Project and grants for S&YP

Research and Training Network for Smart and Green Energy Systems and Business Models

Project Number: 955614

Project's acronym: SMARTGYsum

Financial Program Name: HORIZON 2020

Organization: European Commission

Start:   2021-10-01

End:    2025-09-30

Project description

“Collaborative Smart Grids” (CSGs) are a promising concept built on digital technologies and economic and organizational structures, directly linked to the empowerment of consumers, the promotion of behavioural change and increased collaboration among all stakeholders. CSGs require a new vision but also innovative business models and technology developments around energy production, distribution and consumption to be successful and sustainable. The multidisciplinary and multilayer concept embedded in CSGs is essential to contribute to greener and smarter energy systems in our societies.  
SMARTGYsum - SMART Green energY Systems and bUsiness Models- will train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) for 36 months to enable the implementation of the Smart Energy vision, focusing on different technical and socioeconomic aspects that conform Electric Energy Systems (EESs) and CSGs, providing an excellent basis to develop their future careers in Power Electronics, Electric Engineering, Material Sciences, ICT, Data Sciences but also energy capturing of value, value chains, finance & investments, management of energy markets, economical and policy instruments, etc. As a result, there will be a network of academic and industrial partners closely collaborating following a transferable, inter and multidisciplinary approach, aimed at raising the employability and career opportunities of ESRs within the public and the private sectors, as well as their potential for conducting innovation,  entrepreneurship and for impacting in the European society at medium and long-term.
The ground-breaking nature of SMARTGYsum lays on the integration of different technical and socioeconomical research dimensions to contribute to the transformation of the EES beyond the state of the art of green economy models and management systems. SMARTGYsum will bring together all stages of smart grids (generation, distribution and use of energy) through the research of innovative business models that tackle the existing challenges in the evolution of EES into CSGs in each of the mentioned stages, while covering the technological developments needed to meet the requirements of the green economy.
SMARTGYsum consortium has 27 entities involved and binds top entities in the field together from an interdisciplinary point of view (Figure 1). Thus, participant entities come from disciplines that are complementary and will allow the innovative and training required in the programme to 15 ESRs. Together, they will create a unique network of skilled people able to face challenges and lacks in New Green Energy Economy and Renewable energies from a multidisciplinary approach, joining together economy, power electronics, electric engineering, and communication engineering with entrepreneurship, science communication and project management. Individually, there are many renowned institutes and industries in Europe in the field of the proposal but together will contribute significantly to the advance of knowledge and innovative PhD training structure in the field to increase the employability of the researchers.

Figure 1. Geographical coverage

SMARTGYsum will train a new generation of ESS R&D professionals for 36 months that will enable the implementation of the Smart Energy vision. The topics to be trained and transferred to the ESRs will focus on different technical and socioeconomic aspects that conform EES and CSG, providing an excellent basis to develop their future careers in Power Electronics, Electric Engineering, Material Sciences, ICT, Data Sciences but also energy capturing of value, value chains, finance & investments, management of energy markets, economical and policy instruments etc. Knowledge and techniques will be offered to ESR through research (in the form of the individual research projects IRPs), Doctoral Schools, and Local Courses.
The training received by each ESR will follow a Personal Career Development Plan updated every three months and agreed with the corresponding supervisor and co-supervisor that will lead to a Doctoral Degree by the academic supervisor. As a result, there will be a network-wide training, common for all the recruited ESRs, and an individual training (Figure 2).

Figure 2. Training structure of SMARTGYsum project

Individual training will be developed mainly based on the individual research project accomplished by each ESR, supervised by two supervisors from different beneficiaries, and an additional supervisor from an industrial partner. Thus, this training will be mainly part of the PhD thesis development, together with the secondments that will be planned for each of the ESRs, covering 4 months in academic entities and 4 months in industrial settings, adjusted to optimize their exposure to different environments and to ensure the international mobility; and the organization of advanced courses, both aimed at scientific and transversal skills, that will be organized under demand by the Training Coordinator and the supervisors of the ESRs. In addition, and according to their Career Plans, each ESR will attend Congresses and Conferences at least once per year (e.g. ECCE, IECON, ISIE, APEC, CPE), presenting their research results and being exposed to scientific presentations and discussions at the highest level, thus improving their communication skills, reinforced with the performance of communication activities through the project website, social media, fairs and events. Moreover, ESRs will be expected to participate, monitored by their local supervisors, in teaching and training activities or the supervision of projects for undergraduate students, enhancing their leadership capacity.
ESRs will participate in 5 doctoral schools, being the main network-wide training events. These Doctoral Schools will consist on a compendium of workshops, classroom and lab training courses on field-specific subjects. ESRs will participate in the organization of the Doctoral Schools to enhance their managerial and communication skills.

Project organization

The proposed ETN SMARTGYsum is organised in 7 Work Packages (WPs),corresponding to the stated objectives, following an internal structure depicted in Figure 3. The achieve the stated research objectives, SMARTGYsum will use a research methodology that combines engineering and business models, based on the design and computer simulation, using advanced techniques of digital twins, development using laboratories prototypes or preliminary versions of software appliances, including rapid prototyping and hardware in the loop, experimental validation in given scenarios, as closed as possible to real cases, and finally the definition and test of business models using simulation and small application cases, when possible during the secondments at non-academic sectors. This will enable the coupling of the technological requirements with the related changes needed in the socioeconomical context.

Figure 3. WP structure for implementing the SMARTGYsum project

Gdańsk University of Technology will participate in WP3: Smart energy distribution, microgrids and grid of microgrids: which is aimed to explore the possibilities of microgrids for energy management to address the challenges of secure energy routing and power quality control, as well as advanced distribution grid management and the use of radial grids. WP3 is focused on development of EV chargers and active bidirectional charger able to provide ancillary services. Development of new power electronics facilities for energy transfer system with improved efficiency and power density as well as an analysis of future energy system including wireless charge system for electric vehicles are the main WP3 objectives. As a final result a prototype of bidirectional energy charger for providing ancillary services and development of strategies for optimized electric grid management are expected.

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Recruitment for WP3 realized at Gdańsk University of Technology

Gdańsk Tech invite applicants for a PhD Fellowship in Green Energy Systems to research in the topic titled “EV chargers, developing an active bidirectional charger able to provide ancillary services.”
The position is in the frame of a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) action for Early Stage Researchers within the project SMARTGYsum (Research and Training Network for Smart and Green Energy Systems and Business Models). The grant covers up to 3 years (contract will be for 1 year with renewing possibility) of full time research according to salary table established in the grant for Poland. Deadline for application submission is 2021-11-30 24:00 (CET), UTC +1 and starting day is planned on 2022-03-01.
SMARTGYsum (SMART Green energY Systems and bUsiness Models) project groups together leading European Universities and Institutions (the consortium is composed by 13 universities and 14 companies/institutions) with the aim to implement a multidisciplinary and innovative research and training programme, bringing to enable a new generation of Early Stage Researchers (ESR) to foster a New Green Energy Economy in Europe. ESR will acquire the knowledge, methods and skills across a wide range of disciplines around the Energy ecosystem, Renewable Electric Energy Systems and Business Models for the deployment of the Green Energy System. Trained ESR will have the technical and economical knowledge to break the barriers for the deployment of energy transition as market and social barriers (price distortion through externalities, low priority of energy issues, split incentives); financial barriers (investment, high up-front costs, lack of access to capital); information failures (lack of awareness, knowledge and competence); or regulatory barriers (restrictive procurement rules).

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