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PhD position - Developing a closed-loop thermochemical storage systemPosted by: University of Twente
Posted date: 2019-Dec-20
We are looking for a highly skilled researcher to reinforce our team!
This 4-year fully-funded PhD position is part of the Meerjarige Missiegedreven Innovatie Programma's (MMIP) grant, project 9.4 “Developing a closed-loop thermochemical storage system”. following universities, knowledge institutes and industries are involved in this project: University of Twente, Technical University of Eindhoven, TNO, Municipality of Eindhoven, Caldic, Oversluizen thermal engineering, FPSsim, U-Projecten and MercuryLAB.
There is a growing need for flexibility for the use of local and sustainable energy sources, which is caused by the natural fluctuations in the supply of these forms of energy. The combination of sustainable energy systems and compact thermal storage leads to a more efficient use of sustainable energy and a reduction of the required energy from the local electricity grid. Especially the use of thermochemical materials (TCMs), which is an intrinsically loss-free and compact means of thermal energy storage, can effectively balance the supply and demand. Optimized heat and mass transfer characteristics benefit storage capacity and charge/discharge power.
The overall aim of this project is to increase the potential of the so called closed-loop TCM system by increasing the efficiency (i.e. decreasing the charge and discharge losses, a higher power uptake/release per volume and a lower regeneration temperature). As part of this project, the closed-loop heat battery will be modeled and analyzed to optimize the design and performance. The ultimate goal is to further develop the heat storage system from the 1st generation to a first user-ready system.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
We offer you a very challenging position in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.