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Maximum Power Point Tracking in Harsh Conditions for Renewable Energy Sources: An Intelligent Approach

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Grid integration of renewable energy sources are one of the main driving forces of current growth in the electric power industry, particularly in the UK. Renewable energy has also brought new challenges in this sector. One such challenge is the intermittent nature of renewable energy. The maximum available power output of renewable energy sources like Solar, Wind, Tide etc. are weather dependent. To efficiently operate these systems, engineers prefer them to operate in the maximum power point mode which is known as maximum power point tracking (MPPT).

Tremendous growth have been observed in this area in the last decade. Lots of results are available in this area. However, most of the results focus on normal weather condition. However due to global warming and lot of other factors, frequently harsh weather situation can be observed. As a result, new research works are needed to tackle the problem of MPPT in harsh weather conditions.

Few results are available for MPPT in harsh conditions. Most of them lack proper theoretical foundation and often relies on approaches based on heuristics. As a result, there are no guarantees that those techniques will work in practice. So, the main focus of this PhD work will be to propose novel techniques for MPPT in harsh conditions that are theoretically elegant while at the same time practically useful.

Coventry University

Coventry University has been voted ‘Modern University of the Year’ three times running by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide. Ranked in the UK’s top 15 (Guardian University Guide), we have a global reputation for high quality teaching and research with impact. Almost two-thirds (61%) of our research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. By joining the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing (EEC), you will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and partnerships with some of the biggest names in industry, including Jaguar Land Rover, GE Aviation, Cummins and Intel.


• Our research strategy is underpinned by a £250m investment in research and facilities
• Dedicated Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability Development deliver high quality professional support for researchers, from PhD to Professor
• Free training: research career planning, managing your doctorate, research communication skills, research ethics, research impact, research integrity, research methods and research supervision
• Coventry is a member of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), the largest multi-partner and only nationwide doctoral training initiative of its kind.

Entry Requirements

• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
• the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
• knowledge and/or experience in the subject
• a good knowledge of control engineering and power electronics
• experience of (or a willingness to quickly learn) about scientific writing

Apply online: https://pgrplus.coventry.ac.uk/ submitting full supporting documentation, and covering letter only

Eligibility: UK/EU/International students with the required entry requirements

Start date: May 2018

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