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PhD Studentship in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar and Battery Storage

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The University of Wolverhampton is the "University of Opportunity". We're proudly committed to developing students and staff who are entrepreneurial, eminently employable and networked within a research and professionally informed environment.

We are seeking to recruit an exceptional individual for a PhD studentship in the School of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering. The PhD Studentship is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious graduate to become part of a cohort of exceptional researchers in a unique partnership between academia and business as part of Keele University's Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) project. The SEND project (Reference 32R16P00706) is part-funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds England Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The successful candidate will gain experience in the Renewable Energy Technologies, and more specifically Photovoltaic (PV) Solar and Battery Storage Systems for Domestic Mini-Smart Grids Applications. The technology to harness solar energy using PV solar and to store and utilise this in domestic applications is still developing and their use within communal mini-smart grids operations is attracting a lot of interest. The aim of the project is to investigate the impact of battery storage on the decarbonisation of the UK’s future electricity supply network, and in particular to develop new and innovative products and services for battery storage in domestic applications and communal mini­smart grids. The project is in collaboration with Prime Hybrid Energy, a leading UK manufacturer and supplier of the world leading hybrid inverter and battery storage systems.

The proposed work is driven by industry needs, and in particular PHE who have identified opportunities for developing new innovative products and services based on their world-leading hybrid lithium technology inverter and battery technology. The 3-year project will explore a number of research questions focussed on making storage batteries less expensive; making batteries that can store more energy by weight and making storage batteries safer. The project will also undertake comparative studies on battery storage materials, evaluation of performance of different battery storage technologies, the environmental impact of different battery technologies and the modelling of domestic battery storage and battery degradation costs.

The successful candidate will have at least a 2.1 Honours B.Eng. (or equivalent) in Engineering or the Physical Science or a closely related discipline.

Applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a covering letter explaining why they are interested in this position addressed to:

Professor Ndy Ekere

C/o Sharon Newill

The Deanery, MI Building
Faculty of Science and Engineering
University of Wolverhampton

For further enquiries about this position please contact Prof Ndy Ekere, School of Engineering at or Tel: 01902 321703.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 28th February 2019

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