PhD in Second-life Usage of EV Batteries in Renewable Power Systems Under A Novel Hybrid Energy Storage Scheme



As the UK moves towards transportation electrification, an emerging challenge is how to deal with potentially millions of retired batteries (RBs) from electric vehicles. In addition, the growing trend of renewable energy usage and transportation electrification has created markets (200GWh by 2030*) for energy storages due to the former and second-life batteries as a result of the latter. Re-use these batteries for grid services is drawing extensive attention from both industry and academia. Most of previous works focus on how to refurnish the battery unit and use it as stationary storage. However, the low power capacity and the inconsistency are the nature of the RBs, and they are still the main barriers preventing battery repurposing as reliable second-life-packs connected to the grid. To solve these problems, this project, will investigate a hybrid scheme, scaling up the RB cells to high-power hybrid packs, thereby enabling a reliable second-life application of RBs to the renewable grid. This twofold-benefits provide a solution to the UK’s ambitious target of reducing greenhouse gas-emissions and offer the new commercial markets as results of extending the battery lifetime usage, attracting a broad spectrum of industries.

The PhD project will be based at Centre for Advanced Low-carbon Propulsion System (C-ALPS), Coventry University and is funded by Trailblazers Scheme including both tuition fees and stipend. Candidates can be UK/EU or international.

The new £50m Centre for Advanced Low Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS) creates cleaner mobility solutions for the global transport sector. The centre is a collaboration harnessing FEV engineers with a proven track record in industry-leading engineering services together with prominent academics with significant experience and knowledge in battery storage, hydrogen fuel cells and power electronics. C-ALPS is designed and built to be the most advanced test facility of its kind in the UK. The centre works across the automotive, aerospace, marine and rail industries. We’re here to support these sectors to create cleaner mobility, and to build supply chain capacity for the development of electric, hybrid and combustion engine technology.

About our unique 40,000 sq ft research and test centre in Coventry:

  • Over £6m of the latest electrified powertrain and thermodynamic engine test beds
  • Further test benches for turbochargers, catalytic converters and battery systems
  • Expertise and advice on commercialising research and development activity
  • Independent facility able to work with multiple OEMs, tier 1s and SMEs
  • Route to project funding from the likes of Innovate UK, EPSRC and APC
  • Access to FEV’s comprehensive and unique databases and software

More than £20m of investment has been channelled into the state-of the-art building and into creating the infrastructure that will allow the centre’s test beds to safely create the conditions faced by modern day powertrains.

With a limited number of test beds available for manufacturers to utilise in the UK, C-ALPS will drive research into low carbon transport propulsion solutions and associated development methods and toolchains.

Please apply here.