Contact Dr Chao Long

Areas of expertise

  • Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
  • Electric Power Machines
  • Renewable Energy


Dr Chao Long is a Lecturer in Digital Energy Systems at Cranfield University (since September 2019). He is with Centre for Energy Systems and Strategy in School of Water, Energy and Environment (SWEE). His research focuses on modelling, analysis and optimisation of smart power distribution grids and community energy systems. These include management of local energy from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, batteries and electric vehicles using novel concepts of peer to peer (P2P) energy trading and Blockchain distributed ledger technology.

Dr Chao Long is working closely with industry and academic collaborators at national and international levels. Chao worked on a Horizon 2020 “Peer to Peer SmartTest” project, and EPSRC ENCORE project “Feasibility of applying Blockchain and smart contracts technology to distribution grid management in the GB power system”. He was a post-doc Research Associate at The University of Manchester (2013-2015) and Cardiff University (2015-2019). Chao did his BEng and MEng from Wuhan University, China (2004-2010), and received PhD Degree from Glasgow Caledonian University, UK (2010-2014). 

Dr Chao Long has published 50 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, including one journal published in Nature Energy (impact factor 54.000). Chao’s research work has been well received by academia and industry. He has got Google Scholar Citations 1170 (by Mar/2020), with H-index of 18.

Research opportunity

Dr Chao Long is interested in supervising PhD, MSc students with a research interest in:

1) Vehicle-to-grid applications

2) Blockchain smart contract based platform for peer to peer energy trading in a residential community

3) Digitalisation and optimisation of energy use in commercial buildings for smart energy procurement

4) Building to Building (B2B) energy trading using mobility of electric vehicles

5) Peer to peer energy trading of electric vehicles at public parking

Self-funded PhD students are very welcome. Tuition fees for a PhD student is ~ £18,000 /year for 3 years.

Current activities

Research Grants: 

2019-2020, UKRI Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), "Application of peer to peer energy trading in a residential community", Principal Investigator, £16,075.

Jan 2020- June 2020, Department for Transport (DfT), Technology Research Innovation Grants (T-TRIG), "App for Peer to Peer energy trading with electric vehicles (APP EV)", Principal Investigator, £30,000.

Apr 2020 - Mar 2022, Royal Academy of Engineering, Transforming Systems through Partnership, "South Africa energy infrastructure planning for rural urbanisation based on optimal peer-to-peer energy sharing", Co-I, £27,200.


Royal Academy of Engineering - Newton Fund
Department for Transport (DfT)


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