Brunel University London

Brunel University London

Smart Power Networks

The Smart Power Networks theme is a well-established group with a strong national and international reputation. Our research focuses on the development of algorithms to improve distribution efficiency, and strategies to allow mass power generation from renewable energy sources to be efficiently integrated with the grid. Other areas of expertise include power electronics for efficient power conversion. Challenges for the future include efficient conversion of thermal to electrical energy, Direct Current (DC) power networks in commercial buildings and homes, and innovations to reduce electrical energy demand and optimised demand control. Members of the Smart Power Networks theme have strong links with the electricity industry in the UK as well as international links across Europe, China and the USA. The research draws on the disciplines of electrical power engineering, control engineering, optimisation theory, high-performance computing and ICT. Computer models and optimisation algorithms developed by members of this theme have been implemented in over 35 utility companies in seven countries. In 2015, Professor Gareth Taylor was elected by the CIGRE-UK National Committee as the Regular Member of the International Study Committee SC D2 'Information Systems and Telecommunication'. The appointment was in recognition of the ongoing research activities that he has led in the development of novel ICT infrastructure for Smart Grids. In 2015, Dr Ahmed Zobaa was nominated and elected as a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences in recognition of his excellent academic track record and ongoing research activities in the field of electrical power system.

Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and additionally, for a PhD, a Master's degree or equivalent. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any section). This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time GBP 4,195 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time GBP 17,500 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time GBP 4,195 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time GBP 4,195 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time GBP 4,195 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time GBP 2,097 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time GBP 8,750 per Year 1 (International) 6 years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time GBP 2,097 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time GBP 2,097 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time GBP 2,097 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years

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