This project deals with one of the biggest challenges across the industrialised world – how do we keep ourselves warm in a world without fossil fuels. In the UK and many other places, heat pumps offer a potential solution, but the fall in COP during cold periods and difficulties with retrofitting in existing building stock poses challenges. In this project, you will work with a team investigating thermo-chemical energy storage materials (TCES) for heating applications.
This PhD aims at developing law-carbon heating solutions using thermo-chemical energy storage (TCES) materials. TCES stores energy via reversible chemical reactions and can be charged using low-carbon sources – for example, intermittent electricity from wind or solar thermal concentration. We are particularly interested in finding materials suitable for domestic use which can supplement heat from heat pumps in cold weather. We will characterise potential TCES materials and use data analysis techniques to estimate the required heat loads and corresponding confidence intervals. Potential research contributions may occur across a range of scales, from lab work on TCES, to engineering design of charging/discharging systems and specification of future heat demands and TCES capabilities.