Coordination of fast active power injections to improve system frequency response in low inertia systems PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
6 years
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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Project detail

The transition to a low carbon power system on the Great Britain (GB) requires ending the reliance on fossil fuel-based power generation. There is clear evidence that the total system inertia in GB electrical power system is decreasing due to the growing volume of Wind, Photovoltaic (PV) systems and the importing HVDC interconnectors increases. It is forecasted 30% to 45% of the total electrical power generation in GB will come from the renewable generation by 2030 and the system inertia may be reduced by up to 47% from the current values by 2030.

The studentship is sponsored by The School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering and you will join a growing research group at Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST).

This research project aims to create novel mechanisms for the coordination of fast active power injections to improve system frequency response in low inertia systems. The coordination mechanism should take into account the system disturbance location and timely provide the appropriate volume/shape of fast active power injection to improve the system frequency response of the low inertia system.


Primary supervisor: Dr Francisco Gonzalez-Longatt

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Francisco Gonzalez-Longatt or register your interest and ask us a question.

To find out more about the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, please visit our website.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Electrical Engineering.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. Please quote reference number: FGUF2018