This Charles Parsons PhD studentship offers the opportunity to be part of a major research initiative running at 6 universities across the island of Ireland. The Smart Grid theme of the Charles Parsons Energy Research Awards is a new addition to the established programme already in progress at Queen's University Belfast. The term 'Smart Grid' concerns the introduction of communication and computing technology to all parts of the power system, and will enable direct communication by the power utility with each individual consumer.
Smart Grid technology in the home has many possible applications. This PhD is concerned with Smart Consumer Load Participation, which has the potential to make the power system more carbon and economically efficient by shifting the electrical demand profile towards periods when there is plentiful renewable in-feed. There are many domestic loads suitable for participation in such a scheme, either controlled manually by the consumer or autonomously. These include space and water heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration, clothes and dish washing, and in the future, electric vehicles. This PhD also involves quantifying the potential benefits and determining the most effective load participation methodology and tariff mechanism. There is potential to work with local utility operators.
A minimum of a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or relevant degree is required.
The studentship provides fees and a maintenance grant of £13,590 for 2011/12 and eligible UK and EU citizens may apply.
Applicants should apply electronically through the Queen's online application portal at https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/
Further information available at:
|Supervisor:||Dr. D J Morrow||Tel: 028 9097 4060|
|QUB Address:||Ashby Building
Queen's University Belfast