Publisert: 07.05.20

PhD Candidate in Low Emission Centre

PhD position at Low Emission Research Centre - Stochastic programming models for planning and design of integrated hybrid offshore energy systems

There is a temporary PhD position for 3 years available at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management – Section Managerial Economics, Finance and Operation Research. The position is resident at NTNUs campus in Trondheim. This is an educational position, which will provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD degree. The position is connected to the PhD program at the Faculty of Economics and Management and the faculty will be your employer.

 This project is part of The Low Emission Research Centre at NTNU and SINTEF. The centre will develop new technologies and concepts for offshore energy systems, energy efficiency and integration with renewable power production technologies for application on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), see:

Offshore O&G production is highly energy intensive and constitute 29% of GHG emissions from Norway. The objective is to pave the way to decarbonize offshore energy systems, improve energy and efficiently integrate renewable power production technologies for application on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), see:  The LowEmission Centre will develop decision support, methodologies and digitalized solutions for integrating renewable power production technologies in the offshore energy system. 

This PhD project will look at integration of renewable energy from offshore wind and from subsea cables with the natural gas that is normally used to fuel gas turbines and compressors at the platforms. If natural-gas based power generation is replaced by hydrogen or renewable power, emissions are reduced, but security of supply and reliability is a main concern. There are several interesting research questions related to:

  • Offshore energy system integration with focus on natural gas, hydrogen and power.
  • Combining offshore wind developments for the supply of the NCS with larger developments that could be used not only for the NCS installations but also for power export
  • The role of sub sea power cables from Norway and their interplay with offshore wind installations and natural gas.
  • All the above are interesting to study both from an operational perspective but also from a long-term transition pathway perspective

Methodologically the project is based on large scale techno-economic modelling using stochastic programming. The project will be a cooperation between NTNU, SINTEF and Carnegie Mellon University on the academic side with partners from industry partners like Equinor and Gassco.

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Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management

IØT has challenging and inspiring educational programmes and research projects in the cross-disciplinary field of technology management. Through its programmes of study, IØT educates candidates with a solid technological basis in methodology and theory on how to develop and manage technologically based organisations.


Participation in, and development of, research projects in close co-operation with Norwegian industry, the department is also developing models, tools and methods for how to manage Norwegian industry.

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