Robert Gordon University, through the School of Engineering is offering a PhD studentship with tuition fees funded for Home/EU or International applicants.
This is a fees-only funded PhD studentship provided by the School of Engineering and interested candidates will have to secure their own financial support to upkeep their living costs.
The project is in collaboration with the Robert Gordon University’ Energy Group to support the university energy transition to meet its net-zero carbon mission. The project aims extending this work, in collaboration with ZERO CARBON CONSULTANTS LTD, to plan a Zero-Carbon Green Hydrogen Smart City that can be implemented throughout the UK.
With the ongoing growth in global energy demands and the catastrophic climate change associated with the increased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions mostly from the power and transportation sectors, it becomes essential to address this problem. Expanding the integration of zero carbon energy technologies into the electricity sector and phasing out fossil fuels from transportation sector through using novel zero-carbon hydrogen technology can tackle the problem.
The objective of this study is to develop an energy optimization model for a Zero-Carbon Hydrogen-Based Grid-Connected Smart City Scenario that can be implemented throughout the UK to minimize the energy sector carbon footprint and phase out fossil fuel from the transport sector and thus achieve the UK 2050 Net-Zero Carbon emissions target. The work in this project will involve sizing the power capacity of a novel Green-Hydrogen energy storage technology and the associated renewable energy sources, optimal scheduling between the energy carriers and national grid, dispatching and testing smart interconnections, analysing the impact on volatile energy markets, and finally identifying the economic and environmental benefits associated with the decarbonization of the power and transport sectors. The investigation and validation of the developed scenario will be carried out using the RGU Campus as a case study. The project therefore involves optimal energy carriers sizing and scheduling, modelling and experimentation for validation.
Applications should be emailed to Dr Dallia Ali at [email protected]
. The applications should consist of a covering letter or personal statement of interest, and a CV.
Deadline for receipt of applications is 15th April 2020.
It is expected that candidates are available to register and commence study in October 2020.
Questions should initially be addressed to:
Dr Dallia Ali
School of Engineering
Robert Gordon University
Riverside East, Garthdee Campus
Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
T: +44 (0) 122 426 2597
E: [email protected]
Applicants should have a First- or Second-Class honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline in Electrical Power Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Control Engineering. A Master Degree with a research record is desirable. Knowledge in AC/DC power systems modelling, microgrids, optimization, reliability analysis, renewables grid integration and hydrogen technology is also desirable. Competency in MATLAB/Simulink is essential.
This studentship will cover the tuition fees only. Living costs and expenses are self-funded by the applicant.
Keywords: Electrical Power Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering, AC/DC power systems modelling, microgrids, optimization, reliability analysis, renewables grid integration and hydrogen technology