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Smart Grid meets the Internet of Things

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    Prof J Brusey
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Project Description

Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship.

This studentship is offered as part of the Coventry University (UK) – Deakin University (Australia) Cotutelle PhD programme.

Renewable energy micro-grids seem a perfect solution to provide off-grid, remote communities with energy for light, refrigeration, cooking, and other modern appliances. However, real-world experience of these micro-grids is that, too often, they fail and then fall into disrepair. Even where an energy supplier is directly involved in maintenance, systems can be so prone to failure that eventually end-users are driven to other solutions.

This program envisages future micro-grid systems that are easy to use, easy to manage and maintain, self-configuring, and, where possible, self-repairing. To do this, the applicant will make use of a diverse set of technologies and approaches, including: renewable systems (solar panels, wind generators), wireless embedded systems, machine learning.

The key research questions are around:
• Why do renewable energy micro-grids fail? What are the drivers for and against their longevity?
• What is the role for Internet of Things / wireless embedded systems in enabling configuration and management?
• What failure modes exist and can a machine learning approach help to identify and / or take action to resolve?

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.
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)

For further details see:

Additional specifications

Must meet the entry requirement of Deakin University as detailed below:

Candidates must hold a Masters Degree in Computer Science or a relevant subject area.

The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at 75%. In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at 75%

Candidates must be both prepared and able to physically locate to both Coventry University (England) and Deakin University (Australia).

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Professor James Brusey

To apply online please visit:

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

Eligibility: UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

Start date: May 2020

Duration of study: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Funding Notes

Fees (UK/EU/International)

Bursary (UKRI equivalence: £15009 per annum)

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