PhD Fellowship, Work in Electrical Power Engineering with UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

electrical engineering

Site: Campus Highfield

Closing Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Reference: 1671822FP

Supervisory team: Dr Efstratios Batzelis

Project description

Summary of the publication

Stability of the electrical system with renewable energies and resources forming the network

Applications are invited for PhD scholarship to be undertaken at the University of Southampton, School of Electronics and Computing. The position will be fully funded (tuition fees and stipend) and is open only to national students (UK or established EU status or pre-established EU status or leave indefinitely). You will be based in the Electrical Power Engineering research group under the direction of Dr Efstratios Batzelis. You should start in fall 2022 or earlier.

Project summary

Recent commitments by the UK government and around the world to rapidly decarbonise the energy sector have encouraged the massive deployment of renewable energy resources (RES) (e.g. wind farms, solar power plants) and other inverter-based resources (IBRs) (eg, electric vehicles, battery energy storage systems) in the power system. However, the inherent variable nature of RE generation and the operating principles of IBRs introduce limits on their levels of integration into the power grid. The scientific community is actively researching how we can have more SER and IBR in an economical and stable way. A promising new idea is to program and control IBRs in network-forming mode, i.e. acting as voltage sources in the network, which allows them to assist the network more effectively during disturbances unlike to the classic network tracing mode.

This PhD project will focus on the stability challenges posed in the power system with massive amounts of variable SERs and other IBRs. Particular attention will be paid to new grid formation technology and how it interacts with conventional generation at the power system level. This PhD project will be part of a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship on Solar Integration in Developing Countries.

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include defining research questions and plan, reviewing literature and conducting independent research, communicating progress and disseminating results in journals, conferences and other high-impact gatherings. You will be based at the Highfield campus, but you will also be able to travel occasionally to research partners for short-term visits.

The necessary required

You should have a good first degree (usually first class) and/or Masters degree (possibly in progress) in electrical/electronics engineering. You must have excellent training in

and a good understanding of

  • Power electronic converters
  • Control systems

Experience with simulation tools and relevant computing platforms, such as MATLAB/Simulink, will be a plus.

Entry requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honors degree, or its international equivalent). A Master’s degree in electrical engineering would be a plus. You must be a home student (UK national or established EU status or pre-established EU status or indefinite leave to stay).

Closing Date: Nominations must be received no later than March 30, 2021.

Funding: For UK students, tuition fees and a tax-free £15,609 stipend per year for up to 3.5 years.

How to register

Applications should be made online Select program type (Research), 2021/22, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD Elect & Elect Eng (Full time)”. In section 2 of the application form, you must insert the name of the supervisor Dr Efstratios Batzelis

Applications must include:

  • Research proposal
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts to date

For more information please contact: [email protected]