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/Job opportunities/Feasibility analysis of wireless power transfer implementation in building integrated DC systems

Feasibility analysis of wireless power transfer implementation in building integrated DC systems

PhD - Genk | More than two weeks ago

Novel approaches of wireless power transfer and evaluation of cost, performance, efficiency and density

Building Integrated DC (BIDC) has been proposed as an effective solution to increase the energy yield in buildings by the use of more DC power and integration of DC power sources and storage. With the evolution of power electronics, monopolar and muti polar DC distribution systems become feasible.

However, there are still some open technical questions related to the practical installation of such systems in buildings. For instance the operation and installation place of the power electronics circuitry that needs to be connected to each power source and/or storage system.

In addition, wireless power transfer (WPT) has the potential of reducing the amount of materials in power applications. And especially in BIPV, where there is a constant interaction with building physics, and there are certain places where the use of conductors is restricted.

Consequently, the proposed PhD project will focus on the feasibility study of WPT in BIDC systems looking into the technical specifications, the available technology, cost, efficiency and power density of the possible solutions.

The PhD candidate can start from existing power converter models and dedicated expertise available in the research group, and will collaborate with the other research group members.

KU Leuven, located in Belgium, is among the top European universities, ranked as the top university in the Reuters ranking of Europe's most innovative universities. This research is to be performed within the framework of EnergyVille in the city of Genk-Belgium.


Required background: We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and communicative researcher with a Master Degree in Engineering or a related field. The applicant should have obtained excellent study scores.

The candidate should have a strong interest in energy, with knowledge in power electronics, modeling, design, and control of power converters, and experience with experimental setups. Expertise in Matlab/Simulink, Comsol, and Plecs is highly valued. Applicants should also have good English communication skills. Dutch proficiency is not required; however, its study is encouraged during the PhD program.

For CSC programs, only Chinese nationals are eligible to apply.

Note: In case of being selected, English Proficiency certificate (TOEFL or IELTS) and English translation and apostille of the diploma and official transcripts are required for the admission to the PhD program.

Focus of work: Power loss modelling, circuit design, simulation, and experimentation

Type of work: 20% literature, 60% modelling, 20% validation

Supervisor: Wilmar Martinez

Co-supervisor: Jef Poortmans

Daily advisor: Wieland Van De Sande


The reference code for this position is 2021-074. Mention this reference code on your application form.

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