Research course

Smart energy systems

Institution
Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 in a technical discipline. Previously students have been sought with a mathematical or an electrical power system engineering background.

Months of entry

October

Course content

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? How will society adjust to, and accept these new realities? How will these innovations roll out around the world and what are the prospects for development and deployment in less developed countries? Such questions are of concern to researchers at The Open University.

In recent years The Open University played a leading role in a major HEFCE funded initiative known as MK:Smart.The OU is particularly interested in synergies between smart energy futures wider aspects of the future city, such as transport and mobility. Milton Keynes is a great place in which to consider such possibilities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    15 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Professor William J. Nuttall
Email
william.nuttall@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 655113