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Pathways for decarbonising heat in the UK

Project Description

Decarbonising heat is arguably the biggest challenge facing UK energy policy over the next few decades. Today, almost half of the UK’s overall energy consumption is used for heating, primarily served by natural gas. There is no consensus on how best to decarbonise heating. This project aims to analyse heat decarbonisation pathways for the UK considering the local nature of emerging solutions and their impact on national energy supply infrastructure. The project will review the state of the art of the full range of low-carbon heat technologies and infrastructure options including electrification, district heating and hydrogen; and how national policies have driven their deployment. A unique combination of bottom-up and top-down modelling methods will be used to capture the possible evolution of local energy systems at a high spatial and temporal granularity and to aggregate their impact on national energy infrastructure. Key uncertainties in different heat decarbonisation pathways for the UK will be characterised and the challenges and opportunities will be explored. This project is funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) which acts as a focal point for UK energy research and a gateway between the UK and the international energy research communities. The prospective candidate will work closely with UKERC and other national centres of energy systems research and development, including the Supergen Energy Network hub, the Centre for Energy Systems Integration and the Energy Systems Catapult

Candidates should hold or expect to gain a first class degree or a good 2.1 (or their equivalent) in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. Candidates with a post-graduate qualification in an engineering related discipline are encouraged to apply.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

Funding Notes

This studentship is open to Home, EU or International candidates. Overseas candidates may apply but must confirm that they are able pay the difference between home and overseas fees (approx. £15K pa) themselves.

The studentship covers Tuition fees (home/EU rate) and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates (starting at £15,009 stipend for academic year 2018/19


Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University webpages ( ) including;
• an upload of your CV
• a personal statement/covering letter
• two references (applicants are recommended to have a third academic referee, if the two academic referees are within the same
• Current academic transcripts

Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy, with a start date of January 2020

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding, reference JWu-PSE-2019/2020.

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