About the project
This PhD project explores the electrical, thermal and economic modelling of a range of electrical energy storage types. For example, lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries, flow cells and fuel cells. We also investigate the potential to operate and manage direct parallel hybrids of combinations of these energy storage types.
This PhD will support a wider research team working on a new EPSRC funded Programme Grant called ‘Future Electric Vehicle Energy networks supporting Renewables' (FEVER). The focus of the FEVER project is to develop new, grid independent, 100% renewable energy supplied, EV charging stations.
You will be required to:
- undertake a detailed literature review of existing models
- understand and develop the various means of direct experimental characterisation used to parameterise these models
- investigate options and issues surrounding the direct parallel operation of a range of combinations of these energy stores.
The resulting hybrid energy store is required to facilitate new grid independent, 100% renewable energy sourced, electric vehicle charging stations.
You will be part of the Energy Technology research group within the Mechanical Engineering department at University of Southampton. Training will be provided at the beginning of the project to help you start these investigations. You will also benefit from attendance and participation in FEVER consortium meetings with a range of external stakeholders, including industrial partners.