Stopford Energy and Environment


3 Year Industry-led Funded PhD: Ref. No. CGE 40

Highly efficient integrated generation of energy from biomass and waste using MIP gasification and fuel cell technology

This project will seek to couple fuel cell technology to a novel small-scale microwave induced plasma (MIP) gasification technology to enable the highly efficient generation of heat and power from biomass and waste. The Plasmergy MIP gasification approach enables feedstocks to be thermally converted into a synthetic gas, rich in both hydrogen and carbon monoxide. Whilst gas engines and turbines are candidate technologies for the power generation train, significantly enhanced energy conversion efficiencies can be achieved via coupling with high temperature fuel cells, which allows for better thermal integration. Applicants should have a chemical/mechanical engineering background (or related subject) with laboratory experience.

Industry Partner

This doctoral research project will be supervised by Lancaster University,  Liverpool John Moores University and Stopford Energy & Environment.  Stopford is an international energy and environment consultancy providing innovative multidisciplinary solutions to a global market. For over 30 years we have been serving the requirements of a multi-national client base from our team of industry leading experts.

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 £17,510/year to £13,315/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. This post is subject to confirmation of European Union funding.

Application Deadline

4th September

Start Date: October 2017

How to apply

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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.

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.