Contact Dr Xin Zhang

Areas of expertise

  • Electric Power Machines
  • Energy Asset Management
  • Power Systems & Turbines
  • Renewable Energy


Dr Xin Zhang is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Energy Systems at Cranfield University (since 2019), and an IEEE Senior Member. His research experience covers power system planning and operation, renewable energy integration to the grid, and power grid interaction with transport electrification (EV, electric aircraft).

Dr Zhang worked at National Grid UK (2011-2019), Chartered Engineer since 2017, where he undertook various roles including national generation scheduling, power system modelling and electricity market operation, mainly in the UK Electricity National Control Centre. He has also initiated and managed several National Grid’s network innovation projects with UK universities. He completed a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (2010), and an MSc (distinction) in Electrical Power Engineering (2007), both at the University of Manchester. He received the B.Eng. degree in Control Systems (2006) from Shandong University.

Dr. Xin Zhang’s professional membership and services include,

  • - Senior Member of IEEE
  • - Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the UK Engineering Council
  • - Committee member of the IET Registration & Standards Committee (R&SC) for Fellowship assessment and academic accreditation

Research opportunity

***Full PhD Scholarship Opportunity***:

2020.10 - 2023.10, EPSRC DTP Doctoral Training Partnership, "Smart energy infrastructure for future power networks", UK/EU Tuition fee cover + £18,000 Stipend per year for 3 years, UK / EU only due to the EPSRC funding eligibility.


I am accepting PhD / MSc research students with a research interest in:

  • - Power system planning, operation and control (distribution, transmission, generation dispatch, smart metering)
  • - Power system with renewable and distributed energy resources (wind, solar, energy storage)
  • - Smart grid / Smart city with electrified transport systems (transport electrification, EV, electric aircraft)

Current activities

Research Grants: 

EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), "Smart energy infrastructure for future power networks", partnership with HVSS Ltd and National Grid, PI, £99,721, 2020.10 - 2023.10

East West Railway Company, Industry-funded project "Solar East-West Rail", PI, £10,000, 2020.2 - 2020.6

Department for Transport, Technology Research Innovation Grants (T-TRIG), "Aircraft to Grid (A2G): Hybrid and Smart Charging for Electric Aircraft", PI, £30,000, 2019.12 - 2020.7

EPSRC (through Supergen Energy Networks), "GRid flexibility by Electrifying Energy Networks for Airport (GREEN Airport)" (SENFC1 - 023), PI, £50,000, 2019.9 - 2020.12


PhD Students (Primary Supervision):

Mr Zekun Guo, Oct 2019 - , BEng from Shandong University, MSc by Research from University of Edinburgh. Research topic: Electrifying Energy Networks for Green Airports.

Mr Emmanuel Agbaje, Feb 2020 - , BEng from University of Port Harcourt, MSc from University of Salford (Distinction), 5 years’ industrial experience in electrical engineering, PTDF Scholarship. Research topic: Smart Grid Control and Operation with Renewable Energy.

Ms Yuan Tian, Sep 2020 - , MEng from Tianjin University of Commerce, MSc by Research in Energy and Power at Cranfield University. Research topic: Multi-energy Systems with Energy Storage.

Ms Lijia Duan, Oct 2020 - , BSc from University of Delaware (United States), MSc Renewable Energy from Cranfield University. Research topic: Solar-Hydrogen-Storage Integrated Electric Vehicle Charging Station.

PhD Students (Co-Supervision):

Ms Delina Mawarni, Oct 2019 - , BEng and MSc from University of Indonesia, MSc from Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. Research topic: Integration of Renewable Energy Generation System with the Grids.


EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Science Research Council

EPSRC Supergen - Energy Networks Hub

Department for Transport

EPSRC DTE Network Plus - Decarbonising Transport through Electrification

East West Railway Company

Smart Metering Systems - SMS Plc

High Voltage Substation Services (HVSS) Ltd

Brits Energy


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