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NUAcT PhD Studentship in Novel Flexibility Markets and Services for Whole Energy Systems

Project Description

Number of awards

Start date and duration
September 2020, 3 years

Future energy systems will have a greater need for flexibility to counteract the uncertain operating conditions driven by high penetrations of renewable generation. Energy system operators will need to access flexibility through a portfolio of markets and services. The operators have responsibility to ensure the system works within certain quality conditions and provides value to customers. Flexibility providers will be looking for opportunities to sell flexibility actions profitably. This PhD will aim answer one or more of the following research questions:

1. How is flexibility procured within energy systems? How this will change in future, low carbon systems with very high penetrations of renewable energy?
2. How can the value of flexibility within a future energy system be quantified?
3. How do we design and model flexibility markets and services for future energy systems?
4. How can we ensure that different flexible technologies can compete on a level playing field?

The research undertaken during the PhD can focus on a specific energy vector, or can be agnostic, favouring a generic systems approach. The specific aspects of flexibility under study could be exiting products within an energy system, such as frequency response and reserve, or hypothetical future markets, such as those currently being developed around inertia.

Newcastle University Academic Track (NUAcT Fellowship)

Name of supervisor(s)
Dr David Greenwood
Professor Janusz Bialek (
Dr Sara Walker (

Eligibility Criteria
This award is available to UK/EU and international candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).
Good first degree (2.1. or above) in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Economics, or another relevant subject
Some knowledge or experience of energy systems or energy markets would be an advantage.

How to apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system (

You will need to:
insert the programme code 8060F in the programme of study section
select ‘PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering (full time) - Electrical & Electronic Engineering –as the programme of study
insert the studentship code ENG066 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ENG066 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications
You should also send your covering letter and CV to Dr David Greenwood by email to .

Dr David Greenwood

Funding Notes

100% of tuition fees and annual living allowance of £15,285

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