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Energy-USB: A plug-and-play platform to improve connectivity and operation efficiency of energy storage systems in Smart Grid applications

PGR-P-1407

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Tuesday 31 January 2023
Project start date
Friday 15 September 2023
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Competition funded
Source of funding
University of Leeds
Supervisors
Professor Kang Li and Dr Li X Zhang
Schools
School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

A future power system almost entirely running on low carbon energy sources needs significant level of flexibility. Energy storage will play a key role in providing such a required flexibility, in particular, the domestic energy storage devices and electric vehicles will offer the greatest potential. This Energy-USB project aims to address one of the fundamental challenges to integrate a range of energy storage devices at the demand side, namely the connectivity and interpretability of energy storage devices to support plug-play functionality for convenient, effective, and efficient aggregation of energy storage devices to provide a range of network services, hence to improve the overall flexibility of the energy network and support cost effective transition to low carbon society. A plug-and-play framework and associated software and hardware devices for integrating a range of energy storage systems in Smart Grid Applications will be developed in the project.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p style="margin-bottom:11px">A future power system almost entirely running on low carbon energy sources needs significant level of flexibility. Energy storage will play a key role in providing such a required flexibility, in particular, the domestic energy storage devices and electric vehicles will offer the greatest potential. However, to aggregate these energy storage devices for grid services faces some inherent bottlenecks, such as a fundamental understanding of the flexibility of these energy storage devices, their interpretability, connectivity, uncertainty, data accessibility, and business models, to name but a few. Particularly, plug-and-play application is not a general industrial practice for energy storage systems, therefore it is extremely difficult to integrate energy storage devices from different supplies, let alone the operation and control of such an aggregated energy storage system comprised of a range of energy storage devices. &nbsp;This Energy-USB project aims to tackle one of the fundamental challenges to integrate a range of energy storage devices at the demand side, namely the connectivity and interpretability of energy storage devices to support plug-play functionality for convenient, effective, and efficient aggregation of energy storage devices to provide a range of network services, hence to improve the overall flexibility of the energy network and support cost effective transition to low carbon society.&nbsp;&nbsp;A plug-and-play framework and associated software and hardware devices for integrating a range of energy storage systems in Smart Grid Applications will be developed in the project. &nbsp;</p> <p>You can start from 1 August 2023 but you must be able to start by no later than 1 November 2023.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-applying/doc/applying-research-degrees">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is <em><strong>Energy-USB: A plug-and-play platform to improve connectivity and operation efficiency of energy storage systems in Smart Grid applications</strong></em>&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/electronic-engineering/staff/1381/professor-kang-li">Professor Kang Li</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. &nbsp;Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors for an informal discussion before making a formal application. &nbsp;We also advise that you apply at the earliest opportunity as the application and selection process may close early, should we receive a sufficient number of applications or that a suitable candidate is appointed.</p> <p>Please note that you must provide the following documents in support of your application by the closing date of 31 January 2023:</p> <ul> <li>Full Transcripts of all degree study or if in final year of study, full transcripts to date</li> <li>Personal Statement outlining your interest in the project</li> <li>CV</li> <li>Funding information including any alternative sources of funding that you are applying for or if you are able to pay your own fees and maintenance</li> </ul>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p class="MsoNoSpacing">A highly competitive School of Electronic &amp; Electrical Engineering Studentship consisting of the award of fees at the UK fee rate (currently &pound;4,596 in academic session 2022/23) or International fee rate (currently &pound;25,500 in academic session 2022/23) with a maintenance grant (currently &pound;17,668 for session 2022/23) for 3.5 years.</p> <p>This opportunity is open to all applicants. All candidates will be placed into the School of Electronic &amp; Electrical Engineering Studentship Competition and selection is based on academic merit.<br /> <br /> <strong>Important:&nbsp;</strong> Any costs associated with your arrival at the University of Leeds to start your PhD including flights, immigration health surcharge/medical insurance and Visa costs are not covered under this studentship.</p> <p>Please refer to the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/">UKCISA</a>&nbsp;website for&nbsp;information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information about this project, please contact Professor Kang Li:&nbsp;e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:EMAIL@leeds.ac.uk">K.LI1@leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 2045.</p> <p>For further information about your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions: e:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk">phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk</a></p>


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