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Accelerated Industrial application of Electrical Vehicle Charging Technologies


Project Description

October 2020 4 Years

It is estimated that in 2018, total UK greenhouse gas emissions were 43.5 per cent lower than in 1990 and 2.5 per cent lower than 2017. Electric vehicles (EVs) are an important part of meeting global goals on reducing CO2 emission. In order to achieve UK’s target - to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050, more research and innovation can be done to prominently facilitate the development of EVs.

This PhD research project aims to collaborate with IPFT Fuels Limited to build a prototype of its conductive EV charger at the Power Electronics (PE) Laboratory at Cardiff University (CU) so as to accelerate the industrial application of EV charging devices in the market. The project aims at addressing the dilemma of cost vs. size, weight, efficiency and reliability based on cost and performance models of the EV charges. The project will validate the technology component and/or basic subsystem of IPFT’s product in the PE Lab. The project will achieve the Technology Readiness Level 5 (TRL 5) required by the Automotive Council and therefore, enable the technology for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

The successful applicant will be co-supervised by Prof. Jun Liang and Prof. Liana Cipcigan, who have extensive experience in relevant research areas and postgraduate student supervision. The PhD candidate will obtain in-depth knowledge and cross-platform training from the research teams at CU and IPFT. The PhD candidate will have the access to the devices in the PE Lab, such as the wireless EV charging facilities, DC power source, power system emulator and real-time digital simulator. The PhD candidate will design and integrate technological components of the charger with these supporting elements from IPFT so that all system specifications can be simulated and validated within the PE lab at CU. Training on scientific knowledge and skills, as well as on complementary personal and transferable skills (such as technical report and academic paper writing and research project management) will be provided. The research student will undertake a least three-month secondment provided at IPFT to carry out research and experimental work and will also work with researchers from University of Surrey who have collaborated with IPFT for the technical study of IPFT’s EV charger.

Applicants for a studentship must hold, at least, a 2.1 degree or Master’s degree in in a relevant subject such as Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

The studentship is open to: UK students; EU students who have been resident in the UK for three years at the course start date; other candidates who can demonstrate a connection to the UK, usually through residency.

Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University webpages (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/engineering ) including;
• an upload of your CV
• a personal statement/covering letter
• two references (applicants are recommended to have a third academic referee, if the two academic referees are within the same department/school)
• Current academic transcripts
Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), with a start date of October 2020.
In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding, reference JL/DTPCase




Funding Notes

The full four year award will cover fees at the Home/EU rate and will provide an annual stipend (£15,285 in 2020/21), together with a stipend enhancement of £2,400 per annum. Significant funds are also available to the studentship holder to cover the costs of research training, placement at IPFT, international conference attendance and research consumables.

For further information please contact Professor Jun Liang,

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