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Energy Systems Modelling and Optimisation/Renewable Energy Integration/Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading


Cardiff School of Engineering

About the Project

3 Years 1st April 2021, 1st July 2021 or 1st October 2021

We are recruiting highly self-motivated PhD candidates in the fields of energy systems modelling and optimisation, renewable energy integration, and peer-to-peer energy trading. 

The increasing penetration of renewable energy sources raises a number of challenges for the operation of energy systems, including the uncertainties caused by the renewable generation and flexible demand, energy imbalance, and violation of network constraints. Improving the system flexibility through energy storage, demand response, and increasing capacity is a promising solution to overcome these challenges. Prospective research topics include, but are not limited to: 1) Energy system long-term planning, e.g. investment planning; 2) Energy system short-term operational scheduling; 3) Analysis of decision making and interaction among stakeholders in energy systems, e.g. policy makers, generators, and consumers through using the optimisation, game theory, or agent-based modelling; 4) Energy policy, economics and innovation. 

In the meantime, energy markets are transitioning to promote and recognise the emerging role of prosumers (both energy producers and consumers). A novel design of peer-to-peer energy markets is crucial for accommodating the new role of prosumers. Prospective research topics include, but are not limited to: 1) mechanism design for decentralised energy markets; 2) peer-to-peer trading platform design; 3) blockchain and smart contract supporting the peer-to-peer energy trading; 4) pricing scheme for prosumer-centric energy trading.

Candidates should hold a good bachelor’s degree (first or upper second-class honours degree) or a MSc degree in a relevant engineering/science subject.

 Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

Fo further information contact Dr. Meysam Qadrdan (); Dr. Weiqi Hua ().

Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University  webpages (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/engineering ) 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

1st April 2021, 1st July 2021 or 1st 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.

Deadline for applications is September 30, 2021 - We may however close this opportunity earlier if a suitable candidate is identified.


Funding Notes

Open to self funded students worldwide

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