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  Advanced control of inverter-based resources to realize stable smart grids


   Faculty of Science and Engineering

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  Dr Alexandros Paspatis  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Summary

The smart grid concept is paving the way towards efficient, reliable, and sustainable power systems. Inverter-based resources are among the most crucial components of the smart grid, interfacing renewable energy sources, storage devices, and electronic loads. As the control-based dynamics of those devices become of utmost interest for the overall power system operation, their control and stability has emerged as a prominent research topic, while a new power system stability classification, namely the “converter-driven stability,” has recently been introduced in this regard.

This PhD project will utilize both theoretical (e.g., control and stability analysis) and practical (e.g., simulation and laboratory validation) skills to develop and validate novel control approaches that guarantee the closed-loop system stability of inverter-based power systems and microgrids, while taking into consideration all the involved dynamics.

Aims and objectives

This project will focus on developing novel control schemes that guarantee the stability of inverter-based power systems, through the appropriate converter-driven stability considerations. Moreover, emphasis will be given on faithfully considering the complete dynamic model of the inverter-based resources, e.g., by modelling their DC dynamics and the primary energy resources. Thus, the project’s objectives may include:

  • The design and tuning of novel control approaches for inverter-based resources
  • The derivation of analytical conditions for stability of inverter-based power systems
  • The design of control approaches that take into consideration the dynamics of the primary energy resources, such as hydrogen fuel cells and battery energy storage systems
  • The validation of the developed approaches through software simulation, hardware-in-the-loop simulation and experimental setups of power electronic converters and their controls

Qualifications

  • An undergraduate degree in Electrical or Control or Power Systems Engineering
  • An MSc degree in Electrical or Control or Power Systems Engineering and/or some research/laboratory experience would be desirable for this project

Skills

  • Excellent knowledge of electrical and electronic engineering principles
  • Deep understanding of control systems and analysis
  • Experience with simulation of power systems and power electronics and/or laboratory experience
  • Strong motivation for high quality research
  • Able to work as part of an interdisciplinary research team

Student eligibility

Home and overseas students can apply for this self-funded position.

More information about funding your research degree: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-study/phd/funding#ai-80905-0

How to apply

For an informal discussion regarding the requirements of the position, please contact Dr. Alexandros Paspatis ([Email Address Removed]).

Apply online for a Full-time PhD in Engineering or a Part-time PhD in Engineering.

More information: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-study/phd/how-to-apply

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