Job offer in england Power Electronic Converters for Hydrogen Based LV Networks at Loughborough University

Application details:

Start date: 1st October 2018


Primary supervisor: Andrew Cross

Secondary supervisor: Dani Strickland

Intro (standard):

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

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Project Detail:

Electrical power networks are facing challenges around increasing energy demand, whilst meeting constraints around environmental issues. Many challenges are occurring within the LV network because of the decarbonisation of heating and transport. As a result there is an increase in the requirement for electric vehicle (EVs) charging and a switch to electro-heat. Limited EV battery capacity has resulted in the need for fast and rapid charging. However, existing residential LV networks cannot support a large, simultaneous demand for fast charging of EVs. As an alternative, there have been deployments of rapid-charging stations, but even these are constrained by the amount of electrical power that can be transferred through an LV charging socket. An alternative to both battery-based EVs and the move to electro-heat is the use of hydrogen as an energy source. For example, the Toyota Mirai is a commercially available hydrogen fuel-cell based EV, which can be charged in 3 minutes for a 300 mile range. In addition, a number of hydrogen projects for residential/commercial combustion heating are being trialled in the UK by companies such as National Grid. This PhD project is based on the premise that the widespread use of such hydrogen-based technologies will result in the availability of a local hydrogen network, alongside existing residential LV networks. Therefore there is the opportunity for the remaining electrical loads within a house to be fed from a hydrogen fuel-cell, located for example within the property.

The project will investigate latest fuel-cell technologies and associated power electronics converters alongside the requirements for safety/protection. Different network architectures will be appraised using simulation and a prototype fuel-cell/converter will be demonstrated.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: electrical power-engineering and/or power electronics or relevant industrial experience.

Funding information:

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a ( provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions  it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

Contact details:

Name: Andrew Cross

Email address: 

Telephone number:  +44 (0)1509 227012

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at  Under program name, select Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS03