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Arnold Clark 2030: Energy Infrastructure and Wider System Interaction


Project Description

With rising energy costs necessitating a smarter approach being needed to on-site energy consumption and an increasing move towards the use of low emission and ultra-low emission vehicles in the coming years, there will be an impact on the design, layout and operation of commercial premises. The specification and optimisation of related energy infrastructure will increasingly be a primary consideration for the operation of successful businesses as we look ahead to the coming decade.

There is a desire to better understand the interaction between the Arnold Clark infrastructure and wider advances in smart local energy systems. The application of LVDC distribution systems for the development of flexible vehicle charging networks for example is an area that will be considered. This would provide charging infrastructure with the ability to scale in line with increasing electric vehicle adoption, potentially offer additional services to the wider energy system and have a lower risk of becoming a stranded asset in the future.

The research areas to be considered are inherently multidisciplinary but the work would look to characterise the constrained flexibility available from individual and populations of commercial buildings; create a technically-informed systems model that can be set within the context of the wider net-zero-carbon energy system; identify the physical and social constraints to operation; and determining how a market for flexibility could be supported.

Funding Notes

To be considered for the project, candidates must:

• Possess an upper second (2.1) UK BEng Hons or MEng degree in a relevant engineering or numerate scientific discipline.
• Have demonstrable skills and interests in energy and transportation systems
• Have skills and understanding of Matlab or similar
• Be a UK or eligible EU national and adhere to Research Council (RCUK) eligibility criteria

Expertise in electrical power systems research related to transport would also be preferable.

Full time fully funded 3 year PhD studentship that is part of the University of Strathclyde’s strategic research collaboration on Arnold Clark 2030.

How good is research at University of Strathclyde in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 59.20

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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