During 2018 some additional PhDs and Post Docs have been recruited, and in total there are now 8 PhDs and 2 PostDocs working at CINELDI during the first research phase. 

In 2018, 242 persons were involved in CINELDI in total. 44 researchers from SINTEF Energy Research, NTNU and SINTEF Digital participated in the work (including centre management), and 143 representatives from the 27 user partners were involved. Among the students related to NTNU, there were 8 PhDs and 2 PostDocs funded by the CINELDI centre, and 10 PhDs and 3 PostDocs cooperating with CINELDI, with funding from other sources. 1 Guest researcher cooperated with CINELDI in 2018. The number of involved persons for all the categories have increased compared to 2017.

At NTNU, 19 master students concluded their MSc in cooperation with CINELDI in 2018. These students worked on their project theses during the autumn 2017 and delivered their master thesis during 2018. Among the researchers and students, the gender distribution was 72% men vs. 28% women. Among the researchers there were 27% women, and among the master students there were 42% women. The share of women among the PhDs/PostDocs funded by CINELDI is 30% (3 out of 11 in 2018), and there were only men among the PhDs/PostDocs funded by other resources and the guest researcher.

Thesis overview can be found here.

Romina Muka, PhD in CINELDI, explaining what she is working on in her PhD
Romina Muka, PhD in CINELDI, explaining what she is working on in her PhD

NTNU is the main university partner in the FME and is responsible for the Master and PhD programs. NTNU has research-based curricula within all the central technological and societal aspects of smart grids (power engineering, telematics, cybernetics, information technology, electronics, mathematical sciences, economics, social science aspects of Smart Grids).

Information concerning Smart Grids at NTNU can be found at:

The FME plans for 16 PhDs/Post docs., involving 12-15 NTNU professors (in a multidisciplinary supervisory team) with responsibilities for Smart Grid education at NTNU.

The FME targets 150 master projects in total, contributing to the research in CINELDI, better recruitment to the industrial partners, as well as being a recruitment platform for PhDs. The FME will be instrumental in strengthening NTNU curricula within Smart Grids.

Master project

Title Author Year
Jørgen S. Erdal 2017
Sigurd N. Bjarghov 2017
Vegard S. Bjerketvedt 2017


PhD and PostDoc

About 20 PhD and post docs will be recruited. CINELDI has so far financed 9 PhD students and 2 post-doctoral researchers.

Topics for PhD/Postdoc studies in the first phase of research 2017-2020:

  • Modelling of Interactions and Interdependencies in Complex Systems of Power Grid and ICT Systems
  • Development of risk indicators, reliability and vulnerability models for the combined power and ICT system
  • Self-Healing and Autonomous Smart Grid Operation
  • Distributed and centralized control to support smart grid operation with high quality in a cost-efficient way
  • Distributed and hierarchical dynamic state estimation for smart distribution grids
  • 5G for Low-Latency, Secure, and Dependable Communication Services for Fault Handling in Micro Grids
  • Techno-economic optimization for analysing consumer flexibility and related market structures
  • Smart power control in microgrids with modern power converters
  • The value of buildings' energy flexibility in the power market
  • Understanding mechanisms and incentives for motivating user flexibility
  • Modelling transition strategies towards smart distribution grids