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Sustainable urban power supply through intelligent control and enhanced restoration of AC/DC networks

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Urban areas are the significant location of critical loads such as hospitals, airports, public transport network and data centres. Fully exploiting the potential transfer capacity and resilience of the urban electricity network with a minimum capital investment is important to citizens and governments as 60% of Chinese population and 83% of UK population live in urban areas. To release the capacity of existing AC lines and to increase the reliability, a combined AC/DC configuration is proposed, and contribution of power electronic materials and converters are considered. Coordinated control of EVs, hybrid AC/DC networks and dispersed generation are investigated to optimise transfer capacity and enhance fault-tolerant operation with the support of Internet-of-Things (IoT) tools to enable an efficient decision-making.

Two specific aspects will be investigated: the ability of IoT based data-driven modelling method to enable response services by coordinating dispersed resources in an urban power network and the headroom provided by power converters to accommodate this service.

The main work programme will be conducted through international partnership with 1 China research institute, 2 China universities and 2 UK universities. Researchers involved in the project will benefit from the unique international collaboration and training.

Home/EU Tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (approx. £15,009 stipend for academic year 2019/20)

Candidates should hold or expect to gain a first class degree or a good 2.1 and/or an appropriate Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent).

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

Funding Notes

Start Date: April 2020

3.5 years Full-Time

This studentship is open to Home, EU or Overseas Candidates. However, Overseas candidates should note that they will be required to cover the difference between Home and Overseas fees each year.

In the first instance interested applicants are invited to send a CV and covering email/letter to


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit an online application form.

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