Application of Wide-Bang Gap Power Semiconductors in Wind Energy Power Converters

Position: EPSRC CASE Studentship in advanced electronic power conversion for wind energy systems

Industrial Partner(s):  Philip Waite (Siemens Wind Power Limited, WP TE TD PCG FC, Keele University Science Business Park, Keele ST5 5NP, United Kingdom)

We are looking for enthusiastic, self-motivating applicants for an exciting research position that will explore the use of state-of-art power semiconductors to deliver gains in both efficiency and reliability in the clean energy sector. Operating within the Edinburgh University’s Institute of Energy Systems and in close collaboration with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy; the project will provide an opportunity to influence real world technology, leading to industry scale testing with one of the global leaders in wind energy.  The successful candidate will join the power electronic research group led Professor Stephen Finney where they will both contribute to the research program and develop industry relevant skills in electronic design and the application of power semiconductor devices. (Recognised as key skills shortage by the UK government report “Power electronics: A strategy for success” They will be joining a team with a strong record of academic outputs, industry engagement and PhD supervision, including over 200 Journal/conference publications and over 20 PhD completions.

In this project we will be investigating power electronic architectures for the next generation of 5MW+ wind turbines- with particular focus on the benefits/problems of moving to new wide band-gap power semiconductors.  Research will  investigate the medium term impact (10 years) of the completely different characteristics of SiC Mosfet (compared to silicon IGBT)  on choice of wind-turbine converter topology and connection voltage with the target of the most /total cost optimised solution in ac-connected offshore wind turbines (with nacelle mounted transformer).

Funding for the post will be provided by through a prestigious EPSRC CASE award which provides enhanced funding for high calibre students wishing to peruse industry relevant research. Candidates should have a strong undergraduate track record with 2:1 or 1st class degree in Electronic/Electrical Engineering (or closely related subject) combined with an aptitude for problem solving and strong interest in hardware development. Selection will be based on CV and technical interview.


Closing Date: 

Friday, May 18, 2018

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Silicon Carbide Hardware Demonstrator Unit
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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in Electronic/Electrical Engineering, or a closely related subject, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


This post is funded by an EPSRC CASE award (EPSRC student eligibility).  Tuition fees + stipend are available for Home students or EU students who have been resident in the UK for 3 years (International students are not eligible).  This UK research council scheme supports industry relevant PhD research, the researcher works closely with the industry who assist with project resources and provide a top up to the standard post graduate stipend.  The award provides funding for research and travel, together with an enhanced stipendof £19,160 pa (2017-2018 rates). Further details of the CASE scheme and eligibility can be found on the EPSRC web pages:

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