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Mr Huw Thomas

Research Postgraduate

MEng (Hons)

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Research Postgraduate in the Department of EngineeringE215 Christopherson 


Huw is a 4th year PhD student in the Department of Engineering. He was awarded an MEng (Hons) in General Engineering from Durham University in 2018 prior to commencing his PhD studies. Huw's research focuses on overcoming challenges in the transition to electric vehicles and renewable energy. He was also President of Josephine Butler College's Middle Common Room between July 2019-2021.

Research Project

Huw's research focuses on overcoming the challenges of the transition to electric vehicles and the growth of distributed renewable energy resources. The first section of his research evaluated novel auction mechanisms for peer-to-peer energy trading with solar energy and electric vehicles to improve the benefit that buyers and sellers receive from the auction and increase the amount of renewable energy utilised for electric vehicle charging. He is currently exploring methods to assess the hosting capacity of electric vehicles within a residential distribution network in conjuction with renewable energy and vehicle-to-grid technologies, and developing a real-time electric vehicle charging scheduling mechanism with peer-to-peer trading for maximising the amount of electric vehicle charging that can take place without violating technical grid constraints.