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Clean energy technologies for a rapidly developing world

Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

About the Project

The world’s population is expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, 30% higher than current estimates. Most of the growth and development are expected to occur in emerging and developing countries, where energy access remains a daunting challenge. While the number of people gaining access to electricity has increased in recent years, there are still about 3 billion people – mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia – that are without electricity and using polluting energy sources. To ensure access to energy for all, as proposed by the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7, there is the need to accelerate the development of clean energy technologies and transition to cleaner fuels. This project sits within a broader line of research that aims to develop “innovative clean energy technologies and integrated energy solutions”.

The PhD study will explore conceptual, theoretical, and experimental approaches in biomass utilisation and thermochemical conversion to develop innovative energy solutions and/or processes as well as a circular economy concept for resource recovery. This relies on integrated energy processes for multi-generation of beneficial outputs, whose end products have environmental value. A parametric techno-economic and environmental analysis will be carried out to assess the feasibility of the technology proposed. Project outcomes are expected to contribute to improving energy security, reducing the dependency on fossil fuels, diversifying fuel supply, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This can have considerable impact on health, well-being, livelihood of people, particularly rural households.

In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.

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Funding Notes

Excellent candidates may be considered for a University scholarship. This PhD project is also offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with their own funding, or those applying to funding sources.

Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering or science discipline and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research. Knowledge and research experiences in the following areas are preferred: energy engineering, thermal engineering, chemical engineering and waste management. Experiences in bioenergy and process simulations are desirable.

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