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Power Flow Control and Protection of Medium Voltage DC Distribution Networks Facilitating Internet-of-Energy Structures.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Medium voltage DC (MVDC) distribution is considered the favourable technology for future distribution networks due to the improved power flow controllability in comparison to AC networks. The control facilities available to power electronic converters in MVDC technology makes DC systems the better fit for smart grid structures adopting Internet of Energy (IoE) principles.

The demanding nature of this advanced Smart Grid structure poses a challenge that requires the development of advanced power electronic converters to undertake the stringent power flow control and high-selectivity DC fault isolation tasks. Furthermore, the use of smart IoT devices, powerful controllers, and fast communication links results in new control capabilities as well as complexities in their interaction with the power electronic converters and power flow devices.

The aim of this research proposal is to investigate technical means of securing reliable and efficient operation of MVDC distribution networks enabling peer-to-peer transactions and relevant IoE structures (a peer being a distribution network segment, a microgrid, or even a residential roof-top solar system).This involves design, reliability, and feasibility of meshed MVDC utilizing DC circuit breaker (DCCB) topologies which incorporate power flow control (PFC) capabilities/devices within their structure. Interaction of these DCCB/PFC topologies with the rest of system components in IoE environment will be investigated.


Director of Studies
Dr Azmy Gowaid
https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/azmy-gowaid

2nd Supervisor Dr Dong Chen
https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/dong-chen

3rd Supervisor Name: Dr M Emad Farrag
Email:
https://researchonline.gcu.ac.uk/en/persons/mohamed-emad-farrag

Funding Notes

Essential:
The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate a solid background in at least one of the aspects: power electronics, power engineering, motor drive, control engineering, or relevant.

The successful candidate should have strong self-motivation and passion in power system and/or power conversion research in addition to strong mathematical background, good modelling and simulation skills using MATLAB/Simulink.

Ability to perform in a multi-cultural team and the ability to deliver research outcome meeting deadlines on one’s own.

Desirable:
Previous experience of publishing in journals or international conferences.
Coding experience

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