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  Microgrid control and digital twins for shipboard applications


   School of Engineering

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  Dr R Norman  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

It is generally estimated that 90% of goods are transported by sea and that ships are responsible for approximately 2.8% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The impacts of both GHG emissions and air quality pollutants from shipping have been studied in detail over the last 20 years or so and various mechanisms for emission reduction have been investigated. There is a current trend towards transport electrification to reduce global emissions and the maritime sector is no exception to this. Hybrid microgrids for ships could form part of a potential solution, integrating AC and DC networks with energy storage [1] and potentially renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics. Digital twins for microgrids are also a growing area of research and their application to a ship system could allow for remote diagnostics as well as operational and maintenance monitoring [2]. 

The aim of the project will be to investigate control strategies for ship microgrid systems and digital twin development, for example, for operational monitoring. The research would be expected to involve mathematical modelling of the microgrid system and utilisation of data from the Newcastle University research vessel, RV The Princess Royal.

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Funding Notes

[1] F. Hardan and R. Norman, “Balancing loads of rotating generators utilizing VSC direct power controllers in a ship AC/DC smartgrid,” Electric Power Systems Research, vol. 182, 106200, 2020.
[2] N. Bazmohammadi, A. Madary, J.C. Vasquez, H.B. Mohammadi, B. Khan, Y. Wu and J.M. Guerrero, “Microgrid Digital Twins: Concepts, Applications, and Future Trends,” IEEE Access, vol. 10, 2284-2302, 2022.
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