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Development of a Security-Constrained Transactive Energy Trading Mechanism for Residential Microgrids

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    Prof A Oo
    Prof J Brusey
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

This scholarship is offered as part of the Deakin-Coventry cotutelle program and is based at Deakin University. This rewarding program offers international research experience undertaken at both institutions with a tailored program. For further information about what is required in this program, benefits and eligibility requirements, please visit

The energy data exchange between different energy management systems (EMS) levels needs to take place in a secured and reliable manner to ensure the effectiveness of energy management mechanism, as well as the safety of the physical power grid. The energy management operation in a microgrid can be significantly affected due to potential privacy and integrity threats at different EMS levels.

Thus, the microgrid security mechanisms need to be embedded in the EMSs to secure the energy as well as pricing data from being hacked and corrupted by unauthorized malicious entities. In the microgrid EMS structure, unauthorized users can eavesdrop the energy generation, consumption and pricing data and later on, intentionally manipulate these data to break the supply-demand balance in the local energy market within the microgrid, and eventually create instabilities in the system. When the wireless transmitters at the EMSs forward energy consumption and generation, as well as pricing data to the next levels, eavesdroppers can overhear these transmissions and with their increasing computation power, they can decode this information. Access to the pricing and energy information enables the attackers to compromise the integrity of the energy management operation.

The project’s innovations and contributions to knowledge will be evaluated through a number of demonstrator test beds in the UK and Australia.

This project is part of the Research Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems (FCS). The Centre brings together over 100 leading applied mathematicians, experimentalists, theoreticians, and specialists in scientific computing to tackle the latest challenges in complex systems, with a focus on fluid flows and their measurement.

Our research benefits from an impressive and growing network of commercial, academic and government partnerships across the globe. Our unique combination of expertise and facilities from Coventry University and TÜV-NEL (NEL being the former National Engineering Laboratory), allows us to work across multiple industrial sectors to be the UK’s leading flow measurement and fluid mechanics research centre for the measurement and characterisation of complex flows.

For more information about the Research Centre, please visit the Research Centre specific pages here:

Project Aim

The proposed project aims to develop a security-constrained transactive energy trading mechanism, by addressing the following:
- Developing a framework for integration of a microgrid security framework to ensure the security-constrained energy transactions in microgrids.
- Development of an energy trading mechanism among neighbors as well as with the grid in residential microgrids using a game theoretic approach.
- Investigating the impact of information manipulations or cyber-attacks on the transactive energy market.

Eligibility criteria

Successful applicants will have:
• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree (second class honours upper division) in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 70% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 70% overall module average, and/or
• A Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at 70%. In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at 70%.
• Preference will be given to applicants with a H1 or Maters degree
• The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study
• Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
• Essential to be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (England) and Deakin University (Australia)

How to apply

Applicants must apply to both universities.

For Deakin refer to How to apply webpage:

For Coventry

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.

To apply on line please visit:

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