|Location:||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Placed On:||19th December 2022|
|Closes:||10th February 2023|
100% of fees covered and a minimum tax free annual living allowance of £17,668 (2022-23 UKRI rate).
This PhD provides an exciting opportunity to explore new ways of addressing the challenges that grid operators around the world face as energy systems transition to zero carbon operation.
To reach Net Zero, power systems require new ways of maintaining stability and resilience as converter-interfaced energy sources (e.g., wind, solar) become the dominant source of energy globally. One largely untapped source for these services is distributed energy resources (e.g., electric vehicles, smart demands). It remains unresolved as to both the most appropriate control strategies and role these resources can have in providing these system services. There is, however, significant potential to reduce build-out of expensive, legacy equipment (e.g., synchronous condensers) that system operators currently favour.
In this ambitious PhD research project, you will explore and demonstrate ways that system services can be provided from distributed resources. Modern ‘grid-forming’ services will be considered, considering how demands can be co-ordinated and controlled to provide these services. Newcastle’s state-of-the-art Smart Grid Lab has facilities for a possible physical demonstration of these new strategies.
This PhD project is a part of the activities of a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship held by Dr Deakin. You will be a member of Newcastle’s vibrant power systems group, with access to academic and industrial collaborators through Newcastle’s Centre for Energy, Supergen Energy Networks hub, and the Global Power Systems Transformation (G-PST) consortium.
Number of awards: 1
Start date: 18/09/2023
Award duration: 3.5 years
EPSRC – Engineering and physical sciences research council
Home and international applicants (inc. EU) are welcome to apply and if successful will receive a full studentship. Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills.
How to apply
You must apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal
Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’.
Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study:
select 'PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering (full time) - Electrical & Electronic Engineering' as the programme of study
You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Questions’ section:
Matthew Deakin, firstname.lastname@example.org
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