Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary £17,009.00 gross per year
  • Loughborough


SupervisorDr Bianca Howard

Project Description

Flexible electricity from energy storage, fast ramping generators, and demand response could potentially save the electricity system, £40 billion while offsetting GHG emissions from traditional power plants. While demand response is estimated to make a substantial contribution, its implementation is uncertainty, as new technologies are needed to realise its potential.

With the introduction of the smart grid, internet of things, and smart home energy systems, buildings are becoming capable of producing electricity, performing energy arbitrage, and actively participating in markets. Even with these capabilities, however, it is still unknown how much flexibility can be extracted from any one home or workplace. That is because flexibility is complex, governed by interactions between a building’s systems, its inhabitants, and the business models put in place to incentivize participation.

This PhD will develop techniques that integrate social science and engineering perspectives to model the energy flexibility within an urban centre. The research will specifically focus on the affect of occupant behaviour and preferences on the capacity, availability, and reliability of energy flexibility.

The successful applicant will join the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment at Loughborough.

  • ms project
  • storage