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Developing engaged consumers’ energy profiles using smart metering and other data for their journey to net zero.


   School of Science, Engineering and Environment

  , , Dr Ioannis Paraskevas  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The Smart Meters > Smart Homes (SMSH) Research and Innovation lab will have access to a dataset comprising energy-related data (electricity and gas consumption) alongside additional sources of data such as internal (house) temperature, location, and occupancy as well as data related to their property through the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). The energy-related data will be acquired from the domestic smart metering infrastructure (SMETS1/2) using a Consumer Access Device (CAD) reaching a granularity of 1-min for electricity and 30-min for gas. The dataset will consist of households / occupants who have a strong interest in sustainability as well as in environmental and climate change issues.

The aim of this PhD would be to develop customers’ profiles and draw observations and conclusions related to their energy behaviour. The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to utilise the quantitative data mentioned before and to gather additional (qualitative and quantitative) data through questionnaires, interviews etc. about the lifestyle, income and energy habits of each household.

The PhD candidate should have a Science / Engineering (or equivalent) bachelor / master’s academic background with an interest in energy and should also have good knowledge of a programming language such as R. Specifically, strong analytical / statistical skills would be necessary in order to select the appropriate methods and conduct the corresponding experiments as well as to process, analyse and combine data from various sources such as the data mentioned earlier alongside additional sources which might be available e.g., weather data.

About the SMSH research & innovation laboratory:

The SMSH lab is one of the four Energy House (EH) labs at the University of Salford. The lab has been leading and participating in numerous industrial and academic projects involving the processing and analysis of data accessed from the domestic smart metering infrastructure. Specifically, the lab’s work focuses on the development of IoT-enabled energy-related solutions as well as on how these solutions can potentially assist on data-driven decision-making in areas such as retrofitting, energy poverty detection, product development & testing etc.

The SMSH Laboratory has been highlighted in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Local Industrial Strategy and the Smart Systems and Heat programme as a strategic part of the city’s research and innovation infrastructure. Additionally, the lab was successful in the Energy Systems Catapult framework for provision of laboratory services for energy innovations. The lab was developed in cooperation with more than 20 different energy-related leading companies including Trilliant, Octopus Energy, Chameleon Technology and the Data Communications Company (DCC).

Furthermore, the lab has actively contributed to the world-leading Energy House 2.0 ERDF programme. For more information about the Energy House labs and the Energy House 2.0 programme, please visit https://energyhouse2.salford.ac.uk/.

For informal enquiries contact Dr Ioannis Paraskevas via

How to apply:

Submit a formal application at this link: http://webapps.ascentone.com/Login.aspx?key=5d4b012a-bb6c-495b-b2e4-b5a56b3ccf00 

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