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Intelligent Solar Controller, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #531 (QS) Coventry, United Kingdom
Grid integration of renewable energy sources are one of the main driving forces of current growth in the electric power industry, particularly in the UK. Learn more at the Intelligent Solar Controller program from Coventry University.
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Renewable energy has also brought new challenges in this sector. One such challenge is the intermittent nature of renewable energy. The maximum available power output of renewable energy sources like Solar, Wind, Tide etc. are weather dependent. To efficiently operate these systems, engineers prefer them to operate in the maximum power point mode which is known as maximum power point tracking (MPPT). Tremendous growth have been observed in this area in the last decade. 

Key facts:

Lots of results are available in this area. However, most of the results focus on normal weather condition. However due to global warming and lot of other factors, frequently harsh weather situation can be observed. As a result, new research works are needed to tackle the problem of MPPT in harsh weather conditions. 

Few results are available for MPPT in harsh conditions. Most of them lack proper theoretical foundation and often relies on approaches based on heuristics. As a result, there are no guarantees that those techniques will work in practice. So, the main focus of this PhD work will be to propose novel techniques for MPPT in harsh conditions that are theoretically elegant while at the same time practically useful.

Learn more at the Intelligent Solar Controller program from Coventry University.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    Application deadline: Ongoing

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      Between 3 years and 3 years 6 months fixed term

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • Dedicated Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability Development deliver high quality professional support for researchers, from PhD to Professor
  • Free training: research career planning, managing your doctorate, research communication skills, research ethics, research impact, research integrity, research methods and research supervision
  • Coventry is a member of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), the largest multi-partner and only nationwide doctoral training initiative of its kind.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with  a minimum 60% overall module average. 
  • Knowledge and/or experience in the subject
  • A good knowledge of control engineering and power electronics
  • Experience of (or a willingness to quickly learn) about scientific writing.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12650 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4327 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Coventry

  • 656 - 1060 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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