Energy efficiency of wood chip biomass

Get paid to do a Masters with the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University (The Sunday Times' University of the Year 2018) and Bowland Bioenergy.

1 Year Enterprise-led Masters by Research, Ref. No. 107

  • Get paid £15,000 tax-free
  • Have you tuition fees reduced. Your partner company pays £2,000 towards your fees, meaning UK/EU students pay £2,327, and international students pay £16,390.
  • Be part of the multi award winning Centre for Global Eco-Innovation with a cohort of 50 talented graduates working on exciting business-led R&D.
  • The Centre is based at Lancaster University, so you will gain your Masters from a Top Ten University, recognised as The Sunday Times University of the Year 2018.
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

The Project

The use of woodchip in biomass boilers is growing in popularity. This biofuel offers a sustainable method of energy generation and a cost effective way of delivering renewable energy and reducing CO2 emissions.

Before being used as a fuel, the woodchip needs to go through a drying process. This process can be very inefficient due to the emission of volatile organic compounds, dust and hot air. This project investigates process design options to filter the airflow and harvest the energy it contains. These options are anticipated to have a positive affect on the processing time and performance of the drying process.

This project will involve assessing the quality of dried chips and potential for heat recovery, both experimentally and by modelling based on the design and operating parameters.

The successful candidate will have an engineering background (mechanical/process/chemical) or applied sciences.

Enterprise and collaborative partners

This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University, with supervision from Dr David Cheneler, Dr Farid Aiouache and Bowland Bioenergy Ltd. Bowland Bioenergy is an SME which manufactures woodchip biomass to sell in the Lancashire area. Based in a Grade 2 listed barn and associated farm infrastructure, the old silage store and shippon now form fuel stores, which also house the Fliegl batch chip dryer.

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Application deadline - Midnight Sunday 28th April 2019

Start date - October 2019

This project is part funded by the European Regional development Fund. For further information about the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, please see our website.