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Digital Twin of Battery Storage

Cardiff School of Engineering

About the Project

Research Studentship in Digital Twin of Battery Storage

4-year PhD studentship

EPSRC iCASE Award with Toshiba Europe Ltd (in collaboration with Bristol Research & Innovation Lab)

Supervisors: Professor Jianzhong Wu, Dr. Muditha Abeysekera, Dr. Wenlong Ming

Description of project:

Energy systems around the world are going through a phase of rapid change. In the UK, smaller scale, decentralised technologies associated with solar, wind, storage, sensors and control systems are developing at a much more rapid pace than larger scale infrastructure. There are also considerable market opportunities associated with the transition. Energy storage plays a crucial role but it is still expensive. There is an urgent need to develop advanced technologies to better model and control battery storage in a smart local energy system. A digital twin is a digital replica of a physical system. This project will develop digital twins for battery storage used in smart local energy systems. The digital twins will improve situational awareness of the energy control system, and enable and facilitate optimal operation of both battery storage units and the local energy systems

Details of research group: (size, complementary research etc)

The successful candidate will join CIREGS research team (Centre for Integrated Renewable Energy Generation and Supply) at Cardiff University and will be exposed to relevant on-going research projects. CIREGS currently has 10 academic staff, 20 postdocs, and 30 PhD students. The research team has a track record of undertaking national and international funded projects in the area of smart grid and multi-vector energy systems.

Development opportunities: 

The prospective student will benefit from award-winning courses, workshops and careers advice organised by the Doctoral Academy at Cardiff University specifically aimed at researchers throughout their career to develop research and professional skills. In addition the prospective student will have an opportunity for training and development offered by the partner and will undertake a placement at the partner.

The successful candidate will have a first degree at 2:1 level or higher, in Electrical/Electronic Engineering/Information and computer Engineering. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

For further information please contact Professor Jianzhong Wu,  

Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University webpages ( ) 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 2021.

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 JW/iCASE2021

Deadline for application is the 30th April 2021

Funding Notes

Tuition fees at the UKRI rate and an annual stipend at least equivalent to current Research Council rates (£15,609 stipend for academic year 2020/21), plus a stipend enhancement. (min. £1200 pa). The studentship also includes significant support for travel/conferences/consumables.
This opportunity is available to home or international candidates.
Home students are eligible for a full award covering fees and stipend. Cardiff University will be offering a fixed number of International fee discounts (up to 30% of all awards) so that all students regardless of nationality of financial means will be able to apply for our UKRI studentships

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