PhD Studentship - Biofuel powered tri-generation system with energy storage

Birmingham, West Midlands
07 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Aston Engineering and Applied Science School, Aston University offers an exciting PhD opportunity to study on energy topic on Biofuel powered tri-generation system with energy storage in Power Electronics, Machines and Power System Group.

Background of the Project

The objective of this PhD project is to develop a biofuel tri-generation system to generate electricity, heating, cooling for energy-deprived users who have limited access to energy grids. The goal of the project is to achieve zero carbon emission for residential and small business applications.

It is required to study the multi-physics nature and build a simulation models for the system. It involves three key development areas, including a bio-fuel tri-generation system, a hybrid electrical energy storage system based on second-life batteries/super-capacitors, and an optimised energy management scheme. The project will use the existing facilities in EBRI and PEMPS. It will be important to validate the models and compare predictions with experimental measurement.

Financial Support

Funding is available for three years. It includes Home/EU tuition fees, a Maintenance stipend of £14,777 per annum.

Applicants from outside the EU can apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £12,290 in 2018/19.

As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have secured this additional funding.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in engineering, science, energy systems or other relevant subjects. Preferred skills include modelling and hands-on skills in terms of control systems, electrical energy and/or bio-energy, power networks, energy storage and thermal engineering. Experience with real-time implementation of control algorithms for electrical and power systems is highly desirable.

We would particularly like to encourage application from women seeking to progress their academic careers. Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recently recognised by a prestigious Silver Award to EAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive environment and family atmosphere.

The PhD will be supervised by Dr Xiangping Chen (, Professor Wen-ping Cao (

If you require further information about the application process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at

The online application form, reference forms, details of entry requirements, including English language and details of how to write your project proposal are also included in the How to Apply section.

To submit an application and for details of the entry requirement and funding please visit the Aston University website here.

Start date: 1st October 2018 (subject to negotiation)

Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

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