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56651: Physicist, Computer Scientist, Engineer or similar (f/m/x) - Optimization of PV power plants with improved condition monitoring methods

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    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft - und Raumfahrt (DLR)
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    21/10/2021 02:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Spain › Tabernas/Almería
    To be defined


Area of research:

Other,PHD Thesis

Part-Time Suitability:

The position is suitable for part-time employment.

Job description:

Would you like to write your PhD thesis in our Institute of Solar Research at the Spanish Plataforma Solar de Almeria (PSA) developing methods for fault- and soiling detection based on drone images to optimize photovoltaic (PV) power plants? Our objective is to guarantee the secure operation, maximize the plant yield and minimize the maintenance costs, so that PV can contribute successfully to the energy transition towards renewable energies worldwide.

Due to practical field measurements the main workplace is PSA, a solar energy research center belonging to our Spanish partner CIEMAT.

Your tasks will be:

  • develop an automatic image processing method to evaluate soiling of the panels, vegetation or snow on the panels based on measurement campaigns at the PV test bench at PSA
  • evaluate the impact of soiling and vegetation on the existing IR measurement methods for fault detection
  • develop a soiling forecast based on an already existing physical soiling model, satellite or NWP-data, as well as information on local aerosol sources and further meteorological data
  • evaluate the impact of mitigation measures (e.g. cleaning of panels, cutting grass, exchange of defect modules or components, etc.) on the plant yield based on the available monitoring data to optimize the plant profitability
  • analyze and optimize the economic impact of these measures
  • document and publish your scientific results in papers and at international conferences

Next to flexible work hours (within core time) we also offer the opportunity for continuous education and advanced training possibilities by participation in several courses of DLR’s Graduate Program.

You will be part of a young, diverse and motivated team aiming to build a sustainable future. You will have the possibility to work every day knowing you're doing your best to fix the planet and to fight climate change. The PhD thesis is planned to be finalized in three years.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft - und Raumfahrt (DLR)

EURAXESS offer ID: 631314
Posting organisation offer ID: 15153626


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