Energy Storage Policy Research Fellow

University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering - Birmingham Energy Institute

Duration: Fixed-term for up to 24 months

Applications are invited for a research fellow position to assess the role of local and national policy in deploying distributed energy storage technologies.  The position will be based with Dr Jonathan Radcliffe in the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, as part of Realising Energy Storage Technologies in Low-carbon Energy Systems (RESTLESS, EP/N001893/1, http://www.restless.org.uk/), and ‘Generation Integrated Energy Storage – A Paradigm Shift’ (EP/P023436/1), both research projects are funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The RESTLESS project is a collaboration across six universities assessing the potential value of energy storage to the UK, as part of our transition to a low-carbon economy. The project aims to understand how novel energy storage technologies can be integrated into the UK energy system to support renewable generation in the future. The Work Package at Birmingham will provide guidance to policy makers and funders on appropriate innovation support mechanisms and priority research areas. Following on from RESTLESS, the role will focus on policy issues pertaining to ‘generation-integrated energy storage’ (GIES) within another major EPSRC project which sets out to effect a sea-change in the approach to grid-scale energy storage.

The role will be part of a growing interdisciplinary team that is analysing routes to energy system decarbonisation, through a number of national and international projects. There will be the opportunity to work with colleagues modelling local energy systems, and in close collaboration with technology R&D teams.

The work will involve:

  • Assessment of energy system scenarios.
  • Analysis of local, national and international policies/regulations that may affect the deployment of energy storage.
  • Combining results of modelling studies with technical developments to consider roadmaps/pathways for the deployment of energy storage.
  • Stakeholder engagement, through interviews and workshop, leading to the development of policy recommendations.

The successful candidate should hold, or be near completion of a   PhD related to energy systems, which may be from an engineering, economics or policy background. (S)he should have a good understanding of energy policy/regulation, with high level analytical capability and experience in stakeholder engagement approaches. Knowledge of relevant energy technologies, including energy storage, would be an advantage. (S)he must have good communication skills.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Jonathan Radcliffe (j.radcliffe@bham.ac.uk).

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 57814 in all enquiries.

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