PhD Studentship: Development of Dynamic Predictive Management Models of BIPV and the Loads' Stochastic Patterns in Intelligent Energy Buildings (KAPLANIE_U18SCI)

University of East Anglia - Mathematics (Engineering)

Start Date: October 2018

Supervisor: Dr Eleni Kaplani

Project description: The need for reduction in the energy consumption of buildings worldwide has lead to increasing research interest in Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB) [1]. Reduction in the energy demand may be achieved through passive solar design, novel materials and technologies, highly efficient appliances, and change of user consumption behaviour. Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) systems may cover a fraction of the power loads. There are ongoing research developments to increase this fraction leading to near-ZEB and ZEB configurations. New research efforts are directed towards converting the ZEB into Intelligent Energy Building (IEB) [3-4].

This PhD project will develop models for the dynamic prediction of the hourly solar irradiance with its inherent fluctuations and the power produced by the BIPV system. It will investigate the stochastic behaviour of the hourly power consumption in the building taking into account the meteorological parameters at the site. Optimization techniques for the cost-effective sizing of the BIPV and the intelligent management of the loads will be investigated within the scope of IEB. The simulation algorithms will be tested with measured data obtained from an existing energy building.

Interviews will be held w/c 22 January 2018.

Person specification: Applicants must have a 1st or 2:1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, or Energy Engineering; Physics; or related discipline. An MSc degree in one of these subject areas is desirable but not necessary. Experience in a computer programming language is essential. Experimental work with sensors is desirable.

Funding notes: This PhD project is in a Faculty of Science competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise home/EU fees, an annual stipend of £14,553 and £1,000 per annum to support research training. Overseas applicants may apply but they are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (in 2017/18 the difference is £13,805 for the Schools of CHE, PHA, & MTH (Engineering) and £10,605 for CMP & MTH, but fees are subject to an annual increase).

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South East England