Project Innovative Integration of Distributed Energy Resources and Energy Storage for Smart Sustainable Energy Systems

University of Birmingham - School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

The University of Birmingham and the University of Melbourne are offering this joint PhD co-funded by both institutions providing the opportunity to study alongside world-leading academics in Birmingham and Melbourne.

According to the recent UK Government’s report, fundamental invitations are needed in order to secure the energy supply. The innovations in terms smart power revolution is principally built around three areas, interconnection, storage, and demand flexibility in terms of distributed energy resources.

It is estimated that these innovations could lead to savings of consumers up to £8 billion a year by 2030, help the UK meet its 2050 carbon targets, and secure the UK’s energy supply for generations to come. Such benefits are true to the Australian Energy Systems too.

This PhD work will be mainly working on the innovations in the two areas, namely, energy storage and demand flexibility of distributed energy. The project is focused on the integration of different types of energy storage technologies and distributed energy resources:

  • To provide a portfolio of multiple services (frequency response, voltage support, etc) with proper control set-ups;
  • To develop a smart operation, optimisation and control strategies for the future sustainable energy supply system including using innovative power electronic controls;
  • To carry out cost-benefit analysis of different options of integrating energy storage technologies with distributed energy resources;
  • And hence to develop strategic investment schemes considering the operation and dynamic control performance.

University of Melbourne’s Group is excellent in the smart grid operation and optimisation and in effectively managing distributed energy resources. While the University of Birmingham’s Group is conducting leading research activities in the real-time control of power electronic devices, renewable energy systems, energy storage technologies as well as real-time power grid simulations.

Additional Funding Information
A fully-funded studentship, which includes tax-free Doctoral Stipend of £14,296* per annum, is available for Home/EU and Overseas students on this Joint PhD programme between the University of Birmingham and the University of Melbourne for October 2017 start. For engineering students who are to be hosted by the University of Melbourne, the scholarship rate will be $AUD26,388 p.a. and will include provision for a return trip to Birmingham.

*subject to inflationary variation

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