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  Decarbonization of airports and the use of renewable energy sources


   School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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  Dr Amir Nourian, Dr Viktoriia Myroniuk  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Information on this PhD research area can be found further down this page under the details about the Widening Participation Scholarship given immediately below.

Applications for this PhD research are welcomed from anyone worldwide but there is an opportunity for UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) to apply for a widening participation scholarship.

Widening Participation Scholarship: Any UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) is invited to apply. Our scholarships seek to increase participation from groups currently under-represented within research. A priority will be given to students that meet the widening participation criteria and to graduates of the University of Salford. For more information about widening participation, follow this link: https://www.salford.ac.uk/postgraduate-research/fees. [Scroll down the page until you reach the heading “PhD widening participation scholarships”.] Please note: we accept applications all year but the deadline for applying for the widening participation scholarships in 2024 is 28th March 2024. All candidates who wish to apply for the MPhil or PhD widening participation scholarship will first need to apply for and be accepted onto a research degree programme. As long as you have submitted your completed application for September/October 2024 intake by 28 February 2024 and you qualify for UK fees, you will be sent a very short scholarship application. This form must be returned by 28 March 2024. Applications received after this date must either wait until the next round or opt for the self-funded PhD route.

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Project description: The global air transportation market was valued at $125.9 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach $334.5 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 2.80%% from 2021 to 2028. The aviation industry supports around 4% of the world's gross domestic product (GDP). At the same time the air transportation industry is under enormous pressure in terms of compliance with the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. Fifteen out of seventeen UN SDGs have been adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and are reflected in its vision for the development of the air transportation industry.

Airports are an important part of the air transportation industry, and they need to be compliant with its sustainability agenda, in particular with SDG 7 Affordable and clean energy and SDG 13 Climate action. This is already reflected in the ICAO’s “Focus on the production of renewable energy at the airport site” eco airport toolkit. There are many great and innovative examples of production and consumption of renewable energy at airports around the world. Among such airports are Aéroports de Paris, Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Cochin International Airport, Denver International Airport, Galapagos Seymour Airport, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Portland International Jetport (Portland, Maine), San Diego International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Melbourne Airport, etc.

Research may include but is not limited to the problems below:

-       Benchmarking analysis of renewable energy production and consumption at airports around the world.

-       Airport suitability, operational requirements and limitations, as well as rationale for renewable energy production and consumption at airports.

-       Advantages and disadvantages of different renewable energy production at airports, including solar energy, wind energy, biomass energy, geothermal energy, hydroelectric energy, etc.

-       Innovative solutions and technologies for renewable energy production and consumption at airports.

-       Main consumers of renewable energy at airports: terminal buildings, ramp equipment, parking lots, etc.

-       Cost-benefit analysis of renewable energy production.

-       Safety assessment of renewable energy production and consumption.

-       Renewable energy production project feasibility study.

-       Airport carbon emissions reduction as a result of renewable energy sources used. 

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