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Exploring the role of advanced technology for heating decarbonisation in distributed energy system


   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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About the Project

This project will develop a systematic model to understand the heating decarbonisation in the distributed energy system with detailed consideration of advanced technologies (e.g., hydrogen, heat pumps, thermal storage, biomass boilers).

Department/School

School of Sustainability, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Project Description

The Sixth Carbon Budget requires a reduction in UK greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 78% by 2035 relative to 1990, a 63% reduction from 2019. In terms of heating, over 90 per cent of our homes are rely on fossil fuels, accounting for a third of UK total gas use. Decarbonisation of heating in energy system is therefore a significant challenge if the UK’s 2050 Net-Zero targets are to be reached. Meanwhile, nature gas prices soared by more than 200 per cent last year due to the global surge in demand and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which leads to unavoidable impacts to families. Therefore, it is urgently needed to explore the pathway to decarbonise heating in the distributed energy system, that could minimize fuel poverty in the UK whilst simultaneously delivering Net-Zero targets. 

This project will develop a systematic model to understand the heating decarbonisation in the distributed energy system with detailed consideration of advanced technologies (e.g., hydrogen, heat pumps, thermal storage, biomass boilers). The expected results include the optimised heating system design and wider socio-economic impacts in the whole system, thus supporting the decision-making in practice. 

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Lirong Liu and Professor Matthew Leach and will be based at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability. We have a vibrant, nterdisciplinary research community tackling the biggest issues faced by society globally and host high profile guest lectures from government and industry. You will receive comprehensive research training and opportunities to participate in conferences, workshops, and seminars to develop professional skills and research network.

Candidate Profile

We are looking for committed and enthusiastic applicants with knowledge of advanced low-carbon heating technology, energy transition and socio-economic system. Coding experience in MATLAB or GAMS and research experience with Input-Output Analysis or Computable General Equilibrium model is desirable.

How to Apply

Open to UK and International students starting in October 2023.

Applications should be submitted via the Environment and Sustainability PhD programme page , but please note the closing date for this studentship is Friday 6th January 2023. In place of a research proposal you should upload a document stating the title of the projects (up to 2) that you wish to apply for and the name(s) of the relevant supervisor. You must upload your full CV and any transcripts of previous academic qualifications. You should enter ’Faculty Funded Competition’ under funding type.

Funding

The studentship will provide a stipend at UKRI rates (currently £17,668 for 2022/23) and tuition fees for 3.5 years. An additional bursary of £1700 per annum for the duration of the studentship will be offered to exceptional candidates.

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