Multicultural and dynamic working atmosphere

Enquiries and How to Apply
Please send your complete application including cover letter and CV to tobias.massier@tum-create.edu.sg. SPR and Citizens preferred.