Assistant Professor

Nils H. van der Blij

About me

My name is Nils H. van der Blij and I am an Assistant Professor in the department of Electrical Sustainable Energy of the Delft University of Technology. I believe that new innovations such as direct current grids and electrochemical energy conversions are crucial for the energy transition. In my free time, I enjoy watching series/movie, playing guitar and doing sports such as beach volleyball. I also enjoy exchanging ideas, discussions and learning about different views in life.

Personal Motivation

My personal belief is that every person should strive to leave the planet a little better than how we found it. In order to do so, we need to ensure that greenhouse gasses are sufficiently reduced and that the future generations can also enjoy the comforts that we enjoyed during our lives. NEON is a special project with an aim for close multidisciplinary collaboration, which not only considers the technical but also the social aspects of this societal challenge, and I am happy to be able to contribute.

DC Distribution Grids

Distribution grids are subjected to changes such as the increasing participation of distributed energy resources (DER), segmentation of the grid (for example into microgrids), and increasing participation of prosumers. This poses significant challenges with respect to stability and control. It becomes attractive to employ DC distribution systems since they have several advantages to AC distribution systems. DC distribution grids do not require the synchronization or reactive power governance, and do not have issues with harmonic and inrush currents. Moreover, the interconnection of dc (micro)grids is significantly simpler. Furthermore, dc distribution grids are also foreseen to have advantages over ac in terms of efficiency, distribution lines, and converters.

Link to other neon research

If possible, I would like to collaborate with the other work packages on multiple fronts. Specifically I am interested in breakthrough technologies for sustainable energy supply, electric mobility, storage, market models, governance for accelerating the energy transition and the integral model of the whole system.