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Smart Local Energy Systems (EPS2020/47)


Project Description

The project focuses on system level scale-up of smart local energy systems.

Smart local energy systems (SLES) are deployed effectively at local scales to improve efficiency and to deal with variability and differences of supply and demand. If scaled up, these approaches to SLES have potential to disrupt existing practices. This project aims to capture and synthesise the experiences of existing SLES in order to identify the key barriers to the upscaling of SLES in future. This project will evaluate system/process integration in response to the diversity and scale of highly variable energy resources (notably wind, wave and tide), and the diversity of various potential solutions.

The proposed methodology includes using interdependencies and interoperability challenges using a system dynamics model, in order to explore what the value and risks of a smart local energy systems might be, in terms of cost, carbon, flexibility and resilience.

Requirements

All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2020. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype). Our scholarships are usually only open to UK/EU applicants who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC, however some scholarships are available for exceptional overseas candidates.

Closing Date

All applications must be received by 28th February 2020. All successful candidates should usually expect to start in September/October 2020.

How to Apply

Apply Online - https://hwacuk.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Admissions/Pages/Login.aspx

When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:
(a) in ‘Study Option’
You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Mechanical engineering PhD, chemical engineering PhD or Bio-engineering and Bio-sciences PhD and select September 2020 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)
(b) in ‘Research Project Information’
You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the supervisor’s name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.

Funding Notes

The annual stipend will be approx. £15k per year and full fees will be paid for between 3 and 3.5 years.

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