Dr Weiqi Hua is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) since 2023. He took postdoctoral positions at the University of Oxford (U.K.) and Cardiff University (U.K.). He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Durham (U.K.) in 2020, co-funded by Hyundai Motor Company and Durham Research Doctoral Scholarship, with the thesis title of ‘Smart Grid Enabling Low Carbon Future Power Systems Towards Prosumers Era’.
He was the visiting researcher to the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE), Greece in 2019, and visiting researcher to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China in 2018 and 2019. His research interests include:
i) energy system modelling and optimisation,
ii) renewable energy integration,
iii) digitalisation, digital twin, and machine learning for energy system analytics,
iv) energy policy and economics, and
v) Local energy markets and peer-to-peer energy trading.
Dr Hua is an Editorial Board Member of Applied Energy, and Editorial Board Member of Oxford Open Energy. He served as the Lead Guest Editor for the Special Issue on the topic of Blockchain based local energy market in IET Smart Grid, Guest Editor for the Special Issue on the topic of digitalisation of energy systems in Oxford Open Energy, and Guest Editor for the Special Issue on the topic of energy-water nexus in Water.
He was a technical program committee (TPC) member for IEEE SmartGridComm 2020, and TPC member for IEEE International Smart Cities Conference 2021. He has been appointed as the sessional chair for CEN2023 Applied Energy Symposium, sessional chair for IEEE SmartGridComm 2018, and sessional chair for IEEE International Smart Cities Conference 2017. He has edited a book with CRC press: ‘Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Technologies for Smart Energy Systems’, and published a chapter for IntechOpen book: ‘Microgrids and Local Energy Systems’.
Dr Hua has undertaken research projects collaborating with academia and industries, including:
i) EPSRC Analytical Middleware for Informed Distribution Networks (AMIDiNe),
ii) BEIS Heat Pump Ready Programme,
iii) EPSRC Maximising flexibility through multi-scale integration of energy system (MISSION),
iv) Integrated heating and cooling networks with heat-sharing-enabled smart prosumers,
v) Virtual Power Plant for Interoperable and Smart isLANDS (VPP4ISLANDS),
vi) EU ERDF Solid Wall Insulation innovation (SWIi), and
vii) Horizon 2020 Testing and Evaluating Sophisticated information and communication Technologies for enaBling scalablE smart griD Deployment (TESTBED).