OneApp: PhD Scholarship for the Development of an energy-systems control app

   School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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  Prof Richard Fitton, Dr Graeme Sherriff, Prof Will Swan  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

The PhD to start as soon as practically possible.

A fully funded PhD opportunity is available at the award-winning Energy House Labs, in the School of Science, Engineering and Environments, at the University of Salford. The PhD scholarship is funded by Barratt Developments Limited - one of the largest residential property development companies in the United Kingdom – through the Friends of Energy House Labs programme. 

We are encouraging applications from candidates with a master’s degree of 2:1 or first in Data Management, Data Sciences who have knowledge of SmartMeter development or Data Usability. 

The purpose of the PhD-project is to develop OneApp in response to one of the major elements of the energy transition to Net Zero: the digitisation of energy and the increased complexity of the future domestic energy system. Homes are developing rapidly from being merely consumers of energy to consumers, generators, storers, and traders of energy. These current changes as well as the ways we pay for energy – such as the use of agile tariffs, energy flexibility and demand side response – create a complex energy system. A result is that it becomes difficult for homeowners to achieve optimal energy consumption patterns without the use of digital solutions. This PhD project therefore seeks to utilise data available through Internet of Things, cloud-based data, and the UK smart meter infrastructure to address challenges of how technologies and trends can be brought together for the benefit of consumers and Net Zero transition. The resulting OneApp will be an energy-systems control app for Net Zero energy transition in Future Homes in the UK.  

The aim of this collaborative and industry-facing PhD scholarship is to investigate how digital technology can support people when using their domestic energy systems. Its goal is to address cost of living, net zero aspirations, and comfort. The objectives of the study are: 

·        Create a model of the smart domestic energy system, within a typical Future Homes Standard home and identify the key issues for an occupant.  

·        Develop a framework for control, coordination, optimisation, and insights for the consumers. 

·        Identify the potential gaps and added value within the current systems to allow benefits for consumers. 

·        Using prototyping, engage with occupants to understand where the identified value is for different aspects of decision making and insights about and from the domestic smart energy system is. 

The successful applicant will be able to access data and utilise the Smart Meters, Smart Homes Lab, Zed House, and Energy House 2.0. The research would also link with existing industrial partners such as Smart DCC, energy companies and service in this space. 

Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Computer Science (8) Engineering (12) Mathematics (25)

Funding Notes

Funded through UoS Charity Friends of Energy House Labs
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