Contact Dr Xin Zhang

Areas of expertise

  • Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
  • 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. His research experience covers power system planning and operation with renewable energy, and transport electrification with grid interaction (Eelectric aircraft, EV). He is currently supervising 6 PhD students (as primary supervisor) and researching on a few projects (as PI) funded by EPSRC and Department for Transport.

Dr Zhang worked at National Grid UK for 8 years before joining Cranfield, Chartered Engineer since 2017, where he undertook key roles including real-time power system operation, national generation scheduling 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.

Education and Qualification:

  • - PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester
  • - MSc (distinction) in Electrical Power Engineering, The University of Manchester
  • - B.Eng. degree in Control Systems, Shandong University

Professional membership and Services:

  • - 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
  • - Leader of Supergen Architectures Working Group, EPSRC Supergen Energy Networks Hub

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, urban air mobility, EV, electric aircraft)

Current activities

Research Grants: 

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

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

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

PI: EPSRC (through Supergen Energy Networks), "GRid flexibility by Electrifying Energy Networks for Airport (GREEN Airport)" (SENFC1 - 023), £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 and Control and Operation for Urban Air Mobility.

Ms Yuan Tian, Sep 2020 - , MSc by Research in Energy and Power at Cranfield University. Research topic: Multi-energy Systems in Future Electrified Airport.

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

Mr Al Husien Dabashi, Sep 2020 - , BEng (First-Class Hons) in Electronic & Communications Engineering from The University of Leeds. Research topic: Smart energy infrastructure for future power networks - EPSRC DTP Studentship.

Ms Susan Adedokun, Sep 2020 - , BEng (Hons) in Computer and Information Engineering, MBA from Kingston Business School, CEng, Research topic: Self-sufficient and sustainable energy systems to enhance electricity supply and resilience in developing countries.


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


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