High-Resolution Stochastic Demand Modelling for Low-Carbon Energy Systems PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
6 years
Reference number:
Start date:
01 April 2019
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
10 September 2018



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Project detail

Efficient design and operation of low-carbon energy supply systems requires detailed and accurate quantification of energy demands. Historic recorded data can provide a useful starting point but technologies and usage patterns are set to change significantly with, for example, the introduction of electric vehicles and electrification of heating. The temporal and geographic correlation of these demands is critical to the operation of electricity networks and techniques to accurately predict these highly variable demands are required in the planning of efficient and reliable systems. This PhD project will aim to develop high-resolution stochastic energy demand modelling techniques, building on CREST's strong track record in this area.


Primary supervisor: Dr Murray Thomson

Secondary supervisor: Dr Andrew Cross

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Murray Thomson 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.

Recommended reading:

  • Eoghan McKenna and Murray Thomson (2016) "High-resolution stochastic integrated thermal-electrical domestic demand model", Applied Energy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.12.089
  • Ian Richardson and Murray Thomson (2012) "Integrated simulation of photovoltaic micro-generation and domestic electricity demand: a one-minute resolution open-source model", Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0957650912454989

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a strongly numeric science or engineering subject.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: energy, engineering, computing.

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: MTUF2018