Decarbonisation of transport is essential to achieve the UK’s stated goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. E-fuels, which include a range of synthetic fuels produced by combining renewable hydrogen and captured CO2, are expected play a crucial role in reducing emissions in shipping and aviation sectors, and potentially in passenger road transport as well. In the UK context, the rapid expansion of cost-effective offshore wind and the deployment of carbon capture technologies will provide the necessary resources that could underpin a domestic fuel production industry.
This doctoral project will develop novel life cycle assessment and techno-economic approaches to assess the potential for e-fuel production within the UK and their use in the light duty vehicle fleet, and extend findings to the heavy duty road fleet, rail, marine, and/or aviation sectors. The comprehensive approach undertaken will consider the current and future mix of hydrogen production routes and CO2 sources; anticipated developments in fuel production processes; and suitability for direct substitution for conventional fuels in transport applications. You will have the opportunity to develop expertise in innovative tools and methodologies for assessing the environmental and financial implications of deploying emerging technologies and the transition to net-zero.
During the doctorate, you will work closely with an interdisciplinary and international team (Aramco Asia, University of Toronto, and China Automotive Technology and Research Center), providing exciting opportunities to better understand the roles for e-fuels and their associated environmental implications from a global perspective.
· A degree in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or equivalent (MEng high 2.1 or above)
· Good technical written and verbal communication skills
· Time management and ability to meet deadlines
· Ability to work independently and in a team
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