River Power Pod


3 Year Industry-led Funded PhD: Ref. No. 36

Establishing a model to select viable locations for “in-stream” micro hydropower

In-stream hydropower schemes provide low-carbon and environmentally friendly renewable energy; yet is still in its infancy. Many pico/micro-hydropower scheme projects suffer from an absence of swift and cost-effective means of assessing: sites, their environmental impact, performance and commercial viability. The aim of this project is to develop and validate a hydropower assessment model, using GIS to combine with multiple inputs (e.g. LIDAR, satellite images) and in-situ data. The company is currently assessing potential sites for deployment of their ‘River Power Pod’ device, in association with government and non-government agencies, in Kenya, Nepal, Myanmar, China and the UK.

The aim of this doctoral research project is to develop a comprehensive, multi-method approach comprising analysis of in-situ data, satellite and aerial images, ‘remote sensors’ for measurements of flow and numerical modelling, to assess potential hydro energy sites. This project would be of particular interest to applicants with a background in GIS and/or remote sensing, interests in computing and working on applied aspects of hydrological research with our partner organisation Fern Innovation.

Industry Partner

This doctoral research project will be supervised by Lancaster University and @RiverPowerPod, an independent consultancy supporting the development and commercialisation of renewable energy technology; applying expertise developed in aerospace, energy and motorsport (F1 and Indycar).

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will receive £15,000 tax free per year, have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth £4,121/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,085/year to £12,964/year), become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D, and finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.


Application Deadline

This project has now been recruited.


The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

This doctoral research project is one of a cohort of industry-led funded research projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation manages the Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Hub (LoCaL-i), part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.