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Circular economy in electricity networks with high penetration of renewable energy and flexibility provisions from end-of-life EV storage

Net zero targets can be achieved through intertwined solutions from fields such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, high value recycling and transportation. With first generation electric vehicles well established, battery capacity from used EV stock can be valorised in electricity networks to provide flexibility services. These are specifically important in networks with high penetration of renewable energy. The energy networks, in turn, provide energy for the production and use of electric vehicles.

The project will investigate the technical feasibility of this circular economy that will avoid further mining of materials such as Lithium. It will simulate power networks with end-of-life EV battery storage of different capacities and at varying health levels. The project requires a good understanding of electricity networks, battery management and energy flexibility.

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  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

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This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.

Meet the Supervisor(s)


Ioana Pisica - Dr Ioana Pisica was appointed as a Lecturer in Power Systems within the Brunel Institute of Power Systems (BIPS) in March 2014. She joined Brunel from University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania in March 2011 as a research fellow within BIPS in order to work on the EPSRC funded project Advanced Dynamic Energy Pricing and Tariffs (ADEPT) - EP/I000119/1. She received her MSc in Information Systems from the Academy of Economic Studies from Bucharest and her PhD from University Politehnica of Bucharest.

Related Research Group(s)

Brunel Interdisciplinary Power Systems

Brunel Interdisciplinary Power Systems - Power systems analysis for transmission and distribution networks, smart grids; congestion monitoring in transmission networks; simulation and analysis of new energy markets; optimisation of the design and operation of electrical networks; condition monitoring of power station and power system plant; energy-efficient designs for underground electric power cables.