Jobs and Opportunities

Experienced Combustion Engineer (BSc/HBO, MSc, PDEng) on Metal Fuels Conversion Technology

Opportunity type: Job opportunity
Organisation: Eindhoven University of Technology, Mechanical Engineering Department
Location: Eindhoven, NL
Application Deadline: Find out more by emailing l.p.h.d.goey@tue.nl
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Background

One of the newly discovered ways to generate power involves rethinking the way we use metals. People deal with metals every day and it may be hard to imagine that metals can replace hydrocarbon fuels. However, recent research has indicated that there might be huge opportunities for a carbon-free energy cycle based on metal fuels, with which it will be possible to supply power and heat when and where needed. In order to make fast oxidation of metals possible, they should be used as small (micron-sized) particles. In that case, they generate flame structures similar to those of gaseous fuels. Currently new burners and boilers are being developed to make this combustion possible. A large 100 KW burner/boiler (MP100) has been developed by a consortium of partners which recently has been upgraded to 1MW burner implemented in a 200 kW boiler. This boiler will be used as a boiler for brewing CO2-free beer from 2023 onwards. The candidate will participate in the project team and is expected to become the system expert over time. He or she will start with running an extensive experiment campaign together with the team, including a thorough analysis of the results. The goal is then to improve the design to meet the KPI’s by implementing and assessing a new clean and efficient combustion operation into these new systems.

Call for papers for Heat Powered Cycles Conference 2023

Opportunity type: Call for conference papers
Organisation: Heat Powered Cycles
Location: Conference will take place in Edinburgh
Application Deadline: 15th December 2022
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The Heat Powered Cycles 2023 Conference call for papers will be open 18th September 2022 – 15th December 2022.

Topics at the conference will include heat-powered carbon capture, referring to direct air capture.

Visit the conference website for more information.

The conference will take place 3-6 September 2023.

Special Issue of Energies to celebrate 25 years history of geologic carbon storage

Opportunity type: Journal article 
Organisation: Energies journal
Location: –
Application Deadline: 31 July 2022
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This Special Issue will mark the milestone of a quarter of a century of research in CO2 storage in sedimentary systems. The editors invite novel research articles in fields including but not limited to fluid geochemistry, reservoir engineering, geophysical studies, well tests, risk assessments and physicochemical research. Results may be from engineered CO2 reservoirs or natural analogues, with a focus on enhancing our understanding of upscaling CO2 storage in saline aquifers and accelerating mineral storage. They also welcome studies of laboratory experiments as well as contributions from geochemical modelling.

Further information here

Promethean Particles, TRL Advancement of MOFs for CCS

Opportunity type: Call for collaboration
Organisation: Promethean Particles
Location: Nottingham-based manufacture / global collaborative partners
Application Deadline: –
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Promethean Particles is pioneering a paradigm shift in the deployment of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for energy-efficient carbon capture applications. Our proprietary and patented manufacturing process enables the production of high quality MOFs at unparalleled scale and cost-effectiveness, finally overcoming historical barriers to adoption of this incredible class of materials.

Contact Chris Simmons, Business Development Manager (chris.simmons@proparticles.co.uk) if you feel that MOFs could form part of your CCS project and you would like to discuss a potential collaboration to drive the demonstrated TRL of a MOF solution forward.

Company website: www.prometheanparticles.co.uk

Assistant Professor – Sustainable Energy Systems

Opportunity type: Academic job
Organisation: University of Alberta
Location: Alberta, Canada
Application Deadline: Will remain open until filled.
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The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta invites applications for one full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Sustainable Energy Systems.

The successful candidate will have research expertise in the area of sustainable energy systems related to life cycle and techno-commercial analysis and thermodynamics. The successful candidate’s research will complement the existing research in the department on various aspects of energy systems, including carbon capture, materials development, and renewable energy production.

