Post-Doctoral: Research to Integrate Hydrogen Production Consumption with the Electric Grid

University of Central Florida / Florida Solar Energy Center
Cocoa and Orlando, Florida 32922
  • Job Type
    Employee
  • Job Status
    Full Time

FSEC Energy Research Center (https://energyresearch.ucf.edu/) is located in Cocoa, Florida, and is associated with the University of Central Florida. Since 1975, FSEC has conducted fundamental and systems-level research in solar energy, hydrogen production, fuel cells, energy storage, electric vehicles, and energy-efficient buildings.

FSEC Energy Research Center is seeking two postdoctoral researchers to participate in a US Department of Energy Research[1] project that will investigate the use of hydrogen production and consumption as a grid asset to make solar energy a more reliable, affordable and sustainable resource. The project[2] will be conducted in partnership with the Orlando Utilities Commission (Utility Co. / Solar Integration / Fuel Cell Vehicles), Giner ELX (Electrolyzer System Development & Assy), General Motors (Stationary Fuel Cell Systems), UCF’s FSEC (Techno-Economic Analysis, Solar to H2 Optimization) and OneH2 (Storage, Compression, & Dispensing)—all national leaders in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies—to enable OUC to demonstrate a system that will turn sunshine into hydrogen. This approach will ensure that all electricity produced from solar panels can be delivered into the grid immediately, stored as hydrogen for later use, or used as a clean fuel for electric vehicles. The knowledge gained through this one-of-its-kind-in-the-nation project will help make solar power a more reliable resource on the grid, and allow OUC to achieve high PV penetration by 2025.

This project will develop economic dispatch signals for electrolyzers and fuel cells to improve grid operations, particularly in high PV penetration scenarios. Example dispatch scenarios include:

  • smoothing steep ramp rates during rapid solar fluctuations,
  • avoiding low-load cycling of conventional generators,
  • avoid or defer infrastructure upgrades for large-scale vehicular electrification (e.g. transit bus),
  • dispatch of hydrogen in fuel cells to support peak load, and
  • integration of hydrogen as an asset for micro-grid applications.

Research activities will be conducted at the FSEC site, as well as at the host utility site, Orlando Utilities Commission. Successful applicants will have obtained a PhD in an engineering discipline, and have experience modeling integration of energy devices (e.g. solar PV, fuel cells, storage) at the systems level. Additionally, applicants should have general knowledge of utility operations and economics.

Requirements

Requirements

The minimum qualifications include PhD in engineering discipline, and have experience modeling integration of energy devices (e.g. solar PV, fuel cells, storage) at the systems level. Preferred qualifications would include general knowledge of utility operations and economics.

Application:

Applicants must apply for the position electronically through

https://jobs.ucf.edu/en-us/job/498870/ and submit the following: 1) cover letter, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) copies of all academic transcripts, and 4) summary of past research projects (please specify your involvement and contribution in each project). When prompted during the on-line application process, please provide names, phone numbers and email addresses of three professional references.   Only complete application materials will be considered. Active review of applications will begin on April 1, 2020, but the search will continue until the two positions are filled.

For questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. James Fenton, Director of Florida Solar Energy Center and Professor Materials Science and Engineering, University of Central Florida at 321 638-1002 or by email jfenton@fsec.ucf.edu

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Cocoa and Orlando, Florida 32922

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