This PhD Fellowship on hydrogen storage floating offshore wind wind is part of the STEP4WIND project which is funded under the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie H2020 ITN Research Program. This project is focused on addressing the main challenges facing the large-scale deployment of floating wind turbine arrays. The successful candidate will join a team of 10 early stage researchers working under the guidance of leading EU academics and industry partners to accelerate the commercialisation of these highly promising renewable energy technologies.
The work of this PhD Candidate is focused specifically on the coupling of hydrogen generating technologies in combination with floating wind farm arrays in order to reduce costs, improve electricity quality (both frequency and availability) and contribute to further to carbon abatement.
Description du poste
STEP4WIND is a European Industrial Doctorate programme, granted under the H2020 Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network initiative (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019, grant agreement 860737). The programme runs between April 2020 and March 2024 and will deliver 10 PhD degrees, in joint supervision and training between the public and private sectors. The main objective is to address both technological and economical challenges related to the commercialisation of floating offshore wind farms.
Description of Research topic on the PHD hydrogen storage with floating offshore wind
Floating wind turbine are likely to be deployed far from shore in large arrays. The value and utilization of the electricity generated will need to be maximised to ensure the economic success of these projects. The coupling of hydrogen generation technology in an integrated manner to achieve these goals will be the focus of this research.
In Year 1, the state of the art of hydrogen production methods will be reviewed focusing on operational parameters, storage variables and fuel Cell Variables. A list of key stakeholders involved in electrolysers, storage, transportation and distribution/applications of fuel cells will be developed.
In Year 2, several conceptual systems of hydrogen storage will be developed on the basis of the existing developments and future projections of the variables defined in Year 1. Feasibility studies will be performed for the implementation of a hydrogen storage system on the WindFloat using numerical simulation and possibly physical testing. The levelised cost of storage will be calculated for the various scenarios.
In Year 3, the design of the most promising implementation of the hydrogen system will be investigated further. The PhD Candidate will work closely with PPF to incorporate all the components of the hydrogen storage system on the WindFloat and determine its impacts on cost and performance.
Key duties and responsibilities
The PhD candidate will conduct a specified programme of research aligned with the work of the STEP4WIND project and the expertise of supervisors in MaREI and Principle Power.
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Modalités de candidature
- Short cover letter describing your motivation for applying for the position and how your experience and expertise match the research topic.
To Ms Grainne Lynch (firstname.lastname@example.org ), on or before the closing date 17th August 2020.