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PhD Scholarship: Nonlinear control and optimisation in micro-grids


Project Description

The project deals with the development of novel nonlinear hierarchical control strategies for a local community-type micro-grid to enable maximum utilisation of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), such as renewables, storage and active loads. The main aim is to analyse the accurate nonlinear dynamic model of a micro-grid consisting of both producers and consumers in a local neighbourhood and design primary and supervisory control techniques to enhance system stability and resilience.

Research work will focus on the design of decentralised and distributed control methods to optimise power flow and enable energy trading between the users in order to maximise the financial and environmental benefits of the entire community. The project combines fundamental research in terms of control design, stability analysis and optimisation, and applied research in micro-grids that includes
the verification and validation of the developed techniques through hardware-in-the-loop and experimental implementation, using the state-of-the-art laboratory facilities of the University of Sheffield.

Funding Notes

Prospective applicants must have a minimum undergraduate Honours degree (UK 2:1 or better) or MSc (Merit or Distinction) in Control Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or other related disciplines from a reputable institution. Candidates with a background in one or more of the following topics are particularly encouraged to apply: nonlinear systems theory, control and optimisation, power system analysis, knowledge of DSP programming.

EU applicants must submit IELTS results (with overall score 6.5 or higher, with a minimum of 6 in each component) or TOEFL score of 88+ within their application. More details on entry requirements
can be found at: View Website

References

To apply, please submit a PhD application using the University’s online application system via the:

Postgraduate online application form link at the following:
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/apply/applying

Within the application, please state Dr George Konstantopoulos and Dr Paul Trodden as your preferred supervisors and state the project title as ‘Nonlinear control and optimisation in micro-grids’.

Should you have any queries about the position, please contact either Dr George Konstantopoulos on [email protected] or Dr Paul Trodden on [email protected]

Shortlisted Candidates will be required to attend an interview. The interview will consist of i) a short test of knowledge in systems and control theory, ii) discussion with the supervisory team. Interviews will take place in the week commencing on 8th July 2019.

This studentship is fully funded for 3.5 years for UK/EU nationals only, covering full tuition fees and offering a tax-free stipend at the EPSRC rate (£15,009 for 2019/20).

How good is research at University of Sheffield in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 21.80

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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