PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering: Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage for Hybrid Energy Storage

University of Bath - Centre for Sustainable Power Distribution

Supervisor name: Weijia Yuan

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Overview of the research 

Electrochemical batteries usually have large energy densities, but their power density, life cycle, and response speed are very limited. On the other hand, Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) systems have large power densities, large duty cycles, and fast response speeds. In addition, they have advantages such as high round-trip efficiencies and solid-state operation. An ideal energy storage system can thus be achieved by integrating fast-responding SMES of high power densities with electrochemical batteries of high energy densities.

This project aims to develop a hybrid storage system including both batteries and SMES. A design methodology will be developed to balance the power between batteries and SMES. Then a prototype SMES will be developed to integrated with batteries. The prototype will be characterised and tested in Bath’s microgrid lab to validate the proposed technology.

A Home/EU award will provide full tuition fees, an annual Training Support Fee of £1,000, and a tax-free maintenance payment of £14,553 (2017-8 rate) for up to 3.5 years.

An Overseas award (3 years): Provides tuition fee, an annual Training Support Fee of £1,000, but no stipend.

The successful applicant will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent).

Preferred start date: 1st  October 2018.

Application Deadline: 16th March 2018

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