Designing an energy from waste process from vehicle end-of-life recycling

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 Recycling Lives.

1 Year Enterprise-led Masters by Research, Ref. No. 116

  • 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 £2,260, and International students pay £15,945.
  • 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

Recycling lives is a social enterprise, operating a recycling and waste management facility which supports and sustains charitable programmes for offender rehabilitation, residential support and food redistribution. Around 850,000 tonnes of Automotive Shredder Residue (ASR) is produced in the UK every year, providing a challenge but also an opportunity for recycling sites across the globe. This research will aim to create an energy from waste process for use with this material. ASR is produced during the shredding and sorting processes employed in end-of-life vehicle recycling. This is an extremely challenging material to recycle and contains structural polymers used in vehicle construction, glass fragments and reinforcement materials.

Currently, ASR is disposed of in an energy intensive and costly manner. This research project will develop a process to generate energy from ASR waste. The successful candidate will construct a small pilot plant to test the mechanism and, if successful, this will be implemented on site and reduce Recycling Live’s energy reliance. The potential implications of this research are huge. Recycling Lives has an ambition to produce enough megawatts per hour to power their entire processing site. This technology may also have much wider implications on energy generation in the UK and overseas.

Applicants with background in an engineering discipline are sought. Those with a 2:1 or first class degree are encouraged to apply.

Enterprise and Collaborative Partners

This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University, with supervision from Prof Alistair Martin, and Recycling Lives. Recycling Lives combines business and charity. It operates a recycling and waste management facility, which supports and sustains charitable programmes for offender rehabilitation, residential support and food redistribution. The business has a strong social and environmental outlook.

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

Application deadline:21st October 2018

This project will begin January 2019