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Holistic Monitoring and State Estimation of Smart Electrical Distribution Networks, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #151 (ARWU) Cardiff, United Kingdom
This project will develop advanced holistic monitoring solutions and novel distribution state estimation techniques for smart electrical distribution networks.
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Real-time monitoring and control of medium and low voltage electrical distribution networks is very limited due to the lack of sensors and communication systems. Hence the distribution system can be described as under-determined with the number of measurements insufficient to make the system observable. Distributed energy resources (distributed generation, energy storage and flexible demands) and local energy development (e.g. smart local energy systems and Peer to Peer energy trading) introduce significant uncertainties and, at high penetrations, may lead to operational difficulties in a network. Therefore the provision of holistic monitoring solutions and accurate system state information to the network operators is critical for them to operate the system in a safe, prompt, and cost-effective manner, and also to make best use of the assets. 

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

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English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Candidates should hold or expect to gain a first class degree and/or an appropriate Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent) in electric power systems, energy systems, or related areas.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

Technological Requirements

This studentship is open to Home, EU or Overseas Candidates.

In the first instance interested applicants are invited to send a CV and covering email/letter to


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit an online application form.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Cardiff

  • 628 - 1070 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The studentship will be funded by the Cardiff University School of Engineering and an Industrial Partner. Home/EU Tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (approx. £15,007 stipend for academic year 2019/2020). For overseas students additional funding is available to help cover the cost of the overseas fee rate.

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