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Peer-to-peer energy trading / Industrial demand response / Cyber-physical energy systems

Cardiff School of Engineering

About the Project

Description of Project

 PhD candidates in the areas of peer-to-peer energy trading, industrial demand response or cyber-physical energy systems are being recruited. 

Peer-to-peer energy trading is an innovative paradigm for future energy systems with a high penetration of distributed energy resources, enabling direct energy trading among prosumers. Specific research topics include market designs, trading platforms (e.g. blockchain-based platforms), supporting network and ICT infrastructure and energy policy. 

Industrial demand response is to utilise the flexibility of industrial plants to participate in the energy markets and provide ancillary services for energy systems. Specific research topics include modelling and optimisation of industrial production processes as well as local generators and energy storage for demand response. 

Cyber-physical energy systems are characterised by the seamless integration of computational and physical components with intelligent control. Specific research topics include advanced communication technology supporting peer-to-peer energy trading, artificial intelligence and digital twins for demand response, and cyber security and resilience of energy systems. 

Research Environment 

Cardiff University was ranked 5th amongst UK universities in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) based on quality, and is a member of the Russell Group. Cardiff University is the 9th largest university in the UK in terms of student numbers. 

Cardiff School of Engineering is the 4th largest school out of 27 in Cardiff University. The research of Cardiff School of Engineering was ranked top 7 amongst UK universities in the 2014 REF. Cardiff School of Engineering is TOP in the UK for Research Impact in this 2014 REF.

The Centre for Integrated Renewable Energy Generation and Supply (CIREGS) is a multidisciplinary engineering research group with international expertise in both the supply and transmission of energy, which has 1 Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, 2 IEEE Fellows and 11 academic staff.

Training and Development Opportunities

 A variety of training and development opportunities will be provided at different layers, aimed at various aspects of personal development, such as research skills, funding proposal writing, communication skills, dissemination skills, commercialisation training, etc. CIREGS will also provide appropriate funding support to the training and development needs identified by the student.

  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)

Please contact Dr Yue Zhou () to informally discuss this opportunity


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

PLEASE CHOOSE - 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. In the funding section, please select "Self-funded" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding, reference YZ-SF-2021 

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

Funding Notes

Self funded project open to applicants worldwide

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