Engineering: M2A Fully Funded MSc by Research Scholarship: Solar PV Microinverter-tracker

Closing date: 28 February 2018

Key Information

Start Date: October 2018

Sponsoring Company: Simyu Technology Ltd, UK

Academic Supervisor: Dr Meghdad Fazeli

Simyu Technology has planned series of the products, solutions those will reduce capital cost of renewable energy systems and make them more efficient. As a part of this, Simyu Technology aims to bring efficient grid tied microinverter to the international market.

Microinverter will be used to feed back the power generated from Solar PV (or any other renewable source) to the grid and local loads. Microinverter offers advantage of long life, higher efficiency and easy installation. This product will also have a tracker function which will be developed separately and integrated later. This will bring down the cost of installation and provide more power for the invested amount. 

Project Aims: 

  1. Design 500 W grid tie solar PV microinverter using best topology to keep cost low & efficiency high.
  2. Modules: DC-DC boost & MPPT Controller; Grid Synchronization: Using PLL or any other technology; Inverter with current controller to feed back to the grid; Safety features & indicators( Is-landing, range protections).
  3. Implementation under hardware simulator.
  4. Implementation of Hardware and software design for these functions.

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Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. 

This project is suitable for candidates with Electronics / Electrical Engineering background. Knowledge of TI DSP such as TMS320F28335 will be advantageous.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/

Our funders require applicants to also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a UK or EU citizen (i.e. eligible for ‘home’ tuition fees at the University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of your studies.
  • You must be resident in West Wales and the Valleys at the point of enrolment and throughout the duration of your studies.
  • You must not be financially able to participate without the award of grant funding.

Further information regarding eligibility criteria can be found at: http://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

Funding

The scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 p.a.

How to Apply

To apply for this scholarship, please complete the online application form.

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018.

Informal enquiries about this scholarship are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk.