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Environmental Assessment of Solar Thermal Processes - a PhD opportunity with Brunel University London (BUL), the UK

Mechanical and Automotive Engineering

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Dr V Stojceska No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
London United Kingdom Energy Technologies Environmental Engineering Mechanical Engineering

About the Project

This exciting 3-year PhD opportunity will involve LCA of new technologies to estimate the environmental and cost implications of low carbon processes. The effect on environment will be assessed using different tolls and software, following the LCA’s stages: (i) definition of scope and goal, (ii) development of relevant inventory inputs and outputs, (iii) assessment of their potential impacts and interpretation of results within the context of proposed targets. The LCA costing and indirect cost as productivity, cost of time, budget allocation and compare long-term expenses with short – term expenses will be analysed. CapEx and OpEx costing for the use of the solar energy for generation of heating and cooling systems will be determined. A new decision support toolbox that covers two-way power flow and communications between various components will be developed. Optimisation of several objective functions such as primary energy savings, emission reduction, minimum cost of CapEx and OpEx will be considered. The developed model will then be used for the environmental and economic analysis to find out the possible combinations of variables that will give the best performance concerning energy savings, emission reductions, and minimum cost of Renewable Energy Source.

You will be working together with a supervisory team that brings together unique expertise in solar energy and environmental sustainability. You will have an opportunity to work with the EU consortium of 17 partners from universities and companies and take part in the multidisciplinary research area at BUL.

Training opportunities

BUL will provide training, technical and academic support. You will develop transferable skills with engaging with different stakeholders and end-user companies.

Student profile

The successful candidate will possess minimum 2:1 Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Science/ Engineering, Renewable Energy Engineering or equivalent qualification(s). Degree in MPhIl, MEng, MSc or industrial experience in sustainable energy and/or knowledge in using SimaPro 9 and COMSOL software would be an advantage.

Please contact Dr. Valentina Stojceska at [Email Address Removed] or Dr. Mohamed Darwish at [Email Address Removed] to find out more about the project or for an informal discussion about this opportunity. 

How to Apply

Please submit your application documents (see list below) by Friday 26 March 2021 to [Email Address Removed]  [Email Address Removed] and [Email Address Removed]

Interviews will take place in on the 31st of March 2021.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
  • Name and contact details for TWO academic referees, one of which can be a member of staff in the College.

Please state the name of the project at the top of your personal statement. 

Funding Notes

This PhD scholarship is part of the larger EU project ASTEP - “Solar energy in industrial processes” (HOME - Astep Project ) supported
by EU – Horizon 2020. The scholarship covers annual living expenses of £15,009 – £17, 285 subject to satisfactory progress and UK/EU tuition fees. Please note that the studentship will be conditional on securing a place as a PhD student.

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