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Efficient Solar Thermal Energy Storage System Development for 24 Hours Operation (Advert Reference: SF19/EE/MCE/SHAHZAD)

Project Description

The inevitable escalation in economic development has serious implications on energy and environment nexus. The International Energy Outlook 2019 (IEO2016) predicted that the Non-Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (non-OECD) countries will lead with a 71% rise in energy demand in contrast with only 18% in developed countries from 2012-2040. Most of the energy is consumed to provide basic needs of life such as heating, cooling and fresh water. Traditionally, these sources are produced from conventional fossil fuels operated plants. These are not only energy intensive, but also environmentally unfriendly. The proposed research aims to develop highly efficient solar thermal energy storage based on Magnesium Oxide (MgO) to provide these utilities for life cycle. The condensation of Mg(OH)2 dehydrated vapour during day operation with concentrated solar energy and exothermic hydration of MgO at night can produce 24 hour thermal energy for cooling, heating and water production without any interruption. The student will design and analyse the long-term performance of solar thermal energy storage system based on Magnesium Oxide (MgO). The student will also conduct a detailed simulation to develop a design reference table for commercial applications.

This project is supervised by Dr. Muhammad Wakil Shahzad.

Please note eligibility requirement:
* Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
* Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. SF19/EE/MCE/SHAHZAD) will not be considered.

Start Date: 1 March 2020 or 1 October 2020

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Funding Notes

This is an unfunded research project.


Shahzad M.W., Burhan M., Ng K.C. (2019) Renewable Energy Storage and Its Application for Desalination. In: Motoasca E., Agarwal A., Breesch H. (eds) Energy Sustainability in Built and Urban Environments. Energy, Environment, and Sustainability. Springer, Singapore. ISBN: 978-981-13-3283-8

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