Find out more and apply here

Engineering Doctorate (EngD): Development of direct air capture (DAC) technology driven by renewable energy and CO2 conversion to fuel

Opportunity type: Postgraduate research
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Location: Nottingham
Application Deadline: 31 July 2022
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This study aims to quantify the cost and energy reduction by carrying out a comprehensive study of the direct air capture (DAC) process integrated with CO2 to methanol conversion process. Specific novelties of this work are: (1) Currently there is no commercial large-scale DAC plant existing in the world. We will develop models for large-scale DAC plant (driven by wind electricity and solar heat). We will answer the question how to design and operate such a plant; (2) No study on the integration of DAC based on electrodialysis regeneration with the CO2 utilisation process; (3) No study on rigorous optimisation and detailed techno-economic analysis of the DAC process integrated with CO2 conversion to methanol; (4) No study on life cycle analysis to determine the sustainability of the DAC process integrated with CO2 conversion to methanol. The research on DAC will be performed through process modelling. Techno-economic analysis and life cycle analysis will be carried out at commercial scale. The research outcome will be published in journal papers and conference papers, which will be vital for policy makers, academic researchers and industrial practitioners.

The project will be part of the EPSRC-supported Centre for Doctoral Training in Resilient Decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems. The student who undertakes it will be one of a cohort of over 50 students in a broad range of disciplines across the Universities of Sheffield, Nottingham and Cardiff

Supervisors: Prof Meihong Wang, Dr Ade Lawal, Dr James McGregor

Further information and details on how to apply can be found here

Progressive Energy – Call for proposals

Opportunity type: Proposal call
Organisation: Progressive Energy
Location: –
Application Deadline: –
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Progressive Energy is developing a number of projects which require carbon (dioxide) capture and storage (CCS), and as a part of these, it is necessary to prescribe a specification for the carbon dioxide which is to be stored, recognising that it will not be a pure fluid.  Such a specification is necessary, not just to envelope the thermodynamic properties of the carbon dioxide stream, but also its chemical properties.

Work to ascertain the thermodynamic and chemical properties of impure carbon dioxide is incomplete, although there have been significant advances in the last decade.  Nevertheless, some of it is theoretical and has yet to be validated with experimental data at a CO₂ pressure of 40bara.

An outline specification for work necessary to obtain essential information on one of the potential reaction sets, between ammonia and carbon dioxide has been provided by Progressive Energy.  The potential reaction salts are ammonium carbamate, ammonium carbonate and ammonium bicarbonate, the latter also requiring the presence of water.

If you think you would be able to undertake research as specified on this topic please contact:

Andy Brown (CEng, FIMechE, AFIChemE, FEI), Engineering Director, Progressive Energy, andy.brown@progressive-energy.com

Further information and details on how to apply can be found here

Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) MOOC – Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage

Opportunity type: Online course
Organisation: SCCS
Location: Online
Application deadline: Available online
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Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) is launching it’s MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, on Monday 25th October on ‘Climate Change: Carbon Capture and Storage’.

The five-week course, taught by leading experts at the University of Edinburgh, will explore carbon capture and storage (CCS), a set of technologies that can radically rein in CO2 emissions and help nations reach net zero by 2050.

The course, which has seen nearly 18,000 participants from across the world sign up for previous runs, begins on 25 October and places CCS in the context of climate change, global energy and economics, the use of fossil fuels and global climate policy. The world’s first such course to cover CCS and climate change, it has been developed for those with no prior knowledge.

Watch the introductory video and register

Course participants will learn about:

  • how to protect the atmosphere, with CCS technology, from an excess of CO2;
  • the uniqueness of CCS to complement other low-carbon technologies;
  • the potential to make fossil fuels “safe to use” in the context of the Paris Climate Change Agreement of 2015;
  • key sectors of the global economy, where CCS can contribute to deep reductions in emissions;
  • how CCS can unlock carbon negative solutions, which will need to be used before mid-century;
  • the scientific principles of climate mitigation technologies;
  • the key elements of geology for permanently, and safely, disposing of CO2 underground;
  • the international state-of-play and scale of the industry in the 21st century.

What is a MOOC? The University of Edinburgh has a range of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which are freely accessible and open-licensed short courses delivered online. On completion, there is the option to gain a Verified Certificate. https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/moocs