PhD student position in Optimal energy control for vehicle-home-grid integration

The position is with the Automatic Control group, comprising about 35 researchers at the division of Systems and Control, which has about 100 employees and is the largest division of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. Aiming for a sustainable world, the group is involved in many research projects on energy savings using automatic control methods. In general, the projects are carried out in collaboration with other research groups, institutes, and industry, and often in interdisciplinary constellations. The working environment is international and characterized by openness.

About the project

Achieving the global targets on the environment and carbon neutrality relies heavily on fossil-free transport and renewable electric energy sources. However, integrating electric vehicle (EV) fleets and variable renewables into the power grid will cause large power fluctuations, frequency deviations, and potential system failure. By utilizing vehicle battery systems as energy buffers, vehicle-to-home, and vehicle-to-grid technology have huge potential to mitigate these impediments. In this project, we will leverage advanced models, optimization algorithms, control, and communication strategies to address the above challenges fundamentally. The results will reduce the costs of household electricity and EV ownership costs, enhance the grid resilience for EV and renewable integration, and maximize the overall energy and resource efficiency.

This project is in partnership with Polestar Performance AB, a Swedish premium EV manufacturer, and is mainly funded by the Swedish Energy Agency as part of the Vehicle Strategic Research and Innovation programme. In addition to researchers at Chalmers, you will have opportunities to work closely with experts at Polestar.

Detail and application link

Contact persons:

Assoc. Prof. Changfu Zou, Automatic Control, Department of Electrical Engineering,, +46 (0)31 772 3392

Prof. Torsten Wik, Automatic Control, Department of Electrical Engineering, +46 (0)31 772 5146

Dr. Chih Feng Lee, Charging & Energy group, Polestar AB,