Civil, maritime and environmental engineering
Location: Boldrewood Campus
Closing Date: Sunday July 31, 2022
Supervisory team: Dominique Hudson
In response to the climate crisis and to fight global warming by reducing emissions, we need to decarbonize global energy. This will lead to a reduction in the transport of oil and gas, but it is very likely that future energy sources will have to be transported around the world. Hydrogen is a potential future energy source. Hydrogen has a low volumetric energy density and is therefore likely to require large vessels for transport.
For a true zero-carbon economy, hydrogen must be produced from renewable electricity sources by electrolysis, called “green hydrogen”. In a transition to sufficiently abundant renewable energy, hydrogen may be produced from natural gas by steam reforming with the associated carbon dioxide emissions captured and stored (or used), referred to as ” blue hydrogen”. Even if this hydrogen is produced in a renewable way, the distribution of renewable resources (supply) and energy consumption (demand) are not globally equal and will probably not always coincide.
This project will study the likely supply chains of hydrogen as the world transitions to its widespread use and from blue production methods to green methods, including shipping demand in terms of the number, size and speed of suitable ships. At the same time, the distribution and energy costs of shipping/transshipment need to be considered, as well as future plans for the costs of different production and shipping methods. Depending on your background, this project has the potential to be truly multidisciplinary and would then work across engineering and business school.
You will work closely with our industry partner, Shell Shipping and Maritime and this research has the potential to significantly influence the energy transition for global shipping as it moves towards carbon-free fuels. There are opportunities to spend time with Shell Shipping and Maritime as part of your PhD studies. The thesis will contribute to the search for the Maritime Futures Center at University.
If you would like to discuss project details informally, please contact Dominic Hudson, Maritime Engineering Group, Email: [email protected], Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 2306.
A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honors degree, or its international equivalent).
Closing Date: Applications must be received no later than July 31, 2022 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on funds remaining in place.
Funding: For UK students, tuition fees and a tax-free £18,000 stipend per year for up to 3.5 years.
How to register
Applications must be made online. Select program type (Research), 2022/23, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD Engineering and Environment (full-time)”. In section 2 of the application form, you must insert the name of the supervisor Dominic Hudson
Applications must include:
- Curriculum vitae
- Two letters of recommendation
- Transcripts to date
For more information please contact: [email protected]