CASE Studentship in Engineering with Siemens: A Techno-economic and Regulatory Analysis of the Building as a Power Plant Concept in Future Energy Systems

Newcastle University

Value of award

100% tuition fees for three years and an annual stipend of £14,553. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award. The award is available to UK/EU applicants only.

Number of awards: 1

Start date and duration

April or September 2018 for 3 years with potential to be extended to 3.5 years.


The Question we are researching with this studentship is:

How do technical, market and regulatory issues affect the case for buildings as power plants?

We will look at the consideration of technical factors, market and economic factors under a range of scenarios and the interaction between these to determine the opportunity for the use of buildings as power plants in future energy systems.

Secondly we would consider regulatory factors, their impact as a barrier or enabler, their relative impact under a range of scenarios, in order to determine the regulatory issues of the building as a power plant.

Studying the above factors will be articulated through a number of scenarios, described through a financial framework using appropriate software tools, any uncertainties to be highlighted while investigating the above factors will be expressed in these scenarios.


Engineering and Physical Research Council and Siemens

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Sara Walker and Dr Haris PatsiosSchool of Engineering

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should have a first class or upper second class Honours degree in Electrical Power Engineering. You must also have the potential for performing original research.

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only.

How to apply

All applicants should complete the University’s postgraduate application system when applying for a studentship.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must to be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • Insert the programme code 8060F in the programme of study section
  • Select 2017/2018 for Academic Year
  • Select ‘PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering – Electrical and Electronic Engineering’ as the programme of study
  • Insert the studentship code ENG007 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • Attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG007 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.


Please email Dr Sara WalkerSchool of Engineering.

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