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PhD Studentship: Localised Energy Generation and Storage for EV Fleet Vehicle Charging

We are delighted to announce that we have a funded PhD opportunity working on a project titled ‘Localised Energy Generation and Storage for EV Fleet Vehicle Charging’.

Supervisors

Dr Erica Ballantyne – Logistics & Supply Chain Research Centre

Professor David Stone – Centre for Research into Electrical Energy Storage and Applications

Project description

Continued population growth has led to increased transport demands, to, from, and within urban areas. This has significantly impacted upon urban air quality, resulting in increased pressure to improve air quality and address sources of pollution from transport. Many local authorities in the UK (and beyond) are tackling air pollution through the introduction of Clean Air Zones and Low Emission Zones as part of the government’s broader Air Quality Plan. These encourage the exploration and adoption of cleaner emission and cleaner fuelled vehicles, particularly for commercial fleets that are the main focus of many clean air zone policies.

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a potentially effective technological response to reduce road transport emissions. However, EVs are not entirely emission free, with many using grid generated electricity to charge on-board batteries. Further, growing promotion of EV use, from private cars to commercial vehicle fleets, particularly in urban environments, has practical implications around the challenge of electricity grid capacity for mass EV charging, requiring significant infrastructure investment to upgrade the existing grid supply in the UK.

This interdisciplinary PhD project seeks to:

  • Examine the feasibility of using EV batteries for grid support and localised energy storage for all-electric and hybrid-electric vehicle fleets.
  • Determine the impact on emissions reduction of using localised energy storage through EVs at mass charging points.
  • Explore the economic, and socio-political aspects of energy storage and revenue streams from EV usage.
  • Evaluate the business case for using commercial EV fleets for pseudo-stationary energy storage using EVs.
  • Determine the barriers and drivers for fleet EV users to utilise mass energy storage and charging facilities.
  • Assess the suitability of fleet vehicle depot locations for EV grid storage and charging.
  • Identify and evaluate the technical barriers to implementation of EV grid storage in commercial fleet locations and maximise the benefits to all players.

Eligibility

The studentship is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Studentship scheme and is open to UK/EU citizens. The EPSRC DTP Grant will pay RCUK fees and stipend for up to 3.5 years and a RTSG of £1000 per annum.

Start dates

We recommend that students start on 1 October 2019 in order to attend compulsory training. However, it may be possible to start earlier.

Closing date for applications

Applications will be considered until a suitable candidate has been identified. For the 1 October start date, a full application must have been received by 17 June 2019.

How to apply

Visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/study/researchdegrees/howtoapply for full details.

For an informal discussion, please contact e.e.ballantyne@sheffield.ac.uk.

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