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Sensorless4Solar: Low Cost and Reliable Control of Solar Energy Systems for Rural Electrification in Least-Developed Countries (LDCs)

Faculty of Engineering, Environment & Computing

About the Project

We are looking for a candidate with deep knowledge and appreciation of power electronics and or control system for a fully funded PhD position at Coventry University. This position is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy is Goal No.7 of UN SDG and one of the three aims of GCRF. Rural electrification through solar photovoltaics can help to achieve this goal in LDCs where the majority have access to sunny weather. In the remote areas, solar PV provides the needed power supply, while in the cities, solar PV will contribute towards decarbonisation of the existing power grid, leading to a sustainable future for all.

Using recent developments in nonlinear systems theory, this project aims at developing innovative estimation and control techniques for reduced-sensor operation of solar PV inverter (DC-AC), while ensuring high efficiency and low construction cost. The outcome of this project has the potential to ensure a cheaper (reduced-sensor cost reduction) and a more reliable solar inverter that will contribute towards rural electrification.

Regular collaboration and visit to Aix-Marseille University, France and Biricik Electric, Norther Cyprus are planned for this project.

The successful candidate will have a degree in engineering or applied mathematics with good analytical skills in control system and or power electronics. Experience with power electronic converter and coding (micro-controllers, dSPACE) are desirable. Candidates with strong background in either dynamical systems and control or power electronics are welcome. Previous publication experience would also be useful.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry criteria for applicants to PhD

• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. PLUS the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)


UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements


Full-time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

For further details see:

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Dr. Hafiz Ahmed ().

To apply on line please visit:

All applications require full supporting documentation, and a covering letter – plus one of the following:

For pre-determined (named) projects a 2000-word supporting statement is required showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

Funding Notes

Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/International)

This is a fully-funded studentship including full tuition fees (UK/EU/International) plus stipend (based upon the applicable UKRI rate at the point of the award) and additional allowances.

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