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Delivering the Hydrogen Economy

Key Information

Supervisors:

Academic: Dr. Charles Dunnill

Industrial: Andrew Williams

Background:

UnitBirwelco supplies sophisticated engineered products into a broad range of markets including oil and gas, petrochemical, energy and marine. These markets provide an exciting range of engineering challenges for environments that include high pressure, aggressive mediums and expectations for high integrity.

As the world moves towards decarburisation one of the key solutions is the hydrogen economy with applications in heating, energy and mobility. However, the hydrogen economy brings new challenges in how it can generated, stored, utilised and importantly distributed.

Hydrogen is fast becoming the fuel of the future in a decarbonised society. One major stumbling block is the distribution of hydrogen and the lack of current infrastructure. (You as the consumer don’t use hydrogen because you cannot buy it, but you cannot buy it because you do not use it) This project will consider the distribution network for a widely distributed hydrogen supply aiming mostly at businesses and domestic markets.

This project will focus on how UnitBirwelco can utilise its engineering experience in pressure vessels to produce the distribution method for hydrogen. Consideration will be given to the materials selection, manufacturing processes and engineering design challenges.

Project Aims:

The project will work closely with the supporting company in Swansea, based in Elba crescent, and the Dunnill research group as well as potential other collaborators.
Using the world class expertise of the companies pressurised vessel technology, this project is going to design the hydrogen canister for the future, allowing trucks to distribute hydrogen to all areas. The project will carry out in-depth assessments of the “Need” and hence the constraints of such a process, before assessing the potential technology, and design practical methods of distributing the hydrogen. A decision matrix should justify the final concept design. It is anticipated that the company will then develop the concept forwards and potentially form a new product line.

Predicted Outcomes:

•    Standard MSc thesis that will be utilised by the company.
•    Meetings and inspiration along the way.
•    Published paper with permission, sanitised of sensitive information, maybe on a case study if appropriate.
•    Future collaboration. This is the beginning of what will hopefully be a long and mutually fruitful relationship.

Before submitting an application for the project, please see our Hints & Tips document which can be found here.

Sponsoring Company UnitBirwelco

UnitBirwelco supplies sophisticated engineered products into a broad range of markets including oil and gas, petrochemical, energy and marine. These markets provide an exciting range of engineering challenges for environments that include high pressure, aggressive mediums and expectations for high integrity.

Company Website Eligibility

We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent experience to the same level.
Normally, we would expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application.

Note: Energy engineering covers a wide variety of engineering disciplines so any would be welcome to apply. We would be looking for an innovative and outgoing individual who works well as a team. A good understanding of practical engineering and hydrogen would be beneficial as well as the materials characteristics that will be needed in order to build such a system.

This project requires someone who is able to appropriately respect confidential information as there is potential for patent applications.
 
Full eligibility criteria can be found at https://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

Funding

Fees at UK/EU rate and Stipend £14500, both for the period of one year.
For full details on funding eligibility, please refer to the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) Website.
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‘International’ candidates.

Closing Date 19 July 2020

Start Date October 2020


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Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk