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Postgraduate research project

Multilevel multiport power electronic converters integrating energy storage and renewable generation into ultra-fast EV charging stations

Funding
Fully funded (UK only)
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree View full entry requirements
Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

This project will focus on developing new, grid independent, 100% renewable energy supplied electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

Rapid electrification of the transport sector is being driven by the recognition that this sector is now the largest single source of carbon emissions in the UK. The purchase and use of new battery and plug-in hybrid EVs is increasing however, the publicly available re-charging infrastructure is lagging. 

The government have acknowledged this and recently announced a £1.5bn EV charging infrastructure programme. The current electrical grid capacity and connection process to facilitate new charging stations cannot support this.

You'll investigate techniques for:

  • implementing online electrochemical impedance spectroscope (EIS)
  • battery diagnostics and protection
  • energy management within the control system of the converter 

You'll be part of a wider research team working on a new EPSRC funded Programme Grant entitled ‘Future Electric Vehicle Energy networks supporting Renewables (FEVER)’, grant ref: EP/W005883/1.

The FEVER project focus is to develop new, grid independent, 100% renewable energy supplied, EV charging stations. As the input energy is in the form of stochastic renewable energy, the charging station architecture requires a novel energy store.

The novel energy store must be capable of meeting the charging power and energy requirements of EVs, whilst satisfying the charging station annual energy flows and economic model. For example, a lithium-ion battery system on its own could not meet these diverse requirements. 

You'll be part of the Energy Technology Research Group within the Mechanical Engineering Department. Training at the beginning of the project will help you start the following investigations: 

  • 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

You'll have the opportunity to attend and participate in FEVER consortium meetings with a range of external stakeholders and industrial partners.

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