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Low Temperature District Heat Networks (SAM08)

Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project detail

Decarbonisation of heating and cooling will be critical in achieving the UK’s 2050 zero greenhouse gas emissions target. The research to be undertaken will assess the feasibility of developing and deploying 4th and 5th generation district heat networks in the UK using a combination of renewable energy and industrial waste heat sources. It is anticipated that the research will incorporate both detailed modelling of heat networks, (with the development of new models when required) and development, modelling and characterisation of lab scale prototype system components, for example sensible, latent or thermochemical heat stores. The student will be based in the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) and have access to extensive material characterisation and laboratory test facilities. The research undertaken will contribute to the EPSRC programme grant LoT-NET. This will provide excellent opportunities for interaction with leading UK Academics, Research Assistants and PhD students working in aligned areas and provide opportunities to present latest research findings to an informed audience on a regular basis.

Find out more: School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering (

Start date of studentship: 01 October 2020.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: heat network modelling/CFD/materials characterisation/experimental design.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select: Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Please quote reference number: SAM08.

Funding Notes

Applicants who apply for this project will be considered on a competitive basis in March 2020 against candidates shortlisted for this and other projects with the advert reference beginning ‘SAM’. Early submission is advised, and a complete application must be received before the advert’s closing date.

If successful, candidates will be awarded a 3-year school studentship providing a tax-free stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £15,009 and £4,327, respectively, in 2019-20 which are likely to rise by 2020/21). Non-EU-nationals may apply but the studentship will cover the cost of the international tuition fee only.

Successful candidates will be notified by 26 March 2020.

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