Power Networks are at the heart of any approach to decarbonise the energy system. The future Power Network will need to support: the integration of renewable generation, the conversion of heating from gas to electricity, the increased use of electric vehicles and the management of demand. Solutions to these challenges will require solutions that are not just technical but also include: social and behavioural change; new financial and business models; and different approaches to planning and governance of Power Networks.
Applications are invited for up to 13 fully-funded PhD places on this 4 year programme including a tax free stipend of £17,500pa (equivalent to a salary of circa £22,500pa).
By the end of the programme not only will you have received high quality training on a specific research topic, you will have also developed invaluable skills and experience across research boundaries that address problems for industry, government and the community.
The programme consists of an initial multi-disciplinary 9-month taught programme followed by 3¼ years of focused PhD level research.
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks at the University of Manchester is specifically established to address these issues by providing a cross-disciplinary research environment involving:
We welcome applications from UK nationals and EU citizens, resident in the UK for > 3 years, who have or expect to obtain a First or good Upper Second class honours degree, or a good first degree with an additional Masters degree at a distinction level (or international equivalents) in one of the subject areas listed below:
|Alternative Dispute Resolution [ADR] in Power Network Operation [A Study of the Wholesale Electricity Market]||Details|
|Application of Vegetable Oils in High Voltage Power Equipment (FULLY FUNDED)||Details|
|Carbon emissions from a power system with high-penetration of spatially distributed renewables||Details|
|Consumer-driven energy management for networks of intelligent buildings||Details|
|Cooperative distributed optimal resource management in microgrids based on multiagent framework||Details|
|Development of distribution networks with low carbon technologies and smart solutions||Details|
|Heating and Cooling Demand Effects on Power Networks in a Changing Climate: influence of new housing||Details|
|Investigation on the potential of retrofilling SF6 alternatives in existing gas insulated equipment||Details|
|Learning from public engagement in multiple sectors to help plan power infrastructure – what can we learn from what is already happening in communities?||Details|
|New cityscapes of micro-energy storage||Details|
|Re-Framing Environmental Impact Analysis for Power Infrastructure using GIS (FULLY FUNDED)||Details|
|Re-inventing power networks: The promise and challenges of energy Blockchain||Details|
|Resilience Assessment and Adaptation of Critical Infrastructures to Extreme Weather and Natural Hazards||Details|
|Smart Insulators: Embedded Sensor Technology & Self-Powered Communications||Details|
|Smart low carbon load systems for future power networks||Details|
|Solid-state transformer in next generation power networks||Details|
|Stability certification of HVDC Control Systems in weak grids||Details|