Minimum 2:1 in a technical discipline, electrical power system engineering preferred
Months of entry
Spurred by the recent and ongoing growth of renewable generation in the electricity system there is much current interest in ‘smart’ electricity distribution grids. System smartness will allow for time-shifting of electricity demand and in the future will better incorporate electricity and other energy storage systems. In this way a smart and renewables-based electricity system promises to deliver low-carbon electricity. What, however, will these changes imply for electricity system reliability? This aspect is a key focus of our research interest.
- George Matthew, System dynamics of smart grid development and utilization, PhD research since October 2013
- Professor William J. Nuttall, Department of Engineering and Innovation
- Professor Laurence Dooley, Department of Computing and Communications
- Dr Ben Mestel, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
One proposed project seeks, in particular, to understand short-term grid security issues (initiating issues of duration less than 1 second). This project will involve an understanding of issues from electrical power engineering, such as reactive power and whole system inertia. The project will be largely desk based and in the spirit of technology and policy (i.e. the overlap of science and technology with energy policy) research.
Fees and funding
Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Professor William J. Nuttall
- +44 (0)1908 655113