PhD Studentship: Biofuel Powered Tri-Generation System with Energy Storage

Aston University

Aston Engineering and Applied Science School, Aston University offers an exciting PhD opportunity to study on energy topics with Power Electronics, Machines and Power System Group.

The position is available to start in October 2018 (subject to negotiation).

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,777 per annum.

Applicants from outside the EU can apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £12,290 in 2018/19.

As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have secured this additional funding.

Background of the Project

The objective of this PhD project is to develop a biofuel tri-generation system to generate electricity, heating, cooling for energy-deprived users who have limited access to energy grids. The goal of the project is to achieve zero carbon emission for residential and small business applications.

It is required to study the multi-physics nature and build a simulation models for the system. It involves three key development areas, including a bio-fuel tri-generation system, a hybrid electrical energy storage system based on second-life batteries/super-capacitors, and an optimised energy management scheme. The project will use the existing facilities in EBRI and PEMPS. It will be important to validate the models and compare predictions with experimental measurement.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in engineering, science, energy systems or other relevant subjects. Preferred skills include modelling and hands-on skills in terms of control systems, electrical energy and/or bio-energy, power networks, energy storage and thermal engineering. Experience with real-time implementation of control algorithms for electrical and power systems is highly desirable.

We would particularly like to encourage application from women seeking to progress their academic careers. Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recently recognised by a prestigious Silver Award to EAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive environment and family atmosphere.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Power Electronics, Machines and Power System Group, please contact Dr Xiangping Chen: or Prof Wen-ping Cao:

If you require further information about the application process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at

The online application form, reference forms, details of entry requirements, including English language and details of how to write your project proposal are also included in the How to Apply section.

To submit an application and for details of the entry requirement and funding please visit the Aston University website here.

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