PhD studentship: Future-Proofing Offshore Wind-Hydrogen Systems: A Holistic Assessment Ensuring Safety, Environmental Responsibility, and Economic Viability Throughout the Lifecycle

University of Nottingham

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Location:  UK Different
Closing Date:  Friday 15 December 2023
Reference:  ENG1700

Supervised by Rasa Remenyte-Prescott and Rundong (Derek) Yan (Resilience Engineering, College of Engineering) 

Intention: To develop a mathematical modelling framework to evaluate and optimise offshore wind-hydrogen system (OWHS) designs, operation regimes, operation & upkeep methods, and end-of-life methods, which end in a protected, environmentally pleasant, and extremely economical vitality system.


The rising frequency of devastating floods, wildfires, and heatwaves the world over alerts us that we’re operating out of time to keep away from the worst impacts of local weather change. Offshore wind has been recognized as probably the most scalable of the UK’s bulk renewable applied sciences and will probably be a key a part of the UK’s vitality combine to scale back our dependency on fossil fuels and mitigate the impression of local weather change. Nevertheless, since wind vitality is an intermittent supply, it poses a problem as to the right way to successfully utilise it. Power storage applied sciences have develop into one of many predominant fields of examine to take advantage of and utilise renewable assets as a lot as potential. Amongst numerous vitality storage methods (ESSs), inexperienced hydrogen produced by electrolysis utilizing electrical energy from renewable vitality is seen as a vital enabler of the worldwide transition to sustainable vitality and web zero emissions economies. Wind-generated inexperienced hydrogen has nice potential to supply a long-term vitality storage various to match momentary and geographical vitality demand and provide from clear sources. Nevertheless, with the deployment of offshore wind farms additional away from the coast, if we wish to use wind vitality to supply hydrogen, how to make sure its security and minimise environmental impression throughout manufacturing, storage, and transportation of hydrogen whereas maximising its financial return has develop into an unavoidable difficulty.

Proposed challenge

The proposed challenge will probably be based mostly on simulation and evaluation of progressive OWHS designs, novel O&M methods, and potential end-of-life methods, together with potential modifications in not solely the marine surroundings, governmental steerage and laws, working situations, and manufacturing wants, but in addition potential location restrictions, wildlife habitats, sea fishing areas, residential dwelling areas, and different vital elements. This analysis can present an efficient instrument to comprehensively assess and optimise the security, environmental, and financial elements of future OWHSs. 

Such a technique can present key information for the deployment of future OWFs and Hydrogen Manufacturing, Storage, and Transportation Methods (HPSTSs) and the combination of HPSTSs into presently current offshore wind farms. Will probably be in a position to decrease the price of offshore wind energy and remove the main public issues and create an excellent working and dwelling surroundings for native individuals and different stakeholders (e.g. fishing communities), thereby additional accelerating the sustainable and wholesome improvement of offshore wind.

Abstract: Open to UK/EU/abroad college students. Search for funding sources at  

Entry Necessities: Beginning February 2024, we require an enthusiastic graduate with a 1st class diploma in engineering, pc science, maths, or a related self-discipline, at built-in Grasp’s stage or with a related MSc (in distinctive circumstances a 2:1 diploma may be thought of). 

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For any enquiries in regards to the challenge and the funding please e mail Rundong (Derek) Yan ([email protected]

This studentship is open till stuffed. Early software is strongly inspired.

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