Sustainable energy solutions for rural off-grid communities PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
Not available
Reference number:
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
June 2018



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Project detail

The concept is developing small scale household energy generation services that can provide modern energy access. This will consider basic supply for lighting, phone charging as well as potential to supply clean water or cooking. However, these 'family' systems will be connected to a central generation and distribution system to facilitate energy use for economic purposes in communities. Trading supply and demand of power between the centre and households will require metering and control. The technical aspects will focus on control and priority decision making around productive uses of energy. Households will act as both consumer and prosumer. Design, modelling and prototyping is expected. Furthermore, interdisciplinary research will be embedded in the research with community on co-design and economic / business solutions being essential goals. Challenges relating to gender, capacity building and traditional culture will need to be addressed along with the transferability of the solution to different situations.


Primary supervisors: Dr Richard Blanchard

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Richard Blanchard or register your interest and ask us a question

Entry requirements

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

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

  • micro-grids in developing countries
  • photovoltaics
  • working with disadvantaged communities

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: RB19102017