Sensorless4Solar: Low Cost and Reliable Control of Solar Energy Systems for Rural Electrification in Least-Developed Countries (LDCs)

Coventry University

Institute for Future Transport and Cities

Project Description

We are looking for a candidate with deep knowledge and appreciation of power electronics and or control system for a fully funded PhD position at Coventry University. This position is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy is Goal No.7 of UN SDG and one of the three aims of GCRF. Rural electrification through solar photovoltaics can help to achieve this goal in LDCs where the majority have access to sunny weather. In the remote areas, solar PV provides the needed power supply, while in the cities, solar PV will contribute towards decarbonisation of the existing power grid, leading to a sustainable future for all.

Using recent developments in nonlinear systems theory, this project aims at developing innovative estimation and control techniques for reduced-sensor operation of solar PV inverter (DC-AC), while ensuring high efficiency and low construction cost. The outcome of this project has the potential to ensure a cheaper (reduced-sensor cost reduction) and a more reliable solar inverter that will contribute towards rural electrification.

Regular collaboration and visit to Aix-Marseille University, France and Biricik Electric, Norther Cyprus are planned for this project.

Funding Information

For more information about the award scheme attached to this opportunity please visit here.

Eligibility Requirements

The successful candidate will have a degree in engineering or applied mathematics with good analytical skills in control system and or power electronics. Experience with power electronic converter and coding (micro-controllers, dSPACE) are desirable. Candidates with strong background in either dynamical systems and control or power electronics are welcome. Previous publication experience would also be useful.

Application Process

Apply online here.

Enquiries: Dr Hafiz Ahmed ([email protected])

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