Dr Xiaoze Pei

Dr Xiaoze Pei
Dr Xiaoze Pei

Everyone works hard while enjoying the research. I was totally impressed by the passion for research and the communal atmosphere.

Project title: An integrated VSC-HVDC Fault Current Limiter/Breaker

Funded by: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Before I joined Power Conversion as a Research Associate …

I studied for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the area of superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) using Magnesium Diboride wire. My PhD was sponsored by the EPSRC and a Rolls-Royce Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award (DHPA).

I was initially funded as a core Research Assistant for the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Extreme Environments and subsequently an Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) funded Research Associate in the Power Conversion Group. This project was a continuation of my PhD research. My research focused on designing a superconducting fault current limiter (SFCL) for an 11 kV substation, with a particular emphasis in superconducting wire characterisation and selection.

Tell us a little about your position and project …

I am currently an EPSRC funded Research Associate. My research will seek to develop a high voltage direct current (HVDC) circuit breaker. I had six year previous research experience focusing on superconductor applications. And I would like to extend the use of superconductors to a broader application such as a high voltage direct current system. My position involves both theoretical and experimental work. It also involves collaboration with other academic staff, postgraduate students and industrial companies. 

The thing I enjoy most about working in the Group is …

I enjoy conducting research in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. I enjoy working together with people and discussing with academic staff, and postgraduate students.

I feel this position has helped develop my analytical skills through conducting research independently, my collaboration skills through working with other academic staff and postgraduate students, as well as my oral and written communication skills. As well as these skills, I have built up a knowledge system in my research field from my PhD study. It gives me confidence for my continuous research.

What were your first impressions of the university and the city?

Everyone works hard while enjoying the research. I was totally impressed by the passion for research and the communal atmosphere.

I also feel that Manchester is a great city for living – it is quite convenient and had almost everything that I would like to have in a city. 

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