PhD candidate based at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, South Kensington Campus. Part of the 4th cohort on the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet doctoral training partnership.
PhD title: "Designing low carbon pathways for rural electrification"
Currently some 1.1 billion people lack access to electricity globally. This represents both a challenge and an opportunity, in terms of meeting economic development goals without incurring increases in greenhouse gas emissions. Recent falls in cost of solar photovoltaics (PV), wind power and battery storage indicate that renewable solutions for energy access may soon be available at comparable or lower cost than conventional alternatives. The Grantham institute has developed a set of home-built models for the design of off grid, grid connected and hybrid power systems, and system optimisation in terms of both cost and emissions impact, which can be applied to definition of low carbon pathways for improved electricity access in rural areas. In this project, the models will be developed and applied to the evaluation of electrifcation solutions, such as mini-grids based on solar PV and batteries, and hybrid systems including conventional fuels and limited grid access. The work will address different geographical contexts taking account of local resource availability, policy, economic development trends, technology cost projections, and other environmental impact. The same techniques can be applied to the design of self-suffcient energy systems in remote areas of the UK.