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University of Strathclyde (Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering)

Address: Royal College Building, 204 George Street, Glasgow G1 1XW
URL: www.strath.ac.uk/eee/

Research activities in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde are driven by six strategically focused research groups, which reflect the scale, diversity and vision of the Department and underpin its teaching programmes:
- Centre for Intelligent Dynamic Communications
- Centre for Excellence in Signal & Image Processing
- Institute for Energy & Environment
- Centre for Microsystems & Photonics
- Industrial Control Centre
- Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering
The department has an established record of research excellence, with an international reputation for pioneering work across the broad spectrum of electronic and electrical engineering. Applied engineering innovation is core to the department’s research ethos and is a critical part of its culture. The department is also home to several unique and world-leading research facilities, including the British Energy Advanced Diagnostics Centre and the UK’s only EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Wind Energy Systems, specifically created to enable the UK meet its ambitious renewable energy targets. Supported by a variety of agencies and research centres worldwide, it has built up an enviable record of enterprise, entrepreneurship and research commercialisation. In line with the University’s vision, the Department excels at knowledge exchange and technology transfer, developing and integrating novel cutting edge technologies across a range of sectors in the local and global economies.

Dr. Nina Roscoe

Position: Research Fellow
E-Mail: nina.roscoe [AT] eee.strath.ac.uk
Telephone: 0141 548 2120

My current research activity at the University of Strathclyde is in inductive, electromagnetic energy harvesting. These energy harvesters will provide power to sensors which monitor the condition of electrical power supply equipment. For example, for temperature and humidity monitoring of high voltage conductors buried in cable tunnels, or on circuit breakers and disconnectors in sub-stations. By powering these sensors with energy harvesting the high cost of changing batteries or installing mains power in these difficult environments is avoided. Sensors with low installation costs allow affordable expansion of condition monitoring leading to improved reliability of supply and longer asset life.
My background includes 13 years of working in industry. I spent 5 years designing ultra high performance stereo equipment for Linn Products in Glasgow. I then joined Selex Systems in Edinburgh (previously BAE Systems), where I designed Receivers for a range of airbourne radars.
While these areas of engineering might not at first seem well connected with one another, the common thread has been very high performance analogue electronics. To reach the highest performance in electronics it is necessary to first develop a deep understanding of the mechanisms involved, and then apply innovation and practicality in appropriate measure.

Relevant Publications
Dr. Nina Roscoe, Dr Martin Judd, (2013) Harvesting Energy From Magnetic Fields to Power Condition Monitoring Sensors. In: IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 13, Issue 6, pp. 2263-2270.

Dr. Nina Roscoe, Dr Martin Judd, (2013) Optimization of Voltage Doublers for Energy Harvesting Applications. In: IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 13, Issue 12, pp. 4904 - 4911.

Dr. Nina Roscoe, Dr Martin Judd, Leigh Fraser (National Grid), (2010) A Novel Inductive Electromagnetic Energy Harvester for Condition Monitoring Sensors. In: Proc. 3rd Int. Conf. on Condition Monitoring and Diagnosis (CMD2010), August 2010, Tokyo, Japan.

Minan Zhu, Peter Baker, Dr. Nina Roscoe, Dr Martin Judd, John Fitch (National Grid), (2009) Alternative Power Sources for Autonomous Sensors in High Voltage Plant. In: Proc. Electrical Insulation Conference (EIC 2009), Montreal, Canada, pp. 36-39, June 2009.

Dr. Nina Roscoe, Dr Martin Judd, John Fitch (National Grid), (2009) Development of magnetic induction energy harvesting for condition monitoring. In: Proc. 44th Int. Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC 2009), Glasgow, UK, September 2009.

Minan Zhu

E-Mail: minan.zhu [AT] eee.strath.ac.uk
Telephone: 01415482120

Minan graduated with a M.Eng.(Hons) in Electronics & Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in 2006. He completed his degree project at the Power System Laboratory in ETH Zürich as a visiting student. Minan has been working on the energy harvesting project at the University of Strathclyde since June 2007.

Relevant Publications
Minan Zhu, Dr Martin Judd, P. J. Moore, (2009) Energy Harvesting in Substations for Powering Autonomous Sensors. In: Proc. 3rd Int. Conf. on Sensor Technologies and Applications (SENSORCOMM '09), Athens, Greece, June 2009, pp. 246-249.

Minan Zhu, Peter Baker, Dr. Nina Roscoe, Dr Martin Judd, John Fitch (National Grid), (2009) Alternative Power Sources for Autonomous Sensors in High Voltage Plant. In: Proc. Electrical Insulation Conference (EIC 2009), Montreal, Canada, pp. 36-39, June 2009.

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