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Solid State Transformers for Distributed Micro Generation

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Horsfall
  • Application Deadline
    No more applications being accepted
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Reliable, flexible grid connection of renewable energy sources is a key enabling technology. The development of small, inexpensive, highly efficient power converters will enable new topologies in smartgrids that will offer higher levels of resilience at a distribution grid level. This project will develop a new form of power converter, the Solid State Transformer (SST) to enable the grid connection of renewable energy sources. SSTs are a novel, rapidly emerging research area within electrical engineering and have the potential to make significant impact in a range of applications from rail traction to flexible grid connection for renewable energy. In terms of renewable energy, SST circuits have the potential to offer new paradigms by enabling direct grid connection of individual turbines and small PV strings, whilst offering greater control over phase balancing and minimising the reactive power in the grid.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU) is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. In addition to undertaking an individual scientific research project at one of the three partner Universities, doctoral candidates will engage with added value training opportunities, for example in business, innovation and internationalisation through a 4-year training programme that has been designed to maximise the benefits of a cohort approach to doctoral training. The start date is 1st October 2019.

For this project you must apply through the Durham University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account. To do this please navigate to https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/ and select ‘Apply now’ followed by ‘Apply for postgraduate study.’ When completing your application, please ensure that you note that you are applying for the appropriate ReNU project by completing the application fields as follows:

Course details
• Select ‘yes’ to the question, ‘Have you been in contact with a potential supervisor?’
• Complete the ‘intended supervisor’s name’ with ReNU/Horsfall
• Complete Engineering as the Department

Funding
• Select ‘yes’ to the question, ‘Have you applied, or are you going to apply for a scholarship?
• Select ‘other’ from the drop-down list under, ‘Please indicate which scholarship you have applied for’
• Complete ‘Please enter the name of the Scholarship you have applied for or will be applying for’ with ReNU/Horsfall

Note that it is not necessary to include a research proposal as part of your application.

The application closing date is Friday 12th July and it is planned that interviews will take place in the two weeks following.

Applicants are normally expected to have one of:
• A minimum of an upper second class honours degree from a 4-year integrated Masters undergraduate course in Physics, Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science or a related subject.
• A 3-year undergraduate Bachelors in one of the above disciplines plus a Masters degree and/or one year experience in a relevant industry.
We particularly encourage UK applications from those traditionally under-represented in STEM subjects, such as women and mature students.

Funding Notes

The studentship and covers tuition fees and an annual living allowance of £15,009 (at the 2019/20 Home/EU rate) and significant additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges). Please note that EU students must meet UKRI eligibility criteria (https://www.ukri.org/files/legacy/publications/rcuk-training-grant-guide-pdf/) and that studentships will not cover tuition fees for overseas fees status students. Note that up to 4 offers of a PhD place will be made for the 6 ReNU CDT projects advertised by Durham University.

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