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Heat Accumulation from Renewables with Valid Energy Storage and Transformation

   School of Engineering

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  Prof Xianfeng Fan, Dr S Lau  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Committee on Climate Change suggests that we need to decarbonise all heat in buildings by 2050 to achieve the Net Zero emissions targets. This project will develop a new solution that can absorb and accumulate the curtailed/waste renewable electricity all around the year using thermochemical heat storage technology and then convert and magnify the heat output in winter and cooling output in summer using heat pump technology. The unique features of the proposed solution are: (1) the microwave-assisted process to flexibly absorb renewable electricity; and (2) the compact and efficient regeneration process by direct contact reaction between thermochemical heat storage materials and ammonia solution. 


We have established a strong multidisciplinary consortium, consisting of leading researchers from the University of Birmingham, the University of Edinburgh, and the University College London, to address the key challenges in both the scientific/technological aspects and social aspects. The 'new technologies of heating and/or cooling' and 'new methods or significant developments for heat storage or cold storage'. 

You will work with a team of 4 Postdoctoral Research Assistants and 3 academics on this project. 


This PhD student will focus on the development of an effective microwave-assisted dehydration of oxide granules, and investigate the effects of the microwave treatment, operating temperature and humidity, and granule composition on the dehydration reaction degree and kinetics as well as the cyclic (mechanical) stability of the granules. 

The PhD scholarship will covers 3.5 years of your PhD study.


Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. 

Further Information: 

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Funding Notes

• Applicants with Home fee status: A stipend and the Home tuition fee are available for UK applicants and for EU applicants starting BEFORE August 2021.
• EU applicants without settled/pre-settled status starting from August 2021 will be assigned to the Overseas tuition fee rate (see below).
• Applicants with Overseas fee status: Overseas applicants are welcome to apply and will be eligible for the Home fee and stipend, but the top up in fees from Home rate to Overseas rate must be secured by the candidate (either self-funded or through external scholarship).
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