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Lancaster University

Funded PhD in Environment Science - Energy Solutions Consulting
£16,000
Location Lancaster University
Starts Oct 2020
Deadline ASAP

Join our Funded PhD in Environment Science

. We work alongside businesses to create low carbon solutions to industry challenges, contributing to the achievement of sustainability goals and carbon reduction across sectors.

Location: Lancaster University

What you will be doing

Energy Solutions Consulting, based in Blackpool, offers Renewable Energy Consulting Services. Its solutions are customised to suit specific customers and renewable energy projects. They specialise in providing a total energy consulting service for businesses either already operating biomass plant which is not performing, or those thinking of installing new plant; always with a focus on emissions and long term cost reductions. Part of their services are to the equine industry which involves installing compliant biomass boilers with flue gas filtration at equestrian centres with an onsite heat demand to run on dried residual horse bedding.

Biomass boilers are ideally suited to equestrian centres which need heat. In a circular economy, used wood shavings (bedding) from these centres can be re-purposed as a free fuel, if they are clean.

However, the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme closes in March 2021, and the industry fears this will have a devastating effect on installations similar to the impact on solar installations when feed in tariffs were withdrawn.

The research seeks to create a new business case for biomass, by exploring options for deriving fuel and further added value products from the waste steam, drying products using spare biomass heat. It will evaluate options for creating a fuel for IED compliant burners, manufacturing horse bedding pellets and other added value products from the waste stream.

Applicants should have prior research (dissertation) experience of evaluating the economic viability of bespoke waste management options, ideally in energy and/or agricultural contexts.

This PhD is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University (supervision by Professor Ian Dodd) and Energy Solutions Consulting Ltd.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to confirmation of funding. Ref LU-027.

Company benefits

• Get paid £1,455 per month tax-free until June 2023.

• Have your UK/EU tuition fees funded.

• Be supported by an academic and business team to ensure your research is a success.

• Be part of a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led research.

• This research centre was declared ‘the outstanding knowledge exchange and commercialisation initiative in the UK’.

• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK or overseas.

What you will have

  • You have: a 2:1 degree or above in Environmental, Plant or Sustainability Sciences.
  • You have: excellent English language skills.
  • You have: an interest in applied research to develop solutions to business, societal and environmental challenges.
  • You have: strong organisational and interpersonal skills.

Learn more about Lancaster University

We are Eco-I North West

We are recruiting candidates for a cohort of funded PhDs starting October 2020. You’ll be paid whilst earning a PhD from a world-class university, working closely with a business sponsor who is invested in your research project. We are seeking high quality candidates to our PhD programme delivered at Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool.

You’ll be paid whilst earning a PhD from a world-class university, working closely with a business sponsor who is invested in your research project. We are seeking high quality candidates to our PhD programme delivered at Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool. All of our projects are funded by a business partner and the European Regional Development Fund. PhD candidates will receive a tax free stipend each month and have UK/EU tuition fees funded.

All of our research projects are applied to real business challenges and lead to the development of innovative and low carbon products and services. Eco-I North West is a £14m innovation fund supporting business innovation across low carbon sectors.

Eco-I NW and Centre for Global Eco-Innovation research is led by business and covers all academic disciplines such as environmental science, engineering, chemistry, physics, computing & communications, management science, psychology, health & medicine.

You will benefit from a supportive team of academic supervisors, business contacts and university colleagues. We all want your project to be a success and will work together to support you from start to finish. Together, we can make a real difference to the world of business and overcome environmental challenges we face across the world today.

What we do

We are led by business research needs and all of our projects have come from a UK North West business. These are then linked with academic expertise at the universities of Lancaster and Liverpool before openly recruiting for a Graduate Researcher to deliver the research project – this could be you!

We are open to all business ideas, as long as they are innovative, exciting and lead to a carbon saving and environmental benefit.

Don’t take our word for it, here are some testimonials from our previous cohort.

Eco-I NW and the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Join our multi award-winning team of like-minded researchers, academics and business professionals to undertake world leading research supporting the development of business products and services which meet the needs of our changing world. We work alongside businesses to create low carbon solutions to industry challenges, contributing to the achievement of sustainability goals and carbon reduction across sectors.

Our research is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.