RA – Phase Change Materials and Energy Storage

Salary:
£30,395.00 – £42,036.00 p.a.
Contact:

Yongliang Li


Background

This is an exciting opportunity to lead a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham and AMP Clean Energy. The aim of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership is to design, build and test thermal energy storage using novel phase Change materials to increase the efficiency and cost effectiveness of gas peaking plant.

The successful applicant will undertake training at the University of Birmingham on the techniques of composite phase change materials formulation and characterisation. The post holder will be responsible for the composite PCM development and testing, screening laboratory and field testing and will play a key role in thermal store design, simulation and manufacture. Working in collaboration with AMP Clean Energy Ltd, the KTP Associate will also be involved in the integration of the thermal stores with peaking plant and related performance testing. The post will report results to a steering group of University and AMP staff.

The successful applicant will be employed by the University of Birmingham but will be primarily based at AMP Clean Energy’s premises at Torlundy, Fort William in Scotland.

About AMP Clean Energy

AMP Clean Energy is a distributed energy company which supplies biomass wood fuel, develops low carbon heat and power assets, and invests in companies which support decarbonisation. AMP Clean Energy’s mission is to help UK businesses unlock the potential of decentralised, low carbon energy which supports the UK’s transition to a low carbon economy. Find out more at www.ampcleanenergy.com

About Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme is a government-funded technology transfer initiative that supports partnerships between business and universities, placing graduates on challenging, high profile projects. Further information is available at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/ktp

About Fort William

Lochaber is known as the outdoor capital of the UK for its scenic views and majestic mountains. This historical area is part of the Scottish West Highlands and offers those who live and work there a variety of outdoor activities including skiing, snowboarding, water sports, fly fishing and more. Tourists come to Lochaber to explore Fort William and Glen Nevis valley, but as someone who lives in the area you’ll be able to explore the nature and wildlife around you all year round. The Lochaber community is a small one, with many small villages scattered around the area and many family businesses that have been up and running for years. The locals are warm and friendly, making it easy to become a part of the community.

Summary of Role

At the early stage of the project the KTP Associate will undertake training at the University of Birmingham on the techniques of composite PCM formulation (including milling, mixing, granulation, compaction, drying and sintering etc) and characterisation (DSC, TGA, XRD, SEM etc). The post holder will also undertake a Literature Review to understand the most appropriate material to be used to recover heat from the flue gas and hot water of the peaking plant and then carry out a screening on the potential material pairs considering both the thermal properties, costs and the manufacture processing requirement.

The KTP Associate will be responsible for the composite PCM development and testing using the related facility at the University of Birmingham to optimise the operating parameters of the fabrication processes and also the cyclic stability and decay study. The post holder will also play a key role In thermal store design, simulation and manufacture. Working alongside the academic supervisor, the KTP Associate will analyse and review the performance of the thermal store (comprising a number of heat exchangers, controls, circulating pumps, etc) in a dynamic way (non-steady state) using CFD techniques. Working with AMP, the KTP Associate will also be involved in the thermal store manufacture process which will be done by a sub-contractor.

Working in collaboration with AMP Clean Energy Ltd, the KTP Associate will also be involved in the integration of the thermal stores with peaking plant and related performance testing. Based on the test result the Associate will also carry out a techno-economic assessment of the thermal stores. The post will report results to a steering group of University and AMP staff.

Further details and apply here.