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MSc Assignment - Modeling study of the Heat management in Solid Oxide electrolyzer systems

What will you be doing?


In the future electricity network, containing large shares of fluctuating renewables, flexibility of demand and storage of electricity to match supply are essential. Depending on the service application required, this storage can be realized in many ways, e.g. by storing electricity in batteries, by conversion of electricity to hydrogen that can be stored in salt caverns or other hydrogen carriers (e.g. metal hydride, NH3, methanol..), by storing the electrical energy in flywheels or in compressed air energy storage or by electrically heating up a heat storage, that can be discharged over a power cycle. Reversible Solid Oxide Cell (ReSOC) systems, operating in both high temperature electrolyzer and fuel cell operations, are a promising competitive technology with low range cost-of-storage with potential large storage capacity

Work description

During your MSc assignment, your main tasks will be to:

  • Identify different heat management scenarios to optimize the BoP of ReSOC systems to optimize the response time and the roundtrip efficiency
  • Develop a dynamic modelling for BoP heat integration for ReSOC systems that could be implemented in electricity market model developed at TNO

What do we require of you?

You are an enthusiastic WO student looking for a MSc assignment of 6-9 months. You have a Chemical/Mechanical Engineering with a strong preference for the modelling work, willing to learn more about Re-SOC technology and other competitive storage systems. You are pro-active and independent with good communication skills in English.

You will be working with a diverse team of scientists/engineering/technicians with a wide variety of expertise to make up for a great learning experience.

What can you expect of your work situation?

During your MSc assignment, you will be located at the University of Twente, and will work in close collaboration with the TNO researchers of the Energy transition Unit of TNO in Petten. TNO is an independent research organization whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organizations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organizations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Please feel free to apply to this vacancy by sending by email a copy of your updated CV  to me at email: For further questions, don’t hesitate to also contact by email.