15 PhD positions in Energy Systems Transition with Marie Skłodowska-Curie training network ENSYSTRA

The ENSYSTRA training network

ENSYSTRA – the ENergy SYStems in TRAnsition Innovative Training Network is the unique interdisciplinary Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission, targeting solutions for integrated energy systems transition. The ENSYSTRA consortium consists of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The European Commission formally granted the EU Horizon 2020 ENSYSTRA project with an exceptional score of over 96%.

ENSYSTRA will train 15 ESRs in all aspects of energy systems transition. PhD subjects range from energy systems modelling, scenario analysis, technology development, socio-technical cultures, participatory approaches, investment modelling, market design, and cross-border regulatory frameworks. All ESRs are part of the international ENSYSTRA training network and will benefit from targeted training in interdisciplinary energy systems transition through workshops, summer schools and subject specific courses.

Every ESR will work with one or more of the 23 ENSYSTRA partners from the energy sector. ESRs will be trained in the scientific, technical and business skills, and will become highly sought-after experts for front-runner businesses and other organisations that will shape the energy transition. ESRs will carry out research at a home university and intensively interact with other ESRs in ENSYSTRA through joint research and participation in workshops and summer schools.

Research projects

ESR 11, Ownership models, energy system integration, local and regional selfreliance and energy security within smart energy systems

This project is supposed to deliver a study investigating and assessing the currently existing ownership models, and a set of new ownership models that will be applicable and realistic to the local/ regional contexts as well as informative to the legislative and executive bodies at regional, national, and European level. Different regional case studies will be developed for typical regions around the North Sea.

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ESR 12, An Agent Based Approach to Model Investments in the Power Sector

Investments in new low carbon technologies such as wind power, PV, and CCS are critical for the transition of the European power system to a system with zero CO2 emissions. In the majority of models used for climate policy assessment and planning investment decisions taken by market agents are modelled in a very simple way.

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ESR 15, Transition Policies for Oil and Gas Incumbents

This project will explore the prospects for incumbents in the energy industry to play a more meaningful role in Europe’s energy transition. Focusing on the North Sea region, the ESR will examine oil and gas company strategies in relation to low carbon energy and the role of policy and regulation in facilitating the reconfiguration and repurposing of existing energy infrastructure.

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