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Plug-and-Play Low Voltage DC microgrids (SAM12)

Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project detail

Microgrids are small-scale power subsystems that include distributed energy generations, energy storages, and local loads. Compared to AC power systems, DC microgrid has the advantages of simpler control, higher reliability and efficiency, and has gained a continually increasing interest in the last several years.

This project will address the challenges of achieving plug-and-play operation for low voltage DC microgrids. The plug-and-play concept means the DC microgrid stable operation will not be affected by the connection/disconnection of power converters to the system, and the system control algorithm is able to detect a power converter is connected or disconnected and update the control strategy. The plug and play feature will provide ease of use for the DC microgrid technology.

This is a unique opportunity to work with Loughborough’s Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST), well-known for the research and development of the most progressive renewable energy technologies. You will have the full support of the academics and research staff in CREST, and the benefit of close collaboration with industry and international partners.

Start date of studentship: 01 October 2020.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: power electronics converters design and control, electrical machine and drives, microprocessor based control system design and test, control engineering, hardware in loop based power system simulation.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: SAM12

Funding Notes

Applicants who apply for this project will be considered on a competitive basis in March 2020 against candidates shortlisted for this and other projects with the advert reference beginning ‘SAM’. Early submission is advised, and a complete application must be received before the advert’s closing date.

If successful, candidates will be awarded a 3-year school studentship providing a tax-free stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £15,009 and £4,327, respectively, in 2019-20 which are likely to rise by 2020/21). Non-EU-nationals may apply but the studentship will cover the cost of the international tuition fee only.

Successful candidates will be notified by 26 March 2020.

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