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PhD Studentship: Multilevel Multiport Power Electronic Converters Integrating Energy Storage and Renewable Generation into Ultra-fast EV Charging Stations

University of Southampton

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Southampton
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: Tuition Fees and stipend of £18,622 for up to 3.5 years
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th November 2023
Closes: 31st August 2024
 

Project title: Multilevel multiport power electronic converters integrating energy storage and renewable generation into ultra-fast EV charging stations  

Supervisory Team: Prof Suleiman Sharkh, Prof Andrew Cruden, Prof Richard Wills

Project description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship to investigate multilevel multiport power electronic converters integrating energy storage and renewable generation into ultra-fast EV charging stations. The PhD will also investigate techniques for implementing online electrochemical impedance spectroscope (EIS), battery diagnostics and protection, and energy management within the control system of the converter. This PhD will support a wider research team working on a new EPSRC funded Programme Grant entitled ‘Future Electric Vehicle Energy networks supporting Renewables (FEVER, www.fever-ev.ac.uk)’, grant ref: EP/W005883/1.

The need to rapidly electrify the transport sector is being driven by the recognition that this sector is now the largest single source of carbon emissions in the UK. Whilst the purchase and use of new battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) is increasing the publically available re-charging infrastructure is lagging behind, and Government have acknowledged this through recent announcement of a £1.5bn EV charging infrastructure programme.

However a major obstacle remains in terms of the current electrical grid capacity and connection process to facilitate new charging stations.

The focus of the FEVER project is to develop new, grid independent, 100% renewable energy supplied, EV charging stations. As the input energy is in the form of stochastic renewable energy, the charging station architecture requires to utilise a novel energy store, capable of regulating seasonally variable input energy against a daily and weekly pattern of EV charging use. The novel energy store must be capable of meeting the charging power and energy requirements of EVs, whilst satisfying the charging station annual energy flows and economic model. For example, a lithium-ion battery system on its own could not meet these diverse requirements and a novel energy storage hybrid system will be investigated.

The successful PhD candidate will be required to undertake a detailed literature review of existing models, understand and develop the various means of direct experimental characterisation used to parameterise these models, and also to investigate options and issues surrounding the direct parallel operation of a range of combinations of these energy stores. The resulting hybrid energy store is required to facilitate new grid independent, 100% renewable energy sourced, electric vehicle charging stations.

The successful candidate will be part of the Energy Technology Research Group within the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Southampton. Training will be provided at the beginning of the project to help the student start these investigations, and the student will also benefit from attendance and participation in FEVER consortium meetings with a range of external stakeholders, including industrial partners.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: 31 August 2024.

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and stipend of £18,622 for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Apply online: Search for a Postgraduate Programme of Study (soton.ac.uk). programme type (Research), 2024/25, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page “PhD Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Suleiman Sharkh

Applications should include:

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts/Certificates to date

Further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

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